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Flags and Buoys

#1 User is offline   williammunny 

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 02:34 PM

Last night - I was on a straight line path between the south tip of Seaway Island and Beacon Cove. At just about the middle of that trip - about the middle of our half of the lake, I came upon 2 red flags sticking about 5' up the air. The 2 flags were probably 200' apart. Right in the center between them, there was a red buoy floating that was a little bit bigger than a large beach ball.

It was about 8:30 PM when I came upon these. I didn't see them until the last minute because they were relatively small (considering the scale of the lake) and I was driving straight into the sun. When I saw it, I came down off plane and went around them. Before starting up again, I looked around and there were no boats to be seen close in any direction. The closest boat was well over a mile away. Mind you - this is 20 minutes before sunset.

Any idea what's up with the flags and buoys?

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 02:41 PM

Fishing net that broke away from its anchorage?
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Posted 25 July 2013 - 02:41 PM

newly sunken 47' fountain?
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Posted 25 July 2013 - 02:43 PM

Long lost city of Atlantis?
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Posted 25 July 2013 - 02:44 PM

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 02:51 PM

Could be my old dockbox....:ph34r:
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Posted 25 July 2013 - 02:54 PM

sailboat race markers?
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Posted 25 July 2013 - 03:17 PM

View PostTango 7, on 25 July 2013 - 02:54 PM, said:

sailboat race markers?

most likely...
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Posted 25 July 2013 - 03:54 PM

Jimmy Hoffa??
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Posted 25 July 2013 - 03:56 PM

but that reminds me... somewhere about in that same area is a PCV marker (maybe 8-10" dia, 5-6' tall)... with a big block "M" quite similar to a UofM "M". Not sure what it is for, but I did find some text about a UofM project studying winds and currents in the lake.
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Posted 25 July 2013 - 04:54 PM

There is a yellow marker in the middle of Anchor Bay, maybe 1 mile off the Belle Maer Channel. I also assume it is a sail boat race bouy, but was in the middle of the DNR trap nets this past spring, so I am suspicious that it is still related to fishing, so I give it a WIIIIIDE berth.

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 06:10 AM

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 08:31 AM

from TrollPro in the fishing forum:

"Yea those are trap nets, both nets go from the flag to the bouy. "
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Posted 29 July 2013 - 07:43 AM

MDNR is conducting an experimental sturgeon gill net survey on Lake St. Clair. We fished these special large-mesh gill nets last week and will be fishing them again early this week. The nets are moved each day to a new location. They are marked as mentioned above with a flag buoy at each end and one large ball buoy near the middle. The nets are 6 feet high and fished in at least 10 FOW, so there will always be at least 4 feet of water between the surface and the top line of the net. We have 6 more sites to fish this week and I anticipate we will be done by mid-day on Wednesday. The catches have been much lighter than expected with most sets resulting in fewer than 20 fish total for the 500' of mesh. I believe we've handled a total of 5 sturgeon in the 10 net lifts we've made so far. The most common catch has been smallmouth bass, which due to the larger mesh size have been mostly big fish. I have been pleasantly surprised with the low mortality of the bass that we've caught, with most of them being released in excellent condition.

Both the RV Channel Cat (46 foot)and RV Perca (21 foot) have been involved in this survey, depending on weather/wave conditions.

Please let me know if you have any further questions about this netting effort. Thanks. - Mike

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 08:03 AM

It sure is true how easily overlooked those are when heading into the sunset.

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