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re: jet sking the wake behind barges on the MS river. Terrible idea?
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jet sking the wake behind barges
Never on MS but have surfed Alabama barge traffic in a old aluminum runabout. You just slide upon onto the sweetspot with some speed and you'll hear/feel motor resistance drop while the boat picks up speed. Hint peel off before running up on barge.

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You have swam in the ms river at Natchez? The main channel, not old river or Deer park?

I call bull shite.


why ?

Have swam rapids all over can't be worst than something like the Grand C.


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re: jet sking the wake behind barges on the MS river. Terrible idea?
During high water the current is very deadly, but what many don’t remember is the river isn’t always at that high water, deadly high current stage. As posted earlier,people have created tons of old wives tales about the Mississippi River over the years, such as the catfish the size of Volkswagens.


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cave canem
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re: jet sking the wake behind barges on the MS river. Terrible idea?
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Swam in it in Port Allen when I was a kid.



As a kid with the river as the western boundary on our farm we slipped off and swam in it every chance we got.

On the weekend we sometimes had large extended family parties on the sandbars with a dozen or so cousins showing up and swam our arse off and loved jumping in the tug boat waves as they came washing in.

We had a pool it just was not as much fun.

A few years ago some fricker swam the entire river from Minnesota to Venice and he was not the first.


Lots of over sheltered wussies in this thread.


iwantacooler
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re: jet sking the wake behind barges on the MS river. Terrible idea?
It’s been several years, but I’ve seen folks jump barge wake on jet skis at Vicksburg.


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Aubie Spr96
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re: jet sking the wake behind barges on the MS river. Terrible idea?
Yall don't have "deadmen" on the MS River? I've seen this a handful of times on the Warrior here in Alabama. This is where the barge either churns a log off the bottom or runs over a floater. It then shoots the log out of the water and into the air. If you're riding behind one, you're a "deadman".

Never ride behind a barge, ever.


Grassy1
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re: jet sking the wake behind barges on the MS river. Terrible idea?
When I first moved to BR in '86 I was looking for a nice narrow river to ski in like I did growing up on Little River near Pollock LA.

Didn't take long to see that cool little offshoot from the MS River that people called the Intercoastal Canal. Perfect!!

Didn't jump any barge wakes but I'm sure we got too damn close to the boats.

It was all good till one day we were picking up a ski near the bank and noticed a big cottonmouth, and then another, and another and another.

On the next trip we traded our skis for a 22 pistol and just shot snakes. Haven't tasted that water since.

Lived through much more than I deserve to. Careful out there baws.




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re: jet sking the wake behind barges on the MS river. Terrible idea?
I met a guy the other day who jumped a roller and came down at a bad angle and the front of the jetski basically took a nose dive. His face smashed the handle bar. He broke multiple bones in his face and neck. I've been a little less crazy on mine since hearing his story.


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redneck
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re: jet sking the wake behind barges on the MS river. Terrible idea?
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Buddy got a ticket from MDWF jumping wakes behind a yacht in a busy river in Mississippi.


your buddy was within 100' of the yacht (according to the agent anyways). Mississippi doesn't allow you to be within 100' of the vessel creating the wake.


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cave canem
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re: jet sking the wake behind barges on the MS river. Terrible idea?
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Yall don't have "deadmen" on the MS River? I've seen this a handful of times on the Warrior here in Alabama. This is where the barge either churns a log off the bottom or runs over a floater. It then shoots the log out of the water and into the air. If you're riding behind one, you're a "deadman".


Some of you sure hold onto your old wives tales closely.



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re: jet sking the wake behind barges on the MS river. Terrible idea?
And to think, my dad, his brothers and their friends swam their Boy Scout mile swim in the Mississippi River back in the 1950’s and 1960’s-without life preservers, of course.

It’s like any other body of water-know what you’re getting in to and don’t be stupid.
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omegaman66
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re: jet sking the wake behind barges on the MS river. Terrible idea?
I have water skied the Mississippi river at Baton Rouge once. Will never do it again. Every time I would fall and had to wait for the boat, I would get bumped by big fish. I thought it was asian carp at first. But when I finally had both skies ripped off my feet I realized it was big hungry catfish!

I gave the hand signal to be picked up. Before the boat reached me one grabbed my left foot. My leg was engulfed up to the knee.

Before i knew what was going on I was under water. I panicked. I started kicking it in the head with my right foot but it was pointless. It was dragging towards the bottom 50 foot down. I struggled and eventually lost consciousness. My body was never found.

And that is why I refuse to ski in the big muddy any more!

True story.


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re: jet sking the wake behind barges on the MS river. Terrible idea?


I forgot to also say-a lot of my friends grew up swimming and skiing the River behind an island, and even ran out into the main channel. The only reason I didn’t is because we had a place at Kentucky Lake.


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Chuker
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re: jet sking the wake behind barges on the MS river. Terrible idea?
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On the weekend we sometimes had large extended family parties on the sandbars with a dozen or so cousins showing up and swam our arse off and loved jumping in the tug boat waves as they came washing in.


Damn that sounds like a great way to grow up.
Though y'all are super super lucky those sandbars didn't slide off into the river sucking you down with it. You know because in places the river is cut back 1/2mile under those bars leaving them suspended via magic.



All these people shitting on playing in the river makes me want to do it. I'm starting to suspect I may not be making it out of this world alive anyway.



omegaman66
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re: jet sking the wake behind barges on the MS river. Terrible idea?
Indians use to swim in the Mississippi river in Baton Rouge and we all know what happened to them. Just sayin'!


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dawg23
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re: jet sking the wake behind barges on the MS river. Terrible idea?
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Some of you sure hold onto your old wives tales closely.
I can't imagine how/why you think this is an old wives tale. Debris being kicked up by wheel wash is very common in areas where the channel is relatively shallow. (The river between BR and NOLA is pretty deep except at the channel crossings. The river above BR is relatively shallow.)


Lonnie Utah
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re: jet sking the wake behind barges on the MS river. Terrible idea?
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True story


Got me.


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cave canem
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re: jet sking the wake behind barges on the MS river. Terrible idea?
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Debris being kicked up by wheel wash is very common in areas where the channel is relatively shallow.


Because at best it is buoyancy neutral, it aint shooting out the water.
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re: jet sking the wake behind barges on the MS river. Terrible idea?
I spent 8 years working on a dock on the big river. I have seen lots of crazy stuff float down, many boats, barges and ships pass. I have never once seen anything shoot up out of the water.


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Tchefuncte Tiger
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re: jet sking the wake behind barges on the MS river. Terrible idea?
I want to know why his PFD didn't turn him face-up as they're designed to do.


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