It’s Fall, and that means water temperatures are falling, which can be a great thing for fishing but a bad thing should you end up in the water. As water temperatures fall the distinct danger of hypothermia or even death are a reality if you end up overboard. With this in mind, it’s time to reevaluate your kill switch.
Do you wear it every time on the water? If not, why? If you’re like me, I didn’t tend to wear it because being tethered to the helm limited my freedom of movement when catching or netting fish. One wrong step, or leaning over the gunnel a little too far to net that trophy, especially when solo fishing could mean the boat leaving you behind, stranded in the cold water—a life threatening event. To solve this problem, I began using the MOB+ Wireless Kill Switch system from Fell Marine in early 2017; this creates the protection of a kill switch but in a wireless form.
A simple wristband, lanyard or clip with the “FOB” inserted is all you need to be protected–no more being tethered to your helm limiting your movement. The MOB+ from Fell Marine allows you freedom of movement, along with, the peace of mind that you won’t be left behind in the event you fall overboard. With cold weather fishing knocking at our door this is a system that can save your life, you owe it to yourself and your family to evaluate your kill switch use. I’m proud to say I now use my kill switch on every trip, hopeful I never need it but protected nonetheless.