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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 06-28-2016, 11:47 AM Thread Starter
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Has anyone here ever drifted the Bonaventure river on a DIY trip? Is that even possible on the public sectors? Please, if you have been on the Bonaventure on a DIY trip, we have a lot to talk
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I haven't drifted it, but just met a couple of guys last week who started in E sector and drifted/camped the whole way down.
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I haven't drifted it, but just met a couple of guys last week who started in E sector and drifted/camped the whole way down.
Thanks for sharing, man. Some good material on your blog too!
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The river is not considered difficult from a white water perspective. There is a canoeing kayaking operation that unload tons of tourists to do it, so if you are at all competent in a canoe, you should be good. There are a few good rapids to look out for, but if you follow standard white water precautions, no worries. Especially in early season when water is high and rocks are low!
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Easy to do for all of the public sectors .Just respect the wading folk ;-)
You can camp at different spots
I will add, not necessary and be careful if not using canoes as pontoon boats are not really welcome
Just saying
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The river is not considered difficult from a white water perspective. There is a canoeing kayaking operation that unload tons of tourists to do it, so if you are at all competent in a canoe, you should be good. There are a few good rapids to look out for, but if you follow standard white water precautions, no worries. Especially in early season when water is high and rocks are low!
Thanks for the info, Simon. I have very little experience on a canoe solo to be honest, that's why I was thinking about a Watermaster watercraft or similar...
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Easy to do for all of the public sectors .Just respect the wading folk ;-)
You can camp at different spots
I will add, not necessary and be careful if not using canoes as pontoon boats are not really welcome
Just saying
Not really a pontoon, I was thinking a Watermaster (inflatable). Are these not welcome either? It seems less noise than a canoe to me...
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I never understood the pontoon thing. Especially on the Boni with hundreds of kayaks and whatever else is drifting down ready to take out unsuspecting fishermen.
It's like when sinking lines were considered a poacher's line. Now everyone has a two handed rod and using tips....
I say pontoon away and don't give a crap about what others say or think.
One has the right, where legal, to use whatever they wish.
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The rule that HAS to be respected with boats is that if fishing pool you have to maintain well away from the mid river line .This,however applies only to the lower sector 1 as far as the public sectors . To negotiate the outlet of Sinclair or the head of Dambar with a canoe ye'd be OK .With a pontoon you'd be totally out of control. Also with those oars well out from the hull=not exactly stealthy and on the narrower parts of the river the rule of thumb is to pass behind fishermen .

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Exactly my point.
How is a hoard of canoes and kayaks stealthy, either?
I'm talking the Bonnie, here.
I've fished it with some crafts respecting the "behind the angler" rule, and many more not. And some out of control!!
I literally had to push off some kayaks and canoes so I wouldn't get run down.
We all agree to sharing the river and for the most part respect each other, but when I hear about how pontoons are "frowned upon" on the Bonnie, well I just can't understand it.
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Exactly my point.
How is a hoard of canoes and kayaks stealthy, either?
I'm talking the Bonnie, here.
I've fished it with some crafts respecting the "behind the angler" rule, and many more not. And some out of control!!
I literally had to push off some kayaks and canoes so I wouldn't get run down.
We all agree to sharing the river and for the most part respect each other, but when I hear about how pontoons are "frowned upon" on the Bonnie, well I just can't understand it.
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The real-estate that a canoe occupies when looking head on is small due to paddling close to the hull /A raft or kayak is a bit larger but a pontoon is much larger due to the "wingspan " of the oars /I've done parts of D sector in a 16 ft Canoe ( my Dagger and a friend's Freighter) ,26 guide's canoe and with a friend's pontoon .Going through the tail of Sinclair was ugly . I liked the Freighter because one guy could stand up in it to spot fish . This was how we found "G.L." which tuned out to be very productive .

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Just for everybodies info, I just returned from my Bonaventure trip and one of the main outfitters out there was using a float raft to drift their clients down the public sections. They were respectfull of the fishermen and weren't causing any comotion. I really think it mainly depends on how you handle yourself with the boat.

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