Be Careful

Discussion in 'LOCAL TENNESSEE TALK' started by 8up, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. 8up

    8up New Member

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    I went out about 9:30 this morning to drown a few minners. They were calling for some rain so for the first time ever I put on rain gear. The bite was slow, starting off with a 10" channel cat. Over the next couple hours I caught 9 crappie with 5 of them being short. I had taken three rods with me and had two hung up in the branches of the downed tree I was fishing and the third rod was rigged for bass. So I lifted my rear anchor and let the wind drift me into where I could get untangled.

    Now here is where it got exciting. I am on a pond in a 12' V bottom boat. I went to the front on the boat and grabbed the anchor rope and started pulling. The boat glided toward the anchor and this is the point that something went terribly wrong. Somehow water was coming over the side of the boat. I tried leaning to the other side to stop this from happening but that didn't work. The boat was sinking. I went under with it but managed to get myself out and tried to climb onto the bottom side of the very back of the boat. This wasn't working either as the boat was just being pushed down and it tisted and I went under again. At this point I was under water with full rain gear with the sleeves full of water and it zipped up. To make matters worse I had on Muck boots just shy of knee high. I couldn't get back to the top the jacket sleeves being full of water and the boots were holding me down. I managed to get the jacket unzipped but the elastic at the wrist were still holding it to me. When I finally got free of it I got to the top of the water and took one look for the bank and started swimming. I really did not think I would make it but I had to try. I remember thinking they will find me floating tonight.

    I looked up and saw a branch sticking out of the water and swam as hard as I could for it. Reaching it I hoped it was attached to something bigger but found nothing so I used it to pull myself toward the bank. I finally got to a point where I could stand on an underwater branch and rested, then made my way to the bank.

    Sitting on the bank trying to catch my breath and calm down I realized that not only was my boat turned over but my poles were gone but then it hit me. My wallet was in the pocket of the jacket and besides all the normal stuff it had an envelope with $350 in it. This was money I had saved up for a camping trip with my son after he graduates this summer. It was to be his present.

    I started my walk back to the atv and noticed some stuff floating towards that end of the pond. When I got to the atv it would not start. The solenoid went out and I could not jump across the post. It being a long uphill walk back home I decided to check the bank to see what I could find from the boat I found my small tackle box and a Zoom ziplock bag of worms then the minnow bucket and then the 5 gallon bucket I had my fish in. ALL 4 fish were still in this open bucket. I also found both oars. I manged to get the atv going by running a wire straight from the battery to the starter.

    Dad and I went back out to get the boat armed with some rope and a rod with snagging hook and a life jacket. I swam to the boat wearing the life jacket and had to rope tied to me side. I pulled the rear anchor and dad started pulling and we found out the front anchor rope was no longer attached at the anchor. We pulled the boat to shore and bailed it out then got in it and managed to get one rod and my jacket but my wallet was no longer in the pocket

    I will go back tomorrow and try using and extended dip net in the 10ft water in hopes of finding my wallet. I am hoping to not have to tell my son that I lost the money.

    1 lb of crappie fillets = $450 (cash and rods) Still breathing = priceless Be Careful out there
     
  2. rwilley3

    rwilley3 New Member

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    that sounded scary glad it turned out okay for you
     

  3. Catpaw

    Catpaw Well-Known Member

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    Wow Ron i'am just glad you made it out alive, Hope you can get your wallet back tommorow.
     
  4. catoon

    catoon Board Clown!

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    dude that just sucks im sure some of your tn brothers who are from up there can help you recover your stuff .
     
  5. lforet2002

    lforet2002 Well-Known Member

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    No way!!!That sucks...Glad to hear your ok..I've had some close calls myself..Did you ever figure out what caused the boat to sink??
     
  6. Waterbug

    Waterbug New Member

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    Glad your Ok. This is a good reminder that we all need to keep a life jacket in our boats at all times.

    Good luck finding the rest of your stuff.
     
  7. tnvol

    tnvol New Member

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    Wow! Glad to hear you are ok man!
     
  8. FishMan

    FishMan New Member

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    The money is there and you must find it. You will find the money.

    Glad your OK
    Good luck

    Danny
     
  9. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Ron that is a lot of bad luck in one night. The important thing is that you are safe. The other items can be replaced. Maybe you will find the wallet and etc.
     
  10. CountryHart

    CountryHart New Member

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    Dang Ron. Glad your okay and hate the fact you lost your wallet. Hopefully no deeper than the water is you'll find it. I duck hunted for years and always wore a belt around my waders to prevent them from filling up in case of a accident.
     
  11. 8up

    8up New Member

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    I went back and spent yesterday in the rain with my dad using a large dip net with a 14' handle. We found everything except the wallet. We found 2 minnow nets, 2 rods, 1 towel, 1 easy measure board, 1 bubble box. With the rains we have had today the river has overflowed into the ponds so finding the wallet will most likely never happen.

    I will still take my son camping for a week but it will be in LBL fishing Kentucky lake and Barkley. We had planned to go after monster cats in Chattanooga but we will have to stay closer to home. Anyone have any tips they want to give me on fishing these waters the 2nd week of June?
     
  12. Catpaw

    Catpaw Well-Known Member

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    Ron glad to here you found 99.9 percent of your stuff ..lol ..The fish you lost the wallet too probaly went out and spent the money on some high end earth worm's and some name brand stink bait for there party ... Glad you did'nt lose a credit card .
     
  13. 8up

    8up New Member

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    Yeah some Flathead will steal my Identity :big_smile: