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    Default Local knowledge please - Fraser River North Arm river mouth, dangers?

    Hi Folks,
    I have never launched from MacDonald beach and gone out the north arm.

    I have heard the river mouth can be dangerous, depending on tides winds and currents.

    I have a Trophy 2359 can anybody give me some local knowledge about the river mouth and what I should be looking for.
    Does the channel move much?
    Any info would be greatly appreciated

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    low tide n/w wind can be BAD

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    Thanks Scout
    Bad as in I should not do it?
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    in a 2359 you will be fine coming out of the mouth, just check the wind forcasts first and way on the side of caution 5-15 you will be fine 20+ can get a little snotty.
    just watch for stray logs, I've never launched at macdonald but I believe its fine I know there are some decent size boats coming out of that Launch, there are some more seasoned Macdonald members that will point you right, maybe pm Ofishal business he launches outta there in his trophy
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    Thanks Gidyup,
    I actually just talked to an officer at Kits CGS and he said the same as you.I appreciate everyone's info.
    While I have your attention, what would you recommend for fishing spot today?

    I'm thinking off Gabriola Any thoughts for me?
    I'm a newby to fishing and can use any help I can get :-)
    Thanks

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    Check with dmurph. He ran his 2359 out of North Arm all last summer. He can tell you exactly what it's like in those conditions and if there was every any problems.

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    You should be fine in most conditions in your 2359. I would be more concerned with dead heads and other traffic. If the tide is low you may have trouble to launch or load but a pretty good , protected launch other wise.

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    I've used MacDonald Beach launch quite a bit. It's not bad overall. Ramp can get slick at low tide. Also, keep your track on your GPS- it can be disorienting when you come back. It is shallow off Wreck beach, so follow your track back. Going out, watch for logs, and tugs towing log booms, and stay in the centre of the channel. It isn't that tough.

    I agree with other comments about wind. If it's 5-15 it's fine, but gets uncomfortable above that. I've run over to Thrasher twice in the last couple of weeks with noooo luck, but it's probably the best bet.

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    Watch for deadheads & other junk.
    If you have sounder/gps, turn it on. Mine shows me the deeper parts, which are not alwasy in the centre.

    I ran out of there probably 20 times last year without issue, Most of the time 20-30mph, 22' aluminum with outboard. Don't recommend it but I didn't have any problems.

    Heard of a couple people damaging glass & legs on deadheads.

    Watch for traffic too, of course.

    You have to be watching the river all the way out & back.

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    Thanks for all the replies folks.
    Unfortunately it was crappy day and I never got on the river.

    This was supposed to be my first outing this year, got to Mac Beach, put the boat in the water, as I went to start it, I blew a fuse and could not locate the problem (I found out later there is a fuse on the starter that is not visible :-( )

    It was a low tide, and as I went to haul it out something underwater tore the side out of my tire sidewall and it was flat before I got to the top of the ramp.
    LOL What a day
    Of course new trailer and have not yet got a spare :- ( (Can you say dumbass)

    So I jack the trailer and haul off the tire and head into Richmond; Crappy tire, BiG O, OK Tire... NO one has a C load tire ...Arghhh!
    So I have to go in to Van to get one, get it on the rim, go back to the boat, and realize the jack I have (from my old trailer) is too short to lift the trailer high enough to instal the inflated tire :-(
    Crap!
    Messed with blocks of wood and still could not get enough lift.
    LOL finally called BCAA and they came with a floor jack, I was out of there just in time to hit the rush hour home!

    LOL so you know that old story about any day fishing being better than work... Not that day

    It was the definition of a "clusterfark" mixed with a snafu or two..

    LOL, Such is life

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