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Re: NFC: DP -- Collecting Day

Good points. Considering how often I do the "Collector Waltz" after 
slipping on rocks, I plan to wear my PFD fishing vest whenever I am in 
water involving wading.  A PFD could save my life if I stepped off a 
drop-off or fell and hit my head. Also, the padding could save me from a 
broken rib or two if I slipped and fell on a rock. A PFD vest is not 
much of a hindrance and is a cheap insurance policy.

While a cell phone might be nice, it would have to be in a watertight, 
padded bag in order to survive a nasty fall that could disable someone. 
Could be a lifesaver though in the right circumstances.

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>Hey all,
>  Well, my kidney infection has finally cleared up and I was able to 
>out and do some serious collecting today.  I went to my favorite spot 
>the edge of the Flint Hills where I have collected Orangethroat Darter 
>Longears in abundance.  Luck was with me today as well as I managed to
>haul in several dozen quality Orangethroats,  a few as of yet 
>sunfish (but probably Longears), a couple dozen unidentified shiners
>(mostly Cyprinela lutrensis I think), several Bluntnose Minows I threw
>back, several young sucker type minnows I kept a few an threw the rest
>back...anyone know how to ID young 'Redhorses'?  think I might have a
>Golden Redhorse about 2 inches long..., a half dozen or so slender
>Madtoms, some crayfish I threw back and even a frog!  All in all a 
>rewarding day...but I would have liked to have collected more young
>sunfish.  maybe if the 3 teenage 'yahoos' who came buy about halfway
>through my day and started pitching rocks into the water around my 
>hadn't come along I might have.  Little snots even took and untied one 
>my traps and thre the string in the water. Luckinly the trap was heavy
>enough and the current light enough it didn't get washed away.  But, 
>can you do?  It's a public area and they got as much right to pitch 
>in the water as I do to fish in it...
>Had several 'stumbly bumblies' today.  You know, the kind where you 
>your toe on a rock and suddenly have to do the 5 yard dash to catch 
>feet up under you before you fall.  would be quite amusing on 
>Funniest Videos".  But it got me to thinking even more heavily about
>safety.  I think we need to try and stress that more in our
>collecting...especially to the new guys.  I know that our testosterone
>soaked brains don't like the idea, but we should maybe start looking 
>safety gear such as life belts and head protection.  (those rocks DO 
>hands you know...yessireee, just reached up and grabbed me today, they
>did)  Safety is especially important for us yahoos who go out on our 
>with no collecting partners.  (in these cases a cellular phone might be 
>good idea for emergencies)
>Anyway, that's a short account of my collecting day and some ideas to
>poinder over.  What does anyone else think?

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