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#11052012 - 08/19/15 05:56 PM First trip to Athens
D-Mert Offline
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Registered: 03/12/15
Posts: 76
Loc: Waxahachie, Tx
Mr and my girlfriend will be making our first trip to Lake Athens this Saturday for her birthday. I was looking for any pointers or tips that anyone would like to share. Not looking for exact locations or baits but more along the lines of a general starting point. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.


Edited by D-Mert (08/19/15 05:56 PM)

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#11052073 - 08/19/15 06:21 PM Re: First trip to Athens [Re: D-Mert]
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Registered: 01/14/15
Posts: 920
Loc: TX
The schoolers suck, I would ignore them. Use s frog around pads and c rig on main lake points

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#11052075 - 08/19/15 06:21 PM Re: First trip to Athens [Re: D-Mert]
Nutman Offline
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Registered: 11/01/13
Posts: 2634
Loc: Athens, TX
Be there at 5:30am

I'll give you a map with 4 of them marked on it.
And with the baits to use
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#11052076 - 08/19/15 06:22 PM Re: First trip to Athens [Re: D-Mert]
David Welcher Offline
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Registered: 06/02/10
Posts: 1445
Loc: Weatherford
Lots of Grass, so fish the edges of the grass. Weightless trickworms, C-Rig watermelon rattlesnakes, and drop shot a plum colored finesse worm. Fish points, but cast out in the 6 to 8 foot depth while your boat is in 18 fow. Not a lot of shallow water fish unless your flippin Lilly Pads, Water is ultra clear, so get you some 14lb or less florocarbon. I just love that lake. Give us a report when you get back.

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#11052080 - 08/19/15 06:24 PM Re: First trip to Athens [Re: D-Mert]
David Welcher Offline
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Registered: 06/02/10
Posts: 1445
Loc: Weatherford
And listen to anything Nutman tells you.

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#11052092 - 08/19/15 06:29 PM Re: First trip to Athens [Re: David Welcher]
Chris_K Online   content
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Registered: 01/14/15
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Loc: TX
Originally Posted By: David Welcher
And listen to anything Nutman tells you.


What he said

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#11052126 - 08/19/15 06:49 PM Re: First trip to Athens [Re: D-Mert]
chunkin Offline
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Registered: 03/15/06
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Loc: irving
Ive caught a few t rig light bullet weight grande rattlesnake 4 to 10 ft weeds.
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#11052428 - 08/19/15 09:25 PM Re: First trip to Athens [Re: D-Mert]
Tyler.Woods Offline
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Nutman must know everything about that lake lol. It's a good lake with a lot of fish. Shouldn't have a problem catching an over or two!!
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#11052446 - 08/19/15 09:27 PM Re: First trip to Athens [Re: D-Mert]
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Loc: Tyler, Texas
Nutman I need to find you next time I am out there. Of course I made the mistake of spending all morning trying to get the schoolers to bite.

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#11052493 - 08/19/15 09:48 PM Re: First trip to Athens [Re: Slefler]
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Originally Posted By: Slefler
Nutman I need to find you next time I am out there. Of course I made the mistake of spending all morning trying to get the schoolers to bite.
the schools and the size of the fish in the schools seems to be smaller this year. Either way, they won't eat what I throw at them.

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#11052698 - 08/20/15 04:42 AM Re: First trip to Athens [Re: D-Mert]
wagonwheel Offline
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Registered: 06/06/11
Posts: 403
Loc: Mansfield, TX
I can usually catch a few in/around the grass on weightless Granda Bass Snake-O in green pumpkin. A purple trick worm works pretty good too. It is a fun lake, enjoy.
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#11052731 - 08/20/15 06:34 AM Re: First trip to Athens [Re: wagonwheel]
Nutman Offline
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Registered: 11/01/13
Posts: 2634
Loc: Athens, TX
Originally Posted By: wagonwheel
I can usually catch a few in/around the grass on weightless Granda Bass Snake-O in green pumpkin. A purple trick worm works pretty good too. It is a fun lake, enjoy.


Good choices,,,,.
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Before sunup: black or black with blue fleck

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#11059216 - 08/23/15 04:38 PM Re: First trip to Athens [Re: D-Mert]
MrZip Offline
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Registered: 12/14/14
Posts: 2
I'm guessing from this thread that Lake Athens is open. Can you tell me where the public boat ramps are located? May have to try this one out.

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#11059353 - 08/23/15 05:28 PM Re: First trip to Athens [Re: Chris_K]
Nutman Offline
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Registered: 11/01/13
Posts: 2634
Loc: Athens, TX
Originally Posted By: It's a giant!
Originally Posted By: Slefler
Nutman I need to find you next time I am out there. Of course I made the mistake of spending all morning trying to get the schoolers to bite.
the schools and the size of the fish in the schools seems to be smaller this year. Either way, they won't eat what I throw at them.


if you get into the schoolers you have a better chance if you go "small". When I have caught them they have been spitting up real small shad 1 & 1/2 inch to 2 inches is all. I have been catching them on a tiny torpedo and real small swim baits. A 1/8 oz spinnerbait will laso get them to bite. Any bigger and they are picky.

if you fished at Athens Saturday or today (Sunday) and didn't catch a bunch, something was wrong with your worm, frog or buzzbait. It was a lot of fun out there this weekend. Going to miss it for a while.
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#11059385 - 08/23/15 05:42 PM Re: First trip to Athens [Re: MrZip]
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Registered: 02/27/13
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Loc: Rockwall & a lake somewhere
Originally Posted By: MrZip
I'm guessing from this thread that Lake Athens is open. Can you tell me where the public boat ramps are located? May have to try this one out.


There's only 1 ramp. but the fishing has been very slow lately. It will pick up in a few weeks after cold fronts, but right now it sucks. I'd go elsewhere if I were you.
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