I had plenty of Sandy's (quite a few were legal) but no legal Spotty's and no Calico for my Bass trifecta.
So I decided to kick just less than a 1/2 mile to my Calico hole. Along the way ... I landed another nice legal Sandy but upon release .... it turned around and it swam back towards me ... ramming right into my right side bladder. I didn't think too much of it then ... when about 10 minutes later my butt was getting real wet on the seat! Hmmmm!
I went to squeeze the right side bladder to check it and it was already 1/3 deflated!
Thank goodness that I always carry an inflation hose with me on my float tube in the pouch behind my seat, I broke it out and started puffing air back into the punctured bladder.[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
I continued onward to my Calico hole and I landed one for my trifecta and a few more legal Sandy's as well.
At this time, I am approx 1/2 mile from my launch site, I began kicking back towards it because I was loosing air too quickly. I'll bet that I must've blown air back into the bladder at least a dozen times if not more.
PS ... I did land my (1) legal Spotty, right at the end of my session at my launch site!
Ha ha ha! Go figure!!
I finally got back home, I removed the bladder, I poured a 1/2 cup mixture of dish soap, red dye and water into the punctured bladder, closed the Boston valve, inflated the bladder with air, swirled the concoction around coating the inside the bladder and then I looked for the red dye to be leaking from the puncture.[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
I turns out that my bladder showed the signs of 9 stabs in one area in-which two of the barbs had successfully penetrated my bladder.[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]
The bladder is repaired, it is back inside the float tube, inflated and ready for tomorrow's session.
Tear-Aid, if you haven't tried it ... you should because it works!
I DON'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT IT! lol
SP Dan <"))><