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zelek

How long a wait at the landing?

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Effie07

iceranger adn eyewitness,

? for the two of you with your marine mechanic background. I was taught that starting a motor dry on the trailer would not only cause premature seal failure but also ruin the water pump over time. Any truth to that?

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jwmiller33

Ya I'd never start my motor without muffs or the lower unit under water. Either way can be done in ten min in the garage and can give you peace of mind to push off the trailer and get everyone fishing faster

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smb1

There is no problem using a garden hose with "big" engines, at least not any made in the last decade or so. Running big engines in saltwater, we flush the engines after every use by attaching a hose either to the ports on newer engines or muffs for older ones.

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Grubstake

If you have time to fart around on the internet you have time to start your motor at home.

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Eyewitness

JW, yea that was me out there....Heading up again tomorrow after work. Hoping the forks hold tight till at least Sat....keep yer fingers crossed!

I do understand your viewpoint, however the day I can't take a whole 2 minutes to load or unload my boat is never gonna come. In my eyes that that is not unreasonable. I believe it's the folks that back to the ramp, get in position, and then start unstrapping, loading stuff from truck to boat, yada, yada, yada, that could have been doing that while they waited that cause most of the hold up. It only takes a half dozen in a line of 50 to add to the wait. However it's just part of life....I think I have mellowed in my old age and just plain expect that it is going to take time to get in and out plain and simple. It's just not worth getting wired about. If you don't want to miss the prime time window then be there at 6AM, if your not there till 6:30 or 7AM, then expect that for every five minutes your late you'll wait an additional 10-15 minutes to get on the water. Same goes for pulling out...

To me this is a special deal that I think we should all just consider ourselves really fortunate to still be doing. I'd rather look at it positively and celebrate the good time with all my fishing bretheran that are lucky enough to share the experience...If ya see me out there, take the time to say say hi.

I'll be fishing Pinewood and west. Good luck out there!

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bak2MN

When you say that you can run it in a 5 gal pail is that deep enough to get the water pumping? I dont know where the water intake is. Any input would be great, my motor is a 1997 115 merc. Hope to be up there next Mon.

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Hunter21

bak2MN, On the lower unit you will see Inlet holes or a screen looking area. Thats where the water will be sucked up.lower-unit-mercury-25.jpg

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jwmiller33

ya you are definitely right. I can't do anything but shake my head at the folks that wait until it's their turn to take the straps off, put plug in, put rods in the boat, etc. You have to wonder what these folks were doing in line for the previous hour

And your right, get there earlier enough and you don't have to wait. That is what I have done in the past and will continue to do. Hopefully with vidas now open, it will take away some of the congestion from other ramps this weekend. If I see the pirate flag out there, I'll give ya a shout. Something along the lines of, "hey you, why are you taking so long to launch your boat" wink haha just kidding

Hunter, your motor (115hp) may be too big to get it started in a 5 gal bucket. Your prop, skag and lower unit all have to fit in a 5 gallon bucket for it to work, and that is a pretty tight fit for bigger motors. You'd be better off getting a garbage can and filling it up with water, or just getting muffs. You could take the prop off to get it to fit too, I don't think that would harm anything or even help

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Hunter21

jwmiller33- I was just posting a Picture for bak2MN for his motor but your right a 55gallon garbage can would be best fitting for his motor. I was just helping him out identifying the intake on lower unit for him.

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jwmiller33

whoops, I meant to say for bak2MN, not hunter. ya'll know what I meant

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bak2MN

Thanks for the info guys. Just found out I will be up Fri night through Tuesday.

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iceman16

good luck bak2mn ill be up Friday night to Tuesday. if ya see a red ranger 617 say hi!

iceman

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HOT SPOT

I was always told this. If you dont want to wait get there earlyier. wink

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1DIRTBALL

It's been maybe 10 years since I've been on the river in the spring. I remember it took about 2 1/2 hours to get in at Frontier one weekend morning the last time I went. If I were to come up tomorrow or Thurs. could I not reasonably expect to be in the water sooner?? Assuming I arrive at the landing early that is. Thanks!

How long it will take to get your boat launched will be dependent on which county you have to park in! :D1DIRTBALL wink

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zelek

Naw...it wasn't too bad yesterday (Thurs) morning. We got to Frontier about 7:15 a.m. and got right in. Getting out was a little different story in the afternoon with lots of people trying to beat the rain, but that's to be expected I guess.

We struggled trying to find fish that would cooperate. I thought the water clarity was pretty poor, but what do I know. confused Maybe that had something to do with it. I need to brush up on some things and I'll be back next year! It will be interesting to hear what kind of reports come in tonight.

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brmuskie

I would guess that for the next week you could launch and park close with no wait. The debris in the river is brutal.

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1850Sportfish

Really?????????

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ducksnbucks

Back on April 10th when that was posted the debris was brutal and the water levels were at record highs. I am sure its back down with little to no debris. There also should be no wait at the landings either, except maybe on opening weekend.

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