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Every fishermen gets snagged at one point or another, and just about every fishermen deals with it in the same way. You pull on it, whip your rod up and down, eventually you loose your patience with it tighten your drag all the way and give it one last heave. Either your line breaks or the lure comes free. Occasionally when that lure comes free it will fly out of the water heading straight for you, and unless you have ninja reflexes like me, its going to hit you. Generally its not a problem with smaller lures or softbaits. Just don’t try it with a 14″ Jake caught in a tree less than 10 feet from you, OK?
Darren Williams, a 34 year old machine operator from Wrexham, learned that very lesson last week fishing with friends. His line became snagged and just like I described earlier, he pulled on it as hard as he could. Unfortunatly for him, he doesn’t have ninja reflexes, the lead sinker (and a big one at that) broke through his eye socket and lodged itself in his face. After a trip to the hospital and 5 hours of surgery the doctors removed the weight and repaired his cheek bones with a metal plate. Darren’s not broken up one bit about the experience and even keeps his “lucky” lead weight in his pocket.
“I was so lucky – if it had been a few millimetres in the other direction then I would have lost my eye,” he said.
“I was fishing when the line got snagged on something and as I pulled it, I just felt something hit me on the face and knock me to the floor,” said Mr Williams.
“To be honest, I didn’t know what had happened, but when I put my hands to my face they were covered in blood. But my mates ran over to me and they could see the tip of the weight sticking out of my eye socket”.