Because it’s very hard to fish well if you’re upside down in midair at 57 mph.
High-speed bass fishing generally isn’t recommended on most lakes and streams in the United States. Most anglers prefer the slow and steady approach.
Two members of the University of Florida’s Bass Fishing Team learned that the hard way. The two young men were thrown from their boat on Lake Seminole when the steering system malfunctioned at 57 mph — a near catastrophe caught by their GoPro camera.
The dramatic video (above) shows fishing team members Hunter Bland and Conner Young miraculously surviving the accident. We’re only watching it because, thankfully, both of the young men were unhurt.
The university credited FLW for requiring all teams to wear life jackets and use kill switches. Without the kill switch, the engine and propeller would have continued to run, putting them in more danger.
You can see that one of their heads bobs up quickly after the dive. Several boats speed by without stopping, their drivers apparently not quite believing what is happening. Finally, one stops to help.
One of the young men says, “I just need to breathe for a second.”
“Anything broke? You good?” someone asks.
As Scout.com pointed out, “This is another great reminder about always wearing your life jacket and kill switch. It’s crazy how fast things can go from perfect to terrifying in bass boat at speed. This has happened many times from boats chine walking over other boats’ wakes. This is a good reminder to be safe operators in others wakes as well.”