June 10, 2018

Why You Should *Always* Wear Eye Protection

You’ll laugh when you see this, but it still drives home how important it is to fish safely.


Don’t Hook Your Eye

Awhile back in April myself and Captain Kevin Wartberg (of Elite Fishing Adventures) were out fishing Delacroix, specifically the marsh surrounding Oak River.

We were looking for speckled trout staging to head out for the spawn, and we found them in places like Pointe Fienne, Bay Jack Nevette and Lake Four Horse.

The winning technique? Jigging!

We’d find deep, moving water and toss a jig head upstream in order to reach the bottom, where speckled trout stay because of the hydrodynamic efficiency it offers.

And if you possess that solid IF101 knowledge, then you know you gotta upgrade the weight of the jighead to reach the bottom before the current sweeps it out of the strike zone.

weight selection swift current

So I was throwing a 1/2oz which, for inshore fishing in twelve feet of water, is fairly heavy.

I hooked into one fish before it came to the surface and spit the hook, sending it flying into Kevin’s head.

This priceless moment was captured on camera, and you can watch it below.

Watch for language! (and enjoy the montage)

Pretty nasty, huh?

That’s a half ounce of lead to the grape, and you gotta give Captain Kevin credit for handling it so well.

What can we learn from this?

Well, for starters, this video shows that the unexpected can happen…

…and that if it can happen, it will happen.

Just like in this story.

It’s tough to remember to always wear eye protection and ,while I am not the perfect model of safety, I wanted to share this with you so you can keep it in mind.

Do you have a safety tip you'd like to share? Comment below!

Captain Devin

About the Author

Devin is a veteran of the Iraq War and former fishing guide. He founded Louisiana Fishing Blog in 2012 to share his ideas as a charter captain and still writes in it today. Since then he's created a fishing university — LAFB Elite — where he teaches inshore anglers how to safely navigate Louisiana's coast and catch more fish.

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