At the end of last week's article I shared I had launched my boat several times this year without the plug in it, as we have all been pulling them to drain our bilge. A new habit of remembering to put the drain plug back in the boat I have not fully formed yet.
I really don't like sharing and admitting things like this unless it is clear I can blame someone or something else for my mistakes. I had no intention of disclosing more of these types of blunders until after my Thursday morning swim for my boat at the north access on Big Detroit Lake. When I got home and shared my experience with my wife, Mary, she thought it might make for some interesting reading to share some of my unique experiences.
I have many blunders over the years and will just share a few, and not in great detail. This is the second time I have had to swim for my boat, the first time a couple of years ago wasn't my fault, but this time clearly was. I can't share the whole story as it would take too long.
Some of the other blunders include, but are not limited to: I put my cell phone down on the side of the boat and forgot to grab it before I drove off. Oh ... I have done that twice in the last ... how long have cell phones been around? I have jumped overboard during guide trips three, OK, maybe four times to retrieve items disappearing over the side that include, but are not limited to, fishing rods, net, drift sock (oh, that's why they make floats for them), and a drowning customer coat.
I have been known to go over the side to dive for anchors as well. Yes, anchors, meaning plural. Some that know me well know about me and anchors over the years. They all have a good explanation, but it would take too long to share in this column. Has anyone else given the lake a favorite pair of sunglasses?
I can't be the only one that has destroyed their shin on the trailer hitch. This is a good one, I was stepping over the trailer hitch and my shoestring caught one of the bolts and I face planted right in front of the father and son I was taking out. They both had a great sense of humor and were able to laugh about it -- several times -- loudly.
I also shoulder planted off the bow of my boat several years ago, and fished for four hours before I went in to find out I needed shoulder surgery.
Oops, I just noticed I am getting long in my article and need to cut it short.
One last example, I left a valuable coat behind at a public access. The fact it said "Brad Laabs Guide Service" helped me to get it back! Someone pulled one of my stunts and left a very valuable tackle box at one of the local accesses. It has been found and Howard at 847-5829 has it for you. You will need to give good specific information about your box to identify that it belongs to you. Thank you Howard and Nancy for being good citizens of this community.
(Laabs runs Brad Laabs Guide Service in Detroit Lakes.)