Reply by: luresforall Posted: 7/29/2019 6:25:25 AM Points: 8259
Fish finder will make a difference you'll want to find them . The Lakers are going to be deep and Rainbow are spred top to 50' feet or so. If you are going to be jigging for Lakers try tipping with sucker meat. If you're trolling spoons work well.
Be very cautious and observant of the weather. I would also stay somewhat close to shore until you are comfortable in the new boat.
Jon boats tend to be very shallow boats meaning the top rail is close to the water line. Doesnít take much chop or a wave up the side to fill your boat with water. Avoid any lakes with recreational boating like wakeboards etc.
Motor? If it is a small gas motor that you take off to travel,think about a safety cable from the motor to one of the rear handle holes.I use a bike cable lock.Nothing ruins a trip like a motor dropped overboard in deep water. Don't trust the screw clamps. does it have an electric bilge pump.Buy a hand pump!
welcome to the forum. I'm with the guys on this one.. do NOT skimp on safety gear. And.. if there is any sign of wind, get off the water! Jon boats are cool cuz they're portable and can carry some gear, but they are so dangerous on the wind. Here in CO.. the W word is hated by all.
Reply by: mxtsinclair Posted: 8/1/2019 5:34:10 AM Points: 172
Thanks for all the great advice,
I have life vests, a fire extinguisher, whistle, and oars.
The boat is a fiberglass v hull and we're headed up to rampart early morning to fish before the usual afternoon storms roll in. It has a 6 hp mercury and an electric trolling motor. I didnít think about getting a lock in case it falls over, I'll do that before we head up.
I wish I had a fish finder for this trip but Iíve got to save some more for one.
Thanks again for the input I really appreciate it!
Reply by: Hawaiian Punch Posted: 8/1/2019 6:45:42 AM Points: 8993
A guy on Craigs List has a Hook sonar for $75 . . . .a sonar is not nessary at first,its best for showing you where not to fish,just because a sonar shows you fish . . . . You want some fishing tips for Rampart.Lets spend a few min. and I'll dial you in on a few tricks. I can show you in person better than on line. Dan H. 303-431-6190 Tonight after 5 pm.
Reply by: FXA0 Posted: 8/1/2019 8:44:20 AM Points: 168
Fish finders can also tell you where not to go. Years ago, on my first boat trip to Cherry Creek, I had not turned on my fish finder. I was fishing the northwest corner of the lake. My boat had drifted closer to shore, but it was still a good distance from shore. When I turned my big motor back on, I realized something was wrong. My boat wasn't moving like I expected it to. It turns out, I was in really shallow water and my propeller was digging into the sand... The water was so stained I could not see the bottom in what was probably only 2 ft of water. Later on, I learned that there was a shallow ridge in that area. I always leave my fish finder on now, even when finding fish is not the objective.