Scupper Pro Frank
Moderator - Events
Joined: Feb. 2004
||Posted: June 25 2007,20:37
Oh, Ghoti-head, before I forget, BTW:
GH pronounced as in ENOUGH
O pronounced as in WOMEN
TI pronounced as in APPELLATION
1. Do you really need a bilge pump in an SOT? (Inland waters) ... specifically my Mojo where the only hull access is in the bow. The hatch would be quite hard to reach without swimming.
Nah... As Jim sez, not much need in most cases, pool noodles if you're worried, more than five, cut to fit if you're REALLY worried, and no! -just throw each leg over the side, scoot down, unhook the hatch, and start pumping away. Don't need to go swimming at all in most cases...
2. Is it advisable to stick a pole thru the scuppers for a shallow water anchor? I have 1.5 lb anchor rig that works great but all that line is a pain.
For shallow water, sure! But you have to find a pole/stick that's both be strong enough and narrow enough to fit through the scupper and hold the boat fast.
Furthermore, if it's "there" more or less at/in the boat, and it's sticking up, it might be in the way of working your rod -rigging it, changing leader/lures, fighting fish, maybe even casting...
So think about the approach Jim (and many of us) use & recommend: a pole with a leader. You can attach it midships, or at bow or stern, the latter depending on how shallow it is, what the bottom conditions are, and whether you're comfortable hopping on & off to plant/retrieve it if you can't shimmy out to the bow or stern to do it from the boat.
BTW, that 1.5# anchor is OK, but those skinny flukes may/may not hold well on some bottoms, not good news when the current is up and pushing you into the mangrove shoreline where bugs wait to pounce on you and the trees wait to pounce on waywardly thrown lures... I think you might want to conside the larger one with larger flukes. They're no fluke. I went from a 1.5 to what? A 5-pounder? Works a lot better!
And as for "all that line"...? Get yourself an extra-large Cuban Yo-Yo and use that for holding your anchor line. Works real well...
3. (Don't freakin' laugh) Should I listen to the voices in my head and carry something other than a paddle to ward off predators? (sharks, crocs, gators, telemarketers, etc;)
Well, let's see...
First, the "etc; should be written as etc.;...
a) Bang stick on a 10' pole. Most sharks wouldn't touch that with a ten-foot pole. Or a ten-foot Pole. But a ten-foot pole wouldn't either; after retiring from the NBA and the International Track Federation, he'd use a 20-foot pole... similarly rigged.
Oh, sorry, I forgot. Bang sticks are now illegal.
Sharks, on the other hand, are not...
b) If you actually really and truly for goodness sake honest-to-goodness see one worth running from, first get on the cell and call Fish & Game, WWF, & Metrozoo, then Channels 4, 6, 10, but mainly 7. If you survive, the real nature lover guys'll probably make you a hero after they debrief you on the what/where/when/why/how, including time-or-day, declension-or-the-sun, air temp, water temp, and the temp of what you did to yourself, while the media'll have a bidding war to find out the where and can we do it again and can we take a pitcher of ya with it...
OTOH, my wife Sally actually WEARS crocs. SO whatsamattah you?
c) Let's see -a handle-tightening wire noose on a ten-foot pole. In a kayak, that's good for gators up to three, maybe 4 feet long. After that, a 10-ga over & under with a 6-to-10-shot magazine loader and solid ("elephant") loads might work...
d) Hmmm... Now THAT'S a TOUGH one! Well, let's see... I guess there's several approaches.
a) One is an answering machine with a really long and boring message about how you can't come to the phone right now, you'd really like to, but you're indisposed (which really means you're in de bathroom) or in the back yard or in Vegas but you can't tell anyone that 'cause even if "it", whatever "it" is, stays there, it still means you're there too so if it's a robber calling to see if you (or anyone else, most likely) is there and casing the place they now know now's a pretty opportune time to make a right nice and friendly visit and see about performing an inventory for you, but at any rate it just goes on and on it'll make most telemarketers just give it up because they don't want to waste time like you're oh-so-delightfully doing; or maybe
b) An answering machine with even a short, too-the-point, but still boring message (We can't come to the phome right now, but if you leave you name, number, measurements, bank account number, next-of-kin's number, and a short -VERY short! -message, we'll get back to you just as soon as we (check out the data and status of the caller and determine whether they're scum or really worth our while to) get back to you as soon as we can!, because most telemarketers for the most part want live bodies and not dead boxes and ALSO don't usually want to leave a message; or perhaps
c) An answering machine with absolutely ANY message at all, which you ALWAYS listen to because you NEVER actually personally really in person pick up the phone at ANY time, instead screening calls as they come in. Your friends, after the first tow or three dozen tries will actually (in many cases -yes, it's true! I've witnessed this very phenomenon myself, once!) begin to catch on, and let you know they know the game by saying, C'Mon, You-GHOTI! Pick up the DANM PHONE ALREADY!!! I KNOW YOU"RE THERE! ANSWER THE (*%UY^&ING PHONE!!! So it's a win-win situation!
d) AH-HA!!! Put your number on a national "do not call" list That'll get at least 25-35% of them off your phone and back...
e) Give up your phone Simple. Elegant. Effective. Efficient. Easy. "Boy George, I think oy've gawtit!
4. Do you guys get any use out of fishfinders Inland?]
Heck yes! Most guides, by the day or half-day, are worth it. Bass, crappies, specs, sometimes trout & tarpon and snook, depending on how far inland, all usually fall prey to these good fishfinders...
5. Would you guys be kind enough to post pictures, descriptions of your effective lures, lines, leaders and hooks? (and what they're used for) I have no clue. I read some of the posts but there are so many abbr's and slang terms ... I confuse easily.
What's an "abbr.?
Saaay... you use that stuff? Oh wow! Maybe THAT'S what I was doin' rong...!!!
And condoms for your Camels...? Then what the heck am I spozed to use for my B olivar Churchills and El Rey Del Mundo Torpedoes...???
Actually, I use a baggie or cigar bag for 3 or 4 cigars inside another baggie with a damp paper towel in it, the latter then placed inside a dry bag. The dry bag keeps whatever its contents are significantly dryer than the water they're surrounded by, and first baggie with the damp towel acts as a temporary poor man's humidifier on the water, and the inner the cigar bag and/or baggie prevents condensation from directly wetting my cigars.
Well, You-GHOTI, hope this helped. As you can see, we're a very table font or fount of ammunition or information, whatever, here, y'know. At least we have fun even when we don't
Scupper Pro Frank