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Lake Fairfield Tournament #14441662 08/06/22 08:57 PM
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Went to Fairfield this morning to fun fish with my dad and son. The parking lot at 2nd ramp was full most likely a club tournament, which is typical on Fairfield. The tournament wrapped up at noon, we waited for the ramp to clear and headed in around 12:30. As we pulled up to the ramp there were fish floating everywhere. A few were dead which is to be expected I've killed a few myself not throwing rocks, however there were 9 fish between 5-8 pounds floating upside down that just needed to be fizzed. I spent 30 minutes collecting and fizzing big fish. Some struggled to swim off and others were very lively. I filled my skeeter cooler with all the dead bass it would hold so they wouldn't go to waste.

COME ON GUYS YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND YOU NEED TO DO BETTER TO PROTECT THE RESOURCE!!!!

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Good job trying to fix a bad situation

Re: Lake Fairfield Tournament [Re: RCxpress] #14441675 08/06/22 09:13 PM
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Bass fishing would be so much better if they did paper tournaments accompanied by photo documentation. Fayette is a good example of how it can and does work. I lived in Ohio before moving to Texas. BASS and others use to hold very large tournaments there out of Sandusky Ohio every year. Large fish kills with delayed mortality on smallmouth would occur multiple times a year. Finally the Ohio DNR closed bass fishing on Lake Erie until after spawning season was over after the first week of July. Local clubs adopted the paper/photo tournaments. The small mouth bass recovered and large fish kills have stayed out of the news. There are studies done by various state DNR's that have shown bass can suffer significant delayed mortality. But tournament money to communities have stopped state agencies from putting on requirements to stop this.

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Summer is a bad time for tourneys in Texas.


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Re: Lake Fairfield Tournament [Re: RCxpress] #14441699 08/06/22 09:58 PM
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That pisses me off. Great job reviving those fish on one of my favorite lakes to fish.


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Good job on your part and poor job on the tournament. I’m sure this sort of thing happens every weekend somewhere.

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I heard that Fairfield “bass club” was fishing. That’s hearsay, so not sure if that was what was really going on. I do know a few that went today. They said it took 31.80 to win, so that sounds like a bag of 6 pounders at least. The two guys that I know, that went, know how to fizz fish. They usually fizz mine for me on Thursday night. roflmao


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I’m gonna screen shot your post and forward it to them. Most of them don’t even know what TFF is.


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Re: Lake Fairfield Tournament [Re: 4Weight] #14441834 08/07/22 12:38 AM
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I know you guys bass fish and might not care, but there was a post in the bluegill section from a guide (one of 3 that I know of) are offering what I call meat hunting trips on Fairfield. Pictures show several 100/200 large breeding bluegill per trip ending up at the cleaning station by one of the boat ramps. They are fishing spawning fish. Bluegill spawn all summer long. The rate they are over harvesting it wont be long that the bass population could be affected. From what I understand the tilapia are no longer there because the power plant has closed and the winter water temps killed them off. So the bluegill are it for a main source food for the Fairfield bass. That lake is only 2000 acres but it wont take long for summer time bass tournament weigh ins and over harvesting of their food source to have a negative impact. Just my opinion.

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That pisses me off. Great job reviving those fish on one of my favorite lakes to fish.

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Originally Posted by TomRom
I know you guys bass fish and might not care, but there was a post in the bluegill section from a guide (one of 3 that I know of) are offering what I call meat hunting trips on Fairfield. Pictures show several 100/200 large breeding bluegill per trip ending up at the cleaning station by one of the boat ramps. They are fishing spawning fish. Bluegill spawn all summer long. The rate they are over harvesting it wont be long that the bass population could be affected. From what I understand the tilapia are no longer there because the power plant has closed and the winter water temps killed them off. So the bluegill are it for a main source food for the Fairfield bass. That lake is only 2000 acres but it wont take long for summer time bass tournament weigh ins and over harvesting of their food source to have a negative impact. Just my opinion.

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That pisses me off. Great job reviving those fish on one of my favorite lakes to fish.



Kinda getting down in that redneck cedar chopper area and that’s not good long term. Sorry if I offended anyone but I call a spade a spade and there’s probably some humans down there I’d never hang out with.


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Originally Posted by TomRom
I know you guys bass fish and might not care, but there was a post in the bluegill section from a guide (one of 3 that I know of) are offering what I call meat hunting trips on Fairfield. Pictures show several 100/200 large breeding bluegill per trip ending up at the cleaning station by one of the boat ramps. They are fishing spawning fish. Bluegill spawn all summer long. The rate they are over harvesting it wont be long that the bass population could be affected. From what I understand the tilapia are no longer there because the power plant has closed and the winter water temps killed them off. So the bluegill are it for a main source food for the Fairfield bass. That lake is only 2000 acres but it wont take long for summer time bass tournament weigh ins and over harvesting of their food source to have a negative impact. Just my opinion.




Doubtful you can hurt the bluegil population

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The lake will be fine. The new owners will not fish it anyways.


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Re: Lake Fairfield Tournament [Re: SteezMacQueen] #14441896 08/07/22 02:52 AM
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The lake will be fine. The new owners will not fish it anyways.


I hope so. It hasn't been stocked with anything since 2015.


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There’s much more to tournament fishing in 90 degree water than just catching them. Absolutely disgusting for a “club” to blatantly show that kind of disregard for the resource. Awesome that someone else came in behind them and tried to clean up their mess, but a REAL fisherman would never have created that situation to begin with.
Saw something similar on Arlington recently, 6 lbrs floating dead all around the ramp area… 15 or more I saw. A day or two after one of those Facebook groups put on a tournament.


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The lake will be fine. The new owners will not fish it anyways.


I hope so. It hasn't been stocked with anything since 2015.



Yup, when they spray the grass that will end it anyway. Oh, plus we all get locked out.....

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