Archive for July, 2009

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July 30, 2009

I have a HUGE stock of Zoom, everything you can imagine (nearly)

All Zoom is 30% off, have all the usual suspects in stock and some off the wall stuff as well.

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Lake Fork Rain report

July 28, 2009

Yesterday we had 1.5″ at the marina total….woke up this morning and we had an additional 5.5″ of rain.  Flood gates are CLOSED as of 11am and did not appear to have been opened.  Lots of run off…lake is very muddy.

Talked to a couple of guys that have houses in little caney that only got 3″ of rain last night…regardless we got hammered.

Tom Redington Lake Fork Report 7/23/2009

July 23, 2009

TFF’ers Jim and Debbie with a couple typical deep water fish.

And a nice double too.

A nice one for me.

Bass are settled in their summer offshore structure patterns at Lake Fork and the fishing has been good to great almost every day for the past week. Although we haven’t caught any monster fish lately, we’ve caught at least 20 fish every day and many more on the good days. The average size has been very good, with most of the fish running from 3 to 7.5 lbs and only a couple of dinks each trip. The hotter and sunnier the day, the better the fishing for the most part, with the heat of the afternoon emerging as clearly the best time lately. Although the fishing is great once a good school is located, it hasn’t been quite as easy as it might seem. On the slower days, I’ve had to burn a lot of gas and graph many spots multiple times before finding a concentration of fish. Once you’ve found a good school and triggered them though, I’ve normally sat on those fish and caught them consistently until quitting time.

If you’re looking to learn deep structure fishing skills—reading topo maps, setting up your graph correctly & decoding the images on your sonar to find schools, and learning deep water techniques like big spoons, football jigs, drop shots, Carolina rigs, swimbaits and deep crankbaits—now through early September is the time to head to Lake Fork. Not only is it a great time to learn, but you’ll probably catch a lot of big fish as well.


Boat for Sale: My 2009 Ranger Z520 boat is for sale. It is fully loaded, rigged with a 250 HP Mercury Pro XS motor with a 5 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.

Lake Conditions: After a few rains and cooler days, Fork remains almost full and the water temps are down slightly. The lake level is currently at 402.82’ (about 2” above full pool) and slowly dropping. The water clarity is running about normal, with stained water up north and clear greenish water on the south end. Milfoil and hydrilla are both growing rapidly and starting to mat out in places, which should make for great grass fishing in the fall. Water temps cooled a bit, reading 85 to 88 degrees in most areas of the main lake. I’m showing the thermocline around 28’, which is about where it normally develops on Fork.

Location Pattern: Although lots of fish are still shallow relating to the grass, I’m concentrating on schools of fish on offshore structure. Structure like points, humps, channel bends, and roadbeds in 18’ to 30’ continue as my main pattern, producing both good numbers and size. Some days these bass are suspended and other days they’re on the bottom. Many of these schools are relating to a few pieces of isolated cover, so watch your depth finder closely for them and make precise casts or you’ll miss these fish.

Presentation Pattern: For fishing deep structure, I have a pretty basic arsenal. Carolina rigs, drop shots, and Texas rigs are catching bass from schools located near the bottom on deep structure. I’m using green pumpkin or red bug 10” Fork Worms or the new 6” Hyper Worm for Texas rigs. Meanwhile, junebug , watermelon candy, or green pumpkin Fork Creatures, Baby Ring Frys, and the new 6” Hyper Lizard with its thumping tail are on the business end of my Carolina rigs. Try these with the new Dobyns Champion Extreme DX744 rod and you’ll feel every little bump, while having plenty of fish fighting power. The DX744 is a lightweight 7’4” rod that is so well balanced it feels like nothing in your hand, yet somehow it delivers enough power to tear big bass away from standing timber down 25’. When the bass are more finicky, drop shots will catch good numbers of slot fish and the occasional big bass, rigged with a junebug, watermelon, or green pumpkin Hyper Finesse Worm or Twitch Worm.

I’m trying to keep my baits near the bottom, sometimes a trick on windy days in rough open water. Therefore, I use a big ½ oz sinker on both my Texas rigs and drop shots, while 1 oz is what I use to Carolina rig with. For line, I’ve been using the brand new FluoroHybrid Pro (FHP) line, now available at the Lake Fork Trophy Lures pro shop in Emory. I’m using 12 lb test on a spinning reel for my drop shots and the 20 lb test on bait casters for my TX and Carolina rigs. While their PowerSilk and regular Fluorohybrid lines are perfect for moving baits like cranks and spinnerbaits, the FHP is truly revolutionary. Stronger and lower in stretch than regular FluoroHybrid line, FHP is the first and only line that combines the sensitivity, abrasion resistance, and invisibility of fluorocarbon line with the strength and ease of handling of mono. This innovative line is made with an exclusive co-extruded process instead of a fluorocarbon coating over mono like all of the other hybrids on the market, resulting in its unique characteristics.

When the bass are suspended, Fork Flutter spoons, swimbaits or deep diving crankbaits in shad or yellow bass patterns are working better than the bottom presentations, and catching some lunkers too. The trick with crankbaits is to get them deep, and light line and long casts help you do this. Therefore, I use the 805CB cranking rod from Dobyns, paired with low stretch 12 lb PowerSilk line. With this 8’ rod and the zero memory line, you can whip crankbaits a country mile. For the Flutter Spoons and swimbaits, count them down to the depth of the fish and try to swim your bait slightly above the bass.

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

Lake Fork Guide James Caldemeyer Fishing Report July 15, 2009

July 16, 2009

Lake Fork Trophy Bass Report

Submitted July 15, 2009

By Guide James Caldemeyer

July has been a hot one so far with temperatures reaching 100+ on a regular basis. This summer heat hasn’t stopped the bass from biting though. Whether its deep fishing during the day, or chasing those night time lunkers, now is still a great time to come fishing at Lake Fork. Most days have been good for numbers of quality fish during the day with an occasional big fish while the night bite is more reliable to catch a really big fish under the cooler temperatures and a full moon.

The lake is still in great shape with water levels at 402.76 which is only about 3-4 inches from full pool. Considering the heat we have been having, there is still an abundance of water. The clarity is fairly clear throughout the lake with 3 feet visibility. The water temperatures have been very warm due to the heat with water on the main lake ranging from 86 degrees in the mornings to 94 during the peak of the day. As the thermocline sets up out deep, these fish can be found in some real deep water this time of year through August.

I have been fishing mostly day trips lately and fished one night trip with great success on the 11th. The morning bite has been fairly slow lately with only a few fish being caught out of my boat but about 11 a.m. they have been turning on and biting throughout the heat of the day. Crazy but true! That’s why tell people this time of year, “If you can stand the heat, you’ll catch fish!” On the contrary, the best night feeding was from about 1-4 a.m.

The main areas I am targeting right now during the day have been points, humps, roadbeds, and ridges in 22-32 ft. A number of different baits have been working on these deep structure areas. I have been relying heavily on my Lowrance HDS units to show me how the fish are positioned in the water column. This is important to pay close attention to right now and will give you a better approach to catching them. Texas rigged Berkley 10” Power worms have been good on a 3/8-1/2 oz. weight and a 5/0 hook for the fish in mid-depths to deep water relating close to the bottom. Best colors have been green pumpkin, blue fleck, and plum. I have my new Abu Garcia Revos spooled up with 20 lb. Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon and am using an All Star 7’ Med. Hvy. rod. These are a great combination for pulling these big bass out of deep water! The Carolina rig is always mandatory for me when fishing deep too. Best baits on the rig have been power worms, the Berkley “Fat Dover” or “Wacky Crawler”, or a 4” Power Hawg in green pumpkin, watermelon red or blue fleck. The jig bite has really started up good also. A 3/4 oz. football head will catch the biggest fish in the school! Fishing it slow through the same areas that you would fish a Carolina rig, especially if there is brush or timber present can be very rewarding!! For those fish that are suspended off the bottom, which a lot of bass get during the heat of summer, the big spoon is the ticket. Casting it out there and ripping it off the bottom or counting it down to the depth you want to fish it then working it back is key. These spoons fall slow and erratically so keeping in tune with where it is in the water column is important. If you can keep it in the strike zone, you’ll get bit!

The night fishing has been real good as we caught numerous fish over 5 lbs. a few nights ago and others have reported some great fishing as well. Main lake points with grass or any type of submerged vegetation adjacent to deep water is best. Again, you can’t go wrong with a big 10” Power worm. Fishing it in grass from 5-12 ft. slow and hopping it throw the thick stuff will get your arm jerked. Best colors have been blue fleck, black & blue, or red shad. Although we didn’t catch any on a topwaters, you always want to keep a black buzz bait handy for some explosive bites in the dark or a 3/8-1/2 oz. black or black/red spinner bait with a big colorado blade.

Make sure you bring a good hat, plenty of sunscreen, and drink lots of fluids if you are coming out during the day or a good light & bug repellent if you are going to do some night fishing. If you are headed out to Lake Fork for some summer fishing and would like to book a trip with me, feel free to contact me by email at lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com or you can reach me by phone at (903)736-9888. I still have some day trips available for August and will be taking bookings for night trips during the full moon. I would like to thank all my sponsors for their support and to my Lord and Savior for His blood on the cross!

Read Mark 9:35

Tight Lines and God Bless,

James Caldemeyer

Chris Sinkey Report 7-16-2009

July 15, 2009

 

Hot, Hot, Hot! The temps the last two weeks have just be out of this world with almsot each day reaching 100+ degrees. Not only has the weather been hot, but the fishing has been hot as well. I have been starting most days off shallower around creek channels in about 10 to 12 ft. of water. Then as the day heats up, Im moving out to deeper water fishing structure.
Most days have been averaging 20 to 30 fish with some good solid slot fish mixed in.
I have been starting off in flats off creek channels with grass and timber in that area. The key in these areas is to tie the boat up and throw a Texas rigged worm and let it soak. The fish will basically pick it up an take off with it. We have been fishing these areas with new Grandebass Megatail Worm in Watermelon Red. www.grandebass.com This worm is going to be the new standard in worm fishing. Just make your long cast, pop it back a few times, and let it sit. Most bites have been VERY noticable. Somewill just pick it up and slowly swim off, and some nearly take the rod out of your hand. This has been a great way to start and end my days out there.
After the sun gets up, and things start to heat up a bit, Im heading out to deeper water and fishing anywhere from 15 to 35 ft. on deep structure such as roadbeds, humps, and ridges. There are three baits Im keeping close by for this. First, is a Carolina Rig with a 1 oz. weight and either a Grandebass Rattlesnake in Watermelon/Chart. or a Mutant in Watermelon Red. Each day has been different on which bait they want. The Second, is a 3/4 oz. Black Angel Football head Jig in Watermelon Candy and Pimp Juice. www.blackangeljigs.com Im not catching a ton on the jig, but the bites I have gotten have been very solid fish. Third is both a Spoon, and a deep diving Crankbait for the suspended fish.
Reading your graph can be very important when fishing out deep. You want go over the structure, look, and see if the fish are bunched up feeding, and how they are relating to the structure. Once I find a good school of fish feeding, Ill drop a bouy on them and turn around fish for them with the Carolina Rig. This can really load the boat quick. This last Friday, we hit a roadbed and caught 22 fish off it in less than an hour. So the action can really be hot when you find the righ school. If the structure Im fishing has alot of timber around it, I will go with the Black Angel Jig or a Texas Rigged Worm. Make long cast and crawl that bait thru the timber popping it every now and then. This has also put some very good fish in the boat as well.
I have spent some time out night fishing as well. The pattern I have found to hold true has been fishing lighted docks with brush around them. On these, I have been throwing a 1/4 oz. Texas rigged Worm, either a 10 in. Black and Blue Fleck Berkley Power Worm or the Grandebass Megatail. Now we havent been catching a ton of fish at night, normally only getting about 4 bits in a 2 hour span, but they have been between the 4 to 7 lbs. range.
I had the pleasure this last weekend to have Kyle and Nick in the boat with me and both were able to catch their personal best fish along with numerous others.
Ithink sometimes we all forget about what we do out there, and passing this sport around and letting people share what we get to do every weekend is a great experience.
Here are just a few pics from this last weekend:


If your heading to Lake Fork in the near future and looking for a great place to stay, check out Lake Fork Marina at www.lakeforkmarina.com With some of the nicest people and best food on the lake. you will not be disappointed. And remember, if you dont have your Boatlanes chip for all the routes and running lanes on Lake Fork, check it out at www.lakeforkreport.com

Tom Redington Lake Fork Report July 2009

July 13, 2009

The temps have turned hot here at Fork, grouping up lots of fish out deep. Shallow grass and wood cover are still producing some good fish and even some big ones, especially early and late. For the majority of the day though, offshore structure fishing has been best for me. The hot, sunny afternoons of summer are prime time to catch these big schools of big fish, and thankfully we’ve had a nice breeze most days to keep us cool. If you’re looking to learn deep structure fishing skills—reading topo maps, setting up your graph correctly & decoding the images on your sonar to find schools, and learning deep water techniques like big spoons, football jigs, drop shots, Carolina rigs, swimbaits and deep crankbaits—now through early September is the time to head to Lake Fork. And not only is it a great time to learn, but you’ll probably catch a lot of big fish as well.

Boat for Sale: My 2009 Ranger Z520 boat is for sale. It is fully loaded, rigged with a 250 HP Mercury Pro XS motor with a 5 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.

Lake Conditions: Fork remains full and the grass is green and growing all over the lake. The lake level is currently at 403.21’ (about 3” above full pool) and slowly falling. The water clarity is running about normal, with stained water up north and clear greenish water on the south end. Milfoil and hydrilla are both growing rapidly and starting to mat out in places, which should make for great grass fishing in the fall. Water temps really rose this week, reading 89 to 93 degrees in most areas of the main lake. With the continued hot days and light winds, I expect the thermocline will set up around 28’ deep pretty soon, as usual.

Location Pattern: Early and late, I’m finding good bass feeding on points and flats near or in the main lake. These fish are mostly in 8’ to 15’, often around the deep edge of the hydrilla or milfoil. Deep structure like points, humps, and roadbeds in 18’ to 30’ continue as my main pattern, producing both good numbers and size. Some days these bass are suspended and other days they’re on the bottom. Many of these schools have been small and are relating to a few pieces of isolated cover, 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 Fork Frogs. 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 or Hyper Freak 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 green pumpkin or red bug 8” or 10” Fork Worms for Texas rigs. Meanwhile, junebug or green pumpkin Fork Creatures, Baby Ring Frys, and the new 6” Hyper Lizard are on the business end of my Carolina rigs. The new 6” Hyper Lizard is the perfect size for Carolina rigs, and it thumping Hyper tail really calls fish in. A great set up for the C-rig is a stout 7’6” 764C Dobyns Rod with low stretch 32 lb PowerSilk mono. This set up will allow for monster casts, while still delivering strong hook sets at long distances. 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, swimbaits or deep diving crankbaits in shad or yellow bass patterns are working better than the bottom presentations, and catching some lunkers too. The trick with crankbaits is to get them deep, and light line and long casts help you do this. Therefore, I use the 805CB cranking rod from Dobyns, paired with low stretch 15 lb to 21 lb PowerSilk line. With this 8’ rod and the zero memory line, you can whip crankbaits a country mile.

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

Lance Vick Lake Fork Video Report

July 11, 2009

 

Its Hot and the fishing is Hotter on Lake Fork The Deep bite is still on on Fork while numbers are
down a little overall size has been great with 20 to 25 fish a day the standard.My early moring shallow
bite has been poor, still looking every morning but not finding, as soon as it starts getting hot the bite turns on.Fishing points humps pond creek channels are still the deal .Jigs and Texas rig worms have been best .Catching a few schoolies every day to add to the total .Weighted hook with shad color soft jerkbaits wacking the schoolies. These days are not just coming easy we are putting in time and effort thru some heat to make some killer days.Good fishing to all
Mark with a Jig fish
Mega Tail Rattle Snake
Mega Tail Rattle Snake
T-Rig Diamondback Rattlesnake
Black Angel Jig
Black Angel Jig
Mega Tail Rattlesnake
Jig fish
Mega Tail Rattlesnake
Double Black Angel JIg

Weird fishing

July 8, 2009

Sorry for the lack of reports and picture.  Not many brave souls enjoy fishing in a 27,000 acre hot tub.   Warmest water I have seen was 94.2 degrees.  Wow.

Fishing is pretty touch and go, about the time I start getting confident in an area I blank. 

I’ve been soley on the west arm for the last 2 weeks, struggling hard the last few days.  

The deep fish I have found have either been suspended or on the move.   There are a handful of guys really doing great deep, but I know they are burning a massive amount of fuel.

Lake Fork Crappie Report Guide Terri Moon

July 5, 2009

Well it’s here- those 90 to 100 degree days…but, don’t give up on the fishing.  We’ve had some pretty good days.  We have just been starting early so we can be off the water before it gets too hot.  One thing I’ve found is that it’s not near as hot when you’re catching fish!  But, if the fishing gets a little slow, it really helps to have some umbrellas rigged up in your boat.  It can make all the difference during these summer months.  Also, don’t forget the sun block and plenty of water.

The next important thing for this time of year is to utilize your depth finder to locate clouds of baitfish.  The crappie will be close by.  Be sure to monitor the depth the fish are moving through at then target these depths with a vertical presentation.  A good bait for tihs has been a Gene Larew “Slab Slayer” in electric chicken or orange/chartreuse.  As the bait falls, use a twitch and pause presentation.

The crappie we’re finding have been in the 15 to 25 ft. depths in 20 to 30 ft. of water.  Check vertical timber and brush piles.  The crappie will tend to scatter this time of year so also check the deep water humps and any dropoffs!

The main piece of advice I can give you is DON’T just hang out in one place all day!  You’ve got to keep moving to have a succesful day of fishing.  What we are finding is that you might get 3 or 4 fish in one spot, then move to the next and pick up another good group.

Now if you’re out there and the crappie just won’t bite, alway shave plan B in mind especially if you have kids on board.  Either take along crickets or night crawlers.  The bream are very active this time of year.  If you are lucky enough to be here around a new or full moon, they will be around the grass and brush in 2 to 6 foot of water…a slip cork is great for this.

As the bream back off the bank target 6 to 15 foot using just a small number 6 hook and aplit shot…and tight line.  This is especially effective around the cross members of the bridges.  You can get a kid hooked for life on these fish! Don’t forget to check aorund docks and big stumps while bream fishing.  Once you find a school of these, there is nothing more exciting!  This is the time of year when if I have a day off, you’ll usually find me out looking for bream.  They have to be my all time favorite fish to catch and eat.  A little cornmeal and salt and you’re good to go!

Another thing to remember is that don’t be surprised when you are fishing with crickets, you never know what you are going to catch!  Big crappie, monster catfish and even bass love crickets!  So hang on tight!

I hope you all have a great summer and a safe 4th of July!  Good fishing!

Richie White July 2nd Report

July 2, 2009
This summer, the night bite has been real good around the moons. I had my first night trip on June 3 (just before the waxing full moon) and we had 20 fish trips most nights until the moon got below 1/2. Then the bite really slowed down. Fortunately, we’ve managed to get 6-8 pound fish every night – even on the slow nights. But we went from a 20 fish average to about 7. It has slowly started picking back up as the moon has been getting bigger again. Last night, I had a couple of boys who have been fishing with me for several years and they’re getting good. I just put up 8 pictures of them with big fish. I believe all except a couple were over 6 pounds. See our most recent pictures at http://www.bassfishing.org/pictures/recent.htm
For July, the full moon is on Monday the 6th and Tuesday the 7th. So, we should have a good moon until the middle of the month. For those of you who like to plan, the August full moon is historically good for me. It will be on August 5 and 6, so any time in the first couple of weeks will have a good moon.
Big worms have been best. The bigger the better. We’ve caught more fish on 12″ worms than smaller ones. Even the little fish have been biting the big worms. I expect the smaller worms and craws to be better as the moon continues to get bigger since the moon will help them to find the bait.
The topwater bite has been pretty good for the short time we fished them. I don’t usually fish topwaters until it gets light in the morning, and that bite usually slows down as soon as the sun comes up. If you fish with me at night, I will stay out until sunup if you can hang that long.

I have been doing a blog for Bassmaster for the past several months. I’m doing a series of articles on moon phases for them. I have an agreement with ESPN that they get the exclusive for the first month of publication, but I have permission to put it on my site after that. To get my most recent blog, go to www.bassmaster.com and click on the basslog link. You can read the old articles without a subscription at www.bassfishing.org/basslogblog.htm

This year, (I guess because of the slow economy), I still have some open weekends – which are usually scarce in the summer. So, you may be able to fish with me on short notice. If you’re interested in a night trip, you can see my schedule and book online at http://fishingguidenow.com/bookonline.cfm?guideID=2

See www.bassfishing.org/LakeFork-Night-Fishing.htm for my article on night fishing. Also look out for my night fishing segment on the In-Fisherman. We got some big fish on HD video. It already aired a few times, but will re-run the rest of the year. It’s on several television stations.

Check out my new site at www.fishupload.com
There, you can upload your fish pictures and show them off. You can have people guess the weights, so if you catch a fish and don’t have scales, you can get a pretty good idea of what it weighs by the combined guesses of the fishermen. If you have pictures, try it out. Also, if you want to embed some pictures in a forum you can upload the pictures there and it will give you the link so you can put that URL in the forum. If you want a particular username, you should get it before someone else does.

If you would like to receive my fishing reports by email, go to www.bassfishing.org/dbaccess/fishingreportrequests.cfm
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Good fishing and good luck. You can’t catch them if you don’t go.