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Old 05-20-2020, 06:44 AM
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Default Braving the crazies this weekend.. heh

So, on March 11 of 2019, I purchased this boat. As of yesterday, the stupid trailer finally works.. lol.. so, taking her to Port Aransas early Saturday morning. I hate going to the dang places on a holiday weekend, especially this one, but lord help me.. I hate not getting on the water even more.. lol

So, I have a slip reserved for Saturday and Sunday. Hoping to make some new friends and get to know some locals..catch some fish, eat some good food from the Magma grill I set up.. and enjoy that beautiful salt air.

Anyone else have fun plans?

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NOT being out with the crazies. I’ll use a private launch, stay VERY shallow, and enjoy the chatter on the VHF! Always a free circus/ rodeo/ drunk/ brawl/shitshow/ spectator event.

Be safe all!
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Amen to all that. If it had not been over a year since buying this boat... I would wait, but I have got to do a shakedown before Snapper season starts lol. I would have had her out, but the trailer has been broken all this time, then life.. etc.. so..

Planning to keep her away from people and just, like you said, listen and meet folks...at the dock.. heh. The marina was nice enough to get me a slip that did not have me driving past a bunch of boats and slipping it in between two 30 million dollar yachts :P

Hoping more than anything to meet folks down there, get to know and learn from others. Old Navy guy, owned like 8 boats.. but never know too much to learn more. Also hoping to find a CG person to do a full inspection, and.. really hoping to run into some Grady folks.. at the docks.. not with my boat.. lol.. and see how they set theirs up, get tips. First Grady... hell, first boat this size (that I owned).. so, just want to enjoy the air and people.

I have my THT sticker on the boat too

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We will be out. Sure to be a zoo in some areas. I'll be hiding far up some river or anther away from them.
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Fortunate in our area the ratio of open water to boater- even on a holiday weekend is immense. Never crowded. you can boat/fish holiday weekend with out coming with in .5 mile of another boater.
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It's been a holiday weekend around these parts every day since April
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Crap. I totally forgot it was Memorial Day weekend. I was planning on taking the boat out on Sunday. Maybe I'll take a pass.
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To the OP. Better check your gas to make sure its good. Changing your water separator is also a good idea. After I get out of my creek into the river there are no issues. We have a public boat ramp just down from my house so I'll see all the boats going out this weekend. I'm amazed at how many come buy running rough. The operator will look back at the motor and keep running out. Hours later here they come behind sea tow.
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Originally Posted by CluelessInColorado View Post
Crap. I totally forgot it was Memorial Day weekend. I was planning on taking the boat out on Sunday. Maybe I'll take a pass.
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So did I until this post!! Thought it was the following weekend! DUH!!! Time goes too fast!!!!
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Crazies normally come out later in the day. We'll have lines in the water at sunup and hopefully be back at the dock cleaning fish way before the partiers hit the water. That's what we always do on holidays. Fortunately we don't have to go far to get fish.
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Recommend staying off the ferry on holiday weekends. Assuming you are coming from up north, it takes 10 minutes longer to go all the way through corpus and take the JFK causeway if there is no wait on the ferry whatsoever. The only time there is no wait is at midnight in February. Going through corpus will also allow you to stop by Roy’s bait and tackle to stock up on gear.

I might make a beach trip on Saturday but it will be to the national seashore.
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If.. and that's a big IF...I get my boat back from the shop, we'll be grilling dinner on the beach Saturday and getting back in time to watch the fire works. Sunday I'll join the craziness for a few hours if the weather holds up.
I'll more than likely be sat at home depressed and boatless still.
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Yeah, a three day weekend where all the amateur drunks come out on the water!! Really pisses off us professionals!!!
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We've launched at the public ramp in Port A a couple of times. Others at the ramp there appear to be pretty cool even when busy. They seem to be on 'Island Time'.

Much better experience than if you launch inland at Aransas Pass where every Tom, Dick & Harry who is mad at the world goes. Check out ahead of time as the local gov'mnt has been closing the ramps last minute on busy holiday weekends due to Kung-Flu. You may get it launched but not able to pull it out which we've seen happen. There is a small marina further South that has a small ramp but it'll cost ya...
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The more the merrier!
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Originally Posted by DonV View Post
Yeah, a three day weekend where all the amateur drunks come out on the water!! Really pisses off us professionals!!!
LMAO... winner winner chicken dinner!
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Hope to be back to the dock by 10am with fish for the bbq.
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The halibut season finally opened in Washington state. I plan to go fishing. It'll be 75 mile (one way) to the fishing ground

At least the gas is still cheap.
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Originally Posted by Sharpest View Post
Recommend staying off the ferry on holiday weekends. Assuming you are coming from up north, it takes 10 minutes longer to go all the way through corpus and take the JFK causeway if there is no wait on the ferry whatsoever. The only time there is no wait is at midnight in February. Going through corpus will also allow you to stop by Roy’s bait and tackle to stock up on gear.

I might make a beach trip on Saturday but it will be to the national seashore.
Looking at the google map, how easy to get on and off hauling a 30ft boat at Roy's? I do not mind bypassing the ferry, the wait can be painful.. heh, but I hate hauling this thing in and around unfamiliar areas.. heh

You going down there at all?

We will be right off the ramps at the harbor, slip 1113 I think, if anyone cares to come sit out and enjoy the evening telling lie.. er stories

Russ

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I live here. Yah parking a 30 footer at Roy’s might be a challenge. Weather is looking pretty average with 3-4s offshore and 15-20 mph wind out of the SE. Might help thin the crowd but I haven’t ever had any trouble at the Port A muni ramp anyway.

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