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Re: Boat Ramp Etiquette
« Reply #30 on: Oct 14, 2020, 12:27 PM »
Lake George was a disaster Sunday.  Nothing like watching 2 different boat operators clog up the entire launch at Million dollar beach because they didn't know how to load their boats.  Both had trailers way too deep.  One guy was literally swimming around his boat and trailer in 58 degree water trying to get it centered.  The guy next to him was so deep his boat wasn't touching the carpeted bunks.  I showed him how to slide on as I was loading up so hopefully that's one poor soul saved.  I suspect these were people pulling their boats for the season.  I must have been waiting with 15 other boats to get off!

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Re: Boat Ramp Etiquette
« Reply #31 on: Oct 21, 2020, 02:56 AM »
our boat ramp has become a locals office.  he is running a canoe rental business off it.  they plug up the ramp with cars and his stack of canoes and yacks.  its getting old fast.  the other day there was a guy yelling about all the people in his way.  I don't blame him its a mess sometimes.   
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Re: Boat Ramp Etiquette
« Reply #32 on: Oct 21, 2020, 10:19 AM »
our boat ramp has become a locals office.  he is running a canoe rental business off it.  they plug up the ramp with cars and his stack of canoes and yacks.  its getting old fast.  the other day there was a guy yelling about all the people in his way.  I don't blame him its a mess sometimes.   

I wonder if he has a permit to do so? There was a guy renting out PWC's on Wawasee at a public access several years ago, and I think he had a permit to do so. I was doing a newspaper outdoor column at the time and took a picture of it. He got all bent out of shape and said he had a permit or O.K. from the INDNR do to so. I told him to calm down I was just taking pictures.

Bass tournaments definitely need a permit and they've made them relocate on weekends to keep from jamming up the access ramps.
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Re: Boat Ramp Etiquette
« Reply #33 on: Oct 22, 2020, 05:52 AM »
Thats one thing I didn't notice this year...bass tourneys.  I don't thing CT issued permits due to covid.  Here they can't start until 7 so id always beat them out but.

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Re: Boat Ramp Etiquette
« Reply #34 on: Oct 22, 2020, 07:56 AM »
We still had bass tourneys up here in NH. Saw them out a bunch. The ones I've experienced had amazing boat ramp etiquette.

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Re: Boat Ramp Etiquette
« Reply #35 on: Oct 22, 2020, 08:16 AM »
We still had bass tourneys up here in NH. Saw them out a bunch. The ones I've experienced had amazing boat ramp etiquette.


Yea Geoff.
I would expect it out of them.
They are doing it a LOT.
I would also think their clubs and organizations preach it to them.
They disrupt things for the locals so much that I would think they preach it to their members so as not to draw negative publicity.


maybe anyway.

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Re: Boat Ramp Etiquette
« Reply #36 on: Oct 22, 2020, 02:29 PM »
Not around me Mac.  Especially and Candlewood.  Mob mentality....they typically are the majority and act as such at least around my parts.  I have noticed manners increase the further you get away from the tri-state. 

New Story from fishing last Sunday with my daughter.  We had landed some rainbows in view of the launch where I had noticed an empty trailer backed in...waiting...20 mins of fishing go by and I decide its time to head in.  I'm wondering where the boat to this trailer is.  Turns out it one guy came and blocked the ramp, trailer dunked, while his crew zipped around the lake having fun.  I kept my mouth shut.

Then...it took them 30 mins to get the boat on the trailer right, because of course they were too deep.  I still stayed quiet.  Mind you I had my 8 year old with me so setting the example despite my growing rage took precedence.

They finally pull out and my daughter is a few steps ahead of my so I finally get my chance. 

"Hey dude you know if you put the trailer in shallower and slide up you'll be all set in 2 seconds"

"Thanks for your instruction" he retorts....

I thanked him for being a Richard cranium who thinks its ok to block the entire launch while his crew actively boats.  Thankfully he knew what I meant while my daughter did not.

So glad pleasure boating season is over...

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Re: Boat Ramp Etiquette
« Reply #37 on: Oct 22, 2020, 03:42 PM »
yea some people. lol no regard for others.

today was a real mess at the ramp!  it was full when I got there, and idiots were swarming all over, when I pulled out. lol  a hillbilly family had a junk toon sideways in the ramp while messing with a dead motor.  spraying starting fluid in it and crank crank crank.  dude no spark. der  while a guy sitting on ramp waiting to back in and load is ignored.  well they finally figure to get out of the way after at least 5 min.  then the guy that's on ramp gets to back in.  I think here we go let move.  its a bass boat so he loads same as me. zoom up on and gone. wrong he is using his troller to get to trailer.  then he tosses rope to his buddy.  im thinking not another one. lol  when he finally gets it on he pulls part way out, still on ramp and starts to rig up for road.  I run up on shore and got out to take my turn.  as I walked past I said, your kinda in the way there don't ya think.  he says oh.  he pulled out just enough for me to get on the ramp.  what an azz ya know.  anyhow I have to pick up my trailer and drag it sideways 2 ft, to be able to back up past the idiot that parked so close he had to crawl out passengers side!  not over yet.  then I go to back in water and the hillbillies are back sideways in ramp messing with motor.  I yelled" yo whats the deal" real loud and his old lady yelled at him to move out the way.  should he really have needed told? der  when I get backed in water and jump in boat here comes the yak armada all around back of my trailer. one chick is even between my bunks!  I just got in and started to back up.  they were kinda like ducks at that point. lmao  should they really need told to stay out of the ramp area, when someone is using it? der  I run up on the trailer and pull out next to rope boy, still dinking around in front of the ramp.  I strap down the boat and pull away, past him, putting his cover on of all things.  good god, do that at home not a crowded clusterflub of a ramp parking lot.  and half in the way to boot. one more.  DER!   idiots, the sun must draw them out in everyones way. lol

took 25 min today to do what should take 5min. shaking my head I left it all behind. off to a tree I go for few hours. no idiots there at least.

for got to mention the two young guys on the side bailing out their boat.  seems they just bought it for 75bucks and it had a hole in it.  they got dropped off by a buddy and he took off with truck n trailer.  so they had to keep bailing to keep it from sinking. lmao
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Re: Boat Ramp Etiquette
« Reply #38 on: Oct 22, 2020, 07:15 PM »
Just can’t make that type of stuff up. Loved the added “der’s” to help set the tone

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Re: Boat Ramp Etiquette
« Reply #39 on: Oct 22, 2020, 07:21 PM »


 Richard cranium cloning 😉

lowaccord66

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Re: Boat Ramp Etiquette
« Reply #40 on: Oct 22, 2020, 07:51 PM »
Fred I thought I was the only one to suffer through that stuff.  Crazy isn't it?  When it got warm here the conservation officers had to constantly remove non-boaters from the boat launch.  Literally had people pumping off the dock behind me while I am backing off the trailer...pure madness.  Ironically too, I got my first ever safety check after years of boating.  Passed it too.  Small win at the launch. 

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Re: Boat Ramp Etiquette
« Reply #41 on: Oct 23, 2020, 09:24 AM »
Around me the tourney guys are pretty amazing. Or at least I haven't encountered the bad apples. I usually check the schedule to see of any tournaments before I plan a day of fishing, but this one day I forgot. I show up fairly early, but not super early, it's late in the fall so 6:30am is early enough. Show up and there are a half dozen bass boats in the que waiting to launch. I'm like "Oh boy, this should be a treat" but the next thing I know it's as if Moses had parted the Red Sea for me. They are all pointing at me and my obvious, aluminum, coldwater trolling boat with electric downriggers and waving me down to the ramp. I hear "Let this guy through, get him in the water"  I'm solo, with a fairly big boat, but the master of ceremonies it seems helps me tie up to the dock while I go park. I imagine if it was closer to 8am when they can start the tournament then it would have been a different story but I was pleasantly impressed with how they behaved.

On the other hand I do recall being stuck on a lake when some absolute Richard Cranium ran out of gas in his truck while he spent an hour working on his inboard engine with the boat still strapped down and backed into the lake. Disabled boat and truck at the only, single lane launch on the lake. He's lucky I didn't have anywhere to be and could still fish.

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Re: Boat Ramp Etiquette
« Reply #42 on: Oct 23, 2020, 10:22 AM »
Around me the tourney guys are pretty amazing. Or at least I haven't encountered the bad apples. I usually check the schedule to see of any tournaments before I plan a day of fishing, but this one day I forgot. I show up fairly early, but not super early, it's late in the fall so 6:30am is early enough. Show up and there are a half dozen bass boats in the que waiting to launch. I'm like "Oh boy, this should be a treat" but the next thing I know it's as if Moses had parted the Red Sea for me. They are all pointing at me and my obvious, aluminum, coldwater trolling boat with electric downriggers and waving me down to the ramp. I hear "Let this guy through, get him in the water"  I'm solo, with a fairly big boat, but the master of ceremonies it seems helps me tie up to the dock while I go park. I imagine if it was closer to 8am when they can start the tournament then it would have been a different story but I was pleasantly impressed with how they behaved.

On the other hand I do recall being stuck on a lake when some absolute Richard Cranium ran out of gas in his truck while he spent an hour working on his inboard engine with the boat still strapped down and backed into the lake. Disabled boat and truck at the only, single lane launch on the lake. He's lucky I didn't have anywhere to be and could still fish.

Awesome on the bass guys Geoff.

That other idiot is why we carry flare guns.
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Re: Boat Ramp Etiquette
« Reply #43 on: Oct 23, 2020, 10:58 AM »
Some pretty great stories! I usually fish less pressured lakes and get there super early so I don't have to deal with people. I live in a condo association with a speed limit on the lake, so most people are kayakers or pleasure boaters. My biggest issue is letting their dogs swim un leashed and running all around the boat Ramp Area. We typically have a "lake host" which checks your boat for invasive species before dumping in. You'd think 2-4 minutes of me backing down and talking to the host is enough of a warning to get their dogs under control. NOPE! I'll be backing in and have to stop because their dog is swimming behind my trailer. I also launch by myself. After the first couple times I just say, i'm backing up and I can't see your dog and I won't be stopping! We also have kayakers who don't use a trailer who think it's necessary to back down to the waters edge in the middle of the ramp when they could just use the dirt pull of on the side that also goes straight to the water....... The best one was yesterday I pull past the ramp, put my hazards on and get ready to back in and some lady pulls into the launch. I figure, fair enough she doesn't want to wait for me to back up she'll just go to the side where most ppl park who are staying for a while. She stops in the middle of the launch and is taking pictures of the d**n leaves! I was so mad I just started backing up and she was so scared that she had to do a 10 point turn and backed into the water   :D

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Re: Boat Ramp Etiquette
« Reply #44 on: Oct 23, 2020, 12:44 PM »
yea the dog thing is no good!  I seen a good one couple years ago.  a lady was sitting on shore at the river ramp fishing.  nice fall day had her chair beverage and sun hat. lol I was walking to my boat and some duck hunters were pulling up to shore.  well the dog decides he is going ashore first! he jumps off the bow in the water and mud.  runs up to the old lady setting in the chair, and you know what happens I bet.  yup, he shakes water mud and dog stank all over this lady.  she screaming and flailing around and falls over in her chair and starts to roll down the bank.  luckily it wasn't steep or long and she stopped short of the water.  talk about an old wet hen! wow! she let them have it good.   I sure couldn't blame her either.  nothing worse than someones dog shaking all over you!

I read a story long ago about a dog jumping up on a guy.  he shot the dog and it was ruled justified.  with the way things are today, an incident with your dog can land you in court.
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