That's the lesson I learned tonight coming back from a lake. First time ever I've lost a boat from off the truck. I was able to retrieve it, where it was neatly placed on the side of the road with skid marks nearby. Thank God it was a professional driver (by the tracks, I'm guessing it was a dump truck from a nearby quarry). So far as I know no one was hurt. That's what was freaking me out the most - that someone would get hurt from my mistake. I can get more boats. From all I know, no new boat is needed and no one was injured, and I learned (relearned) a valuable lesson.
I didn't catch anything, but I did see one heck of a sunset and had enough strong hits to go back. Too small of a jig head on and I didn't feel like taking the time to retie. It was so pretty out, with a gentle breeze blowing the bugs away, and the deer were grazing, and the colors of the sunset were blowing me away, putting a fish to hand was fairly low on the priority list.
- Big D
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bet it was a heart stopper , D !!!|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Jun-22-11 11:59 PM (EST)
Posted by: Big_D on Jun-23-11 7:49 AM (EST)
It was my small raft. I have to say that Outcast makes some durable stuff. I went back and recovered the boat then went to a gas station where there was a lot of light so that I could see well to tie it down. So far as I could tell, falling off my truck at highway speed and likely being hit by a dump truck didn't damage the boat any.
Outcast - wow!|
Posted by: Big_D on Jun-23-11 12:56 PM (EST)
I've done a thorough inspection of the boat and there is no damage. Not even scratches. Wow! Outcast makes a heck of a product if it can fall off a truck at highway speed and not even get scuffed.
D , glad she's OK ......|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Jun-26-11 7:25 PM (EST)
...... I've never fished from a raft of any type that I can recall , as a matter of fact never been in one either .
Not this one|
Posted by: Big_D on Jun-26-11 8:12 PM (EST)
A canoe is a lot smoother and faster, but smooth and fast isn't always what you want. Slow and stable is a good approach for fishing, and that's what the raft gives me. I've got a lot to learn about boat control with the drag chain, but I've been finding it a very good alternative to canoes. When there's more than one person, I've still got my canoe and it is still a heck of a good fishing craft. I took a buddy out in it. He was complaining about the size and weight and how it couldn't possibly handle. By the end of the evening he was saying how he wanted to take it for a two week trip.
what is a drag chain D ?|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Jun-26-11 10:32 PM (EST)
..... shoot me a pic of your raft if you get a chance , I'd like to see it .
Posted by: Big_D on Jun-27-11 8:52 AM (EST)
It's pretty much exactly what it sounds like. It's a length of heavy chain that you attach to an anchor rope and drag behind you on the river. It controls drift and keeps the end dragging it pointed upstream. I've wrapped mine in several layers of duct tape so that the individual links don't get caught up on ledges. If you let out more line it slows you more or can even stop you. If you let out less line, or just allow a few links to scrap along, it slows you less but still keeps the bow pointed downstream (assuming it hangs off the stern). Mine is a two foot section of whatever the heaviest chain they sell at Tractor Supply Warehouse.
Posted by: Big_D on Jun-27-11 8:55 AM (EST)
Here's a link to the kind of raft I have. The only modifications I've made are to add some D rings in the floor so that I can clip things in, and to add a couple D rings to the outside of the tubes so that I can have the rowing frame strapped from the inside and the outside of the raft to keep it from shifting during use.