ZAP : Simple steps could save anglers' lives


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                                                      Simple steps could save anglers' lives

                                                                                                             "look out and look up" 



Normally along the seashore there are not much electricity  lines nearby.

 It is crucial that anglers check for overhead lines, electric train cables, electricity lines  before choosing their fishing site especially on banks of rivers.

Carbon fibre rods or lead lines conduct electricity extremely well, and spending just a few seconds checking around you before you cast could save your life."

If  theres lightning stay away from such rods, and don’t let them stick out of the car window while driving home in any weather, put them away


[align=left] Remember a number of simple key points[/align]
* Electricity at high voltages can jump gaps so a rod does not have to come into direct contact with a power line.

* It is difficult to estimate heights and distances of overhead lines so, to ensure a safe distance, fish at least 30 metres away measured along the ground.

* Carry rods at a low level horizontal to the ground to avoid any chance of accidental contact with overhead power lines.

* Think safety first; it does not matter how long you have been fishing, you could still have an accident 





howzit junaid


yeah i know what you are saying

thanks for all the tips

i experienced lightning hite a graphite rod on north peer once

it was loudy then my gun or any cracker that i have ever heard also the rod was totallt burned and split into 2 right down to the but.

lucky the guy wasnt anywhere near it although there was an aunty sitting close and she nearly jumped into the water

cheers riymos.

Captain Gurnard

New member
I once got caught in a squall about 25 miles off the point, lightening hitting the sea all around the boat for about 15 minutes, we just lowered the arials, disconnected the radio's and GPS and put all rods down on the deck, passed soon enough and we carried on fishing.


hey cap

i have a friend who need a cat 16ft

any idea if you can get one at a good price leme know if so

and hey i think i would crrrr...p myself if i was caught in a storm 25 miles out

love the sea but i am petrified when she gets angry..

cheers riymos..



Senior Member
Bliksem straal!!!.

I once got knocked while holding a graphite rod. Nothing serious. Clouds were building up and lightening in the distance, when I picked up the rod, I got a bit of a choke. Had that distinct aluminum/enamel taste in my mouth for about 15 minutes.


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I had been spinning for kingys at the crane on the South Pier. There was a few of us that had fish and one particuler youngster left a little earlier as he had fish on his new graphite. When we got to Wests station to catch the train, he was already dead having touched the overhead lines at the station with his rod. It was a terrible sight and a tragic loss of life.

Another time I got caught about 6Km's out in a bad storm on my kayak, I could hardly see the bow of my erics and the swell was huge. I was barely lifting my graphite paddle cause the lightning was striking the water all around. I definitely used up 1 of my 9 lives, and thanked God when I made it ashore. My wife was waiting  on the beach like a drowned rat. Terrible experience.


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I think Deon Brits can explain in more detail how I feel about lightning and fishing^^..^^..

My rule for staying alive is.



when a storm is brewing....there is a certain amount of static electricity that builds up in the air. normal air voltage is around 150mv

there is a small and very compact tester that u can use and if air voltage rises to around 3v.....start to pack up