When, despite all your best efforts, things go very wrong!

Do you feel like this once in a while?

Talk about getting more than you bargained for!


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  1. Theodore says:

    Wow. It could have been worse though.


    And in answer to your question: yes, many a time I have felt that I have gotten more than I bargained for.

  2. Yes! Very often, things upon which I’ve set my heart and into which I have put much effort have been unexpectedly taken from me. It is almost always a very painful experience. But in my case, I believe it is always for my good, as the Lord works at peeling away the many layers of attachment I have to things and to people.

  3. Mike says:

    You know, just when everything is A-Ok, along comes this three ton White Shark, you know what I mean? I just hate when that happens!

  4. chironomo says:

    This was a particularly dramatic instance of something that actually happens quite a lot. I do a good deal of “surf fishing” down here (cayo costa, where this video was shot is less than half an hour from my home here…but you need a boat to get there!) and more than infrequently you will hook a pompano or whiting out past the surf, and then mysteriously as you bring it in past the droppoff, there is a sudden tug and you end up with a cut line. I actually had a steel leader cut this way. Another local fisherman said that there are fairly large groups of sand sharks and hammerheads that have learned that this is a great way to get food. I can’t figure out what happens to the hooks, but they dont seem to mind.

    That said, I certainly haven’t seen a shark that size in Charlotte Harbor under any circumstance, so I assume when they say this was at Cayo Costa that they departed from there and were many miles out in the open waters of the Gulf.

    And that was a decent tarpon they had going there….I guess they could’ve jumped in and tried to save it :)

  5. LouiseA says:

    Yes. And then, just when you have reached your utmost limit and Just Can’t Bear it a Moment Longer, God gently steps in and instantly the worst of the burden is lifted and Hope is given back. So just hang on for the duration of the terrifying ride in the meantime. Never, never, never give up. Besides, what’s the alternative?

  6. Maltese says:

    There is a time for war, and a time for peace; a time to live and a time to die; and there is a time to fish, and a time to cut bait

  7. mibethda says:

    I think they’re going to need a bigger boat.

  8. Joe in Canada says:

    I have found “To a Friend whose Work has come to Nothing” by Yeats, interpreted as a Christian, to be helpful. http://www.bartleby.com/147/6.html

    NOW all the truth is out,
    Be secret and take defeat
    From any brazen throat,
    For how can you compete,
    Being honour bred, with one
    Who, were it proved he lies,
    Were neither shamed in his own
    Nor in his neighbours’ eyes?
    Bred to a harder thing
    Than Triumph, turn away
    And like a laughing string
    Whereon mad fingers play
    Amid a place of stone,
    Be secret and exult,
    Because of all things known
    That is most difficult.

  9. Ceile De says:

    The title of the post probably sums up Paul VI’s thoughts.

  10. Scott W. says:

    Needs a “Crappy music” warning label on that YouTube.

  11. Bryan Boyle says:

    Yeah…sometime you go out and ‘do lunch’…other times you’re potentially the main course. :)

  12. jflare says:

    So..I guess they’re not required to wear PFD’s while fishing?

  13. APX says:


    Laws differ depending where they live. For example, here in Canada, with the exception of personal watercrafts, there’s no law which requires us to actually wear our lifejackets/PFD’s. We’re just required to have one Canadian approved lifejacket/PFD of appropriate size for every member on board.

    And yes, things going very wrong, despite my best efforts is the story of my life. It would appear things are finally starting to turn around, but I’ve learned not to count my chickens before they’ve hatched.

  14. benedetta says:

    A fishing expedition.

  15. chironomo says:


    In Florida, you are required to have a PFD for each person in the boat, but only children under 6 must actually wear them. You also must have at least one “throw-bouy” or tethered rescue device on board. Nobody would wear them if they were required anyway…in mid June it is about 97 -98 degrees out on the coastal waters and the humidity is in the mid 90% range. Some people (me for instance) wear an inflatable waist belt device when out in the boat, as drowning deaths from boating accidents are at epidemic proportions in Florida waters. This past Memorial Day there were two such deaths at Boca Grande island alone…both before Noon! We saw the medivac choppers for both incidents passing over… the sharks aren’t the problem really!

  16. KAS says:

    My dad had a three foot kingfish OUT of the water, he was reaching back for the net to get it into the boat and a hammerhead shark with a head as wide as the fish was long rose silently out of the water, directly under the fish, and clicked its teeth just short of his hand. Dad said the shark was longer than his boat and his is not all that small a boat!

    Me, I’m a land lubber and while many things have gone the way of the fish in the video, it has never in the end been for less than the best.

  17. yatzer says:

    The sense of balance those folks have is impressive! I’m afraid I might well have been part of the shark’s meal along with the other fish.

  18. jflare says:

    Hi chironomo,
    I’m a bit surprised to hear that PFDs remain unpopular these days. You know, I could mostly understand that about 25 years ago when the only PFDs in sight were those orange Coast Guard monstrosities. I live in the land-locked plains, but we still have enough lakes and rivers about that I had opportunity to wear some of those. I distinctly loathed them too.

    I thought that mostly changed around the early 90’s though. I thought heaven had given someone some distinctive inspiration when I saw the varied-color PFDs that redistributed the styrofoam and the straps so the darn things actually began to be somewhat comfortable. I actually enjoyed wearing those things!

    I would’ve thought that if someone went fishing and had even a hint of a chance of being knocked into the water, conscious or not, they’d want to wear something to keep afloat, especially with mouth and nose out of the water.
    Huh. Perhaps I’m too much a landlubber.

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