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Old 07-21-2008, 03:00 PM
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I managed to get out of work early on Friday, stopped by Saco Bay Bait and Tackle to grab some eels and wait out the tropical storm before heading to Biddeford Pool. In the back of my mind the 'seek n' destroy' approach that Gunny spoke to me of at the gathering resonated and I felt like this was the night (unfortunately I did more destroying than I did seeking)!! The storm cleared up sometime after 8 p.m. and I headed down to the spot(s) recommended to me by Mr. BryanL (thanks again bro ) with pole in one hand, eels in the other and my trusty backpack just in case. The night was picturesque to say the least,"I can just feel it" kind of nights, very dark & foggy but not to the point where my flashlight didn't get the job done. I made way outwards, following the sound of crashing waves and hopping from rock to rock like a gull in search of it's first meal. The storm that just an hour ago wreaked havoc in/around my neighborhood was headed out to sea and the dark clouds and flashes of lightning were off in the distance as far as the eye could see. I finally reached a point I liked, went to set down my eels and WHAM.........slipped on sea sludge, down goes Frazier, flashlight went one way, pole went the other and unfortunately my eel bucket went yet another. Long story short, ALL my eels got out (I bought 12, only brought 6 though luckily) and headed for any dark crevace they could find. I managed to get ONE stinkin eel back, I was completely soaked from my knees down and took a few casts 'cause i didnt come all this way to turn around and go home. BAD IDEA!!!!! This only lead to a LOT more slipping and falling, sliding down rocks and at one point, I was actually suspended in air, head on one rock, legs on the other, my backpack dangling in a pool below me as I looked up to the sky and said "Just let me get the @%#^ outta here!!!!" Slowly and steadily I did make my way back to my car, sans eels but still not content on calling it a night. Scoped out a few more spots down there that looked decent but with wet pant legs andsleeves it was only a matter of time before the evening chill got the better of me. And so Gunny, I say to you sir, YOU WERE CORRECT....CORKERS ARE IN FACT A MUST!!!!! Ahh well, another time maybe, but I'll NEVER go down there agin without the proper gear.
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Old 07-21-2008, 04:10 PM
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You weren't drinking beers before you went were you? Glad to hear you made it back in 1 piece. That's why I don't go out alone at night in sketchy places. 1 wrong move and your swimming with the fishes.
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Old 07-21-2008, 04:40 PM
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I was watching the storm pass with my neighbor and had a few beers, but nowhere near enough to make a difference in my footing/balance. The thing that got me is once I took my first dunk (notice I said FIRST as there was more than 1) and managed to soak my boots, the smallest bit of grip I had was lost. It's funny though 'cause I tell the story and people go 'Oh man, are you okay, sounds like ya had a tough night," which is true, but after I got out I drove ALL over Biddeford Pool and scoped out more than my fair share of spots for next time.........which I will be equipped with corkers. Not trying to play Mr. Tough Guy, I'll fully admit to being frightened, especially hanging between those two rocks with my backpack dangling looking up at the sky, but I just kept a calm head, devised a plan and got out of there as SLOWLY as possible so as to not fall again. Minor bumps and bruises, but not something I'll be doing, alone anyway, in the near future.

P.S. Did I mention the tide was coming in and I could feel the backsplash of the waves getting closer and closer????
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