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Posted By jtakeman,
Mar 30, 2013 at 6:20 PM
That's beautiful JT...Congrats on the new toy!!
That is a fine looking boat. I'll bet you will have many fine trips on that with your son.
My son got a new bass boat. He took his wife and daughters out yesterday. They had a lot of fun. He said the fishing was fantastic.
Wow, nice fish!
The lakes, rivers, and streams all good fairly good to fish in around here. Mostly bass, white fish etc. In the river about a half mile from us, it is tidal water. When the striped bass come in, there is a lot of activity on the water. You don't need a boat to get good action with those fish. There is also Atlantic and short nose sturgeon. There are a lot of restrictions on what size stripers you can keep. All the sturgeon have to be put back in the river. Those sturgeon are huge, several feet long. In the summer, it is common to see them leaping out of the water and smashing flat down. I was told this is their way of cleaning their skin. In our lakes we have salmon, trout, etc. One lake near here has northern Pike which were transplanted here. They would like to rid the lake of them because they have had a very negative impact on the native fish. In another near by lake there are goldfish, huge ones, not koi. Maine has some very strict laws about what
,where, and when you can fish for, with, or in. Anyone fishing really needs to keep a book with them so them can look up ther current laws for fishing in any body of water. We have a lot of wardens that ck on you whenever the come across where you are.
I gave away my boat, but I still like going out when one of my sons asks me to go with them.
Looks more like fish Sammy's to me!
The boy and I took the new toy out today. Had a hoot and really enjoyed our day on the water together. He spent most of the day being captain and dad was delegated as the crew! He handled the boat well and was grinning from ear to ear! So was I! My lil pal is growing way too fast!
We had one of the best days on the water, We caught over 20 nice bass. Joey had a couple of good ones(18" LMB approx 3 lbs.- 16" SMB approx 2 1/2 lbs.). See pic's
Not sure what you folks have for boating regs now but here's Ontario's:
Age and power restrictions
· Under 12, unaccompanied by someone 16 or older, maximum engine power 7.5 kw (10 hp).
· 12 - 15, unaccompanied by someone 16 or older, maximum power 30 kw (40 hp).
· People under 16 may not operate a personal water craft.
Needless to say anyone over 16 has to have the operator's license. When I took the older boys for the course, I went along and got mine. The instructors were not well rounded in their boating experience - only motor boat experience, no sailing, only once on a pwc - supposed to be a safe boating course. I think I was as qualified to teach the course as they were No practical skills like knots or actually getting in a boat! My younger son just read the book and took the test when he worked for a local camp
I'm not sure any of this makes for safe boaters but there you go... government at work
Nice JT...Good lookin' boy!! 20 bass = great day!!
How did the new ride drive and handle (might have to ask your son)?? LOL
I saw a good size boat come in and crash on the bank of rocks on the shore of the Gardiner Landing, Kennebec river. The two occupants, a father and his toddler son went flying up and out both landing on the lawn ahead of the rocks. The farther said he didn't understand how it happened as his son was doing a good job steering the boat down the river!
Nice fish, Jay. Those smallies pull like a D9 cat. Love playing around with them.
Handled nice! I got to drive for a little bit, Then he hogged all the fun.
Lake girl, I was with him the whole time. In CT he needs to be with an adult, AFAIK no restrictions on HP.
Jags, We love the smallie action. They are a hoot to get to the boat, Never quite fighting. Once the water warms a bit more, We'll hit the deeper flats-drop offs and points with drops shots. Right now the largies are a bit more aggressive(pre-spawn). They are just getting near the beds. We did see some male's working beds in shallow water. Next weekend we should see the females move in.
Nothing like smacking a big fat piggy on the nose when she is trying to bed down. I have seen them actually push a plastic away with closed mouth. Sometimes ya gotta tick them off.
Just a few more pic's. Wife tagged a long this time and took some pic's from shore. We drop her(and the dog) off at a beach area/nature trails so they can do their thing. My son and I love the new toy, I think the Mrs. likes it too(cause I got nothing to b*tch about n ow)! This thing is sweet and comfy to fish outa, Were both having a hoot with it!
Jay - that is a sweet ride. I am looking to step up in boats, but I need more freeboard. I want some short walls around me. River fishing is a whole bunch different than lake fishing (I have fished lakes FAR more than river until the last few years). Let me restate that: Mississippi river fishing is a whole bunch different....
Yeah, These bass boats aren't kind to keeping you dry in big waves unless you stick the bow into them. I was sold on the aluminum boats with some sides to em until the boy wanted to concentrate on bass.
I was big into bass as well. It was before I had my cabin, and my little boat did a fine job on the lakes I fished. On the sippi it still does a fine job, but I would like more boat sticking out of the water. That - and I graduated to walleye.
I'm jealous, we just lost the ice off the lake on Monday - in time for the opener this weekend. Lake Bemidji (MN) was still mostly iced over for the opener there last weekend.
I'm waiting a bit on the kayaks... water is still too dang cold