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TUMBLEWEED

Shallow Water Headaches!!

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TUMBLEWEED

Man is the ole lake ever down! Put in at Mac's Twin Bay.

Good launch, no problems launching a 1850 SportFish there.

Took out for Spider Reef. Got into some perch, but no eyes.

Tried around some other southern spots, but not much

happening there. Got a call from some pals to come in to the Bayview to pick them up. This is where it got a little

scarey. They pulled all the navigation markers over there,

and I went in by the seat of my pants. I managed to make it in alright, but after two lardazz buddys were in the boat,

found the rockpile out in front of the BayView!! Just a slight ding on the prop, and it could have been way worse,

so shrugged it off. On the way out, decided to try and

go a different route and cut down on the time spent going through the gauntlet again. This turned out to be a really

bad idea, and didn't save any time at all. I posted a bud up in the front to watch for rocks, but he might as well been blind, for ten minutes into the journey, we slammed

a truck sized rock, that left a smallish dent and scuff on

my bow!! Ouch!!! I moved the blind man to the rear, and stood on the bow with the electric troller motor carefully

picking our way back out to the main lake. After what seemed an eternity, we found deep water again. There

was no way I was going back in to the BayView again, so tried a drop-off the Jerry Brandt's dock. Ha Ha, found ourselves beached on the sand about twenty feet from the

dock!! Well, kicked off the shoes and jumped in. Got it floating again, and beat it for Mac's quickly. Glad to be off the lake in one piece. Can't believe they pulled the buoys with better than a month of fishing to be had...

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polarsusd81

It really sucks that you hit the rock, but man you gotta be carefull out there right now. If you have a lakemaster chip in a GPS unit, the depths are about 3 feet off. There are a lot of spots were rocks were supposed to be under water but they poke through and have seagulls pooping all over them. Hope the damage wasn't too bad.

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TUMBLEWEED

I was fine until the "always show up later" guys called me

into that bay!! The dent is smallish, but I always try to

keep from putting the big boat in harm's way. I've heard the lakes are down all over, even Superior. I have the

H20 and chip, but with the latest dry spell, there are hazards everywhere.I've heard a lot of people having

problems just getting the boat off the lift and back

to shore. Man what a hassle...

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tom fellegy

mille lacs county starts to pull the bouy's on oct 1st. the last ones to be pulled are the channel markers. i think they pulled the channel markers and mazominee point hazzard/rock markers on oct 5th this year. i live 3 lots south of bayview, i have seen alot of people that hit the reef this year, even with all the markers in place............tom fellegy

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TUMBLEWEED

The numbers of giant rocks just under the surface was astounding. These were motor killers, and hull bender

sized things too, not your everyday stones!! There will

be plenty more carnage out there next season no doubt.

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skunked_again

I don't understand why they pull the marker buoys so early...it wouldn't be any more work to do it a month later, and there are still a lot of people out there. Anybody have an explanation?

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snowman678

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I don't understand why they pull the marker buoys so early...it wouldn't be any more work to do it a month later, and there are still a lot of people out there. Anybody have an explanation?


I can think of several possible reasons. One being the fact that they have many other lakes to take care of. Another being the fact that say they did wait until right up to the "last minute" or even slightly before, and another situation arose, say like a forest fire or, maybe it's just simply pulling docks at public accesses; then a snap of cold weather comes in and there's ice. Now there stuck with leaving them in (which will trash them). Or there could be several days in a row at the last minute when it's extremely windy and too dangerous to work on the lake. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want to be out in some of those giant waves pulling markers with water temps hovering around the freezing mark. Just my 2 cents worth.

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Paul Waldowski

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I don't know about you, but I wouldn't want to be out in some of those giant waves pulling markers with water temps hovering around the freezing mark.


Like today frown.gif

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snowman678

I bet it's pretty bad at your place today Paul! Glad we got the lift and dock in on saturday. grin.gif

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bturck

I also heard that they still have the seasonal help on the payroll this time of year, so they try to utilize as many of them as they can to pull bouys and docks at the access.

Yes today would have been a real adventure. Looks like a nice weekend coming up though. Good luck and hang on. Bill

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tom fellegy

the reason that they start to pull them on oct 1st is that the two guy's that pull the bouy's go south for the winter and they leave about oct 15th................tom fellegy

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PerchJerker

Good thing they don't leave Oct 1 grin.gif

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