Update on Striper Guide boat sinking

KXII has aired a report on Monday nights 10 pm broadcast and published a story on their website regarding the sinking of Wayne McCullough's boat which we initially reported on Saturday the 12th. 

In their broadcast KXII reports Mr. McCullough as saying "I looked up the boat was already upside down or sideways, at that point I knew the boat was sinking. I had no warning, I had half a second, a millisecond."   They further report thet he says he did have type 1 life vests, instead of the common, less buoyant and thinner type 3’s.  Unlike the type three vests that you have you put your arms through, and zip up, the type 1 vests simply slip over your head. Wayne says the vests kept him and his passengers afloat for more than hour, until a passing boat picked them up.

The Lake Texoma guide community has become unusually tight lipped regarding this incident.  From all we have been able to gather this was nothing more than a tragic accident but one that under a closer look becomes a tad fishy.  Granted the only official version we have heard of the accident is the one Mr. McCullough spoke with KXII about.

Our curiosity is perked up however from some of the statements of other guides on a message board that is popular among many of the guides.  On this board the usual posters tried hard to keep the whole incident under wraps.  One poster asked about the inicident and was blasted by a couple of the "older posters". 

One poster who goes by the screen name "Bandit" wrote "It's not tip toing around the subjec. The only one's that know the whole story are the guide,his customers and the guide that rescued them and they aren't talking. So everything anyone else say's is hearsay. And if it's true I don't think the guide will appreciate your comment Van. Not good customer relations."   

Two other guides offer a point that begs for questions.  The first Ricky posts "I talked to Wayne. As usual it was not an event but a series of events. glad to hear he and all are fine."  Basscat writes "I was over at Wayne house yesterday and had a long chat with him. If Wayne wants to talk about it on the board how and what happened it's up to him. But I can tell you this, it was a series of events, and could of happened to me or other people just as easy."

First, Mr. McCullough says in his KXII interview that the sinking was a quick occurence "had half a second, a millisecond."  The two guides who communicated with Mr. McCullough both state that is was "a series of events".  Secondly, we initially heard that their were other boats nearby area and another guide/s rescued the guys in the water fairly quickly.  Basscat's post supports this as he says "The only one's that know the whole story are the guide,his customers and the guide that rescued them and they aren't talking."  In the KXII interview it seems to be infered that it was just a passing boat that rescued the group after they were in the water for an hour.   It would be interesting to hear what these "series of events" were but as Basscat posted "they aren't talking." .

It is our opinion that anytime an accident like this happens it is best to be open and forthright.  This leads to a greater trust of the Lake Texoma Guide profession and community.  The statement that it's "Not good customer relations" only brings up images of the current BP Gulf PR Disaster which is definately not what Lake Texoma community wants or needs.

The new licencing from the Coast Guard require a report be submitted anytime any incident involving a guide's boat or charter.  Hopefully after this process in completed we may be able to get a good picture of what happened that fateful day.

 

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Chartered Striper Trip on Lake Texoma ends with boat sinking

Thankfully what could have resulted in tragic consequences was averted with help from other guides on Lake Texoma.  StriperGuideFishing has learned that yesterday Wayne McCullough, an Oklahoma guide who fishes mainly of out of Catfish Bay and Alberta Creek, was fishing off Washita Point with four customers.  The conditions on Lake Texoma were rough, winds in the 20-25 mph range with gusts higher and 3 to 4 foot waves.  From what we have heard, Mr. McCullough was anchored when a large wave broke over the bow of the boat and swamped and sunk it. The charter and guide all went into the water but fortunately the life jackets were readily accessible and all were able to vest up.  The folks were rescued by other boats nearby and from our info all are doing fine.  Wayne's boat was lost and all that was salvaged were two chairs and his bait tank. 

Wayne states on this web site that he "fishes year-round, weather permitting in my boat 1999 22’4” Red Fin with a 2003 Yamaha 225 HP motor that handles Lake Texoma real well. It's equipped with several fish finders, GPS, VHF radio and trolling motor to go along with the necessary safety equipment."  As of today his website has been taken down.

Safety should is your number one concern when out on Lake Texoma.  If you are going out in your boat make sure you have plenty of high quality life vests.  A vest that can save your life is something you don't want to skimp on.   Also make sure you have a horn or whistle you can use as a distress signal should the need arise.  If you are chartering a trip with a guide on, ask up front about the condition of his boat, what safety equipment he has on board and his safety record.  As the guides on Lake Texoma are now required to be licensed and go through Coast Guard Safety classes all the above should be readily provided.

The weather on Lake Texoma also should not be taken lightly.  The lake gets very rough with high waves during windy conditions.  It can get rough in a hurry so be sure to keep aware of the what the weather is doing.

Remember, SAFETY FIRST and then you will be able to come back to have another fun day enjoying the beauty of Lake Texoma. 

 

Tanglewood Resort Guide Service

StriperGuideFishing,com has learned that StriperMaster Guide Service has been awarded the contract to be the exclusive fishing guide service for Tanglewood Resort and Conference Center on Lake Texoma.

Tanglewood Resort and Conference Center is located just one hour north of the heart of Dallas, Texas. 

Tanglewood resort and Conference center 

Tanglewood Resort sits on the wooded shoreline of Lake Texoma and offers conference facilities, a resort hotel, 18-hole championship golf course, full service Tranquility spa, and near limitless amenities, allowing you a sanctuary from life's hectic pace.

Read more of Tanglewood Resort Guide Service .

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Meeting regarding proposed Lake Texoma Striper Guide Licensing

There will be a meeting today July 1st at 4 pm at De Happy Cajun Restaurant with a representative of Congressman Ralph Hall.  The stated purpose of the meeting is to relay to the Congressman the economic impact to the Lake Texoma area if the newly proposed requirement the Coast Guard is pushing to require all Lake Texoma Striper Guides to obtain Coast Guard approved Captain Licenses.  The meeting is open to all.  If you have an interest in this proposed action you are invited to attend. 

Above information is recap from an article we saw in a local paper.

 De Happy Cajun Restaurant is located on HWY 120 appx 1 1/2 miles north of Pottsboro.

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Happy Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day

As we take this day to honor the veterans of this great country let us not forget that we should be doing this every day.  We owe a great deal to the men and women who have defended our freedoms.  As we enjoy the cool breeze while watching a beautiful sunrise on the lake let us remember that one in five Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are experiencing symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, or major depression, yet only 53 percent suffering from PTSD or major depression have seen a physician or mental health provider.  154,000 veterans are homeless on any given night.  One-third of homeless Americans are veterans, even though only one-tenth of all adults are veterans.

We fishing enthusiasts and lovers of the great outdoors are great in number and many of us are veterans ourselves and know that due to political considerations and budgetary restrictions that often times the veterans are placed lower down in the order in the scheme of things our represtatives consider important.  With two wars ongoing and thousands of veterans experiencing the carnage of these wars, we can only look forward to seeing more problems encountered by our veterans when looking for health care and help adjusting back to civilian life. 

Please take a little time and encourage your representative be they Democrat or Republican to fully fund the VA and make good on the government's pledge to take care of our veterans when they return in less than 100% health from the wars thay have been sent to. 

It is not much to ask.  It only takes a few minutes of your time.  But with the sheer number of us, we can make a difference.

If you are an employer and need to increase your staff, hire a veteran.

Thank you for letting me indulge in an area that is near and dear to me take care and have a great day of fishing. 

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Tragedy strikes on Lake Texoma

A Kansas man drowned on Lake Texoma Saturday.  The accident happened in the Oklahoma waters of Lake Texoma, according to the reports we have heard.

The group of five were fishing with guide Jay Bendle out of Buncombe Creek and were heading back to the marina when the accident occured.  The weather was pretty rough with very high winds and four to five feet waves.  The boat was heading west and took on some water.  A large swell swamped the boat then it capsized throwing the group into the lake approximately 100 yards from the shore.  None of the group were wearing their life jackets according to the report.

The five men swam to shore but about 10 feet from the shore, Johnny Mullins, of Marysville, Kansas, collapsed and went under water.  The other men were able to pull Mr. Mullins out of the water onto the shore and began to administer CPR.  Mr. Mullins was taken to Marshal County Medical Center in Madill and was pronounced dead by the medical examiner at 2:30 Saturday afternoon.

If you are a regular reader of this blog you know that safety and respect for Lake Texoma is stressed often.  Always have your life jackets easily accessible and if you venture out on days when the wind is high, be sure and wear your life jackets as the waters of Lake Texoma can get rough very quickly and as this tragic incident emphasises they can also be deadly.

The advise we like to stress is remember, wear that life preserver and that your life preserver may save your life.  And if you think its too windy then it probably is, so stow the boat and get your yard work done and you will be able to enjoy the lake next week. 

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Reward – Accident Information McKinney, TX.

Not Fishing related, but this involves some friends of ours and any information would be greatly appreciated.

On November 1, 2008 someone had taken a railroad tie and laid it perpendicular across the service road in the left lane just before the entrance ramp. A group of motorcyclists were heading up the sevice road to get on to northbound 75 and could not see the railroad tie. One rider died at the scene and 3 others had to be taken to Parkland. A Reward has been set up for anyone who has information leading to the arrest and conviction of those who placed the railroad tie where it could not be seen.

For more infomation contact Fred Henley at 817-944-6442 or visit LakePirates.

Benefit for Dwayne Hagan

Dwayne Hagan, a Pottsboro resident was critically injured in a motorcycle accident.  The insurance coverage is not enough to pay for the care he needs.  On June 22nd there will be a benefit at Loose Wheels Texas.  They are having a Poker Run, Live and Silent Auctions, Vendors, Raffles, Live Music and more.

Dwayne is in very dire need of funds to cover the medical expenses.  Everyone is welcome.  Please come and help him out.

 Event Flyer