Fails from the Trail: A Ranger goes airborne

A Ranger loses its motor and its place on the trailer

This Ranger left its trailer and lost its outboard after the driver swerved to avoid a deer and collided with a light pole.

Failing. We’ve all done it at some point or another, and though we can’t always see them coming, most of the time we hope that no one gets hurt. When we go fishing, there are plenty of things that can go wrong, and most of the risk lies before you even put your boat in the water. Trailering mishaps happen all the time, from blown tires to flaming hub bearings to the occasional boat leaving the trailer when water isn’t nearby.

We put a call out on the B.A.S.S. Facebook page for fans to share with us their most memorable fails, and did we get some whoppers.

This week’s Fail from the Trail comes to us from Randall Argo of Tennessee.

His buddy, Aaron, was on the way to Paris Landing in west Tennessee to fish Kentucky Lake for a Murray State Bass Anglers cub tournament. While en route, a deer hopped onto the road, causing Aaron to swerve, connecting his pickup with a telephone pole.

The collision caused the outboard to break free from the Ranger’s transom, and the whole boat exiting the trailer.

Check out the photo gallery to view the unfortunate scene. If you've got a fail story with pictures, send it to for consideration.