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How many rods and reels have you lost in the lake?

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When I was a kid fishing for catfish at night, I remember I was reeling one in and had my other sweet zebco 33 on the ground with the button pushed for line to come out.  However the line didn't always come out very smooth and a few seconds into my fight with the fish on the line, I heard a small splash by my feet and knew I was down one rod.

Last year however I caught a nice curado/all-star combo in the lake with a crankbait.  Reel was a little muddy and rusted, but cleaned it up and it works just like new. 

Anyone ever lost a rod and reel or caught one in the lake?

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Last summer I was kayak fishing at Watts Bar, in the rain.  :)  Made a backhanded cast to my right and my Patriarch/Kistler crankbait combo slipped out of my hand.

Luckily it:

a) Didn't go far

and

;) Was sinking very slowly

I managed to paddle over to it and yank it out of the water before it sank out of sight...and without tipping the yak over in the process. Normally I keep my rods tethered to the yak when fishing, but not that day.  :-[

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Lost ---> none

Gone overboard ---> 1

And actually it didn 't go overboard on it 's own, it "slipped" from my hand while performing a cast ( oh, yeah .... me ..... stoopid !   :-[ ) , man it flew like a rocket !  :) , fortunately I was able to retrieve it, the crank was still floating on the water surface.

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uh, yeah.  :'( i had a revo paired with a falcon cara jump off the deck before i had those bungy cord rod holders drilled onto the boat. didn't even realize it was gone till we got to our spot. i thought,"where's my rod?" i was thoroughly ticked off. i watched my friend fish for about an hour before i even picked up another rod. my dad gave me that set up :'(

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I lost 1/2 of a 2 piece rod many years ago, fish on, rod came apart, line broke, other half flew into water never to be seen again. 2 combos have been dropped in but recovered. Cell phones, at least 3, sunglasses............too many to count, and once I even kicked my plano 3700 box full of terminal tackle over  the side.

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None. I'm very careful with my hard earned equipment. I carefully lay out the rigs I'm using on my boat. Some people I've fished with however, keep far too many on deck and I've seen a few close calls!  :)

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Spoon - pretty sweet how you seeded your lake with a Zebco 33 and it grew into a Curado combo. :)

0 for me, but last fall a bud in another boat lost his favorite Rick Clunn combo off his foredeck when blasting between spots. Surprisingly he never even saw it fly off.

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I never lost a R&R but had to retrieve one set up two times in one day. Both times I was making long casts with a lipless crank and I hit my boat on the back cast. The rod was pulled out of my hand an the rig went in the lake. I was only fishing in about 5' of water so my brother was able to fish it out with his rod that also had a lipless crank. To this day he still likes to remind me about that. The moral of the story is to let the rod do the work. You don't have to cast with all your might. You really don't gain that much distance anyways.

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When I was 8 or 9 I threw a zebco spincast combo in the lake when I was casting and it slipped out of my hand. A few months later, my uncle was scuba diving in the same area and he found it. It still worked for a few years after that, but was never quite the same even after being cleaned.

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Never lost one but recovered my Dads combo when trolling for trout, only a couple minutes after he dropped it in the water. Very lucky day  :)

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Last summer i threw my ribbontail out and right when it hit the water my dad called. I let it sink as i was paying attention only to my dad on the phone. Before i new it my whole setup was in the water being dragging by what had to of been a giant....

Theres $200 down the drain 

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None, but there have been some very close calls where I almost kicked them in the lake.

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ive lost 5.

one was trolling, guess the drag was too tight. i like to think it was a fish and not a log...

i almost lost one off of a ocean beach pier in San Diego. the rod flew off the pier and was floating about 20 feet below us and we managed to snag it with another rod and line. on the other end was a 4ft shovel nose shark/ray.

the Shenandoah river has taken 4 of my rods. the loomis' do not ride in the canoe. i am now a firm beliver in portaging rapids and also not standing up to take a leak when youre 5 or 6 beers deep.

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I've lost two decent spinning outfits. One river smallmouth fishing from a canoe. I lack the skills and coordination needed to do this. :;) The other was lost in the local perched cooling lake. In the excitement of landing a very nice hybrid striper, I unhooked the lure and set the rod aside. Actually over the side. It took the fun out of catching an 8# fish. :)

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I lost one off a dock - a spinning rod - guess I had a light grip on it and during the forward cast it just slipped out of my hand; fished it out with another rod I had with me. This season, I will be fishing out of a canoe and will be trying to keep a better grip on the rod  ::) 

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I've lost two decent spinning outfits. One river smallmouth fishing from a canoe. I lack the skills and coordination needed to do this. ::) The other was lost in the local perched cooling lake. In the excitement of landing a very nice hybrid striper, I unhooked the lure and set the rod aside. Actually over the side. It took the fun out of catching an 8# fish. ;)

That's got to be the funniest thing I have read here today!! :) ;D

I once nearly lost a spinning rod and reel to a bluegill!!  Me and the (ex)wife were fishing at a lake, she laid the rod down at the edge of the dock we were standing on with a nightcrawler still on the hook and dangling in the water.  I did not know this at the time.  I turned around for some reason and she was looking towards me totally unaware that the rod was slipping below the surface right at her feet.  All I could see was the handle and reel still above the water when I first made eye contact with it.  I made a dive for it and put my whole arm in the water up to the shoulder and just caught the end of the handle with my fingertips as it was being pulled down.  Water right there was 20 feet deep at least.  I pulled it up and found an extra fat bluegill hanging on the end of it, large enough to have gotten a 1/0 light wire hook in it's mouth.  Shirt sleeve was wet but I saved the rod and got a memory out of it. 

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I lost 1/2 of a 2 piece rod many years ago, fish on, rod came apart, line broke, other half flew into water never to be seen again. 2 combos have been dropped in but recovered. Cell phones, at least 3, sunglasses............too many to count, and once I even kicked my plano 3700 box full of terminal tackle over  the side.

Or maybe this is the funniest thing here instead. :) ;D

Since I made another post I'll give you another story.  My brother has got to be the worst for losing stuff in the water.  He had a basket stringer for keeping fish he caught in to keep.  Was catfishing, pulled up the stringer to put another whisker inside it and then tossed it back into the water without retying it up again.  The entire thing sank like a rock, fish and all.  He then recovered it by tying on the biggest treble hook I've ever seen (looked like a grappling hook) and went snagging for it.  He has also lost a rod by baiting it up for catfish and then went swimming with the bait still out.  The rod went sailing by him in the water and he dove for it but missed.  Never saw it again.  He lost the end of my dad's 30+ year old reel in the water, never recovered. 

But hey I can't blame it all on him.  I once dropped a spinning reel spool over the side but still had the line in my hand up top.  I started pulling it up and after a minute I realized what was happening.  120+ yards later I had my spool back and a bush of ruined line at my feet.  That little incident was only just ONE of an entire host of events that went with that day.  I'll save those stories for another time though, they don't quite go with this thread.

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I kicked on in and had one go out of the boat going down the lake.  =  2. 

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i never lost one of my rods, but I was fishing with a buddy 2 years ago in my boat, He hooked me once and hit me 3 times his rod. The 4th time he hit me, I tore his rod out of his hand, and threw it as far as I could. It's still in the bottom of the lake.

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i never lost one of my rods, but I was fishing with a buddy 2 years ago in my boat, He hooked me once and hit me 3 times his rod. The 4th time he hit me, I tore his rod out of his hand, and threw it as far as I could. It's still in the bottom of the lake.

Is he still your buddy??

Ya know, depending on how many people were around, and how nice that rod was, I might have kept it and threw him in the lake instead. ;D

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i never lost one of my rods, but I was fishing with a buddy 2 years ago in my boat, He hooked me once and hit me 3 times his rod. The 4th time he hit me, I tore his rod out of his hand, and threw it as far as I could. It's still in the bottom of the lake.

Is he still your buddy??

Ya know, depending on how many people were around, and how nice that rod was, I might have kept it and threw him in the lake instead. ;D

Rooster, you're wrong, twice. This is the funniest thing in this thread. ;D ;D ;D

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All my rigs are still in my possession.

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