Archive for September, 2009

Guide Clint Wright Lake Fork Report Sept 2009

September 14, 2009

Lake Fork Day and Night Guide Service
Fishing Report
September 2009

Hello fellow anglers and welcome to Lake Fork. Many of you reading my
report this month are preparing for the McDonalds and Berkley
tournaments or in the process of fishing them. So I will try to focus
my report on tournament sized fish for September and October.

In my opinion September is the beginning of the end of summer. Although
many days can be hot this month, the fish are steadily transitioning to
a fall pattern. The fall brings back two important factors #1 Football
Season and #2 Bass will be moving shallow. This month will be the first
time many fish have been shallower than 10 foot since the spawn. The
food chain (plankton, shad etc.) will be moving into the creeks, up on
top of points and all of the places us bass fishermen like to hunt them.
Oxygen content in the shallow water will be on the rise due to cooler
nights. Anglers will also find the bass starting to school up tighter
together. It will be common to catch 20+ fish from one spot now.

My favorite place to look for bass this month is the “comfort zone”
(Comfort Zone – shallow water very close to deep water). You will find
that many different types of baits will catch fish this time of year. I
will give you some of my favorites as a starting point. This is truly
one of the most fun times of the year to bass fish.

This past summer was an awesome one here at Lake Fork. My clients
caught two fish over 10 pounds with numerous fish over 7 pounds landed.
My father also (Buddy Wright) caught two more over 10 lbs, a 10.8 lb and
an 11.71 lb bass in one August night. I’m already looking forward to
night fishing of 2010!

This month I will have five Custom Angle Rods on the deck. First thing
in the morning the bass will be up on top of the structure and all day
if it is cloudy. Here try a 7’MH Moby rod with a lipless bait such as a
Sebile Flatt Shad or any Rattle Trap type bait. I like to start with a
chrome, shad imitator. I will also have a 6’6 MH Moby rod with a
topwater bait ready to go. Some days they want to eat a popper and
other days a walking bait. Try both before abandoning this bite.
Always have a weightless Grande Bass Rattlesnake tied on in the event a
fish misses your topwater, you can follow up with the Rattlesnake and
usually catch this fish.
During the day, the fish will usually back out to the edge of the
hydrilla / milfoil. Here I like to rig up a 7’H Moby with a Texas
Rigged Mega Tail worm. Probe the edges parallel for more strikes. The
last rod will be a 7’MH Moby spinning rod with a shakey head tied on.
The shakey head will catch the tournament fish needed these next two
months. I would fish a Grande Bass Rattlesnake on a shakey head 8 hours
a day during the McDonalds, if I could fish it!

Areas to look for these fish are Glade, Penson, Birch, Little Caney,
Mustang, Long Branch and Williams. Try to locate the deepest water in
the area next to grass. This is where they should be. Keep an eye out
for schooling activity as these fish are normally easy to catch.

Good luck in the tournament and please be courteous / safe while on the
water. Please keep in mind that there are some boaters on the water
during these events that may now know fishing etiquette and may not know
proper boating procedures. Just understand that we all have to start

I hope these tips help you catch the bass of your dreams. Please know
that I am always here to try and answer any questions you might have.

Once again, welcome to Lake Fork and Good Luck Fishing.

Please practice C.P.R. (Catch, Photo, and Release) especially during the
hot months. The heat will cause the fish to die quickly if not released
in a short period of time. Remember life jackets and kill switches any
time the outboard motor is running. Your safety is #1!

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Terri Moon Lake Fork Report September 2009

September 5, 2009

It’s September!  Do you know what that means?  FALL is just around the corner!  Now that gets me excited.  Hands down, it has to be my very favorite time of year to fish!  They are already predicting cooler temperatures in the next few weeks.  That’s just a bonus!  In spite of the warmer temperatures in August, the fishing has been quite good.  So, if we have a cooler September, the fishing should be awesome! 

Now as far as the fishing, watch for surface temperatures to start to drop and get ready for the fall frenzy.  The water temperature is the key factor to getting the shad to move out of the deep watyer.  The shad will move up to the flats and secondary points so be sure to watch for schools of shad.

This is why GOOD electronics are so important.  It can make the difference between a poor day of fishing and a GREAT day of fishing.  I still take a few hours a week and just go graphing with my Lowrance LCX-10HD.  This gave me a better idea of what the fish are doing.  Early morning or late evening, the crappie will start showing up in 5 to 15ft. of water.  But as the day heats up try looking a little deeper in the 15 to 25ft range.  Look for structure near creek channels, flats and humps.

The colors that have been working are green w/ blue tail and cinnamon w/ chart.  Now as far as the bream, we’re still finding them in 8 to 12 feet just off the bottom using crickets or worms.  September means its time for the McDonalds Big Bass Splash out of Lake Fork Marina again.  So if you get a chance come by.  It’s a good time to see the latest fishing equipment.  Shimano and Lowrance will be there and it’s always exciting to see what they have come up with!  So, hope to see you there.  Don’t foreget- it’s time to renew your fishing license.

Lake Fork Report Guide John Tanner September 2009

September 2, 2009

September 1, 2009
Greetings Anglers. It has been an awesome summer and boy have we had a blast catching tons of bass here at Lake Fork. The deep bite has been good during the later part of August with a lot of 25 to 35 fish days while fishing out on the main lake structure. I wish I had a nickel for every time I looked at my Lowrance sonar unit while checking a submerged hump and said, “There they are, lets get em!” . It wasn’t like that every day but we had about a 10 day stretch that was awesome. I look for much of the same coming in the fall months, but as the weather patterns start to change and the days get a little shorter the fall patterns start to show their colors a little more.

Now as September rolls in, there will be several different patterns that will put Lake Fork bass in the boat. With the Lake Fork McDonald’s Big Bass tourney coming up this month and the awesome Berkley Big Bass Tourney coming in October the patterns I am about to mention should get better and better so you people fishing the tournaments keep this stuff in mind.. Hopefully these tips will help you catch em while fishing just for fun or while competing in the events coming up in the next few weeks. Water surface temps have been running in the mid to upper 80’s in the afternoons and in the low 80’s in the mornings. This is a little cooler than normal and is good for the shallow bite early and late in the day or even on cloudy and windy days. On these kinds of days fish the grass beds along the main lake points and pockets looking for good concentrations of bait fish where ever you are fishing. With the water a little cooler there is and will be more good sized bass in the shallows attending those bait fish. There are still tons of good patches of milfoil that is starting to matt up along some of the main and secondary points and even in some of the backs of the creeks. Hydrilla is doing the same and matting up very well in various locations along the lake. These are good places to get your line stretched and your blood pumping early in the morning. Good ways to catch them are on buzzbaits like the Talon ½ ounce white buzzbait with gold or nickel blade, a frog like the Berkley floating 5” Bat Wing Frog in tree Frog or Albino color, Chatter Baits, Berkley Frenzy Poppers,Texas Rigged 7” Berkley Shaky Worms in blue fleck, and of course the all new Berkley Slim Shaky Worms in the 4.75 size in green pumpkin or watermelon/red color rigged wacky style. Keep your eyes peeled and look for big schools of shad running through the weed beds. These matted weed beds are shad magnets and once the water cools off a little and these big schools of bait fish load up in the weeds, tons of big bass will follow. Try on top in the mornings or on cloudy days with baits mentioned above and when they stop smashing the topwater stuff get out your flippin stick and start dropping texas rigged Berkley Chigger Craws in the holes in the heavy mats. This style if fishing is a blast and will put some big uns in the boat. Of course while fishing the shallow grass I like to use Trilene 100% flouro carbon line with 12 pound on the wacky rigs and 15 to 17 pound test on the buzzbaits and texas rigs. I would suggest however to use braided line on the frogs like Spiderwire or Stren Easy cast Braid to get the big ones out of the heavy moss. This time of year is also a great time to fish with swim baits over the weed beds. Try the Berkley Hollow Belly swim baits in the 4 or 5 inch size. Good colors for me are the Gizzard Shad color along with the Tennessee Shad colors. On sunny days go deep with Carolina rigged Berkley Wacky Crawlers, Power Hogs and the Slim Shaky in green pumpkin or watermelon red. Drop shotting is a deadly method as well going into this time of year on the deep fish. Berkley Gulp 3” minnows are a good bait for this as well as the Wacky Crawlers in the Power Bait formula. Look for fish along the main lake humps, submerged pond dams and road beds in 18 to 25 ft of water. Remember for all your Texas, Carolina and drop shotting applications be sure to use Tru Tungsten weights. Tru Tungsten makes tungsten weights for all types of fishing in every shape and color to match your fishing situation. They are the best! Another good way to catch those hogs in deep water is to fish with a football head jig. I like to use the Talon ¾ ounce football head Jig in texas craw and watermelon candy color. For the trailer I like to use the 3” Berkley Power Bait Twin Tail Grub in the green pumpkin color. Once the fish bite it they won’t let go. Oh yea have you heard of the new 12” Power Worms? Well they are here and man will they catch em. Check with your local Berkley dealer or while you are here go by Lake Fork Marina and grab some. They are something the fish haven’t seen and the big will ones will smoke it out in deep water on a ½ ounce texas rig or even on the grass edges. It’s like a T-Bone Steak to as big bass! I am excited with the seasons changing coming up and the fishing getting really good. I love it going into September because of all of the ways you can catch big ones here at Lake Fork. Don’t forget the schooling Bass! This time of year they get going and will be more and more prevalent going into fall. So spool up your ABU Garica Revos and lets get ready to do some big time bassin here on the Fork! 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While you are here be sure and visit our very own local Ranger Boat Dealer, Diamond Sports Marine located on hwy 154. DSM carries a full line of Ranger Boats and will have some of the new models for 2010 coming in soon including the all new Ranger Z-521 rigged with 250 Yamaha Series 2 outboards. These are awesome rigs so go by and schedule a test ride. See Ben Hogan and be sure to tell him that Tanner sent ya!

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Good fishin and God Bless,
John and Robin Tanner
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