R.O.C. (Radio Operator's Certificate)
Lets just say it was an interesting day. My appointment book showed a charter for 4 people for 5 hours (half day) When they arrived at 8 AM they told me they booked for 8 hours with a start at 8:00 AM. So be it. After the storm on Sunday I was worried that I could not find any fish. I found a number of Bows in which the young lads lost every one. I won`t bore you with the details of how they were losing them, suffice it to say that every bow they lost cost me money! They lost a few Wally`s also but did manage to boat a few for a few meals. 55-65 fow west of port. While we were nearing the end of the charter I received a distress call from the marina snack bar. Seems the 2 older gentleman ventured out onto the lake with out a radio. Very stupid thing to do in my opinion. They did have a cell phone and used it to contact the marina. I was 13 miles from Port and they were 5.5 miles due south but they had no idea where they were. I managed to locate them and proceeded to tie up their rope to the `Whale Bone II`. I told them that one of them should hold the rope out of the water and feed it out as I began my pull. This must have fallen on deaf ears because all of a sudden the `Whale Bone II` came to a sudden stop and stalled out. You guessed it the rope was rapped around my prop as tight as could be. After removing my fish cooler off the swim platform I managed to get completely soaked and cut the rope( which was now about a quarter of its original length. I checked my plotter to see how far of a tow it would be as it was a bit rolly out there. It was 5.5 nautical miles due south of port and an eta of 55 minutes. That was right on the money. I asked the boys what was wrong with the boat and they said after trolling for 3 hours they went to speed up and it stalled. It was an old 1982 chevy 4 banger with points so I told them to keep some emery cloth on board to sand the points down when it happens again(and it will) It also had a pre cobra OMC outdrive on it which is about the worst outdrive ever made. I told them to get a radio for that boat if they are going to keep it and change over to electronic ignition. Everything ended well except for one casuality. As I was bending over the swim platform to cut the rope a giant wave crashed over me soaking me to the bone. I am afraid my cell phone did not survive as the vibrator mode will not stop unless I pull the battery. Maybe I could sell it to a horny couple. OOps did I say that. What a day to leave my camera at home. Some of the pictures from today would have been priceless.