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Mark Yuasa covers fishing and outdoors in the Pacific Northwest.

August 21, 2011 at 10:08 AM

Bananas found on fishing boat with Storm hoop star Lauren Jackson leads to funny story

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I had a chance to take Lauren Jackson of the Seattle Storm out for a day of salmon fishing, and while we ended up with a couple of fish the funny – or should I say slippery – part of the story was what happened while out on the water.

We had been fishing for a couple of hours up at Point No Point with no luck, and all tha we caught were dogfish. In fact at one point I reeled up a dogfish only to see six others following him to the surface.

Somehow a discussion about bananas on boats came about, and Robbins asked Susan Reid, the Storm media relations manager and Jackson if they’d brought any on the boat.

Reid replied she had two bananas, and Robbins and Jackson exclaimed that bananas are not a good thing to have on the boat.

“It was hilarious (and) people don’t like bananas on boats,” Jackson said. “I just thought it was a culture thing in Australia.”

Reid quickly tossed the bananas over the side of the boat, and everyone had a good laugh.

There are many stories why bananas have been thought of as bad luck on boats, and dates back to 17th and 18th century. Boats making transatlantic crossings would often stop off at tropical islands to gather provisions, and crates of bananas were brought onboard only to find out that all kinds of critters came out of the boxes and plagued the boat with disease and infestations.

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Other stories have crew members slipping on the banana peel left on the deck.

Many charter fishing boat crews despise bananas on boats and in some cases will return to the dock to get rid of the culprits.

Some anglers will evene go to the extreme of banning Banana Boat brand sunscreen or Banana Republic brand clothes onboard. Some won’t even let you wear Fruit of the Loom underwear since the logo has a visible banana on it.

“Maybe now we’ll stop catching all these dogfish since we had the bananas off the boat,” Robbins said.

Once the bananas were off the boat and we headed south to Jefferson Head, guess what happened?

We caught two salmon. Go figure…

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