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Me and fishytx pulled into oak thicket at the same time to find the park totally dark no lights, except for the lightning storms all around us. :eek: Got on the water around 5:15am with high winds and headed over to our first spot. Day started out real slow until the winds died down to almost nothing between 7-8am. Then the topwater bite was on!! We ended up boating 45-50 fish mostly on cranks and poppers, with only 5 coming on t-rigged plastics. Only 10-15 fish were under 2lbs the rest fell between 2-4lbs with one 5lb kicker that doug picked up on a crank. Threw poppers at the reeds and cranks at underwater grass beds and ledges. This was my fist time to ever throw a crank on Fayette and it won't be my last.  Fished till 5:30pm, debated on staying for the evening bite but couldn't take no more fun for one day, Great day on the water. Very informative for me( believe me doug knows fayette ;)) Great day on the water. Thanks doug for coming along and showing me a few pointers on fayette. Hope we can do it again soon- next time in the ranger. ;D ;D
 

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Awesome report, I should have gone yesterday instead of doing the projects at home. What colors worked best for you? A couple of weeks ago craw colors, fire tigers worked best. thanks for sharing
 

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I must admit, it turned out to be a very pleasurable trip. I had a great time Chris. I’ll drag my boat down there next trip.

To start out with, things were not looking so good at the beginning of our trip. The thunder storms that were supposed to be around the coastal area at this time in the morning were still in our area.  And there was this cold wind, with rain beginning to fall, plus clouds that appeared to be moving back in our direction that sure didn‘t make things look like they were going to get any better either. But as the sun came up and we heard other anglers’ boats taking a beating across the white caps as they left the boat ramp gave us hope for better weather conditions or the sensation that we were not the only idiots on the water trying to catch a few fish. Never the less, the day turned out great.

Where we had first anticipated a good top water bite to take place, it never took place due to the constant wind direction change. Every time we moved to a new location looking for a top water bite in calm water, the dang wind would change directions as well. So we began throwing some crank baits here and there with good results. As the winds settled down and it became more suitable for top water baits, we started throwing them again with even better results. From 7 to 11 am the top water bite was hot. I never did see any other boats fishing with top water baits at this time either. I guess they thought it was to dang late in the day for it, I don‘t know.  

But the company on the water was great, and I was also pleased to share a little information with BlueSkeeter as we moved around on the lake. BlueSkeeter also thought it was the neatest thing when we were catching nice size fish on crank baits out in open water. I can definitely see him throwing a few more cranks in the future after this trip.
 
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