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#12429693 - 09/17/17 06:05 AM Boat lane on fork?
firefighter196965 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 03/01/04
Posts: 92
Loc: Lake Fork (Alba)
Is there a marked boat lane that runs from the main boat lane to the Weigh in at Lake Fork Marina?
And if not suggestions since the boat lane runs on the opposite side of the lake...

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#12429702 - 09/17/17 06:45 AM Re: Boat lane on fork? [Re: firefighter196965]
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Registered: 10/21/05
Posts: 68538
Loc: Realville
There are boat lanes on Fork but that one is best ran with a chip.

http://www.boatlanes.com/
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#12429762 - 09/17/17 08:17 AM Re: Boat lane on fork? [Re: firefighter196965]
Gamblinman Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 11/26/02
Posts: 3574
Loc: Yantis, TX
No marked boat lane from Lake Fork Marina to the buoyed boat lane. I always lined up with the cove straight across the lake when leaving the marina. I've made the trip hundreds of times at various water depths and never hit anything. Be sure and create a trail you can follow back.

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#12429798 - 09/17/17 08:44 AM Re: Boat lane on fork? [Re: firefighter196965]
Mark Perry Online   content


Registered: 01/09/04
Posts: 53102
Loc: Highway 1
There is a lane marked on Lake Fork Boat Lanes chip. It veers towards bridge a bit.

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#12429940 - 09/17/17 10:43 AM Re: Boat lane on fork? [Re: firefighter196965]
Bobby Milam Online   content
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 07/13/14
Posts: 3553
Loc: Arlington
No marked lane. I've watched hundreds of boat run a pretty straight course from the lane to the Marina and I just pucker up and run it too. I THINK it is pretty safe to run there atleast at this water level.

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#12429942 - 09/17/17 10:45 AM Re: Boat lane on fork? [Re: firefighter196965]
Mark Perry Online   content


Registered: 01/09/04
Posts: 53102
Loc: Highway 1
Spend the $20-25 on the Boat Lanes chip.......WELL worth it.

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#12430017 - 09/17/17 11:51 AM Re: Boat lane on fork? [Re: firefighter196965]
dlwfish Offline
Angler

Registered: 09/21/05
Posts: 298
Loc: North TX
I just turn at that house on the hill and run 70 until I hit the marina... worked for the last 10yrs.

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#12430809 - 09/17/17 10:10 PM Re: Boat lane on fork? [Re: firefighter196965]
ko bass attack 27 Online   content
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 01/05/12
Posts: 9326
Loc: Fritch, Tx. - Alba, Tx.
I wait on one of those fools running 70 and jump in his wake, it's worked for the last ten years. I agree get a boat lanes chip. I prefer the Lance Vick version.

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#12430975 - 09/18/17 07:56 AM Re: Boat lane on fork? [Re: firefighter196965]
LakeGilmerGuide Offline
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Registered: 03/28/17
Posts: 150
I've always heard idle out of the marina and then line up with the 4 or 5 oak trees on the opposite bank, done it many times and always been fine. Just don't turn until you bet to the markers...may or may not be saying that from experience.

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#12431131 - 09/18/17 09:31 AM Re: Boat lane on fork? [Re: firefighter196965]
skins84 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 03/23/09
Posts: 677
Loc: Emory Texas
What looks like open water at Fork is not always open. Evidently the standing timber that used to be visible out in front of Lake Fork Marina has been forgotten by many or they weren't here to see it. Very poor advise to tell someone to run straight out to the point on the other side. Mr Perry is correct, the safest run veers towards the N corner of the bridge.

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#12431146 - 09/18/17 09:40 AM Re: Boat lane on fork? [Re: firefighter196965]
buda13 Offline


Registered: 07/02/04
Posts: 18413
Loc: NRH, TX
Theres a few widow makers near that unmarked lane. One of our very own TFF's demolished his Skeeter there while running the trail on his GPS he'd run many times before. From what I recall the boat was a total loss, mabey he'll chime in and clarify.... I'll be nice and wont name him.
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#12431155 - 09/18/17 09:46 AM Re: Boat lane on fork? [Re: buda13]
Mark Perry Online   content


Registered: 01/09/04
Posts: 53102
Loc: Highway 1
Originally Posted By: buda13
Theres a few widow makers near that unmarked lane. One of our very own TFF's demolished his Skeeter there while running the trail on his GPS he'd run many times before. From what I recall the boat was a total loss, mabey he'll chime in and clarify.... I'll be nice and wont name him.


I was there that weekend and saw the boat.

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#12431175 - 09/18/17 09:56 AM Re: Boat lane on fork? [Re: firefighter196965]
K.D. Online   content
TFF Guru

Registered: 05/04/02
Posts: 14429
Loc: Hurst, TX
I like to think of it as the repair that launched Chris McClain's career in glass repair! roflmao it was shortly after this that he left Bristols place to start his own shop with Kernan.

Yes, the lake was 6 foot low and I hit a stump coming back into LFM. I was on a line I'd ran 100's of time previous. I always leave LFM and head for the green barn opposite the lake. This happened during a Take a Soldier fishing event and we were returning. We had gone out after the normal weigh in to fish till dark. The stump was visible about 3-6 inches above the water line and about as big around as a baseball bat. By the time we saw it there was no time to manuever and with 2 guys in the boat I wasn't going to try a breach turn or something silly. I dead centered it and it cracked the pad right over the center livewell drains

The boat wasn't totaled but the repair bill was north of 15k

Oh, and Brooks Rogers impaled one in that same area a few weeks earlier. But all that stuff is 5 foot deep now

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#12431428 - 09/18/17 12:07 PM Re: Boat lane on fork? [Re: firefighter196965]
HARD WORKN HAROLD Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 11/10/09
Posts: 1140
Loc: Williams Creek, Lake Fork
This weekend u could throw out all the boat lanes. I saw people running thru mine fields and never hit a stump. It's amazing to watch. Maybe they really do know the lake, nah, no way.
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#12433966 - 09/20/17 08:24 AM Re: Boat lane on fork? [Re: skins84]
Gamblinman Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 11/26/02
Posts: 3574
Loc: Yantis, TX
Originally Posted By: skins84
What looks like open water at Fork is not always open. Evidently the standing timber that used to be visible out in front of Lake Fork Marina has been forgotten by many or they weren't here to see it. Very poor advise to tell someone to run straight out to the point on the other side. Mr Perry is correct, the safest run veers towards the N corner of the bridge.


At the present water level, and the fact that the OP doesn't have a copy of boat lanes loaded, running straight across is his safest option. If you try to run the veer to the north to the corner of the bridge without a boat lanes chip, you have the option of stumps on the long point from the west, and a forest to the east. You must make the veer to the north at exactly the right place, which is difficult to do these days with nothing to reference. Wait till the lake gets down 6', you'll see what I'm talking about.

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