I have been requested to write a story about fishing safety by one of our local magazines. The story is based on the importance of wearing eye and skin protection while fishing. The story is an attempt to help prevent injuries that occur way to often while fishing in Alaska.
I would like to get some “This Happened To Me” stories from real people that have been “Hooked” or “Hammered” (1 ounce weight at 10 mph J )while fishing. Especially those that have been fishing alone or have sustained self-inflected injuries or near misses.
I would have lost an eye on the Kenai had I not been wearing polarized eye protection when one of those Big Buck Sockeyes threw my hook and I got hammered by my 1oz weight. It shattered my glasses like a windshield, but my eye was protected.
Another friend (Ray Cline) almost lost his eye on the Kasilof River when he a king threw his hook. The hook stuck in Ray’s eye and while the doctors were able to save Ray’s eye, he had to undergo a number of eye surgeries and he never regained full vision.
Most people only feel it is necessary to wear glasses when fishing in close proximity to others and I think this is a myth worth dispelling.
If you have a story (pictures would be awesome) that you would like to tell, please contact me. I plan to have the article finished and ready to publish at the start of the 2007 season.
Louis A. Cusack