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#12333944 - 07/11/17 09:09 AM Am I crazy?
goodman1389 Online   content
Angler

Registered: 07/01/14
Posts: 293
Loc: Mansfield,TX
I'm wanting to fish the Sealy Big Bass tournament on Lake Fork in September. I've never fished it before but I know it generally has a huge turnout. I fish in a 17' aluminum Tracker. Am I going to get beat to death with all the boat traffic? I've only fished small tournaments before so this would be my first large tournament. Any feedback would be appreciated.

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#12333955 - 07/11/17 09:13 AM Re: Am I crazy? [Re: goodman1389]
lipjerk Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 03/04/09
Posts: 2261
Loc: Lantana,Tx
Depends on how bad you want to get out there. It will be a mad house, I assume you have experience in your boat, but where there's a will there's a way cheers

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#12333956 - 07/11/17 09:14 AM Re: Am I crazy? [Re: goodman1389]
InTheClear Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 09/28/12
Posts: 1395
Loc: Southwest Texas
No, know your limitations before hand, enjoy the day. Maybe you win?

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#12333965 - 07/11/17 09:20 AM Re: Am I crazy? [Re: goodman1389]
David Burton Online   confused
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Registered: 07/14/11
Posts: 1882
Loc: McKinney, TX
Stick to coves near where you put in. Don't not try to run all over the place or fish too close to the boat lanes, and you'll be fine. If you do want to fish out in open water, anchor down and expect to ride some chop. Trailer your fish in if you need to, running the lanes for a long distance in a light boat with that traffic can kill your back!
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#12334178 - 07/11/17 11:15 AM Re: Am I crazy? [Re: goodman1389]
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Registered: 02/28/04
Posts: 16458
Loc: Flower Mound, TX
I say do it. Also, remember to launch somewhere close to weigh-in so you can bring in the winner without having to drive across the lake with all the yay-hoos in the way. Skeeter Owners this year pretty much summed up my decisions on ever fishing a big tourney again. I'd say over half of the people out there does not know how to safely operate their vessel. That's a scary!
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#12334243 - 07/11/17 11:45 AM Re: Am I crazy? [Re: goodman1389]
GROD Offline
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Registered: 09/12/10
Posts: 1179
Loc: Eagle Mountain
It's a great time!!! Would reccommend launching near weigh in and if you don't know fork very well then use the boat lanes, and idle anywhere outside of them.

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#12334245 - 07/11/17 11:47 AM Re: Am I crazy? [Re: goodman1389]
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Registered: 02/19/02
Posts: 1618
Loc: Lake Fork

I just returned from Pickwick where we fished the HS National Championship and World Finals. Pickwick is 53 miles long and has a lot of yacht and barge traffic.
While we were up there, we met a team from Florida and became friendly with them. They were fishing out of a 17' flats boat with a 90hp Merc. EVERYONE passed them on the way out in the mornings......
When all the dust settled, they ended up getting 3rd in the World Finals. An awesome finish against some of the very best HS teams in the nation.
While this may seem long winded and roundabout, the point is - it's not the arrow, it's the Indian.
Go fish, have fun.

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#12334276 - 07/11/17 12:02 PM Re: Am I crazy? [Re: goodman1389]
Outdoordude Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 04/20/09
Posts: 2060
Nah, you'll be fine. Launch at a ramp close to where you intend to fish and be patient with traffic on and off the water.

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#12334287 - 07/11/17 12:09 PM Re: Am I crazy? [Re: goodman1389]
Drummond1 Offline
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Registered: 09/05/14
Posts: 205
Loc: Irving
I did the BPS Big Bass Tour in my Bass Tracker PT 175 in Conroe and Table Rock, it would be fun
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#12334304 - 07/11/17 12:19 PM Re: Am I crazy? [Re: goodman1389]
goodman1389 Online   content
Angler

Registered: 07/01/14
Posts: 293
Loc: Mansfield,TX
Alright that's what I was hoping to hear. Just booked my hotel room. Thanks everyone for the tips.

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#12334703 - 07/11/17 05:23 PM Re: Am I crazy? [Re: Txduckhunter]
PaPa@fork Offline
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Registered: 04/25/16
Posts: 515
Loc: Lake Fork
Originally Posted By: Txduckhunter

I just returned from Pickwick where we fished the HS National Championship and World Finals. Pickwick is 53 miles long and has a lot of yacht and barge traffic.
While we were up there, we met a team from Florida and became friendly with them. They were fishing out of a 17' flats boat with a 90hp Merc. EVERYONE passed them on the way out in the mornings......
When all the dust settled, they ended up getting 3rd in the World Finals. An awesome finish against some of the very best HS teams in the nation.
While this may seem long winded and roundabout, the point is - it's not the arrow, it's the Indian.
Go fish, have fun.


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#12334721 - 07/11/17 05:35 PM Re: Am I crazy? [Re: goodman1389]
Abogue77 Offline
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Registered: 05/08/13
Posts: 130
Loc: Tyler, TX
I've done it, (different tournament, same lake) in a 15 ft 1966 Super Skeeter. As others have said, pick an area and fish the [censored] out of it.

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#12335095 - 07/11/17 09:45 PM Re: Am I crazy? [Re: goodman1389]
Ranger Z118 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/10/09
Posts: 2381
Loc: Tyler, TX
Yes you are, but not because of your boat. It is a circus out there, be careful.


Edited by Ranger Z118 (07/11/17 09:46 PM)

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#12335905 - 07/12/17 11:55 AM Re: Am I crazy? [Re: goodman1389]
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Registered: 02/18/13
Posts: 207
Loc: North Dallas, Texas
Do it! I fished Lake Fork in a bass buster and only sunk once...it's worth it. thumb
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#12336439 - 07/12/17 06:15 PM Re: Am I crazy? [Re: goodman1389]
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Pro Angler

Registered: 09/27/09
Posts: 994
Loc: Cisco,Tx
Use that small boat to your advantage, go pre fish and find fish in the tightest, nastiest, out of the way, hardest to get in to with one of those big shine $ 80,000 bass boat spot you can find and you just might find a big fish that does see a 1000 lures a day
Back about 35 years ago in a stump infested little lake in south Mississippi I would take the big boys money on a regular basis fishing from a 15' rental Jon boat with only a trollling motor
GO DO IT , FISH YOUR STRENGTHS
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