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Daily Subscription Msg 1 Posted: 06:58 PM 05/18/10 (CST)
I always skip the weekend opener. Too many boats. Too many amateurs at the ramp. With that said, I made a bonehead error today at the ramp at Bald Eagle Lake.

I prefer launching on the right side of the ramp, since I keep my rods in vertical rod holders on the port side of the boat. Well, today, there was someone who looked like he'd be a long time getting launched, so I backed down the right side. No problems...until I stepped into the boat to start the outboard and get ready to get underway.

Well, the rods were still in the vertical holders, and I managed to brush the one with the Rapala Clacking Rap hooked to the first guide. Oops!

The Clacking Rap uses a hook with one hook on the treble being very large and sticking out farther than the others. That hook imbedded itself deeply into the outside of my forearm. Didn't hurt that much, but I was instantly aware that I needed to stop right away and think this through. Way past the barb, the hook went.

After some thought, I realized that I couldn't really see the hook, since my forearm was still attached to the rod and that Clacking Rap. What to do?

I reached around and felt the hook, and realized that it was buried to the beginning of the bend in the hook. I thought some more. Then, I used thumb and forefinger to grasp the bend in the hook, and quickly rotated it back out of the wound, just as it had gone in.

It didn't really hurt, since there aren't a lot of nerves in that part of the forearm, but it bled quite a bit. Fortunately, I have a nifty little first aid kit in the boat, and a bit of antiseptic cream and a Bandaid took care of the problem pretty well.

Fishing? Well, I wasn't going to let a little hook wound slow down my day. I caught a pile of bass while fishing for Northerns, and released them all without even taking them out of the water.

I had good success with a Booyah Mini Shad spinnerbait and tried out the new flat rap, in yellow perch color. The only thing I caught with it was a 12" perch...the largest I've ever caught on Bald Eagle. I guess cannibalism is OK with perch.

There's some bruising on the forearm, but it still doesn't hurt.

Folks: Put a first aid kit in your boat, and always stop if you get hooked, then reason out how to remove the hook with the least amount of damage. There's no rush, and it's usually pretty easy to figure out how to take it out the way it came in. We do it all the time when unhooking fish. Same principle.


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Daily Subscription Msg 2 Posted: 06:29 AM 05/19/10 (CST)
Dittos on the first aid in the boat. Good thing you were able to get the hook out. Kind of reminds me of a few years back. I was up at the cabin and so excited to get out on the water, I wasn't paying much attention to where my fingers were on the boat lift. Well... you guessed it... I took off the tip of the middle finger. It got caught in the gears of the wheel. I wrapped my hand in a towel and drove to Aitkin, which had the closest hospital. Five hours later and some surgery, and they had sewed the tip back on. It kind of put a crimp on the fishing for that day. I did make it out the next day, however. smile smiley



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Daily Subscription Msg 3 Posted: 08:27 AM 05/19/10 (CST)
I added the first aid kit when I started taking kids out fishing. So far, I've managed to keep all the kids from sticking themselves with hooks, but I was glad it was in the boat yesterday...just to stop the bleeding.

The water in Bald Eagle is about the clearest I've ever seen it. I had a great time yesterday idling through the weeds and actually seeing a lot of fish in the water. I wasn't really fishing too hard, since bass are my main target, but I sure saw some really nice ones in the weedy areas, along with a lot of panfish for them to eat.

Most of the boats that were out appeared to be fishing for walleyes, but I didn't see any caught. Come to think of it, I can't remember the last person to told me they caught a walleye on Bald Eagle. I know they're in there, but I don't think the numbers are very high these days.


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Daily Subscription Msg 4 Posted: 09:41 AM 05/19/10 (CST)
I usually catch a couple of 'eyes a year out there, but I don't target them.



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Daily Subscription Msg 5 Posted: 10:40 AM 05/19/10 (CST)
Every time I've managed to hook myself its always been on a treble hook. For this reason I like to pinch down all the barbs on my rapalas or any other bait that has treble hooks. With the barb pinch down removing the hook is always much easier as you can just back it out the way it went in. With the barb intact you run the risk of having to push it the rest of the way through which I can't imagine would feel very good.

I have yet to loose a fish that I can attribute to not having the barbs. Even if I lost a fish or two its a small price to pay for added safety.


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Daily Subscription Msg 6 Posted: 11:03 AM 05/19/10 (CST)
That's a good point. It would certainly cause less pain, and it would make releases easier, too.


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Daily Subscription Msg 7 Posted: 01:24 PM 05/20/10 (CST)
Thanks for the reminder on the first aid kit, I would have forgoten it in my ice gear, I was glad to have it last winter when I sat on a jigging spoon! thank God those hooks are small blush smiley


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