During our fishing adventure this weekend we were lucky enough to see another great fisherman in action. The Northern Water Snake (Nerodia sipedon).
The pictures are blurry because in my excitement I forgot I had it on soft focus. The camera assumes that the nearest thing to the camera is what you’re focusing on, which was the grass. But you can see the lovely Nerodia sipedon in the back there striking (and catching) the Bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus) I was reeling in to shore.
The snake did not let go. I pulled it ashore with the fish. Gently laid the base of my fishing rod on the base of the snakes head and it let go. The snake slithered back into the water, I released the Bluegill and it promptly snatched it up for dinner. I don’t know who was more excited, Georgie or his daddy and me. lol