Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
50inchpig

spotlighting on metro lakes

11 posts in this topic

Was out on Bald Eagle just after midnight on Saturday, a car stops on the south shore and starts shining a very powerful green colored spotlight at my boat. This went on for a few minutes until it just got too creepy and I left the spot, but the car and light stayed put for a few minutes after that.

Not my idea of a good time, very strange to say the least, not the first time I've trailered the boat with the fillet knife in one hand. Anyone seen this weirdness before?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Night fishing is fun, but there are times that make you wonder why is this guy boating up to me at night or times when your vehicle and/or trailer is vandalized. Not fun for sure.

It's hard to say if it was kids messing around or not, but after 30 seconds of that I'd have left also. Too me its not worth waiting around to see what their up to. I still don't carry any protection with me, but the accesses with no lights can be creepy when alone.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Marc-

Eerie for sure - you gotta buy the same 15 million candle power spotlight I have and you'd be able to outshine them pretty quickly!! wink

I gotta admit though - walking to the rig in the dark parking lot and putting the boat on the trailer (especially when you're alone) makes me carry at least a mag light.

-erik

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've had police do this to me on White Bear, the only thing I could think is they were trying to figure out where my trailer was since the ramp closes at 11 and it was 1am....that is a little weird.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've had police do this to me on White Bear, the only thing I could think is they were trying to figure out where my trailer was since the ramp closes at 11 and it was 1am....that is a little weird.

I actually had a cop check the regs for me, the ramp doesn't ever close, it's the park it's connected too. Technically the ramp and parking is out of the jurisdiction of the local police and is left to the DNR. Or at least this is what I was told by a WBL police officer earlier this year.

I'm curious why Ramsey County doesn't have lights up at more of their launches, or why when one goes out they can't fix it? There are a lot of dark ramps around the east side...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I was out on Bald Eagle on Saturday night and the sheriff's patrol was out. It's possible they were checking to see who was still out but the green spotlight seems odd. I've never seen that used by law enforcement.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I would guess the green spotlight because if I recall correctly, it doesn't wreck your night vision. Same reason some guys put like green cellophane over their headlamps when fishing.

Zelmsdawg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I actually emailed the Sheriffs office last week because of all the people out on BE without lights that I saw on Tuesday night, not at sunset either, way late.

I usually mind my own business when I can but it seemed like it was only a matter of time before something bad happened, especially with the increased traffic, so props to the RCS for their response there.

I would have checked out the spotlight if I wouldn't have been by myself.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

So you're why I got pulled over for no lights. Brand new boat and apparently I blew a fuse. I had been out and had used the lights 3 or 4 times when moving around and then of course when it's totally dark and time to go home the d--- things won't work. Headlights and interior lights and a slow throttle kept me from a ticket, but of course a couple neighbors have already commented on it asking if I needed bail money.

If the cops were checking up to see what was going on why would they bother with a green shade? What do they care about night vision? Sounds more to me like a local trying to see who was out chasing things in the middle of the night.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Kinda related,

A couple years ago I was night fishing WBL on the muskie opener pretty late, probably 1-2 in the morning. As I was casting the shorline a small boat pretty close to shore was going along and periodically shining a flashlight up into people's yards. At the time I couldn't figure out what the heck they were doing. Were they trying to find a friends house on the lake and dind't quite know where it was or what. Then the next day I figured it out. They were probably losers looking for loot to steal that people had left up on their lawns. I did remember them not shining on the actual houses and just on the lawns and docks. Then I figured these guys must be pretty stupid. If they wanted to do it right they would be going along while the sun was still up casing the joints out instead of shining lights at night. If it had occurred to me what they were doing at the time I would have called the cops.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

A similarly related subject to yours TS. My dad and I were out spearing/shooting carp one night and a woman started yelling down at us. Apparently we were stealing motors. She asked what we were doing and we said fishing. She promplty told us we were stealing motors and was calling the cops. We continued fishing for a while after that and no cops came by. It would have been one thing if we were being sneaky, but with the generator running and all sorts of lights on, one would think we're the worst theives in the world. BTW, we didn't get any motors that night but did get a few carp.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!


Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.


Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Looks like we have at least 1 faithless elector so far.
    • Of the 2 candidates that had a chance at winning, Hillary was the only one that had anything resembling a plan to help rural America. Hillary's plan just didn't resonate because it basically was modernizing rural America, and rural America wants to relive a past that is no longer achievable.    Unfortunately a libertarian is probably an even worse choice for rural areas. While a libertarian would cut federal taxes, they also would significantly cut spending to things like infrastructure where rural areas have a disproportionate maintenance cost to local tax revenue ratio. The Libertarian "privatize everything" or "leave it to the states" mentality would likely lead to many roads becoming toll roads in order to pay for maintenance. And those tolls are by and large paid by locals, increasing costs of local goods and making area businesses less competitive.
    • Well, OSU is going to the playoff, and Wisconsin and Michigan are getting at large bowls. That leaves Minnesota as the #4 remaining team.
    • +1 on striker ice love mine    
    • I know of which you speak and they were full when I stopped by for my new fav Ghost Pepper beef sticks on the last weekend. Well I stopped by on the 1st-2nd and last weekend for the beef sticks! I use to cut up all my Deer until I and the wife wanted some of those more fancy brat's and sausage I just couldn't do.
    • My FXR sled jacket and bibs have the F.A.S.T Flotation Assistance system Technology in them so I get dlb duty out of the suit sledding and Ice fishing. Right now Cab's up in Rogers has the FXR outdoor suits but they aren't cheap. Love mine.    
    • Those look Great. Most of the time just crock potted them to death! 
    • Glad to hear it isn't the local 172 processor people complained about last year.    I was happy to have the needed "facilities" back this year.  Set up, skinned, sliced, diced, vacuum packed and cleaned up in 3.5 hours.  No, that doesn't include the grind, but we do take that in.
    • I go to Petty Bro's in Annandale and have with about the last 8-9 Deer. They usually get it back in about 3 weeks.
  • Our Sponsors