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7 hours ago, npk33 said:

So if I understand you correctly, if i get to the grocery store before a disabled person, veteran, or pregnant person, I get to park in spots closer to the store that are reserved for them?

Apples and oranges comparison here.  Disabled people have a reason to park closer and even the state says so, I have no problem with a pregnant person either.  All other groups can park wherever is open.  I personally don't park close because I am able to walk and am ok with doing so but that doesn't mean someone who is capable should have a right to park closer just because.

 

7 hours ago, gimruis said:

I think there may be some confusion here.  Certain parking spots are designated with trailers only.  Certain spots are not.  If you have a kayak with a trailer, you can use the spot designated as such.  If you do not have a trailer, you cannot.  Same with the normal spots.  If you have a trailer you cannot park in the standard size spots.  @Logan S isn't picking on a kayak here, he's just annoyed that someone who does not have a trailer is parking in a spot designated for trailers.

 

It really has nothing to do with the distance you need to walk to and from the access.  At least where I fish it doesn't.  Certain spots are designated for specific types of parking, and should be enforced as such.

I get that certain spots are designated for trailers but to me with the advent of cartop or truck bed boats taking on a much larger presence there is no reason there shouldn't be equal amount of spots and having to trailer your boat doesn't mean you should be able to park closer.  I'll also disagree as it is mentioned walking past a certain portion of the lot that is full of non trailered boats as it is a nuisance.  The only nuisance is the distance walked here.  

 

I never even back my trailer down the ramp and put my kayak on a cart and wheel it to where I can launch and stay out of the way, even though i am probably 5 minutes max at a launch.  

 

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4 minutes ago, flyfisher said:

Apples and oranges comparison here.  Disabled people have a reason to park closer and even the state says so, I have no problem with a pregnant person either.  All other groups can park wherever is open.  I personally don't park close because I am able to walk and am ok with doing so but that doesn't mean someone who is capable should have a right to park closer just because.

 

I get that certain spots are designated for trailers but to me with the advent of cartop or truck bed boats taking on a much larger presence there is no reason there shouldn't be equal amount of spots and having to trailer your boat doesn't mean you should be able to park closer.  I'll also disagree as it is mentioned walking past a certain portion of the lot that is full of non trailered boats as it is a nuisance.  The only nuisance is the distance walked here.  

 

I never even back my trailer down the ramp and put my kayak on a cart and wheel it to where I can launch and stay out of the way, even though i am probably 5 minutes max at a launch.  

 

Distance is irrelevant to the discussion.  It's the spot designation.  If you meet the specifications of the designation, you have the right to use that spot.  If you do not meet the specifications, you do not park in that spot.  You have a vehicle with a trailer (pontoon, bass boat, kayak...), you can park in the spots designated for vehicles with trailers.  You don't have a trailer, you cannot.  You drive an EV, you have a right to park in the designated EV spots.  You don't, you don't.  We live in a society.

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3 minutes ago, npk33 said:

Distance is irrelevant to the discussion.  It's the spot designation.  If you meet the specifications of the designation, you have the right to use that spot.  If you do not meet the specifications, you do not park in that spot.  You have a vehicle with a trailer (pontoon, bass boat, kayak...), you can park in the spots designated for vehicles with trailers.  You don't have a trailer, you cannot.  You drive an EV, you have a right to park in the designated EV spots.  You don't, you don't.  We live in a society.

Distance is very much irrelevant. At a lot of the places I fish, the trailer parking is FARTHER away from the ramp than the non-trailer parking. I agree that it is spot designation that matters. Meet the designated specks, go ahead and park there. If not, don't. Don't like the number or location of certain designated spots? Put your complaint in with the organization that oversees the ramp. I do agree that car top boats, and kayaks are the fastest growing segment of fishing boats, and often get short changed as far as access. But life is seldom fair, and it always takes a while for things to catch up to the change.

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Many of the lakes I fish here have a limited number of parking spots, for both standard parking and trailer. When they are full, you are SOL because there is no parking on the road and no over flow parking either. Some lakes have more spots than others. A couple lake accesses are owned and operated by a park district and when the lot of full, they do not even permit a truck/boat to enter the park at the front gate. Lake associations have a lot of say in how much parking an access has. Most of them are on the side of the lesser is better because they don’t want the lake over run.

 

The one upside to having limited parking is that they don’t allow tournaments, so the pressure is far less. These are the lakes I focus my efforts on most of the time.

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8 hours ago, flyfisher said:

honestly though why should you having a boat and trailer mean you should get to park closer if I got there earlier than you did.

Because the spot is meant to accommodate the size of a truck and a trailer. Normal spots can't fit them.

 

My fiancee is a typical princess who will circle a store parking lot for 20 minutes just to get a spot slightly closer to the door. It drives me nuts. People are so lazy. I'll park on the other side of the parking lot because walking for a couple minutes isn't hard if you're not handicapped.

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12 hours ago, flyfisher said:

I get that certain spots are designated for trailers but to me with the advent of cartop or truck bed boats taking on a much larger presence there is no reason there shouldn't be equal amount of spots and having to trailer your boat doesn't mean you should be able to park closer.

I just want to park in the spots designated for my trailer.  If I can't because the spaces are mostly filled with non-trailered vehicles it's annoying.  That's about all I'll say because I'd like to keep my account here on BR :D.  

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14 minutes ago, Logan S said:

I just want to park in the spots designated for my trailer.  If I can't because the spaces are mostly filled with non-trailered vehicles it's annoying.  That's about all I'll say because I'd like to keep my account here on BR :D.  

Yeah it is annoying to not have spots that are close when you get there early enough when you don't have a trailer too, probably the same level of annoying you have when you walk past the vehicles parked in the wrong spots because the got there before you.  

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the truck-trailer parking spots is an interesting discussion.   our ramp attendant just wants us to park our trucks, two to a spot if we use them.  when they painted and laid out the spots, decades ago...they never imagined kayak fishing.  there are precious few regular parking spots.   the trailer spots are the closer ones.  they send the regular parker to the boonies.  sucks when dragging a kayak.  but boater are lazy!!  hahha..just kidding.  i appreciate the exercise.  

 

there is a tension always between kayaker and boaters anyways. we are the road cyclist of the water..boats are the diesel trucks rolling coal. hahahha.

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1 hour ago, Darth-Baiter said:

  our ramp attendant just wants us to park our trucks,

The ramp attendants up here are usually very lenient

and come in various shapes & sizes.

Most eat & run.

Rabbits, deer, turkey, skunk, possum, geese, swans and the odd snake or two.

Not a very dependable work force if you ask me.

:smiley:

A-Jay

 

 

 

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10 minutes ago, A-Jay said:

The ramp attendants up here are usually very lenient

and come in various shapes & sizes.

Most eat & run.

Rabbits, deer, turkey, skunk, possum, geese, swans and the odd snake or two.

Not a very dependable work force if you as me.

:smiley:

A-Jay

 

 

 

Our ramp attendants are crackheads with angle grinders 

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On 5/16/2023 at 1:31 PM, btoups said:

The worst thing for me about bass fishing or all fishing is having perfect fishing weather during the weekday and terrible conditions on the weekends.  It seems like we have been stuck in this pattern in South Louisiana most of the year.

 

It's been that way for as long as I can remember.  Seems like every cold front comes in on Friday night.

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On 5/16/2023 at 2:25 PM, ironbjorn said:

We're already consuming a credit card worth of microplastics every week. It's even cycling through the clouds/atmosphere. They're finding microplastics in water in the mountains and places without human populations because it's raining down on the earth. We did a number on the planet since the industrial revolution.

I'm seeing trace chemicals in deep artesian wells here in NH. In parts per trillion, mind you, but they're there. I'm no bleeding heart, but it is disappointing. 

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Becoming a good angler ruined fishing for me. Went from a bobber and a worm happy with whatever bit, to throwing lures (you'll never catch on that was a common thing heard) and then actually understanding why fish do things. . . somedays. . .

 

Then I wasn't satisfied if I caught 10 fish and none weighed over 2 lbs, or a slow day with 2 bites. I wouldn't even bring plastics with me because it's a boring way to fish. (Or throw shads, jigging spoons, or troll for saltwater stripers, or use SP minnows unless to salvage a skunk). 

 

Im trying to back down and fish for fun this year is my goal. Doing more freshwater, tossing a ned rig, or using a cheater spoon for stripers, taking more newbies and sharing the experience than fishing solo. Last week we were fishing gin clear deep water around 60* and the ned was working, but every 20 minutes I found myself picking up the jerkbait and using it for 10-20 min with no bites, then going back to the ned and catching fish. 12 fish on ned, and a few missed bites, 1 missed bite on a jerkbait and I was disappointed they weren't crushing a jerkbait. 

 

Like most on this forum, we probably catch way more fish that the average joe, the old saying 10% of the anglers catch 90% of the fish, and were excited enough to be on a forum reading, writing, sharing, when we aren't on the water. Im trying to fish the moment and fish what the fish want, not what I want them to bite on, barring swim shads and trolling for stripers. 

 

 

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I can now add bodily injury to the list. 

 

I was at a local spillway which has the huge boulder rocks and I slipped and lost my balanced. Ended up landing awkwardly on my hand and now my wrist is all jacked up.

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Very simple, summer heat!

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1. Idiots who take up the ramp and take their sweet time loading everything into the boat on the ramp. Kids, dog, grandma, toys, coolers, food, clothes. etc. They normally take five tries backing down the ramp before the extended loading begins. They act like they are the only people in the world. People please load your crap before you get on the ramp and practice backing your boat up in an empty parking lot, before going to the lake.

2. High winds, when none were forecast.

3. Powerboats & jet skis that have an entire lake, but prefer to be right beside me no matter where I go.

4. Deep hook or abnormal damage to a fish. I cut hooks and handle fish quickly and get them back in the water and pray they will recover.

5. People fishing on the dock at the ramp, where there is multiple signs that say "no fishing in launch area"

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For me personally it is spending the thousands upon thousands of dollars I have on all the gear and equipment I own and I hardly ever go anymore. I feel like a tackle collector at this point. Still love to do it, just at a weird place in life where  the motivation just isn't there like it used to be. Hope to change that soon and rekindle my passion again. 

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On 5/15/2023 at 2:09 PM, AlabamaSpothunter said:

Super easy for me, seriously injuring or killing a fish.

 

 

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On 5/20/2023 at 3:59 PM, RB 77 said:

For me personally it is spending the thousands upon thousands of dollars I have on all the gear and equipment I own and I hardly ever go anymore. I feel like a tackle collector at this point. Still love to do it, just at a weird place in life where  the motivation just isn't there like it used to be. Hope to change that soon and rekindle my passion again. 

I go through that at times too. I have too many things I enjoy, and sometimes I just get burnt out on it too. I'm fired up to fish more this year just due to the winter we had. It's the first time in years that all of our lakes are either already full or will be. I've been out more since March than I was all last year. 

 

Back to the topic of this thread my answer is "Boat ramp shenanigans". 

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On 5/20/2023 at 11:03 AM, TriStateBassin106 said:

Losing my new lure in a tree and seeing it in a branch everytime I'm at the lake knowing I can't reach it.


Reminds me of the Stone Cold Steve Austin action figure I threw way up into a tree as a kid. It got stuck and I can still see his red shorts up in that tree whenever I drive by my childhood home 20 years later. 

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Fatigue #1

Long drives, Long hours on the water and sun.

#2 would be tieing a Alberto knot on the boat.

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