Here’s a Can’t Miss Charter Fishing Fail
This is what happens when you have one of your friends trying to be funny while out on a charter fishing trip. This was caught from experience out of Montauk, New York, which is a very popular sport fishing destination. In fact, they play host to the state’s largest fleet of fishing charter businesses. Many anglers flock to this fisherman’s paradise in search of bass, fluke, tuna, and shark.
This fellow purportedly hooked a nice striped bass, yet the bass has the last word, and speaks definitively. However, let’s back up a bit. Did you read the part up above where I mentioned that Montauk is home to the largest fishing fleet in the state? Do a quick search and see how many charter fishing outfits pop up. You will be surprised.
That being the case, you would think that this fellow would have bought a vowel and solved the puzzle, even though Pat and Vanna are not around. Obviously, with so many fishing charter businesses, there must be a fair amount of fish in “them there waters”, right? Well, even though that seems to be the case, somebody failed to fill this guy in. In less than a second, the striped bass snatches the rod right out of the would-be fisherman’s hand.
Now, we have all had our share of deep-sea fishing mishaps for sure, however, seeing a rod fly out of your hand that probably cost more than your car payment each month is no laug
When the Obvious is Painfully Obvious
Now, we have all had our share of deep-sea fishing mishaps for sure, however, seeing a rod fly out of your hand that probably cost more than your car payment each month is no laughing matter. The best response is this fellow that comes running up behind with his hand on his head. That probably sums up how everybody feels about that guy in the moment. The Homer Simpson “Doh!”, is universal among men.Just don’t tell our fishing victim that. He seems nonplussed by the whole affair, smiling all the while. This is why many sport fishermen use harnesses when they fish. They may not look cool, or be en vogue, yet they keep your rod from flying out of your hand into the abyss we know as the ocean. So, as silly as you may feel wearing one, I promise you that you will not feel as silly as our Marlboro cap wearing fisherman. Plus, you have the added bonus of actually landing your catch to be photographed and documented for all of your buddies to see. After all, what are bragging rights if you can’t brag? You are just another inept guy with a fishing rod and lamenting tale of the one that got away.
Putting the Fish Back in Charter Fishing
So don’t be this guy. Don’t go fishing and come back empty handed and empty rod-ed, because you were hamming it up in a moment of fishing zen. The sea is a siren after all my friends. Her call is hypnotic and strong. You always have to be conscious of her. Keep your rod safe when fishing (often times, fishing lends itself to double entendres. This is one of those times, just use your imagination). Use the rod guard on the side of the boat. That is a good start.You don’t have to fight a harness, and it is a much safer way for your line to skim the ocean than what our friend here is doing. Alternatively, you could use a body harness. You might want to make sure you have a tether of some sort to connect you to the boat. This way, if you land a really big one, you won’t go flying into the drink! That would be a worse predicament for you than the moment we have captured of our friend.
Yet, if you are a klutz and all of your friends know it, there is one thing you can do… put an RFID (radio frequency identification device) tag on your rod and reel. This way, if it goes over the side, you can locate it. Of course, that is assuming it does not sink a couple of hundred feet below the surface, or race through the underwater superhighway at break neck speed because it is attached to a large fish of some sort. Yet, provided the first two are not a factor, you should be able to trace and retrieve it. Be prepared for a lot of ribbing and other forms of fisherman hazing from your buddies, but hey, if you are a klutz, you should be used to this sort of thing. They probably invite you for pure entertainment value. That fine, so long as you return with your gear. So go ahead and take the invite. Then take the necessary steps to keep yourself from ending up like our smiling friend. The only thing he can sport is a grin.