A few summers ago I got the chance to fish with Kevin vanDam. He ran his bass boat with efficiency usually reserved for CNC machines. The Kevin in this video seems to be on the opposite end of the spectrum.
Somehow a smallmouth pulls one of his rods from the boat. He spends the next 20 minutes trying to hook the line, which he eventually does. Finally, he’s able to retrieve his lost rod and even land the fish (though at the end of the video he steps on one of his rods and almost breaks it).
We’ve all been in this guy’s shoes before. But, it’s a good reminder as you head out for the first time this spring: slow down a little bit, and keep the rod in your hand or in a holder.