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Old 01-13-2020, 07:33 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, 07:47 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, 08:02 PM   #3
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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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Old 01-13-2020, 08:07 PM   #4
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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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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 01-13-2020, 08:34 PM   #6
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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 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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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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On average, there are 16 shark attacks in the US every year.
On average, 20 people fall off cruise ships every year.

Each year there are more than 164,000 emergency room-treated injuries and 300 deaths in the U.S. that are caused by falls from ladders. Most ladder deaths are from falls of 10 feet or less.
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Sharks are a non threat. They will take your fish but you ai by on the menu. I have been bumped many many times and although it will get your attn there is no real danger you should be prepared for there as pocjetty illustrates.

Stingrays are a concern if you do not intend to shuffle. If you stomp along plan to get ray protection. Otherwise stingrays dont want to be stepped on as bad as you dont want to step on them. Alert them to your presence by shuffling your feet along and they will gladly be out of your way. They are not aggressive. They WILL however feed up behind in your footsteps so most anglers that get hit happens when they have been stationary a while and step backwards on the hookset.

Vibrio is an education and awareness and self awareness and thorough self check with immediate action. Do not delay. Very treatable early. Not so much late. If you are diabetic or alcoholic you are too sick to wet wade. Otherwise most times your bodies immune system easily fight it off. Educate yourself and have a plan of action prepared in your mind.

Dont wade in the night without being very lit up.... when wading in the day make yourself visible as if you are the sign guy when entering a construction zone. Make yourself be seen. Dont wade in the middle of the highway.

Do not under any circumstances wade off into deep water. Do not under any circumstances go after the boat should it break free from where you anchored.

Alligators get free reign and are a no go if in the vicinity... I exit immediately.

Jellyfish..... wear full coverage. Even in summer.

Sun protection.

Fresh water.

If in cold water any leak in your waders is immediate day ender. Immediate. Dont tough it out. And dang sure dont walk away from the boat.

If prone to faint or unsteady or poor balance dont get out of the boat.
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