Archive for October, 2008

Lake Fork Guide John Tanner 47.58 5 Fish day 10-31-2008

October 31, 2008

John Tanner’s Website

November 1, 2008

Hello from the great Lake Fork.Water level about one foot low 402.1 water temp 66 degrees water clarity about 2 foot.

November is starting off with a bang! It looks like it is going to be an awesome month and the big ones are starting to bite as the fall patterns go into full swing!

Yesterday I had the pleasure of taking Mat and Nathan Dailey and boy did the big ones crank it up! It was a total blessing,I praise the Lord for such an awesome day. After fishing the shallows the first hours with not much luck we headed for a little deeper water and I looked at an area were we had been catching some pretty good fish in the afternoon hours. As a matter of fact I had Mat and Nathan with the day before and we saw several big fish on the graph there but couldn’t make many of them bite. Well, it was a different story today. We immediately starting catching fish. Nathan caught a low end slot fish on a Talon Football head jig and I then made a cast to the other side of the structure with my Carolina rig and had a bite. I felt the fish moving off with my bait and set the hook with my Shimano Crucial Rod and the fight was on! Once we landed the beast it weighed over 10 pounds. After we calmed down Nathan was hooked up again and after landing a few more nice slot fish up to 6 pounds on the Jig he then hooked another big mama. She weighed over 9 pounds. Wow what a morning ! We had some lunch and then went back out on the pond. I was headed back to the spot were we caught those big ones and decided to check another spot close by before we made the long run. Well, it paid off right away as Nathan went back to work with the Talon Jig and landed 3 nice slots in the 4 and 5 pound range. Those fish played out and we turned on the Lowrance and checked the other side of the ridge and spotted a good sized group of large fish hanging on a tree on a break line. Well up until then Matt hadn’t caught a fish. Nathan was putting on a clinic from the back of the boat. I guess Mat had enough and started wackin some big ones himself. He made the perfect cast and hooked into a monster. He landed this hog and she weighed over 10 pounds and was nearly 25 inches long. Man we were having a blast. After taking some good photos, and releasing the big girl back to the waters of Lake Fork we re grouped and lined back up on our spot. Mat fires another cast and unbelievably hooks up again. This time the fish was coming to us and thought she was in the 6 pound range. WRONG! She changed directions and came to the surface and jumped and yet another whale! This sucker was fatter than the first one Mat caught. We finally wrestled her into the net and weighed her in at 10 pounds 6 ounces! We had to sit down a minute and get ourselves together. We headed to the marina to get a certified weight on her and take some better photos. Well with time left we hit one more spot. The fish were stacked in there at the mouth of a creek along a little tree line.7 fish in 9 cast on the Jig! After that we kept fishing and in the course of the next half hour we caught 6 more bass in the 4 to 6 pound range. I guess you could say the jig bite is on! What a day and I cant say enough about my buddies Mat and Nathan. They have fished with me several times over the last few years and today was by far the best day so far. Oh yea thanks for helping me try to recover the rod and reel that I knocked off of the deck of my Ranger Boat this afternoon. If any one drags up a Shimano 7’6” Crucial with a Calcutta 200TE DC mounted on it PLEASE let me know. I miss it dearly! Fishing on Lake Fork isn’t always like this but when things get right it can be so awesome.

Lake Fork is a special place and is loaded with monster bass. The set ups we were using today was pretty simple. We were Carolina rigging and dragging a football head jig. Once we started smacking them on the jig though it was hard to put it down. On the Carolina Rig we were using 20 pound Gamma and a 12 to 14 pound Leader using Gamma Edge Flourocarbon and a one ounce Tru Tungsten weight. The leader was 4 foot and the hook was a Mustad 2/0 wide gap Ultra Point. On the jig we were using a ¾ ounce Talon Football head Jig on 16 pound Gamma Edge Fluorocarbon. In the grass in the mornings you can catch them froggin and also using a white buzzbait. Look for creeks off of the main lake with a lot of grass in them. Check for bait fish and go at it for the first hour or so. You can continue to catch them shallow during the day on wacky worms and senko type baits but again having a good concentration of shad in the area is key.

I know it is deer season but if you want to catch some Hogs November would be a good time to be here. If you would like to book a trip with us call toll free 1-800-865-2282 or drop us a line at For more booking info click on the trip info page and for a look at some happy folks holding their Lake Fork giants, click on all of the pages of the photo section.

While you are in the area be sure and visit the folks over at Diamond Sports Marine our local Ranger Boat Dealer. Tell em Tanner sent ya. They carry a full line of Ranger Boats rigged with Yamaha Outboards. Awesome bass fishing machine. Schedule a test ride in the new Z-520, they are unmatched!Good fishin and God Bless,
John and Robin Tanner

Many thanks to my sponsors.

Good Luck if you are headed this way and if we can help out in anyway give us a shout. Please pray for our country as well as our men and women of our armed forces. Also keep my Mom in your prayers as well as The Pughe family. I got a message from Joel today and he said his wife had undergone some cancer testand were to get the results today. He said it had been a tough couple of weeks. Please keep them in you prayers. Read Galatians 6:9



Lake Fork Report by Guide Tom Redington October 26, 2008

October 26, 2008

Bass are settling into regular fall patterns here on Lake Fork. Normally, I’m catching fish consistently out deep at this time of year, but the offshore bite has been slow for me lately. I expect it to pick up again soon, and in the meantime, there are a lot of fish chasing shad in the shallows right now. I’m covering a lot of water to catch fish shallow, but you can normally pick up several fish from a single area once you find them. The mild days and the start of fall colors make it a joy to be on the water this time of year, and a big fish or two are just icing on the cake.

With the holidays just around the corner, I do have gift certificates available for those looking for a present for their angling buddies. 2008 has been another super year on Fork, with the lake being full and in great shape for the coming season. Prespawn starts in late-December, so it won’t be long until my favorite lunker time of the year is here, January through March. If you’re looking for a fish of a lifetime, prespawn is the time to head to Fork

Lake Conditions: High pressure has dominated Fork lately, resulting in little rain and light winds, and as a result, the water conditions are quite stable. The lake level is currently reading 402.40’ (about 7” below full pool). Most of the lake is pretty clear now, with some stained water on the north ends. Water temps are slowly dropping with the cool nights, reading from 69 to 73 in the main lake on Saturday.

Location Pattern: The best pattern for numbers of bass is fishing shallow grassbeds on the main lake and the backs 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, and then catch several in a small area. I’m also catching bass back in the coves along creek channel bends. For the deep anglers, concentrate on main lake structure in 12’ to 32’. As the lake settles down from turnover and cools, this pattern will really turn on. Watch your graph closely and key on schools located tight to the bottom if you can find them, because they are normally easier to catch than the suspended schools.

Presentation Pattern: During fall, bass key on shad and most of my lure choices and colors reflect that preference. Shades of white or chrome are always good choices in the fall on Fork. In the shallows, topwaters are catching fish early and late, as well as Fork Frogs in the lily pads. As the sun gets up a little higher, shallow running crankbaits, small spinnerbaits, and Lake Fork Tackle’s 3.5” and 4.5” Live Magic Shad & Hyper Worm swimbaits work better, especially on windy banks. When the bass aren’t in a chasing mood, switch to a Texas rigged watermelon/red or watermelon candy 8” Fork Worm or the new Hyper Finesse Worm with a 1/8th oz bullet sinker and work 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 or a TX rigged watermelon/red or Bama Bug colored Hyper Freak produce well when pitched to the deep weed edge.

Out deeper, Carolina rigs, drop shots, jigs, and Texas rigs will catch bass from schools located near the bottom on deep structure. I go with a green pumpkin or watermelon red 8” or 10” Fork Worm for my Texas rigs. Meanwhile, watermelon candy, watermelon/red, 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 Hyper Finesse Worm. When the bass are suspended, Fork Flutter Spoons and deep diving crankbaits in shad or yellow bass patterns are working better than the bottom presentations, and catching some lunkers too.

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 , where your satisfaction is guaranteed.

Good Fishing,


Lake Fork Report 10-25-2008

October 25, 2008

Went out from 9:45 to 11:45 this morning and decided try and find some new fish.  All three holes I stopped at produced fish, most in the 12-14″ range and had 2 slots that were 18″ and 18.5″, ended up with 17 and left fish biting.  Just find a grass line and go to town.

I feel like a broken record giving similar reports over and over…but A LOT of people are struggling and there is absolutely no reason you can’t go out and have an exceptional day of fishing.

3/8 oz Yo-zuri Rattlin Vibe in Ghost Minnow or Baby Bass.

I threw a bill lewis 1/4oz for a while and didn’t have a strike…tried the slightly larger 5/8oz Yo-zuri and no luck.  If you are looking for the 3/8oz Rattlin Vibe try and find them around your home lake or on the internet.  I am sold out and I bought the only 2 on the lake I could find for my personal stash.

Lake Fork Marina Mascot chowin down

October 25, 2008

Just a dull Saturday morning, about to go hit the lake for a couple of hours…went out Friday with a friend.

Ended up with 25 in under 3 hours, 3/8oz yozuri rattlnvibe in baby bass. Not the best color but it was the closet to threadfin shad I had in stock at the marina. smile No monsters, but would have had a mean tournament bag. Big fish are not turning up at all really and I have quizzed tons of people.

Everyone that is struggling for a bite is fishing the south end, the key for me for the last couple of weeks has been finding ANY grass, dirty water and backing off from the bank. 7-10 foot slow. Been pushing up threadfins with the trap nearly everywhere I have fished. Some freaky fat short fish.

Covered a lot of water and my partner and I constantly had fish. Very scattered

DD being spoiled:

Lake Fork Cold Front Blues

October 23, 2008

I was planning on fishing today, but after talking with several guides that braved the tough conditions I changed my mind.  Seems like water temp is still hovering around 70 degrees and the “easy” pickings up shallow have moved off.  There were some decent fish reported today, but most of the fisherman had that disgruntled “Lake Fork” face on.  Give it a few days and the big fish should start popping up with the cooler weather.  I was pretty surprised to hear that the topwater bite was on this morning

Lake Fork Fishing Report Guide Clint Wright 10/20/2008

October 20, 2008

Lake Fork and local Hot Water Lakes: October 20, 2008

Lake Level: Fork: Full

Water Clarity:  Clear to stained

Water temp: The water temps have varied around 70 degrees.

Weather:  Clear to partly cloudy this week, with highs in the upper 70’s.

News: Lake Fork is cooling down and the hot water lakes are heating up! If you are looking to learn any new techniques or just go out and have a great time, give me a call. The hot water lakes here in East Texas are giving up great numbers of fish, not that the air temp has started cooling down. This past week, 40 – 70 bass per day were common with one 11.00 lb trophy caught.

Fishing Report

Lake Fork: Lake Fork fishing has been on one day and off the next. This is the reason I start booking trips in October on the local hot water lakes. These trips last until the middle of February. The days that the fish are biting on Lake Fork are great. Most of the fish that we have been catching are in the back of the creeks gorging on threadfin and gizzard shad. Two things you must have this time of year is grass and shad. If you find a mixture of these two, you will be in business. Throw a Sebile Flatt Shad or any lipless bait (shad colored) with a high speed reel and burn this bait over the grass and along the breaklines. I like to use 65 lb. Power Pro braid on a Custom Angle Moby Bass Rod in a 7ft. Heavy action, the parabolic bend in this rod is very helpful here. This bigger line makes fishing the grass easy. It will cast a country mile as well.

There is the occasional deep water bite to be had too. Here I use one of my custom painted spoons, a Revenge jig or a swim bait. The two things to look for here is shad and a major depth change. Good electronics are a must for this presentation to work. This is your eyes under the water to help eliminate useless water.

Guide Clint Wright
Fork Day and Night Guide Service

Right now is the time to be here…

October 17, 2008

If you have been waiting for Fork fishing to take off…you should be here now.  Size isn’t the game right now, but you can SLAY numbers in the backs of creeks on wacky worms and 3/8oz Yo-Zuri Rattl’nvibes 

I was fishing the Ghost Shad color and was out catching guys with me throwing Red Crawfish.  Once they switched we had 2 triples and several doubles.  Nothing over 21″ but a lot of good 14-17″ fish.  We had 38 fish in 3 hours, the majority came in a 1 hour span around 3-4pm.  We had several fish throw up threadfin shad the same size as the yo-zuri rattl’nvibes. 

I haven’t been able to repeat the outstanding day we had, once those shad moved out so did the fish and they haven’t been there since.  BUT you can throw the trap and cover water in the back of nearly any cove holding grass and catch scattered fish all afternoon, very north end of birch has been outstanding lately…even with the muddy water.

Lake Fork Bounty Bonanza Tournament win up to $100,000

October 12, 2008

The Lake Fork Chamber of Commerce is hosting a one of a kind  tournament that takes place during the Texas Parks and Wildlife Share a Lunker season.  (October 1st – April 30th) 

If you pay for a $20 entry fee and catch a bass that would qualify for the Texas Top 50 (At least 15.23) and is donated to the Sharelunker program live you can win $10,000. 

Catch one in the top 10 (at least 16.77) and win $20,000. 

Catch the state record (currently 18.18) and win $50,000.

Catch the WORLD RECORD BASS and win $100,000.  (22lb 4oz)


For complete rules and entry form click HERE

Terri Moon Lake Fork Crappie Report 10-12-2008

October 12, 2008
Nice crappie

Nice crappie


Welcome to the report site Guide Terri Moon, she has been THE crappie guide on Fork for years.  You can find her contact information at the bottom of the page. 

Well, it’s finally here -October!-  (my favorite ti me to fish!)  The mornings are cooler and the crappie are showing up on the points of the mouths of the creek arms and on the channels and secondary creeks.  They have been as shallow as 6 foot and as deep as 18 foot around the bridges and brush piles.  We’re also finding them in the mouths of coves in 20 to 28 foot of water one to three cranks off the bottom.  These fish haven’t bunched up yet so you will need to move around to have a productive day.

Also, light conditions and water clarity will make a difference on what color will produce a strike.  So don’t be afraid to change up colors to see what will work for that time of day.  The different colors we’ve been using have been the “Bobby Garland” (by Gene Larew), “Baby Shad” in bone white with chartreuse, the green tomato, and natural cricket.  Then in their “Slab Slayer” – it’s been the Electric Chicken, orange with chartreuse or black with chartreuse.  All of these colors have worked throughout the day.  You can rig these on either a 1/16th oz jig head or 1/8th oz jig head.  In the brush piles I’m using just one jig, but in open water or bridges I am rigging 2 jigs about a foot apart.

I’ve found the bonus of these biats is that I’ve not only caught crappie on these but some really like yellow bass.  They really like the  brighter color “Slab Slayers” and I double rig these and bounce them off the bottom in 20 to 26 foot of water.   We’re finding them on humps and on the flats at the mouths of coves.  With the double rig it is not uncommon to catch them two at a time.  What could be more fun than that?  I hope you all find the time to enjoy Lake Fork’s October and November prime fishing months!

Also if you are out and about be sure to stop by at Lake Fork Marina, they have a huge assortment of all your crappie fishing needs.  My best to all of you and hope to see you on the water.


Terri Moon 903-383-7773  Full day $300 (1 to 2 people) Half Day $200 (1 to 2 people)

Berkley Big Bass Tournament on Lake Fork

October 11, 2008

We would like to thank Berkley and all the staff for putting together such an awesome event.  We also want to thank Lake Fork Sportsman’s Association for keeping our fish healthy and allowing us to capture these videos.   

The relase boat operator explaining how he keeps these fish alive so they can be caught again another day. 

Here’s a quick shot of a couple monsters in the live release boat at the 3rd Annual Big Bass Tournament here on Lake Fork