I've spent a fair amount of tie on the reservoirs and my fishing partner has spent a whole bunch more but we were totally unprepared for what happened today.
Following last Sunday's tournament we carefully planned our first trip to Loch Raven since April of this year. We watched the weather forecasts and determined that today would be the best day of the week to get out and begin to prepare for our next tournament. Now we all know that weathermen are the most unreliable, unapologetic pieces of cow dung to walk the face of the earth. And today was no different.
Instead of partly sunny skies and no rain, Ron and I enjoyed ourselves being doused by approximately two inches of liquid sunshine (that must have been what the weathermen were talking about) through the course of the day. I can't remember the last time the bilge pump got this kind of a workout.
While the rain was quite a story unto itself, what happened about 2:00 was something we have heard stories about but have never witnessed, nor do we ever hope to see or experience again.
We were working down a shoreline and Ron turned to retie his lure when I heard a strange "pulling" noise and I saw something out of the corner of my eye. I began to call "look out" and just that quick a 50ft+ tall tree uprooted, hitting Ron in the leg and landing square across my boat. Fortunately Ron was hit with a relatively glancing blow to the thigh and he was at the portion of my boat where the deck drops down about 16 inches below the gunwales so the tree did not pin him underneath. But it sure did knock him to the deck fast enough!
The tree was not huge, maybe 10" in diameter, but it was all that the two of us could do to lift the tree up as we scooted the boat from underneath. I don't want to think what could have happened had it hit Ron on the shoulder or in the head.
Anyway, with all this rain that we have had, it's just one more thing to think about. Have fun!