After I had a seal steal a nice hen today on the Siuslaw I wondered how many others have lost fish to seals? Not only lost the fish but my last lucky lure. Perhaps fishing by your self your just asking the seals to come to lunch as you play your fish out.
Yep! When I was a kid and fished off a pier at Avila Beach, Port San Luis in California, any time we got a big fish, the seals got 'em. Sometimes salmon would be hooked, and it would be a race to get them in before the seals got them. Same thing with bonita during El Nino years. Sometimes fishing in the dark I'd have a big one one, then suddenly get spooled. Seals! Almost as bad as the pelicans, which would dive after our fish also.