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Submerged 'pipe'

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Yesterday 4-27-16 my dad and I were scouting for a tournament this coming Saturday. Our last stop of the day was some canals on Bateman Island. On our way out we were leaving a canal and getting back into the atchafalya river. At the mouth of the canal where it meets the river we hit what we thought was either a small log or even a gar fish. It didn't feel like much but when we put the boat on the trailer we had a pretty big hole in the bottom of the boat. There's a dent about 2 feet long and then where the 'pipe' hit the weld where the pad and transom meet it ripped a chunk of metal about 2' x4' out of the bottom of the boat. I don't have GPS coordinates for the object but will post a screen shot of where its at on google earth. Be careful out there!
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Submerged pipe location.
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Good thing it is aluminum and not fiberglass!!! The river is still up a little. Did you at least catch any fish???
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I wonder if the push for all of the private canals,and laws changed to make it trespassing even if the area is not posted has anything to do with the oil companies limiting their liability for these type of accidents?They sure would save a lot of money not having to keep obstuctions marked or cleaning up abandoned equipment.Funny how Louisiana politics work.
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The mouth of that canal is actually very shallow. I've been in it a few times in a small workboat and always drug bottom for the 1st 100ft or so. Silt from the river builds up pretty bad there. Never saw any pipes sticking up and I never hit anything. Maybe something drifted in there with high water. Could be and old piling or who knows...
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