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kodiak
10-22-2011, 08:15 AM
It sure would be nice if everybody could use some common sense at the ramp. Prep your boat for launch, load your gear, ice chest, and anything else from you car or truck in the "PREP" area. The ramp and the approach to the ramp are for launching, not for shootin the sh#t with your buddies, looking for your favorite lure, or drinking coffee. Get in, get out and we can all go fishin sooner. Also...for carp sake learn to back your boat up. Don't tie up a 3 lane ramp while you launch your 1 boat. If you can't back up straight, go practice somewhere besides the ramp!

CRABBY
10-22-2011, 03:35 PM
LOL,I hear ya Kodiak,especially in our area in the summer with the lice,wait till the mussel inspection stuff starts next year(Rumor I heard)an a lot of fishertype people are just as rude on an off the water an it always seems the rude ones are 6'+ Tall 200+lbs shaved heads an look like ex cons,or drunk or on drugs,these boaters are the Number 1 problem on the water on every fishing board you look at.Just my nickles worth...Don

tatt2fish
10-24-2011, 09:26 PM
IMO the rude ones are the ones that are the weekend families/warriors who dont know WTF to do from loading there boat/PWC before launch to even brininging it in and backing up the truck what a joke.... Even saw a guy pull up on the wrong trailor. From Berressa to Discovery park it's always the non fisherman and women.....IMO..... Who don't have a clue about ethics being on the water. I am fortunate tho shince I have a great truck driver who can back up a trailor in a mess of water lice and I can pull up in a matter of minutes hook up and pull out quicker than most can..... well lets just not go there hahaha most will need viagra.

Big Game
11-01-2011, 09:33 AM
One could easily write a Comedy Book or a Movie about the shenanagans that go on at a launch ramp. From falling in the water to the guy that pulls his boat out with the motor down, dragging it up the launch ramp. Oh, and don't forget the ol' forgot to put the plug-in move! That's a classic!

Yes, people should brush up on their skills of prep and backing down/ pulling out and do it as a team. I am fortunate now, that my kids are old enough to chip in and help.

Big Game

Fishbucket
11-01-2011, 10:29 AM
always seems the rude ones are 6'+ Tall 200+lbs shaved heads an look like ex cons,or drunk or on drugs,


HEY !!... I dont have a boat this year.

CRABBY
11-01-2011, 10:54 AM
HEY !!... I dont have a boat this year.

Yes you do it's just smaller w/o a motor,STILL the same driver though:grinn:...Don

AngelosPop
11-10-2011, 04:45 PM
One could easily write a Comedy Book or a Movie about the shenanagans that go on at a launch ramp.

That's the truth. It's amazing where common courtesy and morals have gone.

Being I work around the river one of my favorite places to work is next to a launch ramp. Almost better than TV.

I have heard that at one ramp in Nor Cal they actually have a set of bleachers. Antioch maybe?

A old story I remember when I worked at Ladd's marina, was the guys in the boatyard were on break on a very foggy day, kept hearing a horn honk. After about 15min a fellow walked into the shop dripping wet, and asked "didn't you guys hear the horn?" They said yup but didn't think anything of it. Turns out the guy didn't un-strap his boat from the trailer and once he got it far enouigh into the water it lifted the rear end of the truck off the ground and all he had was his front brakes holding him from loosing his truck into the water. He ended up jumping and letting the truck and boat go.

Not only with the comedy of the launch ramps now at the Buckley Cove/Ladd's launch ramp during holiday weekends during the summers there's been shootings and stabbings.

I don't even care to go out on the delta much anymore from all the idiots on the river as well as the launch ramps.

Definitely a different class of people then there used to be.

Reel Fun
11-23-2011, 08:32 PM
I love the guy who launches the boat...ties it to the dock and goes and parks then makes several trips back n forth loading the boat all the while his wife and spoiles azz kids sit in the boat and watch!! It happens every hot day at Berryessa (free ramp)

RF

Get Bent MARK
11-24-2011, 07:00 AM
The lice, weekender's and morons (all the same) we have to deal with on and off the water. For the anglers out there my biggest issue believe it or not when launching early is HEADLIGHTS!!!!!!! Turn them off when backing down the ramp so the poor guy, usualy me, does'nt get corrective lazer surgery!!! All you need is the parking/running lights.

Mark

AngelosPop
11-25-2011, 07:39 PM
The lice, weekender's and morons (all the same) we have to deal with on and off the water. For the anglers out there my biggest issue believe it or not when launching early is HEADLIGHTS!!!!!!! Turn them off when backing down the ramp so the poor guy, usualy me, does'nt get corrective lazer surgery!!! All you need is the parking/running lights.

Mark

You are NOT alone on that one! That is one of my biggest peaves as well! I've even tried flashing my lights to try to wake them up........... Zip.

kodiak
11-27-2011, 12:48 PM
Hey Everybody
Thanx for kickin' in on this topic. I'm sure we all have about 5 or 20 stupid boat ramp stories in our heads. Some funny, some sad, some mad. Anyhow good to hear some!

Fishbucket
11-27-2011, 01:29 PM
If I wasnt into fishing so much when I get to the lake,
I'd video tape some of the stupid stuff and make a movie.

the fanciest boats and rigs do the best antics ..

ampm
12-08-2011, 09:23 AM
If I wasnt into fishing so much when I get to the lake,
I'd video tape some of the stupid stuff and make a movie.

the fanciest boats and rigs do the best antics ..

TOO TRUE!! Most fishing boats at least seem to make an effort to get out there quickly, it's places like Camp Far West that's full of waterskiers that r the worst...and they are not there when I launch, but its loaded when i come back in around noon...then you enjoy some blasting headbanging tunes from the tattoed jerkoffs, who back up to the water, then start loading beer and dogs and whatever into the boat. Not that I mind watching the bikinis...but when youre done youre ready to get off the water, not idling by the dock.

Marv
12-16-2011, 12:03 PM
I always wondered why we do not need a licence to drive a boat? You can get a B.W.I. so if these jerks go through a test and do get thier boat licence when they mess up they get it suspended :)

Thats why i like lakes with 5-10mph speed limit, like Amador or Mcswain. The wakeboard dudes and there 18 speakers blasting crap music so loud you can here it across the lake, don't like it there. Woodward lake in Oakdale, were i like to bass fish, has a sherrif at each ramp at the end of the day to avoid fights. If not people get out of thier boat and continue to drink and carry on whlie they slowly laod up there crap and drive away drunk, lol.

Don't get me wrong i like loud music in the right setting and i can chug beer like a frat boy but again theres a time and a place.

ibanezax
01-01-2012, 11:36 AM
To bad the boat lice do not read the fishsniffer!

fowledup
01-01-2012, 03:24 PM
Headlights on, if it is a late model Chevy it may not be the drivers fault. The truck will not let them drive without the headlights on. IMO the worst feature and what I hate the most about my truck. Happy New Year everyone.

CRABBY
01-01-2012, 03:29 PM
Headlights on, if it is a late model Chevy it may not be the drivers fault. The truck will not let them drive without the headlights on. IMO the worst feature and what I hate the most about my truck. Happy New Year everyone.Good Info,forgot about that,many cars an trucks the lights are computer controlled an will stay lit as long as the vehicle is running,Thanks fowledup...............Don

Cyclone
01-01-2012, 04:32 PM
It always amazes me how people don't get @ the ramp. When I pulled up yesterday there was guy loading his stuff into the boat in the staging area, and a guy waiting, then me... I was ready to go. He finally got it into the water where there is only one dock, so you would think he would notice two people waiting on him.... no, he pulls his trailer out into the hosedown area and hoses it down while his boat takes up space on the only dock, w/people waiting. He finally parked his rig and got under way. The single ramp then cleared quickly.

RacerX
08-21-2012, 05:10 AM
Yea, the ramp can be quite the gong show but I also think most everyone has been 'that guy' at least one time.

drinkinbuddy
08-22-2012, 08:29 PM
The time: Last summer; late August or around there

The place: Discovery Park Boat Ramp


After getting done with my day of fishing, I made it back to a busy ramp filled with civillian boaters waiting, crowding their way up much like the salmon upriver. I finally get to where I am the second guy in line, awaiting my turn while parked at the dock watching the guy in front of me. This guy drives an old Ford pickup with a camper shell in pretty cherry shape. He pulls down, hooks up, when a young man in a half ton Chevy truck is backing down the middle portion of the ramp a 22' fully loaded ski/wake board combo boat that seemed to dwarf the pickup that towed it. The boat came down crooked due to stellar driving skills, he stops and goes to straighten out when he cannot catch traction due to the weight of the boat thus the huge boat with the little truck came down the ramp, tires skidding and all, hits the Ford truck who was going to leave but was interrupted by this yahoo. To make a very long story short, the guy in front of me wanted to treat the area as a crime scene and he wouldn't budge. I had to jump over to the other side/ramp #2 and wait again for another 30 plus minutes....Drinkin Buddy

iggybabble
09-03-2012, 05:16 PM
Sadly, those three words that you have chosen as a subject for this thread say it all! The first two, "boat" and "ramp" go together well, toss in that lovely phrase " etiquette" and everything changes......in day to day driving, most of us spend 99%+ of the time driving in a forward direction, minus a trailer! Sooooo,less than 1% of the time we are pulling a trailer, backing it up even less time! How many people do we all see regularly here in California who have no manners, no courtesy, etc. When driving along the road? Too many, I suspect! Add this to driving backwards with a trailer, drinking, listening to a car load of screaming children.......just my less than pair 'O pennies....Bob