Archive for June, 2008

Chris Sinkey Night Report

June 26, 2008

I had the pleasure of taking Mike Picou, Regional writer for Basszone, and a friend of his Wes from Austin out Thursday for a night trip before the Skeeter Owners Tournament.
We found fish in the grass on main lake points in 3 to 8 ft. of water. Ended up the night with over 20 fish with 2 being over 8 lbs., 2 at 7 lbs., and several in the 5 to 6 lbs. range.
All fish were caught on one of three baits. A Berkley 10 in. Power Worm in Black/Blue Fleck, a Black/Blue GrandeBass Mutant, and a Black/Blue GrandeBass Rattlesnake. You can see these baits at Grande Bass
Bites were very aggresive. If you thought you were hung in grass, you could let it sit there for a second and they would nearly take the rod out of your hand.
I want to thank them again for an exciting and hilarious night, and look forward to having them in my boat again soon.
I would also like to thank Skeeter Boats and Yamaha Motors for getting me there and back with no worries at all.

Chris Sinkey

 

Big fish moving up at night

June 25, 2008

Went out for a few hours last night and ended up with some good fish off my usual night hole.

Big fish was a 9.20 24 1/2″ fish caught on a texas rig black/blue Gene Larew Hawg Craw with a 1/4oz Tungsten weight.  Fish averaged about 4lbs-  Fish moved off around 11pm.  Bite kicked up right at dark, 10-14foot holding tight to brush.

Going back again tonight, will give another report-

James Caldemeyer June 19th, 2008

June 20, 2008

Lake Fork Trophy Bass Report
Submitted June 19, 2008
By Guide James Caldemeyer

June fishing on Lake Fork has been incredible! The fish are in their post-spawn feeding frenzy and should continue to remain that way for a while. My trips for the past couple of weeks have averaged 40-60 bass with many quality fish being caught. I had Dusty McFadden and Michael Curbo in the boat today. Dusty had big fish honors with an 8 lb. 14 oz. fish and Michael caught a nice 7 lb. 9 oz. bass with their total for the day of fishing reaching 61 bass. Way to go guys!
Yesterday, we had a hard rain storm come through that forced the Sabine River Authority to open all five gates at the dam to release water as we are already well over full pool. Water clarity on the main lake is still good to 3 feet even with stained water flowing in from the creeks and water temperatures are running in the mid to high 80’s. Overall, the lake is in tremendous shape going into the summer and will provide for some fantastic fishing as it continues to get hotter.
Early morning top water fishing is good on shad pattern or baby bass yellow magics and zara spooks. A white Talon buzz bait www.talonlures.com has been great on windy banks and a frog is catching its share as well. After the top water bite slows, I have been throwing a Wave Worm www.wavefishing.com trick worm, wacky style, on a 2/0 hook with a nail stuck in the head. Best colors have been watermelon red, watermelon candy, and june bug. Fish these slow over the shallow grass in 3-8 foot with quick twitches of the rod and hold on! A 1/4 oz. to 3/8 oz. jig or a texas rigged craw worm has also been good in the same areas, especially around the bream beds.
The shallow bite has been short lived on most days unless it stays cloudy. When the sun gets up good, I have been fishing out deep the rest of the day. There are a lot of big schools of fish following baitfish around and when you find them, it’s “game on”! Points, humps, roadbeds, pond dams, and ridges in 20 – 32 feet of water are great places to start looking for these deep bass. Good electronics and being able to understand them is a huge asset this time of year. I rely on my Lowrance to show me where the bass are everyday. Once I have located a school of bass, my primary weapon is a carolina rig. I have been rigging my Shimano 7’6” Heavy action Crucial/Chronarch reels with 20 lb Gamma Edge Fluorocarbon. www.gammafishing.com I use a heavy 1 oz. tungsten weight with a bead behind it attached to a swivel and a 4-5 foot leader. A 3/0 wide gap hook with a centipede, ring fry or Wave Worm 4” or 5” Tiki Stick has been very productive. Best colors have been watermelon red, watermelon chartreuse, and chart. pepper. Dragging this rig through these schools of fish with a slow retrieve and an occasional twitch will get your rod bent pretty good! I have also been throwing a 3/4 or 1-ounce Talon football head jig in these same areas and working it just like the carolina rig. Best colors have been watermelon/chart, green pumpkin, and watermelon gold with a matching trailer. On days that the wind is calm, the fish have started schooling some during the heat of the day. The big flutter spoons, small jigging spoons, DD 22’s, a swim bait and even a drop shot is very effective during this time as well.
If would like to book a trip for some phenomenal post-spawn or summer time fishing, feel free to give me a call at (903)736-9888 or you can email me at lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com I still have some July and August dates available. I would like to thank my sponsors for their support and to the good Lord who gives me strength.

Read Matthew 24:13

Tight Lines and God Bless,
James Caldemeyer

Tom Redington Lake Fork Report 7-14-2008

June 14, 2008

Due to high water, flooded vegetation, and relatively cool water temps, the bass fishing patterns continue to be wide open at Lake Fork. Up shallow, bass are chasing shad and spawning bluegill in the flooded cover, with lots of big bass still coming from less than 8’. Meanwhile, I’m catching fish out deep with regularity now. As the water warms up, look for the numbers of big bass to increase on the deep structure. With so many options, anglers can fish with their favorite techniques and catch good fish, so go with your strengths.

Best of all, the perpetual overcast & windy days have not only kept the shallow fish active, but it has also made the days very comfortable for us fishermen. From lunkers on topwaters to structure fishing for schools of big bass on crankbaits, swimbaits, and Carolina rigs; it’s hard to beat the summer for numbers of bass in the 3 to 8 lb range, with a shot at a 10+ pounder. Head on out to Lake Fork and find out why the summer is the favorite time for many Fork regulars.

As a side note, I’ve added the June article to my website. It covers my approach to fishing boat docks—from finding the best docks to effective presentations for catching bass from them. http://www.lakeforkguidetrips.com/fishingarticles.htm And for more info on bass fishing and Lake Fork, check out my video tips on BassEdge.com http://www.bassedge.com/sections/show_media_center/Videos (another 7 or 8 videos will be coming in the near future), or listen to my interview on Wired2fish.com http://www.wired2fish.com/WhatsUp/LakeForkisstillredhot.aspx .

Lake Conditions: After a couple more rainy days, Fork remains high for summertime. The lake level is currently reading 403.55’ (about 6” above full pool). Much of the north end and backs of major creeks are still stained, however, the south end remains clear. Water temps held mostly steady this week, reading from 79 to 84 in the main lake.

Location Pattern: As I noted before, many bass remain shallow on spawning flats chasing after bluegill, fry, and shad in the ever expanding submerged and emergent weeds. For bigger females, fish slightly deeper structure such as points, creek channels, and ledges; any of which are in close proximity to spawning areas. These fish are mostly in 8’ to 15’, often around the deep edge of the hydrilla or milfoil. Deep structure in 18’ to 30’ has turned on, producing both good numbers and size. Some days these bass are suspended and other days they’re on the bottom. Most of these schools have been small, so watch your depth finder closely.

Presentation Pattern: First thing in the morning, I’m working shallow grass on the main lake and in the 1st half of creeks. For bass feeding over the top of the grassbeds, try a spinnerbait, chatterbait, or shallow running crankbait. Some days, bluegill color schemes work better, while shad colors like white or chrome work better for those bass chasing baitfish. Or try a swimbait like the 4.5” Live Magic Shad. Rig these weightless and try the watermelon red/pearl, golden shiner, or Magic Shad colors. For bigger bass, pitch a 3/8 oz Mega Weight jig or a Texas rigged 10” Fork Worm to holes in the grass and lily pads on flats or near stumps on points in the deep weedline. I’m using a green pumpkin/black or a watermelon seed jig with a watermelon/red flake Fork Craw trailer, or a watermelon Fork Worm on the Texas rig.

Out deeper, Carolina rigs, drop shots, and Texas rigs are catching bass from schools located near the bottom on deep structure. I go with a green pumpkin or watermelon red Twitch Worm or 10” worms for Texas rigs. Meanwhile, watermelon candy or green pumpkin Baby Fork Creatures, Ring Frys, and Twitch Worms are on the business end of my Carolina rigs. Drop shots will catch good numbers of fish and the occasional big bass, rigged with a watermelon or green pumpkin Twitch Worm. When the bass are suspended, swimbaits or deep diving crankbaits in shad or yellow bass patterns are working better than the bottom presentations, and catching some lunkers too.


Boat for Sale: My 2008 Ranger Z520 boat was new in Dec ’07 and is for sale. It is fully loaded, rigged with a 250 HP Yamaha Series 2 motor with a 6 year warranty (good until 2014). 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.

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

Chris Sinkey Lake Fork Report June 10, 2008

June 10, 2008

Chris Sinkey Toad

By looking at some of the current temperatures, I would say Summer has basically arrived. Which really has me excited. This is my favorite time of the year to fish because Lake Fork offers some of the best off-shore structure fishing anywhere in Texas. As the temps increase, the crowds of people decrease. This last week has produced some of my best days I’ve had this year, with 2 days of over 30 fish and a fish over 10 lbs. and Saturday over 40 fish with 15 of those averaging 5 lbs. You just had to deal with high winds each day, which can make it very hard to stay on your deeper holes. There are still plenty of fish up shallow and can be caught early with a Manns Baby Minus 1 or a light weighted fluke or senko type bait such as the GrandeBass Honcho.
Most of the fish we have been catching are coming from deeper ridges and ledges in 23 to 30ft. deep. We are catching some fish on roadbeds, but just a few here and there. The humps, main lake points, ridges, and ledges are putting more and better quality fish in the boat. To find these structures you’ll need to find a good topography map of the lake, and use your electronics to find these off-shore structures. Once found, key on the locations that are not only holding fish, but bait fish and bar fish as well. These fish will normally be stacked on top of each other or in a group either just below the bait or directly on the bottom. The target fish for me have been located directly on the bottom. Use a marker bouy to mark where these fish are on the bottom.
I’m using several different presentations for these fish, but one has overshadowed all the rest; the Carolina Rig. Im fishing my C-rig on a 7ft. Heavy Kistler Helium II rod (www.kistlerrods.com) and Shimano Curado reels. Im spooling these reels with 17lbs. World Wide Sportsman Camo line carried at BPS with a 1 oz. Tru-Tungsten weight with a magnetic bead and a 5 to 7 ft. leader. On my leader line, Im opting to use 15 lbs. Seagar Florocarbon and a 3/0 Owner hook. There has been one bait that stood out this last week and that was the Rattlesnake by GrandeBass. (www.grandebass.com) 3 colors caught fish, but 1 acounted for almost 90% of the fish caught this week. Watermelon Red, Chart. Pepper, and Watermelon Chart., with Watermelon Chart. dominating in numbers and size with a fish tipping the scales at 10 lbs. This has really been the only soft plastic I’ve thrown this week.
Another bait putting fish in the boat is a 3/4 or 1 oz. Nichols jig (www.nicholslures.com) in Watermelon Red or Green Pumpkin with matching trailer. When the bite slows down or stops on the c-rig, I’ll make a few casts with the jig and get a few more bites.
As the summer roles along, I look for more and more fish to move out deep and group up even more than they are now. This pattern will hold up for the next 3 months or so. There are plenty of other ways to catch these deep fish, I just have been concentrating on these two the last few weeks.
I wanted to say a special thanks to my two newest sponsors, Skeeter Boats and Yamaha Outboards. This boat and motor has performed unbelievably in the 3 to 4 foot rollers this last week on Fork. Hands down, the 20i Skeeter with the 250 Series 2 Yamaha I’m in is the best riding boat I have ever been in. Feel free to check them out at (www.skeeterboats.com) Thanks again.
If you have any questions or if you woould like to contact me in regards to any of the above mentioned products or sponsors, feel free to go to www.chrissinkey.com
Thanks, and I’ll see you on the water!

Professional Lake Fork Guide James Caldemeyer

June 5, 2008
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Catch a large bass on Fork?

June 4, 2008

Yesterday an angler caught a 12.92 on a 1oz spinnerbait in deep water here at Lake fork. It was brought over to our place ( Lake Fork Marina ) because no one knew how to bleed the bladder. After the boat ride from the dam to the marina it was a lost cause and the fish was taken to the taxidermy.

ANYONE that needs a legal fish weighed day or night feel free to call me 24/7, if there is a bladder issue I can meet you at any boat ramp.

If I happen not to be in the area I can contact someone that is to weigh the fish or bleed the bladder. This is my personal cellphone so please do not call for reservations and such as I will not be at the office. 903-850-8894

There is no sense in losing true giants like this over something as simple as an inflated air bladder.

Tight lines-

Cameron

Lake Fork Trophy Bass Report 6-2-2008 & BIG BASS PICS

June 3, 2008

Lake Fork Trophy Bass Report
Submitted June 2, 2008
By Guide James Caldemeyer

June is here and with it comes the warmer weather as well as a lot of excellent post-spawn feeding action for big bass on Lake Fork. This month is one of my most favorite months for fishing because you can catch a lot of numbers and the quality of those fish is great! For example, I had a client on Wednesday that caught 42 bass with the biggest five weighing 35+ pounds. A 9lb. 10oz. and an 8lb. 4oz. fish anchored that sack! These are the kind of days that you can expect to see a lot of this month and even into the middle of summer on Lake Fork.
The water conditions on the lake are great right now. We are sitting at about 6 inches above full pool at 403.57. I think everyone expected the Sabine River Authority to open the gates this week after recent rains but I spoke to them Friday and they said they did not intend to open the dam up unless we got more rain. This is great for us going into the summer and great for the fishing. The water clarity on the main lake areas is clear 2-3 feet and the water in the backs of the major creeks is not as stained as it has been this spring.
The top water bite has been decent lately early and late on yellow magic’s, white buzz baits and frogs fished over the shallow grass beds/lily pads in 2-8 feet of water. After the top water bite slows, I have been switching over to trick worms rigged wacky style in june bug and any watermelon color. Fish these slow over the grass in the same areas for actively feeding post-spawners. A fluke and a swim bait have also worked well in the same places.
After the shallow early morning bite starts to die, I head for deep water. The deep structure fishing on Lake Fork is phenomenal this time of year and the lake offers lots of points, roadbeds, humps, and ridges for these deep fish to congregate. Using your electronics to these schools of fish can be very rewarding! I use my Lowrance to locate shad and bar fish in 18-30 feet of water where there is some kind of bottom change. The bass will be close by. Once I have marked a school of bass, I have been using a number of different presentations to catch them. The carolina rig has been the most productive. I have been rigging my Shimano 7’6” Heavy action Crucial/Chronarch reels with 20 lb Gamma Edge Fluorocarbon. I use a heavy 1 oz. tungsten weight with a bead behind it attached to a swivel and a 4-5 foot leader. A 3/0 wide gap hook with a centipede, ring fry or Wave Worm Tiki Stick has been very productive. Best colors have been watermelon red, watermelon chartreuse, and chart. pepper. Dragging this rig through these schools of fish with a slow retrieve and an occasional twitch will get your rod bent pretty good! I have also been throwing a 3/4 or 1-ounce Talon football head jig in these same areas and working it just like the c-rig with success. Best colors have been watermelon/chart, green pumpkin, and watermelon gold with a matching trailer. On days that the wind is calm, the fish have started schooling some during the heat of the day. The big flutter spoons, small jigging spoons, DD 22’s, a swim bait and even a drop shot is very effective during this time as well.
If you are interested in coming to Lake Fork to get in on some great post-spawn and summer fishing and would like to book a trip with a full time guide who knows the lake and deep structure fishing, feel free to give me a call at (903)736-9888 or you can email me at lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com With school out for the year, now is a great time to bring the kids out for some great fishing for big bass! I would like to thank all my sponsors for their support and to the good Lord for giving me strength. I hope to see you out on the water soon!

Romans 5:8- But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Tight Lines and God Bless,
James Caldemeyer