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ATTENTION BASS ANGLERS AND BOATERS
I have been a Police Officer for 17 years my job basically consist of protecting life and property. My recent experience at the last BASS Northern Open on Lake Erie I fell victim to the very thing I thought should never happen to me. The goal of this story is to make sure any bass angler and boater never finds themselves in the position which I faced during this last event.
My dilemma started on day one of the event when I arrived at my location on the east side of Peele Island and my motor malfunctioned. At that point I knew I would need assistance with a tow in, but first let me clarify some things to keep me from answering a flood of questions when this article is finished. I grew up fishing the St. Lawrence River, Lake Champlain and Lake Ontario so traversing the big bodies of water is something I have plenty of practice with. Next I have a 2014 Nitro Z9 with a Mercury Pro XS motor. The boat is rock solid and a great rough water ride and with any bass boat it is only as good as the person who is operating it. At the beginning of my season I purchased a TOW BOAT US package. This package was said to cover unlimited towing, fuel assist and I also added on the trailer assist. Like many anglers I also have the biggest insurance package through Progressive in order to make sure I keep out of pocket expenses at a minimum and can have peace of mind while fishing. For those of you who are unfamiliar with what these packages offer lets clarify some definitions.
I just finished up my second event at the James River, this time a B.A.S.S. Northern Open. I worte about the James River in my last blog where I competed in the FLW Walmart Rayovac series where I finished 77th out of 98 competitors. If you missed that story you can read it at http://chrisflintfishing.com/blog/pants-or-shorts-2015-james-river-rayovac-event/