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I've been coming down to Taneycomo for 25 years and witnessed something for the first time not once, but twice this past week. Boaters who had no idea where they were going putting in well after dark and trying to find their slip. We were staying at OTR this trip and I was down on the dock getting my boat ready to go for the morning and a guy comes rolling by the end of their dock with only feet to spare with a spotlight saying he was trying to find Lilleys. Told him next marina up. This is after people on the Lazy Valley dock had already told him where to go. So he goes and cruises by Lilleys and makes several passes and then comes back down to OTR and is still looking around then back up to Lilleys again. By this time Phil had come down to the dock and looked like he got him squared away finally.

Almost identical thing Saturday night with a boat trying to find Lazy Valley around 10pm. 

Both of these boats going within feet of these docks in the dark, no desire to respect the lines of dock fisherman, and quite clearly had zero idea where they were going and then didn't follow directions once pointed in the right direction. Not sure what reaction is appropriate, but laughing doesn't seem to do it justice. 

Btw, fishing was great on Thursday and Friday. Tougher Saturday after the rain. Nightcrawlers on drift rigs were hot. As for artificial, did best with sculpin/peach jig with brown head or rooster tail in anything bright. Lots of boats all three days and you could have fooled me that there wasn't a bass tourney. So many 21 foot bass boats either hauling or plowing their way through everyone. 

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Maybe I'm wrong, but sounds like they may be scoping out the docks.  Knowing what set of docks is next, claiming that is what they are looking for, when they are really looking to see what's available,  when they are challenged.  

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It was his first time on Taneycomo. I take all the blame. 

We have been very tardy about getting a new sign on our dock since the last ones blew off so there’s no signage on our dock. But... he wasn’t assigned to our dock. He was looking for my moms dock which is down past Lazy Valley and also unmarked. My office personnel should not have put him in her dock especially after he told them he wouldn’t be here till after dark. There’s no way anyone can identify that dock in the dark. So we basically put him in a bad position. Our fault. 

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That was one of the first things that crossed my mind, but the Lilleys guy was apparently indeed staying there and I felt better about it after seeing Phil down there and getting him parked in the right spot.

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It is common on most lakes, folks going out and coming back after dark can't seem to find their way back to the right cove.  Very few around here have lighted signs.

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At Buckhead ridge on Okeechobee if you don't make it back before 6:30 the lock operator goes home, and you're stuck out there with the mosquitoes and Gators until the next morning.  Saw that happen to a group of 3 once and those boys were in a bad way the next morning.

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On ‎10‎/‎22‎/‎2019 at 9:19 AM, fishinwrench said:

At Buckhead ridge on Okeechobee if you don't make it back before 6:30 the lock operator goes home, and you're stuck out there with the mosquitoes and Gators until the next morning.  Saw that happen to a group of 3 once and those boys were in a bad way the next morning.

Did you put some salve on your mosquito bites the next morning?:P

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1 hour ago, XP 590 said:

Did you put some salve on your mosquito bites the next morning?:P

It wasn't me, I never get so far out on that lake that I can't make it back before dark.  

We were sitting in the little cafe across from the lock eating breakfast and saw the lock operator get there and immediately open the gate.  When he did those boys came idling into the inner canal, and we were like "holy crap, they've been out there all night!".    They were out shiner fishing and when they got ready to head in one of them dropped their handheld gps gizmo and it bounced out of the boat.  They had trouble finding their way back and didn't make it in time.

This was back in the dark ages before everyone carried cell phones around with them. 😊

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On 10/22/2019 at 9:19 AM, fishinwrench said:

At Buckhead ridge on Okeechobee if you don't make it back before 6:30 the lock operator goes home, and you're stuck out there with the mosquitoes and Gators until the next morning.  Saw that happen to a group of 3 once and those boys were in a bad way the next morning.

If the Big O continues to drop you'll be able to walk home!

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