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Sir Snake a Lot - A Big Timber Rattlesnake on Ky Lake
Posted by Jason Sealock on Thu, Aug 18, 2011 @ 02:48 PM
We were out on the lake yesterday evening fishing for bass with topwaters before dark. The bass fishing was good but while we were out and about, we heard a loud BOOM in the background. We turned to see a big house boat beached on a bank shooting what appeared to be a cannon up into the air. The concussion was as loud as we've ever heard although it didn't bother the bass or our fishing.
Our first thought, however, was this can't be legal because the concussion was jarring even across a very large bay.
About 10 minutes later I see an animal swimming towards the boat from that side of the bay. At first I thought it might have been a beaver or a muskrat or something that got spooked by the cannon. As it got a little closer I could see that defining "S" pattern of a snake swimming. But I still couldn't believe it because it was so large.
As it got about 60 yards out I told my partner to get up as he was down tying baits on in the bottom of the boat. I knew we needed to move because the snake was coming right to the boat as he probably viewed it as a place to get out of the water after his long swim. As he got closer we idled around him and got the video camera.
My first thought was it was a big rattle snake because of the distinct diamond pattern. Then I thought he might just be a diamond watersnake which are common in Kentucky. As we idled around closer to him he stopped and coiled up and then we saw it. He popped his rattle up like a periscope behind him.
It was hard to believe how big around the snake was but still how long it was. He really just wanted to get off one noisy bank and on to one that was hopefully less intrusive. That's the largest snake we've seen on the water and unfortunately the most poisonous we've seen too. It sure makes you pucker up a little when it gets dark.
If you don't like snakes, you probably don't want to watch this video. It will certainly remind you to check your surroundings when out bass fishing in those low light hours.
OK, so I gotta ask - what was the "cannon?" A shotgun? Were they shooting at the snake? I got a little lost there - but that's nothing unusual for me! LOL
Posted @ Thursday, August 18, 2011 3:19 PM by
If something like that climbed into my kayak, I would have a heart attack before it clould get me.
Posted @ Thursday, August 18, 2011 3:22 PM by
John In Louisville, KY
None of those bad boys in Maine thank God.
Posted @ Thursday, August 18, 2011 3:23 PM by Steve
No. The cannon was a cannon. There was a loud concussion as it shot a projectile out and then an explosion in the air that was twice as loud. They did it twice and then a few minutes later we see this animal swimming towards us.
Posted @ Thursday, August 18, 2011 3:25 PM by Jason Sealock
Sorry the video is so shaky but we had to keep the boat moving to stay close enough to shoot but far enough he wouldn't try to board the boat.
Posted @ Thursday, August 18, 2011 3:27 PM by Jason Sealock
Wow!!!! Never have seen a rattle snake in KY. That is huge! I bet he is king of the pond!
Posted @ Thursday, August 18, 2011 3:28 PM by Jamie Cox
Reminds me of one of my moat stupid outings. My oldeas grandson and I were fishing on Lake Belton near Waco,Tx. Alarge snake was swimming about 10 yard from the boat. I told my grandson that I could hit it with a lure and wind him in. I did and played heck geteing rid of it.
Posted @ Thursday, August 18, 2011 4:27 PM by Bob Perry
Thank the lord no snakes like that up here in Mass.
Posted @ Thursday, August 18, 2011 7:55 PM by
Jason, I bet he would have smoked the gunfish, then you could have got a viral utube viseo of your partner trying to unhook it.
Posted @ Thursday, August 18, 2011 9:25 PM by ken
I've got a buddy that has one he killed swimming like that.. knocked it out with a boat paddle and took it home in the livewell, froze it, and then mounted it.. He used to keep it behind the door in his office... "come on in and shut the door" lol
Posted @ Friday, August 19, 2011 4:18 PM by dirtmonkey
What part of ky lake was this?
Posted @ Saturday, August 20, 2011 1:23 PM by Tim Yates
Tim it was on the north end of the lake on the LBL side. I've heard of Rattlesnakes in LBL before but this is the first one I'd seen on the water. They float so high in the water. Different from a lot of smaller water snakes.
Posted @ Monday, August 22, 2011 12:51 PM by Jason Sealock
That is really something. I knew we had them. But just never thought of seeing one swimming. My son and I had a snake swim under the boat in a night tourney this year. It's scary to think that this snake could swim right by us and never know it.
Posted @ Monday, August 22, 2011 7:35 PM by Tim
The poisonious snakes their whole body stays on top of the water the non-poisonious ones you only see the head. But like this matters a snake is a snake to me,,,,,,Run Forrest Run!!!!
Posted @ Sunday, August 28, 2011 7:16 AM by david r
I'm out of FL.We live on a twenty acre lake. My son and I were in our front yard about 75ft. from the public boat ramp, when this man came running toward us waving his arms in the air saying "don't let your little boy out of the yard." Needless to say , the man had to leave his tackle box on the boat ramp till the cottonmouth vacated the area.
Posted @ Thursday, December 08, 2011 4:42 PM by K C
I believe that Kansas City is one of those cities where rattlesnakes can be found in plenty and your post is just a proof of this fact. Those who are interested to know about these rattlesnakes should check out a website (rattlesnakes.us)
Posted @ Sunday, January 29, 2012 2:48 PM by Michael
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