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Old 09-16-2019, 02:35 PM
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and this is why I'm ever so careful approaching any rocks. I had 2 close calls many years ago, by God's grace this wasn't written about me:

http://newjersey.news12.com/story/41...W0n5AceDmWMuLo
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I stopped rock fishing about 10 years ago when I realized I was getting to old...or too smart, I think now!
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As I posted on the main thread, I was there earlier this week and couldn't fish from my preferred spots because the swell was hammering the end so hard. Because the big ones only came in every once in a while I saw civilians doing the picture thing standing well into the cement getting themselves splashed fairly hard.

Even so, everybody has to understand that those rocks can be deadly when they're dry and 10x worse when they get wet.


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I would say 100x worse when wet. For some reason, and I'm speaking from experience, you think that if you start to slip that you will somehow be able to grip harder or somehow slow yourself down. That's not the way it works. When there is wet algae covering a rock, nothing short of metal-on-rock contact via cleats can handle it, and even then (depending on the rock angle) that might not be enough.
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If you are getting ready to hit your 40th birthday please give some thought to what can happen to you and the consequences to your loved ones climbing around jetties! It is truly a young man's game.
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If you are getting ready to hit your 40th birthday please give some thought to what can happen to you and the consequences to your loved ones climbing around jetties! It is truly a young man's game.
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young at heart?

(edit, and yeah 40 is a bit low... I actually started fishing the salt in earnest when I was over 40... I mean, I fished prior, but not to the extent I did after that)
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Seriously Don, it does matter your physical condition, experience, and moreso surefootedness.

I know a guy who does maintenance around here, my age or older, who is still like a gazelle doing roof work, where I won't go up on my roof or similar any longer. I know my balance limitations.

Knowing how you fish in extreme conditions, I'd say you are in the lower percentage of guys (and I can only guess at your age) doing that on a regular basis. Then again, if you hang with a lot of rock hoppers it might not seem strange to you. However, all of the guys still doing that have that experience, surefootedness, and of course right equipment for doing so.
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Seriously Don, it does matter your physical condition, experience, and moreso surefootedness.

I know a guy who does maintenance around here, my age or older, who is still like a gazelle doing roof work, where I won't go up on my roof or similar any longer. I know my balance limitations.

Knowing how you fish in extreme conditions, I'd say you are in the lower percentage of guys (and I can only guess at your age) doing that on a regular basis. Then again, if you hang with a lot of rock hoppers it might not seem strange to you. However, all of the guys still doing that have that experience, surefootedness, and of course right equipment for doing so.
Funny I can't do ladders anymore either

Yes, experience and respect for the ocean is key. But 40!?! Hell I was still playing ice hockey into my 40's. And just for the record, I'm just north of 60
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