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#10769673 - 04/15/15 10:07 AM Who actually wears their life vests?
Kevin D. Offline
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Who among you actually wears your life vest when you fish? If you don't wear one, why? If you do, what kind?
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#10769677 - 04/15/15 10:10 AM Re: Who actually wears their life vests? [Re: Kevin D.]
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Never used to but three years ago my wife bought me a self inflatable and I wear it all the time I'm on the water.

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#10769822 - 04/15/15 11:06 AM Re: Who actually wears their life vests? [Re: Kevin D.]
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I wear mine all the time, a self inflatable Mustang, why take a chance?
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#10769921 - 04/15/15 11:44 AM Re: Who actually wears their life vests? [Re: Kevin D.]
forkduc Offline
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Most of the time.

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#10770168 - 04/15/15 01:40 PM Re: Who actually wears their life vests? [Re: Kevin D.]
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All the time.. I keep it snapped to my kill switch before I put in at the ramp. To many stories and I don't want mine to read "he wasn't wearing his lift vest" ( or seat belt ). With the rising water we've had lately, you're an Id10t if you don't put one on.
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#10770894 - 04/15/15 07:33 PM Re: Who actually wears their life vests? [Re: Kevin D.]
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When running big motor not while Im fishing.

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#10771539 - 04/16/15 06:05 AM Re: Who actually wears their life vests? [Re: Kevin D.]
Rickmb Offline
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Originally Posted By: Kevin D.
Who among you actually wears your life vest when you fish? If you don't wear one, why? If you do, what kind?

Since I fish alone a lot I wear an inflatable all of the time.
It's not that I can swim but you can tire very quickly in wet clothes and if you hit your head when falling out you're done.
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#10771563 - 04/16/15 06:28 AM Re: Who actually wears their life vests? [Re: Kevin D.]
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I never wear one while fishing or while big motoring, I do hook the kill switch to my shorts or pants, unless it's a tournament
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#10771572 - 04/16/15 06:34 AM Re: Who actually wears their life vests? [Re: lamoon78]
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Originally Posted By: lamoon78
When running big motor not while Im fishing.
This for me too.
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#10771773 - 04/16/15 08:28 AM Re: Who actually wears their life vests? [Re: Kevin D.]
Waco28 Crappie Offline
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Registered: 06/06/13
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Loc: Waco TX
How do the automatic life vests work? Do you have to pull a cord as you go into the water or does it inflate when it detects your in the water? I dont ever wear a life jacket. I almost drowned when I was a kid. I slipped on a wet pier, hit my hit and then rolled into the water under the pier. In that scenario, would a self inflating vest work? I know I wouldnt of had time to pull a rip cord as I was trying to stick my arms out from my body.

Its a natural reaction to stick your arms out when falling so that's why I've always wondered how these vests work. I wouldn't buy one if I have to pull a cord. If it auto inflates without me doing anything then I would buy it.
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#10771810 - 04/16/15 08:42 AM Re: Who actually wears their life vests? [Re: Kevin D.]
Waco28 Crappie Offline
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Loc: Waco TX
So apparently they can inflate 3 different ways including auto inflate. In this case i will probably get one in a couple weeks.
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#10771847 - 04/16/15 08:52 AM Re: Who actually wears their life vests? [Re: Kevin D.]
DFW-fisherman Offline
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I just bought a new Mustang self inflatable and will wear it 100% of time I'm in the boat/on the water! I like to fish during the week and so do a lot of by myself. Why take a chance at falling in the water cause some big boat flys by like they are the only one on the lake! freak

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#10771931 - 04/16/15 09:16 AM Re: Who actually wears their life vests? [Re: Kevin D.]
OldChamp Offline
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Registered: 08/08/07
Posts: 479
Loc: Georgetown, TX
I have both auto-inflate and regular jacket type PFD. I wear one or the other 100% of the time in the boat. No excuse not to. Over 80% of drownings were not wearing a PFD.

http://www.usps.org/eddept/files/other_20_handout.pdf
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#10773199 - 04/16/15 05:04 PM Re: Who actually wears their life vests? [Re: OldChamp]
Kevin D. Offline
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Registered: 04/10/15
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Loc: Richmond, TX
Originally Posted By: OldChamp
I have both auto-inflate and regular jacket type PFD. I wear one or the other 100% of the time in the boat. No excuse not to. Over 80% of drownings were not wearing a PFD.

http://www.usps.org/eddept/files/other_20_handout.pdf


When I first read this I thought you were going to say you wear both - kind of like wearing both a belt and suspenders! thumb
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#10774103 - 04/16/15 11:36 PM Re: Who actually wears their life vests? [Re: Kevin D.]
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I wear an Onix inflatable all the time. While I can swim fine, you never know the exact situation you may find yourself in.
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