It took just one excursion / trip to the lower Colorado to realize just how much Lake Hodges and California in general is screwing its residents and visitors. Everything in Yuma and probably most of Arizona is actually accessible to the public, do you see a body of water from the road? Just pull off the road onto one of the many paths through the sand and head to the water! But there was still one major annoyance (ok, frustration), that being access to the actual river. With few roads in the area you are still extremely limited on what you can access and ultimately end up to going to the public fishing docks and a sprinkling of cleared bank areas to fish. The good thing is that most water access is free, unlike California parks that charge you an access fee just look at the water.
So what was my solution for straightening out this dilemma you ask? Buy a bass boat of course! So off we went to our local Outdoor World (Bass pro shops) to look at boats, while we started out looking at a aluminum Tracker boat (which would have suited our needs well) but somehow ended up buying fiberglass boat, in particular a 2013 Nitro Z-7. We have not taken delivery yet, but in a few days we will have a boat similar to the one pictured below. (I snagged the picture below off the internet because it does have the same paint scheme, less the Mercury 150 fourstroke) Our Nitro Z 7 has a 2013 Mercury 150 Fourstroke, which I am really looking forward to running, Lowrance on the bow and Lowrance color sonar with GPS capability and chart plotters in the console, KeelGuard, hydraulic pedestal, hydraulic steering, etc.
Sadly I didn't see an option for a Hawaiian print bass boat, but I certainly would have considered it. Thinking out loud... I guess I still have the option to do a Hawaiian themed wrap for my bass boat.
OMG Not that it's a new low for me, but I just realized that I have already resorted to blogging some of my "line sheet" and I don't even have the boat yet! I guess that's what happens when you have bass boat fever. and of course my wife has taken every opportunity to buy boat related stuff for herself, if there was ever an excuse to needlessly blow money this is it. My wife has purchased more stuff in the last few weeks than she has all of last year (nonetheless I still love her).
I will update the Nitro Z 7 bass boat picture once I take delivery, which is this Saturday, but if you see someone wearing a bright Hawaiian shirt and standing on the bow of a bass boat in the vicinity of the Colorado river, it's probably me. Am I going to change my clothing to fit in more with the local fisherman? Hell no, my personal opinion is that there is no reason that we can not have a dress code that's somewhere between covert camouflage and sponsored tournament apparel similar to a NASCAR drivers suit. But because of my preferred clothing choice I am sure that someone will tag me with a funky nickname that will be hard to shake off. Next week we take the boat to the lower Colorado river for it's maiden voyage, so stay tuned, this could be a very interesting year.
Back in the day I used to fish Red Man bass tournaments and a whack of club and pro am tournaments, there is a voice in my head telling me I have some unfinished business in my future.
I previously stated that I was going to post more pictures here but have since changed my mind and started a new blog called Fishing Safaris which is 100% dedicated to our Nitro Z-7 boat and bass fishing on the Colorado River