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Got my fishing gear taken care of last night in preparation for this morning's departure.  Was visiting relation in Florida and had a 7:05 A.M. flight to catch.  Knew I had to remember to get my carry-on bag that contained a few lures and baitcast reels.  Get on the plane, slide my medical bag under the seat in front of me and.....yup....you guessed it......realized my fishing bag was still sitting on my in-laws' porch.  :wall3:

 

Seven baitcast reels in the bag.  Most could stay there until my next visit.  However, one was my Airy Red that had just been tuned, upgraded and fished for the first time.  Add cost of reel to cost of work and upgrades and it is my most expensive reel.  Reelly depressed.  :crybaby2: and :mad: at myself.  Could ask them to mail them up, but guess I will survive until the next visit.

 

No doubt some of you have similar tales.

 

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Not like yours, was out at the boat as we were zooming into new spot that was quite far away ..

 

I looked around the boat and realized that I left my tackle bag at the truck. I had to suck it up.  

He looked into his bag and gave me one GY black/red flake tube.

Good things happens for a reason - caught this one :) 

 

 

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Forgot my pliers once while walleye fishing an hour away from the boat ramp, and of course they kept swallowing our nightcrawler harnesses.  Didn't want to drive back, but the rest of my group wanted to go back unless I unhooked all of the deep hooked walleye for them, so I got stuck with the job of having my hand chomped on by needles and unhooking them.  My hands were raw and bleeding by the end of the day, we caught over 50 walleye and about three quarters of them swallowed the harnesses.  Had one of them clamp down on my hand and shake like crazy, had to have someone else pry its mouth open.

 

Another time, this afternoon, while skipping docks on a point I got snagged on a boat lift.  So I motored over, and got off on the boat lift to unsnag.  I had tied the boat off to the lift beforehand, so I untied it as I was getting in the boat, and unfortunately had my pair of aluminum pliers fall out of my pocket into the water in the process.  I quickly grabbed my net, and got off on the lift to try and fish my pliers out with the net.

        Luckily I was able to fish my pliers out of the water, but while I was doing that the wind had carried my boat away.  So I'm standing on someone elses boat lift with a net in my hand and pliers once again in my pocket, watching the wind carry my boat away.  So I had to jump in the 52 degree water with a net in one hand and swim after my boat that is being pushed away from me by the 10-15 mile an hour wind, while swimming with one hand in freezing water.  I managed to catch up to my boat, after about ten minutes and a lot of swimming.  Hauled myself back in the boat using the motors prop as a ladder, and drove home to warm up.  I had no idea how much harder it is to swim when the water is friged and your hyperventilating caused by shock from the cold.

 

 

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I was going night fishing with a friend and he directly told me not to forget my rain gear. That day as I was packing my truck I remembered the rain jacket and pants. Brought them out of my house, sat them on the ground, put in all the other stuff in my truck and took off for the launch ramp. Yep, I said "sat them on the ground". Thats where they were all night long. I was out in the boat with my friend fishing when the rain started. He said "You better put on your rain coat" and I said "&*#%!". I spent the next 5 hours trying to fish with a trash bag on me. 

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Drove 45 minutes filled with anticipation of hitting a sweet looking kayak spot. Got there, unloaded everything, realized I'd forgotten my PADDLE. Loaded everything back up, went back home, and went to bed. 

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Go on enough trips and stuff (%$!@) is going to happen.  Remember a steelhead trip once out in Oregon where I met a friend at the river.  Had the waders, vest, rain jacket...oh....but no fishing rod.....$#@!

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Had a guide trip got to the ramp and noticed that the boat keys had blown out of the ignition.  No spare set.  65 miles to lake.  

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I was going to a tournament and got about two miles down the road and realized I didn't have my glasses on. Went back home got glasses got to the ramp to get live well check and register for the Tournament truck was over heating. My partner put me in the water and parked the truck. We were fishing and trolling motor started locking up. We only caught one bass.  Went to put boat on trailer and Go to weigh in. Truck wouldn't start. Battery dead !!!!!!  What a day.

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8 hours ago, IndianaFinesse said:

Forgot my pliers once while walleye fishing an hour away from the boat ramp, and of course they kept swallowing our nightcrawler harnesses.  Didn't want to drive back, but the rest of my group wanted to go back unless I unhooked all of the deep hooked walleye for them, so I got stuck with the job of having my hand chomped on by needles and unhooking them.  My hands were raw and bleeding by the end of the day, we caught over 50 walleye and about three quarters of them swallowed the harnesses.  Had one of them clamp down on my hand and shake like crazy, had to have someone else pry its mouth open.

 

Another time, this afternoon, while skipping docks on a point I got snagged on a boat lift.  So I motored over, and got off on the boat lift to unsnag.  I had tied the boat off to the lift beforehand, so I untied it as I was getting in the boat, and unfortunately had my pair of aluminum pliers fall out of my pocket into the water in the process.  I quickly grabbed my net, and got off on the lift to try and fish my pliers out with the net.

        Luckily I was able to fish my pliers out of the water, but while I was doing that the wind had carried my boat away.  So I'm standing on someone elses boat lift with a net in my hand and pliers once again in my pocket, watching the wind carry my boat away.  So I had to jump in the 52 degree water with a net in one hand and swim after my boat that is being pushed away from me by the 10-15 mile an hour wind, while swimming with one hand in freezing water.  I managed to catch up to my boat, after about ten minutes and a lot of swimming.  Hauled myself back in the boat using the motors prop as a ladder, and drove home to warm up.  I had no idea how much harder it is to swim when the water is friged and your hyperventilating caused by shock from the cold.

 

You are lucky you didn't drown. 

 

 

 

 

 

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the day of the move from east coast to west coast.  had the poles ready to move   had my reels in a bag ready to go.  placed them on the drive way wall......got tied up with moving and movers forgot about the bag...got carried off by the garbage truck. no reels, 8 poles  reel less

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3 hours ago, halochef said:

the day of the move from east coast to west coast.  had the poles ready to move   had my reels in a bag ready to go.  placed them on the drive way wall......got tied up with moving and movers forgot about the bag...got carried off by the garbage truck. no reels, 8 poles  reel less

 

T H A T - R E A L L Y -  S U C K S  ! 

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As per usual I always tie up all my rods the night before a derby, was happy when I finished that job. Crashed and slept like a baby. We put in at 7am & we're all set to go but all my rods were left in our room 30 miles away. OMG we laughed all day about that as I fished with his rods & caught the lions share of the fish we weighed in. That was day 1 nothing out of the ordinary day 2 and we finished in the top ten. & we're smiling all the way to the bank.

Don't sweat the small stuff,

cheers

Fred

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About a week ago I'd bumped a big fish off a bed. Was on a mean bite. So I get home that night. swap some reels and rods around  from my equipment and pair my best 2 t rig set ups. New line the works... get out to my spot the next day about 8 in the morning. And there she is sitting on her golden platter right where I last seen her... Bigger than ish! On the second flip she smoked my motor oil zoom mag lizard. I lower my rod tip while smoothly picking up line , come tight, and freaking lay the wood to her!  drag was backed off. Way off. Nothing. Never saw her again.

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4 hours ago, halochef said:

the day of the move from east coast to west coast.  had the poles ready to move   had my reels in a bag ready to go.  placed them on the drive way wall......got tied up with moving and movers forgot about the bag...got carried off by the garbage truck. no reels, 8 poles  reel less

The garbage man loves you if he fishes!

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Left ANOTHER pair of my braid scissors/split ring pliers on the bank again.This is getting expensive.

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was lending my saltwater  fishing equipment to my church for summer youth program. leaned against my truck to go inside and get more. my daughter distracted me. came out, and viola... a small fortune worth of penn rods....gone.

some of them are no longer available....hate the replacements with a passion.

 

 

if I ever find who did it, I will not call the police.

 

he will.

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18 hours ago, Bluebasser86 said:

Drove 45 minutes filled with anticipation of hitting a sweet looking kayak spot. Got there, unloaded everything, realized I'd forgotten my PADDLE. Loaded everything back up, went back home, and went to bed. 

 

I've done this before, but only a 15 minute drive. My solution was to get a cheap four-part breakdown paddle and keep it always stowed inside the hull.

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On 4/5/2017 at 0:55 AM, IndianaFinesse said:

Forgot my pliers once while walleye fishing an hour away from the boat ramp, and of course they kept swallowing our nightcrawler harnesses.  Didn't want to drive back, but the rest of my group wanted to go back unless I unhooked all of the deep hooked walleye for them, so I got stuck with the job of having my hand chomped on by needles and unhooking them.  My hands were raw and bleeding by the end of the day, we caught over 50 walleye and about three quarters of them swallowed the harnesses.  Had one of them clamp down on my hand and shake like crazy, had to have someone else pry its mouth open.

 

Another time, this afternoon, while skipping docks on a point I got snagged on a boat lift.  So I motored over, and got off on the boat lift to unsnag.  I had tied the boat off to the lift beforehand, so I untied it as I was getting in the boat, and unfortunately had my pair of aluminum pliers fall out of my pocket into the water in the process.  I quickly grabbed my net, and got off on the lift to try and fish my pliers out with the net.

        Luckily I was able to fish my pliers out of the water, but while I was doing that the wind had carried my boat away.  So I'm standing on someone elses boat lift with a net in my hand and pliers once again in my pocket, watching the wind carry my boat away.  So I had to jump in the 52 degree water with a net in one hand and swim after my boat that is being pushed away from me by the 10-15 mile an hour wind, while swimming with one hand in freezing water.  I managed to catch up to my boat, after about ten minutes and a lot of swimming.  Hauled myself back in the boat using the motors prop as a ladder, and drove home to warm up.  I had no idea how much harder it is to swim when the water is friged and your hyperventilating caused by shock from the cold.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pliers are one of the easiest (and worst) things to leave behind. At least you didnt catch any pike. Your hands would probably look like raw hamburger:tongue3:

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18 minutes ago, Largemouth21 said:

Pliers are one of the easiest (and worst) things to leave behind. At least you didnt catch any pike. Your hands would probably look like raw hamburger:tongue3:

So true. 

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Went to Okeechobee one time, (45 minutes from the house) got to the ramps at Slim's and realized I left the KILL SWITCH at home.  I trolled around the camp grounds and boy scout cut all day.  What a bummer!!!!!:mad1:

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Went about four hours away for a bass tourney and totally ran out of senkos in Practice.... no bait shop for miles.

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Lots of great...or not so great...stories depending on how you look at them.  Thanks for sharing.  Glad none of those situations has happened to me.  A couple would have left me still crying every time I thought about it.  At least I shouldn't have to worry about losing my reels.  Unless my nephew decides to let friends borrow a few.  Happened with one of my rods, and I never saw it again.

 

 

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Lots of good stories here.  I can't relate much, but some of my bass club buddies probably can.  They were driving back up from a tournament late at night with there fishing tackle in the back bed of there truck.  Somehow the truck hatch opened as they hit a bump in the road and all their fishing lures got thrown out the back.  They pulled off to the side of the road and started walking back to try and find their lures when another big truck came thundering down the road and ran over half of their fishing lures, getting the trebles from the lures stuck in its tires during the process.  Apparently the truck never stopped.  I bet he had a fun time when he parked his car later that night.  This happened roughly two years ago, but every time we have a bass club meeting, we all get a big laugh out of that.

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One of my closest friends was taking a trip to the beach to fish. Another friend of mine built him a rod rack for his birthday. On the way to the beach my friend looked back and at 65 miles per hour and saw his rods flying around on the highway. Needless to say, over 1000 dollars worth of rods were ruined due a poor rod rack. 

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