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Three oz sinker killed a fisherman

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A fisherman was killed by a 3 oz sinker as the sinker came out of water and hit him in the face at Jones Beach jetty on Friday.
While we ar not allowed overhead cast on party boats on the East Coast, party boats on the West Coast and Gulf of Mexico allow overhead cast and I always feel uncomfortable whenever I fish on party boats there as I know how dangerous it can be.
We should exercise extra caution when casting or lifting fish on jigs or poppers.

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That's sad news. I believe casting isn't the big problem. You just have to look behind you a couple of times to check out for obstacles.
Lack of casting skills and inexperience will cause most casting injury's. Stay clear of rookies.

I've seen a lot more injury's on the retrieving end of fishing. Some people don't watch their line. Jigs will come flying out of the water if the fisherman is still jigging to the top of the water. Lures on fish at the end of the battle coming un-done will send a high velocity projectile of treble hooks onto the boat.

Safety is very important on a boat. It's a long way to the hospital from the deep water. Even fishing off a pier or jetties can be dangerous. I've seen people hook up on the rocks at jetties with their pole bent in half pulling very hard. If the hook bends, the weight will come screaming out of the water. Beware of the person you are fishing next to on a boat. If they are inexperienced, I stay clear or try my best to give them safety tips.
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