03/11/2011 at 6:24 am #7081fishforpotParticipant
Well , I nearly killed a jet skiing fisho today lol …..
Yesterday 2 jetskis shot out over the Waimac bar , and shot offshore a tad , I lost track of how long they were out there , but they had 2 rods , and a chillybin on the back of the larger ski ……..is was HUGE , like a bloody boat lol
Today , only 1 ski , I flagged him down , which is where I enter the story lol ….and quizzed him as to what he was fishing for …..
He told me there had been kingis caught off the mouth , 1-2kms out …..I didnt ask when , assuming last summer ….and they just trolled around lures / poppers , they caught 5 kahawai yesterday ……
As he left , I told him he had to drop me a kahawai on the way back in …he said he would ……
So I’m standing beside another whitebaiter , and commenting on how stupid this guy was for going out alone ….gale force nor wester blowing , large sea etc
He’s almost at the mouth – except he was a little too far north of it , and this huge wave lifts in front of him , ya could sorta tell he throttled back , having second thoughts about going thru at that moment , then HOLY SHIT , this wave lifted up at least twice as big ….he turned around but wasnt quite fast enough ……SLAM …..over he went
You know that 1 wave that’s like 3 times as big as the rest , often right on top of the tide ….it was that wave , on steroids …..maui pipeline huge
I watched for a few minutes , then climbed on the roof of the truck …..could see the ski …..rod was history , chillybin floating away and he was trying to swim to the ski , but wasnt making any headway …….
Dialed 111 , and told them it might be an idea to put the coastguard on standby …..and that the rescue chopper might be needed too …as I kept an eye out …..then the ski went out into open water , and the bloke was gone ….didnt see him again …
15minutes later the coastguard came flying down the river , rescue chopper on its tail …..took them a while , but they got him …..was all exciting and stuff watching the cops and ambulance over by the yacht club , and the chopper landing …….they airlifted him to hospital , hypothermia …
He was lucky to get back his 30grand ski …cops were retrieving it from along the beach as I drove out …
All I could think of as the chopper was circling was , if I hadnt have flagged him down , he’d have beaten that huge wave ….03/11/2011 at 6:37 am #19092yellowfinParticipant
Haha, No kahawai for you, Mr Troublemaker!! I think it’s fair to say he nearly killed himself and you saved him.. he’s the one going out alone on a jetski, the timing of the wave was bad luck.
Been in my kayak before with a wave coming up from the side, getting bigger and bigger and bigger, when I thought I was in a sheltered area, it’s not a nice feeling! Not nice when you and most of your catch get dumped in the sea either.03/11/2011 at 7:15 am #19093fishforpotParticipant
The operator said something about another caller to 111 from the other side of the river …..so cant take all the credit …..I did feel kinda guilty tho ..
His mate “from yesterday , wife had called , and he went to the rescue of the ski once the airlifted bloke rung home lol ” was down the beach keeping an eye on the washed up ski when I drove out , he was taking the piss of his mate ….30 grand ski and it cant handle the waves lol ….while my $200 old piece of shit has no probs lol ….
Live and learn …lucky he only lost a rod and chillybin …and some dignity lol03/11/2011 at 9:08 am #19097MiliwolfParticipant
Yeah, have had the pleasure of enjoying freak waves a few times out on the Yak. Just the other day I was watching a bar trying to pick the channel so I can reenter… was looking okay, glance behind me back to sea to see a wave at least twice the height of the previous biggest breaking mere meters behind me. Just managed to turn and face it in time … the following wave was also of good size. Went a bit further out but eventually decided the bar was to confused so landed on the beach instead.
Also remember a larger wave washing over everyones gear at the kaikoura surf comp one year, I wisely had moved my gear further back about 20 minutes before it hit02/12/2011 at 9:37 am #19598yellowfinParticipant
Hey you were lucky on your Yak. I was out in water on the east coast of NI off Glendhu with 3 – 4 meter swells – but I was in a bay and thought I was safe behind the reef. A freak wave caught me while I was trying to free my surf casting buddy’s line. No paddle in hand (bad boy) and no time to react. To make matters worse I got caught up in the anchor running rig and could not slide free. Got smashed into the gravel bottom head first – twice – and I felt my neck creaking away. After 3 full 360s under water I managed to get free and clamber to the shore dragging my Yak. 2 days later after x-rays also realised I had 2 – maybe 3 broken ribs. I consider myself quite lucky. Luckily I had ditched all my fishing gear before going in to try freeing his line otherwise would no doubt have lost the lot. Next time I will take my white water yak as well – actually next time I will just tell him to cut the line and be done with it03/12/2011 at 9:55 pm #19617HookLineSinkerParticipant
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