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I just posted a new tackle review for the Rapala Original Floating Minnow!

Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Re: Burlingame Pond
« on: May 15, 2018, 11:45:15 AM »
That's a place where I check accuweather for the day but then check the hourly forecast to see what the wind will be like as the day goes on

@Brazzy Exactly. I do the same thing too  :nod:

Sounds like a decent trip for 3 hours.

Gotta love it when they turn on right before dark!

Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Re: Burlingame Pond
« on: May 15, 2018, 10:08:54 AM »
I should have brought a surf board not a canoe

@LANSKY That's exactly what I'm referring to  (giggle)

Boating Forum / Re: RI HP Limits
« on: May 14, 2018, 10:20:07 PM »
@Brazzy I agree that the HP limits have curtailed the fishing to some degree on some lakes. But that's just an accidental effect of the restriction.

I was told by DEM many years ago that the 10 HP restriction was originally created as a compromise that allowed the state to get landowners to approve of the rmaps being built. So the state promised them that if the land was purchased and a ramp was built, it would be done with the HP restriction in place to prevent the lake from getting overrun with high speed boats buzzing around to catch fish.

So once that was done, it's been hard to even talk to them about making any changes. And in the meantime, lakefront property owners are free to buzz around said lakes with their own high powered boats. This is the double standard of which I speak.

As for some lakefront property owners having their own boat ramps, you're right. I do occasionally see that. But they are a minority for sure. And the vast majority of them are using the state launch twice per year. Once in the spring and again in the fall.

I have spoken with DEM about replacing the HP limits with speed limits, as CT does on many of their lakes. But they claim that it can't be done because speed limits are hard to enforce. That might be the case if we're talking about a 20 or 30 MPH speed limit. But if a lake has a headway speed limit, it's pretty obvious if someone is breaking it. And putting a speed limit into affect would require everyone across the boar to abide by it, whether they're running a bass boat of a jon boat, which keeps it fair for everyone.

RI doesn't like change. @One more! is absolutely right about that. But nothing will ever change if people don't speak out.

It may be that none of us will ever be able to get this changed. But it surely can't hurt to try.  :nope:

This is always a great tourney with some good bags of bass caught!

I don't think I will be able to fish it this year, but if I can make it, I will be there!

Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Re: Burlingame Pond
« on: May 14, 2018, 02:05:15 PM »
Wordens Pond is a great fishery. The reason I asked about the boat or not is that Wordens is large and can get windy, so it's not really a place I would recommend for canoe anglers.

Watchaug Pond is also a great place, although it can get pretty busy with boat traffic in the summer months, especially on weekends. Right now the boat launch is closed for repairs. Supposed to open back up in June sometime.

Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Re: Burlingame Pond
« on: May 13, 2018, 08:30:46 PM »
I want to get down to southern RI to try some ponds/lakes out this year.  Which would you recommend I try first? :hmm:

Depends on what you're fishing out of and what the weather is like on the day you go out.

Do you fish from a canoe or a boat?

Boating Forum / List of RI Public Boat Ramps
« on: May 13, 2018, 12:06:16 PM »
While doing some digging regarding RI HP limits, I found this page on the DEM website that has info about all of the public access boat ramps in the entire state.

I thought it might be useful to post it here for everyone to use as a resource.

If anyone knows of or finds similar pages for other states in the Northeast, please post the link here. Thanks!

Boating Forum / Re: RI HP Limits
« on: May 13, 2018, 11:59:57 AM »
Well, I just did a bit of homework and found that the HP limits on Echo Lake are still seasonal. Outboards over 10 HP can be used before Memorial Day and after Labor Day. See the attached image.

This still doesn't make what the property owners are doing legal, since they are running their boats with large outboards between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Boating Forum / RI HP Limits
« on: May 13, 2018, 11:50:47 AM »
For more than 20 years now I have adamantly stated that the HP restrictions on many RI lakes are a joke. The reason that I say this is that the law creates a double standard.

Bass anglers are being discriminated against, and here's why I say that.

You and I are watched and monitored on all of the 10 HP lakes. If we run our outboard, even at idle speed, we can be written up, fined and taken to court for it.

However, a vast majority of the lakeside property owners who own boats with outboards over the 10 HP limit do, in fact, launch their boats at the very same ramp that you and I launch from. Once they have launched, they promptly start their outboard and (illegally) drive their boat to their dock, where the boat stays for the summer months.

They run their outboard (illegally) all summer long, as they cruise up and down the lake in their pontoon boats, water ski with their ski boats and just generally enjoy boating and fishing recreationally.

Then, in the fall, they use their outboard (illegally) to drive their boat back to the very same ramp which has the HP limit very conspicuously posted, and they load their boat onto the trailer and store it for the winter months.

And this process gets repeated year after year by property owners, many of whom would report us in a heartbeat if we were to run our outboard, even only at idle speed.

I have known this for years, despite not being there to witness it happening.

This past week I was at Echo Lake twice. Once on Tuesday and again on Saturday.

On Tuesday my wife and I saw at least two large pontoon boats back down the ramp, start their oversized outboard and illegally drive to their docks.

On Saturday I witnessed it again, as my bass club was finishing up our tournament weigh-in. Two very large pontoon boats showed up on trailers and began launching them, while also blocking a sizable area of the parking lot while they shot the breeze and prepped boat #1 to launch.

I actually considered calling D.E.M. enforcement, but I didn't bother because I knew nothing would become of it.

D.E.M. is well aware of this double standard, but they continue to turn a blind eye to it.

Echo Lake is one of the rare lakes where the HP restriction can be bypassed for bass tournaments if we get a permit, which we are required to do by law anyway.

I also vaguely remember that, in the past, Echo Lake was only subject to this HP restriction from Memorial Day until Labor day, which may or may not still be in effect. I will investigate this further.

I'm not putting this out here to whine about it. I want to bring this to light (again) and get some feedback from others, and see if there may be some kind of action that can be taken to prevent lakeside property owners from using these ramps illegally every year, while we (bass boat owners) are held to a higher standard and being discriminated against.

More to come...

Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Re: Burlingame Pond
« on: May 13, 2018, 11:17:12 AM »
I remember when you first started posting here in the forums years ago and I kept thinking that Burlingame was referring to Burlingame Park and Watchaug Pond in Charlestown  (giggle)

Northeast U.S. Fishing Reports / Re: Burlingame Pond
« on: May 13, 2018, 09:21:57 AM »
Nice fish @LANSKY  :D

Sounds like a good day.

Fishing Photos Forum / Re: How to Post a Photo - Video Instructions
« on: May 13, 2018, 08:58:38 AM »
Curt do you have the option to embed video on this forum?

By the way @rifishin, videos can now be embedded if they are from YouTube or Vimeo.

Fishing Photos Forum / Re: How to Post a Photo - Video Instructions
« on: May 13, 2018, 08:57:01 AM »
You're  welcome! Glad  to help  ;D

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