Klutz Klub

Ken Jones

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#1
Date: October 15, 2002
To: PFIC Message Board
From: rockintheclassics

Subject: ahah, I now can call myself a fisherman

Ok its very sad really, I went down to the Newport Pier, and started setting up. Before I even had a hook out of my tackle box my pole fell over. I went to grab it and kicked all my bait over the edge!! I felt so stupid I just came home and sulked.Reelin’ in boots.

Posted by John Mykkanen

You are a fisherman. I take it your pole did not go in just the bait. When I was a kid the Newport Pier did not have a railing towards the end. And they had a live bait shop that sold bait tickets for a dime a piece. I have a couple of those old tickets some where next to a book of Disney A-E tickets. I wonder how many “people” accidentally got kicked off the pier before they put up the rail.

Posted by Sinker

I would venture to say that something equally as stupid or embarrassing has happened to each and everyone of us on this board. My both stupid and embarrassing moment was going after a hali I had landed, jumping down the rocks I ended up falling and knocking myself out. When I woke up my pole and the hali were gone—a bad day indeed or maybe good as I lived to fish another day. No worries, get back out there, would have been a good time to practice with your plastics and irons.

Posted by John Mykkanen

Yup. I was once offshore tuna fishing when we came upon a school of bigger bluefin tuna. I ran up the side of the boat to get a rod with heavier gear. I ran past the galley on my way up the port side to the front of the boat passing the grill vent hood that protrudes outside of the galley. I grabbed my pole and immediately started running back to the stern. As I ran and turned I face planted into the side of the vent hood splitting my forehead open. I did not know I was bleeding until a guy next to me in the tuna shuffle said to me, “your entire face is covered with blood.” I went into the head after the stop and was I a scary sight. I did hook up and land a nice 40# BFT.

Posted by lucy

Welcome to the Klutz Klub! We all belong. Membership is automatic if you fish, because sooner or later, you WILL do something totally klutzy.

Posted by John Mykkanen

When I was fishing the 1,000 steps in Laguna Beach with my dad about 33 years ago I remember coming back to the station wagon and setting our two surf rods down behind the car. Two-piece rods with Penns. We then filled the car with our other gear and then proceeded to get in and drive over both rods destroying them and the reels. I remember looking at the side of my dad’s face (A smart man with a Ph.D in Engineering) and listening to the sound of the crunching rods. It went from quizzical to I can't believe I just did that. I was seven.

Posted by rockintheclassics

Well reading all that made me feel better. I think I'm gunna go try the Newport Pier again wed. Hopefully with better luck. Reelin in boots

Posted by corbinaman1

It's Happened To Us All My Man! Don't worry about it! I remember as a kid fishing Aliso Pier when my buddy cast and his reel fell off the pole and into the water. Another buddy of mine was casting underhanded and he “accidentally” cast on the wrong side of the pier...almost hitting someone in the head...lol!

Posted by pierangler8787

It's happened a few times now where I forget to open the bail on the reel and either snap the line, or hit me or another person with a flying sinker. I remember on Ventura Pier when I turned around and walked right into one of my poles knocking it over. Kicked bait over the side, forgot to tie the sinker, same with hooks, forgot money at home. Happy fishin'! Chris

Posted by donblaze420

That’s not so bad. One day about two years ago I went out to Goleta Pier to try for some sharks and rays. I set my pole up, got my bait on and put a great cast out on a 3-piece 13’ foot pole. Set it down and walked over to my buddy about 20 yards away. Five minutes later I’m looking at my pole and what do you know, a strong bite. I’m running over to set the hook. About five yards away from the pole when it just shoots over the rail! Whatever it was took my 13 footer right into the water. I FORGOT TO SET THE DRAG!!!! Couldn’t believe it. My buddies are all laughing at this point. Luckily it was a floating rod. We yelled to a kayaker that was out in the area and he paddled over to grab the pole. Predictably, he lost the fish, but was nice enough to bring my pole back to me at the ladder by the crane. I didn’t catch another fish the whole night. That’s alright though, I got my pole back

Posted by Hyok

I remember as a kid, I was casting a crankbait. I had too much line out, and it hit me on the head. One of the points of the treble hooks neatly hooked my scalp. My dad way trying to pull the hook out with a pair of needle-nosed pliers, and he was afraid to use his whole strength for fear of hurting me. The funny thing was, I feel absolutely no pain, I was yelling, “Dad, just pull it out! What's the big deal?” He finally used some oomph and took the hook out. I had no pain throughout the whole thing, and we went on fishing as usual. My dad joked that I should stick to catching fish, not myself.
 
D

Dragon

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My son and I were fishing out on some rocks on the river. He decided that he wanted to change out his trebile hook. He cut it off and set it on a rock. He grabbed the lure that he wanted and sat down to tie it on. Yep, he sat right on to the treble that had a barb. Could not pull it back out and required a trip to the ER.
 

EgoNonBaptizo

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Last year, I was fishing at the GPP in Avalon. I had caught (my umpteenth) small calico, and I was using pliers to unhook it. I unhooked the fish, then threw the pliers back into the water. Wait, what? I didn't register what I did for like a good 5 seconds. People were watching too.
 
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Last year, I was fishing at the GPP in Avalon. I had caught (my umpteenth) small calico, and I was using pliers to unhook it. I unhooked the fish, then threw the pliers back into the water. Wait, what? I didn't register what I did for like a good 5 seconds. People were watching too.
Don't feel bad. I caught a fish that snapped off with the jig when I got it on the pier. I uncooked the jig and threw it in the water. Same reaction. Lol For the moment, I forgot the jig had snapped off of the line.

Slipped flat on my back one morning going LM Bass n crappie fishing.

Saw a kid who hooked a Kroc spoon in his back and fished the whole day hooked because he didn't want to get in trouble with his mom.
 
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Christmas morning in the 1980's. Parents bought me a new D.A.M spinning reel. Took it to shelter island pier, first cast I hear a splash and then a click click at my feet. Look down and see the screw for the handle on the ground. I pick it up to screw back into the handle and...no handle.
 
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Christmas morning in the 1980's. Parents bought me a new D.A.M spinning reel. Took it to shelter island pier, first cast I hear a splash and then a click click at my feet. Look down and see the screw for the handle on the ground. I pick it up to screw back into the handle and...no handle.
My friend's son unscrewed and dropped his spinning reel handle on the water at IB a couple of years ago.

Back in the 80s my older brother's now ex wife threw his shimano bantam reel, and the pistol grip rod it was attached to, into the water while learning how to cast at Shelter Island.