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My buddy Vern and I hadn’t had much luck with the channel cats on Bryan Lake, so we decided to turn in. I anchored the boat in 35 feet of glasslike water near a channel marker.

About 1:30 a.m. we awoke to the sideways pounding of 3-foot rollers. We had slipped the anchor!

I turned to start the motor when I saw a green, a white and a red light bearing down on us–a barge heading to Portland!

I fired up the motor and pulled the boat out of harm’s way just in time.

As the vessel chugged by, I slid in behind it to cut down on the wind. If that barge had hit us in the dark, its captain never would have known.

THIS HAPPENED TO ME comes to TV! Premiering Friday, October 3, 2003 on the Outdoor Life Network. Check local listings for showtimes in your area.