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A shocking time....

Post By: yard dogs      Posted: 6/4/2019 8:56:24 AM     Points: 634    
Well I have heard about it before, but it happened to me yesterday. A buddy and I were fishing up at Taylor - we were out early in the morning on an overcast day. After about 45 minutes of fishing we started hearing some thunder. We decided if it got worse or if we saw lightning we would dock the boat and wait it out. Not five minutes later my buddy says "why is my line floating"? I look over and his braided line is floating in air about 8" above his rod tip. I do a big jig with my pole and my line does the same thing. Not being 100% sure what was going on we kept screwing with our poles and noticed that every time we lifted them they would make a popping noise (like an old school bug zapper). Anything that was metal on the boat started shocking us. Our hair felt like it was standing on end... At that point I knew what was up and knew we needed to get out of there so we hauled ass to shore. At the same time every other boat hauled in. Once on shore we talked to others and everyone had the same thing going on. One guy even said that a light bulb was glowing on and off on his boat. I am not sure how much danger we were really in, but it scared the crap out of me...

We did get back out after about an hour and caught some fish!
 Reply by: Matt      Posted: Jun. 4, 1:19:54 PM     Points: 37704    
Wow, I've been a bit too close to some storms before but have never seen that happen. Glad you got off safely! I used to carry a lightning detector that was more analog and didn't rely on internet access so I could take it to Canada and be alerted of storms out of view over the trees that often hit really quickly. Not sure what happened to it, but I need to buy another and highly recommend them.
Matt
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: Jun. 4, 1:46:39 PM     Points: 5989    
Its a BAD time to hold a Graphite rod!
 Reply by: masteroftheloch      Posted: Jun. 4, 2:36:30 PM     Points: 149    
Wow, you were def in a tight spot. I have had that happen to me a few times now. I never have hesitated to reel up and bail out fast. However, is it just me or is the fishing usually really good right when that is going on. lol
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: Jun. 4, 2:54:25 PM     Points: 51305    
something similar happened at Spinney.. rod kept shocking me... got off the water
 Reply by: CACHEM ALL      Posted: Jun. 4, 2:57:15 PM     Points: 204    
When my son was 8 we were fishing at 11mile one afternoon when a storm was coming in from the west all of a sudden my son threw down his pole saying it bit him. Needless to say l did not know what was going on so I picked it up and it shocked me. You see it was a Berkley lightning rod with steel eyelets. We never used the rod at 11 mile again.just another fishing story.
 Reply by: SGM      Posted: Jun. 4, 3:41:35 PM     Points: 9077    
Glad you guys did not get hurt. Never had that experience and sounds like I never want to.
 Reply by: bron      Posted: Jun. 4, 6:16:39 PM     Points: 30334    
I will totally pass on that experience. Glad you are ok and no one got struck.
 Reply by: Kev-o      Posted: Jun. 4, 7:34:48 PM     Points: 54407    
Never seen that myself but Iíve heard about it happening. Spooky stuff! Glad you made it off the water safely.
 Reply by: ark angler      Posted: Jun. 5, 7:19:50 AM     Points: 380    
Scary stuff. Iíve seen that on a lake in Canada once and also at a metro golf course. We were putting and looked at the guy we were playing with and his hair was standing straight up. Dropped the putter and bailed.