Boat launch idiots!

6/26/01 @ 2:05 AM
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goose
goose
USER since 6/16/01
Why is it that every time I go to a public launch I have to contend with someone who has no clue what they are doing? One time After fishing in the morning I get back to the launch, on lake winnebago in the big hole, and on one side of the dock I see a car and trailer in the launch, no boat or a person. I get to the dock and get out and look around and see a boat coming into the harbor. Didn't think much of it. Came back with my truck and trailer, just as two other rigs pull up to launch. I get my boat on the trailer and the boat I saw coming in behind me pulls up onto the trailer parked on the other side of the dock. This guy backed his rig in, got in his boat and went out on the lake without parking his car and trailer in the parking area!!!!!!!!!!! This launch is only a one dock two ramp deal. He had no problem with plugging one side with his car and going out on the lake! I'm sure we all have a few stories about jerks at the boat landings so here is a place to vent!

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8/9/18 @ 2:31 PM
PimplySwede
PimplySwede
USER since 1/6/09

Launched at Lake Altoona last night during the Ski Sprites show.  Might also have been a company picnic or something going on in the park.  Numerous cars and trucks parked in the BOAT TRAILER parking area.

Had to park across the street in the overflow BOAT TRAILER parking area, which was also nearly full of cars and trucks.

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8/8/18 @ 4:46 PM
Ulbian
Ulbian
USER since 9/24/03

Typical story of the guy who parks a launch shut and then unloads everything from his truck. 

It didn’t impact me one bit because I wasn’t in line waiting. Took the family over to Rock Lake in Lake Mills this afternoon and hung out at Sandy Beach. White truck with a ladder rack on the top shows up with an older Tracker. He backs into the launch lane and then takes about 20-25 minutes prepping his boat. No one was waiting in line behind him until the last 10 minutes or so. It was still an obnoxious amount of time to get your boat ready for launch. 

I will admit that when I am at a lake with very little pressure and little to no possibility of anyone showing up I’ll prep my stuff with a launch parked shut...but I’ll never do that at a busier landing regardless of the time of day or time of the year. If someone does show up and is ready to go I’ll move but that’s rare. From the time i pull into a launch until the time the empty trailer is parked it’s maybe five minutes...not close to a half a fricking hour. Even my wife picked up on the fact that this dude was taking forever and she’s never launched a boat in her life. 

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8/1/18 @ 2:08 PM
Jared
Jared
MEMBER since 7/22/01

And then of course you have the people that park in the way so they can let their dog play fetch and swim in the launch lanes.

And it's a boat launch, not a fishing pier.

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8/1/18 @ 11:39 AM
Quester
Quester
USER since 1/28/07

Are these people that fish off boat launch docks paying a launch fee!

Some boat launch docks clearly state no fishing on launch docks for a reason!

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8/1/18 @ 10:47 AM
FishChip
FishChip
USER since 2/2/17
Those who fish off boat launches and refuse to move for people launching and loading are BLI's.

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8/1/18 @ 6:20 AM
Chiltonhead
Chiltonhead
USER since 6/27/11

The worst is the lazy ones who have to power load & are ruining the launches for everyone else because they have more boat than they need..when you see a bunk trailer..saddest is when there are signs by the lake launch & they still do it...I'm hoping the same thing happens in Vilas as what is happening in Door cty.,,,where boats of certain sizes have to go to a certain launch..Lily bay comes to mind in Door cty.....there was a guy who didn't like it a person was fishing off the dock...that guy has every right to be there..I had a guy get on me for dock fishing stating these docks are for launching boats...he stayed on me...I wrote his car licence plate # down & boat reg. #'s...called Tim Price..he said & I quote..."I should bring a table, chairs.& a cribbage board next time, have a lunch...& I'd be better off calling the police as he was harassing me"

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7/31/18 @ 3:03 PM
Flyrod Man
Flyrod Man
USER since 8/13/09

don't get worked up about it, in boot camp my DI told us , in any given group of people 10 percent of them will be 8 balls.  These are the people that just don't get it, and he was right.

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7/30/18 @ 8:51 AM
Flyrod Man
Flyrod Man
USER since 8/13/09

its fun to just watch some of people launch their boat, in or out, and have no idea what they are doing

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7/28/18 @ 7:02 PM
shadling1
shadling1
USER since 1/17/12
No  BLIs today. Just more flat out inconsiderate idiots at the landing. Pulling the boat in to the dock to leave. 2 jacka$$es sitting right in the middle of the dock fishing. Small dock, 1 cleat at the end right where they were sitting.  But could they be bothered to actually get up out of their seats and move for one minute while I got out of my boat? Of course not! Because hey, why be considerate of anyone else! Barely had room to fight through them and their crap to get off and then back on again to pull on the trailer. Usually keep my mouth shut but it just ate at me so had to give them a few choice words as I pulled out. I mean seriously is it that hard to get up for a few seconds to let someone through?

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7/28/18 @ 3:31 PM
BugleTrout
BugleTrout
USER since 9/27/01

I was lucky that it was one of those summer-like days in late October and there were a bunch of other boats out.  Typically I’m one of the only boats out there that time of year except for a duck skiff or two.  Had it been a normal situation, I would have had to wait for it to get blown across the main basin to the shoreline by the old Lone Pine Lodge assuming it didn’t get sucked over to the dam.  I’ve always been a double checker when it comes to boating but now I double check my double checks.

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