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Old 08-01-2016, 07:00 PM   #21
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Any flashlight worth frogging with will light up pretty well. Even if the tow was comprised of empties on a small 800 hp boat if you are waving it around, as I would be, the flashlight will attract the attention of the boat. Bourg, La. ICW is fairly straight only about two small bends and the rest is straightaways for several miles. Towboat would have seen a flashlight waving about.
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Old 08-01-2016, 07:11 PM   #22
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boat crash in front of our Marina and 3 boating tragedies in our area

Who goes frogging in the ICW? With a 5 year old? We went frogging all the time in HS but we did it in ponds.
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one thing about the tug and load. They move along pretty good and even if the Captain saw the small boat, just what could he have done? They do not turn or stop on a dime. Perhaps cut power, but that is about it I would guess.

Such a shame.
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Does "frogging" actually mean catching frogs?
Re Mule`s post about water skiing, over here a boat towing a skier must have a dedicated observer to watch and help manage the skier. There are also rules for "distance off" other skiers, boats, land, pilings and other marine constructions, etc.
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Old 08-01-2016, 08:51 PM   #25
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one thing about the tug and load. They move along pretty good and even if the Captain saw the small boat, just what could he have done? They do not turn or stop on a dime. Perhaps cut power, but that is about it I would guess.

Such a shame.
Depends on when they would have seen. But on the other side of that, you must wonder why the small boat didn't see the tug and load sooner. Did it cut across in front of it for some reason? Why was it in the path? But you can see them at a great distance and swim with life jacket a considerable distance in that time.
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I would assume "frogging" means catching frogs. Usually done with a bright light at night. Rayne, La. about 60 miles or so from where the accident happened is the frog capitol of the world.
To answer Mule's question as to what the tow Capt. could have done was to have avoided the 14' boat by whatever means he thought prudent. I am absolutely sure he would have, if he had seen it. A 14' boat not underway is avoidable no matter where it was in the Canal. If it was a 14' log and he saw it he would have steered around it. Been there done all of that but did not get the Tee Shirt.
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This is what we used, attached to a long aluminum pole or conduit. Snuck up on them at the edges of ponds. This gig didn't kill them-- we would collect them in a tow sack all night then they would still be alive and kicking when we got home.

I guess there are frogs at the edges of the ICW but that seems like a dangerous way to do it. I'm sure the dad feels terrible, and I don't mean to second guess his judgement. Louisiana people are tough and do things I wouldn't.
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Does "frogging" actually mean catching frogs?.

Yes. Haven't been in many years and know many catch them bare handed after blinding them with a light. I always used a tool called a gig that looks like this.

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The LED lights that attach with a band to your forehead has certainly made things easier.
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Old 08-01-2016, 09:22 PM   #29
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That video shows how they do it and the age of froggers is S.La. Note the lack of PFD's especially on "little Bo"
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How do you cook these little critters ?
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Old 08-01-2016, 09:47 PM   #31
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You fry the legs. Something like chicken wings with more meat than wings. The video does not show it but some of those legs will reach 10"-12". Tasty
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In the video above Little Bo's father, Bo in the orange sweatshirt, is my dermatologist, he is one of the most dedicated fishermen I know. The guy driving the boat is "the Casting Cajun" he also owns a home impovement contracting company here in Thibodaux and has a weekly TV fishing show.
Next time I see my dermatologist I'll remind him of Louisiana's PFDs required on kids under 16.
Snakes and gators eat frogs too, they are often seen watching frogs as they are being grabbed. I used to go frogging often years ago but we used a small net on the end of an 8 foot pole an caught plenty of them. They are Delicious!!!
That is one proud kid! and dad!
None of this keeps the events from being real tragedies.
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You bop em over the head with a paddle. Lol
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I wonder how much alcohol was involved in all of these accidents.
The speculation based on behaviors witnessed (not by me) is that there may have been more than alcohol involved in the boat crash in front of our marina.
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Yes. Haven't been in many years and know many catch them bare handed after blinding them with a light. I always used a tool called a gig that looks like this.

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The LED lights that attach with a band to your forehead has certainly made things easier.
Not for the frogs!
In Bali, they are called "water chicken".
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Not for the frogs!
In Bali, they are called "water chicken".

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