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Old 01-13-2020, 06:33 PM   #1
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Wade fishing hazards

How often do you guys hear about people getting stung by stingrays? What about any shark bites? Im guessing drowning is probably the biggest hazard?
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Old 01-13-2020, 06:47 PM   #2
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Vibrio and stingrays are a concern. Stepping off in a hole in full waders is scary. Falling on top of an oyster reef is a bummer. Getting run over by an idiot is no bueno.
Sharks can be a problem. Jellyfish can be a drag.
Lots of stuff to look out for. Be careful and go wading! To me fishing out of a boat is not fun.
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Old 01-13-2020, 07:21 PM   #3
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wadefishing dangers

Number one on list is stingrays. You will see them around you daily. Stepping on one sends most people to an ER. Several types of leg guards are available.
Vibrio infections and shark bites are both very rare. If you develope a sore or swelling along with severe pain within a couple of days of wading see a Doc RIGHT NOW or risk a peg leg or casket. Sharks are interested in the fish on your stringer, so use a slip knot. If you wade away from shore deeper than your waist, boats sometimes don't see you. Oyster reefs are great places to wade, but as noted tripping while wading a reef will give you some nasty cuts on knees/hands. Most of us wear long pants for protection from jellyfish. Safest bet is to forget fishing at the coast and leave it to those of us too dumb to think about the risks. It is too crowded and dangerous to be worth it. Right, guys? Oh yea, the surf. Life jacket.

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Old 01-14-2020, 10:55 AM   #4
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Safest bet is to forget fishing at the coast and leave it to those of us too dumb to think about the risks. It is too crowded and dangerous to be worth it. Right, guys? Oh yea, the surf. Life jacket.
that is a good one.

I have been wade fishing since I was a teenager. The father of the person who got me into it, was a good educator. Their place was near SLP and our first lessons were about the treacherous currents there, limit wading to almost anywhere else, but other places with strong currents, like major passes, should also be avoided. And it never hurts to wear a life jacket when you are in unfamiliar waters. Ones made for kayakers are the most comfortable to fish in.

Stingrays. I used to get harped on by my Dad for shuffling my feet. It irritated him, but I was just unknowingly training to be a wade fisherman . Waded so many miles of shorelines and reefs that I can't even count them. It wasn't until I got a pair of Everlast Ray Guards that I got hit and that was because I got lazy and had a comfort level from the boots. They did their job, the barb didn't even go 1/8" into the rubber/Kevlar. Went back to always shuffling my feet.

I am taller than the average Joe and often get sent ahead of my buddies when we trying to get across the mouth of a drain, so I have stepped off into a deep hole or some soft mud now and again, but nothing has ever come of it.

Sharks. They've been close to me only two times that I know of. When I was 17, a friend and I were wading the 3rd bar of the beachfront and each had 15 or more trout on our stringers (the limit was 20 back then). A 5-6 foot bull shark pulled me a few feet when it was taking my trout. I got the stringer cut loose and didn't wade the third bar again. I still wade the surf every chance I get, but don't go more than belly high beyond the second bar and if I have fish on the stringer, I keep my head on a swivel or, if the catching slows down, I'll put those in the cooler and go back out. The other time, I had a few trout on a stringer and had a blow-up on my topwater. I thought for sure it was a big trout, so I kept working that area. Before I knew it, a fin popped up behind my lure and followed it all the way to me. I was standing in less than 3 feet of clear water, so that bull shark was plainly visible as it circled me a few times. My dumb brain didn't kick in for a minute to remember to pull my fish out of the water. Once I did that and swatted that shark on the head a couple of times with my topwater, it swam away and I went and put my fish in the cooler. I haven't been too keen on West Matagorda Bay since then, though I haven't exactly avoided it.

Alligators. Not often, but I have had an alligator "observe" me closely because I had fish on the stringer. Both times at the Aransas NWR, both times I am pretty sure it was the same gator and both times I just got out of the water and called it a day.

Vibrio. I think about it a lot more than I used to, but still fish. During the heat of the summer, I'm a lot more wary, but I have a good immune system and a healthy liver, so my likelihood of getting infected is pretty low.
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Old 01-13-2020, 07:02 PM   #5
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I've known a few stingray victims. One who swore off on wading after being popped. No one in my circles has ever been shark bit. Stringer bit that's a different story. I myself nearly drowned 20 + years ago wading the surf at Sargent. Getting to that 3rd sandbar almost got the best if me. San Luis pass claims a lot of lives. A couple years back a friend and I rescued a couple of guys there that where swept out. I'll never forget the look on there faces. One of them was so worn out and in shock he didnt even talk for about 15 minutes. One hazard worth mentioning you didnt bring up is vibrio. One cut or abrasion can cost you a limb or even your life and it's almost impossible to fish without getting some kind of nick or scrape. So, I just shuffle my feet for stingrays, avoid wading the pass and 3rd bar, use a long stringer, and always have some soap and Daykins solution handy.
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Good stuff, I didnt even think about some idiot running me over. Ive waded once and want to do more so just studying up a bit.
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Old 01-13-2020, 07:34 PM   #7
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Depending on location the only thing that has really bothered me is getting pulled by shark attacking fish on string and alligator. Too many close encounters with lizards , don’t like them !!
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I’m more worried about gators than anything, at least in the warm months, those things are nasty. Then vibrio, then sharks, then stingrays, then other boaters. Sliced my hand falling on a reef a few weeks ago - I always wear gloves except that one time, Murphy’s law of course, luckily it wasn’t too bad of a cut. But I still plan to wade fish as much as possible, its my favorite way to fish the bays.
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I got hit bad surf fishing. I always was careful wading in the bay but got Barb stuck in my foot after walking back after casting out a fresh bait on a long rod. I had been there for a while and walked the same paths all morning so go figure. I shuffle Everytime my feet in the water. This happened in the Wade gut.

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Old 01-14-2020, 07:52 AM   #10
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I got hit bad surf fishing. I always was careful wading in the bay but got Barb stuck in my foot after walking back after casting out a fresh bait on a long rod. I had been there for a while and walked the same paths all morning so go figure. I shuffle Everytime my feet in the water. This happened in the Wade gut.

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iv heard that rays can move in behind your trail to feed, makes sense i guess. if you kick up stuff for smaller bait to eat and they move in on the bait.
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