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#10854081 - 05/18/15 08:54 PM Lightning??
tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish Online   content
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Loc: highland village/lake Lewisvil...
If your way up the lake, a long ways from the truck. Is it safer when it's lightning, to go to shore, a bridge or the long ride to the ramp?
I usually head for shore. What's everybody's opinion?
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#10854148 - 05/18/15 09:10 PM Re: Lightning?? [Re: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish]
teenfisherman Offline
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Registered: 07/29/09
Posts: 1738
Loc: Lubbock
Ha! My buddy and I just headed to shore last time we were out in the kayaks and even caught a couple fish!

Personally, I say go to the ramp if you know 100% you can make it, otherwise. Get somewhere on the bank where you won't likely be stuck by lightning
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#10854163 - 05/18/15 09:12 PM Re: Lightning?? [Re: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish]
hurricane 201 Offline
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Registered: 04/02/12
Posts: 1371
Loc: Johnson County ,Texas
I fished all night under a bridge this past weekend ( Saturday night to be exact) felt pretty safe in the middle of a heck of a light show. At least until that lighting bolt hit a power transmission pole about 80 yards away.
Took an hour for Vess's eyes to return to normal size, but after that we had no interest in getting out from beneath that bridge until it stopped!


Edited by hurricane 201 (05/18/15 09:13 PM)
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#10854257 - 05/18/15 09:36 PM Re: Lightning?? [Re: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish]
mjmetro0719 Offline
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Registered: 10/25/02
Posts: 3777
Loc: saginaw,tx
I always went under a bridge during lightening and heavy rain, if it's too windy and putting up big waves I went to shore and waited it out, been in that situation many of times
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#10854526 - 05/19/15 01:09 AM Re: Lightning?? [Re: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish]
Chemdawg Offline
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Registered: 01/22/13
Posts: 1236
I seen lighting strike clear lake in in Washingtone state it was really neat seeing mike you guy get to go yet i would i to see some pick when you do go

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#10854686 - 05/19/15 07:20 AM Re: Lightning?? [Re: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish]
GetSlimed Offline
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Registered: 01/05/14
Posts: 447
Loc: Bedford, TX
I'd probably head for shore. Getting struck by lightning is NOT on my bucket list.
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#10854704 - 05/19/15 07:31 AM Re: Lightning?? [Re: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish]
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Registered: 03/08/10
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Loc: Gonzales, Tx
I have always headed for the ramp, beach or tie the boat, flip the bilge pump on and get in the truck. Not sure if you see lightning or hear thunder if you really have time to go anywhere. Experts say lightning can strike from 15 miles away. Lightning strike monitors are now available that will warn when lightning is 15 miles away.

This one warns up to 40 miles away.
http://www.ambientweather.com/stpelide.html
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#10854713 - 05/19/15 07:37 AM Re: Lightning?? [Re: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish]
Drawout Online   content
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Registered: 01/15/07
Posts: 3131
Loc: Paris Texas
Just play the odds and ride out the storm peep

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#10854723 - 05/19/15 07:43 AM Re: Lightning?? [Re: Drawout]
HeavyLead Offline
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Registered: 01/18/14
Posts: 891
Loc: Rowlett, Texas
Originally Posted By: Drawout
Just play the odds and ride out the storm peep


lol, I don't like them odds!

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#10854778 - 05/19/15 08:05 AM Re: Lightning?? [Re: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish]
texashelms Offline
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Registered: 06/02/10
Posts: 170
Get the hell off the water ASAP! Try heading back to the boat ramp and get inside your truck. When on the lake you and your boat become the most likely point of contact and ain't no bridge going to help you. Be safe! bolt

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#10854813 - 05/19/15 08:19 AM Re: Lightning?? [Re: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish]
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Registered: 03/14/03
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Bridge. You are no longer the highest point on the lake.
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#10854843 - 05/19/15 08:30 AM Re: Lightning?? [Re: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish]
TRH (formerly xpress00) Online   content
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Registered: 12/19/08
Posts: 1182
Loc: Red Oak, TX
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGR6Wk3Kboo

Lightning Reg was never hurt by it, well sort of..
I've rode it out under the same bridge Vess and Paul probably did a few weeks before them. I've also headed to shore and the ramp. I've also been in a pretty ominous situation on CC where there was no lightning or thunder but very heavy cloud cover and our mono line would rise UP off the water after the cast out rather than settling down on the water. Go figure that one out.
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#10854852 - 05/19/15 08:32 AM Re: Lightning?? [Re: TRH (formerly xpress00)]
ChuChu1 Online   content
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Registered: 03/08/10
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Loc: Gonzales, Tx
Originally Posted By: TRH (formerly xpress00)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGR6Wk3Kboo

Lightning Reg was never hurt by it, well sort of..
I've rode it out under the same bridge Vess and Paul probably did a few weeks before them. I've also headed to shore and the ramp. I've also been in a pretty ominous situation on CC where there was no lightning or thunder but very heavy cloud cover and our mono line would rise UP off the water after the cast out rather than settling down on the water. Go figure that one out.


Wait till your graphite rod starts to vibrate. Scary!
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#10855001 - 05/19/15 09:29 AM Re: Lightning?? [Re: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish]
pelican Offline
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Registered: 08/27/11
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Loc: Grapevine
I'm running XM weather and displaying NEXRAD anytime there's possibly weather issues, however I've had storms make up directly overhead and it happened quick. If and when I get caught I'm going to get off the water period. If I have to take cover under a bridge I'll get out of the boat and get as far under the bridge as possible.
Depending on what kind of protection that's on shore I'll make use of the best option.
You don't get do overs with Lightning, I've been within 100' of 3 lightning strikes, it's some BAD Sheet!
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#10855011 - 05/19/15 09:33 AM Re: Lightning?? [Re: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish]
Aixsponsa Offline
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Registered: 05/07/15
Posts: 82
Loc: Louisiana
You are not safe ANYWHERE outside. Get to shelter immediately.

http://www.lightningsafety.noaa.gov/myths.shtml
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