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When coming off the lake the other evening and doing my normal routine walk and check of my boat I found that the prop of my Kicker Motor was jammed with weeds on the inner part of the prop.

This was not something I would have noticed if not for seeing some weeds hanging from the prop. These weeds were tightly wrapped around the inner part of the prop and took about 5 to 10 minutes to untangle what was wrapped. I know I could have taken the prop off and cleaned but didn't realize how tightly wound they were.

The reason I post this is I was not a big fan of all the new AIS rules. With that said I can see how someone who is not diligent or in my case would not have checked further would or could have easily missed a bunch of weeds.

I can see how someone with the very best intentions of removing all weeds can miss areas that don't always check.

I know I will look a lot closer than I have, and I always thought I did a good job of checking.

Mike

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I know, I don't like the new laws. I am glad they are trying to stop invasive species, but a $50 fine was bad enough. Starting July 1st it will be $100 for invasive plants, and $500 for invasive species. They are making these ridiculous laws, and then wondering why the number of fisherman is on the decline. A low fine like $30 would be good, just enough that it would make you double check next time. $100 for some weeds is just not right. Maybe with all the money the government gets they can actually do something helpful.

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I'm sure there will be some that get tickets and rightfully so. Is it really that hard to stop and take a close look at what weeds are hanging from your boat a trailer and to pull the drain plugs? For some people 30 bucks is nothing which I'm sure they're going to the 100 fine. I don't have any problem with the fines going up. I do have a problem with the number of people with the "what difference does it make. Its going to spread one way or another" attitude. If the people giving up fishing are the lazy ones who won't pull weeds off their quit out thats fine with me. They're probably the same ones that leave the trash on the ice also.

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They are making these ridiculous laws, and then wondering why the number of fisherman is on the decline.

That sounds sorta like I'm not driving because of speeding tickets.

I wonder how many people are thinking they aren't going fishing anymore because they have to pull a drain plug now.

My guess is about 3 and they probably all post down there in silly town.

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Ever remove the prop from your trolling motor?

I am always amazed on the amount of weeds and fishing line that get wrapped in the shaft.

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the number of fisherman is on the decline

I thought it was just the opposite?

Thanks for the heads up, I wonder how many more areas that aren't regularly checked are susceptible to transport.

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I thought it was just the opposite?

Thanks for the heads up, I wonder how many more areas that aren't regularly checked are susceptible to transport.

I think it is the mn regulation book says anglers and duck hunters are on the decline. It blames it on increasing deer hunting opportunities. crazy Its not a matter of being too lazy to take off weeds, we are human. The one time we forget, or miss a weed, dnr comes along and $100. $100 could be a months worth of fishing for me, and for a lot of others.

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I think it is the mn regulation book says anglers and duck hunters are on the decline. It blames it on increasing deer hunting opportunities. crazy Its not a matter of being too lazy to take off weeds, we are human. The one time we forget, or miss a weed, dnr comes along and $100. $100 could be a months worth of fishing for me, and for a lot of others.

So... You're still whining about what?

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"Its not a matter of being too lazy to take off weeds, we are human. The one time we forget, or miss a weed, dnr comes along and $100. $100 could be a months worth of fishing for me, and for a lot of others."

I hear ya...that $700 fine for a DWI would really cut into my drinking money. The solution MUST be to lower the fine. smile

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I'm sure there will be some that get tickets and rightfully so. Is it really that hard to stop and take a close look at what weeds are hanging from your boat a trailer and to pull the drain plugs? For some people 30 bucks is nothing which I'm sure they're going to the 100 fine. I don't have any problem with the fines going up. I do have a problem with the number of people with the "what difference does it make. Its going to spread one way or another" attitude. If the people giving up fishing are the lazy ones who won't pull weeds off their quit out thats fine with me. They're probably the same ones that leave the trash on the ice also.

Couldn't agree more with what Huntnfish said!!

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"Its not a matter of being too lazy to take off weeds, we are human. The one time we forget, or miss a weed, dnr comes along and $100. $100 could be a months worth of fishing for me, and for a lot of others."

I hear ya...that $700 fine for a DWI would really cut into my drinking money. The solution MUST be to lower the fine. smile

haha nice

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I sure hope the number of fisherman are n the decline!! That would be great!!! More fish for me!!

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What are you suppose to do if you have weeds stuck between the bunk and the boat, and the weeds just break off when trying to remove them?

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