It was a freaky kind of deal when I had a rod and reel go overboard late in the summer. It was no real surprise that I eventually got it back.
I was helping a guest and had a plastic worm about three feet in the water over the side of the boat. The fish were active and a bass grabbed the lure. No, I never lost that rod and reel.
As the bass pulled down on the line it caused the back of that rod to tip up. It hit another rod and tossed it in the drink. Didn’t care much for the rod but it was favorite bait-casting reel.
A few days ago I was back at the same pond and darkness was coming fast. Still, I figured I had 5-10 minutes to spare so I went to the general area of where I’d lost the outfit.
To the end of the line of my heaviest outfit I tied an old-fashioned snap chain stringer. You know the kind, about four feet of chain with metal snaps for holding fish.
I opened every snap and slowly moved over the area. Nada on my first pass.
On my second drift through I felt added weight, slowly reeled up the line and found the lost rod and reel. Two of open snaps had connected. One was between the line and the rod and the other had the reel.
A buddy is cleaning the reel and said it’ll be good as new. I’m picking it up today.
That’s the fourth time I’ve used the open chain stringer to pull rods from the water. I think I’m four for four, actually.
The most important was the first time I tried it. I was about 15 and a buddy kicked a spinning outfit off the dock. I was my Dad’s favorite rod and reel and Father’s Day gift from my mother who’d died the year before.
It’s now mine and considered a family heirloom.