- Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:08 am
Thankfully, it wasn't from my kayak though. I was fishing from my buddy's pier and my line got tangled with the lady next to me. She reeled in and I was attempting to untie her line from mine (it was a spaghetti mess of a knot) and lost my balance and went right over the pier. It was about 6' from the pier down to the water, and thankfully the water was only about 4' deep, so not too bad. I lost my glasses, my knife, my electronic cigarette. My phone stayed in my pocket, and thankfully so did the keys to my truck. And my keys still worked surprisingly, considering everything is electronic these days. My phone is in a ziplock bag with rice right now, but I'm going on the assumption that it's toast. It was a bit chilly, but not too bad. I was probably in the water for about 7-8 minutes, so no real worry. I swam/walked back to shore about 100 yards away, slipped on the old boat ramp (which was covered in slime) and jacked up my foot pretty good. Shredded 2 of my fingertips on, I'm assuming, barnacles on the pier going in.
All and all, I'm good, in a bit of pain from my foot, a little embarrassed, but no worse for wear. Lessons learned for sure.
1 - phone goes in my fishing bag from now on, and not in my pocket. same with my keys.
2 - never assume you're immune to stupidity. I had a pretty good buzz, was having a good time, and just got too close to the edge and in I went.
3 - Keep the drinking to a minimum. That's the biggest takeaway. The splash sobered me up immediately, but I need to get that under control. it doesn't happen too often that I drink too much, but I do like to have some cold beer while I'm fishing.