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Bubbadust

My weekend fishing "adventure"

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I picked up tmy boat from my buddy's garage on Saturday and made sure everything was ready to go for my first fishing outing of the year Sunday morning. I could not get the light on the right side of the trailer to work right, so I spent several hours playing with the wiring. The right side would turn off whenever I turned the headlights on. I checked all the connections, redid several of the connections, replaced bulbs, etc. I took the light unit off and in the process, ripped one of the wires from the fixture. This was at 8:00 pm Saturday and Fleet Farm was closed. I went down Sunday morning (I was just there Saturday afternoon before I picked up the boat), got a new fixture, went home and rewired it. It still didn't work right. Then I started checking the grounds (there are 5 of them on my trailer for some reason). Turns out the 4th one was a charm--it was all corroded and caked with mud. Everything worked fine after I cleaned it up. That concluded about 5 hours of tinkering with the wiring!

Then I picked my friend up and headed down to Orchard. I launched the boat and left my friend to hold it while I parked the Jeep. When I got back down to the water, I had a foot of water in the boat because I left the plug out. My friend was too busy daydreaming to notice. I got the plug in, bailed it out and pushed off.

My 1973 25 hp Johnson would not start. I flooded the heck out of it to no avail. I had drained and refilled the lower unit last fall, but replaced plugs Saturday. Thank God the electric motor worked. As we were putting along with the electric motor I took the cover off my motor only to realize I didn't reconnect one of the plug wires when I replaced the spark plugs. We fished for about 3 hours and I kept trying to start the motor, but it was so flooded I never got it started. I rubbed the skin off 2 of my fingers from pulling on the darn thing so many times and now have blisters to prove it.

To top off the day, we never caught a fish.

I hope everybody else has a better first trip than I did!

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Sounds frustrating, well don't feel bad, fishing wasn't much better here either

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wiring problems, no outboard, forgotten plug, and no fish....

still sounds better than stuck inside staring at the tv.

better luck next time.

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Well hopefully you have your " bad trip" of the year out of the way already.

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Good thing you did not try to throw the anchor out. shocked.gif

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