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03-21-2007, 05:09 PM
I think there may be some very sad news about TSL that I just read in the Press Democrat (the Santa Rosa paper). *Has anyone heard if he may have had an unfortunate tragic accident at the marina? *The boat mentioned in the article is the Team Sheryl Lee.


03-21-2007, 05:21 PM
Oh, hell no. :'( Keep us posted please. There is only one Team Sheryl Lee. :-/


03-21-2007, 05:25 PM
boy i hope not. let everyone know as soon as you know

03-21-2007, 06:24 PM
Is it okay to post names on this site? The news article listed his name and stated he was the owner of a boat named the Sheryl Lee docked at Bodega.

I have a very sad feeling that it is the one we know as TSL. I don't know if it is okay to disclosed the name that is in the newspaper.


03-21-2007, 06:27 PM
I never new TSL's name, but if it is Robert Fletcher it is true, if you want to read about it,type in Press Democrat in your search engine and click on the news, it is article about man drowning in Bodega. It sounds like him. This just makes my stomache turn, my God be with him.

03-21-2007, 06:32 PM
Sounds like TSL I hope I am wrong. :'(

03-21-2007, 06:37 PM
In his pm's he talked about the crabber he's been working on all season.

He was the first person who took the time on the boards to answer all of my questions about Salt Water and Salmon fishing. He is the reason I am the comoderator of the Salt Water Boards today. He will be missed.

God Bless and Be At Peace. *:'(


03-21-2007, 06:39 PM
Man drowns in Bodega Bay

BODEGA BAY — Two fishermen who tumbled off a marina dock and into the frigid waters of Bodega Bay late Tuesday, resulting in the drowning death of one of them, were the best of friends who also worked together aboard a commercial fishing boat, friends said.

Robert Fletcher, a large man weighing 300 pounds or more, never made it back to shore, despite the frantic efforts of his friend, Dan Nguyen, witnesses and authorities said.

It was Fletcher who apparently tripped on the walkway and took Nguyen into the water with him, then nearly pulled him under as he struggled to stay alive, Sonoma County sheriff’s Sgt. Dennis O’Leary said.

Nguyen, who probably weighed less than 150, was holding onto the deck with one hand and gripping his lifeless friend with the other when the first witness ran to help.

“It’s a really tragic loss,” Patrick Andrews said Wednesday, recalling 14 hours later how fortunate it was he heard Nguyen’s yelling from his trailer home 40 or 50 yards away. “Good guys. Really good guys.”

Fletcher, 49, of Wheatland near Marysville, has moored his own recreational fishing boat, the Sheryl Lee, at Mason’s Marina on Westshore Road for about two years, folks around the marina said.

This past season, he’s also worked as a deck hand aboard Nguyen’s larger vessel, the Amoorea, which used for commercial crab and salmon fishing, friends said.

The two boats are docked about 40 or 50 yards apart, and the two men were often heard yelling boisterously to each other from their own decks.

Tuesday, they went to Santa Rosa to do some errands before stopping for dinner and drinks at The Casino in Bodega, authorities said.

They stopped for another drink or two at The Tides Restaurant before returning to the marina, where Nguyen, noticing how steep the ramp was because of the low tide, warned his friend to watch his step as they walked down to the dock, O’Leary said.

Moments later, as they reached the bottom, Fletcher stumbled into Nguyen, sending them both into the water.

A struggle ensued as Nguyen tried to prevent himself from being pulled under, but he finally broke free and swam ashore, then tried to pull Fletcher into the dock, yelling for anyone who might hear, authorities said.

Andrews said he’s accustomed to shouting and other noise on the shoreline and wasn’t quite sure why he recognized the dim shouts he heard in the wind as signs of trouble.

But he stuck his head out his trailer door and, realizing what had happened, called 911 on his cell phone before running to Nguyen’s aid.

The two men couldn’t get Fletcher out of the water, so another man from the Marina was hailed, but by then it was pretty clear Fletcher wouldn’t make it, Andrews said.

Coast Guard personnel, and then Bodega Bay fire personnel, arrived and attempted to resuscitate Fletcher.

Nguyen, whose primary language is Vietnamese, initially was taken in for questions. That was because deputies heard him mention in broken English of a physical struggle and getting hit..

Detectives from the violent crimes unit combed both men’s boats for evidence on Wednesday in the event that drowning became suspicious.

But O’Leary said a translator helped Nguyen explain what happened more fully — an account that matched what other witnesses said.

An autopsy is scheduled Friday, and authorities plan a few follow-up interviews, O’Leary said.

“But it appears on its face to be accidental,” he said. “When this guy (Nguyen) found out his friend was deceased he just went to pieces.”

Andrews said he’s just glad he heard Nguyen yelling when he did.

“If we hadn’t have been here, Danny would probably still be in there,” he said.

03-21-2007, 06:48 PM
Bob will be missed, my condolences to his family.

03-21-2007, 06:48 PM

03-21-2007, 07:09 PM
NO WAY. This is just too much. TLS always helped everyone with tips and questions and knew his stuff as far as salt goes. He will be missed.



03-21-2007, 07:21 PM
* *WOW !!! :o * *I didn't know Robert Flechter(TSL), but I feel like this is pretty close to our sniffer home to feel the pain. Man... kinda like a freak accident,I guess. I have typed to TSL & always recieved friendly & *great input. This is a very sad story. :'( *I am truely speechless.

03-21-2007, 07:23 PM
TSL was a big giver on the boards. He was always willing to give advice. His stories of the commercial guy out there when it's questionable will be missed....big heart, big guy....big void :'(....he'll be missed

03-21-2007, 07:25 PM
Thats him alright. the first time I meet him he told me to look for a 350lb man in a tye dyed T shirt.
May he rest in peace

03-21-2007, 07:33 PM
:( he was soo nice showed me and told me soo much :'(

fishing brian
03-21-2007, 07:34 PM
Thank you for all of your helpful advise on the boards TSL. Although we never had the chance to meet I will remember you for being a truely friendly and helpful fisherman. Rest in peace.-LUNKER-

03-21-2007, 07:38 PM
No words can describe what I am thinking, far beyond sad. While Inever met him (in person), his stories, advice and generosity with his knowledge were above and beyond comparison. I will say a prayer for you & your family. God bless.

03-21-2007, 07:48 PM
This is very sad news I have read many post of TSL he will be missed

03-21-2007, 07:49 PM
Rest in peace Bob, we'll miss you.

03-21-2007, 08:10 PM
oh god.. :'(

03-21-2007, 08:14 PM
That's terrible. RIP TSL.

03-21-2007, 08:32 PM
Speechless. Condolences to his family, an accidental loss.. tragic. The image of the big guy in tie dye.. I'll not forget. Sadly I feel the urge to dye my salmon fest shirt as a tribute. TSL rest in peace buddy.


03-21-2007, 09:13 PM
brought tears to my eyes..rip.. TSL

03-22-2007, 01:40 AM
That is messed up. *The guy spent so much of his life on boats, probably in rough weather much of the time, and he ends up drowning off a marina. *What an absolute freak occurence. *Rest in peace my fellow fisherman.

03-22-2007, 04:37 AM

I have seen many of Bob's posts on how bad the weather was in Bodega, and recall him going out several times when it was snotty. I had seen him go out of his way to post replies on this and Coastside websites.

He will be missed by many.

Another reminder to wear a lifejacket at ALL times around the water.......


03-22-2007, 05:11 AM
I didn''t have the opportunity to know TSL but by the response I see on here he would have been someone I would have like to have met, There are not enough friendly outgoing fishermen and one lost is one to many. My condolence to his family, Kent

03-22-2007, 06:02 AM
I think Donzi hit on a fitting tribute. *If it is to late to change the Fest T-shirts, a tie-dye patch to wear on them, or better yet, on our lifejackets would be a way to remember TSL. *I swim like a cork, but I think I'll wear a jacket from now on in TSL's memory. *I've reread the pm's from TSL in my inbox. *A kick to the groin wouldn't hurt me as much now.....

03-22-2007, 06:36 AM
Last summer a big friendly guy was picking up his crab trap order at Fishermans Warehouse in Rocklin. It was obvious he had two loves: fishing and people. He spent 30 minutes answering all this newbie's questions about crabbing and fishing offshore. I went home and told my wife what a nice guy I ran into. Later I put 2 and 2 together on this site and it was TSL. May God be with his family. He will be greatly missed.

03-22-2007, 06:37 AM
Donzi...what a great idea

here's a link if anyone wants to customize their shirts in his honor


03-22-2007, 06:40 AM
I never knew the man but having read a few of his posts, I know he was a great guy. May he rest in peace.

03-22-2007, 06:48 AM
We shared a finger at Mason's and it was always a pleasure to see him and chat it up. Does anyone know if there will be a service?

03-22-2007, 06:53 AM
He'll truly be missed here. Rest In Peace Bob.

03-22-2007, 07:09 AM
Fishinrick called me last night to let me know the news and at that time were wern't 100% sure it was him. ( thanks for the call Rick ) TSL also awnsered questions for me from time to time and was very helpful. My heart goes out to his family and close friends..I was really excited to meet him at the fest :-[ Rest in peace Bob you are missed...RD

03-22-2007, 08:03 AM
Even though I never had the pleasure of meeting TSL I had a ton of respect for him and his love of fishing.He will be missed :'( RIP

03-22-2007, 08:14 AM
OMG, I'm stunned. What a tragic loss of an obviously great man. Kind, helpful, and cared for by many. The salt based boards on the sniffer will never be the same with out him. May his family find peace at this difficult time. RIP TSL.

03-22-2007, 08:23 AM
RIP my man,
I just meet him last year for the first time...His boat broke down on the crab opener and I pulled his new pots for him so he wouldn't lose them.
He paid me 100.00 bucks to pull them, I tried to give him his money back and he would not take it.
We chated allot when we were out in the big blue.
I'll miss you my man , but will allways say hi and say a prayer for you when leaving and ariving at the Head.

Tight lines and screaming drags to TSL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

03-22-2007, 08:33 AM
Although I've never met him, from what I've read here it sounds like he truly was what a Sniffer should be. I can only pray for those who are grieving and for him, and for him to be at peace at the happy fishing grounds.

03-22-2007, 08:38 AM
What a sad story. My condolences to his family and friends, and the Sniffers who had the good fortune to know him.

03-22-2007, 08:42 AM
After hearing the news I'm had to go back and re-read some of his great stories that always made my bad days seem minuscule.. Then I came across this post and I had the feeling come over me that I know he died doing what he loved most. *


Let the gulls do the work my friend from now on...take the day off....you earned it *;)

03-22-2007, 09:40 AM
This is really a tragic story, enough to make me feel sick. TSL, God Speed, you were really a wonderful sniffer. Thanks for all the tips and tricks you lent me, hope you get rewarded well in Sniffer Heaven. :'(

03-22-2007, 11:20 AM
That is terrible news and it affects all of us here. :( I am going to read over his forum posts right now.............

The Rich
03-22-2007, 12:05 PM
Man, that is tuff news. God Bless TSL and my condolences to his family and friends.

All you guys and gals please be safe out there. I’ve not yet been with the Sniffer group long enough to develop some good fishing friendships, but I want too. But you all got to stick around in order for me to do it.

03-22-2007, 12:46 PM
Could someone please tell me what threads TSL frequently posted on in this forum so I can go back and read some of his stuff? *I'm new here and never knew him but from people's tributes, he sounds like an extraordinary guy with a big heart - everything a fisherman should be.

03-22-2007, 12:52 PM
You can see the last 25 posts by going here:

03-22-2007, 01:03 PM
TSL was an asset to the sniffer board and everyone he came in contact with. He was full of advice and it was all good and with experience. He will be greatly missed!

We are all sad with this tragic news. :'(

God bless TSL, family, and friends.

03-22-2007, 04:06 PM
RIP, TSL. The boards and seas will not be the same without you.

03-22-2007, 05:19 PM
Like so many others, I did not know him personally but I too enjoyed his posts. I did have the opportunity to talk to him on the radio a few times while salmon fishing and crabbing over the past couple of years. I will be flying tye-dye on my boat this season in his honor. Rest in Peace brother fisherman.


03-22-2007, 07:09 PM
Wow I just read about it. I met him for the first time last year, struck me as a real Joe. R.I.P. big guy.

03-22-2007, 07:16 PM
Like many others I only new him from the posts. You'll be missed TSL.

03-22-2007, 07:32 PM
To me this says it all......

" Can't be good unless you love it. The fog's just lifting. Throw off your bow line, throw off your stern. You head out the South Channel, past Rocky Neck, Ten Pound Island. Past Niles Pond, where I skated as a kid. Blow your airhorn and throw a wave to the lighthouse keeper's kid on Thatcher Island. The birds show up -- black backs, herring gulls, big dumb ducks. The sun hits ya, head North, open up to 12, steamin' now. The guys are busy, you're in charge. Ya know what? You're a goddam swordboat captain! Is there anything better in the world?"

taken from "The Perfect Storm" 1991, staring George Clooney..as he talks with the other (female) Captain....just before leaving....

TSL.....you will be missed but not forgotten...we all will carry you in our hearts be it on the water or on the land...Watch over us now as we carry on, Keep you eye on the horizon and your sprit in the water....place you hand on us and guide us though the swell, lead us home safely, protect us in doing what you so loved to do.....

may you rest in peace.

TEAM NOR CAL......jake

03-22-2007, 09:00 PM
R.I.P. Boss :-[

03-22-2007, 09:28 PM
Although I am new to the boards just by reading the posts of those did no him it is clear that we have lost a very special man. My heart goes out to those he loved and who loved him.

03-23-2007, 01:23 PM
tsl - i am so sorry. you will be on my mind when i'm out there this year. thanks for your reports, conversation and p.o.v.


03-23-2007, 02:00 PM
This is very sad to hear. Kneedeep

03-23-2007, 03:03 PM
rest in peace TSL you will be missed by the entire sniffer family :'(

03-23-2007, 07:19 PM
NorCal_Bangers... *Very classy post,he would be proud. And i'm sure we'll all be watched & guided by TSL. 8-)

03-23-2007, 07:36 PM
This post is for you TSL

http://img89.imageshack.us/img89/4158/dsc00044pm3.png (http://imageshack.us)

me , my tiedye and a nice cabazon just off Bodega Head , rest in peace fellow fisherman and sniffer *:-[ rest in peace

03-23-2007, 08:37 PM
:o :( :'(

The title of the thread really caught me off guard. You really don't know when 'your time' is up.

Given the short time I've been on this forum I quickly recognized who TSL was around here. Knowledgeable, outspoken, a real hoot around these parts. Things will not be the same around here without his wit and candor.

Does anyone know if he's got wife/kids/family? I wouldn't mind helping out in some small tangible way with loved ones that were left behind. I'm sure there may be a few others around here that feel the same way. It'd be cool if the Sniffer organized some sort of 'thing' to help his family out, if there's family needing help...

03-23-2007, 09:51 PM
You can see the last 25 posts by going here:

Thank you very much MetalMouth.

03-23-2007, 10:57 PM

Martinez Frank
03-24-2007, 07:47 AM

03-24-2007, 12:17 PM
to everyone yes it was tsl who died at bodega bay. we thank all of you for giving him so much enjoy ment by talking with him on this sight and out fishing with him. thank you for your thoughts and prayers. from the fletcher family and tsl

03-24-2007, 04:52 PM
To the Fletcher Family,
Please accept the deepest condolences from everyone on the Sniffer Family. If at all possible I would appreciate if you could contact me with your email address. I can be reached by email at finishinwood@hotmail.com or a private mail by clicking on my name. Once again the Sniffer Family is greatly saddened by the loss of a member of your family and a great friend and integral part of ours.



03-25-2007, 08:27 PM
FYI- to all that are concerned and that send their condolences to the TSL; he left behind a wife and a 15 year old son. There will be a celebration of life for Bob in Wheatland on Thurs March 29, from 12-3pm at Pioneer Hall on 4th Street. Wheatland is a small town off of Hwy 65 and you shouldn't have trouble finding it but if you need directions my e-mail address is brandytarrant@comcast.net. I am married to Bobs' Nephew. The family appreciates your kind words and thoughts. It nice to see how he touched so many lives. Thanks so much!

03-25-2007, 09:31 PM
This is so sad to hear! I've been away, and this is a shock. I always enjoyed the Team Sheryl Lee posts. My heart is with his family. Such a tragedy!

03-26-2007, 06:38 AM
Bob "TSL" Fletcher:


03-26-2007, 07:20 AM
My sincere condolences to Bob's family.

I never met Bob, but many times on this board he had offered me a spot on his boat and said he would always keep an eye out for me on the jetty if I wanted to hop in.

Unfortunately our paths never crossed, but anybody who would so freely offer a spot on his vessel to a man he didn't know other than through a love of fishing is a Great Man in my book.

May he rest in peace.

03-26-2007, 09:30 AM
:'( RIP Robert, and the TSL.

I never had the oppertunity to meet him in person, but shared many of threads. His knowledge and appearance on the boards will be missed.

My condolences to all of his family, and friends that knew him :'(

03-27-2007, 06:35 AM

03-27-2007, 07:57 AM
From today's local paper

Robert A. Fletcher Jr.

Robert Alvin Fletcher Jr., 49, of Wheatland died March 20, 2007, in Bodega Bay.

Born in Yuba City, he was a lifelong Yuba-Sutter resident.

He worked as a heavy equipment operator for 20 years and was a member of Operating Engineers Local No. 3.

A graduate of Yuba City High School, he was an Eagle Scout and served as a coach in Sutter Buttes Little League.

Survivors include his wife, Sheryl L. Fletcher of Wheatland; a son, Robert Milton Fletcher of Wheatland; his parents, Robert and Roberta Fletcher of Yuba City; a brother, Ronald Fletcher of Yuba City; and two sisters, Suzanne Kekkonen of Oroville and Jean Newfarmer of Sierra City.

Donations may be made to a memorial account for Robert A. Fletcher in trust for Robert M. Fletcher at Umpqua Bank, 114 D St., Wheatland.

Services: Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at Lipp and Sullivan Chapel in Marysville. A celebration of life is from noon to 3 p.m. Thursday at Pioneer Hall in Wheatland.

03-27-2007, 08:52 AM
My condolences to the Fletcher family and I hope that it helps you through this difficult time to know that Bob is loved by so many. I do not know him personally but have read his posts and it makes me very sad to hear of such tragic news.

On a different note, let us all learn from Bob's mistake of not wearing a life vest when near water. I am mostly a freshwater fisherman but I always wear my life jacket, even while fishing in only 5 feet of water. You can be the best of swimmers but you'll never know if you might hit your head if you slip. If you're unconscious, all it takes is a few inches of water to drown you. Life vests are uncomfortable but you can buy one of those that are deflated but inflate upon contact with water. They're a bit pricey, but what is your life worth?

04-04-2007, 04:50 PM
This is depressing news indeed. Condolences to the family and friends. Bob was a wealth of information and was considered as the expert of the Sniffer's - Bodega Chapter. His posts were very articulate and he had no problem answering questions or giving fishing reports. Was it TSL who coined the name "Blowdega Bay"?

A salute to another Sniffer who has broke from formation and sailing off into the sunset.