May 31st, 2006|
West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert
The holiday weekend welcomed the unofficial start of the Erie boating season with near record warm temperatures and calm lake conditions. Catch reports varied from no luck to above average. Anglers were having some success for perch in 30' of water west of Walnut Creek and in 60 feet of water off the Point at Presque Isle. Anglers fishing the west end of Presque Isle Bay have reported good catches of spawned out perch as well. Walleye catches were sporadic although the water is still a bit on the cool side for this time of year. Reports from the Western basin area and in particular the Kelly's island area indicate a strong start to this years walleye season. With the normal West to east migration, we should be in for some good fishing soon. Smallmouth bass fishing has been good to excellent in and around Presque Isle Bay and along the Lake Erie Shoreline in 25 to 30 feet of water. The Lake Erie water temperature of Toledo is 62 degrees, off Cleveland, 57 degrees and off Erie 57 degrees.
Bridge at the Manchester Hole Under Construction:
The Walnut Creek Marina will only be accessible from Manchester Road From May 31 thru June 22 due to bridge repairs on Dutch Road.
Walnut Creek Channel Advisory:
STAY BACK 20 FEET FROM WEST BANK (ROCK) WALL
In order for the PFBC to protect the stability of the west bank (rock) wall, dredging operations will no longer be performed within 20 feet of the west bank (rock) wall. Therefore, all boats are required to maintain a distance of a minimum of 20 feet from the west bank (rock) wall. Be advised that if you navigate within 20 feet of the wall, your boat will suffer serious damage. Boaters exiting the channel to the lake have the right of way.
Boaters must sound their horn as warning for anglers to pull up their lines. Failure to reel in fishing lines when a boat is entering or leaving the marina will be strictly enforced this year as boaters will not have the ability to enter or leave the marina on the far west side.
Staying on the best of terms with your fire extinguisher doesn't take a lot of effort. The most common type of fire extinguisher found on most family boats is the dry powder extinguisher. These extinguishers typically have an easy to read pressure gauge that you should check on a monthly basis.
When you check the pressure gauge also give the entire bottle a good look. Plastic nozzles can be easily damaged and may not function properly if they are blocked.
It is also recommended to give your dry powder extinguisher a thorough shaking at least twice a year because "the powder charge can settle and become compacted during long periods of disuse."
If you shake your extinguisher twice a year, then when you shake it for the tenth time it should be the last. The National Fire Protection Association recommends that non-rechargeable, powder-type extinguishers be routinely replaced after five years, even though they have not been used and appear to be in good shape."
For those boat owners with carbon dioxide or Halon type extinguishers, checking and shaking is not the way to go. These gaseous type extinguishers require periodic inspection and certification by trained and licensed service providers. "The tank must be weighed to ensure that it is still full. Those that have lost more than 10 percent of their charge must be recharged in order to be effective. Weighing should be a part of a semi-annual inspection.
Your fire extinguisher is required to be USCG approved for marine use and at least one extinguisher should be securely mounted within arms reach of the operator. Extinguishers are required on all boats with internal combustion engines with enclosed compartents for portable fuel tanks and boats with permanently mounted fuel tanks.
No matter what type of fire extinguishers you have aboard your boat, a little regularly scheduled TLC will go a long way to ensuring a long lasting friendship for you and your extinguisher. Ref. ICBM Inc.