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seems to me as everytime I go out fishing, there's just skiers, amped up bass boats (250hp) and jet boats flying right beside me or other bass boats while anchored( definitely less than 100 feet which is illegal) I don't mind a little motion in the ocean but when my GF and I are holding on for dear life, all my equipment getting SOAKED from wakes splashing in, and another boat with a older gentlemen hanging on tightly (using words not approved my moderators) and giving the finger, there is the problem. Anyone who enjoys boating of any kind please be carful, you don't have to go that fast, that close.
 

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Where was this? As kayaker and jet bass boat owner, I do see some foolish behavior out there. I have seen kayaks anchored in the only available channel for boats to navigate through. I have also seen disrespectful boat owners driving too close to other boats for no good reason.
 

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Yes kayaks being anchored in the only route Is not smart nor courteous to boats, but I don't think it's almost enough to throw the boaters over board. It's at every lake I've been to this year (fishing for Muskie). Me being 20 I had to take that boaters exam to get a certificate to operate a boat because our "young age" needs to be tought properly when I see more older gentleman doing it but there are guys my age too. I feel bad for guys with the little aluminum boats, I bet that's a ride in that from the wakes. Absolutely ignorant
 

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I saw what you're talking about just this past week. Had the family up at the beach on Kinzua Dam right at the route 59 bridge. Probably about 20 people out swimming in the roped off area. About a third of the motor boats that came by zipped over as close as they could get to the swim area, I assume to look at bikinis, but who knows. Anyway, they were just ripping by, some even sped up maybe to try to impress someone??? Sent some pretty big waves into the swimmers, some of whom were pretty small kids, my 2 1/2 year old son being one of them. There were three kayakers paddling around not much further out than the swim area ropes, some fishing some just paddling. Every one of them came in and said the heck with it with all the waves. This was on a weekday. I'd hate to see a weekend.
One smaller aluminum boat came up the far shoreline with planer boards out, trolling the shoreline. He crossed the lake and came to our side. As he crossed, three different boats passed him and not one of them cut him any slack by giving a wide berth. Two of them were even waving their arms and yelled stuff at him.
What a circus. Kinda entertaining at certain points. Really just indicative overall of how little regard people have for others anymore.
 

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If you don't see at least five or more violations or just plain idiotic actions on Lake Raystown every weekend, you'd have to be blind! That and weekends on the Ohio river too. "here's your sign!!" applies constantly.
 

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I guess bigger/faster the boat the more you own of the lake over everyone else !!! Get out of here. Even after getting soaked in my own boat along with equipment (that wasn't cheap) I still felt more sorry for the older fella in the boat across the channel from us, he look like he was in his 60's. He grabbing his swivel seat like a bear holding on till the waves past, about threw all of us out our boats( we were standing and he was too) I like to horse around a litthe when the fishin slow and I'm not disturbing people's day off, but it's about safety more than staying exactly 100 feet away from a stationary boat. You should do it to be courteous, not because it's the law.
 

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I just purchased a 24' Pontoon this year and it resides in Lake Wallenpaupack. You can only fish early in the morning or all night. I have weekday days off, but, on Saturday and Sunday, LOOK OUT. I almost had a wave runner in my boat last two weekend's ago. A lot has to do with alcohol sometimes. When my GF was pulling me on a tube, and boat with a wakeboarder came right at her, and missed me barely by 25 feet. On the weekends up there, I hide in a canal where we are safe to swim. If I see folks fishin, I go hundreds of feet from them so I don't disturb them.
 

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That would be hard for me to keep my mouth quite if that happened to me hack that's just plain carelessness, what a shame
 

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I carry a pair of binos and a marine radio with me when on the water. I will report anyone I can get info on, and am willing to go to court if necessary.
 

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Where can you get one of those marine radios at? Sounds good to me, I'm tired of careless people treating us like we're not even there, not only me and anyone with me on the boat, but other boaters as well trying to relax without wondering when he next tsunami was gunna hit our boats
 

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Any marine dealer plus I would think at any of the big box sporting goods dealers should have them. You can get a dash mount type or just a handheld. Get a 5 Watt model of handheld for max range. Remember, they will only work if on water monitored by the PFBC, Park police, Coast Guard, and possibly the Army Corp of Engineers. Emergency channels they monitor are 9 and 16
 

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Wallenpaupack is a mess and the only thing higher then the HP pushing those boats in the blood alcohol levels of the people operating them.
When I got my new boat I thought about bringing my 21 sea ray home to use in Beltzville or Wallenpaupack for weekends I didnt get to the shore. Decided to leave it at the shore for the grandkids or evening boat rides.
I enjoy going fast and the GW has 2-200 hp Verado's on the back and I wouldn't take that at either lakes.
A shot or 2 of a white 25mm practice flare.........its illegal to use the red ones unless your in distress
will back them off.

The way they run around not just there but to many boat operators will be the reason very soon we will all be required to wear life jackets every second you are on a boat.
 

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The boat commission does nothing there (Wallenpaupack)... TONS of violations in 5 min. I usually anchor in a quiet spot along a shore if I can, just to swim a bit, but I wont tube anyone til the evening when the idiots go home.
 

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X2 on the constant life jacket wearing, there's gunna be too many accidents and they will eventually make that law, all serious I hope they outlaw alcohol of any kind out on the water before the life jacket all the time law, because if it wasn't for the other boaters alcohol, a lot of us wouldn't need life jackets !!!
 

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there ARE laws on boating while under the influence. Just the same levels and penalties as if in a motor vehicle on the road. Problem is they only seem to target certain mega lakes and rivers, and even then they are vastly outnumbered by the violators.
 

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I will admit, I got my Gin and Tonics on board... but a drink or two is one thing when your with a few friends... this power drinking these kids do is ridiculous.
 

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Well serves them right if they get caught, can't even seat in a swivel seat for fishing without a seat belt cuz the wakes are so crazy
 

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In wallenpaupack, the bass boats get murdered... One day we were tooling across the lake to go to a restaurant for dinner, and a bass boat (Ranger) was passing in the no wake zone. I actually stopped to see if they were sinking cause the water was coming over his sides... That's why I am glad to see them out with me fishing at 4 am, so my pontoon doesn't turn into a rescue boat.
 

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Well I hope word gets out to boaters to be more cautious to say the least. Around the smaller boats? They just can't handle those big wakes.
 
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