I want to share an incident that happened this Friday. I was fishing a trick worm with a 1/32 bullet weight. I laid the worm along side a lay down log, and sure enough I felt the tap-tap of a fish. I set the hook on what must have been a bream, because the fish kept the worm, and the weight and hook came flying out of the water and straight back at me. Now this happens all the time right? Well this time was a little different. I must have had the line tight when I set the hook, because the weight came out of the water so fast, I did not have time to duck, flench, or even close my eyes! I watched that weight fly straight out of the water and straight into me left eye. No kidding, I watched the weight fly straight into my left eye!
Fortunately, I was wearing a pair of expensive glasses made to wear for fishing. (They are Wiley-X prescription sun glasses if anyone wants to know.) The weight hit the left lens, and bounced off. Let me tell you, watching that weight come at me that fast has added a new meaning the the term “bullet weight”!
I have no doubt that I would have lost my left eye if I had not been wearing glasses that could withstand the impact of that weight and hook. My regular prescription glasses would have shattered. A cheap pair of sunglasses would have meant that I would have had a eye full of broken glass as well as a weight and hook in my eye.
I know they are expensive, especially if, like me, you need bifocal prescriptions in them. I encourage you to invest in a pair of “bullet proof” fishing glasses before you go out again! I am not trying to sell Wiley-X products. There are many brands of good safety glasses available.
I do know one thing, mine may have been expensive, but they paid for themselves thousands of times over Friday.
I look forward to SEEING everyone at the next meeting!