Archive for January, 2008

Lake Fork Fishing Report 1-14-2008 by Guide Jason Hoffman

January 14, 2008

Jason is an excellent guide and a personal friend of mine, his fishing information and willingness to help people is top notch. I really appreciate him taking time to put as much effort and detail into his reports as he has and I encourage everyone takes time to look at his website:

Client with a 13.51 caught with Jason:

Guide Jason Hoffman client Sharelunker 13.51


Lake Fork Fishing Report 1-14-2008

The fishing on Lake Fork has been very good this past week for both quality and quantity. This time of year, weather patterns play a very important part in your fishing success. Catch the tail end of a warming trend and the fishing can be fantastic! Several days of warm weather (highs in the 80s) early in the week brought water temperatures up to 56 degrees in some areas by Wednesday. This made for some exciting action Wednesday afternoon. My partner and I boated an even 20 bass in a little over 5 hours of fishing with our best 5 fish weighing between 31 and 32 pounds. Our big fish of the afternoon weighed 8.43 pounds and we had another that was right at 7 pounds. That’s what early prespawn fishing on Lake Fork is all about!

Since Wednesday, our daytime highs have been in the upper 50s and lower 60s, but just as importantly, our nighttime lows have been in the mid-30s. This has brought our water temps back down a few degrees and of course the fishing has gotten a little slower, but there are still plenty of fish that will bite — and good ones too!

January and February are two of my favorite months to fish Lake Fork because there are lots of big fish in shallow water. The key to the shallow bite this time of year is grass. We are fortunate this year to be near full pool and there is acre upon acre of shallow grass from the lower end of the lake and up both of the upper ends of the lake. This grass is located on the main lake and in the backs of nearly all the major creeks. Cover a lot of water until you catch one, then work that area very thoroughly. There are normally several fish in close vicinity to one another. Points and creek channels will hold most of your larger fish, but you can catch some nice fish on the flats and on straight banks as well. Keep an eye on your water temperature gauge and look for the warmest water in that area, and you should find the fish.

My favorite bait this time of year is a lipless crankbait. I keep both the 1/2 oz and 3/4 oz sizes tied on at all times and alternate between the two depending on the depth of the grass I’m fishing. I typically fishing the 1/2 oz bait in water less than 4 feet deep and the 3/4 oz bait in water deeper than that. With either bait, the key to success is maintaining contact with the grass. When you feel your bait make contact with the grass, snap your rod, and this will clear the grass from your bait. That’s when you better be holding on to your rod, because most of your strikes will occur right after you clear the grass. Color preference will change almost daily this time of year. My personal favorites include red, orange, crawfish, firetiger, and lime/chartreuse. One other tip: be sure you have high quality, super sharp hooks. A lot of these fish will just slap at the bait and with good hooks, you can still catch them. I change the hooks on nearly every brand of lipless crankbait that they make.

Some other baits to keep tied on this time of year are a suspending jerkbait, a spinnerbait, and a jig. Work the suspending jerkbait and the spinnerbait in the same areas that you used the lipless crankbait. Sometimes a fish that wasn’t interested in the lipless crankbait will inhale the jerkbait. Remember to work your jerkbait slowly with long pauses between jerks.

For the jig, I like to concentrate on stumps along the creek channel and also on secondary points leading into the spawning pockets. My personal favorite is a 3/8 oz black and blue Viper XP jig teamed with a Berkley chunk trailer. Brandon Moss caught a ShareLunker weighing 13.51 pounds in 2003 on this very combo while fishing with me. Be very thorough with your jig – especially once you have located fish. I like to pitch both sides of the stump before moving on to the next one. You might be suprised how many bites will come on the second or third cast to one stump. It could be the difference in catching that fish of a lifetime or not.

I hope that will give you a start when coming to Lake Fork. Be sure to check back here often for the most up to date Lake Fork reports on the internet. If you have any questions or if you’d like to book a trip, please check out my website at or give me a call at (903) 456-3691.

Good luck!

Jason Hoffman


2008 Lake Fork Tournament List

January 13, 2008

Not by any means completed, just what I have on the books personally.  If you know of any tournaments to add feel free to comment.


Feb. 24  Lake Fork Team Trail

Feb. 29 – March 1 Dallas Bass Anglers for the Deaf

March 14-15 Bullet Tournament

March 16  Lake Fork Team Trail

March 28 ABC Tournament (info unknown)

April 13 Lake Fork Team Trail

April 18-19-20 PAA (Toyota Bass Classic)

May 4 Lake Fork Team Trail
May 17-18  Legend Tournament

May 24-25 Rally of Texas

June 1 Lake Fork Team Trail

June 20-21-22 Skeeter Owners Tournament

Sept. 12-13-14 McDonalds Big Bass Splash

Oct. 11-12  Berkley

J C Outdoors 2008 Lake Fork Team Trail Schedule

Spring Season Opener February 23, 2008
Tournament 2 March 8, 2008
Tournament 3 April 12, 2008
Tournament 4 May 10, 2008
Tournament 5 June 14, 2008
Tournament 6 June 28, 2008
Championship September 6, 2008

The Big Joe Action Shot

January 12, 2008

Here’s a couple short clips of the spoon inside a tank. “Gator” was nice enough to let me use his tank. 

New “Big Joe” Flutter Spoon Color from Joe Spaits and the Tackle Factory

January 4, 2008


These are tad higher than the regular, $9.  Gold body, gold stripe with a red trailer-  I have 2 dozen at the moment- Shipping 2.50


Cameron Burnett


John Tanner Lake Fork Guide Report 1-1-08

January 3, 2008

Happy New Year! That’s right folks another one has come and gone. Last year was a good one with plenty of good memories. For one Lake Fork produced a ton of big bass and another, we were blessed with a good amount of rain fall that put the lake level back in good shape. This is key going into the first part of the year and into the pre spawn period which will be here before you know it. Amazingly you can catch some really big bass in shallow water this time of year. One would think that the place to fish would be in deep water but I am here to tell you that once it gets into January you can catch em pretty dog gone good in the shallows. But where in the shallows do you say? Good places to concentrate your efforts would be points. Points are always good going into January. Main lake points and secondary points leading into the creeks and large flats are key areas to find fish especially if the area has good green hydrilla beds present. Also keep an eye on the weather and the air temps, particularly the low temps at night. If you have a week with the day time highs in the 60’s and lows in the upper 30’s or low 40’s you can expect a good drop in the surface temp at night. This will hold a lot of the fish on these points. If you have warmer lows say in the 50’s this will change the way you fish and the location of some of the schools of bass. When you have warmer night time lows this will keep the surface temps warmer. As a rule when the water temps rise and stabilize after some warm nights a lot of those fish you have been catching on points will move back into the pockets or creeks adjacent to the points. Then, when the next cold front comes rolling in back to the points they go. I have seen it happen many times, so keep this in mind while fishing this time of year. How deep? Good depths to concentrate in would be 4 to 8 ft. What baits? Well, probably the most popular would be lipless crank baits. Any shade of red, orange or crawfish colors are standard for this time of year. Good ones to use are the Strike King Diamond Shad, Rattle Traps, Rattlin Milos, etc. Fish these baits over and down the edges of the grass beds with a steady retrieve making contact with the grass pulling it free as you hit it. You can also try the snatching technique. As the bait hits the grass give the rod a quick snap thus making the fish go into reaction mode as the bait deflects as it jumps out of the grass. Slow rolling a spinner bait through the grass is another excellent way to catch the big ones. Go with the ½ ounce Talon Spinner bait in white or white/chart. with double willows. You will be amazed how well this spinner bait comes through the grass. On the lipless crank baits there are some changes you can make to make this style of fishing easier on you. Fishing like this all day can be a lot of work. But the proper rod, reel and line can make a huge difference. I use a Shimano Crucial 7ft. in the cranking series (CRC-C70MH). I even use Gamma Edge flouro carbon line because of its less stretch or even Power Pro braided line if the grass is really thick. On the reel I like to use the Shimano Chronarch. You can still catch some fish (numbers) out deep on the road beds and humps with drop shots and shaky heads. As always look for them on your graph before you even stop. Have you seen the new Lowrance X-38CHD units? They are awesome. My new Ranger Z-520 has one on the console and I tell you it is like playing a video game. You can find the exact spot with your GPS using one of the new Navionics maps with the one foot contour lines (which is awesome by the way) and then you can see the schools of shad and the fish around them. You know exactly where to drop your drop shot or shaky head, it is unbelievable. This a fun way to catch fish, and have a good time while using light tackle. For my drop shot and shaky head rig I use a Shimano spinning reel , usually a Stratic2500 and for the rod I like to use a Shimano Crucial 6-10 Med/heavy spinning rod. On the line I will use 8 or 10 pound Gamma Edge Flouro carbon. On the drop shot try the Tru Tungsten drop shot weights. These weights make a lot of noise down there, thus attracting the attention of the fish. You also have maximum feel with these weights over lead because of the hardness of the tungsten. For numbers check out the deep stuff but for size and quality hit the shallows and work that grass over with the lipless crankbaits, spinner baits, jerk baits and even flip a jig or a tube on the wood along the grass edges. New year bassin can be a blast on Lake Fork and very rewarding.

If you would like to book a trip with us here at Lake Fork call toll free at 1-800-865-2282 or drop us a line at Or for more booking info check the trip info page. From the beginner to the expert we will make your trip to Lake Fork one to remember. Be sure and check out the photo section for a look at plenty of happy folks holding their Lake Fork trophies. While you are in the area be sure and go by and visit our local Ranger Dealer Diamond Sports Marine. They carry a full line of Ranger boats powered by Yamaha including the all new for 08 the Z-520. Go by and schedule a test ride. Tell em Tanner sent ya! If you can’t make it by the dealership you can look at their website at or Yamaha has introduced the new HPDI series 2 engines for 08’. Check them out at Many thanks to my sponsors.

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Good fishin and God Bless,
John and Robin Tanner
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Weedlures Big Joe Flutter Spoon by Joe Spaits and the Tackle Factory

January 3, 2008

The response for the Weedless lures flutter spoon has been overwhelming!  I am constantly restocking these and will have large numbers in stock through the spring.

These are the big spoon made famous by Kelly Jordan and on this months cover of InFisherman Magazine. I just was able to get these in stock and can’t keep them in the store. I will take custom orders, but it may take upto 3 weeks to get it in stock and I will not charge until order is filled.Price is $8 on the large, $7 for the small. Not price gouging it is minimum retail.Shipping is $4.75 for priority. I cannot ship UPS due to my location.Limit of 30 per size.I take paypal, money order, or will take a credit card via phone.

You can order from our ebay store as well:

The easiest way to get your order in is calling us at 903-765-2764 (5:30am-7pm 7 days a week)

Lake Fork Flutter Spoon by Joe Spaits of Weedless Lures

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