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zappaf19
11-16-2005, 09:57 AM
Well it is snowing today and I am putting on coveralls to keep warm. I put my life jacket under my coveralls. This makes it hard to cast. My real question is I don't think that with winter clothes on my life jacket will keep me afloat. I hate to be catfish food. Any ideas on life jackets or how to stay afloat for cold water fishing? Yes I can swim.
Bill

drill instructor
11-16-2005, 10:32 AM
Always put it on the outside

Ranger690
11-16-2005, 10:51 AM
I have been thinking of getting a Stearns Flotation jacket for winter fishing. Anyone have one?

Dayton

whizkids
11-16-2005, 12:20 PM
I have a sterns floation jacket and pants. Never liked them, too bulky. They are still in the closet. My wife gave them too me and I have worn them 2 or 3 times.
Someone want to make a reasonable offer?
As to the life jacket and wet clothes. My life kacket has the following disclaimer
( do not carry heavy objects) A lot of wet clothes would qualify as heavy I do believe. Heavy boots, thermal underwear, clothes, lifejacket , insulated jumpsuit and a parka. I wear the life jacket, hoping It will help me come up close to the boat. It would not float me for long.
I have fishe from a bass boat for years. I just bought a used Stratos multi species boat. I took my 7 year old grandson in it for the first time last Friday, the first thing he said when he saw. " I can't fall out of that boat". That may not be entirely accurate, but it is certainly harder to fall out of it.

Roberta
11-16-2005, 12:38 PM
Ice fishermen are always advised to wear flotation suits, but who the heck can afford them? Besides none of that stuff is available in sizes small enough to fit me anyway. My life jacket is rated for a few pounds more than I weigh, so if I'm dressed for cold weather, it I'd still sink like a brick. - Roberta

Crappie Chatt
11-16-2005, 01:15 PM
Falling into the cold water is deadly, even with PFD's. Now, even if you are floating, you must "try" to get back into the boat with all the wet clothes. Even if you are in fine shape, you weigh twice as much and are loosing strength by the second.. The boat I have got now, has a ladder on it, just exactly for these situations. Last year I saw a large man fall in with a PFD on and 2 other men couldn't pull him in the boat. Lucky for them they were close to the bank and had to drag him to the shore holding on to him. By the time they got him back to the ramp, hypothermia was setting in. Took a trip to the emergency room. I have a large mans PFD that goes over my coveralls and I NEVER GO OUT ALONE!!!! I've heard of people making rope ladders for this instead of putting a fixed ladder on. I would recomend having one or something to assist you in getting out of the water as quickly as possible. Having a blanket in a sealed plastic bag and hand warmers would help too. We loose to many fishers each year needlessly. Be exta safe!!! It's better than making a call to your friends family telling them how sorry you are for their loss. <*)}}}><

Eager Beaver
11-16-2005, 01:35 PM
I have a sterns floation jacket and pants. Never liked them, too bulky. They are still in the closet. My wife gave them too me and I have worn them 2 or 3 times.
Someone want to make a reasonable offer?
As to the life jacket and wet clothes. My life kacket has the following disclaimer
( do not carry heavy objects) A lot of wet clothes would qualify as heavy I do believe. Heavy boots, thermal underwear, clothes, lifejacket , insulated jumpsuit and a parka. I wear the life jacket, hoping It will help me come up close to the boat. It would not float me for long.
I have fishe from a bass boat for years. I just bought a used Stratos multi species boat. I took my 7 year old grandson in it for the first time last Friday, the first thing he said when he saw. " I can't fall out of that boat". That may not be entirely accurate, but it is certainly harder to fall out of it.

This is my Multi species Boat and wouldn't trade it for any other kind of boat. I fish up in SD. and Minn and this boat will handle big water very easily. This is a very nice boat for taking little kids out in, very safe.

http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a292/eagerbeaver_/picofboatII.jpg
http://i13.photobucket.com/albums/a292/eagerbeaver_/mini-picofboat.jpg

My Dad couldn't swim and was 87 yrs old and felt really safe in it.

Ranger690
11-16-2005, 02:40 PM
Whizkid, what size is the jacket?

Dayton

sinkum
11-16-2005, 03:45 PM
I Have 1 Of The Sterns Flotation Coats I Really Like It
Works Real Good On Long Boat Rides In The Winter I Tried
It Back In The Summer To See How It Floated Me Real
Good Dont Know How It Would Work With A Bunch Of
Clothes An Boots Hope I Dont Have To Find Out It Is
A Little Bulky Trying To Fish But Not As Bad As Regular
Lifejacket

Tunica
11-17-2005, 10:22 AM
I wear one in the winter a float coat that is...duck hunting or fishing it does cramp your style but I'd rather be looking up at the sky than looking up at the top of the water.

ShilohRed
11-17-2005, 11:45 AM
I wear my 32 lb SOS sopenders. I hope they will float me. On one board I check someone did a test with one with winter gear. And lt floated him in a pool in the summer time.

JIM 1
11-17-2005, 02:00 PM
I have fallen into 45 degree water in November with snowmobile suit on. Managed to get back to the motor and stepped on the cavitation plate and "powered trimmed" my freezen keester into boat. Stripped and put on a dry rain suit, and downed some hot coffee, and avoided hypothremia. A few rules I follow now that have been pointed out in this thread.
1.Never take your life jacket off, even while sitting still, till you are on shore.
2.Have a complete change of clothes in the boat, plus a large towel, plus heavy socks (your boots,shoes will be wet).
3. a ladder is great. I don't have one built in, but I had a static rope ladder affixed to a stern cleat. All I have to do is pop the velcro tie down and release it.
4. Going with someone is preferred, but if you take these precautions chances are you going to be ok...always a good idea too to throw your cell phone in the glove box.....don't keep it on you...take it from me, they will not work once they have been submerged. lol.

Dirt water fox
11-17-2005, 02:25 PM
The best that I can do is don't go out alone. If your out by you self and fall is go to the back and stAnd on the motor and use the power trim to lift you in the boat I did this last summer to see if it would work and it does work.

zappaf19
11-17-2005, 02:39 PM
I wear my life jacket on the inside thinking I can strip my other clothes off. I have been thinking of tieing a rope around me that will reach to my motor. I have a ranger bass boat so you know the decks are high and the sides low. No one wants to fish with me when it is cold. LOL One guy went and his eyelets kept freezing over.
I do thank you for all your ideas!
Bill

ncnat
11-19-2005, 01:45 PM
I have been thinking of getting a Stearns Flotation jacket for winter fishing. Anyone have one?

Dayton


Yes, It's warm and not to binding. Have not float tested it with winter clothes on yet (thankfully).

Shellback
11-19-2005, 04:08 PM
I wear my life jacket on the inside thinking I can strip my other clothes off. I have been thinking of tieing a rope around me that will reach to my motor. I have a ranger bass boat so you know the decks are high and the sides low. No one wants to fish with me when it is cold. LOL One guy went and his eyelets kept freezing over.
I do thank you for all your ideas!
Bill
I think wearing your lifejacket on the inside of your heavy clothes is a good idea. If you go in the water, you are going to want to strip out of those heavy wet clothes ASAP, No sense taking your lifejacket off to do that!

frank lawhead
11-19-2005, 05:40 PM
THATS ONE OF THE BETTER THINGS i,VE READ TODAY

Jerry Blake
11-19-2005, 06:39 PM
Better have a plan for getting out of the water with all your clothes on - like a ladder. Yes, the extra weight of water soaked clothes will make it more difficult but you may spend too much time and energy trying to get out of your boots, heavy coat, bibs and/or coveralls. When hypothermia starts to set in your extremities become very weak and then paralyzed in a short period of time. Also, if you were to get your outerwear only partly off it would likely make it impossible to climb a ladder or swim to shore.

I had the optional “swim ladder” installed on my Blue Wave at the factory. It’s great for getting back in the boat after a swim but I hope I never have to use it because of an unintentional swim, especially in very cold water.

You definitely want to strip out of your wet clothes as soon as possible when you've reach safety after a fall into cold water. Water conducts heat and cold 20 times faster than air.