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    hey Ralph
from MikeF  
6/28/2012 8:07:41 AM


 I thought I would start a new thread for this.

Since you have expressed a concern with your safety as you age have you considered getting a PLB to clip on your lifevest. If you're in the water and can't get back to your boat you could press a button and get help quickly.

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   MIke from Ralph Manns  6/28/2012 2:21:18 PM
 Good suggestion. If I still went out on open water I would heed it. But I now fish totally with a very active marina or in a small pond surrounded by residents. I'm still able to swim although not nearly as strongly or effectively as in years too-long gone by, and I wear a auto-inflatable in case I'm unconscious when I fall.

I'm only 79 and hope to have many more fishing years left.
My biggest problem now that I fish only sitting down is that my fingers are weakening and arthritic. I've lost two rods in the last 6 weeks trying to both steer my boat over a snag and hold the rod with line tension. I suspect the loses occur if and when I roll my wrist over with palm down. I've just got to stop letting that happen.

   OK good luck with the arthritis and an idea from MikeF  6/28/2012 4:07:50 PM
 Just a thought but you could use a rod leash so the rod won't get lost if you drop it. You can slip one end over the chair post and attach the other end to the rod/reel. We use these all the time for really big fish that can rip tackle out of your hands.

I tried to post a link but it was way too long. If you go to Cabela's web-site they carry rod leashes. Or just google it

   When I was guiding from Thad Rains  6/29/2012 12:44:18 AM
 I started using rod floaties, attached with velcro. Rallph, you may or may not remember them, but I was fishing with 1 rod that had the floaty or floatie (dunno which) attached to it. Since most of my rods are custom built, I started putting thse things on and they have saved me a lot of money over the years, especially when trying to teach someone how to cast with a baitcast reel.

Those might help as welll. Hope this helps. Respectfully,


   Thad from Ralph Manns  6/29/2012 2:12:14 PM
 I noticed, but without shifting my mind into higher gear. It took two rod losses for me to admit I had a problem. Thanks.

   Follow-up report from Ralph Manns  6/29/2012 11:07:37 PM
 Perhaps I should have made the subject: what goes around, comes around.

Today as I was preparing to move reels to re-set up a crank bait rod. My friend Tucker arrived. He had the rod I had just lost in his hand. It seems an angler, Doug, who I often see fishing in the marina from his Bass Cat while I'm fishing, snagged it this morning. Doug called Tucker to ask if it might be my rod. As Tucker gave me that rod and reel, it was easy for him to identify.

I had to install new tiptop on as the tip was broken, but the reel, now cleaned and oiled, is as good as it was before it went swimming. But5 It is time for me to get some rod floats.

Mysterious ways!

   CONGRATS on your return from Thad Rains  6/30/2012 12:19:22 AM
 That is a stroke of good luck. I have lost 4 rods at different times, w/o the floats on them and I have never been able to find any of them, even going to the length of hiring a diver to look for my rods (3 custom built with 3 Curados SF and 200B5s on them, OUCH). Congratulations on getting it back. The rod floats work for me.

Good luck.


   good deal Ralph from RJR  6/30/2012 8:32:29 PM
 it is good to know there are still good people out there.



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