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#12841620 - 07/25/18 02:58 PM The dark side of a lake and Mother Nature...
RedSkeeter Offline

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Registered: 04/12/05
Posts: 15969
Loc: Fork/Arlington some.
Originally Posted By: fouzman
Remember the guy who owned Cowboy Concrete in Ft. Work, Ken? May have been the same storm, I can't recall. But he was trying to make the run back in when lightning hit the front pedestal on his bow. Killed him and his partner instantly. They were found adrift in the east side boat lane. Pack and I came very close to being struck one December when a severe cold front came roaring in about four hours ahead of schedule. Since that day, if can hear thunder, I'm off the lake!
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I remember that day, my brother and I were inside oak ridge watching it all from the big windows. They took him to the minnow bucket. We got off the water, it was bad that day..
In my opinion Fork is a Killer in an electrical storm, some lakes are known for other things like Grapevine, the Lew, Ray Hubbard, mostly drownings or boating collisions that have Fatalities.... Got caught in a hail storm on Fork in Media tournament, thought I was goner then, luckily only got hit in the head a few times... eeks nuts
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#12841658 - 07/25/18 03:21 PM Re: The dark side of a lake and Mother Nature... [Re: RedSkeeter]
fouzman Offline
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Loc: Houston, TX
Fork's had it's share of collision related deaths, too. Used to be a number of them before SRA put up the no wake buoys at 515 and other bridges. Several in big bass tournaments, too. But yes, Fork and lightning make for bad juju.
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#12841670 - 07/25/18 03:29 PM Re: The dark side of a lake and Mother Nature... [Re: RedSkeeter]
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Registered: 07/02/04
Posts: 18610
Loc: NRH, TX
I know of another lightning fatality on Fork, was one of our fellow TFF'rs on the boat with the victim. Out of respect I wont post name or details, mabey he will come on here and share the story.
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#12841710 - 07/25/18 03:58 PM Re: The dark side of a lake and Mother Nature... [Re: RedSkeeter]
nitroslim Offline
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Registered: 06/30/07
Posts: 1848
Loc: Ft. worth
We were on fork one day and had a storm roll in. We made it to one of the bridges for cover, we were in a smaller boat and didn't want to risk the run. It may have been the same storm Buda mentioned. I got home and saw the report on the 10pm news.

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#12841737 - 07/25/18 04:14 PM Re: The dark side of a lake and Mother Nature... [Re: RedSkeeter]
Ken A. Offline
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Registered: 10/02/06
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Loc: Trophy Club, TX
Originally Posted By: RedSkeeter
Originally Posted By: fouzman
Remember the guy who owned Cowboy Concrete in Ft. Work, Ken? May have been the same storm, I can't recall. But he was trying to make the run back in when lightning hit the front pedestal on his bow. Killed him and his partner instantly. They were found adrift in the east side boat lane. Pack and I came very close to being struck one December when a severe cold front came roaring in about four hours ahead of schedule. Since that day, if can hear thunder, I'm off the lake!
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I do not recall if it was him or not. The one I remember well is an aluminum boat running from the helicopter pad back toward 2946 that was struck. There were two fatalities. One was a young boy. The boat kept going until it hit land. That is the one Kells found.

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#12841751 - 07/25/18 04:22 PM Re: The dark side of a lake and Mother Nature... [Re: Ken A.]
GIG'EM AGGIES Offline
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Registered: 05/14/14
Posts: 4149
Loc: texas
Originally Posted By: Ken A.
Originally Posted By: RedSkeeter
Originally Posted By: fouzman
Remember the guy who owned Cowboy Concrete in Ft. Work, Ken? May have been the same storm, I can't recall. But he was trying to make the run back in when lightning hit the front pedestal on his bow. Killed him and his partner instantly. They were found adrift in the east side boat lane. Pack and I came very close to being struck one December when a severe cold front came roaring in about four hours ahead of schedule. Since that day, if can hear thunder, I'm off the lake!
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I do not recall if it was him or not. The one I remember well is an aluminum boat running from the helicopter pad back toward 2946 that was struck. There were two fatalities. One was a young boy. The boat kept going until it hit land. That is the one Kells found.


The tin boat was the one that ended up at Val's with the 2 men and a boy, the one in the boat lane with two guys was a Ranger best I recall.
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#12842103 - 07/25/18 08:29 PM Re: The dark side of a lake and Mother Nature... [Re: RedSkeeter]
RedSkeeter Offline

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Registered: 04/12/05
Posts: 15969
Loc: Fork/Arlington some.
I get the hell off the water in those conditions. In my opinion you're an idiot otherwise. . Justsay'n
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#12842149 - 07/25/18 08:51 PM Re: The dark side of a lake and Mother Nature... [Re: RedSkeeter]
bradnitro175 Offline
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Registered: 07/11/08
Posts: 5061
Loc: Dallas,tx
Dang we got caught in a hail storm once out there, was idling around trying to find boat lane after the hail and seen a tree on fire.
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#12842155 - 07/25/18 08:55 PM Re: The dark side of a lake and Mother Nature... [Re: RedSkeeter]
coachallentca Offline
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Registered: 11/19/08
Posts: 4505
Loc: crowley
If I hear thunder it's time to go.. I use to work for the electric compnay back in the 80's and can see what electricty can do...

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#12842210 - 07/25/18 09:49 PM Re: The dark side of a lake and Mother Nature... [Re: RedSkeeter]
Allen Bass Fisher Offline
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Registered: 08/05/04
Posts: 2266
Loc: Allen, TX
I think it was in April 1994, two guys from Longview got hit by lightning while fishing Fork in a Ranger. I was there fishing a small club tournament. Hit a stump coming out of alligator on the east arm. Took put my engine. Still had reverse so was reversing to get back to Minnow Bucket. Saw one bolt of lightning and commented to partner that that was close. Finally got back and pulled boat to go to weigh in at Lake Fork Lodge. Got there and there were all sorts on emergency vehicles there. One EMT said a boat was pulling in another boat that two guys were hit by lightning and killed. We were missing a team and thought it was them. Turns out they were towing the other boat in. Pretty gruesome that two guys dies that day.

After that, have a whole new respect for lightning.

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#12842232 - 07/25/18 10:01 PM Re: The dark side of a lake and Mother Nature... [Re: RedSkeeter]
Cameron Offline
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Registered: 08/03/04
Posts: 13477
Loc: Lake Fork, Texas
I don't like this thread.

Don't jinx anyone bolt

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#12842239 - 07/25/18 10:04 PM Re: The dark side of a lake and Mother Nature... [Re: RedSkeeter]
slim 285 Offline
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Registered: 08/25/05
Posts: 5522
Loc: Squeezepenny
Fork is the first and only place I have experienced my spinning reel shooting sparks looking like a sparkler. And the line arched up instead of down. From static electricity.
Did a father a son get killed once ?


Edited by slim 285 (07/25/18 10:06 PM)

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#12842269 - 07/25/18 10:31 PM Re: The dark side of a lake and Mother Nature... [Re: RedSkeeter]
Dr JL Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/01/11
Posts: 1610
Loc: Aledo, Texas
Please remember this thread as a reminder to be CAREFUL with severe weather and collision risk on Fork or any other Texas lake. I have had some strange experiences on Fork, Alan Henry, Falcon, and Big Sam. Many of us have. I just don’t mess with weather at all anymore-little older and hopefully smarter...

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#12842463 - 07/26/18 08:07 AM Re: The dark side of a lake and Mother Nature... [Re: RedSkeeter]
fishin'aholic2 Offline
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Registered: 11/08/07
Posts: 13906
Loc: Irving, Texas
Paying attention to your surroundings and radar are key in preventing this. IMO, there is no excuse (Other than engine problems) to be caught out in a storm with all of the technology that is available these days.
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#12842543 - 07/26/18 09:20 AM Re: The dark side of a lake and Mother Nature... [Re: RedSkeeter]
jbassman Offline
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Registered: 05/01/03
Posts: 2921
Loc: dallas

I do not recall if it was him or not. The one I remember well is an aluminum boat running from the helicopter pad back toward 2946 that was struck. There were two fatalities. One was a young boy. The boat kept going until it hit land. That is the one Kells found.

My partner and i were eating at Vals the day and time this happened, It was a sad deal.
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