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#11821516 - 09/10/16 04:07 PM When To Jump
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Registered: 04/24/08
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Loc: Quinlan, Texas
Got up this morning to a light drizzle and decided to go hit some trees in the Caddo arm. Got to the boat ramp with no issues and that's where things started to go south. After I got boat prepped was looking for the docking line and couldn't find it. No matter had another one in the back of the truck so pulled it out and tied it to boat.

Eased down the ramp till the boat was in the water and jump out and tied the rope to dock and unhooked the front of the boat. So far so good I was thinking. Eased the boat down into the water till it floated off and started to pull up the ramp. Looked in rear view mirror just as rope snapped and thought this is not gong to end well.

Saving the day mode kicked in as I threw the truck into park and bailed out. Boat was floating pretty straight with dock but pulling away as I sprinted down the dock. Doing my best Carl Lewis Olympic immatation decided to go for it and put on a might burst of speed and went airborne towards the front of the boat.

This is just about the time that things went from bad to really bad. As I was flying through the air was thinking I got this, but as I started my decent began to realize I was going to come up short.

Splat!!! Hit the water about a foot short of the boat and went under loosing cap and sunglasses. Came up and grabbed boat but could not touch bottom so swung around to back of boat and grabbed ahold of power pole. By now boat had drifted about 20 yards from ramp so thinking I still got this started to paddle towards ramp with 8500 pound skeeter in tow. Seems like it took about 2 hours to cover that 20 yards but being the exceptional athlete that I am made it safely back to ramp.

Took every thing out of pockets phone included put it in the floorboard of truck and took off seeking the elusive crappie. Found a few in 12-14 foot of water and gave them to a guy fishing from the bank as I was leaving.

The good of all that happened today was it didn't happen say 3 months from now in 40 degree water but that was the only good.

Guess sometimes it better not to jump.

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#11821538 - 09/10/16 04:48 PM Re: When To Jump [Re: keyboard]
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Registered: 03/27/02
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Loc: E Texas
Haha!!! Glad it ended well and you stuck some fish!!! thumb

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#11821543 - 09/10/16 04:56 PM Re: When To Jump [Re: keyboard]
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Registered: 07/02/12
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I wish there was a video of this.
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#11821557 - 09/10/16 05:06 PM Re: When To Jump [Re: keyboard]
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Registered: 05/16/11
Posts: 295
Loc: White Settlement, Tx
Haha, I dread that every time I launch. I check about every 5 seconds after I tie it off.

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#11821786 - 09/10/16 06:54 PM Re: When To Jump [Re: keyboard]
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Glad you are ok.

You could have hit the water and had your muscles tense up and you would have become a brick and possibly not resurface at all. Looks like it could have been much worse.
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#11821895 - 09/10/16 07:34 PM Re: When To Jump [Re: keyboard]
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Registered: 04/30/13
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I am glad you are still alive old man, you had me until "exceptional athlete". Just saying.


Edited by SheCrappieKilla (09/10/16 07:47 PM)

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#11822029 - 09/10/16 08:39 PM Re: When To Jump [Re: keyboard]
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Registered: 05/26/16
Posts: 123
Always good for a laugh Keyboard ... Kiddin ... glad everything turned out OK and you caught a few banana

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#11822289 - 09/10/16 10:36 PM Re: When To Jump [Re: Fishin" A Jig]
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Registered: 01/15/07
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Loc: Sanger,Texas
cheers Good job old timer!

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#11822337 - 09/10/16 10:56 PM Re: When To Jump [Re: keyboard]
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Registered: 03/31/14
Posts: 128
Loc: East Texas
That's why I also tie off with two separate lines. Maybe overkill but it doesn't take me about 30 seconds and then I have a secondary safety line.
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#11822399 - 09/11/16 12:16 AM Re: When To Jump [Re: keyboard]
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Registered: 02/11/06
Posts: 4
Loc: Hemphill, Tx
That's a great/comical story. Glad you didn't get hurt and you caught some fish.
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#11822529 - 09/11/16 07:42 AM Re: When To Jump [Re: keyboard]
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Registered: 08/13/13
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Loc: Longview, Tx
I'm glad your didn't take the bow in the middle of your belly. That would have sucked.

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#11822555 - 09/11/16 08:13 AM Re: When To Jump [Re: keyboard]
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Registered: 08/18/09
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Loc: TEXAS
you gotta give drift aways abt a 2 foot lead before u jump. thumb
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#11822673 - 09/11/16 09:35 AM Re: When To Jump [Re: keyboard]
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Registered: 05/20/10
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just glad you made in it safely.

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#11822748 - 09/11/16 10:16 AM Re: When To Jump [Re: keyboard]
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It sounds funny but you placed yourself in real danger there. Glad it worked out for you.
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#11822886 - 09/11/16 12:17 PM Re: When To Jump [Re: keyboard]
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Opps! bang
Did your phone work afterwards?

Yup, good thing it wasn't winter or the day would have been over cheers
last month, I went swimming on multiple occasions on purpose
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