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    Quote Originally Posted by Troutwhisperer View Post
    Hey everybody,

    If i had seen this before i went i would have got off that water ASAP. It's scary to think about what could have happened. I guess i just really was more intent on fly fishing until i heard the thunder saw the lightening and then came the rain.

    I feel like an idiot now for continuing to fly fish and have good reason to feel like one, scary stuff man.
    don't feel dumb man! ya learn sumthing new everyday. just lucky u didn't learn it the hard way!
    "Hey, you.Get your damn hands off my herl !!!!"

    owner of the GL Fishing Forum.

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    I've had my guides arc before. I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me at first, but the second time it happened I beat feet to the truck.

    I don't remember seeing any lightning, but the first strike has got to start somewhere. I just didn't want to sacrifice my Sage to Fulgora. Now if I had my Cabela's rod in hand, I might of risked it.

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    Hi to all,

    I wanted to report that Florida had its 4th death this year from lightening. This person was on the beach.

    Frank

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    Once upon a time about 10 years ago...he was 57 then...waiting for a school of bonefish on the white sand flat south on Big Wood Key Andros...sage graphite in hand...on the west side afternoon summer thunders moving east...tingle in left hand/arm damn stroking?? Looked up, St Elmo's Fire..sat down quickly... then the late Bonefish Ivan Neymour has an Andros Island Pine push pole in hand.

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    I don't want to downplay safety, but.... We've been sailing along the Jersey
    shore for two decades. We've been anchored out during lightning storms
    that would look scary if watched on TV, not to mention being there in
    person. Our current mast is 35 feet above the water, and while there have
    been strikes close to our boat, nothing has ever hit us. We don't intentionally
    head out into thunderstorms, but we've been caught 10 miles from our marina
    during the day, and unpredicted storms can strike and last all night at
    an anchorage. I've seen many boats, but none that have been hit by
    lightning. Fire from improper maintenance and failure to follow safety
    procedures is a much bigger threat.

    The average number of people killed by lightning each year in the USA is
    67: Questions and Answers about Lightning: FAQs
    Driving to a fishing spot on a sunny day puts an angler at greater risk than
    lightning. So relax, don't throw your rod in the water at the first sign of
    thunder, and think. Rather than ditching a rod, break it down if you feel that
    lightning may become an issue. Most of us are using 4-pc rods, and a 9 foot
    rod can be reduced to 30" in seconds.

    I should note that safety takes center stage when we're on the water,
    sailing and fishing. When under sail, all aboard must wear a life jacket. I
    keep about a dozen good jackets in various sizes on hangers. I also
    have a half dozen emergency style jackets readily available in a cockpit
    compartment. Children must wear jackets at all times while onboard.

    When fishing from our canoe, jackets are a must as well. When wading, we
    use extra caution so we don't fall. We use caution when climbing up and down
    banks to get into the water, and will take as much time as it takes to climb
    and wade safely. My wife and I both wear prescription glasses, so eye protection is covered. We apply sunblock regularly, and watch each other
    for signs of hypothermia during the winter months. We carry a small first
    aid kit while fishing, and a huge first aid kit while sailing. Cell phones and
    radios are kept in good repair, but we try to be prepared to have to rely
    on ourselves in the event of an accident.

    Oh yeah....Buckle up while driving; don't drink or smoke; and exercise .

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    Update on Safety:

    6,000 people (average) die each year by drowning in the United States! That's according to the Army Corps of Engineer's (Wilmington District) site: Water Safety
    According to the ACE, two thirds of drowning victims never intended to be
    in the water....Weird!

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    The vast majority of fishermen who fall out of boats and drown are found with their zipper down. I guess the moral of the story is .... pee in a bottle?

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    During the night....Yeah ! Decks can get wet from condensation, and
    you really have to be right on the toe rail to miss the side of the hull. I
    sail with a guy that uses one of those red hospital pee bottles, but he doesn't
    reach too far over the side to empty it. He has a yellow streak that's sort
    of disgusting down the side of his hull . Our boat has a sturdy rail around the back of the cockpit, and that's the only place I'd consider leaning. The
    bow has a sturdy rail as well, but it's height isn't as great as the stern rail.
    The trip to the bow is longer as well.

    I can't imagine what kind of a balancing act peeing of the side of a jon boat,
    or even some bass boats, would be . A good life jacket can be very
    comfortable, and that's the key to wearing it all the time.

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    Default Re: Graphite rod + lightning = !!!= O^X

    Your right about that Frank-Tampa to Orlando is supposedly "lightning alley." I'm surprised that rod wasn't vaporized. Pretty impressive and amazing people survive that kind of power. I hear the new recommendation is to leave and seek shelter at even the first hint of thunder and lightning or heavy weather. I'm pretty careful after some very close calls and even got a barometer to carry during my old mountain fishing forays but new evidence is sobering.
    Racine

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