So I hit a log yesterday...

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Post by enwez » 05 Jul 2019, 09:33

Went fishing on the 4th to a lake near me. First time at the lake, but it has a reputation for stumps. Onthewater will know exactly where I'm talking about. Even knowing the reputation I was surprised when I got there.

Take a look for yourselves (not my photo):
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There are stumps above the water, below the water, and right at the waters surface. No matter where you are. Middle of the lake is 13' and you still need to dodge stumps sticking out. Anyways here I am returning to the launch at a snails pace looking for stumps when I ram directly onto one! Couldn't see it at all with the glare. The bow lifts up a good 2 feet and we stop moving.... we were stuck! A single tree trunk 1" below the water in 12' deep water. We were perched on it about 1/3rd of the hull length from the bow. I tried to push us off with our trolling motor but we would just pivot! I had to jump in and lift my tin off the log which wasn't easy when you cant touch the bottom!

I never though I would ground my boat in the middle of lake in 13' water...

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Post by LDUBS » 05 Jul 2019, 10:15

Title of your post made me cringe. I'm glad no one was hurt. I'll bet you guys were more than a little startled when the boat lifted a couple or feet! You didn't mention any damage so that is good.
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Post by enwez » 05 Jul 2019, 10:30

LDUBS wrote:
05 Jul 2019, 10:15
Title of your post made me cringe. I'm glad no one was hurt. I'll bet you guys were more than a little startled when the boat lifted a couple or feet! You didn't mention any damage so that is good.
Ya no damage besides some scratches on the bottom. That's the beauty of our tins! We were going so slow it was mostly just unlucky we hit it at the perfect angle. We were laughing about it pretty quickly.

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Post by overboard » 05 Jul 2019, 10:36

Be glad you only hit it at a snails pace, stuff like that happens when fishing that type of water. Since no one was hurt, and hopefully no damage, you live to fish another day!

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Post by enwez » 05 Jul 2019, 10:57

overboard wrote:
05 Jul 2019, 10:36
Be glad you only hit it at a snails pace, stuff like that happens when fishing that type of water. Since no one was hurt, and hopefully no damage, you live to fish another day!
Definitely would be a different story had I been going full speed! I also think I will get some polarized sunglasses. I'm sure that would have helped spot it. Not a fan of wearing sunglasses though...

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Post by DaleH » 05 Jul 2019, 11:17

... any FISH??????????
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Post by enwez » 05 Jul 2019, 13:15

DaleH wrote:
05 Jul 2019, 11:17
... any FISH??????????
Not the most successful day with only 3 bass. My fishing partner got skunked haha. It was a very nice day however!

Between the lack of fish, the stump incident, and multiple groups picnicking/swimming on the boat launch yesterday was too much adventure and not enough relaxing with a line in the water!

As my first season with a boat, remind me to not go to boating on holidays! I couldn't imagine an actual busy boat launch if this small CT lake was as chaotic as it was.

Oh, and I lost my first anchor as well! Luckily it was not the good one of the two I have on board.

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Post by LDUBS » 05 Jul 2019, 23:03

DaleH asked the key question - haha

I was also out on July 4th and encountered a lot more pleasure boaters that I'm used to seeing during the week. I left before noon so it probably wasn't in full swing yet. Anyway, that is one of the reasons I avoid weekends, which I'm able to do because I'm retired.

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Post by onthewater102 » 06 Jul 2019, 07:33

I feel like I recall having a side conversation about that place with you...very glad to hear you're ok, that place is trolling motor only for me.

That's Winchester Lake in NWCT for anyone in this area. There are maps produced by the state indicating there is semi submerged timber on the west bank and north end of the lake, but in reality it is everywhere, including the deepest water in the place, so you really need to be extra careful running a boat out there.
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Post by enwez » 06 Jul 2019, 18:55

I saw a few people with glass boats there... I'd never bring my expensive bass boat there!

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Post by Crazyboat » 07 Jul 2019, 19:06

Any particular reason people haven't screwed flags or other markers to these stumps over the years? By our summer home people would drop old Christmas trees in low spots to mark them off in an eco friendly way. Screwing a 6' 1X3 to each stump would save some nerves and a few dents.

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Post by onthewater102 » 08 Jul 2019, 09:18

You'd need a thousand of them. It was all forested land that they flooded to make the lake without felling any of the trees.
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Post by Crazyboat » 08 Jul 2019, 17:25

onthewater102 wrote:
08 Jul 2019, 09:18
You'd need a thousand of them. It was all forested land that they flooded to make the lake without felling any of the trees.
Is there part of the lake (towards the middle) that is wide open? If so, can you make off a path or channel with green and red markers like they do for salt water channels? It will at least get you out to where you can come up on plane.

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Post by onthewater102 » 09 Jul 2019, 00:36

Not really, it's a damed up mountain stream that would only have been 10 feet wide or so naturally. Almost impossible to know where it meandered through the area.
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Post by jethro » 09 Jul 2019, 08:29

The closest place for me to fish, only about a mile from my house is named " Stumpfield Marsh" so I know exactly what you mean. It looks very similar.
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