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July 2003

Warren, Crossett, El Dorado, Magnolia & Moro Bay

Bruce and Shanda, the owners of Johnsville Grocery, invite you to stop by the store for fishing or hunting supplies or enjoy a deli sandwich while hearing about the latest area fishing information.  Check out their ad and photos in this section of the magazine.

Down at Felsenthal bream fishing has been fair with red wigglers or crickets on Wild Cat, Pete Wilson, Red Eye and Bull Brake.  Crappie are also fair.  Bass are chasing chartreuse and white spinner baits and Bandits on the Saline. 

Catfishermen are doing fairly well on the river with cold worms or cut bait. KNOW THE RULES Boating activities are one of the most enjoyable summer activities for

Arkansas families.  Whether fishing, skiing, pleasure boating, wakeboarding or riding personal watercraft, Arkansans are blessed with an array of wonderful lakes and rivers on which to enjoy their water sport of choice.  Arkansas has had about 100 reported boating related accidents a year over the past five years.  The accidents have accounted for 10-20 deaths annually.  Everyone should be mindful of the dangers present whenever on the water, and should take the necessary measures to minimize risks associated with water related recreational activities.  Here are some of the most important things that will ensure our safety of whole families while boating:

BEFORE GOING OUT:

Insurance and registration.  All personal watercraft and motorboats powered by engines of more than 50 HP must be covered by a liability insurance policy in the state of Arkansas, with at least $50,000.00 in liability coverage per occurrence.  This must be carried with you on the water.  Vessel capacity.  Always check and adhere to the manufacturers recommendations. 

Fueling a vessel.  Check the fuel system for leaks and turn off engine and electrical equipment before you gas up.  Also, remove all portable tanks from the boat.  Beware of static electricity.  (Touch the fuel spout to the tank before you add fuel.)  Leave room in tank for fuel to expand.  Tightly replace the cap.  Wipe up all spills. 

A float plan.  Always tell someone what route you’ll take and when you’ll be back. 

General pre-use checklist.  Check all lights, check all steering and throttle controls; check all hoses for leaks or cracks and for oil and fuel leaks.  Make sure bilge plug is secure; fire extinguisher is charged and operating; confirm the ignition safety switch and wrist lanyard are working.  Check right kind and number of life jackets or flotation devices are aboard and in good condition. 

ON THE WATER:

Know and follow all rules; night navigation, different buoys and markers.  If you don’t know these rules, get the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s “Handbook of Arkansas Boating Laws and Responsibilities.”  Or take an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission course on boating safety.

WEATHER:

Always monitor weather developments and have a plan.

PERSONAL FLOTATION DEVICES:

Have at least one USCG approved PFD for each person on board and at least one Type IV approved throwable for a vessel 16 feet or longer.  Children 12 or younger must wear a PFD at all times on the water.  Everyone aboard a personal watercraft must wear a PFD at all times; as must everyone towed behind on water skis, aquaplanes, wakeboards or similar devices.


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