Today I read an article about a fishing trip going horribly wrong, and it encouraged me to remind everyone. Have a backup plan, saftely plan, plan B, whatever you want to call it. Don’t think you are invincible, everyone can be caught in a difficult situation.
The article goes into detail about a fishing guide taking a couple of 80 year olds out on Bolton Lake, a fly-in destination north of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The first two days of fishing were terrific, and day three was the following suit until a storm rolled in and caught them by surprise on the big lake. The storm came too fast for them to make it back to the cabin and before they knew it, they were fighting 11 foot swells in an 18′ foot boat.
The guide, who earned Governor General’s commondation for his efforts, had a backup plan. He knew if he could make it to a nearby group of 3 islands, they had a chance. A scary crash landing into one of the islands left the two 80 year old men down and crying their death before them. The heroic guide grabbed both of them, and found a small can of gas from the boat to light a revive and rescue fire.
I encourage everyone to read the article from the link above. Remember that you should have a plan B. Let people know where you are going to be fishing. Give them a time frame when you will be back. You never know what can go wrong when you are by yourself in the middle of a lake, so take necessary precautions beforehand, and you’ll be thankful.
My name is Brad Bolton, a husband and father of four. I live in Minnesota and I enjoy spending time in the outdoors and also spending time with my family. If there is water nearby, I want to fish it.