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Re: Stories From Megabass [Re: Sinkey] #13637256 07/20/20 05:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Sinkey
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Only 22 overs got paid. I guess the other 3 got disqualified


22 were weighed. Not sure on the other 3.

How many citations were handed out by the wardens? roflmao


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Re: Stories From Megabass [Re: 5Redman8] #13637279 07/20/20 06:11 PM
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Sinkey's comment about Fork fishing small in a summer tournament this size is dead on. Spots I had forgotten about were loaded up with multiple boats. We had what we thought was a good plan for the day, but the inability to get on a spot started early and lasted throughout the day. When we were able to find something open, we stayed way too long, hoping the fish would turn on... plus we were hesitant to move over to graph the area we were fishing, thinking we might lose that spot, altogether. The results were impressive, but I would expect that from Fork when every good deep spot on the lake is being fished for 8 hours straight.

While most of the anglers were courteous and safe, we also encountered a few wanna' be Kamikaze pilots.

Congratulations to all that cashed!

Re: Stories From Megabass [Re: Bruce Allen] #13637295 07/20/20 06:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Bruce Allen
Actually Sinkey we processed 25 overs on the live release boat. One died. It was the first over of the morning and had a big slice in the jaw making it so it could not keep anything in it's mouth. Didn't look fresh. We could not save her.

Because of the TPWD survey we do with the overs we were really busy. Each over has the be measured in centimeters, recorded, pounds converted to grams, time caught and a fin sample taken. We had 25 vials avaible to us and used them all. The dead fish was taken to our freezer to be sent into TPWD for an autopsy. They try to figure out what killed them.

Keeping 25 overs straight and going thru all the steps when they come in, in groups while at the same time processing the unders, some of which had to be fizzed was an exhausting deal for the 4 volunteers. One time they brought 2 overs in the same bag, told us the weights. Being ounces apart it was guess time on which was the bigger. Or the one that the weigh master told the runner 6 something because of all of the overs that hour.

And then there was the young guy in the real pretty red Champion that came flying in at the last minute around noon waking every boat in the marina only to get bumped out. Which he repeated on the last hour. No regard for anyone but himself and once again his fish was to small.

All in all I'd say Bass Champs put on another great tournament and Lake Fork provided plenty of big fish for everyone.



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Re: Stories From Megabass [Re: 5Redman8] #13637315 07/20/20 06:39 PM
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I don't normally fish Fork, but I was on Fork yesterday, and got to witness that mad house first hand. Probably more boats per acre than I have seen in a long, long time. I do agree with Sinkey that the lake was certainly fishing small when you put that many boats out there in the summer time. For those that say "Fork Showed Out", I am not sure I 100% agree. 1800 competitors x 8 hours of fishing = 14,400 man hours of fishing. 22 overs weighed in = 654.54 hours per over. To put it in perspective if you fished Fork for 8 hours a day for an entire year (365 full days) you would stand to catch 4.5 overs. I can think of a lot of lakes in Texas that would give you better odds than that.

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We fished every area we knew off shore from 15-30 feet. Not a single bite all day long.

Re: Stories From Megabass [Re: aggieangler01] #13637344 07/20/20 06:59 PM
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Originally Posted by aggieangler01
I don't normally fish Fork, but I was on Fork yesterday, and got to witness that mad house first hand. Probably more boats per acre than I have seen in a long, long time. I do agree with Sinkey that the lake was certainly fishing small when you put that many boats out there in the summer time. For those that say "Fork Showed Out", I am not sure I 100% agree. 1800 competitors x 8 hours of fishing = 14,400 man hours of fishing. 22 overs weighed in = 654.54 hours per over. To put it in perspective if you fished Fork for 8 hours a day for an entire year (365 full days) you would stand to catch 4.5 overs. I can think of a lot of lakes in Texas that would give you better odds than that.

Time of year has a lot to do with it.

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Originally Posted by aggieangler01
I don't normally fish Fork, but I was on Fork yesterday, and got to witness that mad house first hand. Probably more boats per acre than I have seen in a long, long time. I do agree with Sinkey that the lake was certainly fishing small when you put that many boats out there in the summer time. For those that say "Fork Showed Out", I am not sure I 100% agree. 1800 competitors x 8 hours of fishing = 14,400 man hours of fishing. 22 overs weighed in = 654.54 hours per over. To put it in perspective if you fished Fork for 8 hours a day for an entire year (365 full days) you would stand to catch 4.5 overs. I can think of a lot of lakes in Texas that would give you better odds than that.


I've got a lot more than 654.54 hours out there and still don't have an over. Come close, but not quite.

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I don't normally fish Fork, but I was on Fork yesterday, and got to witness that mad house first hand. Probably more boats per acre than I have seen in a long, long time. I do agree with Sinkey that the lake was certainly fishing small when you put that many boats out there in the summer time. For those that say "Fork Showed Out", I am not sure I 100% agree. 1800 competitors x 8 hours of fishing = 14,400 man hours of fishing. 22 overs weighed in = 654.54 hours per over. To put it in perspective if you fished Fork for 8 hours a day for an entire year (365 full days) you would stand to catch 4.5 overs. I can think of a lot of lakes in Texas that would give you better odds than that.


I've got a lot more than 654.54 hours out there and still don't have an over. Come close, but not quite.


I have one over and the thing weighed 5.99 lbs.. My luck to not have any weight behind her.


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Originally Posted by Captain Chunk
Originally Posted by aggieangler01
I don't normally fish Fork, but I was on Fork yesterday, and got to witness that mad house first hand. Probably more boats per acre than I have seen in a long, long time. I do agree with Sinkey that the lake was certainly fishing small when you put that many boats out there in the summer time. For those that say "Fork Showed Out", I am not sure I 100% agree. 1800 competitors x 8 hours of fishing = 14,400 man hours of fishing. 22 overs weighed in = 654.54 hours per over. To put it in perspective if you fished Fork for 8 hours a day for an entire year (365 full days) you would stand to catch 4.5 overs. I can think of a lot of lakes in Texas that would give you better odds than that.


I've got a lot more than 654.54 hours out there and still don't have an over. Come close, but not quite.


There are lots of guys that have fished Fork 6,500 hours and still not caught a Legit over so don't feel badly. Seen some measured that thought they had one but the goober didn't know how to measure a fish!

Re: Stories From Megabass [Re: 5Redman8] #13637711 07/20/20 11:46 PM
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Wow, the boat dock with the light thing sounds like a carbon copy of what happened to us a few years ago when the ice delayed the tourney. We were in Chaney sitting on a point about casting distance away from a lighted dock. Couple of guys get in a boat and proceed to move right in front of us. They go so close to our boat at one point we could almost reach out and touch it. They eventually got upset that they could not intimidate us into moving so they went back and turned off the light.

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Caught 3 fish off the same spot, and that was it. Screamed at a Pontoon boat full of people that came pretty close to me and another guy fishing


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I agree with this statement aggieangler01 and had this very discussion with a fishing buddy today. I fished the tournament and fork often, but I was also lucky enough to fish it in the late 80s early 90s. Its concerning to me because of the number of overs and condition of the fish. 6lb., 7lb. overs are skinny/poor fish. 1800 fisherman and 22 overs is barely above 1%. You dial back time and put 1800 fisherman on fork in late 80s, 90s and even early 2000 and you would have seen some share a lunker fish. Fork is not near the lake it once was, but I hope it returns some day along with the hydrilla. smile

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OK, took me a few minutes to figure out what the green light was. With a title like this, you have to give the story about the fireworks. A dock owner, other boater etc. Don't just tease us.


Reader’s digest version....

Lighted dock above and below water. Headed to it at 4:05am and got there at 4:10am....it is an awesome light and we knew we would have company. As we pull up two guys start waking to their boat slip and tell us they are anchored and we have to stay 50yds away. They are not the boat dock or light owner as he doesn’t bass fish.

In case you missed it, they were just walking to their boat....not in their boat. An argument ensued....both sides...neither cussed or threatened each other. Luckily I got video of them walking around not in their boat and a quick call to Chad with an explanation and he stated we were on the spot first.....put on speaker for them to hear.

They got real quiet for the next hour. Then at fishing time they were still there within 3yds of us and made a cast at the light. Got video told them they were not welcome. They still did not leave so I parked my boat between them and the light. We had to warn them to watch their heads as we were casting. They were right up against our boat.

Caught some fish and they got their panties even further wadded up...turned off the light and left. We stayed and caught a bunch more fish.

The dock owner is a well known @ss and he came down after they moved out of the slip and they whispered with each other and then he came down making as much noise as possible.....washing his deck....feeding HIS catfish and got all kinds of upset when we kept fishing.

If you want to stack your boat full of catfish PM me and I can give you the location.


Was this on Little Caney? I know of one owner that feeds hundreds of catfish and has an awsome light but he has had it on a short timer for almost 2 years. I really miss that light. He was always a nice guy to me and would sit and talk to me while I fished his dock. I thought they had done away with the distance rule for the big bass tourneys years ago because of the number of boats.

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when covid hit and everyone was supposed to be hiding under whatever rock they lived in the boat ramps at Fork became so crowded you could hardly get a spot within walking distance. Well, folks besides Mega Bass that has continued to this day.

For those that think Fork was crowded because of Mega Bass they should visit during Legend of Lake Fork, Skeeter Owners or Sealy (McDonalds) and really see boats on every spot.

Time of year is not the issue. Covid 19 is the issue. Summer is not normally crowded at all and yet all of those overs and many more are still swimming in our lake. Did any of you notice how many of the overs were small? And skinny too.

We did talk to one guy who caught his personal best. A 22" 5 1/2. That is what is so great about the slot. Many people come here with a real good opportunity of catching their PB because of all of the mid range and much bigger bass swimming in Lake Fork.


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