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Last year I was dock fishing on the Potomac and I slipped off the dock into the shallows, By chance my shin landed on a cement slab underwater. The cement had pencil thick rebar protruding out of it and one of them impaled my shin about an inch and a half deep. I was thrashing underwater as I could not get my leg off the rebar, it must have taken me 15 seconds to rip my shin off the rebar. Adrenaline kept the pain down but it wouldn't stop bleeding. Fixed it up and I kept fishing, now a week later it was healing fine, a nurse looked at it and gave me the thumbs up. Fast forward 3 weeks my left leg ( the one that got injured by rebar ) was 3 times the size of my other leg, I knew something was wrong, I could not stand and when I tried I felt liquid in my entire leg, I went to the ER and it turned out I had gotten MRSA, luckily they were able to save my leg but man.. That was scary.

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nothing serious happend to me, i had slipped on a dock to the water, thus destroyiong my phone

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The only real bad thing that has happened to me while fishing was having a Pop-R imbedded into the side of my neck by a very bad cast by a friend. He stood there laughing while I stood there thinking I was going to die with a d**n pop-r stuck in my jugular. Luckily the hooks only hit muscle, and my buddy paid the ER bill.

I have also fallen out of the boat after hitting the trolling motor, not realizing that it was pointed to the right. No harm to me but my phone didn't take the swim too well. . .

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One spring a few years ago I fell out of my boat into 45 or so degree water. A gust of wind blew my boat sideways and the trolling motor caught a large stump and over I went. It is an interesting sensation looking up and seeing the bottom of you boat and knowing "this ain't good".

Fortunately I was wearing Frogg Toggs instead of my heavier Guide Wear rain suit. They fit a lot looser and a lot of air was caught inside the suit and I popped right back up to the surface. Then adrenaline kicked in and three kicks later I was hanging on to the side of my boat.

Call me anal, but the first year I got my boat I practiced falling in ( middle of summer in 85 degree water) and then getting back into my boat. I feel like that practice a few years earlier saved me that day.

When I got home from that experience, I pulled out the Bass Pro catalog and ordered myself an inflatable life jacket and I'm pretty religious about wearing it now.

Other than that, I've stuck hooks into myself a few times and back when I was a bank fisherman I had a few encounters with snakes.

While trailering my boat, I've had a couple of close highway traffic encounters, for the most part not my fault.

I don't count losing equipment or cell phones (lost 1) as serious, because I figure I've just got temporary custody of that stuff anyway.

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One spring a few years ago I fell out of my boat into 45 or so degree water. A gust of wind blew my boat sideways and the trolling motor caught a large stump and over I went. It is an interesting sensation looking up and seeing the bottom of you boat and knowing "this ain't good".

Fortunately I was wearing Frogg Toggs instead of my heavier Guide Wear rain suit. They fit a lot looser and a lot of air was caught inside the suit and I popped right back up to the surface. Then adrenaline kicked in and three kicks later I was hanging on to the side of my boat.

Call me anal, but the first year I got my boat I practiced falling in ( middle of summer in 85 degree water) and then getting back into my boat. I feel like that practice a few years earlier saved me that day.

When I got home from that experience, I pulled out the Bass Pro catalog and ordered myself an inflatable life jacket and I'm pretty religious about wearing it now.

Other than that, I've stuck hooks into myself a few times and back when I was a bank fisherman I had a few encounters with snakes.

While trailering my boat, I've had a couple of close highway traffic encounters, for the most part not my fault.

I don't count losing equipment or cell phones (lost 1) as serious, because I figure I've just got temporary custody of that stuff anyway.

I practice flipping in my kayak, it can be pretty scary if you panic.
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I fished from the back of the boat after my partner had a pot full of chili beans the night before...and he kept me downwind all day.

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i used a crankbait to attach myself to a fish by the finger.

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I was backing my boat down and it slid off the trailer but forgot to tie off my rope. Bye Bye boat.

I panicked and forgot to put my truck in park and it went in and got a foot of water in the back seats. Luckily there was no damage to the car after it dried out.

After standing there for 15 minutes the stiff 3mph wind blew my boat back to the ramp.

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I sank my boat in an area that had alligators all over. Took 2 hours to to get enough water out of boat so that we could get back in. The entire time we were in the water we were seeing gators come up and watch us.

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A striper hung both trebles of a pencil popper in the palm of my hand while he was still on and thrashing.

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I was trying to rip my bait out of the weeds, and well it came undone, but it came back so fast that the 1/4 oz bullet weight hit me right in my knee. Left a nice mark lol

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I was trying to rip my bait out of the weeds, and well it came undone, but it came back so fast that the 1/4 oz bullet weight hit me right in my knee. Left a nice mark lol

i used to like fishing until i took a bullet weight to the knee

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I was up on the front deck (I was fishing from the back) trying to free a hung lure. My buddy thought I had returned to the back deck and proceeded to cast. He hung a jig in my lip on his back cast. Trip to the ER ensued!!

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When I was 18 I was catfishing from some rip rap. I got up to check one of my rigs and when I stepped down on a rock it turned over on me. My right knee came down on a rock w/ a point on it. I got a hole in my knee that was about 1/2" wide. Wrapped up my knee and kept fishing.

Later on that night my knee started to swell up. It got so big that it wouldn't bend any longer, and I decided that I needed a Dr. to look at it. They took an x-ray and the picture showed a crack like you would see in a windshield. The edge was in one piece and the center was busted up.

Even though the ER couldn't do anything but put a dressing on it they recommended that I treat it like a regular break and take it easy for about 4 weeks. Now I have a nice little scar right where the hole was.

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While making an overhead cast standing on a canal bank I slipped a little. I felt a HARD smack on the back of my head. It was my Zara Spook Jr. It hooked me through my hat and into my head. After trying to yank it and work it out I finally went to the ER to get it removed. I still have that lure, haven't fished with it since though.

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When I was 18 I was catfishing from some rip rap. I got up to check one of my rigs and when I stepped down on a rock it turned over on me. My right knee came down on a rock w/ a point on it. I got a hole in my knee that was about 1/2" wide. Wrapped up my knee and kept fishing.

Later on that night my knee started to swell up. It got so big that it wouldn't bend any longer, and I decided that I needed a Dr. to look at it. They took an x-ray and the picture showed a crack like you would see in a windshield. The edge was in one piece and the center was busted up.

Even though the ER couldn't do anything but put a dressing on it they recommended that I treat it like a regular break and take it easy for about 4 weeks. Now I have a nice little scar right where the hole was.

Sounds like my experience! Hah.
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Scariest thing for me was 3 years ago. Wife and I put boat in the water at 4am, foggy as all get out. We had to idle to where I wanted to fish, took approx 45min to get to where we were going. Wife and I were sitting still for the entire time, until we got close and I moved my foot and realized it was cold. I reached down and there was water coming up through the floor drain at the helm!! I thought we had a good sized hole somewhere. I paniced, I could just start to see as the sun was coming up and opened it up and headed for the nearest ramp, bilge pump running entire time. We hit the ramp with enough water both batteries were covered in the bilge. Beached it shallow so it couldn't sink out of sight, and we sat there while I bitched and moaned about the predicament we were in. Suddenly in a moment in between rants I heard a hum. Then it is hit me "look at the dash", in the dark I hit the switch for the livewell fill pump, and it was filling the entire boat. That next weekend I installed illuminated switches.

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Scariest thing for me was 3 years ago. Wife and I put boat in the water at 4am, foggy as all get out. We had to idle to where I wanted to fish, took approx 45min to get to where we were going. Wife and I were sitting still for the entire time, until we got close and I moved my foot and realized it was cold. I reached down and there was water coming up through the floor drain at the helm!! I thought we had a good sized hole somewhere. I paniced, I could just start to see as the sun was coming up and opened it up and headed for the nearest ramp, bilge pump running entire time. We hit the ramp with enough water both batteries were covered in the bilge. Beached it shallow so it couldn't sink out of sight, and we sat there while I bitched and moaned about the predicament we were in. Suddenly in a moment in between rants I heard a hum. Then it is hit me "look at the dash", in the dark I hit the switch for the livewell fill pump, and it was filling the entire boat. That next weekend I installed illuminated switches.

That's gotta make you panic, especially with the wife on board in the fog.

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The worst thing that happens to me happens quit often. I stop and go home, always a traumatic experience.

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i used to like fishing until i took a bullet weight to the knee

You just reminded me of a painful memory from last year. Ripping a 3/4oz jig from a snag and having it hit me in the, um, twig and berry's. . . Now every time I do that I flinch and turn sideways.

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Running some unexpected rapids in my sit on top kayak. Flipped me over and I hung on to my kayak as I was carried downstream. Ended up getting smashed up against a big boulder and for a few seconds I was thinking I was going to drown but adrenaline kicked in and I got my self out.

Another was last year, one of the first days out in my kayak after I bought it. It was an unusually warm day with not a cloud in sight. My kayak is a sit on top so my legs are fully exposed. I was wearing shorts and I didn't put on sunscreen and was out for 8+ hours with my legs getting blasted by sun. I could feel them getting burnt but thought, "whatever, it's just my legs, they could use a little sun since they never get any". That was the whole problem, my legs NEVER see sun. The day later my legs were red and painful. A week later they were so swollen I could hardly walk. They were actually filled with a "hard, mushy" liquid. I could take my index finger and push on my shin and my finger would slowly create a 1" deep dent on my shin.

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Running some unexpected rapids in my sit on top kayak. Flipped me over and I hung on to my kayak as I was carried downstream. Ended up getting smashed up against a big boulder and for a few seconds I was thinking I was going to drown but adrenaline kicked in and I got my self out.

Another was last year, one of the first days out in my kayak after I bought it. It was an unusually warm day with not a cloud in sight. My kayak is a sit on top so my legs are fully exposed. I was wearing shorts and I didn't put on sunscreen and was out for 8+ hours with my legs getting blasted by sun. I could feel them getting burnt but thought, "whatever, it's just my legs, they could use a little sun since they never get any". That was the whole problem, my legs NEVER see sun. The day later my legs were red and painful. A week later they were so swollen I could hardly walk. They were actually filled with a "hard, mushy" liquid. I could take my index finger and push on my shin and my finger would slowly create a 1" deep dent on my shin.

My chest got a 3rd degree sunburn when I was out kayaking.. I was in tears for a week, it cracked and bled, pus oozing. Hair follicles won't grow so my chest looks waxed in a spot haha.

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Two for me.

First one, my cousin was demonstrating to me how to set a hook. He got a bite, set the hook hard and out of the water came a 2 1/2lbs bass.

Flew right into my man region, dehooked the bass and hooked the, how do you say this politely...my rod tip. I just stood there for 30 seconds staring at it in fear. THANK GOD it came out easy.

The second time was with my wife. The waves were out pretty good and I sarcasticly told her to get her "sea legs" on. As I was casting from the front on a downward wave the boat fell on a stump throwing me in the water. This was this year in January. After making sure I was ok my wife laughed her butt off.

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Running some unexpected rapids in my sit on top kayak. Flipped me over and I hung on to my kayak as I was carried downstream. Ended up getting smashed up against a big boulder and for a few seconds I was thinking I was going to drown but adrenaline kicked in and I got my self out.

Another was last year, one of the first days out in my kayak after I bought it. It was an unusually warm day with not a cloud in sight. My kayak is a sit on top so my legs are fully exposed. I was wearing shorts and I didn't put on sunscreen and was out for 8+ hours with my legs getting blasted by sun. I could feel them getting burnt but thought, "whatever, it's just my legs, they could use a little sun since they never get any". That was the whole problem, my legs NEVER see sun. The day later my legs were red and painful. A week later they were so swollen I could hardly walk. They were actually filled with a "hard, mushy" liquid. I could take my index finger and push on my shin and my finger would slowly create a 1" deep dent on my shin.

I've had blisters, but never pitting edema from a sunburn. That had to hurt something fierce.

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