In the fast paced world of tournament bass fishing, we know that morning launches can be hectic and when weigh in time comes we all know that everyone is in a hurry to get out. In this blog we are going to go over several things that can make your life and everyone else’s at the boat ramp a whole lot easier.
Let start with prepping your boat to launch that morning. The very last thing that you want to do is get all the way down to the ramp and then start unhooking the boat. Start this process either parked away from the ramp or while in line waiting your turn. Nothing worse than having to wait on an angler that had 20 minutes to get it done before hand but just didn’t care enough to get it done.
Now this one is an ego buster. If you don’t know how to back a boat, don’t learn the morning of. If you’re a co-angler just simply tell your boater that you aren’t confident in backing up with some much traffic. They had much rather find out then, than see their truck and boat coming down the ramp like a water snake looking for refuge. If you’re by yourself and not well versed in doing it alone either ask someone or wait for everyone else to put in and then put your boat in the water. No one wants to see a truck and boat take up a place on the boat ramp for 20 minutes.
Lights!!! Turn them off. If you are looking behind you there is no sense in having your headlights on while backing down the ramp. You’re blinding everyone else and I guarantee there is someone in the parking lot “giving you the business” verbally. Some makes and models don’t allow for headlights to turn off but here is a trick. Try mashing your emergency brake in one click. Sometimes that will override the headlights and shut them off.
Parking is a big thing to me. I generally try to park towards the end of the parking lot. It gives others room to maneuver 50 feet of truck and boat and I also like to think that it gives the older anglers a shorter walk to the ramp if they get a spot close by.
Overall be courteous and realize not everyone can back a boat as fast as others or maybe someone just doesn’t realize that their headlights are on. So before we start jumping the gun and causing a scene, lets take a second and figure out what’s going on. A “Hey buddy, not sure you know this but your lights are on” works a lot better than “Hey pal, your blinding everyone you moron.” Or a “looks like your having some trouble backing down the ramp, anything that I can help you with?” Rather than “Good gravy! You get your boat backing license this morning? Hurry up!”
Take time to remember that when we all started fishing and backing boats we didn’t all learn it overnight and sometimes people just need a friendly reminder. Can’t tell you how many friends that I have made from simply being polite at the local boat ramp and besides, those fish have been in that lake for years, they can wait 10 minutes while you help a fellow angler. Never know when you are going to be the one needing help one day.
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