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  • Getting Started!

    Posted by lynna on October 2, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Hey all. I just bought my first boat and I’m really excited about moving my fishing off the bank! Any advice for a novice learning to navigate the waters and find the fish? Until I get more confortable with the boat and learn my way around the lake, I’ll probably stick pretty close to the Stewart Creek boat ramp area. Any specific advice about that area would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for helping me out and I really appreciate Brian making this forum available.

    simplecircuit replied 10 years, 7 months ago 4 Members · 4 Replies
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  • degaman

    October 2, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    First thing I would do is get a decent GPS with good lake information loaded. There are many places on Priest that can destroy a lower unit if you are not aware, especially with the impending lake draw down.

  • bclifton

    October 2, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    Congrats on the boat man. They are definitely a great investment. I don’t know what I would do without mine. Good luck with it and be careful on priest.

  • frisky97

    October 3, 2013 at 12:00 am

    DON’T forget the plug… My first outing I put the plug in the live well drain and almost sank the boat…Next outing, I was still taking on water and found that when they installed the live well drain they did not seal the drain hole and was taking water around the outside of it.

  • simplecircuit

    October 3, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Like degaman said. Get a good GPS and study your maps. I live close to a prop guy and he does a majority of his work on props torn up at Priest. Especially with the drawdown about to start, you’ll quickly find some super shallow water in places you would least expect it. Other than that, the lower end of the lake is easier to navigate in my opinion – Hamilton Creek and Smith Springs are pretty straight forward. Otherwise, always prep your boat for launching before you get on the ramp itself, don’t get discouraged trying to load the boat back on the trailer – it can be tricky, practice keeping boat position with the trolling motor, don’t forget to take your transom saver off before launching (oops)… The rest you’ll figure out through trial and error. Also, if you’re fishing at night, use your navigation lights and always wear a life vest and your kill switch when operating the big motor. Otherwise, just go out and have fun! Good luck.

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