Do you love big bluegill?
Got a late start Saturday morning. Couldn't wait to get the kids out on the water. They were as ready as I was. Dropped the boat about 8:30 but it would not start. I went twice last week and no issues but it just would not start. Dropped the trolling motor and went on out to a couple of close spots so we could get some lines in the water. Got about 6 lines out and started slow trolling a cove. No takers so I decided to head out to a little deeper water and attempt to start the boat again so that we could head down the lake to some fishing spots. Still no go. Walked back to the back of the boat and gave the fuel bulb a good squeeze. The fuel line flies off of the connector that is at the engine and spews gas and oil all over my face and hair. I couldn't really breathe for a short while I don't think. My face felt like it was really on fire. I could barely see but scared to open my eyes as the gasoline was running down my face from my hair. It just happened so quickly and unexpectedly. I had invited a friend to go along so he was in the boat with my 10 yr. old daughter and my four year old son. My friend had no experience on the water so my worry was that he would not know what to do once I did what I felt like i was about to have to do. I didn't have a life jacket on (my kids did and I always make them from the minute they get out of the car) I couldn't open my eyes enough to find one and couldn't talk well enough for them to hand me one. I dove off the back of the boat into the water. A lot of things went through my mind as I went under the water. One thing I remember thinking was "hear I am again wondering how my own stupidity never ceases to amaze me." I smiled as the burning was starting to ease. Somehow I come back up at the side of the boat. I held on to the side of the boat and it took me about 15 minutes to get the gas completely off of me. My face was still burning even after I got out of the water but not bad. I think that if i had not got it off as fast as I did it would have been a lot worse. I laughed about the fact that I knew the boat was going to start just fine now and it did. Don't understand why there was so much pressure built up in the gas tank? It started immediately. Fish didn't want to cooperate much. Caught a few. I will post a shot of logan reeling one in. I did find a new large bluegill bed while we were there so the day wasn't wasted. I thank God that everyone come off of the water Saturday ok. It could have been a lot worse. I do my best to learn from my mistakes and I made several. Even though we didn't fill the cooler Saturday we gained some experience on the water and lived to fish another day.