alan tani @ alantani.com fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial If you ever wondered what a lighting strike does to a fishing rod.....
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« on: July 23, 2017, 07:01:54 AM »

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« Reply #1 on: July 23, 2017, 07:54:36 AM »

Wow! Looks like a hairy mess. How bizarre
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2017, 08:21:27 AM »

Should just need some new guilds  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: July 23, 2017, 08:54:54 AM »

Imagine what would happen if you were holding it Shocked
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« Reply #4 on: July 23, 2017, 09:05:57 AM »

I knew a young woman who was killed while holding a rod at a lake in New Mexico. It's very dangerous to fish in the rain. I would like to hear more about this incident and if people were injured even though the rod was in a holder. That's just too close and you can just as easily be killed or injured from a close-proximity strike. At the very least you might need to change your drawers! I wonder if the reel required servicing?? I'm in the lightning protection industry and can tell you from experience that lightning damage is very unpredictable it what it destroys and what it spares. Notice how the adjacent rod with a senator appears to be unscathed. I would love to see inside that reel.
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« Reply #5 on: July 23, 2017, 09:15:45 AM »

From what I read on Facebook, two passengers were not impacted, boats electronics etc were fried and had to be towed in...
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« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2017, 09:19:26 AM »

Here is the link if you want to read more...
https://www.facebook.com/billy.alstrom?hc_ref=ARRi2E5CaiF6ctUReEcoSTGuDWUootszUEOiGwgDn2B6efYHfxbJM484jIqeMHHEsGs
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« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2017, 10:26:11 AM »

 Wow that is truly amazing.     Makes me rethink about hanging out and waiting it out.    joe
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« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2017, 11:06:00 AM »

I have experienced static shocking holding a rod while fishing as T-storm was approaching. The rods started making crackling sounds and I though lightning would strike at any second. You've never seen a guy pack up and leave so fast in your life!!! I seriously considered leaving my precious gear behind!
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« Reply #9 on: July 23, 2017, 11:57:00 AM »

I've heard of sparks between fishing rods and aluminum hulls. This means the field (potential) is way too high and you are in serous danger of participating in an event. Now days it's very easy to monitor lightning risk with all the smartphone weather apps. I use Weather Bug because I can know where and when the most recent lightning strikes were detected. The best precaution is always to avoid lightning but if you are caught in open water in a small boat make certain your rods are laying flat and lower your antennas, outriggers, etc. and get to shelter pronto! In a larger boat (cabin cruiser) you are better off but still at risk. Avoid contact with metal objects if possible. On a party boat your bunk or the galley is the place to be (avoid metal contact also). REMEMER THIS...you don't need to be struck directly to be injured. Close proximity can get you hurt also. There are a lot of variables but 'Electrostatic Potential' and conductivity is the key. A lightning event is a balancing act where the earth and atmosphere want to be balanced (equal potential) and they will but you (and anything you care about) do not want to become a link in the chain of events which transpire in microseconds. Even body chemistry (electrolytes)  can play a role in the energy path.
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« Reply #10 on: July 23, 2017, 02:48:42 PM »

I got lightning struck at 14. Probably why I am this way today. It made me fly several feet and knocked me out for a few seconds. No exit wounds or otherwise. Quite painful like croquet mallet pounding all the major joints.
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« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2017, 03:12:32 PM »

Wow!
Got rained on 3 times this AM. Before I went out there were some flashes way off south, to far away to even hear though. Get rained on alla time(tropics thing). Was the remnants a hurricane Gregg passen by, this time. Usually don't see lightning or hear thunder. My first namesake storm! Darn, one more thing to worry about; lightning.
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« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2017, 05:19:36 PM »

Wow!
Got rained on 3 times this AM. Before I went out there were some flashes way off south, to far away to even hear though. Get rained on alla time(tropics thing). Darn one more thing to worry about.
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put away the graphite & bring out the glass -- carbon fiber is a mighty fine conductor (some lightning rods are made from it), while fiberglass is an insulator...  pretty sure all those post-lightning "black wig" internet photos are of graphite rods -- not, glass

even with glass, though, if fishing in the rain -- you don't want to be (or be near) the tallest thing around
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« Reply #13 on: July 23, 2017, 10:40:07 PM »

That's wild.  Looks like the epoxy was vaporized leaving just the carbon fiber behind.
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« Reply #14 on: July 24, 2017, 11:36:04 AM »

At least the Shimano Tranx is still in 100% condition, bomb proof!
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