A wetsuit will make you a bit more bouyant, but it will not serve as a
floation device. You'd be better off wearing a flotation jacket over it
such as kayakers use. As for catching fishes underwater, aquarium nets or
small trout dipnets (my personal favorite) work well if you're quick. I
admire your resolve not to let your medical battle keep you from what you
enjoy, but be careful collecting alone...especially in those chilly MA waters!
Steven A. Ellis
At 06:33 AM 8/29/02 -0700, you wrote:
>I have had a difficult time trying to collect on my own because I am
somewhat handicapped. I have rather severe neuropathy (numb feet and
hands) from long term cancer medications that have been used to combat my
Multiple Myeloma. The last time I tried to go out, I ended up falling and
getting a huge black eye. Low platelets probably made it worst than it
should have been, but I ended up arguing with my wife over what I can and
can not do because of it.
>Now my wife is upset because I just received a new mask and snorkel in the
mail. The last time I tried snorkeling, I was rather un prepared. I
couldn't get out of the water without help because of the soft sand and
rocks etc. I have figured out that my dip net makes a good crutch, so that
is part of the solution. My wife, Deirdre, has agreed to help me if I ware
a floatation device. So this is my question: Does a wet or dry suit work
as a floatation device. In other words, will I float because I am waring a
>Walking in the shallow water is out of the question at this point. If I
am already down and in the water, and can float, I can do this. The next
question is: How do I capture fish from this prone position? Maybe a
spear gun with a net on the end???
>What do you think?
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