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Arrived around 2pm, off the water at 6:30pm.
No wind, flat calm lake, steam from stacks were vertical straight up.
Water level down another 6 inches, ramp is supper slick.
Water clarity was normal, visibility 12 to 18 inches with greenish tent.
Water surface temp, 74 to 78 degrees.
Air temp around 71 degrees.
Around 4 pm wind started to blow 3 to 5 mph out of south east, small chop on water.
All fish were caught fishing T/R plastic in 12 to 20 feet.
Fish caught between two of us, 23
Iíll be straight up, the first hour and half on the water was a disaster, no matter where I went I did not see shad or fish on my sonar screen, it was blank. Iíve always said that when one cannot find a bite on this lake, go the intake area where there is a slow current moving through there you will see some shad and bass. Ninety percent of the time this stands true for me, not sure everyone else has these same results, but I have. Anyhow, I told my partner this same thing and he said, sounds good, letís go, so we did. First stop we both had a catch within a few minutes. I worked this area over pretty good and we caught something like five bass over there. Then I noticed the wind had picked up, blowing out of the south east making a small chop on water surface. I told him ok man, the wind is now blowing and I should be able to go back to some of those other areas we checked out in the beginning and we should get on some fish, so we strapped everything down and took off. Good move, we were both catching fish right off the bat with several double hook ups. The sonar screen was showing bait balls with fish directly under them as well. We stayed in this area to finish out our trip. Nothing big, but we were on some heavy three pound fish that gave both of us some good battles. I was very disappointed in how this trip started off, wasnít real sure if we were going to catch anything at all, it was that bad. But we finished somewhat strong with a catch of 23 fish total. My partner has not been bass fishing once this year due to over load at work, so he had an awesome day and Iím glad he was able to escape the working world long enough to enjoy a half day on the water with me.
Side note: Iím not real sure what happened at the boat ramp, but just as the sun had set we heard sirens and noticed flashing lights at the boat ramp for a long time, then another vehicle with flashing lights showed up too. They were there for a good thirty minutes. Now do not repeat this because it is only my assumption ok but I think someone must have slipped and injured themselves at the ramp. The flashing lights were right there close to the top of the ramp. And like I said, this took place right when a lot of anglers load up to go home.

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Definitely slippery. We did decent Saturday afternoon. Wasted too much time early, but ended up catching a few in last 90 minutes. All TR senkos in 8-12'.

Re: Fayette 11/12/17 Hmmm [Re: fishytx] #12502352
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I can tell you first hand what happened, as it was my father that was injured. After fishing all day we get to the ramp, I backed truck and trailer on ramp and then went to put boat on trailer. My dad normally just pulls me out after getting boat on trailer. This time he decided to hook front strap up and when he took a step his feet came out from under him fast.! They recently dropped the lake, so there is about two feet of algae on the ramp and he did not realize it. From my view, he just disappeared! I killed the motor and yelled for him, no response! I jump to the bow of the boat and see him rolling into the water face first. I carefully get to him while trying not to fall myself I noticed he was bleeding from the back of his head. I rolled and pulled him half way out of the water, I could see he was breathing but was knocked out. Yelled at the guy beside us to dial 911 (If you are reading this, God bless you and thank you!!!) Took my shirt off to stop the bleeding and kept talking to him as he started to come too. Some other guys came and helped me get him into my truck. Then the EMT arrived. He could not remember what day it was, current president or what year. Had them take him to ER, took CAT scan, x-ray and luckley all test came back normal. Dr. said he has a sprained neck, which will be just like whiplash. Guys, I know this is long but please let this be a reminder to be safe out there! When I first got to him I thought he was dead or dying and if he had been by himself he would have drowned.......


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Holy [censored]. Glad he's going to be ok.

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Thanks for the information to my post. Glad to hear your Dad is ok. I'm sure he felt like he needed to wrench the boat up some because you have to leave so much of the trailer out of the water due to slick ramp. I know I don't put my trailer down as far as I normally would due to this issue. You can see where others have spun the heck out of their tires trying to get back up the ramp. Wish they would pressure wash the ramp to get rid of the slime. I have slipped and fell several times on that ramp, it is no joke. Almost as though it were ice.

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Wow. Glad to hear he is doing good now. Its crazy how fast things happen. I was thinking pressure washer too would at least get the algae off the ramp. I know my buddy said when he was backing me up Saturday that he would just slide 1-2' when backing me down to launch. There's been a time or two that I left 10,000 miles worth of rubber getting out.

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If you back down to far and you can't get out, hook the boat up just like you would to leave and use the outboard motor to help push you back upon the dry part. Once the tire is on dry land, stop, kill motor, trim up and then finish pulling the trailer and boat up the ramp. Something I learned on my own while fishing solo. Works great....

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Glad he is ok. A buddy from our club one weekend fell twice on the Prairie Park ramp, had a concussion.

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Thanks guys! Yeah I was all the way up and I normally hook it up from the boat. Guess he just thought to do it this time... KutTail71 I hope your buddy is doing better!

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Sorry to hear that BJ. Prayers sent your way brother.



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Originally Posted By: fishytx
If you back down to far and you can't get out, hook the boat up just like you would to leave and use the outboard motor to help push you back upon the dry part. Once the tire is on dry land, stop, kill motor, trim up and then finish pulling the trailer and boat up the ramp. Something I learned on my own while fishing solo. Works great....


You push your truck up the ramp with it in park? If youíre by yourself how does this work? Not trying to be a smart alec Iím trying to learn as I fish by myself too. I donít think my boat with a 150 Merc could push my Tundra while itís in park.

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Fayette ramps are the only two on LCRA lakes maintained by RPMF Inc (private corporation). That being said they do a terrible job of maintaining ramps and docks. Compared to Bastrop (maintained by LCRA) the docks are pitiful with nails and screws sticking out every where. The ramp is also not maintained, and needs to be power washed as pointed out above (probably take 30 minutes once a week). You should complain about the condition of docks and ramps every time you pay launch fee. I know I will, and if not manned I will write it on the envelope. If enough people complain maybe something will be done. When they are put on notice of dangerous ramp situation they also open up potential for a lawsuit if someone is injured. I also intend to write a letter to LCRA detailing the issues. There is a reason that this is the only one managed by a private company, and it is not working.

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Sorry to hear that BJ. Prayers sent your way brother.


Thanks Bo!


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BASS101, I was the guy that came to help get your dad in the truck. I am really glad to hear he is OK, that was scary.

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fishytx, Glad you found the fish, I was guy that talked to you at the boat ramp and then out on the lake. I did not do so well. I only ended up with one fish, T/R in the trees at 6-8' on water. I did not fish in the deep water, I will try that next time. Hope to see you out there.

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BASS101, I was the guy that came to help get your dad in the truck. I am really glad to hear he is OK, that was scary.


Thank you so very much for your help! There was no way I could have gotten him by myself, hence why we were still lying on the ramp and half way in the water. God bless you!


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Man thats scary, have to agree he would have drowned by himself. Imagine walking up to that with a truck door open and truck running. Say your prayers tonight, hope your Dad is OK. You pay to fish there, raise hell next time and cite this incident. We had one like that I walked down holding a rope a few times and I have slipped on an iced ramp. not good.


Watch it happen, make it happen, or say what the hell happened. Capt. Phil Harris F/V Cornelia Marie RIP
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BJ, That is scary hope your Dad is doing well. Not sure what they can do with lakes rising and falling.

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Not sure they will do anything to correct this issue. In fact, I could see where they might shut the gate and stop us from fishing this lake if someone complains to much. These parks do not make enough money, maybe enough to pay the people who work there and that would be it.

BJ, I hope your Dad is doing ok. Can you tell us how he is doing? I know I am on up in age and it takes me longer to bounce back today than it use to. And the blow your Dad took I am shocked that he doesn't have a concussion. I live in a small town and I do not trust our medical staff here at the hospital and I'm sure your Dad went to he ER there on 77. If it were me, I might have to go into a bigger town like Austin and have them check it out as well. Small town hospitals do not have the best of the best equipment for x-ray. Just saying. For instance, I had an MRI done in our town only to find out that their new MRI machine is horrible, images are not clear at all.

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PattyMag, when we left after talking to you we went to the intake area and got on several fish there pretty quick like. After driving around looking for some bait balls, the intake area was the first place I saw some and just like that, there were fish under them feeding. When the wind finally started blowing, I went back to the very first place I checked and it to now had shad with bass under it. That's were the majority of our catch was taken with several double hook ups at that.

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Update on my dad, after talking with him last night. He said he is still really sore in his neck but he is doing a lot better from two days ago. Has to take it slow when sitting up or else he gets dizzy and it takes awhile to get focused. He does not remember anything after the fall until he was in the ambulance. He doesn't remember crawling up the ramp of even sitting in my truck... crazy!!!!! I told him about getting checked out with his doctor and he said he will if no improvement... yes he is hard headed lol Guys thanks for all the prayers and kind words!

As for the fishing Sunday we did really good on plastics and a few on crankbaits too. All our fish came from 8-12 foot of water in multiple spots. I am ready for them to move shallow for the topwater bite smile


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From the update you just gave, he needs to have a x-ray done. If he didn't have anything wrong then he would be sore and stiff, but dizzy still. Really wish you could convince him to go get it checked out. It doesn't sound right.

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Thanks fishtx! I just talked with my mom and she said he gets that way anytime he takes pain meds... I expressed my concern and she told me she is watching him.


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bass101 I know what you're talking about, my parents are the same way. You can talk to them until you turn blue in the face and they are still going to do what they want even if you might be right or not. And since they are our parents, we have to respect their thought process as well.

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Okay here is how you get your truck up the ramp by yourself. The boat is hooked up and you're back in your truck and it is slipping backwards. Stop truck, put in park, go start the boat motor, put in forward gear, give it throttle and leave it running. Get out of boat climb in your truck and drive it up the ramp till the tires are on the dry part, put truck in park, climb back in boat, kill motor, tilt it up, get back in truck then drive the rest of the way up the ramp. Pretty simple..... I know it sounds like a lot of work, but much better than your truck sliding into the lake and if there is no body else around, this becomes a must issue to solve by yourself. I know because I have been in this condition several times already and this works very well. Another thing you can try first is applying the parking brake so both tires are gripping at the same time, not just one spinning.

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Originally Posted By: fishytx
Okay here is how you get your truck up the ramp by yourself. The boat is hooked up and you're back in your truck and it is slipping backwards. Stop truck, put in park, go start the boat motor, put in forward gear, give it throttle and leave it running. Get out of boat climb in your truck and drive it up the ramp till the tires are on the dry part, put truck in park, climb back in boat, kill motor, tilt it up, get back in truck then drive the rest of the way up the ramp. Pretty simple..... I know it sounds like a lot of work, but much better than your truck sliding into the lake and if there is no body else around, this becomes a must issue to solve by yourself. I know because I have been in this condition several times already and this works very well. Another thing you can try first is applying the parking brake so both tires are gripping at the same time, not just one spinning.



i kinda like flipping the switch to 4 wd --but if you aint got it this sounds like the way to go !

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Trust me, if I had four wheel drive, I too would just flip a switch. But 90% of us do not have this, so the power of our own boat will get us out of trouble when need to.

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Ok my friend, I haven't been back to the lake in some time so I can't give you an update personally. But here are some things I've read that others have posted. The fish have moved up shallow and there is a great top water bite early. As the sun comes on out, the bite is shifting to a little deeper water, like 8 to 12 feet. Nothing real big, average fish are 1-1/2 to 3 pounds, but the number of fish being caught are on up there, like 40 to 60 bass in a day with two guys fishing.

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