Yesterday my son Zack and I went fishing in our tandem yak in the wind. He tied on a suspending Mirrodine with a set of (in my opinion) oversized hooks to replace the rusty original hooks. The location we were fishing normally yields small trout. I told him the lure and hooks were way too big. What do I know, he proceeds to catch and release 14 trout most of which were well over 20 inches with the largest pushing 25 inches. He added a nice snook as well. From the back of the yak I managed 3 rather sad little trout, a sheepshead and a baby cuda. I told you so rang in my ears all the way home. My 15 year old is not a humble fisherman.
So today while junior was in school I took his rod with the winning lure still attached and returned to the scene of yesterday's beating and went wade fishing in search of redemption. I quickly caught a small trout and promptly stepped on a ray and took the barb through the heavy sole of my wading boat in the ankle. It really hurt. I managed to make it ashore with the assistance of a friend and drove myself to the hospital. Three hours later and $100.00 poorer I was good to go. Fortunately the barb did not snap off in my ankle.
My friend who assisted me had not had a bite all day so I gave him Zack's lucky lure before I left for the hospital. I hope he is still alive.
Bill, you know what they say.. big hooks big... .uhhh... errrr.. ok.. it sounds something like that!
Did the barb remain and it was removed or was there no barb to remove in the first place?
Hope you feel better and get back out there soon.
PLANE FISH N
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Oh and "If people concentrated on the really important things in life, there'd be a shortage of fishing poles.
At least it didn't do too much damage. I was fishing off a pier this summer and caught a stingray. I cut him off, went back to fishing. There was an old-timer there who told me I was smart for just cutting the stingray off without trying to retrieve the hook. Then he proceeded to take his shoe off and show me where his big toe used to be, he said it was from getting stuck by a stingray.
Great advice Bill!
Too many people figure they can take care of a wound like that forgetting that there are many parasites and bacteria living all over the slime that the barbs contain.
Hope you feel better soon.
I'm sure Zach will take care of the fishing while you are healing. grin
PLANE FISH N