I was at the Bass Pro Grapevine all day yesterday with my weigh in trailer watching the weather. I feel it is imperative that I always show up early regardless the conditions. just prior to sign up time a big line of storms developed just west of Grapevine and it looked pretty bad. The storm arrived at sign up time with lightning and I made the decision to cancel the event for safety reasons. I have everyone's contact info and contacted them about my concerns prior to sign up and would keep them posted. I stayed at the registration site in case any new teams showed up. Last week with a big storm approaching I made sure everyone was off the lake and called two teams that I did not see at the weigh in. Everyone made it off the lake. We got lucky with the storm and as soon as I got loaded up after weigh in the storm hit with dime size hail, high winds, and lightning. I did not get any damage but it sure could have been worse. Folks just don't realize how dangerous it can be out on the lake. Personally I will fish in most conditions except for lightning. I have seen first hand what happens when a boat gets struck by lightning. Was at Lake Fork years ago fishing and a storm approached. We were catching fish and the lighting started hitting I insisted that we go back to the ramp. It was a pretty scary ride back to Oak Ridge. The storm calmed down a bit and several game warden's showed launched their boat and returned about 30 minutes later. The rain simmered down to a trickle so I went over and asked them what was going on and he pointed at an aluminum bass boat they towed back in. I started walking over toward the boat and the warden said you really don't want to go over there. That really made me curious so I went over to the boat. A man and a boy had got struck it had killed them and they were still cooking. I only tell you this because of the sadness and impact this made on me of how dangerous lighting is. My priority has to be safety first for everyone involved. I carry an emergency action plan along with a first aid kit,& other safety equipment to every event and keep my CPR, AED, and first aid certification current thru the American Heart Association. I want everyone to have fun in the events that I conduct but will do everything possible to make it safe and enjoyable for everyone. My events will remain safe and family friendly.
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Thanks, Larry Ladnier