Add one part water and two parts stupidity, and you have the formula for disaster most any weekend on the lakes, rivers, and seashores of America.
A small (12") flounder I caught this spring and sent back to grow up.
Couple of weeks ago I was fishing in my favorite spot in an inlet to the Atlantic Ocean for Flounder. You typically use light tackle, as the delectable flat fish seldom get over 4-7 lbs and 24″ in length in the near shore waters. Twice, something hit my line snapping the 17 lb test mono. The first time, I thought I had just hooked a rock, and as a idiot dragging his kid on a wakeboard zoomed by, his wake’s effect on my boat had caused the rod tip to bend double. The second time, I knew it was some sort of fish, and as it broke the 30lb leader on my top hook it was feeding off the bottom…
Had one of my heavy rigs aboard, which I always carry just in case. Heavy Penn Reel, strung with 65lb Spiderwire, and a Tuna Stick Rod capable of bringing in the “big boys” out in the deep water. Baited it up, and over the side in 25′ of water drifting back into 5′. In about 8′ of water, my Tuna Stick went double – with the drag on the reel screaming as the line played out. By myself on the boat, I knew I couldn’t actually land whatever it was – but I wanted to see what was taking my line. 20 minutes of fighting later, I had my answer as I brought the fish up close enough to the surface to get a look, just before it took another dive and snapped the mono leader on my 65 lb line…
It was an 8′ Bull Shark. A big boy! (Or at least as big as I was likely to bring up on that rig)
This is an 8' Bull Shark. A "Teenager", they get (a lot) bigger to 14'. The guy in the picture is just to give a sense of scale.
Forget what you see in the movies about sharks and Great Whites. The shark which considers swimmers delectable snacks is the Bull Shark, which is responsible for about 90% of shark attacks. They feed in the shallows, sometimes in water only 2 feet deep.
Wake Boarders would be considered a between meal snack.
Then there is this case of stupidity on the water – resulting in 6 kids drowning…
Six Louisiana teenagers died tragically Monday after a swimming party turned into a desperate effort to save one another from drowning.
The Shreveport teens from at least two families drowned in the Red River after they were playing in shallow water then stepped off a ledge into an 18-foot sinkhole.
The victims, who ranged from 13 to 18 years old, died while trying to save one another.
“They were out here with some adults. But unfortunately, neither the children nor the adults could swim,” Shreveport Assistant Fire Chief Fred Sanders told the Associated Press.
A seventh teenager, a 14-year-old, was rescued. Authorities said they would hold a news conference on Tuesday to give more details about the deaths.
An emergency crew arrived after police received a call around 6:30 p.m. about one person drowning.
It took officials approximately 10 minutes to find the sinkhole, and that’s when they learned that there were multiple drowning victims. By 10:30 p.m., all the bodies were recovered.
Marilyn Robinson, a friend of the victims, witnessed as the five males and one female disappeared under the water. She said a big group of friends and family, including 20 kids, had gotten together to have a nice time.
“They were yelling ‘Help me, help me. Somebody please help me,’ Robinson told the Shreveport Times. She added she did not know how to swim. “It was nothing I could do but watch them drown one by one.”
The area is a popular hot-spot to picnic, fish and go wading.
Sanders aid the city had never experienced a tragedy of this magnitude.
“It’s devastating,” he said.
You mean to tell me, you let the whole damn family out in a river…
and NOBODY CAN SWIM?
In Louisiana which is half underwater half the time anyway?
Make that 3 parts stupidity.