Archive for September, 2007

Tom Redington Lake Fork Bass Fishing Report September 29, 2007

September 30, 2007

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After a record breaking McDonald’s tournament with 35 bass of over 24” being weighed in, the bite has remained strong at Lake Fork. It appears the lake has finished turning over and the deep bass are starting to bite regularly, while very good numbers of bass are coming from the shallows. Whether you like fishing shallow, deep, or in-between, all depth ranges and almost any lure in your tackle box will produce on Lake Fork during the months of October and most of November. The key (and the fun part) will be determining what bait at what depth is best on any given day. Fall is historically the bite time of the year for numbers on Fork, with a decent shot at catching a true lunker as well. And before you know it my favorite time of the will be here—prespawn fishing for lunker bass in January through March. Based on the fishing this summer and in recent tourneys, we’re on pace for an excellent fall and spring. And best of all, you’ll have much of the lake to yourself on these mild days filled with fall colors because many sportsmen have left the lake to take up hunting.Lake Conditions: Although we had another good rain this week, Fork’s water level has remained essentially the same, currently reading 403.18’, about 2” above full pool. The lake is full of aquatic vegetation, with an inside grassline at about 6’ and a deep weedline in 8’ to about 15’. The main lake is at its clearest in a number of weeks, while the creeks are ranging from clear to muddy. Water temps remain about the same, reading from 80 to 83 in the main lake yesterday.Location Pattern: The best pattern for numbers of fish continues to be fishing shallow grassbeds on the main lake and in the first half of major creeks. Early and late and all day on cloudy and windy days, I’m focusing on shoreline grass, openings in clumps of grass, and the inside weedline. When the sun gets up, concentrate on the deep weed edge in 8’ to 15’. Key on points, inside turns, and along ledges and you’re likely to find more fish. Most of the shallow fish have been in groups, so you’ll fish for a while without getting a bite, then catch several in a small area. I’m also catching some bass back in the coves along creek channel bends but this pattern hasn’t really picked up yet like it will as the water cools. For bigger bass, concentrate on main lake structure in 15’ to 35’. I’ve found a number of good schools this past week that were relating to the bottom and easy to catch once you found them with your graph. Other days, the bass are more suspended and a little tougher to catch.

Presentation Pattern: As fall approaches, bass will start keying on shad and most of my lure choices and colors will reflect that preference. Shades of white or chrome are always good choices in the fall on Fork. In the shallows, topwaters have been hot some days, with poppers and buzzbaits leading the way. Other days, lipless crankbaits and shallow running crankbaits have worked better. When the bass aren’t in a chasing mood, I’m switching to a Texas rigged watermelon/red or watermelon candy 8” Fork Worm, Twitch Worm, or Baby Fork Creature with an 1/8th oz bullet sinker and working it over the tops of grass and along the edges. In addition, Magic Shads and Live Magic Shads in watermelon/red worked weightless over the grass beds are catching some big fish and good numbers, as well. For bigger fish, a 3/8 oz watermelon red Mega Weight Jig with a matching Fork Craw trailer is producing well when pitched to the deep weed edge. Out deep, watermelon/red Twitch Worms are working well on drop shots, as are Carolina rigged watermelon/red Baby Ring Frys, when bass are located on the bottom. For the suspended bass, swimming weighted 4.5” and 5.5” Live Magic Shad swimbaits, spoons, deep diving crankbaits, and ¼ oz jigs are working best and catching some lunkers too.

My 2007 Ranger Z21 boat is now for sale. I picked it up in late October of last year and it is fully loaded, rigged with a 250 HP Yamaha with a 5 year warranty. It’s value priced and will save you about $10,000 off the cost of a new boat. For more details and pics of the boat, please check my website ( www.lakeforkguidetrips.com ) or drop me a note.

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Working On Google Maps

September 30, 2007

As you can see we’re working on a google map.

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We’ll be adding more photos from our flickr account, and some videos as well to our map.  Not only will you be able to use the map for directions, but we would also like to be able to use the map to provide you with a virtual tour of Lake Forks’ premiere fishing establishment.

We can also use the map to show customers where they can catch a Lake Fork monster bass 🙂

If you would like to contribute some of your photos/videos to the map, or have any questions on how to build your own google map please feel free to leave us a comment.

ESPN/Sealy Outdoors,Inc/Berkley

September 29, 2007

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ESPN had some great coverage of the Sealy Outdoors’ McDonald’s Big Bass Splash held at Lake Fork Marina.

Coming soon 

BERKLEY BIG BASS 

WHEN: October 13-14, 2007

WHERE: Lake Fork Marina  

Berkley product is arriving daily at Lake Fork Marina.

Lake Fork Big Spoon by Weedless Lures (Joe Spaits)

September 27, 2007

UPDATE:  We have the spoons now .

I am getting a lot of calls about the big spoons made by the Tackle Factory.  They were used by Kelley Jordan on a recent tv show and the phone is ringing off the hook.  I do not and can not get these in stock as they are manufactured here locally.
To order here is our ebay store:
http://stores.shop.ebay.com/Lake-Fork-Marina-Fishing-Tackle__W0QQ_sidZ76918467?_nkw=big+joe

Lake Fork Report by Chris Sinkey September 19th 2007

September 20, 2007

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Fishing at Fork has been real steady as far as numbers and size goes. Now that McDonalds is over, and their heads are done ringing from all the boat traffic, I look for the fish to go back to the pattern that they were on previous to the tournament.
I have been starting out shallow around points with grass and lilly pads with grass around them with 2 type baits. First is a topwater bait such as a Blue Shad buzzbait by Nichols Lures http://www.nicholslures.com and or a pop’r type bait such as Yellow Magics or chug bugs. Work these baits over the top off the grass and hang on! These strikes are the ones your looking for when fishing topwaters. The other bait for fishing shallow around the grass has been a Fluke or GrandeBass Rattlesnake http://www.grandebass.com in Watermelon or Watermelon / Chart.. I have been putting a light split shot a foot above the bait to give it a little more action on its fall into the grass, and feel this has helped catch a few more fish in doing so.
After mid-morning, I have been heading out a little deeper and graphing secondary and main lake points for fish holding in groups from 15 to 25 ft. in depth. Im using a Lowrance 113c HD to help find these fish. This graph will show you EXACTLY whats down there. After finding these fish, I am using a Carolina Rigged GrandeBass Rattlesnake in Watermelon, Watermelon Chart., and Chart. Pepper. The Watermelon Chart. Rattlesnake helped me land a 10.11 lbs. last Tuesday along with several other fish up to 7 lbs.. Another bait that has been doing good on the C-rigs is a 6 in. Zoom Trick Worm in Green Pumpkin. The other set-up is a Texas Rigged Zoom Ol Monster worm in Plum and Black Emerald. This bait has been very consistant with catching mainly slot fish. Im fishing both of these on 7 ft. Heavy Helium II rods by Kistler Rods http://www.kistlerrods.com with a 1 oz. weight on the Carolina Rig with a 5 ft. leader, and a 1/4 to 1/2 oz. weight on the Texas Rigged worms. Remeber to still check your normal humps, roadbeds, and ledges, because many fish are still relating to them.
Some fish are starting to move back in the creeks following the bait, so I have caught some fish in the middle to back halfs of creeks on Texas rigged Creature type baits and worms fished next to timber and in the grass.

Hope this helps, and look forward to seeing you out on the water.
Chris Sinkey

Lake Fork Report September 18th

September 20, 2007

Lake Fork fishing has been on the rise recently with great catches coming from all over the lake during the McDonalds Tournament. Now that the lake has had a few days to calm down look for the fish to get on better patterns than the past few days. There have been some good numbers of up to 35 plus fish a day being out in the boat. The fish have been biting a little better up shallow but look for a very strong deep bite to turn on here very soon.

For the shallow water bite look for fish to be holding around shallow grass, pads, and stick ups, in 2 to 8 feet of water on the main lake and first halfs of the major creeks. . We have had a great top water bite from first sun and expect it to last for about 30 mins. There are many different types of baits that have been taking these early morning fish. The best baits have been a Storm Chug Bug, a prop type bait, or a Super Spook Jr. all in shad colors. Work these baits very aggressively. Let those baits make some noise and be careful to not pull the baits away to fast as the bites have been very hard with loud and big splashes. After the 30 mins or so is up I will switch to a Gary Yamamoto Senko and start flipping it in the same cover as the top water. My best colors have been the greens and browns with some color of flake. I have been texas or wacky rigging the Senko with no weight for a slow fall. The bite has been very aggressive still and this pattern seems to hold up till 10am give or take a little.

Once this bite slows down I am hitting main and secondary points located in 12-18 feet of water with a Carolina rigged Gary Yamamoto Lizard or 4 inch Senko. The best colors have been watermelon/red and pumpkinseed with a chart. dyed tail. I am fishing these on a 1 ounce weight with a 6 to 7 foot leader along with a 4/0 hook. Once again the bites have been very easily detected as the seem to be hitting very hard. Try to stay on points that have grass around the area that you are fishing. This has seemed to be where I am catching more fish. This pattern will hold through out the day.

Also watch for schooling fish in depths of 20 to 40 feet of water. I have kept a Senko on all day for these fish. We have really bumped up the numbers fishing like this. Fish up to 2lbs have been schooling on top with some nice fish to 5lbs being caught underneath them. Stay ready and watch that graph to locate these fish.

I Still have some September, October, and November dates open for those wanting to get out on the water for some excellent fall fishing here on Lake Fork. I also have gift certificates available for all occasions. If you have any questions or would like to book a trip give mea call at 903-216-1867 and I will be happy to help you out.

Good luck on the water and be safe,
Guide Jimmy Everett

Lake Fork McDonalds Tournament

September 14, 2007

Insane entries today, Bob Sealy said it may be a record entry for any of his tournaments.

I expect there to be some BIG fish caught during this tournament, we had 3 10lbers reported and another 10lber that was in the slot.

I got money on 11lbs+

Lake Fork conditions 9-10-07

September 10, 2007

Yesterday from noon to 3pm we had over 2 inches of rain. The lake came up a noticable amount, but the SRA did not open the flood gates. The Sabine River Authority is showing the lake level as 403.39, which is .39 of a foot over full pool.

The lake patterns are changing with the cloudy days and lower temps, I’d expect a lot of success in the tournament beating the bank as a lot of folks are reporting large fish caught in water as shallow as 3 foot. Baby minus 1’s were the bait of choice by some fisherman from Arkansas that had an 7lb 4oz and a 8lb 9oz and a dozen other quality fish yesterday after the storm.

Zoom Trickworms in Junebug and watermelon/red are still our best sellers at the moment and have been catching a lot of fish in th 2lb range. DD22’s in Smokey Joe (DD22-141) is what is selling well for the deepwater folks, but the deepbite hasn’t really been “on” in the last week or so. A lot of suspended fish in 20-25 foot of water-

John Tanner Lake Fork Bass Fishing Report 9-9-07

September 9, 2007

This week here at Lake Fork we are catching fish on all kinds of baits using several different patterns. This is typical for this time of year as we close in on the fall season. In the mornings we are catching fish on topwaters like chug bugs and yellow magics over the deep grass beds on the main lake points. As this bite slows and the sun starts to creep up go with the Texas rigged worm and also the wacky worms. Shallow running swim baits are also a good choice over the grass early in the mornings as the bass are up chasing shad. We are blessed with some really deep hydrilla this year and boy has it made a difference in the fishing.

You can find grass in many areas that is growing out to 15 ft of water. Key on the points that have this deep grass and you will be in business. If there is some brush just out in front of the grass on the point , that is where you can load up on bass on the plastic worms. Use the June bug early and then switch to watermelon or watermelon/red a little later. This has been a good pattern in the mornings for a while now. Later in the morning key in on the heavier brush out on the points in 15 to 18 ft. These fish will bite the Texas rig as well as a Carolina rig. On the Carolina rig we have been using baby brush hogs and Zoom lizards. Some of this brush is pretty brutal so use some strong line. I use Gamma Edge Flouro carbon in the 20 pound test to avoid having a problem. This line is awesome and all of my Shimano rod and reels stay spooled with it for no worries. On the Texas rig I use a ¼ ounce Tru Tungsten bullet weight and a 4/0 Mustad Wide Gap hook. As the day rolls along many of the fish will move into the thick grass for better cover. When this happens put on a heavier weight and flip the worms in the holes along the grass up in 12 to 14ft. You would be surprised what is hanging out in the thick stuff! On the flip side of the flipping don’t forget about the deep structure fishing. We have been catching some good ones out deep on Carolina rigs, spoons and also the drop shot. Look for the fish to be hanging out of off the sides of the deep points along the tree lines and heavy brush. Windy days have been better here lately on the deep bite but you can still catch them if you fish slow and methodical. The fish are grouping up in tight groups so good electronics are a must. I use Lowrance sonar units and couldn’t think of going out in my Ranger boat without one mounted up. They are the best units for finding fish I have ever used.

The lake is in great shape with the water level is just above full pool. The surface temp as of Saturday was 86 degrees. These patterns should hold through the week and may get even better as a cool front is due to arrive in a few days. Look for schooling fish all day long . They could pop up anywhere this time of year so be ready with your rattletraps or other shallow running crank baits.

The Big Bass Splash is coming up this weekend over at Lake Fork Marina and I want to wish you guys and gals the best of luck! It should take a real HOG this year to take home the top prize. If you would like to book a guided trip here on Lake Fork with us for this fall, winter or go ahead and set up your spring trip call toll free at 1-800-865-2282 or drop us a line at tanner@lakeforkbassguide.com. From the beginner to the expert we will make your trip to Lake Fork one to remember. While you are in the area be sure and go by and visit the folks over at Diamond Sports Marine our local Ranger Boat Dealer. They carry a full line of Ranger Boats and have an awesome parts and service dept. Tell em Tanner sent ya ! The all new Ranger Z-520 is now available. This awesome new bass boat is the first 20 ft. boat by Ranger that is rated for a 250hp motor. It is the serious tournament anglers dream machine. Go by your local dealer and schedule a test ride. They should be in the show rooms soon. I have one on order rigged with one of the new Yamaha 250 series 2 HPDI motors and I can’t wait. Go to http://www.rangerboats.com for more info. Please pray for our troops and their families as they keep us safe. Also pray for the sick and the lost. Read Proverbs 12:30 Good fishin and God Bless,
John and Robin Tanner

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Lake Fork Bass Fishing Report Tom Redington 9-9-07

September 9, 2007

Just under 8lbs

Tournament season is in full swing on Lake Fork, with 4 tournaments yesterday and the McDonald’s Big Bass Splash, Berkley Big Bass tourney, and many others happening in the next few weeks. Just in time, lots of keeper sized bass are showing up in the shallows, while big fish are still available for the experienced structure fisherman. As the lake continues to cool, Fork will turn over in the next couple of weeks and fishing will become very good both shallow and deep in October and November. With much of the angling emphasis on tournament fishing at Fork right now, my report will focus on those patterns.

As a side note, for more information on shallow water fall fishing, my September article is now posted on my website: http://www.lakeforkguidetrips.com/fishingarticles.htm

Lake Conditions: After a 3” rain this week, Lake Fork’s water level is now steady, currently reading 403.30’, about 4” above full pool. The higher water levels have flooded a bunch of shallow vegetation that is holding fish and is acting as a nursery for young baitfish and bass. Meanwhile, there is an inside grassline at about 6’ and a deep weedline in 8’ to about 13’. The main lake remains stained in most areas, while the creeks are ranging from clear to muddy. Water temps dropped during the past week, reading from 81 to 86 in the main lake. The thermocline is still showing at about 25’ to 28’ but the lake is starting to show signs of turning over, which typically occurs around mid-September.

Location Pattern: The most consistent pattern this past week has been fishing shallow grassbeds on the main lake and in the first half of major creeks. Early and late and all day on cloudy and windy days, I’m focusing on shoreline grass, openings in clumps of grass, and the inside weedline. When the sun gets up, concentrate on the deep weed edge in 8’ to 13’. Key on points, inside turns, and along ledges and you’re likely to find more fish. Most of the shallow fish have been in groups, so you’ll fish for a while without getting a bite, then catch several in a small area. I’m also starting to catch a few fish back in the coves along creek channel bends but this pattern hasn’t really picked up yet like it will as the water cools. For bigger bass, many fish are still suspending in timber or in open water over deep structure. These fish are holding 12’ to 25’ down over deeper water, so watch your graph closely to pinpoint their location.

Presentation Pattern: As fall approaches, bass will start keying on shad and most of my lure choices and colors will reflect that preference. Shades of white or chrome are always good choices in the fall on Fork. In the shallows, topwaters are catching a few fish early and late. More consistent are shallow running crankbaits, small spinnerbaits, and Lake Fork Tackle’s new 4.5” Live Magic Shad swimbait. Rig the swimbait weedless Texas style with a 1/16th oz weighted hook and slowly swim it over the grass. Hits have been pretty hard and easy to detect. When the bass aren’t in a chasing mood, I’m switching to a Texas rigged watermelon/red or watermelon candy 8” Fork Worm or Twitch Worm with a 1/8th oz bullet sinker and working it over the tops of grass and along the edges. For bigger fish, a 3/8 oz watermelon red Mega Weight Jig with a matching Fork Craw trailer is producing well when pitched to the deep weed edge. For the suspended bass out deep, weighted 4.5” and 5.5” Live Magic Shad swimbaits, spoons, or deep diving crankbaits in shad or yellow bass patterns are working best and catching some lunkers too. The key is counting your bait down to the level of the bass and keeping it in front of them for as much of the retrieve as possible.

My 2007 Ranger Z21 boat is now for sale. I picked it up in late October of last year and it is full loaded, rigged with a 250 HP Yamaha with a 5 year warranty. It’s value priced and will save you about $10,000 off the cost of a new boat. For more details and pics of the boat, please check my website or drop me a note.

Here’s hoping you catch the lunker of your dreams. If I can be of assistance, please contact me at 214-683-9572 (days) or 972-635-6027 (evenings) or e-mail me through http://www.LakeForkGuideTrips.com , where your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Good Fishing,

Tom