taking my boat to the river for the first time

Discussion in 'Boat Tips' started by elizabuilt, Jul 31, 2008.

  1. elizabuilt

    elizabuilt New Member

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    I am going to the Ohio river this weekend with my boat. I have never had a boat on a river. Any advice or tips to make my experience easier or safer would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. elizabuilt

    elizabuilt New Member

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    Here is a picture of my boat if it makes any difference. It is set up a little different but the same boat.
     

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  3. BIG GEORGE

    BIG GEORGE New Member

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    Don't be in a hurry. If this is your first trip may I suggest not takein any fishin gear. Spend the time learnin the river and your electronics. It will pay off in the long run. It may be tough to leave the gear home but the dividends will be great.:wink:
     
  4. crankbait77

    crankbait77 New Member

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    A river's current will naturally dig a deep channel on the outside bank of nearly all bends. If you stay to the inside not only do you run the risk of hitting the point that is under water on the inside, you also have less ability to see what is around the bend in time to react, so take you time and pay attention to any ripples in the water, as they normally alert you to hazards just under the surface. Have fun.
     
  5. OhioRiverCatfisher

    OhioRiverCatfisher New Member

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    If your out at night I would sure suggest a GPS. The fog can get pretty thick at times and it is sure nice to be able to find your way back to the docks or launch ramp. Be careful and have a safe trip!!
     
  6. riverbud55

    riverbud55 Well-Known Member

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    have a big good anchor and lots of rope
     
  7. Dave L

    Dave L New Member

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    Have a sharp knife with in case you have to cut the anchor rope in an emergency.
     
  8. kmcalester

    kmcalester Active Member

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    Just be safe; safety first.
     
  9. Katmandeux

    Katmandeux New Member

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    That's a nice lookin' boat.

    The best advice I can think of is to find someone who has already paid his dues on the river to go with you and show you the ropes.

    You'll never learn it all, though...there's a thousand ways the water can sneak up and bite you on the ass...just be careful, and pay attention to your surroundings.
     
  10. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Freddy that is a nice looking boat, and should serve you well on the river. Think safety first. "Don't forget to put the drain plug in". Enjoy.
     
  11. DANZIG

    DANZIG New Member

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    Mmm....Let's see, If you are new to the River, you may be new to Barges also.

    Them puppies are huge and slow but don't let that fool ya, they can sneak up on you in a heart beat. Day or Night, clear, fog, or bad weather. Worse that trains at that they are, and just like a train, you absolutely do not want to tangle with one.

    And debris. it is always a good idea to check what the weather has been upstream, and not just upstream on the big river. Flooding on the smaller tributaries can also send boat docks, logs, even whole trees, and lord knows what all, floating down at you. Always keep a close watch at speed but double up and/or slow down if you have reason to suspect trash.

    And one more, Keep basic tools and duct tape with you in the boat. Seems like I was the only boat out for 50 miles most everytime I have had mechanical trouble. Along the same line, be mindful of not running your battery(s) down.
     
  12. elizabuilt

    elizabuilt New Member

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    Thanks for all the tips. Unfortunatly I didn't get to take the boat the big river this weekend, but I will soon. Our clothes dryer quit, and I have 5 kids, laundry for 7 people at the laundrymat a few times is probably half the cost of a dryer. I did make it out to the Tusc. I caught an 11# flattie, a 10# blue and some smaller channels. I have a pic posted in the ohio section. Under catfishrollo's if it was easy everyone would be doing it.
     
  13. Bill in SC

    Bill in SC New Member

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    GREAT advice from all, especially from [​IMG] Katmandeux about running the river with an experienced guide the first time.
    BB in SC