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Being Prepared

Do you prepare for fishing tournaments?

  • 0%Always

  • 0%Never

  • 0%Sometimes

  • 0%Rarely

How serious do you take preparation?  Here in Northwest Arkansas we have an avid angler, mid 40’s who has the knowledge of anglers long before his time.  He only uses electronics for navigation when he fishes a lake he is unfamiliar with and STILL uses a flasher on the bow of his boat.  If you are unfamiliar with what a flasher is, it’s an old school sonar that shows fish suspended in the water column and mainly used for ice fishing.  His fishing knowledge is astounding sometimes, and he’s done lots of educational videos that make you really stop and think.  He’s actually done a video about falling out of the boat in colder temperatures and if his wife would’ve let him, he would’ve demonstrated it live during the winter months, but he did do it on his own in warmer temperatures.  He practiced using his outboard motor and trim to get back into the boat and he always keeps a change of clothes, an emergency blanket, towels, and a huge bag of the old brown jersey gloves in his boat during the winter.  On the way to the ramp in freezing temperatures, he wears regular clothes and no shoes and gets dressed in his winter gear once he’s in the parking lot.  This allows his core to be warm prior to getting dressed in the layers, much like pre-heating an oven.  He’s researched what your body and mind does at certain temperatures and I believe he is more mentally prepared for an accident than anyone I know.

I worked in a prison for 17 years and my supervisors always complimented me on how calm and prepared I would be during an incident, but I was mentally prepared by being a “what if” person.  I would think about things that could happen and what I would do if they did happen.  When an incident would occur, it was more instinct than anything, taking over to get through the incident.

So how can we prepare for incidents that could occur to us while out on the water and how can we avoid some of the things that could happen?  My brother has taught me a lot about fishing but the things he’s taught me about safety are invaluable to me.  I NEVER crank and run my boat without my kill switch attached, even if it’s just idling across a pocket or loading my boat.  I NEVER crank my boat

without my co-angler having their life vest on.  I actually wait to hear the sound of the zipper or the snap before turning the key at all.

We can all be prepared for anything…..

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