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colanut
Posted: May 22, 2020 - 09:11 pm


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I finally made it out to Balsam Lake and launched at the provincial Park. They made some changes to allow for social distancing , but they didn't think it through (big surprise). They only set up two docks to launch your boat, but there's no way to tie them off. I get that they want to make sure that no one's touching things, but if you launch your boat by yourself, you have to be able to tie your boat up to park your vehicle and trailer, and again when you are going home. Luckily, I brought someone with me, so he could hold the boat while I did the vehicle thing. I can't go again until I figure out how to do this on my own.

This weather was calm and warm, but the fishing appears to be a bit behind, probably related to the late arrival of warm weather. We searched for weeds, but they were hard to find. We only had two decent bites, but the second one was a landed pike. Good enough for dinner.

Hopefully, things get back to more normal, so we can go out without the concern of our toys getting wrecked by lower water and uncovered concrete pylons in the water normally covered by docks (another surprise).

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Posted: May 22, 2020 - 09:36 pm


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put your anchor on the dock

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Posted: May 24, 2020 - 12:40 pm


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Posted: May 24, 2020 - 01:21 pm


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you can also get inexpensive twist on cleats..5 seconds to place and remove

sorry, don't have the link for you

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Posted: May 24, 2020 - 06:20 pm


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https://www.amazon.ca/EZE-Docker-Portable-T...g/dp/B00W6LAE8Y

Oops....didn't notice until now that it's unavailable. Sorry

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colanut
Posted: May 25, 2020 - 04:29 pm


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I found some at Home Depot in Oshawa. $14.43. Amazon wanted $64 and three weeks to ship. There's about 18 left there. Other Home Depots are already sold out. Thanks for the tip, It will come in handy.

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Posted: May 25, 2020 - 11:22 pm


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QUOTE (EJ_B @ May 24, 2020 - 12:40 pm)
https://www.power-pole.com/

Lol thatís too funny but seriously I agree !

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colanut
Posted: May 26, 2020 - 08:19 pm


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Balsam Lake added more docks now. Not all of them, but enough to tie up a couple of boats. I would like power poles, but I don't want the wife to question where all of the money is going (again).

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Posted: May 26, 2020 - 08:47 pm


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Simple and cheap one

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Posted: Yesterday at 09:28 am


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QUOTE (naturefan @ May 26, 2020 - 09:47 pm)
Simple and cheap one

How is this thing called? Or where can I get it?

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Posted: Yesterday at 02:27 pm


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I bought some Port A Cleats at Home Depot in Oshawa for $15.

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Posted: Yesterday at 03:54 pm


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QUOTE (mamona @ May 27, 2020 - 10:28 am)
QUOTE (naturefan @ May 26, 2020 - 09:47 pm)
Simple and cheap one

How is this thing called? Or where can I get it?

With a vice and needle nose pliers, you should be able to bend some of these from some thick guage steel wire (a little thicker than a coat hanger).

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Posted: Yesterday at 04:29 pm


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QUOTE (naturefan @ May 26, 2020 - 08:47 pm)
Simple and cheap one

Friggin nice! Great idea! LOL

I have some thick gauge wire, will try to bend one with my vise..

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Posted: Yesterday at 05:45 pm


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I think the anchor idea is the way to go. Where I have been putting the boat in there are 2 posts but 30 feet apart. So tying off one post and the anchor on the front will work great. Another use for the anchor line. I had to use the anchor line to tow a guy in yesterday.

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Posted: Yesterday at 05:59 pm


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Hey Phil, nice seeing you out there, ya going this weekend

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