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Fortunately I don't have any really epic ones, but when I popped out for a solo fish one day I  put the boat in the water, tied it to the pontoons and went and parked the car and trailer.  Got in the boat, started it up and reversed out.  Barely got past the end of the pontoons when the engine stopped and could not restart it.  Luckily I hadn't gone far so was able to paddle the boat back to the ramp with the emergency oar I keep in the boat.  Got the boat out onto the trailer and was just going to fit the clamps on the back to lock it onto the trailer when I noticed that the petrol pipe had come off the engine.  Reconnected the pipe, boat back in the water and everything was fine.

I'll also always remember the day I had to cut all my bait with a pair of braid scissors I found in my tackle bag after leaving the bait knife at home.
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Originally posted by kitno kitno wrote:

Where's Bazza

Sorry to keep you waiting but have only just returned from a 3 day fly fishing expedition on the Whirinaki
with the river unfishable after a couple of weeks rain despite not having shown on the weather map.

Nevertheless so as not to waste the time (and fuel) invested decided would devote it to research namely :-

(1) The low temperature limit of a human body trying to sleep overnight riverside in a Mitsi Outlander      during a mid winter heavy frost.

(2) Taking yet another dunk in the aforementioned river to further prove the water resistance of my no expense spared $9 Kmart watch.

(3) Misplacing my wallet ... to test how ingenious the human brain can be to counter the handicap of not having any cash or the multitude of various credit cards & suchlike to purchase fuel etc. needed for the trip home not to mention sustainance in the form of food or for that matter drink to calm the feeling of complete distress ... however this experiment had to be abandoned when the wallet was discovered in the most unlikely of places.

There are endless other examples of misadventure but will need to select a couple restricted to only one or two chapters .... watch this space.
  

 
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When I was living in Wanaka, my uncle used to leave a 14foot boat at my place to save towing it up from Dunno's. It was a cheap deal he picked up from some where and it had the most unreliable motor. So after taking it back to Dunno's to get his mate to fix it for the fourth or fifth time, he came back pronounced it good to go. So we set off to the coast for a hunt and fish. We settled on a fish across lake Paringa where he would drop me off for a hunt, while he carried on fishing.

He had a spare motor it the back of the wagon and I said we should take it, he said naa no need my mate has fixed it. So we set off. As we got to the far end, we realized that someone had beaten us to the hunting drop off point. Just then the motor spluttered and died, not to be started again.

That lead to a long paddle back with a cut down oar only about 600mm long and a broom handle with a bit of plywood screwed to it for motivation power.

All I could see the whole paddle back, was the vehicle with a spare motor in the back of it taunting us!!!!
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Headed out for a fish with a local mate who worked for DOC. He agreed to bring some of his home made burley, but after anchoring we discovered he had grabbed the wrong bag out of the freezer, and had brought out a frozen kiwi. 
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Hooked a large kingfish off a wooden boat ramp at Stanly bay years ago. Lost my footing and got pulled into the water- The screams of laughter from my son and best mate that were there watching still haunt me to this day.
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Originally posted by waynorth waynorth wrote:

Headed out for a fish with a local mate who worked for DOC. He agreed to bring some of his home made burley, but after anchoring we discovered he had grabbed the wrong bag out of the freezer, and had brought out a frozen kiwi. 

Was it any good... for bait?
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Originally posted by kitno kitno wrote:

Where's Bazza

Sorry to keep you waiting but have only just returned from a 3 day fly fishing expedition on the Whirinaki
with the river unfishable after a couple of weeks rain despite not having shown on the weather map.

Nevertheless so as not to waste the time (and fuel) invested decided would devote it to research namely :-

(1) The low temperature limit of a human body trying to sleep overnight riverside in a Mitsi Outlander      during a mid winter heavy frost.

(2) Taking yet another dunk in the aforementioned river to further prove the water resistance of my no expense spared $9 Kmart watch.

(3) Misplacing my wallet ... to test how ingenious the human brain can be to counter the handicap of having any cash or the multitude of various credit cards & suchlike to purchase fuel etc. needed for the trip home not to mention sustainance in the form of food or for that matter drink to calm the feeling of complete distress ... however this experiment had to be abandoned when the wallet was discovered in the most unlikely of places.

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As invariably happens when you blank it seems everyone asks "Did you catch anything ?" & this occasion was no exception so would simply answer "have a couple of prime 4 lb rainbows to take home. This was not an untruth so long as was careful not to add was given them by a benevolent local from their freeezer that presumably felt sorry for me having to contend with such hostile river conditions now I am back home  .... a strategy I might add that continues to work so long as it remains my little secret.  
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Had an epic fail today, up early to head out on the firth for a jig. Back the tractor out of the shed, contect the trailer on. Jump on the tractor and nothing at the starter, so had to crank start it.

Wind side onto the tide so couldn’t get a good drift happening and only caught goldfish.

Back to the beach at low tide, pushed the tinnie up onto the sand but by the time I got the tractor started which I had to hand crank again. The boat was being blown away in the wind.

Walked out to get it and got stuck in the mud up to my knees and when I pulled my feet out of the mud, my shimano fishing shoes stayed in the mud and I lost them.

What a day, time to fix the tractor.
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This thread just keeps getting better! Good to know some of us do make mistakes sometimes Wink

I better post up some of my better fails soon, including my promised ciggie story Big smile
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Tractors...
My son just rang me, my tractor has broken down..might be the fuel bug..and I'm not up there for once.

My recent dopey moment was at easter..hooked the boat up to the patrol, I can take the keys out of the ignition without turning it off, unlocked the boat, hooked it up and off I went.
Nearly 3 hours later, stop at the beach, go to turn the engine off, and um... no keys...
I think and I realise in had left them on the spare tyre with the lock..
Rang my son, he went down the road and couldn't find them..
Then I had a brain wave, and yes!,!, I had the spare keys in my bag...
Found the keys and lock 4 days later, keys buggered, lock usable. .300 m down the road..
you can't fix an idiot with duct tape, but it does muffle them for a while...
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Just one of those hell days, but still better than sitting in the office.
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I knew Bazza wouldn't let us down. And that was just back from his last trip.
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Originally posted by Kevin.S Kevin.S wrote:

Barely got past the end of the pontoons when the engine stopped and could not restart it.  Luckily I hadn't gone far so was able to paddle the boat back to the ramp with the emergency oar I keep in the boat.  Got the boat out onto the trailer and was just going to fit the clamps on the back to lock it onto the trailer when I noticed that the petrol pipe had come off the engine.  Reconnected the pipe, boat back in the water and everything was fine.

Ditto, mate. Heading out of Rangaunu Harbour, from Rangiputa, solo on a late autumn week day with no-one else around. Started first time, as usual. But went 100m and cut out, re-start for a moment, cut-out. Over and over.
I was crapping myself as I drifted  out to sea fast on the outgoing tide. So thinking quickly, i chucked the anchor over to stop me going any further from shore and tried to calmly assess what it sounded like - fuel! Found the loose join on the tote, reconnected and all was rosey. Got two stonker snapper that day, too.

Other memorable ones:

- drove from Hamilton to Lake Aniwhenua, walked along the shoreline - ready to start fishing - no fly box... Luckily the local lodge owner sold flies, so it wasn't a complete fail.

- a good mate took me out on his oldish Buccaneer from Westhaven right out to the Noises. Not a bite, so time to move. Engine won't go. "Damn, it's been playing up a bit", he says. No go after numerous attempts. "Luckily we've got the auxiliary."  He pull starts that, only for it to cut out after 30 seconds. "It tends to do that". He refused to call Coastguard, so we made potentially the slowest journey ever back from the Noises to Westhaven with the auxiliary cutting out after each short burst. Luckily it was an incoming tide, so after we eventually made it to the Rangitoto Channel, we stopped and drift fished for a bit; before doing his sputtering auxiliary thing around North Head and the rest of the way. We weren't really talking by the end of the trip...

- Another fly fishing one - a 10th 'last cast' as light faded on the Hydro Pool, Tongariro. Casting heavy nymphs in a vicious sou-wester. Donk. Weird light feel on the rod. Hmmm, the top 10" of my favourite rod floated off down the line - the victim of a 'bomb' nymph whacking it on the forward cast. Ouch

- Fishing with my dad in our old Parkercraft dinghy at the mussel farm north of Kaiaua. Got a bump on a livie down near the bottom, not the kingie I'd hoped for but a huge John Dory. My first ever. Just as my dad yelled "use the net" I tried to lift it into the boat on the trace - only for the jack mackerel in its throat to come free. Silence in the boat. I had no idea that sometimes they don't get hooked, they just have the livie snagged in their throat. The fail turned into an epic a little while later when we decided to call it quits and we discovered I'd dropped the anchor too close to the long end of a mussel rope, despite dad's misgivings, and we had to cut our line to get free. It was a very, very quiet drive home...
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Planned an epic day livebaiting for kings off a west coast ledge,after a long trek in to chosen spot I found out that what I thought was my berley was actually a lamb leg roast.At least I had dinner sorted.
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Driving out driveway with boat on this arvo and it bounced off tow ball and blocked rather busy road I live on. No damage and luckily some guys in cars helped me put back on and get underway. Obviously wasn’t completely on ball when I put on the drive way… was on funny angle which made hard to tilt jockey wheel up. Reminder to myself to always check in future.
Remember years ago same thing  happening and tow ball smashed into back windscreen of mate’s new station wagon,  shattering it completely. I wasn’t to blame that day, as mate had attached it securely, or not as case was. That time didn’t even get out of the driveway.
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Launching my Billfisher at the Napier SFC, there is a line painted on on the asphalt to use as a guide when reversing boats down the ramp. Anyway, the local dive charter had got it into his head that this was his personal parking spot and was leaving his car and trailer there, making it difficult for those parked in the adjacent legitimate parking slots to reverse their trailer back out to retrieve their boats (because he was parked directly behind them) and also to for those driving into the launching area to launch or retrieve, to get around him, especially if the washdown bays were being used.

This had affected me a couple of times but on this day he was just leaving his car and trailer as I arrived.  I asked him why he was leaving his car there and pointed out the obvious problems it was causing.  He said he couldn't see why it was a problem and just walked away, at which point I started making suggestions as to why he couldn't see the obvious, including intellectual disability, possibly inherited through inbreeding.

A few minutes later I was standing on the walkway on my trailer unhooking my winch rope from the bow eye just as the charter was leaving the ramp with his boat full of divers and as I was glaring at him I saw him smile and say something to me that I couldn't hear.  I shouted "what" and one of the divers said "He said your cellphone just fell out of your pocket." 

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How could I forget this one.
I bought a hull and trailer about 4 years ago minus the engine. It sat in the shed for about 9 months untouched. I finally got around to fitting the engine and did a sea trial with a friend without issue. A few days later I finished work a little early and thought it would be a good idea to get a quick fish in. On the water around 4pm on the Tauranga Harbour in early October. Took a couple of rods, some pre tied rigs and a half kilo of squid. Landed a solid mid 50s snapper and was happy. Time to head home as dark was approaching fast.
The bastard engine won't start!! Ok, make a ph call and get some help. The bastard ph was flat. OK kitno, now what. Due to the boat only recently getting on the water. I was yet to add all the necessary backup equipment. I had one oar. Made the decision to wait it out for the night and make a row for land in the daylight on the incoming. All I had was shorts, tee shirt hoodie and small towel to keep warm. It got down to 6 degrees that night and I learnt an important lesson. Turned out to be a faulty kill switch on the remote.
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