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Lake: Chatfield Reservoir

Lost a couple tackle boxes at Chatfield State Park

Post By: fishingBB      Posted: 4/3/2023 8:09:38 AM     Points: 170    

Hey all, the wind dumped me over on my kayak yesterday at Chatfield. So two things:
If anyone happens to find a couple 3700 size tackle boxes with jerk and crankbaits, please let me know
Safety!!! I was wearing my life vest but didn't have to use it. Wind picked up out of nowhere and went from a mild breeze to about 40MPH. Hindsight being 20/20, I had started back to the dock and got about 1/3 of the way when it got REALLY bad. I kept into the wind and pushing forward but I likely should have turned back and just docked on land and waited it out. I was able to crawl up on top of my yak and call my wife who called the CPW and they came and got me, but not before a couple of nice guys heard my whistle in their boat and came and helped me out.
So lessons learned
Dock if you're far away from the boat ramp and wait out the wind, comes up fast.
I had a whistle on my PFD, that helped a lot.
I had rod bungies that I had made with some cheap 1/8 shock cord and 2 of my 3 rods were attached to the boat. The actually held all the way back and I was amazed to see them still intact and under the boat when back at the dock.
Secure as much as possible. I actually lost very little. One rod is at the bottom of the lake (bummer), but most items I had secured either under the seat or using bungees. Was amazed at how much I didn't lose.
Keep a change of clothes (full) in your car for just such an occasion

Be safe out there everyone!
 Reply by: Gurnman      Posted: 4/3/2023 8:52:19 AM     Points: 603
Dang! im glad to hear that being prepared saved your stuff and possibly life. Great tips.
 Reply by: Bizkits Dad      Posted: 4/3/2023 11:43:08 AM     Points: 470
Yikes. My son and I were thinking about getting the yaks out on Chatfield. Having 2nd thoughts now. Will definitely put some whistle son our life jackets and actually wear them.
 Reply by: FishingJunkie      Posted: 4/3/2023 2:40:38 PM     Points: 1834
Whistle is a great idea - adding it. Glad you're OK.
 Reply by: Kenny Rukspin      Posted: 4/3/2023 4:28:44 PM     Points: 8535
While kayaking I have a whistle and a knife on my PFD that are easily accessible. If you're going to buy a whistle, look for a survival whistle, which can be heard up to a mile away. The knife is just in case I get tangled up in a rope or even fishing line.
I'm glad you're OK and were able to get some help from fellow boaters.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 4/4/2023 7:12:25 AM     Points: 11536
Lesson learned . . . . .Now a lesson from Aurora res. home to the really crazy wind. When the wind is blowing from the direction you want to go and you can not gain any ground . . . drop down wind to the closest shore you can reach and get to safety.You can call the ranger or park office,once your safely on shore.
 Reply by: Bizkits Dad      Posted: 4/4/2023 10:52:53 AM     Points: 470
HP - happened to me years ago. Even scarier, I was with my kids. They were about 4 and 10 at the time. Now 24 and 30. I was fishing the East end of the lake in my 14' aluminum using a trolling motor and oars when a thunderstorm rolled in. Wind was blowing from the West and I gave up trying to fight it pretty quickly. Turned around and rowed to the East shore, turned the boat over and we rode out the hail together. Scary.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 4/4/2023 6:06:43 PM     Points: 73331
they even mentioned you on the News last night. Not by name but that there were actually a couplie yaks that had issues. Very glad you made it our safe. And the whistle is also on my lanyard!
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 4/7/2023 4:14:39 PM     Points: 11536
New post . . .item found floating at Chatty . . .reach out to the guy.
 Reply by: Tyintil3      Posted: 4/8/2023 11:20:17 AM     Points: 160
Unfortunately what I found isnít listed here.
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