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Blessed to live here and love Beaver Lake. That said, I do not understand the lack of certain amenities. I trailered my boat for 40 years and when I moved here we bought a slip. I can walk out my door and be fishing in 10 minutes. Great, right? But my boat needs to have a reliable source for fuel. Went to get gas today. I know everyones winter hours by heart. Went to PC and don't mind their prices for top grade marine fuel. Fella came out as I tied up and said they have no gas, changing tanks, until Monday or Tuesday. Wow, isn't there a pretty big tourney this weekend? There sure were several wrapped boats out today. Didn't they have all winter? Oh well, Horseshoe is only 20 minutes away. Called and called, got the winter hours message but no one there. I don't get it. Yes, i can use a gas can but that 100 yard walk over uneven ground with 45#'s of gas can is not for me. Plus 5 gallons does not get me too far. OK I'm done. On a fishing report, I drifted past the marina and threw ned for awhile. The most nuts 30 minutes I've had on Beaver. 8 LM, all 15-17" on Ned.  Windy points, not too shallow. Half the bites were on the fall. WT 56. Had an appointment so in I came. Hope Horseshoe is open tomorrow. 

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Most bitter fishing report with good results I've ever read.  LOL!!!  :lol::lol::lol:

Need marine repair? Send our own forum friend "fishinwrench" a message. 

He will treat you like family!!! I owe fishinwrench a lot of thanks. He has been a great mechanic with lots of patience!

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13 minutes ago, J-Doc said:

Most bitter fishing report with good results I've ever read.  LOL!!!  :lol::lol::lol:

Just frustrated J-Doc. Wanted to hit it at dawn tomorrow but winter hours are open at 9AM. (if they open)Thats why today was important. I'll never go below half tank again. You would think I'd learn after many Monday or Tuesday fruitless attempts last year. 

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Oh I know.  I just couldn't help but smile as I read the report.  Might as well have gotten mad at catching good fish and broke your pole over your knee and gone home. Just for good measure. LOL! 

 

I can understand the frustration.  I don't keep mine on the lake but if I did.....man I'd get spoiled so fast!!

Need marine repair? Send our own forum friend "fishinwrench" a message. 

He will treat you like family!!! I owe fishinwrench a lot of thanks. He has been a great mechanic with lots of patience!

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2 hours ago, Quillback said:

This: (However it costs $500!)

 

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A couple of my dock mates & I looked into something like this when gas in town was over $2 per gallon less than the marinas. Our dock insurance would not cover it and the COE would not allow it. I'm really just po'd at myself for getting down to 1/8 of a tank. As they say "this too shall pass". 

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Maybe you could get 3 five gallon gas cans then have someone drive to Prairie Creek and unload the cans at the dock, refuel there were it is a short walk on even ground. It would not be as covenant and would require two people, but just a suggestion. I know it would be hard on Saturday and Sunday due to Bass tournaments. 

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A bit off topic, but I have a foot in both worlds. Here in Ark, we live just above the lake near PC. The boat is in an attached garage, all ready to rock. Hook up and back it into the water at the bottom of the hill, and go fishing. I even leave the trailer in the water all day, so it's just so super easy-peasy. Need fuel? Run to Rogers and fill up with non-ethanol fuel before/after fishing. Need to work on some of the rod/reels/tackles/electronics? Walk out into the garage and get it. Never have to stow anything.

Where I stay up north in the summer, I have a dock and boat lift. What a PITA. I fish most every day up there. So at the beginning of the day I have to uncover the boat, pull the rods and tackle out, hook up the electronics and bring it off the lift. No fuel stations on that lake, so I carry it down to the beach by hand. Fortunately, I don't burn a lot of fuel up there (small lake).

 

John B

08 Skeeter SL210, 225F Yamaha

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Okay, tank filled. Done ranting. I do find it interesting that with so many filled boat slips in PC and Horseshoe combined, I almost never see anyone getting gas at either marina. PC can get busy on summer weekends but mostly for the restaurant. In 3 years I've never had to wait in line to get gas, never. Really terrific and I hope everyone appreciates this fantastic resource. In northern Illinois, it would be rare not to have to circle around in a bay waiting for your turn to get gas.  To further my point, I filled up at Horseshoe today around noon. They opened at 9 and were closing at 3. I was their 1st gas customer... at Noon! All future reports will not mention my fuel adventures, promise.

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