Lake Fork Day and Night Guide Service
Guide Clint Wright
Water temp: 90
Clarity: Clear (no rain)
Water Level: about a foot low and slowly dropping from heat.
Pattern / Season: Summer
Summer is here and she is in full force. Lately the highs have been in the upper 90’s to over 100. The lack of rain and good hydrilla growth has really made Lake Fork clear in most areas. One word at Lake Fork can sum up July and August fishing, HOT. To beat this heat I guide primarily at night. It is more fun for my clients, easier on our health and offers some of the best bass fishing of the year. Most anglers come to Lake Fork in search for bass over ten pounds. Therefore, my style of fishing and my reports will hopefully help you build a pattern to do just that.
In July and August the pattern I fish is exactly the same. For the daytime bite I fish deep. We will pick up a Custom Angle Carolina Special rod rigged with a Carolina rig and go to work on deep water structure and cover. My bait selection will be broad, this time of year I have more soft plastics in my boat than any other time as the pattern changes from day to day. Many daytime anglers downsize to a drop shot and shakey head for summer bassin’ these two months, but I only pick them up when the bite is really tough. Many anglers will find the daytime bite lacking in July and August, not to say there are not some great days to be had. I look forward to hearing about slow day trips in the summer because this alerts me to one thing, the night bite is on! Bass are living creatures that must eat to survive. If they are not eating during the day, then they must be eating at night. This theory of mine has held true for me for many years all over the country. Night fishing is my favorite thing to do in this sport. I’ve logged over 3,000 hours night fishing on Lake Fork since 2005. Many hours growing up on the lake are unaccounted for. My father raised me up fishing at night. Today this is still our most favorite thing to do together. Night fishing is only as hard as the angler makes it. More often than not night fishing is easier than day fishing because you can leave many baits at home. My favorite way to fish at night is to pick up a Custom Angle 7’ heavy and rig up a Texas rig. This one set up will just about do it all at night. As many of you know I have been an advocate of using braid due to its power and reliability. But, recently I have noticed that it does not get the bites of fluorocarbon and monofilament. Therefore I will be fading away from it and using more 20 – 25 lb test mono and flouro. So back to the Texas rig, this set up is way more complex than most believe. I have seen little things such as the size of the hook and weight play a big role in the amount of bites and hook ups anglers get. I’m not going to explain the science behind this, but feel free to email me or call me and I’ll explain. It has all to do with how the bass are eating the bait, nipping or choking it.
The Texas rig at night is the most productive set up. You will have to try different retrieves to find what works best on your trip. My favorite way is to throw it out and work it like a shakey head. I’ll do way more shaking than hopping or dragging. I tell my clients to move the bait like crazy, but do not move the weight. Once you learn how to do that at night, your bites will increase ten fold. The idea is to get their attention, but not take it away from them in a hurry. Let them locate and attack.
There are several different rigs that work at night to include a Santone Jig. But a Gene Larew El Salto special and a Grande Bass Diamond Back Rattlesnake will be all you really need on the soft plastic side of your arsenal.
If you have any questions about night fishing, please feel free to give me a call or email. There are certain things you must do and certain items you must take for a night trip that are not that important for a day trip. I’ve got some of this information on my website.
Night fishing on Lake Fork is very popular. I have a theory that many large Lake Fork fish only feed at night, nocturnal.
If you fish Lake Fork on a regular basis, or if you are just visiting, having a chip from http://www.boatlanes.com is a must. Just insert into your GPS unit, download and voila, all of the boat lanes right there as waypoints. No more tearing your boat up, not being sure if you should be running there or not.
Billy Sartin at Sartin Marine located in Yantis, Texas (only a few minutes from Lake Fork) is available for all of your boating needs and mechanical repairs. Tell them Clint sent ya!
Please remember that the sun will still cause damage to your eyes while fishing. So wear your Costa Del Mar polarized sunglasses anytime the sun is shining. Costa Del Mar sunglasses have also increased my fishing as they allow me to see underwater vegetation, stumps, baitfish etc. Having the ability to see targets under the water that other anglers pass up is the key.
Guided trips on Lake Fork are a sure way to have a fun filled relaxing day. Our 2010 dates are filling quickly and for that we are blessed. Let me be the first guide you call for your fishing trip, as I can guarantee that I will try my hardest to #1 put you on fish, #2 have a great time doing it.
I hope these tips help you catch the bass of your dreams. Please know that I am always here to try and answer any questions you might have. Myself and several other Guides are available for public speaking, such as bass club meetings, boy scout meetings etc. at no cost to you. We can go over any topics related to Lake Fork or Bass Fishing, Boating etc.
Please practice C.P.R. (Catch, Photo, and Release). It takes many years for these fish to grow to their trophy size. By practicing a quick release, it allows other anglers to enjoy the same experience as you. Replica mounts can be made for your wall that look better and last longer than a real mount. Remember life jackets and kill switches any time the outboard motor is running or anytime you feel it would just be safer to wear it. Your safety is #1!
Lake Fork Day and Night Guide Service uses only professional Lake Fork Guides to ensure your date is available for booking. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Corporate and Group trips – no problem. Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions about Lake Fork or booking information at 903-342-3497. Or visit http://www.LAKEFORKDAYANDNIGHT.us for more information. References are available upon request.
Lake Fork Day and Night endorses the following sponsors: Sartin Marine, Custom Angle Rods, Lake Fork Area News, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, Santone Jigs, Gene Larew Baits and Grande Bass Baits.
Mike with one of his nice fish for the night.