12-11-2011, 10:19 AM
Re: Most embarrassing moments?
Fishing the 'frying pan' catch and release zone in July with lots of people around. I manage to hook something that feels large; I am standing in about 6" of water on some slimy rocks.
I stepped backward while setting the hook, and slipped on a large flat rock. Landed flat on my back while the fish ran... I got up and he shook me off.
Lots of guys standing around smiling and chuckling...
I was just bummed the fish got away!
Capsized a 'sit on top' kayak at a local reservoir last fall. Luckily I was near a rocky ledge to stand on... There was one guy about 100 yards away, keeping an eye on me I later found out. My dry pants leaked through the top, giving me the 'soggy diaper' feeling all day. Almost broke one rod, dumped all of my stuff in the drink, including the dog. It was a cold day, and the water was very cod, and it was windy. Luckily I had a spare set of dry thermals in the dry bag, so I just ended up soggy but kind of warm that day. Kind of funny, I had packed for the event of a capsize, and needed every bit of it...
It ended up being a great day after I got out of the boat. Landed a 19" rainbow on my 'indicator spider' at the reservoir inlet, and later had a huge fight from a 16" bow that became dinner. I saw others catch some 6" stockers or getting skunked, everyone looked hugely jealous at my catch, so I guess getting soaked was worth it that day!
If I don't fall in occasionally, I kind of feel like I'm not trying hard enough. Perhaps a bad habit from too many years of rock climbing?!
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