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Fog, compasses and GPS etc

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Re: Fog, compasses and GPS etc

Postby 4liters » 17 May 2017, 19:14

I've been caught out in the fog at Wilsons Prom once, it awesome and scary at the same time. So quiet and peaceful, even for yak fishing.

I wouldn't deliberately attempt to fish in the fog but I wouldn't be too fussed if I got caught out again either. I have a GPS on my sounder, Navionics and Google Earth on my phone, a compass and an EPIRB if I really get lost but I think next time I would simply drop the pick so I don't accidentally drift for miles, make myself as visible as possible given the conditions and fish until the fog lifts.

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Re: Fog, compasses and GPS etc

Postby Hvalross » 17 May 2017, 19:52

@4litres you are obviously well prepared with layers of security, wonder how many are that well set up that dont venture offshore?
Some may even think you have gone overboard....hope they never get to experience a blanket of fog that has a person imprisoned in a cacoon as small as their craft with no vision outside that.
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Re: Fog, compasses and GPS etc

Postby laneends » 17 May 2017, 21:34

Loss of horizon + ocean swell=hello stomach contents.. :(
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Re: Fog, compasses and GPS etc

Postby Hvalross » 17 May 2017, 22:29

It can, and for me at least cause a person to question reality and the sanity of putting ones self in such a predicament.....it is BLOODY scary to have no anchor point to confirm ones orientation.
Closest I have been aside of that is jumping into a Qld river rapid and falling through into an unexpected current that swirled me around like a rag in a washing machine. Can hold my breath for ever and swim well...all that evaporated in an instant when the one essential element went missing....orientation!!!

I got very, very scared......wont do that again ever!!!
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Re: Fog, compasses and GPS etc

Postby Outback Yak » 18 May 2017, 14:16

Years ago I was up on Mt Buller skiing (well, trying to ski) when a very thick fog descended. I could barely see my boots and didn't know whether I was moving forward, sliding backwards or which way was up..... so I sat down until visibility improved :evilgrin: I can imagine being stuck on the water in similar conditions may cause a little more anxiety so being prepared is the best option :thumbsup:
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