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OK, I'm bored at work and was just wondering who out their has the best horror story from a fishing trip.

If anyone has been fishing for a long period of time. Sooner or later they will run into some kind of fishing tragedy.

Me, Myself I was Crappie fishing down in Ga. when I seen 4 huge largemoth bass swimming by. I grabbed my tackle box and tried to take off the beetle spin and replace it with a bass lure. the boat was drifting and went under a tree straight into a hornets nest. I tried to swap away a hornet that landed on my neck, and forgot I was holding the rod in my hand. Dropped the rod along with the beetle spin and the beetle spin found its way smack dab in the middle of my thumb. all the way through the meat and rested on the inside of my finger nail. oooh the pain. tried to pull it out but that was not happining, couldn't push it through because it was resting on the nail. Had to go to the emergency room and have it removed. One of the nurses fainted when I walked in with a thumb the size of a golfball with a yellow beetle spin dangling out.

My fishing buddies gave me a hard time for about 2 years over that one.

Who out there has a story, that will make this slow day go by
(Give me what ya got)
 

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About ten years ago a buddy and me went bass fishing in Fl late in November. We drove to a nice farm pond about 2 hours away form my house. The weather said it was going to be cold and that a colder front was moving in but we were stubborn and wanted to go anyway. We drove out, launched the boat at 5 am. Scooted across the pond and started to fish. About 6 am the front moved in and the winds were blowing 40 mph. The temperature dropped down to 30 degrees. We decided to pack it in and head back because it was too cold. We weren't dressed properly, sweater and shorts, (FL boys).:rolleyes: Went to start up the boat but no dice. Engine died! We grabbed the paddles and proceeded to go nowhere with the wind blowing so hard. So we paddled into shore and noticed the owner had a small boat ramp we could take the boat out with. Mind you it was 630 in the morning so we knocked at this guys door. He comes out in his underwear with a shotgun! We were like uh-oh. He ended up being pretty nice and said we could pull the boat out from his ramp. So we had to walk back and get the truck which was 8 miles down the road. It was the worst 8 miles of our lives. Half way there we had gotten frost bite on our ears, nose, fingers and toes. I thought we wer going to die!!! I couldn't feel my hands or feet! I could feel my heart rate slowing and hypothermia kicking in though. We were both constantly telling each other we were going to make it and we weren't going to die. Just when I was about to give up we looked around the corner and there was my truck! I was like praise god, halleluiah! We got in my truck and turned the heat on and proceeded to thaw out for the next hour and a half. We were in some serious pain though(if any of you know when you get frostbite and then thaw it out the severe throbbing pain you get when you warm up) I wasn't complaining though I was getting some heat. We drove over and loaded the boat up and proceeded to tear up this guys yard when we pulled out the boat. The ground was still damp from the rain the night before. We apologized and he said it was ok he understood how bad of a time we just had. He even said we could launch the boat there anytime. Haven't been back since. So the moral of the story is if you are going out on a boat don't ever go unprepared, clothes included! I will always remember that day.
 

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It is a Florida thing. I don't practice that anymore.;) When it gets cold down there(and it does) people tend to just put a sweater on and still wear shorts.:D
 

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One time...

I was fishing the Va. beach pier for spaniards. Now, I use got-cha plugs all the time for these guys, bending back the barbs on the treble hooks so if I catch one too small, or just because if I wanna, I can do minimal damage to the fish and ensure the animal will have a chance to survive if I throw it back over the rail. I also use rubber gloves, because one time, when I didn't have gloves on I forgot what I was doing after catching about a 3 pounder, and while I was reaching for the pliers, he wiggled in my hand and caused the other treble hook to go through my thumb. This my left hand-my 'guitar-playing-the-neck hand' ! The treble hook went through the side of my thumb, and the barbed end stuck out of the top. There were a few 'sailors'-navy guys fishing that night that could stomach the site. Especially when I told my wife to grab the got-cha, and twist off the end of the hook stuck in my thumb (after we got the fish off, of course). BLOOD EVERYWHERE...DRIPPING INTO THE OCEAN...*S* . That was the only fish I caught that night, as I wound up spending the rest of the evening in Urgent Care...and then coming home with a big ol' bandage on my thumb for about a week. I was surprised at how fast it healed though; only took about one month, I think, for the thing to be forgotten, until I saw this post...

...tight lines...*s*:cool:

Doad.

Striper season is upon us...*yay*
 

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Yup they don't call them "GOTCHA" plugs for nothing!:eek: :D
 

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I managed to stick one of those Gotchas into my stomach once while I was busy running to get at the Spanish. It hurt like hell, but there was no way I was going to miss a shot at Spanish on ultralight.
 

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went yellow pearch fishn 28 degrees N EASTER 20 mph got up in a cove n torem up already stiff from the cold get to the bot landing feet n legs didnt wanna act plus a state trooper waiting to check the cooler n liscence aint drank a beer all day fell outta the boat into the water on top of already freezn cut the heat on hi and hauld @SS HOME TOOK A WEEK TO FREEKN THAW OUT :D thats jus 1 of many but that 1 kinda takes the CAKE :eek:
 

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Ice fishing in Michigan.

Since I was a little kid, my uncle has taken me ice fishing every winter. Usually we go to remote lakes in the Allegan County area, and my uncle has a history of fearlessly fishing on thin ice either late or early in the season. This always made my mom nervous about letting me go with him.

I was about 12 or 13 years old, and we were fishing on a lake called "Hodge Lake"...a very deep lake with natural springs that feed it. There are spots in that lake where the ice is black in huge areas and it usually indicates thin ice.

There was a dusting of snow covering the whole lake and the ice was VERY smooth and slippery. The temperature was FREEZING cold with a very low wind chill. I was setting up tip ups in one section and my Uncle was setting some up in another area. For those that don't know these are devices made of 3 sticks - 2 that cross each other and one that goes verticle into the hole with the cross as a stand to hold it up. On the bottom is a spool of line and on the top is a little orange flag. You put a minnow on the hook hanging from the line, and when a fish bites, the little orange flag "tips" staight up so you know you have a fish. You usually catch big bass and northern pike on these.

After setting the tip ups, we got close to each other and started to fish with regular ice fishing rods....tearing the blue gills and perch up. Suddenly far on the other side of us one of the little flags popped and my uncle ran over to check it. About 35 yards from the flag (in a spot we hadn't yet walked) my uncle suddenly disapeared with a loud crack in the ice that vibrated the ice all the way where I was standing. Immediately my uncle surfaced and started to yell and claw for the edge of the ice. It kept breaking as he tried to pull himself up. I grabbed a long nylon rope from the sled we use to pull our stuff out and threw him the rope then walked backward to the edge of the lake to a tree....tied the rope then tried to get close to him. My uncle had the rope, but he was getting weak so I tried to get closer to him to help him. Just as my uncle was yelling at me to get back away CRACK - I went in too. Fortunately I had the rope in my hand still when I dropped into the cold water. I only fell in to about my armpits and relatively easily pulled myself back out.

Just like an Angel, all of a sudden this guy with a big ol beard appeared on the edge of the lake (to go fishing also) and saw the problem going on. He carefully made his way out on the ice a little ways and pulled my uncle out of the water with the rope.

Finally my uncle was out and we were all on the shore. I was wet and Freezing my butt off but unharmed....uncle was shaking like crazy and cold. The guy that helped us decided not to fish there on that lake needless to say. We had to leave our tip ups and the fish we had caught for fear of the ice breaking if we went out to collect them. We got in the truck after a million thanks to the guy that helped us out and drove the 10 miles from the lake to my Grandfathers house. There my uncle got his butt chewed out by my grandpa and my grandma made a big fuss over me. I will never forget the Chocolate chip cookies she made me that day!

I guess that is the most horrific thing that has ever happened to me while fishing though. I was pretty scared.:eek:

It took a lot of convincing for my mom to let me go fishin with Unc again, but over the years we have caught a ton of fish through the ice. Ice fishing is my favorite way to fish but you have to be very carfeful. Now we go every year to Saginaw Bay and catch walleyes a mile out on the ice.
 

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As young as I am,31 yrs old,I have come down with a slight case of tendintis in my casting elbow.Man, it sucks-I have not been fishin since last Sunday in the AM!

No swelling but it just hurts when I bend it.I hope I don't look silly when I try to go out on the 4th,casting for them Stripers......
 

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Boy I was right

You guys got some good ones

Doad--my partner with the thumb, you dont know how much you use that thing until it's injured (Right)

e-man--we call that gut snagging around here, you can get in trouble for that

inawe--you sure you didn't drink any beer before you fell in....lol

graphixdude--man I believe you take the cake, my hat goes off to a true fisherman--a lot of people woulda quit ice fishing after that
good thing your guardian angel was there

Nsearch --I feel you on that one, I suffered a broken collar bone while playing football back in the day, and it still bothers me after a day of surf fishing, that why I hit those head boats sometimes it gives the shoulder a break but you can still fish... just click and drop
 

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Ice Fishing in Michigan

Hey GraphixDude -

Grew up in Midland, Mi use to going ice fishing at Houghton Lake and Saginaw Bay. Your right ice fishing is great. Only wish I could do it here. Deep Creek lake is a long drive from my house just for the day. Just got back from a fishing trip to Michigan in August to Fletcher Pond, near Alpena. Didn't far too well. The place I originally reserved for a few days turned out to be a dump; after the oven caught on fire that evening; I got my money back and went back to my mothers home in Midland. Did do a day trip back to Fletchers Pond, but it was so windy it was difficult to cast or even troll for Pike.
 

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nserch...i got tendonitis in my reeling arm(elbow area)...been having it for a month now...what a B#@$%....but i just keep on fishing lol.....any idea how to get rid of this?
 

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Nserch4Drum and Kajun

Can I join the club? Maybe it's the weather, cause I have been having problems with my right arm and hand since helping move a freezer and then putting up those plywood sheets over the windows during Izzy. The hand is a little better. Well, not quite. I dropped a jar of jelly the other day. Thought I had a good grip of it.:( Talk about a mess. Glass was everywhere. And it was my favorite, Smuckers. Had only used it one time before it broke.

I'm feeling it up near the shoulder now. Seems it's moving around. I'm trying to take it easy. I want to get 2 more weekends in on the water.


I'm just taking a wait and see approach.
 

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back when i was 7 me and my dad were fishing at a pond for bass. He reared back to launch one and instead of the hook gettin in the water it found a place right in my eye brow. Aftera bout 15 minutes i got it out. This summer down in ga i was walking arounda boat as we were loading it up. The capt told me to watch out for the trebles on this one rod because they could get you. little did i know that he was right. 30 seconds later i had one right in the forehead. Think got they had no barbs. Just pulled on it REAl hard adn it came out.
 

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pure stupidness

was gonna tell my hook in fingernail story but then remembered something more ridiculous that happened to me this summer on the Rappahannock...

got to the boat ramp early so I decided to cast net some minnows. the ramp was deserted. my buddy went to get some ice while we waited on our friend with the boat. the mud minnows were thick on the ramp so I began filling the bucket. well there I am with nothing but shorts, sandals and a t-shirt on when I get swarmed by some kind of biting flies. I didn't even realize it at fist in the excitement of chasing the schools of bull minnows. I must have been bitten by at least 100 times and was itching all over.

There is a small sandy beach by the ramp with a bit of wind so I ran over there thinking the flies wouldn't get me. Saw some schools moving so I threw the net. got a couple minnows and while shaking out the net didn't notice the jellyfish that disentigrated and flew all over my arms and legs and some went down my shirt. Just then a truck with trailer came flying down the road to the ramp and it wasn't my friend. he did a quick 180 and I realized my precious bucket of bull minnows (they were some really nice minnows) was sitting right at the bottom of the ramp.

I went hauling @#!, net in hand, across the beach to the boardwalk on the side of the ramp. I hit some soft sand as I tried to leap onto the walk. I bit it hard, face first. completely knocked the wind out of me. I lay there for a few seconds and somehow got my butt up to save those minnows. I made it to my feet, limped a few steps, and looked up to realize the guy had parked in front of the ramp and was still in his truck. Just then his door flung open, he got out to unhook his winch and somehow I managed to say hi ( I still couldn't breathe) and limped down the walk, onto the ramp, and grabbed the minnow bucket. My friends rolled in right after.
I was a mess, with welts all over my neck and face, jellyfish burns on my arms and legs, and huge swollen bruises on my thigh and chest. Once I was catching fish forgot it all happened, but I sure was hurtin the next day!
 

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When I was very young maybe 7 years old, my older brother using a cane pole got the hook in my nose. Thank goodness it was a cane pole with a tiny weight and bobber. Thank God it wasn't my eyes.

Several years ago while on vacation in North Myrtle Beach, I was showing my brother in law how to fish and cast. I should have known better, but continued to allow my brother in law to cast on his own. I guess his manhood got to him since I was casting relatively long. I should have told him it's all technique and not brute force.

Well, I didn't pay attention and he threw way too hard and the line snapped. Next thing I know, there is an older gentleman who was bleeding pretty bad and didn't know what happened to him. He was with his wife taking a nice stroll. My brother in law knew what happened and he immediately went to his aid. He took him and his wife to the hospital and paid the bill on the spot. The couple were from Canada and under the circumstances the guy was very nice about it. Poor guy!

I felt bad because it was an inlet and a high traffic area. I should have supervised more closely. Bad thing is my brother in law lost complete interest in fishing after that.

Now that I have 2 young boys, I need to be extra cautious and be aware of the potential safety hazards that exist.

The worst story I heard was from my father, who used to tell the story of his friend who did not get out of a jetty because the fishing all of sudden got real good after a lousy day. It just coincided with a threatening storm. Everyone in the party left, but he would not leave. Well the storm was so bad that water went over the jetty. The guy kept flicking his lighter for someone to get him, but tthey couldn't. When they found his body and the tips of his fingers were all bloody and the fingernails gone as he was clinging for his life.

I know it's hard to leave when the fish are just biting like crazy, but you just have to know when to quit.
 

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Been putting warm packs on the sore elbow.Planninig on popping pain pills on Friday Nite.


Don't plan on tossing the Tica's for a while,am gonna be using mostly lite tackle.
 

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Forgot to also mention the mild arthritis in my left wrist. It hurts when it's cold out on that beach in December.
 
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