Superstitions

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  1. PT

    PT Physhicist

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    Thinking about how fishing will be if I do this that or another thing is a waste of time. I'll eat bananas when I want, bring my camera when it's appropriate, and carry a net if the situation suits. What nippers I have with me or what underwear I'm wearing makes no difference. The fishing will be what it is. All of the superstitions that have been mentioned have been dispelled by me many times over. Wondering what fishing would be like if I hadn't brought my camera won't make my camera disappear.

    It's fishing after all, not goalkeeping. ;)
     
  2. Dipnet

    Dipnet The wanted posters say Tim Hartman

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    Interestingly enough, even NOAA has a list of fishing superstitions on their website.

    Just a copy/paste:

    Fun Facts – Fishermen’s Superstitions
    Though not believed by all, and not consistent across all fisheries or regions, many fishermen believe in
    or follow some of these superstitions:
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    A woman on board makes the seas angry and is an omen of bad luck.
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    Sailors who wear earrings or have tattoos won't drown.
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    Fishermen throw quarters of half dollars over their shoulders to “buy up” some wind when crews
    are overworked.
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    Silver dollars are put underneath the mast when a boat is being built to bring good luck.
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    It is bad luck to see an albatross or hear a loon cry.
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    Saying the words “alligator” or “pig” bring bad luck.
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    Never whistle because it will bring a gale.
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    Bananas bring bad luck to fishing and could mean disaster for the trip.
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    Never start a trip on a Friday. The best day to start a trip is on a Sunday, “Sunday sail, never
    fails.”
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    Avoid people with red hair when going to the ship to begin a journey.
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    Never say good luck or allow someone to say good luck to you.
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    Disaster will follow if you step onto a boat with your left foot first.
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    Pouring wine on the deck will bring good luck on a long voyage.
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    Flowers are unlucky onboard a ship.
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    Don’t look back once your ship has left port as this can bring bad luck.
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    A dog seen near fishing tackle is bad luck.
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    Black cats are considered good luck and will bring a sailor home from the sea.
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    Dolphins swimming with the ship are a sign of good luck.
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    Cutting your hair or nails at sea is bad luck.
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    If you carry a fishing pole into the house before a fishing trip you will not catch any fish.
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    If you play a fiddle or guitar, the fish will come to the surface because they love the music.
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    If you talk while fishing, the fish will hear you and not bite.
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    The person who swears while fishing will not catch a fish.
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    When owls hoot during the day is a good time for catching catfish.
    References
    Oliver, H.
    Black Cats and April Fools: The Origin of Old Wives’ Tales and Superstitions in our Daily
    Lives. London: John Blake Publishing, Ltd; 2006.
    Ronco, D. Why are fishermen superstitious of bananas? [Internet]. Atlanta (GA); Discovery
    Communications - HowStuffWorks, Inc.; c2011[cited 2011 April 25]. Available from:
    http://
    people.howstuffworks.com/fishing-superstition.htm
    Superstition at Sea [Internet]. FailedSuccess.com; c2008 [cited 2011 April 25]. Available from:
    http://
    www.failedsuccess.com/index.php?/weblog/comments/superstition_sea_fishermen
     
  3. Dipnet

    Dipnet The wanted posters say Tim Hartman

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    How about having a new reel with the letter "J" mysteriously stamped on it? ;)
     
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  4. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I'm with you on this. I even take some bananas with me when I go fishing.
     
  5. fishunt

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    Can't open a beer till the first fish is landed - now that is pressure!
     
  6. Dipnet

    Dipnet The wanted posters say Tim Hartman

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    Hmmm.....I'll pass on this.

    I'd be into complete abstinence!! :D
     
  7. Jslo

    Jslo @troutset

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    Hilarious! Yes...yes, I'm beginning to think so! Lol
     
  8. shadowcast

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    One I forgot: I have to take clear liquid--water. Anything else, no fish. Although this probably had more to due with a bad sushi dinner/poisoning. Next morning went fishing and within 10 minutes of downing some vitamin water, was hating it all the way home.