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#12541430 - 12/17/17 04:49 PM Shotgun starts post
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brings up memories. How many remember them from the 70"s? Some even actually used a shotgun. I remember one on Lake Ouachita out of Mountain Harbor with over 200 boats in it. I used the "cut" to go upriver and beat all those who chose to go around the long woody point. Even though it was a no wake zone I used I was first up the river.

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#12541568 - 12/17/17 07:04 PM Re: Shotgun starts post [Re: spacejunkie]
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Originally Posted By: spacejunkie
brings up memories. How many remember them from the 70"s? Some even actually used a shotgun. I remember one on Lake Ouachita out of Mountain Harbor with over 200 boats in it. I used the "cut" to go upriver and beat all those who chose to go around the long woody point. Even though it was a no wake zone I used I was first up the river.


I'll be the first to say this

But you should have been dq'ed from the tournament

And especially for doing it knowingly
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#12541575 - 12/17/17 07:11 PM Re: Shotgun starts post [Re: spacejunkie]
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#12541595 - 12/17/17 07:30 PM Re: Shotgun starts post [Re: spacejunkie]
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Nothing illegal about it. I observed the no wake rules I just went a different way than others ignored.

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#12541690 - 12/17/17 08:23 PM Re: Shotgun starts post [Re: spacejunkie]
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I turn 62 in march, I remember shotgun starts. Most of us thought it was a boat race and we got fish after it was over. I raced motocross until I got to big, I'd get in there and mix it up with the best of them.

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They used to shoot a flare to start the race, I mean tournament, state park cove lake Corpus Christi, we called it lake Mathis back then, It was wild some times. Some of the guys even wore motorcycle helmets and it wouldn't even be cold. Not as wild on Falcon, bigger coves, spread out more not as bunched up.

Tournaments were a lot more fun back then. No social media, just flashers and paper graphs.
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#12541706 - 12/17/17 08:29 PM Re: Shotgun starts post [Re: Fish Killer]
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Originally Posted By: Fish Killer
Originally Posted By: spacejunkie
brings up memories. How many remember them from the 70"s? Some even actually used a shotgun. I remember one on Lake Ouachita out of Mountain Harbor with over 200 boats in it. I used the "cut" to go upriver and beat all those who chose to go around the long woody point. Even though it was a no wake zone I used I was first up the river.


I'll be the first to say this

But you should have been dq'ed from the tournament

And especially for doing it knowingly


We weren't as politically correct or as sensitive back then. If anybody had a real big problem back then, you took care of it ever how you needed to to.
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#12541719 - 12/17/17 08:37 PM Re: Shotgun starts post [Re: spacejunkie]
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i have a team tournament partner that forgets what we are out there for sometimes. I don't know how many times we've had to backtrack to our intended starting spot because he gets in a boat race and drives right past it lol

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#12541745 - 12/17/17 09:00 PM Re: Shotgun starts post [Re: spacejunkie]
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Even with the one at a time starts in the BFL it gets crowded. Some boats are slower than others get to on plane.
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#12542666 - 12/18/17 05:04 PM Re: Shotgun starts post [Re: spacejunkie]
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Registered: 08/16/05
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Loc: Abilene,Tx
Loved them back in the day. Very exciting but our field then was about 40 boats...100, that would be scary.

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#12543359 - 12/19/17 09:13 AM Re: Shotgun starts post [Re: spacejunkie]
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Nothing wrong with a boat race to get the day started. Sadly, sometimes its the most exciting part of the day

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#12543371 - 12/19/17 09:19 AM Re: Shotgun starts post [Re: spacejunkie]
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Every Wed night on Lake Worth from time change in the spring till September we do a shotgun start at 6pm. Starts to get fun when you have 20+ boats.
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#12543405 - 12/19/17 09:35 AM Re: Shotgun starts post [Re: spacejunkie]
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Some of my best memories are takeoff at daylight on Amistad and Elephant Butte
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#12543685 - 12/19/17 11:45 AM Re: Shotgun starts post [Re: spacejunkie]
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Has anyone ever seen 2 boats hit during a shotgun start? Just wondering. I have not been in many shotgun start but it can get crazy.


Edited by coachallentca (12/19/17 10:31 PM)
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#12543846 - 12/19/17 01:16 PM Re: Shotgun starts post [Re: spacejunkie]
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Never did. I have seen more close calls fishing BFLs on Rayburn than any of the shotgun starts.
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#12543872 - 12/19/17 01:33 PM Re: Shotgun starts post [Re: spacejunkie]
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Billy you are right about the BFL's coming out of Umphrey. Some of them slow to plane boats need to get in the right lane! I've rode as a co for two years, had some great boaters, but I am driving this year. Gotta take it easy on the ole back.
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