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Posted: 09 April 2013 02:42 PM   [ Ignore ]
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its too bad that alota our lakes hv some kinds motor restriction , emionquin [spell check ] come on , a 2000 ac lake with electric motors only ?????? lakes with 10 hp limit , some with 25 hp limit , take banner marsh , 25 hp limit , I would think maby a full size bass boat w/150-250 hp that’s idles around would do less damage than a 25 hp running full blast ,,, I hv a z21 ranger , and a 17 ft bass tracker w/ 25 hp that bass tracker pushes a lot more water [ cause its under powered to meet the restriction ] and makes a bigger wake than my ranger on idle speed ever would ,, how bout a little common sense illinois:ahhh:

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Posted: 09 April 2013 02:47 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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Blind, I have to ask. How fast will the z71 go???Ive NEVER got to ride in a bass boat, but think it would be alot of fun to go haulin butt on some water;)

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Posted: 09 April 2013 04:22 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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I understand what your saying but it may have to do with lake size, and some lakes that are not state owned have motor size limits, My main complaint is that I wish people would take notice what no wake zones are. I am not going to spell it either but that is a wildlife reserve over by Havana also I believe, but I think it’s kind of neat to have that much area with no gas or oil in the water. Go to a small lake that has no restrictions (Lake Springfield) and see how much fun it is to fish on it someday’s.

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Posted: 09 April 2013 04:58 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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whitetail , my z21 , on a good day 71 mph , on a tournament day fully loaded , 2 guys , gas gear , full live wells 67-68 mph , on gps units .

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Posted: 09 April 2013 07:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Blind, If you ever have an empty seat…...............PLEASE let me know!!;)

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Posted: 09 April 2013 11:00 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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My stomping grounds all have restrictions of some sort: Lake Storey (trolling motor only), Snakeden’s Lake McMaster (10hp) and Emiquon (trolling motor only, no gas motors permitted no watercraft).  A 9.9hp on McMaster does the trick and a second trolling motor at Lake Storey to move longer distances is paired with a bow mount foot control for fishing.  Of course, neither lake is that big.  As far as Emiquon, it’s a chore at times but for me the good outweighs the bad as it keeps a lot of people away.  Perhaps that’s a bit selfish but that place would have been a madhouse in 2009 with all of those dumb, cooperative bass.  I, for one, was glad it wasn’t.  I can understand the frustration and have often said, “I wish…” as well.  I’m not sure of all of the reasoning but if safety is a factor, I’m good.  Call me cynical, but it seems a few bad apples ruin things for those of us who play by the rules.

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Posted: 10 April 2013 10:10 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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blindbasser   I’ve always wondered about that as well.  Seems like another pointless Illinois law.  No gas motors I understand but allowing 25hp or less to run wide open and not allowing larger motors to idle seems stupid.  I think a speed limit makes more sense

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