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Shots Fired At Susky Smallmouth Anglers

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KaylaI received this disturbing message from one of our fans today. Kayla and her dad were fishing in Northeast PA on the North Branch of the Susquehanna River and they were fired upon by someone accross the river.

They thought initially it was a careless person but when they tried to make themselves known, they were fired on again.

Here was the message:

If you could post a warning to people fishing the susquahanna around nescopeck, PA, I would appreciate it. Today I was fishing with my dad and someone shot across the river at us. The bullet landed in the water about 12 feet to my left and my dad yelled across to them to let them know we were there and they fired another shot which hit the water about 5 feet to the left of me. I don’t know what would make someone try to shoot someone fishing but Id like to give everyone a safe warning.

If you have any similar experiences, please let us know and comment below.

9 Responses to Shots Fired At Susky Smallmouth Anglers

  1. Joseph Torres August 19, 2013 at 6:44 am

    I had someone fire a bb gun at me when I was fishing

  2. willie August 19, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Hopefully you also notified the local athorities this kind of thing happens more offten than people think most of the time it turns out to be someone who thinks because they own property boardering a river they have some sort of athority over that section of the river and even though these shots were most likely intended to run you off shooting into water can be extremely dangerous and they need to be reported I am glad to hear you and your father are ok we cant let ignorant people rule our world!

  3. Ryan August 19, 2013 at 9:31 am

    This is why i carry a 357 with me at all times. People are crazy and you could have been shot! Glad to here everyone is safe though

  4. mike smith August 19, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    people are stupid. shooting over water. glad your all alright, couldve been worse.

  5. Mark Orlicky August 22, 2013 at 9:52 am

    Notify the Sheriff. Nobody has the right to endanger your lives like this. Even if you wandered onto private property. Carrying a weapon yourself may seem like the right thing to do, but its also a way to escalate a bad situation.
    I have been shot at twice while fishing in NM. And, just last year, I had a jerk in a duck blind shoot across the water while I was boating. No excuses for any of that. For me, I was on public property the entire time. We did report the last incident.

  6. Joseph Suggs October 4, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    I was fishing the same river but on the south end in Conklin, New York just north of Hallstead, PA. I was wading the west side of the river and shots were coming from the east side. I didn’t realize what was going on I seen splashes but no fish where the splashes were, and then after about the fifth splash I felt one of the shots graze the top of my head. I reached up to feel what had hit me and my hand was coverd in blood. that was when I knew I had to get out of the water and away from that spot. If that last shot were just a few centimeters down it probably could have killed me. I am so glad I can live to fish another day.

  7. Dennis O October 4, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    We had a deadly situation here in Missouri with float trippers and a land owner. Navigational rivers belong to all of us.

  8. Raymond Malone October 4, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    need to go armed now a days can’t even Fish Peacefully anymore I think if Someone shot at me I’d shoot back and make sure I made it know you don’t shoot at anyone they wouldn’t be shooting back I Hope no one has to resort to that but Laws say you have the right to defend yourself and use force if you think your life is in danger.

  9. Mr Jones December 2, 2014 at 11:57 am

    Keep in mind, if you are in the middle of nowhere it is entirely likely that shots fired = somebody trying to keep you away from something illegal that they are involved in (cooking, growing, harversting, moonshining). These illegal activities are often done in remote areas of the wild where human contact is perceived to be minimal.


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