Minnesota law does not require a rope on the throw-able, but I have one in a separate storage bin. We reached the man struggling to stay afloat the same time as someone from shore, who also heard the cries for help and swam out. As I approached, I threw my cushion to them, and missed. Because I did not have a rope attached, I could not easily retrieve the cushion, and had to move the boat to it for a second toss. I also could not “reel” the man in once he had the float. I again had to maneuver towards him. Exhausted, he clung to the side of my boat. My boat has no ladder, and trying to get an exhausted 250-pound man over the side of a bass boat is not an easy feat. I learned several lessons from my experience. A throw-able needs to have a rope attached to be effective. Even a bass boat, not used for skiing or tubing, should have a ladder of some form to get out of the water without a struggle. And safety laws are written for a reason, and I will be mindful of them in the future.
Having one of those days when every other cast is a minor backlash? Here’s a quickie to help make getting the loops out a little easier. Press your thumb against the spool and crank the reel 3 or 4 turns. Make sure your thumb is pressed against the spool firmly. This aligns the loops all Read More…
As a Pro Staff Team Member for Techsonic Industries, (Humminbird/Zercom) I have had the opportunity to use some of the best electronics available to help me locate fish. Many times finding the fish is harder than catching the fish, especially when conditions are such that the bass suspend. I personally don’t know anyone that likes bass suspended well off the bottom. These are nearly impossible to catch, but you can learn to catch other bass by finding suspended bass.