The fishing backpack that Jordan Fisher kept in his truck for five months saved his own life.
Fisher and his wife were fishing in the southern Mississippi river when the waters around them were unusually warm.
“I was just starting to think I was going to drown,” Fisher said.
So Fisher pulled out his fishing gear and went out to find a boat.
The warm water was so hot that it was almost too hot to handle.
So he got a fishing pole and set it down on the river bank, and he got in.
Then he just took a deep breath and just waited.
Fisher woke up the next morning with a new life.
The river had cooled off, and the water was too cold for fish.
Fisher was in danger of drowning, but his wife was in the water, too.
“And I had to take a breath and let my wife know that we’re okay,” Fisher told ABC News.
“Just keep your hands off of the fish.
Just hold them there and just keep your head on the water.”
The couple, who have a 6-year-old daughter, had already caught six pounds of fish.
“It was just too much for the little fish, and I thought, ‘Oh my God, I’m going to get hit by a boat,'” Fisher said, adding that he was so worried about drowning that he told his wife, “If it gets me, I will kill myself.”
Fisher’s wife said that when he told her that he had to swim back to the boat, he was just stunned.
“He was in shock, like, ‘What the hell?
I’m not doing that!'”
Fisher said that he then thought, “That’s too much, that’s too dangerous.
You can’t be doing that.”
Fisher grabbed his fishing pole, put it under his jacket and pulled his pants down.
He was able to swim, and that’s when he started thinking, “Okay, that was good.”
The next day, Fisher and the couple’s daughter were out fishing.
Fisher told his daughter he had caught 6 pounds of wild fish and that she should go fishing.
She was impressed.
“She went out and caught six more,” Fisher’s daughter said.
Fisher, a retired Army veteran, said he took a few days to adjust to his new life and that he learned to control his stress and anxiety.
“My wife said, ‘We can do this,'” Fisher recalled.
“We have a daughter now, and she’s been a big help.
She has a whole different outlook on life now.”
Fisher said he was grateful that his wife didn’t let him down.
“If you can handle stress, you can manage it,” Fisher explained.
“So I’m just glad she let me handle it.”
The Fishers’ daughter, Jessica, now 5, is excited about her mother’s survival story.
“Her story is so amazing, and so true, because her husband is a good father and a good husband,” Jessica said.
“They’re so proud of her.”
The Fish Bagger on Facebook Fish Baggers are a type of outdoor recreationist who enjoy the outdoors but are drawn to fishing.
They have a passion for nature and are passionate about fishing.
In some cases, the Fish Bagers also work for organizations like the National Marine Fisheries Service, which has partnered with Fisher’s nonprofit to provide fishing equipment.
Fisher said it was the perfect time to share his story, since he had not had much fishing experience before.
“That was a real good chance for me to share that story,” Fisher recalled of the fishing experience.
Fisher’s story of survival began about a year ago.
“One of the things I wanted to do was to get to a place where I could be comfortable and I could fish,” Fisher says.
He started fishing in New Orleans.
“New Orleans is really one of the great places to do that, to have the water that you have,” Fisher added.
Fisher had never been in the Gulf of Mexico before, but he had a plan for a fishing trip to Mississippi.
“This was a trip I had been wanting to do for a while,” Fisher remembers.
Fisher made plans to spend three days in the Mississippi River, fishing with his family and friends.
But the warm water and low tide caused Fisher to miss a turn.
The family decided to leave the boat and take the river with them.
Fisher got in his fishing bag and pulled out a fishing rod and started angling.
“You know, I just went to the river and started fishing,” Fisher remembered.
“The water was very cold and the fish were pretty good.”
Fisher was able.
The water in the river was very warm.
He got a good look at the fish and decided to keep fishing.
But his luck ran out.
The day was still too cold to catch any fish.
He called his wife and told her to stay with him until they could catch some fish.
The next morning, Fisher woke to find his wife standing