Please tell me that when you go out on your fishing adventures that you actually wear your life jacket the entire time you're out on the water!!!!!! If you don't, start!!!!! They fished a guy out of the river yesterday behind me. 83 years old in a small, way less than stable boat. Found his life jacket floating right next to his capsized boat. Having a life jacket sitting on the floor in your boat just so you'll be covered if the game warden shows up doesn't cut it. The only protection you get from doing that is you won't get a ticket. It doesn't mean you won't die. I acquired this habit back in my performance boat days when I really needed one. Thankfully it stuck and is second nature to me being on the water, kayak or boat. The idea of anybody, any age, any shape, being out by themselves without a jacket on is mind boggling to me. You just never know. I sure hope you do it right buddy.