So, yesterday, I set the hook hard directly under the boat in 9' of water.....the rod slipped from my hand and my left index finger was completely dislocated (facing hard right from it's joint at my hand)....I was able to get the digit reseated into the joint with a fair amount of pain.
The rod floated up, I retrieved it and brought a huge needlenose gar to the surface.....just as the 50lb braid broke, my finger began to really hurt.
Not sure if my feelings weren't hurting more.
Today the hand/finger are fubar.
Still better than not fishing.
Athens, 7 bites, 4 bass, all under 3lbs. A grind to say the least.
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