We’ve all done it. Gone to the kids’ T-ball game, a company picnic, or even a family vacation without any fishing tackle whatsoever. Convinced that no fishing opportunities exist and, moreover, actually being allowed to fish is completely out of the question.

This is when it happens. Typically it’s fat bass taking damsel flies in the stocked lake out back, maybe massive bluegill eating anything that moves in the muddy urban pond down the street, or a neighbors stocked stretch of stream with fat rainbows slurping down grasshoppers.

Not to complain too much but this was my no-tackle nightmare last weekend. A huge school of of jacks. There were thousands. Most right around twenty pounds. I was snorkeling with my family and not a rod in sight. Don’t get me wrong, this was one of the cooler experiences I’ve had in the ocean, but I’d be lying if I told you I wasn’t think about throwing a fly in that mess. Heck, I would have given up my snorkel and fins for even a piece of mono and a hook…

Tell me, what’s your best (or worst) no-tackle nightmare?