Establish a Home Ramp
For new boaters, it is important to find the place that their going to launch out of most of the time. You won’t regret having a “home ramp” because having one lends familiarity and a sense of confidence! The best way to do this? Wander!
Why You Should Find a Home Base
When you move to a new neighborhood, it takes a while to learn your way around. Where are the best restaurants? What’s the shortest route between my new home and the kids’ school? The same holds true for having a home ramp. Your first time at a ramp you’re not going to know the waters. It will take time to know your way around, Where are the best fishing spots? Where is the water too shallow to navigate? These things will take time to learn but, once you know them, you will always know where to go on the days that everyone else is hunting for fish.
Wander, Wander, Wander…
Like trying to find the right fit for where you live, finding a home ramp takes time and investigation. Unlike searching for real estate, demographic information is not always readily accessible for boat ramps. What is available, generally, is a list of ramps in your area. Go to your local Parks Department or Wildlife Conservation website and you should be able to find the list. You should be able to eliminate some of the available ramps by looking into them. Some require payment to launch. Some may have restrictions not allowing power boats. Once you’ve eliminated all the ramps that don’t fit your particular wants or needs, try out every one of the remaining list. Look for what kind of fish are being caught in the waters surrounding the ramp. Talk to other boaters that are launching there because they are the best source for information. When I first went to my home ramp, I was able to learn from other boaters that there was an area that I should avoid because of debris that tended to settle in that area and that made my navigation a lot easier.
Once you’ve found the ramp that best fits your needs, explore the waters around it. Get into the little side nooks and crannies. Explore the intricacies of the body of water around the ramp. Become the expert. Then, when you’re sitting in the parking area, getting ready to head home and some new boater comes up to you and starts asking questions about the area, offer up all of your knowledge. Don’t be that person that holds back info for fear of someone else fishing “their” spot. Welcome them into your “home” because that was you not too long ago.
Tight Lines, my friends!