That is not anything I’m concerned about fishing lakes or rivers. But I sometimes kayak fish on salt water sounds on the N.C. coast. And have some concern, would pulling a struggling fish to the kayak or blood from the fish attract something bigger than my boat that I’d rather not encounter?
[I have folding kayaks, skin on frame boats. Several years ago the news had reported several shark attacks all summer along the east coast. That fall I was out paddling in my Pouch (Poucher Boote) E 68 kayak on Bogue Sound. I saw something larger and silver flash just below the water surface. Followed by hard thumbs on the bottom of my boat. Easily felt because it is just fabric over a wood frame. Pretty scary for a moment or two. I decided it was probably just a school of Bluefish chasing a meal. But I’ve never seen any sharks while kayaking, though I’m sure they are there. Only a few up close encounters with dolphins. That I don’t fully trust, they are not Flipper. ]
Several years ago while there I saw kite fishing rigs for sale at West Marine. Researching them after coming home I discovered two things. Kite fishing was apparently being done by some Pacific islanders pre-contact with the early explorers. And I would never want to have a day on the water as experienced by Paul Morris in New Zealand several years ago. (caution some gross pictures)
Luckily most of the time there are no worries about encounters with large predators while fresh water fishing. The occasional attack by large catfish is about the only thing I’ve heard a few times. There was an medium sized alligator found several years ago at the lake I fished yesterday. Probably someone’s pet that got to big and aggressive for the owner to keep any longer.
Anyway, perhaps enough chat of being the prey and not the predator and off the topic of today on the water catching fresh water fish.