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This happened to me one time wile striper fishing I went to set the hook and I slipped as I fell on my back side I let go of the rod and I watched my rod and reel take off into the abyss never to see it again. Has this happen to anyone else?

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Once, sort of...............I was flipping a jig into a laydown in a creek in the spring, got a bite, set the hook, and had the rod ripped right out of my hand. It seemed like it happened in slow motion, I belly flopped on the deck reached into the water and grabbed it.....thinking it was going to be a whopper of a bass...........it was a snapping turtle, a big one.

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Not a bass...but one time me and my Father in law were out at night at this pond doing some catfishing and he leaned his rod on the back side of his lawn chair to help one of his kids when all the sudden his rod shot over his chair and took off into the pond with him scrambling after it, almost completely drenching himself in the pond but to no avail!😂 It was gone for good....

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Years ago I was catfishing off of some rip rap. I cast out the bait and put the rod down behind a big rock. I was putting the bait away and I saw the end of the rod swing around the rock. I ran over the rip rap to get the rod before it went in the drink falling down several times. I got banged up a little, missed the fish, but I saved the rod and reel. 

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I was fishing Oso Reservoir back in July of 1986 before it had any public access (which is another story).  It was a hot morning and I was fishing from the bank. wearing a bathing suit so I could enter the water as need be.  There was some dense brush on one part of the shore near a small pocket and the best way to fish it was to go to the other side of the pocket and wade in waist deep, casting to the deep side of the brush.  I was using a plastic worm and caught a fish on my first cast.  I made a second cast and as the line moved, I reeled down to set the hook.  At the same time the fish moved away from me, deeper into the brush and since my hands were wet from catching the previous fish, he popped the rod right from my hands.

 

Instinctively, I dove forward in the water looking for the rod.  After a few moments underwater, I saw the Stren yellow florescent line, which I grabbed and hand-lined back to the rod.  I stood up, now in chest deep water and began reeling.  Amazingly, the fish was still on, he most likely hooked himself in his initial surge.  The rod & reel, an old Diawa Millionaire combo, was no worse for the wear.

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While bluefishng on a party boat at night My friend put his rod down  against the rail. As soon as I said you shouldn’t do that it sling shotted overboard. Pound for pound best fighting fish in the ocean. 

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Bass no, salt water yes.

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Almost when I was distracted a big spot bit and immediately made a run for it.

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Sort of.

 

I was fishing for reds out of my kayak, during their annual migration into marsh(October) around Grand Isle.

I decided to troll a gold spoon and a world record red(had to been, right?) hit that lure and pulled the rod out of the holder. 

 

So, it wasn't technically in my hands, but that fish took a 200.00 set up none the less.

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It started to, but I stopped it just in time.

 

I was a kid fishing from shore (dam area with deep drop off along the riprap) on a reservoir in Massachusetts. Had a plastic worm on a spinning rod -- cast it out and engaged the bail, then set it down to talk to some friends. Fish decided to eat the worm and then swim off. My friend starts pointing and yelling, so I turn around to see my rod/reel getting pulled into the water. I ran over and got it when it was about 3/4 of the way into the water. The fish really wasn't all that big but we sure had a good laugh. I still remember the moment many decades later.

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Yup. Well, just the rod, since it was a 10' long pole

with a line attached. One of my sons wasn't paying

attention and it was pulled right out of his hands

and across the pond.

 

When retrieved it had a 2 pound bass attached!! 

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Yep lost a falcon lowrider 20 last summer on a hookset. Not sure how but it was demoralizing.

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saw my friends brand new Daiwa Procaster get dragged off a dock by something one Saturday morning about 30 years ago. he never did find that thing. we horse-laughed him for a long time after that.

 

PROCASTER SON! 😄

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One time I was fishing in the bay with my grandparents and my grandma asked me to get more bait for her (I was about six). As I was digging out a shrimp for her something hammered my bait and my little spincast rod didn't stand a chance. It was gone!

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Not me, but my fishing partner and best friend. We were fishing early morning throwing topwater and flukes. It's was drizzling so everything was wet. He was working his fluke rod tip up, almost on the top of the water. About the time he went to twitch it a feisty 2 pounder smashed it and ripped the rod right out of his hands. He jumped for it But I snagged the tip with my buzzbait and the cork on the handle of the rod floated so no harm no foul. 

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I've only ever lost one rod to a fish, probably a carp, I was fishing under a mulberry tree during the berry hatch and that rod launched into the lake like Ike threw it out there.

 

 

One of the Lane brothers had a rod jerked out of his hands by a big spotted bass several years ago while he was fighting the fish. It was really hot and he was cranking the face of a dam or something and as he moved towards the back of the boat to land the fish, just lost it. It happened so fast that I wasn't sure what had happened at first. 

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One of the first lessons we were taught by our local friends on Lake St Clair was to NEVER set your rod down with a bait in the water.  Tube, Senko, Fluke or any other bait that a smallmouth could grab and run with.  ALWAYS reel in if you were going to help net or land a fish for someone else.  I have heeded that advice for 15 years and not lost a setup.  Now in the rain, I have thrown a buzzbait and rod out into 30ft of water when my reel unexpectedly engaged at about 1/2 cast.  Never did find it and I drug the spot for 2 hours.  

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I never lost a fishing rod to a fish while fishing, not even to a shark,billfish,tuna, or other fish that is far more powerful than a bass.

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Had em put me on my knees!  😉

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No, but my dad had a habit of letting catfish take his rods. He lost a couple before we put some cheap rod holders on the dock.

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Twice . 

 

Once an uncle and I were on the fish hot and heavy , he helped me land a nice bass . In the mean time he laid his rod down with the lure hanging over . When he got back to where he laid the rod , it was gone .

 

Another time I was canoeing with a lure dangling in the water and a smallmouth hit it and jerked it in the water . I lunged and grabbed it and in doing so flooded the canoe .

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Nope, although a few years ago I lost my rod on a cast. (don't ask)

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A big bluegill has taken my daughters, she casted and sat it down to go play and it took off into the pond. Luckily it was a very small pond and she had a bobber on, kept my eye out for it and saw the bobber surface after a few minutes, casted to it and drug in back in.. and caught the fish! 

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7 minutes ago, EGbassing said:

Nope, although a few years ago I lost my rod on a cast. (don't ask)

Fishing with a buddy two years ago.

He makes a cast with a spinning rod and the line wraps his finger so he let go of the rod and in the drink it went .... 15 ft deep. Could not get it back.

 

That afternoon we stopped at a second lake.

After catching a few fish, we take-off to try another spot.

My buddy doesn't strap his rod down and away goes pole number two into the drink .... 30 ft deep. Recovery fails again.

 

Needless to say, it was a sad day for him and one of the funniest days of my life.  :D

 

I wish i was making this up.

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