A local county sheriff officer was ticketing all of those trailers I mentioned for illegal parking. Now, I know that the majority of all of you fish on the weekends – that’s the only time most anglers have to fish. So, with the ever increasing crowds at the ramp, what’s a weekend guy to do? I offer you two suggestions:
- Lots of tournaments are fished on the weekends. As it turns out, there were two big tournaments going on this particular day – one inshore and one offshore. Each attracted several hundred boats. So, first of all check out the tournament schedules.
- Second, leave home early and get back to the dock a little early. If you want a parking place for your trailer that is a reasonable distance from the water, plan to be at the ramp about daybreak or before. You may be in line behind other boats that are launching, but you will be able to park legally.
- Third, plan to be back at the dock a little early. The crowds taking their boat out of the water begin around four in the afternoon in my experience and they get worse all the way up to almost dark. Plan to be back a bit before that and save yourself some grief. A bonus here is that you are out of the water in plenty of time to clean your catch and your boat before dark!
Look for Alternatives
- Some launch ramps are always crowded. In my experience there are some other ramps that almost never seem to be crowded. You may have to drive a few miles more to reach them, but that short drive can save lots of frustration.
- Look for an alternative boat ramp. The county ramps are usually free – in my case they are – while some private marina ramps charge to launch. These private ramps are always less crowded than the public ramps. You may consider paying a reasonable fee to have the ability to launch and retrieve your boat in peace. The additional security afforded by many private marina ramps is also a consideration.