Great day fishing bad day boating

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  1. RobOz

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    Went on a all day float on the river I live on ,but south of where I live. The part of my river is a slow relaxing float. The section that I did this past weekend was what rafters consider solid class 2. I was in a Old Town 119 Solo with no air bladders. I got swamped and tossed twice and had to have the help of 2 yak girls. I had a fishing on lakes PFD type 3 on and it was lacking in floatation. Me and my bud caught over 50 smallmouth with the biggest being 18inches. I have a good bit of sourness and some scrapes and bruises... but I'm still breathing . You sometimes live and I learned. Already on order.
    Air bladders and a NRS Chinook PFD.
     
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    I'm a firm believer in good PFDs. What's your life worth?
     
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    I've got an NRS Chinook myself (grabbed it last year, glad I did since I really don't care for the looks of the '19 revision, though I'm sure it's still a quality PFD). I paddled canoes and kayaks for a lot of years with the old fashioned orange basic PFD crammed in the front or back of my kayak or stuffed under the seat of my canoe.
    I never thought I'd be one of those "wear your PFD the whole time guys", but here I am. A comfy PFD makes all the difference.
     
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    50 smallmouth bass sounds good,,, drowning, not so much.


    Onyx A/M 24 Deluxe Automatic/Manual Inflatable Life Jacket
    (Comfy to wear, and it’s not heavy,,, one size fits most.)
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    Also broke two poles. I had everything strapped in but when the boat hit the rocks it snapped the rods. Good thing it happened at the end of the float.
     
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    I have a 2013 NRS Chinook PFD and I like it a lot. It was perfect for the plastic seat in my 2013 Old Town Pack Angler canoe. Some of those 119's have the same seat as the Pack Angler. Stay Safe out there.
     
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    What doesn't kill you should make you smarter. Other than breaking your rods and nearly drowning it sounds like a pretty good day, tho. 50 smallmouth bass and getting rescued by some yak girls isn't all bad.
     
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    Broken rods, nearly drowning, catching lots of fish, and at the end of the day, getting rescued by 2 yak girls. It don't get no better dan dat!
     
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    gohammergo I like sharp things.... Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    You bet! It's a much more interesting story than a carefree paddle withn adventure, though it's good you didn't get damaged. ;)
     

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