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 After all these years being out in all kinds of weather I finally got buzzed by lightning. The main bolt hit a tree and an arc jumped out and got me on the left hand. Left me with full drawers and a new breakdancing record in 'Fat Hillbilly category'.

Be careful out there friends!

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Comment by Michael J. Searl on June 21, 2014 at 5:00am

Thank you for sharing that experience.  My favorite rods are graphite BPS Micro Lite UL. I'll now be a bit faster getting off the water when storms threaten. I'll also remove the rods from the upright PVC holders. I have seen on the weather channel that lightning can hit quite far from the actual storm.

Comment by Leo Nguyen on June 12, 2014 at 12:49pm

WOWSER! Glad you're not fried golden crispy. Thank you lucky stars that Someone is watching you from above.

Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on June 12, 2014 at 10:38am
Wheeee!
Comment by John Sheehan on June 12, 2014 at 9:58am

ha ha

Comment by Earl W Story on June 12, 2014 at 9:57am

 Thanks everyone for the concern and well wishes. About the worst that came out of this was my rod tip got blowed off. The crematic part anyway. I'm feeling back to my lovable 'lil 'ol self now. As a matter of fact I booby trapped the bathroom with a big rubber spider before I left for work yesterday afternoon. I'm pretty sure I'll be paroled off the sofa soon! And this Saturday is opening day of NOODLING SEASON here in Kansas. My Son-in-law thinks it's 'chaperone a geezer' day apparently. So I'll be in the company of a group of beer filled 20 something year olds. WOW! I feel sooooooo safe.  

Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on June 12, 2014 at 3:44am
Hilarious! Fat hillbilly break dancing....

On a serious note, don't mess around with lightning. As long as it's within a few miles, it's a threat. Where I work, all outdoor activity must cease when our monitors detect an atmospheric charge within three miles.
Please, everyone, don't tempt fate for that next bite.
Comment by dick tabbert on June 11, 2014 at 8:46pm

Sorry Earl hope all is well now. Graphite and Boron rods are very conductive the best thing is if it's lightning quit fishing and put your rods up. Holding them up is a big mistake I would hate to have anybody done in by there rods.

Comment by Slip Sinker on June 11, 2014 at 8:43pm
Wow ! Glad your Ok Earl
Comment by Lord of the Fly , Rods on June 11, 2014 at 7:07pm

 Thats a shocking story,  FYI ,   graphite fishing rods are lighting attractors.   LOFR

Comment by Keith Ritter on June 11, 2014 at 6:21pm
I hope your OK but the way you put it is laugh out loud funny. And I did

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