Pet peeve

I was at the ramp one day in the Spring waiting on a guy to launch his slick looking inboard ski boat while he's on a single lane ramp...think it was a master craft. He finally got all his stuff on the boat, unhooked the tow strap from the boat and instructed his friend to back the truck up. His friend had never driven his truck (he told me that after the incident) and I don't think he ever backed a boat in. I watch the driver trying to back up...engine revving with reverse lights on and the truck wouldn't move. He finally figured out he had the emergency break on so he popped it off, truck took off backwards, he hit the breaks and stopped and i watched that nice shiny ski boat slide off the trailer in slow motion it seemed like and land on the concrete ramp on the bronze rudder and 4-blade prop. Front half of boat on the trailer, back half on the concrete. Now I was a bit perturbed by having to wait while he prepped on the ramp but I sure hated to see that happen. I can still hear the rending of metal on the concrete. I helped him get the boat back on the trailer and he checked the steering, rudder didn't turn. Prop had a chunk broken off of one blade and drive shaft was bent. OUCH! No idea how much that cost him, but I know it wasn't cheap. I genuinely felt sorry for the guy...he said he just got his boat out of service, had it detailed and all waxed up for his first time on the lake that season. I think that was the worst ***** I have seen at a ramp.
Before I got a boat here in GA, m wife and I were bank fishing around a park and this guy was trying to recover his pontoon one year when the water was really low. I saw them back the trailer down the ramp, looked at the water and I could se the end of the concrete about 10 feet from the water's edge. I flagged him down and warned him about it and that he might want to consider a different ramp. He said he'd be okay. He backs down and I could tell the trailer went off the edge very sharply and onto the mud. They get the winch hooked to the toon and start trying to pull it out and you could see the trailer on one side dip while the other one rose. He had ran that one tire under the slab and it couldn't climb the lip. He spent 20 minutes smoking his tires trying to get it out, while he had his kids, that were both well under 10, by the tire in question trying to stack rocks to get it to climb. He ended up giving up and I told him about another ramp a little ways down the road that we had just left that looked like it had deeper water because there were plenty of trailers in the parking lot. He agrees and lets the toon off the trailer and the trailer climbs the ramp like there never was any problem. Surveying the damage we can see that it wasn't the wheel that was really the problem, but the leaf spring anchor point that was hung on the concrete, and all of his pulling had nearly sheared the leading anchor almost completely off. I recommended he stop at a trailer shop to have them look at it and weld it before trying to pull his boat because if that cracked weld gave way his day was going to get exponentially worse.

When I was a youngster my dad and I saw a similar situation back in NC. The difference was that it was pre-dawn in December and there was ice in the creek backs where this ramp was. Divers were called out with plasma cutters because they couldn't drag the wheel out from under that slab with anything they had.
 

antharper

“Well Rounded Outdoorsman”
Russians. Gosh darned Russians on our lakes, drunk on potato vodka, grenade fishing.
Unsafely. Using zero-delay hand grenades (made for booby traps, not hand-throwing).
But we can't throw the Reds out; Russians are Trump's best friends, and he owes them a favor for that election help. ; )


That was too funny 😂
 

j_seph

Senior Member
That's illegal anyway.

Jugs and noodles are SUPPOSED to
be tagged. Name, number, etc..
Just like a trot line. Mr. Greenjeans
catches you jugging without tags he
can make you have a really bad day
if he's in the right mood.

But... Yeah. Polluting a lake with anything
jugs, noodles, beer cans or whatever is wrong.

Especially egregious is breaking
off a hundred feet of line an not
AT LEAST trying to get it. All
kinds of wildlife can get caught
up in that.
In what state would that be sir?
 

Coenen

Senior Member
I just hate the summertime when bikini clad girls are sunbathing on the dock while I'm trying to get the boat launched. It takes me forever to do this.
Get a nicer ride, maybe they'll come with you. Might hurt your fishing though.
 

Big7

Senior Member
In what state would that be sir?
Georgia. Unless something has changed.
All mine have tags anyway so I haven't really worried about it. Sporting trot lines are to have no more than 50 hooks. 51+ and you need a commercial license. I'm taking the boss to the hospital she's sick. I'll look up and post (hopefully) tonight. If not, soon as I can.
 

Big7

Senior Member
Georgia. Unless something has changed.
All mine have tags anyway so I haven't really worried about it. Sporting trot lines are to have no more than 50 hooks. 51+ and you need a commercial license. I'm taking the boss to the hospital she's sick. I'll look up and post (hopefully) tonight. If not, soon as I can.
In what state would that be sir?
I went back and checked e regs. Like promised.

I was correct on the trot line.

Regs for set hooks and jugs do not require ID and no limit for numbers of set hooks or jugs.
 
When I show a (former) friend one of my honey holes and he gives it to all his buddies. IMO This is unethical.
Had this happen to me once 10 years ago and I still have not gotten over it.
And was my first 10 places I went to in most tournaments.
 
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