Jump to content

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

Kerplunk! ...goes the gear.

Recommended Posts

The FishinLogician and I decided to head out to the Belle Plaine ramp last Saturday night to get reaquainted with our favorite mistress(been on the lakes too much).

Up river several miles, find some spots, gettin' nothin'; fog starts rollin' in.

Since we had been caught in the pea soup earlier this year(remember WWG?), we decided to head back to the ramp and fish near sight of the launch. One deadhead(Whammo! Inertia is a buzzkill unless you're on the couch watchin' sports), and a couple foggy miles later, we're fishin' near the put-in/take-out.

Boatin' around lookin' for a spot, we clunk into some big fish that knocks his head on our boat. "Let's fish here", I say. What a genius I am.

So, we cast our rigs up near shore where there seems to be feeding going on. A few taps but no sets. The Logician decides to recast since his current spot is not producing, and me(in my very finite wisdom), I decide to lay my 2nd rod/reel combo down so he doesn't snag it on the backcast.


A little while later I decide I need somethin out of the backpack/tacklebox. I reach over, pick it up....KERPLUNLK!

"What was that?", I think to myself.

Tacklebox: check
Wallet: check
Camera: check.....

O.K., let's go fishing.

....um....where's my fishing rod please?...

My fishing rod/reel went kerplunking.

Bummer; night over for me.

I proceed to put on a brave face and say "whatever", but inside I'm bummed.

The reel? Very replacable(it's been replaced already).

The rod? A classic 20yr old fenwick glass rod with lot's of sentimental value and just "perfect" action(you know what I mean). Just a perfect all around rod. Man I loved that thing. I'll miss it.


The moral of this long boring diatribe?: Always put your rod combo in the rod holder if you're not using it. You'll be glad you did.

If any of you guys fishing a short ride south of the Belle Plaine launch dredge up an older model Fenwick glass rod with a Quantum pulse 30 reel on it...well...I guess it is "finders-keepers", but I'll buy back the Fenwick rod just for the memories.

See ya on the River.


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Bummer Buz! How deep is it? Did you try and hook it at all? If its really bummin you out we could try and get it if you know where you were.

I've got an anchor sitting on the bottom down by the St.Peter launch..all the rope still on it too. I guess when you throw the anchor in, you should make sure its tied off real good! I made it myself.... but still.


Link to comment
Share on other sites

Chaulk that up as a learning experience - LOL

I did have one rod that was stole by a carp, but then the hook on my buddies rod hooked onto the bail of my rod as the carp was dragging it down stream. I got my rod back and fought a pig carp until it got snagged on a dead head just on the edge of a drop off that I wasn't going to find out how deep it got. So I broke my line. Cray how my rod got hooked. The reel is still used to this day, but I broke the rod that next year. It was a good run.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks DARK. I won't be needing any counseling, just kind of a drag. Like E says, a learning experience.

We were actually only in 5 feet of water on the south side of the river, beach-type area. I gave it a few drags with the anchor, but it was late, foggy, and too darned cold for July I might add, and so we called it a night.

The gal at the Holiday in Jordan comforted me with a free box of Krispie Cremes...so I got that goin' for me smile.gif.


Link to comment
Share on other sites


I feel your pain, I threw a real nice quantum casting reel and rod over last summer, had some weeds on so was just going to give it a spin to get them off and kerplunk!!!! I watched it sink just out of arms reach. I never could dredge it up, after an hour of dragging weighted trebles across the bottom I finaly gave in. It wasn't my first and I'm sure it won't be the last that I see donated to the fishing gods...although I hope to limit the frequency of this by my previous experiences. Just wanted to let you know we've all done it.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thats nothing....
I just throw stuff in all the time for no good reason! smile.gifSometimes its not even my stuff!!

Sorry you lost your favorite rod.If I happen to snag it someday....I'll just add it to my stuff! grin.gif

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Losin' stuff like that is a big bummer. I remember my one trip up to Lake Vermillion...

Luckily it wasn't my stuff. My girlfriends brother accidently knocked his open tacklebox off the boat dock into about 6 feet of water. I grabbed my snorkling stuff and dove in after it. I was able to get most of the jigs and everything else up. Caught a few crawfish in the process. grin.gif

But 3 days later his grip wasn't tight enough while casting and he lost a $210 rod and $180 reel in about 20 feet of water. Well, he marked the spot, we went back to the cabin and got my gear and a waterproof flashlight (so we hoped). I jumped in, swam down about 10 feet and ran out of air. I dove in from the side of the boat this time, more of a straight down so I could hit bottom quicker.

No good! I hit bottom but was so dang cold that I quickly shot back up. No way I was gonna try to stay down that deep in that cold of water without a wetsuit (which I didn't have). Since then, I've been wanting to take a refresher course for SCUBA and search the bottoms of lakes for such treasures.

But what a bummer! $400 of equipment gone, just like that.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Early last Sept, I tossed away - literally - I was casting, and it just kept going - a brand new Amb. 4600 reel, and a graphite rod I had built that spring. I had used the setup a grand total of about 1/2 hour when it happened - never even caught a fish w/ it. That hurt, not $400 of hurt, but I had a lot of hours in that rod. A buddy and I went back w/ a underwater camera, spent a afternoon looking, but never did find it.


Link to comment
Share on other sites

This topic is now closed to further replies.

  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • Wanderer
      I’ve only seen teal one morning on the river.  Absolutely nothing in all the evenings I’ve been out.  Hard to get excited about hunting around home. 😒
    • DarrenBell
      I wouldn't be able to compose an A+ swot analysis essay examples without the best samples I found on the site. Every essay example is free. https://proessays.net/essays/category/swot-analysis
    • DarrenBell
      Public Administration in any sphere is a complicated process. In public service, there is a high level of responsibility. Every decision may affect large groups of people. There are many challenging points in Public Administration in public service. For example, public administration servants might face a lack of clarity or conflict regarding goals. Public Administration is difficult when there are numerous parties involved. Public Administration essay in public service should also be as objective as possible. There are voting sessions in various committees that help reach the objectiveness. However, if a suggestion gets 50% of votes among street-level bureaucrats, how should this be interpreted? Is a minor preponderance of votes enough to accept a proposal? The sphere implies a focus on societal needs. Sometimes the needs of the target population differ from the common societal ones. In such cases, public administration specialists need to find a balance between those interests. Bureaucrats at street level need to take into consideration many factors. In some cases, it might be challenging to figure out what to do. It is especially true if the decision regards a long-term perspective. Any public service organization has an established pattern for effective decision-making. Such models might involve many formalities. As a result, the process might be extremely time-consuming. https://proessays.net/essays/category/public-administration Related Resources: https://renkulab.io/gitlab/-/snippets/2871 https://www.ridesharetalks.com/?qa=356716/economics-essay-example https://gitlab.syntra-limburg.be/-/snippets/1240 https://forum.making-stories.com/d/296-government-essay-examples
    • monstermoose78
      Been searching for teal with hazel and Finn. We seen a few but not any numbers anywhere. I think I got a pond that will be good as it was full of rice. 
    • KaitlynBishop
      The essay for international exams such as SAT, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL and IELTS does not require literary talent, but rather a mastery of the technology of its writing.   Almost any international test for admission to a foreign university contains a section devoted to writing an essay. Is homework market legit? There is a general approach to essay writing for standardized tests, which includes five main steps.   DETERMINING THE TYPE OF ESSAY First, you need to determine what type of essay you are required to write. Standardized tests more often ask you to write a "problem essay," when you need to present an opinion on a given problem, and an "argumentative essay," when you need to analyze the arguments presented against or in defense of a particular point of view.   DETERMINING THE LENGTH OF AN ESSAY The length of the text affects the complexity of the essay, the number of paragraphs. A basic three-paragraph essay consists of 300-500 words. It is referred to as a "short" essay in standardized tests. A "long" essay is a minimum of 500-800 words and consists of five paragraphs.   Each paragraph should contain at least three sentences. It is important to understand that it is not the length of the typed text that is assessed, but the structure and content of the essay.   FORMULATION OF THE MAIN IDEA, THESIS AND ARGUMENTS The main idea is what the essay is about. The thesis is what the author thinks about the main idea of the essay. Arguments are logical statements in support of the author's thesis. Each of these elements should consist of at least one sentence.   If you put these elements in order, you will get an introduction. You can use the wording from the text of the assignment as the main idea.   If the text of the assignment is formulated as a question, in most cases, the thesis should be formulated as an answer to the question posed.   STATEMENT OF THE MAIN BODY OF THE ESSAY In an essay of up to three thousand words, one paragraph each is allocated for the introduction and conclusion. The rest of the essay consists of the main body. For example, in an essay of five paragraphs, the main part should consist of three paragraphs, i.e. one paragraph for each argument.   In a three-paragraph essay, only one paragraph remains to present all three arguments, which makes it even more difficult to write. After a brief outline of the main body, one introductory sentence should be written for each paragraph.     The introductory sentences tell the reader what the paragraph is about. This is followed by arguments that justify the essence of the introductory sentence and examples (a quote or a life case). The introductory sentence, argument, and example together make up one paragraph in the main body.   Since the arguments have already been presented in the introduction, there is no need to use semantic transitions in the main body - all that remains is to set them out in the order in which they are presented in the introduction.   CONCLUSION The conclusion is usually the most difficult part of the essay. The conclusion should include a paraphrase of the thesis in light of what was said in the main body, i.e., an explanation of how the arguments support the thesis put forward, and a final sentence that draws a line under the main idea of the essay.   The clearer and more definite the thesis statement is, the easier it is to write the conclusion. Difficulties in writing the conclusion means that most likely the thesis statement is too unclear. In this case, you can try to rewrite the introduction and then go back to the conclusion.   GENERAL RECOMMENDATIONS The main recommendation for writing essays for standardized tests is to quickly sketch out an initial version of the essay. If you run out of time, at least you will have a finished, albeit imperfect, product.   In any case, a finished essay is always graded higher than an unfinished one. If you have some time left, however, you can easily improve the essay with small changes.   Resources: How to write an essay What are essays Essay structure, writing style. What is an essay?
    • smurfy
      troublemakers i tell ya..........dang instigators!!!!!!!! 🤣😉
    • Ronald Tolkien
      Several months ago, it was challenging for me to find at least 6 hours to sleep. Students most probably know that feeling: professors just don’t care. But after I found Proessays, things changed. I can entrust completing papers to them and have my life back. At last!
    • Ronald Tolkien
      In a guide to writing sociology papers, the Sociology Writing Group identifies four types of papers that are based on data sources as the most common writing assignments given to undergraduate sociology majors: (1) The textual analysis paper in which the student has to analyze a text like an essay or book. The text provides the data, and the student is not asked to interpret the text. (2) The ethnographic field research paper in which data are generated by observing and interacting with people in their social environment. (3) The quantitative research paper in which data are collected using specific methods of data analysis and collection in order to answer a sociological question. (4) The general research paper in which data are collected through library research to refine a question and gather information to support the paper's thesis. Related Resources: https://www.emoneyspace.com/ronald3tolkien https://forum.linuxcnc.org/51-ot-posts/46653-writing-research-papers-on-sociology https://waters.crowdicity.com/post/788794 https://portfolio-qbdudsh.format.com/blog/writing-sociological-papers
    • Wanderer
      Who are these leech and kettle guys going back and forth??? 😉
    • leech~~
      Well just for the Halibut, you could try salmon or Cod! 😆
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.