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I Was Almost Killed By Discarded Fishing Line!
Properly Dispose Your Used Fishing Line!

For years i've pushed for anglers to clean-up their areas for others. I've stepped on a circle hook once & it was painful extracting it. I usually spend the first 10min cleaning someone else's mess before i set-up my gear. I'd rather see plastics in a garbage can rather then around a Sea Turtle's neck.

So this day i got to my site extremely early & started to set-up my shore casting rigs. I had enough natural light to see enough of my surroundings to maneuver around. I walked across a cliff overhang to set my first rig up & hopped over a open fissure as i've done for years. This time my foot got snagged & i went down through the fissure head first roughly 8ft to the reef. I was lucky a swell came in to cover the rocks with 2ft of water seconds before impact. I instinctively put my right hand forward to help break the fall.

The next thing i remember was gasping for air as i was swallowing salt water. My right wrist was in pain & my leg was torn-up scraping the rocks going down. My shorts was partially torn as my backside got a puncture. If things were different i could've been knocked-out, or worse. All because a fisherman left 100's of yards of discarded fishing line all over the sharp rocks. I was there 2 days earlier & no line was there. If this was thrown in the water it would kill endangered Green Sea Turtles which congregate in numbers exactly where i landed.

Right now i'm not sure if my right wrist is merely badly sprained or fractured. My right leg is hurting & my backside is not only hurting but constantly bleeding. At the early morning twilight hours i couldn't make out the fishing line. If the line was in the water it could kill many endangered local species like Green Sea Turtles to Hawaiian Monk Seals by entanglement.

I'm in extreme pain & don't know how long this will sideline me. This happen all because a lazy angler most likely decided to re-spool his/her casting reel & left all the line just laying around to cause injury & possible death to wildlife. I spent 30min just cutting that line up & disposing it in a garbage can that was only 60-80ft away!

Please pick-up after your selfs. I always bring garbage bags for exactly this. I'm sharing my story here in hopes it'll ring a bell that says respect your environment.
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Re: [ScubaChris] I Was Almost Killed By Discarded Fishing Line! In reply to
Just noticed this post, glad you are still with us Chris, so sorry to hear about your fall. Your scrapes will heal but I hope your wrist isn't broken. I hear you about the potently of this accident being fatal, that was a close call for sure. You hear about things like that happening but when it happens to someone you know, it just drives the point home. One thing I will say is that as we get older, you just can not be careful enough, hope you have a speedy recovery.

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Re: [wiperhunter2] I Was Almost Killed By Discarded Fishing Line! In reply to
Thanks buddy! The leg is stiff but healing well. The golf ball in the wrist is gone & the arm isn't puffy anymore, pain maybe at 25% of what is was on Mon. Healing, so that's good. Thanks for your concern buddy!
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Good to hear you are healing so well Chris, now let's just hope you message can get through to those that don't know how to properly dispose of their fishing line.

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Re: [ScubaChris] I Was Almost Killed By Discarded Fishing Line! In reply to
Aloha Chris.

Sorry to hear about your misfortune.

Expended fishing line is a world wide problem. Almost every country or area that I to fish at has the same problem.

I too go out of my way to pick up other peoples careless dumpings. Nothing is worse than catching a nice fish for a commercial shoot and find out that you actually caught a smaller fish that is wrapped in miles of expended line.

I hope you are OK and that your message gets out to many others.

Get well soon and keep up the fight.

Mahalo.Fish On

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