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Boat Sunk

For those of you that think going out onto dams in high winds is a good idea because the fish will be biting? Sean?s brother-in-law went fishing at Albert Falls yesterday and found a sheltered spot and had some good fishing with a 2,3kg bass his new boat PB? then the wind got stronger and the boats started making for home? so he followed? he was by himself on his 17? Lightning. A wave hit the boat from behind and in a flash he was thrown into the dam and his boat was flipped over like a matchstick! He could occasionally see other boats when they were on the top of waves and then they just disappeared? he shouted for help but none came? he managed to get to shore (he had taken off his clothing and was wearing just his shorts, a rain jacket and his life jacket?

He called the dam officials to come help and they said they wouldn?t launch in that weather period. So he phoned a family member who managed to get a tractor to the dam and they managed to attach a rope to the boat (just the tip of boat was visible by this time) and drag it out of the dam? the boat is scratched big time and 95% of all his tackle and rods and reels are lying in 30? of water.

He is a seasoned fisherman and has been boating for a long time? strong winds (especially on dams like Albert?s and Jozini) are to be avoided at all costs! He never even saw the wave coming!
Regards Rob
Vice President SABAA Natal
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#2
That is a serious bummer, makes me want to go and install foam. Was he stationary, putting along or just starting to accelerate, I dont understand how a wave could come over the back if planing??
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#3
He was putting along I think... the waves were huge... ask Drew... a bass boat is simply not equipped to handle waves? I also had a near miss at Albert Falls in the wind? I hit a little wave and my boat was 100% airborne? not even the prop was in the water? I was just really lucky to have landed safely? it could have been a lot worse? I really hate strong winds and the waves it generates on the dams? that?s why despite having had the entire day to fish yesterday I chose to stay home rather than fight the wind and waves at Inanda.
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#4
If your hitting them dead on, nose first, just enought to plane. If they are behind you, then full tilt. I will zig zag a dam before I try and side swipe any wave, big or small.

When the waves get big enough to splash over the back of my boat, thats when it is high time to come off the water.
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Just remember this chap is no newbie and has been boating and fishing for a long time? it was a freak wave that nailed him? it can happen to anyone? that?s why I rather steer clear of heavy weather!
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#6
Thats the thing with accidents, they can happen to anyone at any time, and they normally happen so quick, that it is over before you know what is even happening. Something very similar happened to me about 8 years ago. Big person (140kg) fell over in the back of a small boat, with his momentum and me stopping, the back of the boat filled in a split second, and that was us over.
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#7
very sad robf, that sucks , i know a dude and his boat sunk at kwaggaskloof dam when a wave nailed him from the back at a regional comp, some other member came flying along later and damaged his prop on the boat that sunk and wanted to sue the dude that sunk his boat. Sad
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#8
During the last KZN Tour I was on route, running with the wind to drop bm off with robfisher and Richard, when all of a sudden a wave hit us and we took to the air. Again, I never saw it and there was no other boat close enough to have created that freak wave! 8O 8O Scary stuff!
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#9
Ok, all this talk about freak waves..... that's One boat sunk, Fishton almost losing it, and Robfisher getting eyes like these 8O at Alberts. My boat is just not equipped for big water, and people call me a woes, or even better an idiot when I high tail it off the water in bad weather....
Water seems to have this strange effect on humans in terms of the fact that it's seen as a means of reacreation, and there are no dangers. If you don't respect the weather, then just pop down to Richards Bay today and see what mother nature is capable of....
When Norkie lost his sneaker at Inanda, there were plenty other people who lost rods, tackle boxes etc. I probably have the smallest, and lowest sitting boat out of everyone and I didn't lose a thing. The reason being that I took my time to get back to the slipway (about an hour and a half) from Taxi bay.
Now for some slipway advise....

If you do get big waves in a dam, and they are breaking directly onto the slipway and there is no other quiet slipway to use to get your boat out, then drop your buddy off and get him to reverse your tow vehicle into the water, and pull the winch cable out BEFORE you try to drive on, or push your boat onto your trailer. While waiting for your buddy, idle the boat with your nose facing into the swell. If a big wave does come your way, just accelerate a bit and pop the nose up. Once your buddy is in place, with the winch cable out, then try to get the boat on the trailer and hook the winch cable on ASAP. If a wave breaks over the back of your boat at this stage, your winch cable will prevent your boat from being "sucked" backwards off the trailer.
To many this may seem like common sense, but I have always seen boats sunk at Inanda and Albert Falls slipways in such conditions and buy using some sense, most of these could be avoided.
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#10
This reminds me of an incident long ago on Alberts.. We almost sank.. had to use our lunch boxes to scoop out the water been chucked in from every wave.. we had to eventually park on the bank and drain the boat and wait for storm to pass before heading back...

Even on Sat we went out of Kayalami with a small boat and ended up having to turn around cause our little 40hp couldnt push us through the waves..

Be carefull boys i cant imagine ANYTHING worse than lossing your boat in a dam.. i would rather wrestly a croc or something
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#11
Many years ago I was caught in a storm on Kariba on a hired boat with a professional driver. I have never been so scared on water, we even lost the driver overboard and there wasn't a kill switch. We manged to turn the boat and rescue him (no life jacket) and it took us about treble the time to eventually make it back!
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#12
I got caught in a freak storm last summer on a big lake
in Finland,on a small boat with a 15hp motor.
It was the worst feeling ever,the waves were flying past my head,
the boat was filling with water and this little 15hp motor was not
doing me any favours,I barely made it to shore.
If I am on the water now and see the weather change I either get off or
head really close to shore.
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#13
No Matter how nice the dam looks always wear your life jacket and attach your Kill Switch Lanyard to your body somewhere, whenever your main motor is running.
I'd rather be a Woes floating on the surface than a tough guy trying to keep my head above water while my boat rides around me uncontrolled.
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#14
Yah, I agree better safe than sorry! It's not worth the cost, rather get off the water no matter how small the waves. I used to know a coupkle of great guys (brothers). The water was calm, but both chaps died by lightning strike due to fishing with graphite rods, apparently the lightning jumped from the one boet to the other.
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