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.......Thanks to all the members who took part in the Club's Bass Day on the 9th July...... .......Thanks to all the members who took part in the Club's Bass Day on the 9th July......

It happened 35 years ago.
I was fishing from my 18 ft Crestliner with a good friend and his much younger brother-in-law.
The young lad, Sean, was on vacation from England, and we decided to take him fishing near Windermere in Ontario, Canada.
It had been an eventful day already; three hours earlier we had drawn the boat close to shore. Being still possessed of a crate full of androgens, I drew the boat near to some young girls sunning themselves on the beach.

“Boy, was I going to look good!” I thought, as I prepared to dive into the water; I took up a position on the rear of the boat, and although I wanted to appear macho I decided to take a sitting posture on the rail, before I took the plunge.

I then looked around, like an over stuffed peacock, to ensure that there was a reasonable audience; then I took the ever-so-graceful lean towards the water. I was right, the water did feel refreshing, and refreshing, and refreshing…..But I wasn’t able to surface!! My head remained submersed but my butt stayed dry.

What was happening?

I realised in an instant that my bathing suit was caught on a boat cleat! My head was stuck underwater, and the anti gravitational pull of the cleat on my swimmers left me dangling there.

Now picture this, and make a decision; should I continue inhaling lake water, or should I attempt to wriggle out of my bathing suit in front of ALL those admirers?

My engorged lungs urged me towards the latter. I envisioned the site of my naked derriere as it would appear from the shore, bobbing unceremoniously, like a pale putty cork!!

My ego was busted, and it was decision time. But fate smiled on me as my shorts gave a relieving “R.R.R.R.RIP,” and I spluttered into the depths.
To this day I don’t think I ever heard any applause from the gathered beach crowd; I just revved up the motor and we disappeared around the next headland.

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