River Barges

Discussion in 'Boats, Blinds, & Gadgets Forum' started by Missy Skeeter, May 22, 2021.

  1. oleww

    oleww Elite Refuge Member

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    We lost a couple of duck hunters last year when theyran into a barge crossing the River. Fog was bad, barges were crawling and not leaving a wake. Boat slammed right into the side (T-boned) it.


    on the yuk, I figured they (River pilots) would slow for passing boats. Maybe the current is too swift. I don’t recall that much boat traffic
     
  2. cootmeurer

    cootmeurer Elite Refuge Member

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    Try fishing in the Panama Canal (which is mostly a big lake - sort of a tropical KY Lake) and crossing behind an ocean going container ship in a Jon boat.

    I had no frame of reference for how big those wakes were, but felt like we were going up and down a 20 foot hill of water
     
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  3. Aunt Betty

    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Hunted the Illinois in Illinois with friends. The barges push the river in front and its a very weird thing. Water goes up, barges go by, and the water falls way out then returns to normal. I'm not interested at all in hunting there its too dangerous and I'm too dumb.
     
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  4. DelFowl18

    DelFowl18 Senior Refuge Member

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    We have something very similar. All the container ships come up the Delaware and it can be a little hairy when it's dark and foggy. When they come through the canal they suck the water out. That's pretty neat to watch
     
  5. da grouch

    da grouch Senior Refuge Member

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    Very cool pictures, the low decks always surprise me when I see them in pictures. It gets hairy when you have to hit the wakes with a low bow. Must be awful in the dark fog and unaware. You guys nearing the point of no darkness I presume?, we've got a good looking moon tonight. I always enjoy your news from the "last frontier." Thank you.
     
  6. Fowler267

    Fowler267 Elite Refuge Member

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  8. salthunter

    salthunter Moderator Moderator

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    Living in Washington I hunted downstream of Savie Island and above Ridgefield refuge.
    My whole set of goose shells floated off.
    Found them all barely
    after that I used fewer decoys. If I saw a ship or barge , I would collect then all. And reset after it passed
     
  9. Aunt Betty

    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    Triggered memory.
    In Akiak, Alaska we built the school.
    The floor is laminated beams. I rolled one onto my thumb and peeled the skin off like a grape.
    I taped it up and kept working.
    ER? Lol
    It grew back just fine.
     
  10. Fowler267

    Fowler267 Elite Refuge Member

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    Ol rusty barges are dang near invisible at night!
     

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