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gotmusky? said:
Okay.  This may sound like a weird topic but it is actually something I would like to know about.  I tried to research this but can't find nothing. 
Has anyone ever heard of, or personally dealt with any dangerous encounters with snapping turtles or snakes while fishing in a belly boat?  I just can't convince my girlfriend to go belly-baoting with me because she (Kadiya) is too scared.  I even offered to buy the tube and fins!  I personally don't think that any danger exists except for flipping or getting caught in a big gust of wind in a large reservior where you shouldn't be anyways.  What poisonous snakes do we have? Rattlers which don't venture into the water?  I know bullsnakes and garters won't bother me.  Please, any info would help!!!!

UHHH YEAH!! After you had your best bud tell me about his friend whose foot got attacked by a monstrous sized snapping turtle and he had to hack it to death with a dinky lil pocket knife, I think anyone would be a lil put off from going on a belly boat after hearing about that. And it's not my fault those stupid snakes at prospect ponds keep trying to chase my nightcrawlers when I reel my line in!!
 

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james said:
I've seen some snapping turtles, one up close, attached to my friends lure. It was pretty big, and in an area I wade alot. I hate to admit it, but there are times I'm a little uneasy in my tube. I sometimes cringe when feeling something bump my leg (branches). The worst story I've heard though, and I'm serious. I was told by a friend, but I'm sure he was serious. A guy caught a musky, and when it got in close, it tore his leg up (maybe trying to chew the line?). Anyway, you can all laugh at me now, but really I have 2 tubes. One I'm in the water about up to my pits, and unless I'm in Aurora or some high mountain lake, I'm never that comftorable. My other one, I sit pretty high out of the water, but I'm worried about tipping over (setting the hook and all  :-[). I seriously am going to try to tip that sucker over once the water warms up. Just to see how possable it is, and how easy it is to get out if it happens. Go ahead and laugh. I grew up in Michigan, and have been chased by water moccasins. Once camping in Allegan, MI. A girl we were swimming w/ got bit by a snapper near shore. Some guy had to cut it's head off to get it to let go. I'm going on here defending my uncomfortableness. I do have a suggestion. You can get nice kayaks set up for fishing for $250-$500. By the time you add up waders, fins, and wadding boots, it can actually be cheaper. Also, theres places that only allow wakless boats or that don't allow float tubes unless they're more than one chamber. I hope I haven't scared you more. once you're fishing you kind of forget about other stuff, well, until you see something.    
Thanks James!

Finally someone who can sympathize with these fears here! I think it'd be ok if the water was clear in the shallows where you might accidently step on a submerged snapper. I think I'd be happier with a regular boat tho...
 

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hmmm ePic I dunno bout that I have really tiny feet... and from that story from my bf's best friend that snapper was a huge ass monster! Hmmm I think I'd feel better if I had like steel toed wading boots... Plus it doesn't help hearing all the many horror stories about snappers from my dad who grew up on a resevoir in Minnesota. I know they're just regular normal animals who should run away from you but all these true horror stories I've heard about them they just sound so evil and ornery!
 

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5th reel said:
  In 1998 my friend was boating at horsetooth and she was skiing
she fell when she hit a ball of rattle snakes rolling across the lake together. she was bit around 30 times and passed on the way to poudre hospital. I use a belly boat and find them to be a cool toy but i'll always remember  the snakes. on the other hand i see way more snakes on the shores then i've ever seen in the water. i would try some reverse phycology on my lady if i were you.

HOLY! OMG that's horrible! I didn't know Horsetooth had soo many rattlers... I guess we better get a trailer and make sure to use a boat on horsetooth then... Don't they rent boats on Horsetooth too?

Thanks for the info everyone... I guess 5th reel is right tho, I know I've seen way more snakes kicking it right next to me on shore than in the water swimming around.
 
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