I was pleased to see all the fisherpersons where wearing life vests in Marc's recent post of his fishing trip to northern Wisconsin. It's a practice that we all should be doing!http://www.today.com/health/more-half-americans-cant-swim-well-enough-save-themselves-says-2D7968925
While is has always been a rule in my boat that you must be wearing a zipped up life vest when the motor is running, I have to admit I haven't been as strict about wearing one while fishing. We all know the reasons....to hot...uncomfortable....c
an't cast or set the hook as well. But....
After a couple very bad years of drownings on the Mississippi river here in Winona I pledged to my wife that I would always wear a life vest when fishing by myself. I had a good foam one...but for the reasons above I wasn't wearing it while fishing...especially in the summer.
After a lot of research into self inflatable vests I invested in a Mustang Survival inflatable vest. It was billed as "Quite simply, the most comfortable vest"....and it is! http://www.mustangsurvival.com/recreational/md3085?division=recreation&country=25
I am NOT a fan of the heat (for me...that's anything above 80) and I've been able to wear the vest all day up into the mid 80's with little issue. You really do forget that you are wearing it.I would like to encourage any Forum Member who doesn't wear a life vest to reconsider and give a good inflatable vest a try.
By the way...I am an excellent swimmer. Former Life Guard, trained up to the the Instructor level. I can easily pass all of the 5 tests mentioned in the article above (except I cannot get back into my V hull boat..I need to put a board latter on it!) which is one of the reasons I felt the need for wearing the vest. It's not so much that you can't swim...it's that you get tired before you make it to shore.
I'm not preaching...just hoping I ...and you...can avoid needing one prematurely!