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#1614869 - 06/09/10 10:51 PM Operation Leatherback Part 1
Jay Nistetter Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 04/22/01
Posts: 1928
Loc: Arizona
Operation Leatherback
Aerial surveillance from a drone high overhead watched the river. It was calm far below.
Too Calm. The desert flowers were all but gone now. Something was amiss.

The Commander slightly shuddered as he dialed a number. It was a number that The Department of Homeland Security was unaware. Mobilizing ground recon was a safety precaution that provided valuable information the drones couldn’t detect.

His specialized team was considered unconventional in many respects but the Commander wasn’t looking for respect. The cost of good intel wasn’t necessarily measured in dollars.

Hoss (the squad leader) answered the phone. His eyes narrowed recognizing the Commander’s voice on the other end. His reply was only two words rolled into one – “Yessir” and the line went dead.

Setting down his coffee, Hoss made two phone calls speaking only one word for each call. “Leatherback“1.

Within 24 hours, three men met, exchanged nods and proceeded together through a small settlement onto a sandy road to Point Alpha near the river.

The equipment wasn’t considered “specialized” in today’s high-tech era. The necessity was the “skill” in the use of the equipment. Team Charlie had those skills. They dressed as “locals” to derail any suspicions.

The mission was simple…
Search for signs of activity along the river and stop ALL unauthorized encroachments.

This was a daytime operation. Skill was their only ally.

Upon reaching the river they eased into the water careful not to create ripples. They immediately sensed what the Commander had suspected. They were not alone.

1 Leatherback: The name often associated with carp when they expose their backs above the water surface in shallow waters. The evening and early morning air dries their backs causing them to appear leather-looking.

Shortly before retrieving this carp I extinguished my cigarette the hard way. It was especially embarrassing since everyone was looking.

Checking the moisture content of my remaining cigarettes.

Below is a hero shot of my first ever doubles.

Here’s the official documented version:
I am a member of 3-man volunteer team of soldiers who have managed to survive the Carp Wars over the years. We were out on morning patrol when we stumbled onto a squadron of Carpus Stupidicous. These evil suckers can be very slick as some of you may know. Not the kind you meet at the supermarket.

It was obvious they were the tough scaled, hardcore kind having had specialized training only a school could provide. Their encampment was skillfully dug in to a bank protected by thick overhanging growth.

I was lead point probably 20 yards ahead of my partners when the action started. Those sneaky devils let me pass. Upon hearing shots fired by my two partners, I hurried to their aid careful not to slip on the River Snot Trail I had traversed just moments before.

Easing into position I could see that Charlie Team had the enemy pinned down and that their ammo was running low, but true to their character, they gallantly held their ground ready to use sticks if they had to. Some men have all the right stuff.

Upon arriving at their location one of the insurgents made a break for it. He was a rocket fueled burner to put it mildly.
We couldn’t bark this low flyer to a stop either.

Even though I was locked and loaded, I wasn’t ready for the speed of this torpedo. Hoping for a clean kill, I aimed for the head. It was my only option to keep this mercenary devilfish from warning others upstream. Desperate times call for desperate measures.

After shooting this runner with my ‘stringed’ arrow, Smack Daddy Dale informed me that I had “INCOMING! 6 O’CLOCK!!!” upon which I let the tether free-spool while grabbing for another Carp Stopper. Having no time to connect the string guidance system I decided to go manual.

Hearing the all-too-familiar click of a properly seated knock I quickly scanned for the bogey. Upon realizing that this INsurgent was DEsurging as rapidly as possible, I calculated his flight path and gently loosed the bowstring at the skunkbait sucker pinning it to the river bottom.

As the melee was winding down, one of the insurgents simply gave himself up whereby Hoss just reached in and subdued him bare handed. His skills in Hand-to-Carp Combat are renown. It was an amazing sight.

We then devised a plan.
One of the casualties was released.
We followed as he aimlessly maneuvered upstream leading us straight to his gravy sucking comrades.

The heat of the day and river current was taking its toll on us and we thought best to head home while we still could.

Hoss reported in to the Commander (Cindi) with our report.
Once again we had a successful mission.
The river would be safe tonight.

Our morning patrol resulted in 48 casualties without any need for water boarding.

Advance to Operation Leatherback Part 2

Edited by cbosshog79 (06/18/10 12:08 PM)
Your coyote successes are determined by coyote mistakes.

#1614913 - 06/09/10 11:55 PM Re: Operation Leatherback Part 1 [Re: Jay Nistetter]
CoyoteCraze Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 05/11/09
Posts: 310
Loc: Nebraska
That's some funny stuff Jay!!! I'm still chuckling!!
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#1615022 - 06/10/10 08:50 AM Re: Operation Leatherback Part 1 [Re: CoyoteCraze]
rockinbbar Offline
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Registered: 01/08/08
Posts: 10218
Loc: NM
Actually looks like a lot of fun!

Good write-up! thumbup
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#1615061 - 06/10/10 09:53 AM Re: Operation Leatherback Part 1 [Re: rockinbbar]
Silvertp Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 11/10/09
Posts: 143
Loc: Idaho

Reminds me of the "good ole days" wading the marshes of Lake Erie with my fiberglass bow and arrow.

Nothing like the smell of Carp in the morning!


#1615220 - 06/10/10 03:06 PM Re: Operation Leatherback Part 1 [Re: Silvertp]
TonyTebbe Offline
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Registered: 10/31/03
Posts: 18681
Loc: Lovington, NM
I've always admired your sense of humor Jay. Never a boring post or moment with you. smile

Loving my Kids, Loving my Woman, Loving my Dogs, Loving my Job..........Loving my Life!

Tony Tebbe

#1615319 - 06/10/10 05:39 PM Re: Operation Leatherback Part 1 [Re: TonyTebbe]
ArizonaCoyote Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 06/17/09
Posts: 470
Loc: Queen Creek, AZ
Looks like a heck of a time to me. Nice story!

"Cause in the wind, he's still alive..."

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#1615475 - 06/10/10 09:41 PM Re: Operation Leatherback Part 1 [Re: ArizonaCoyote]
Jay Nistetter Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 04/22/01
Posts: 1928
Loc: Arizona
I don't do it for fun guys. I do it because it's gotta be done. It's not always a bed of roses.
Your coyote successes are determined by coyote mistakes.

#1615628 - 06/11/10 12:36 AM Re: Operation Leatherback Part 1 [Re: Jay Nistetter]
venatic Offline
Retired Moderator

Registered: 06/11/03
Posts: 6992
Loc: In the right lane
I once was involved in the taking of over 300 spotted gar in one night....The Horror...the horror.
"Anyone taking up handloading necessarily plays with unknown factors and takes chances. But so does anyone who drives a car,goes to a cocktail party,eats in a restaurant,or gets married."

Jack O'Connor 1963

#1616016 - 06/11/10 07:24 PM Re: Operation Leatherback Part 1 [Re: venatic]
MGYSGT Offline
Die Hard Member III

Registered: 05/05/07
Posts: 2642
Loc: Arizona
Excellent job.
Life Member NRA, even though I don't always agree.


#1616280 - 06/12/10 07:59 AM Re: Operation Leatherback Part 1 [Re: Jay Nistetter]
Droopyfur2 Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 09/26/06
Posts: 942
Loc: Central Texas
Great job Jay.

Now try it with a dip net!!
Squat down with large net on bottom and wait till one or more get in position over net, raise net rapidly and hang on. Pairs are a lot of fun..


#1619675 - 06/18/10 12:09 PM Re: Operation Leatherback Part 1 [Re: Droopyfur2]
cbosshog79 Offline
Retired Staff

Registered: 08/13/06
Posts: 4424
Loc: Henderson County, Texas
BTT for HOM nomination...
The future ain’t what it used to be...

#1619697 - 06/18/10 01:35 PM Re: Operation Leatherback Part 1 [Re: cbosshog79]
dgruff Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 02/10/09
Posts: 123
Loc: N. Texas
LOL, great story...especially the cigarette extinguishing!


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