Stumps and pontoons

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Bilboinsa
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Stumps and pontoons

#1 Post by Bilboinsa » Sun Nov 12, 2017 9:12 pm

Headed upriver on Canyon Lake yesterday. With the lake being 3 ft. down, there are obviusly more stumps exposed, especially upriver. Turned out that one of my fav honeyholes was now a minefield of timber. I discovered that a tritoon is at a distinct advantage in stumpland, due the the number of hulls that can get involved. Although our shallow draft is a great asset, having stumps passing by all three toons at the same time kind of hampers your maneuvering...

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Re: Stumps and pontoons

#2 Post by boocat » Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:24 am

Yeah, upper lake is on my list but right now it seems the stumps are more active than the fish. I could leave the toon at home and drop my pond prowler in at the #11 ramp and see how that goes? I don't mind going slow and bumping a few stumps if I take the toon, we'll see. You put in at crane's mill? A friend of mine said they kept sliding down the 11 ramp after their wheels had stopped turning :shock: Not something I want to experience.

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Re: Stumps and pontoons

#3 Post by Bilboinsa » Tue Nov 14, 2017 2:59 am

We keep the boat at CMM. I don’t maind taking it nice and slow upr8ver, but I really freaked when all of a sudden I was in a forest! I was doing about 1500 rpms, and snuck up on one hidden by wind chop, and it must have caught on a strake, because it lifted the boat and felt like the boat was gonna tip over on its starboard side! Live and learn!

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Re: Stumps and pontoons

#4 Post by boocat » Tue Nov 14, 2017 7:41 am

the boat was gonna tip over on its starboard side! Live and learn!

Dang!.. I still want to go up thataway to see what its all about. looks fishy, I hear it produces sometimes.

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Re: Stumps and pontoons

#5 Post by NonHyphenAmerican » Tue Nov 14, 2017 11:01 am

Where we keep our toon on ElDorado here in Kansas, they left all the timber when they filled the lake.

And right now, the lake ism 3' down from normal due to some work they did on the dam locks.

What I've learned to do when in the timber is to tilt the motor up so that it's shallow and at an angle.

That way it rides up instead of hitting tree trunks square on.

I've got two logs. I'm guessing that three logs would increase the "strike zone".
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Re: Stumps and pontoons

#6 Post by Bilboinsa » Tue Nov 14, 2017 3:23 pm

Yes, “upriver=upmotor”.

I think the one good thing about a triple is that the middle toon can somewhat act as a guard, or at least alarm, for the motor.

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Re: Stumps and pontoons

#7 Post by Bamaman » Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:20 pm

They lower our lake 3 feet in February and some of March to do seawall and ramp maintenance. We still have over 50 feet of water in front of our house.

If I was in a shallow stumpified lake, I would use those low water times to map the underwater. I wouldn't be using the lake for recreational use without normal water levels.
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Re: Stumps and pontoons

#8 Post by Retired OG » Sun Nov 19, 2017 8:17 am

[quote="Bamaman"]They lower our lake 3 feet in February and some of March to do seawall and ramp maintenance. We still have over 50 feet of water in front of our house.

If I was in a shallow stumpified lake, I would use those low water times to map the underwater. I wouldn't be using the lake for recreational use without normal water levels.[/quote]

There are some really good fishfinder/GPS units on the market that can not only map the bottoms and underwater structure, but also share data over the internet....I've read that there are "clubs" (mostly serious fishermen) that have what they call "mapping parties" where they try to get together on specific days to map certain lakes...
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