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exclamation.gif posted on 1-17-2023 at 01:48 PM
“This fish is huge!” Lesson: always wear a PFD!


Reminder that it is wise to wear a PFD…
And don’t get tangled or hook yourself to gear that may get pulled overboard (and if you are tangled or hooked in, best if you had planned ahead and put on a PFD).

Hawaii fisherman overboard, missing after hooking large ahi

HONOLULU (AP) — Rescuers searched for a third day Tuesday for a Hawaii fisherman who went overboard from a boat after hooking a tuna over the weekend, authorities said.

Mark Knittle, 63, of Captain Cook, was fishing with a friend off Honaunau on the Big Island on Sunday, when he hooked an ahi, or tuna, police said.

“The friend heard Knittle say, ‘The fish is huge,’ then saw Knittle go overboard into the water,” according to a police news release.

The friend tried to grab the line, but Knittle disappeared within seconds, the release said. The friend jumped in but couldn't see Knittle.






So many boaters think they are safe and secure and don’t need to wear a pfd. But freak accidents happen at freakish times, and you need to be prepared for the unexpected.

[Edited on 1-17-2023 by mtgoat666]




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[*] posted on 1-17-2023 at 05:44 PM


I dont understand, unless his rod belt was clipped to the reel. That does happen.

But if he was clipped in and the tuna was large enough, a PFD would not have saved him. A large tuna is strong enough to pull a man AND A PFD under, for long enough for him to drown.

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[*] posted on 1-17-2023 at 07:12 PM


Good advise. Fish or no fish !

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[*] posted on 1-17-2023 at 07:21 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Hook  
I dont understand, unless his rod belt was clipped to the reel. That does happen.

But if he was clipped in and the tuna was large enough, a PFD would not have saved him. A large tuna is strong enough to pull a man AND A PFD under, for long enough for him to drown.



But if you wear a pfd, then your body will float up to the surface when the fish tires or line breaks, at least your loved ones will have a body to bury, and perhaps a rescuer can save your drowned body.




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[*] posted on 1-18-2023 at 07:15 AM


The Epic Battle for the Sportsmen, Man against beast, as Hemingway would say. I do not see anybody saying the fish won the battle this time???? Just that the SPORTSMAN should have been using more equipment to increase his chances of dominance. Mr Goat, you are always for the underdog??????
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[*] posted on 1-18-2023 at 07:55 AM


Quote: Originally posted by baronvonbob  
The Epic Battle for the Sportsmen, Man against beast, as Hemingway would say. I do not see anybody saying the fish won the battle this time???? Just that the SPORTSMAN should have been using more equipment to increase his chances of dominance. Mr Goat, you are always for the underdog??????


The man instigated the situation, and the man is responsible for his own doom. I do hope the fish got away and lives a full and happy life.
And yes, I generally root for the underdog.




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[*] posted on 1-18-2023 at 11:26 AM


Dying like that is, literally, a reel drag.

His drag was too tight. Operator error.
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[*] posted on 1-18-2023 at 01:36 PM


I always have one of these on me while harnessed and fishing tuna or marlin solo. You just never know.
https://alltackle.com/billfisher-emergency-line-cutter/

It can happen so fast!

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[*] posted on 1-18-2023 at 06:00 PM


I keep a boat in Alaska. anyone on a outside deck has a pfd on. Even while trolling on flat water.
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