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06-15-2019 04:27 PM
unc_jaws23
I am knocking on wood before I say this...

I have been lucky enough to never be in need of a tow other than bad gas, that happened on a test run after some repairs. That being said I was fishing at night on a hard falling tide. Drifted east of causeway towards Pelican Island bridge. Weather had us pinned inshore. I was watching our track and sideview when my guests both hooked up. Figured big jacks or bulls. Tide was 2 knots north west wind at 20 so that big cc was sailing 5 knots or better. Quit watching gps not even dreaming we would sail right past Galveston channel on to spoil flats at north side of pelican. During fish fight I heard that unique sound of oyster shell dragging across fiberglass, like nails on a chalkboard!!! I glanced up eyed the gps and ran to the console to lower motors. 3.2 feet whew that was close. Cranked wheel hard to port and pinned throttles. Hopped up and as soon as I was on plane zoomed out on gps water was not getting deeper. Looked 360 and quickly knew why, on moonless cloudy night my internal compass was 180 degrees off. Backed off a bit a made a long sweeping turn to north not understanding how close to Pelican Island I was. Now at 2.6’, I need 2.4 to 2.6 minimum. Felt the motors slipping and dragging as I pushed them further then pointed bow towards the causeway bridge and crossed my fingers. Then I saw the display turn red at 2.4’ and we were done. Tried working at idle and no way no how even if I did make 10-20’ wind beat us by 50’. Threw on wading gear and hopped out. Do not remember when I learned this lesson, but I know it was from Espirito Santo Bay. I got out one of the two anchors after scouting out which direction would be best and set it deep attached a snatch block and ran rope back to the boat. Retrieved second anchor and carried it 150-200’ further. Once onboard I ran rope through centerline cleat then around my lower more abundant side. Without assistance from the water I could not even turn the bow and hold it, but chalk one up to mechanical advantage. After a few hull lengths we were at first anchor, I hopped out and put snatch block on second anchor, repeated this twice and had enough water to idle out of. I am not going to say it was easy or fun, but in a matter of 45 minutes I was free. We fished the remaining time at the boat cut. Only to return to Fat Boys to find out how narrow and shallow the cut along the pier really is. Looked more like a motocross track than a boat cut!!! I got them to run across to Tiki and back in there. Know we had fish but don’t remember anything special other than the original hook ups. Enjoyed this post, and fondly remember a couple of the pics. Namely the large sport fisher on the POC jetty’s. From what I heard that captain was hailed for putting that boat on the rocks as it was sinking and his customers safety came first. Boat was patched and towed in and repaired and is still fishing. Many laughed and suggested how bad you would have to be to run a boat like that on the rocks. I did the same sorry to say until I heard the tale. I hope I didn’t jinks myself, if so I will post a picture and blame my wife!!!!! Be safe out there guys.
05-24-2019 12:04 PM
acoastalbender Woke up to this last year ... don't know details but was gone in 2 days ... ICW is at top of pic ...
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05-24-2019 10:00 AM
Csafisher
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Originally Posted by texasstyle View Post
Wish i had pics of em all but here's one i have.
South bay 160LP the first day we brought it home! Pics taken in Riverside,TX Attachment 3490225
What were you trying to accomplish there? Lol. Good pics. Used to run my mud boat in those back lakes.
05-24-2019 02:46 AM
TX OUTLAW Not fish related but about 12yrs ago i had a 24ft baja outlaw that i ran into a sand bar on the san jacinto river.i was doing about 50mph when i hit it and let me tell you that was nothing nice.the only plus side to it was i was stuck on it for 12hrs all through the night with a good looking blonde with size E fake boobs and a stabin cabin!
02-08-2017 02:05 PM
texasstyle
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Originally Posted by sea sick View Post
Gives a new definition to "burning the shore line"
Love all the pics
BTW this was in a small pond off of the trinity river with a max depth of about 6" Not a place where you could fish.

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02-08-2017 10:49 AM
sea sick Gives a new definition to "burning the shore line"
Love all the pics
02-08-2017 10:43 AM
texasstyle Wish i had pics of em all but here's one i have.
South bay 160LP the first day we brought it home! Pics taken in Riverside,TX Attachment 3490225
02-07-2017 10:35 AM
cva34
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Originally Posted by Trouthappy View Post
Somehow we never took a picture of our boats, when stuck or swamped on the beach. With fiberglass boats:

>Had to spend the night in Power Lake after hitting a sandbar with a bigger Shoalwater. Tide came up four inches, 17 hours later, it was January. Had survival bag and cooked supper on the shoreline.

>Had to leave a bassboat in the surf when the anchor dragged while we were off duck hunting. January again. Hiked out three miles and eventually recovered the boat; somebody grabbed it and we found it in their farmhouse barn six months later.

>On Decros Point, we hit shallows in a 20 Wellcraft before first light, but a friend following us pulled it right back out at sunrise. Then we headed offshore.

>Hunting near Clear Lake in a 20 foot Larson (way back when, maybe 1975) we were left high and dry by the tide while off duck hunting, and a jonboat with a Merc 9.9 pulled us across wet sand, back into deeper water.

>Friend of mine with a 28 Grady White left Galveston Yacht Basin in predawn darkness. Hit the sandbar on the right, that sticks out near the base of the south jetty. Tide went out and left them high and dry all day. You can imagine how many cars slowly came by or even circled them...my buddies had to guard the boat almost all day, not sure why they didn't call Sea Tow.

Never been really stuck in an aluminum boat; we always pushed them back in the water. Even a half mile back in the marsh—we had to push a 14-foot jonboat down a gulley in the middle of the flat that still held 2-4 inches of water. Morning hunt on Christmas Eve.
That last statement (Tells it All) I learned the Bays in 14/16 alu and or 13 foot old style Boston whaler (the original bottom) all with less than 40hp yea I pushed and tugged a lot..but never forgot that Spot.START SMALL then Go BIG..Or get insurance and tow service..
02-07-2017 10:16 AM
Trouthappy Somehow we never took a picture of our boats, when stuck or swamped on the beach. With fiberglass boats:

>Had to spend the night in Power Lake after hitting a sandbar with a bigger Shoalwater. Tide came up four inches, 17 hours later, it was January. Had survival bag and cooked supper on the shoreline.

>Had to leave a bassboat in the surf when the anchor dragged while we were off duck hunting. January again. Hiked out three miles and eventually recovered the boat; somebody grabbed it and we found it in their farmhouse barn six months later.

>On Decros Point, we hit shallows in a 20 Wellcraft before first light, but a friend following us pulled it right back out at sunrise. Then we headed offshore.

>Hunting near Clear Lake in a 20 foot Larson (way back when, maybe 1975) we were left high and dry by the tide while off duck hunting, and a jonboat with a Merc 9.9 pulled us across wet sand, back into deeper water.

>Friend of mine with a 28 Grady White left Galveston Yacht Basin in predawn darkness. Hit the sandbar on the right, that sticks out near the base of the south jetty. Tide went out and left them high and dry all day. You can imagine how many cars slowly came by or even circled them...my buddies had to guard the boat almost all day, not sure why they didn't call Sea Tow.

Never been really stuck in an aluminum boat; we always pushed them back in the water. Even a half mile back in the marsh—we had to push a 14-foot jonboat down a gulley in the middle of the flat that still held 2-4 inches of water. Morning hunt on Christmas Eve.
02-07-2017 03:01 AM
El gato 24
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Originally Posted by Fishdog View Post
That happened in front of my house at night. The way I heard it was they were anchored close to the rocks when a heavy rig tender ran down the intracoastal full throttle pushing a massive wake. The boat got lifted and deposited on top of the Little Jetty.
That could be since there appeared to be literally no damage to the boat . The damage was done by the Coast Guard who took the occupants into custody for possession of an herbal substance and the jetty fisherman who we witnessed looting everything off of the boat .
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