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New Rules July 1 for all texas lakes
Jul 14th, 2014 at 12:04am
 
Now you must drain all water from your boat whenever you leave or enter a Texas lake.  That includes engine blocks and cooling system to prevent the spread of zebra mussels.  Total PITA but so is dealing with an invasive species.  These suckers sound nasty.


https://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/outdoor-annual/fishing/general-rules-re...
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Reply #1 - Jul 14th, 2014 at 7:12am
 
it will be a pain to drain but it is better than having the zebra mussels take over the lakes.  the one thing this does do is helps my decision to stay with outboard  Wink
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Reply #2 - Jul 14th, 2014 at 9:26am
 
Hmmm.... Do I have to flush at the ramp? Ticket for not draining or ticket for exhaust noise... Wonder which would be cheaper...
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Reply #3 - Jul 14th, 2014 at 11:06am
 
ya i saw this.  I'm glad i don't travel to to many lakes.  i am going to canyon next monday.
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Reply #4 - Jul 15th, 2014 at 10:17am
 
As its written it sounds like they want you to drain going out and coming in rather than flush.  Flushing would get more lake water out assuming there is access to a hose at your ramp, but draining is easier to test for.  If a warden pulls your manifold plug and water comes out, he knows you didn't drain.  I would hope if someone drains coming in, they do it far enough away from the water so their run-off doesn't go into the lake.  Of course they were supposed to have drained when they pulled out last time.    I don't know anyone personally who's been tested yet but guys on the mastercraft forums were talking about being harassed over 4th weekend.  With the number of fisherman coming in and out of LBJ with Livewells etc, we're certainly at high risk.

livesound wrote on Jul 14th, 2014 at 11:06am:
ya i saw this.  I'm glad i don't travel to to many lakes.  i am going to canyon next monday.

The only exception I've seen is if you pull out and put in the same lake the same day.
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Reply #5 - Jul 15th, 2014 at 1:06pm
 
There is no way in hell I am pulling all 5 drain plugs in my engine at the ramp...
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Reply #6 - Jul 15th, 2014 at 3:18pm
 
With an I/O, even if you did pull all the drain plugs, there's still some water in the bottom of the eng. Actually there all kinds of pockets where water can still be present; hoses, pumps, oil coolers, the list goes on and on.

Flushing is the only way to get all the old water out.
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Reply #7 - Jul 15th, 2014 at 5:00pm
 
Ugh yeah one more thing to remember to have to do. I guess it's for a good reason.
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Reply #8 - Jul 17th, 2014 at 5:48pm
 
tyranny what your name on team talk,  I'm cwarndahl over there
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Reply #9 - Jul 17th, 2014 at 10:25pm
 
livesound wrote on Jul 17th, 2014 at 5:48pm:
tyranny what your name on team talk,  I'm cwarndahl over there


Tyranni, same as here. Original huh.  I don't post over there generally, just lurk. Next week I'm going to finish up my replacement of the fuel level sensor system so I might post the steps.  Seems all years have a terrible time with the stock level sensor equipment so others might be interested how I do it.
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Reply #10 - Jul 28th, 2014 at 3:45pm
 
i defiantly would even the 12 sucks!  i post way more over there.  since its more wake boat oriented and a lot more posts.  how do you like the x-2?
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Reply #11 - Jul 28th, 2014 at 10:21pm
 
For Zebra Mussel info look it up in relation to the Great Lakes.
They coat everything with very sharp shells.
They add weight to everything. They also clog water intakes, both small and large.
While the cold water in the Great Lakes has preserved hundreds of sunken wooden ships for many years, those wrecks are in danger of being crushed under the weight of rapidly growing mussels.

Given the lack of control of ramps in our lakes, and lack of knowledge of this infestation, and a certain amount of apathy and arrogance, I really believe we are doomed to participate in this pestilence.

We can do our best to slow it down.
Private ramps and marina ramps may be the most difficult to deal with.

As filters, they also make the water clearer so we can see the devastation the little suckers cause.

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