I’ve never before heard of this particular sort of freakish death, but the basic scenario is pretty common. You’re casting a spinnerbait, say, that gets caught in the shoreline brush. Yanking your rod and tugging the line suddenly frees the lure, which comes flying back at you. Right here I’ll ‘fess up and say that while I haven’t actually been hit this way, I have put some serious dings in the sides of my boat. Next time I think I won’t be so lazy. I’ll move the boat to the snagged lure and free it properly and gently by hand.