thieves are not my favorite people…
So last week I was out look at some of the boat ramps that were suggested. And on Thursday I went out to hurricane creek (no boat just looking and a little bit of exploring and bank fishing). While I was walking around apparently someone thought they needed my tow ball more than I did. As I was walking back to my truck I noticed it was gone. Needless to say I was glad I didn’t bring my boat. The cop told me that he has seen where boats or just trailers were locked down but all it takes is to remove the nut on the ball and they can just transfer it over to another receiver. I have insurance and stuff but the thought of going out on the lake and coming back to find my trailer gone is not a good feeling. So I went home did some research and found the ONLY lock for a standard tow ball. Granted there are some full set ups where the ball is locked in and then some but the idea that they are made of aluminum isn’t very reassuring. I still look back and think about why would they snatch just the ball off my receiver. Granted everything was locked down except the ball but still, there was nothing special about it at all. It even makes me nervous when someone says “Nice Boat” because two years ago I got that same compliment and while I was parking my truck the same person was on my boat grabbing gear. Sadly I guess he figured I didn’t carry… But when I ran back to the dock pulling my 45 he took off rather quick. I know I don’t post here much as I am always lurking for fishing reports; however, here is some information. The lock that’s available is http://www.rjlocks.com if anyone has info on another I am sure it would help others. I have become more and more security conscious as my experiences lead me and unfortunately I did not think that this would be an issue in my home town. I didn’t think it would be an issue while my truck sports disabled veteran tags. I guess anyone is a target and nothing is off limits like a simple tow ball that costs 10 bucks at walmart. It has gotten to the point that I have to carry a box of keys just to USE my boat. The bad thing is they left my spare receiver alone in the back of my truck. Sad world when you have to GPS your truck, trailer, and boat just because someone thinks they deserve it more than you even though you are the one that worked hard for it. You guys stay safe, tight lines always.. and by all means if you see someone toying around a trailer or truck that looks suspicious please say something. I know I would do it for my fellow fishermen. All of us who do this as a lifestyle.. we need to watch out for each other. Take care.
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