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#11728356 - 07/18/16 08:10 AM Hitting stumps
Hog Jaw Offline
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Registered: 06/09/08
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When bouncing around in a stump field , crawling though it very slowly , you guys put engine in neutral or just continue . No bashing please just asking . Thanks for input .

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#11728360 - 07/18/16 08:12 AM Re: Hitting stumps [Re: Hog Jaw]
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Depends on the stump.

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#11728364 - 07/18/16 08:14 AM Re: Hitting stumps [Re: Hog Jaw]
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I tilt the motor a bit to try and avoid a solid impact and idle. If it starts to ride up on one, I shift to neutral and let nature takes its course.

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#11728381 - 07/18/16 08:27 AM Re: Hitting stumps [Re: Bobby Milam]
jhall239 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Bobby Milam
I tilt the motor a bit to try and avoid a solid impact and idle. If it starts to ride up on one, I shift to neutral and let nature takes its course.

^^ This is what I do^^
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#11728445 - 07/18/16 09:00 AM Re: Hitting stumps [Re: jhall239]
UTDmiller Offline
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Originally Posted By: jhall239
Originally Posted By: Bobby Milam
I tilt the motor a bit to try and avoid a solid impact and idle. If it starts to ride up on one, I shift to neutral and let nature takes its course.

^^ This is what I do^^


Same, dont want the prop to be banging off stumps if i can avoid it
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#11728449 - 07/18/16 09:03 AM Re: Hitting stumps [Re: Bobby Milam]
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Originally Posted By: Bobby Milam
I tilt the motor a bit to try and avoid a solid impact and idle. If it starts to ride up on one, I shift to neutral and let nature takes its course.


this is it.
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#11728456 - 07/18/16 09:10 AM Re: Hitting stumps [Re: Bobby Milam]
Ken A. Offline
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Loc: Trophy Club, TX
Originally Posted By: Bobby Milam
I tilt the motor a bit to try and avoid a solid impact and idle. If it starts to ride up on one, I shift to neutral and let nature takes its course.


I do similar but I tilt the motor up a bit more so the bottom of the skeg is about even with the bottom of the pad. Rarely will the prop ever contact a stump in this position. It takes a little practice but works well.

With your boat on the trailer tilt the motor so that if you pulled a straight edge off the bottom of the pad, the skeg would be about even with that line. Now get in the driver's seat and note the angle of the motor. In this position, you still have the power to reverse the engine and stop the boat if you begin to ride straight up high-center on a stump. If you get the motor too high, you lose most of the reverse thrust.

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#11728462 - 07/18/16 09:12 AM Re: Hitting stumps [Re: Hog Jaw]
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Registered: 08/20/03
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I do as mentioned above. On Monticello and this is the only lake I have ever done this. I have had my boat become a see saw on a stump before..

I have no issue taking a boat into a stumpfield, just slow and easy.
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#11728489 - 07/18/16 09:28 AM Re: Hitting stumps [Re: Bobby Milam]
Razorback Offline
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Registered: 08/31/01
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Loc: Tyler, TX, USA
Originally Posted By: Bobby Milam
I tilt the motor a bit to try and avoid a solid impact and idle. If it starts to ride up on one, I shift to neutral and let nature takes its course.


Same here. I tilt the motor up to try to be sure the prop doesn't hit the stumps. I believe every time you hit something solidly with the lower unit, especially the prop, you are that much closer to a high dollar repair job.

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#11728583 - 07/18/16 10:22 AM Re: Hitting stumps [Re: Hog Jaw]
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Registered: 06/26/16
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Loc: Magnolia, TX
Are there any lakes within a couple hours north Houston that isn't filed with stumps? I live in Magnolia but I'm from Tennessee and recently bought a boat so I'm not used to shallow water and stumps at all. I'm not afraid to take my boat out in the local lakes but I sure would like to go somewhere occasionally where I don't have to worry about it. We've been on Lake Conroe a few times and just went to Raven Saturday. We've fished Raven quite a few times in kayaks and enjoy it, especially on the weekends because it's not so crowded and rough. We've fished Lake Livingston quite a bit also in kayaks but new to the boat scene here.
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#11728597 - 07/18/16 10:33 AM Re: Hitting stumps [Re: Hog Jaw]
Hog Jaw Offline
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Copy That on not afraid of stump fields , I have put my Skeeter thru some rough terrain , always take it slow , puckered up a couple of times when rocking on a stump .

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#11728637 - 07/18/16 10:55 AM Re: Hitting stumps [Re: Hog Jaw]
bassmanrudy Offline
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Registered: 01/30/15
Posts: 403
Loc: Bossier City, LA
I do like a lot mentioned above. As soon as I hit something I try to figure out "how" and "where" the stump is and if momentum is easily carrying me forward I just pull back the throttle and ease over. If it starts to hang up I either keep going forward or stop and try to back off.

Now as to what scares me more $$ wise is when I slide off the stump and my LSS transducer and regular transducer are back there(already knocked my old one off(didn't have the right bracket) and have tilted my LSS one up several times. Plus having the Talons mounted I am concerned with the stump potentially landing directly in between the bracket and boat and I'd be stuck good. Here on the Red River its just something you deal with each time out. Caddo isn't any better in some places either. I have a Tracker so the aluminum hull will be fine but I don't think it slides as easily as the glass hulls do IMO.
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#11728790 - 07/18/16 12:02 PM Re: Hitting stumps [Re: Hog Jaw]
Mike_Soriano™ Offline
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Registered: 06/08/08
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Loc: FORK
Hammer down..the less boat in the water, the less chance of hitting something...KIDDING..read above for instruction.
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#11728799 - 07/18/16 12:12 PM Re: Hitting stumps [Re: Hog Jaw]
RandyK Offline
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Registered: 04/06/09
Posts: 128
Loc: Tx
In most cases, you should be able to feel which side of the boat the stump is on. If you do, turn the boat to that side, then the motor will get out of its way.

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#11728981 - 07/18/16 01:53 PM Re: Hitting stumps [Re: Hog Jaw]
Fooshman Offline
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Registered: 02/18/05
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Loc: Black Dog, TX
I don't really have a problem with them but I have a boat for it.
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