Wife and I decided to take a day off in mid-week (avoid the crowds) to go down and dipnet from the boat for the first time. Interesting experience, dont know if I'll do it again, for one thing I'm NEVER taking my wife boat dipnetting again....
Launched at a -5ft low tide, it was the lowest tide of the year according to one of the people on the dock. I hit the sandbar in 1.3 feet of water and slightly boogered up my prop, which is actually okay since I'm underpropped and was planning on changing it out anyway. Fishfinder died last weekend and the water was like grey paint so I couldnt tell where the bottom was.
Nice dock, the sheer number of boats mid-week surprised me, at any one time I had 4 to 5 boats within 50 feet of me. It was like playing bumpercar dodgem with boats - kinda of nervewracking in a current. Dont know if thats usual or not.
It took me about an hour to figure out what/where/how to dipnet from a boat, neither of us had ever dipnetted at all.
Once we got that straightened out we had 3 hours of dipnetting time, of that we only actually had the net in the water for about 1.5 hours, if that.
Wife couldnt keep the net in the water for more than 10 mins before her arms would give out; too much torque from the water flowing by - even with the net tied to the boat, I figured out that tieing the net at the midpoint of both sides removed the torque, at 3 PM about an hour before we had to leave (because she didnt bring her pills) she was able to drive the boat okay (current slacked off) and I could keep the net in the water, we caught two fish lost a third from a hole in the rented net (MWR) and then on the fourth the pole bent when I went to lever the net up.
If there is a next time I'm making my own net. One with a much stronger pole.
Dont know if this is in the correct forum, I apologize if it's not.