im sorry to hear that RIP
im sorry to hear that RIP
My condolences. I hope that when they find me I will be clutching my rod and when they pull the line in they find a fat hawg hooked up.
my heart goes out to the family. cant think of a better way to leave this earth.
A sad day indeed, I am sorry for your loss. I would have to say you are a friend indeed and that was very well written tribute. It was a great post.buzzard
My sincerest condolences.
In fishing, I throw myself away and find myself again and again.
I'm very sorry to hear this! What a way to go though, right there on the water. I'll tip my hat to him next time I'm out on the A.R.
Very tragic to hear of a fellow fisherman passing, all of my feelings go out to his family. I also lost one of my best friends this week and he was very young. So I understand the pain very strange feeling. When I was seven years old my grandfather passed away at Eagle Lake during our yearly vacation he also had a heart attack right as they were launching the boat. It was very disrupting on vacation and for a child I didn't really understand what was going on. I'm 26 years old now and all I can think is he wouldn't of wanted to pass any other way. For a fisherman it very suiting. Sorry for your loss.
There's never enough time for fishing!
[QUOTE=crawdaddundee;946748]Attachment 16030Attachment 16029Attachment 16028Attachment 16027Attachment 16014Yesterday August 8 2013, my long time friend and No. 1 American River fishin buddy, Jake Clapper, launched his boat at Gristmill for the last time. He had set out about 6 AM by himself to head down to our "Hot Spot" to fish for Salmon and apparently suffered a heart attack that took his life. There was no sign of foul play. We were told by the authorities that someone on the bank had spotted his boat drifting and a man slumped over at the helm. Metro Fire launched rescue at Watt Ave. and found him a short time later stuck on a sand bar. Jake was 73 years old and had some previous heart issues. He is survived by his wife Vicki and his daughter. The authorities, Sacramento County Park Rangers, did a great job in their handling of this tragedy. After retriving his vehicle and trailor from Gristmill, I went over to the field office on Bradshaw and picked up the boat which they had set on some pallets. All of the personal items were kept under lock and key until released and I must say the park rangers were most gracious. I will truly miss this man. Since neither of us are what you would call spring chickens, I recall that we had spoken about the possibility of this happening some day while fishing and both agreed that we could think of no better way to go than doing what we loved the most. My thoughts are with him and his family. I will post more later in regards to services etc.[/QUOTE
I want to thank everyone for your kind posts. I added a few more pics of Jake and am now going to forward this to his wife so she can see. I am sure she can use all the conforting thoughts you have all left on this post for Jake. thanks CrawdadJack
brother, it saddens me to hear that. my heart goes out to him and his family.