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#12780331 - 06/04/18 08:36 PM Fayette 6/4/18
Vogey Offline
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Registered: 10/31/14
Posts: 261
Today was my best overall sunfish day ever. Got to the lake at daybreak & fished til 1:30. Water temp 89-92. Fished reedbeds mostly, with nightcrawlers. Got at least 80 in the boat with 25-30 going 3/4 lbs. to 1.1 lbs...all released. Overcast all morning (key)...caught all but 6 or 7 in 2-4 ft of water. I know this post is picture heavy but I can't help it...took over 30 photos all together.







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#12780398 - 06/04/18 09:22 PM Re: Fayette 6/4/18 [Re: Vogey]
Fitz� Offline
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Before I read your post, I looked at the pictures. Thought to myself, man Vogey had a heck of a day.

Then I read your report and suspicions were verified. Thats awesome, we live for days like that! thumb cheers

Well done and enjoyed your pictures as always.

No need to apologize for too many pics, their allure is part of what makes them great.
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#12780541 - 06/04/18 10:46 PM Re: Fayette 6/4/18 [Re: Vogey]
canyoncreek06 Offline
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Registered: 03/03/16
Posts: 567
Loc: Victoria, TX
Epic day.

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#12780606 - 06/05/18 04:21 AM Re: Fayette 6/4/18 [Re: Vogey]
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Awesome post Vogey. Good Job. hooked


Edited by banker-always fishing (06/05/18 12:06 PM)
Edit Reason: Adjustment.
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#12780737 - 06/05/18 08:07 AM Re: Fayette 6/4/18 [Re: banker-always fishing]
Vogey Offline
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Posts: 261
Thanks guys...And Banker...I wasn't feeling bad, you must be getting me mixed up with someone else. Here's more info on the trip...Plan was to spend more time trying out Crickethooks methods with the Thill float or drop shot in deeper water around trees. But they just never stopped biting so it was hard to leave. I did end up catching around 5 or 6 out in the trees deeper, so I think they are on the verge of moving out. Saw lots of fry in the shallows...maybe they were there to protect them from bass etc. One thing that's changing at Fayette is the emergence of the spiny leaf Naiad grass. It is now pretty much everywhere in the shallows...I think this may be a good thing as it gives them a better habitat. It sure is nice pulling up green vegetation instead of black slime...

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#12780804 - 06/05/18 08:51 AM Re: Fayette 6/4/18 [Re: Vogey]
chascat Offline
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Registered: 01/26/03
Posts: 685
Loc: Canyon Lake, TX
WOW! Nice! Thanks for sharing.

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#12780811 - 06/05/18 08:56 AM Re: Fayette 6/4/18 [Re: Vogey]
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Registered: 10/10/07
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Very Cool! Nice Pics, Beautiful fish!

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#12780925 - 06/05/18 10:08 AM Re: Fayette 6/4/18 [Re: Vogey]
WormTrafficker Offline
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Registered: 03/11/18
Posts: 10
Awesome!

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#12780929 - 06/05/18 10:11 AM Re: Fayette 6/4/18 [Re: Vogey]
spazm09 Offline
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Registered: 04/16/09
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Loc: Dallas, Tx
Great fish. Nicely done!
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#12781099 - 06/05/18 12:04 PM Re: Fayette 6/4/18 [Re: Vogey]
banker-always fishing Online   content
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Originally Posted By: Vogey
Thanks guys...And Banker...I wasn't feeling bad, you must be getting me mixed up with someone else. Here's more info on the trip...Plan was to spend more time trying out Crickethooks methods with the Thill float or drop shot in deeper water around trees. But they just never stopped biting so it was hard to leave. I did end up catching around 5 or 6 out in the trees deeper, so I think they are on the verge of moving out. Saw lots of fry in the shallows...maybe they were there to protect them from bass etc. One thing that's changing at Fayette is the emergence of the spiny leaf Naiad grass. It is now pretty much everywhere in the shallows...I think this may be a good thing as it gives them a better habitat. It sure is nice pulling up green vegetation instead of black slime...




It was Flags who was under the weather! Sorry about that Vogey! hammer
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#12782203 - 06/06/18 07:23 AM Re: Fayette 6/4/18 [Re: Vogey]
Laker One Offline
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Nice HOGS Vogey! Will be fishing Fayette very soon! woot

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#12782269 - 06/06/18 08:12 AM Re: Fayette 6/4/18 [Re: Laker One]
Vogey Offline
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Registered: 10/31/14
Posts: 261
Laker...I assume you will be fishing from your kayak at Fayette. Do you launch from Park Prairie Park or Oak Thicket ? How far do you go in your kayak...can you fish the entire lake, or are you limited to the areas closer to the parks ? Let me know b4 u go & I will give u more detail...

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#12782299 - 06/06/18 08:42 AM Re: Fayette 6/4/18 [Re: Vogey]
CricketHook Offline
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Registered: 07/08/15
Posts: 11
Awesome! Best kept secret in Texas. The place has some great fishing for panfish that is rarely tapped. There is a tournament in August each year where you weigh in the best 50. I think the signup is at the general store by Park Prairi.

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#12782315 - 06/06/18 08:53 AM Re: Fayette 6/4/18 [Re: CricketHook]
Vogey Offline
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Crickethook...The game warden told me about that tournament as he was checking my equipment & fishing license out. I told him that 50 per person seems way too high & he said he didn't think it would do much damage to the fishery...not so sure about that ? It's funny, but I have fished for these guys all over the lake, and only found them in 3 main areas...

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#12782388 - 06/06/18 09:45 AM Re: Fayette 6/4/18 [Re: Vogey]
Gitter Done Offline
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Great post as always Vogey. Those are some slabs. Always enjoy reading your post.


Side Note: A fifty fish tournament is a lot of fish. I liked what the Game Warden stated that he did not think the tournament would do much damage. Damage is damage no matter how much! Just my two cents. How long have those tournaments been going on? First I have heard of it and I have fished Fayette a lot over the years.

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#12782674 - 06/06/18 12:36 PM Re: Fayette 6/4/18 [Re: Gitter Done]
Vogey Offline
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Gitter Done...It's the first I have heard of it as well, but he said it is an annual event. He said they follow it up with a big fish fry...maybe it's a local thing ? I have only been fishing for sunnies at Fayette for a couple years & have yet to see anyone else fishing for this species, but I do see lots of floats in trees, so there has to be a few of us. Talked to 2 bass fisherman at 11:00 am and they said they had not caught a fish all day. When they asked me if I had any luck, I just smiled internally & said ...yea...a little.

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#12783074 - 06/06/18 06:32 PM Re: Fayette 6/4/18 [Re: Vogey]
gar1970 Offline
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Registered: 04/23/11
Posts: 1726
Loc: southwest more west than south...
Very nice! Good pics too
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#12783370 - 06/06/18 10:30 PM Re: Fayette 6/4/18 [Re: Vogey]
canyoncreek06 Offline
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Registered: 03/03/16
Posts: 567
Loc: Victoria, TX
Thanks for sharing your great day.

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#12784780 - 06/08/18 08:42 AM Re: Fayette 6/4/18 [Re: Vogey]
Laker One Offline
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Loc: San Antonio TX
Originally Posted By: Vogey
Laker...I assume you will be fishing from your kayak at Fayette. Do you launch from Park Prairie Park or Oak Thicket ? How far do you go in your kayak...can you fish the entire lake, or are you limited to the areas closer to the parks ? Let me know b4 u go & I will give u more detail...




I put in at Oak Thicket! I fish the reed beds on the east side. I also fish the stick-up (sunken timber) east of Oak Thicket. The Redear are in those timbers but you really have to look for them. I can fish a lot of area from Oak Thicket. Never launched from Park Prairie Park. I have also seen a couple of kayak tournaments over the years on Fayette and they have always used Oak Thicket. I have always enjoyed putting in at that park! woot

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#12784791 - 06/08/18 08:52 AM Re: Fayette 6/4/18 [Re: Laker One]
Vogey Offline
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Laker...sounds like we pretty much fish the same areas...I have yet to find any on the west side of the lake...

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#12786651 - 06/10/18 09:52 AM Re: Fayette 6/4/18 [Re: Vogey]
Gitter Done Offline
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Registered: 02/06/07
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Originally Posted By: Vogey
Gitter Done...It's the first I have heard of it as well, but he said it is an annual event. He said they follow it up with a big fish fry...maybe it's a local thing ? I have only been fishing for sunnies at Fayette for a couple years & have yet to see anyone else fishing for this species, but I do see lots of floats in trees, so there has to be a few of us. Talked to 2 bass fisherman at 11:00 am and they said they had not caught a fish all day. When they asked me if I had any luck, I just smiled internally & said ...yea...a little.




I have always enjoyed fishing that Lake over the years! It is well kept up compared to the power plant lakes here in San Antonio. Judging by all of the past Fayette reports over the last couple of years it is still producing good fish!

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#12787664 - 06/11/18 09:31 AM Re: Fayette 6/4/18 [Re: Vogey]
CricketHook Offline
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Registered: 07/08/15
Posts: 11
They have been doing it for quite some time...at least 5-6 years that I know of. I don't think that taking that much has a net negative effect. The size is there and 95% of the lake traffic target bass year-round so the gills never get much pressure at all. They are also prolific spawners. In every water body there has to be some "take" in order to maintain healthy populations. Research has shown that taking too many will actually stunt the fish populations so if you compare the size that you typically catch on this lake then there is a healthy population with low "take". Thinking of it in the bigger context, the number of fish taken (usually only 15-20 boats in the tournament) doesn't make much of a dent in the population. In addition, most of these fish are deep the majority of time and out of the reach of most anglers too.

Just my 2 cents. All arguments for and against hold equal weight in my book.

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#12788531 - 06/11/18 07:28 PM Re: Fayette 6/4/18 [Re: CricketHook]
Vogey Offline
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Registered: 10/31/14
Posts: 261
Crickethook...I am sure you are right, and the game warden as well...It's just that I have only found these guys in a handful of areas on the lake. But... I have not spent a lot of time searching deeper...

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