Archive for October, 2009

Bored at Work

October 28, 2009

Biscuits and mustard…



Gates on Fork are still open

October 26, 2009

As many of you know…gates open on Fork make fishing rough…
Well all 5 are going…we got another 2.5″ of rain last night.  Will we ever catch a break?

Lake Fork gates 10-26-09 2:30pm

On the plus side there was a 10lb 2oz weighed this weekend…some 8’s and 9’s…only a handful of anglers on decent fish, most are bank beating with whacky worms and picking up a few decent fish…bigger fish coming main lake and secondary points.

Lake Fork Water Hyacinth out of control…

October 24, 2009

TPW or the SRA need to address this problem…sorry for the horrible camera skills…but you get the idea.

Lake Fork North of 514 bridge…RIP brush pile docks…RIP lovely cedars to flip to…RIP boatlane to power line…

Berkley Tournament Day 1

October 18, 2009

I have to say BassChamps and Berkley did an amazing job on coordinating this event.  I believe they ended up with around 800 entries.

Not many people were surprised about the low weights and lack of reports of good slot fish.  This morning was the coldest of the season, 43 degrees… SRA was still releasing water from all 5 gates.

Only 2 overs were brought in 8.96 (Tie)  2.70 top end on under.

Did NOT hear many reports about slot fish.  My fishing partner did boat an 8lber that was a tad under 23.5″ and we ended the day at 1pm with 12 fish.

Most fish were caught on the discontinued Berkley Frenzy popper and heavy weight sinkers in bream or watermelon part.

Lake Fork Bounty Bonanza

October 7, 2009

12 month tournament, Big Bass…$20 entry fee. 

Lake Fork Bounty Bonanza 

One of a kind!

Joe Spaits Spoon, Original Lake Fork Flutter Spoon, Big Joe Spoon

October 7, 2009

We are still selling these by mail order.  These are the original spoon made popular by Kelley Jordan on Ultimate Match Fishing UMF.  There are tons of knock offs made by a huge variety of companies like Nichols, Talon Lures, Lake Fork Tackle and even Strike King.  The weights varey by brand, but the Joe Spaits Spoon is the one that started the craze and was made popular at Lake Fork.

Most of our mail orders go to Kentucky lake and more recently Lake Mead, but we have shipped them as far as Africa.

You can find them for sale on our ebay page, we always have a large stock of spoons in and restock every 3 days.
Ebay store:

James Henderson Lake Fork Bass Fishing Report 10-7-2009

October 7, 2009

The fishing has picked up with bass already into fall patterns. Bass are
chasing shad and getting fat in preparation for winter. The fishing is
only going to get better from here out once the fish settle into their
routines. We’ve just had the full moon this past weekend and the big
bite has really come on with fish up to 8 lbs being caught.

Lake is currently above full – pool, and is rising due to recent rains.
Water temps have been between 70 and 75 degrees. Water clarity has
improved over most of the lake, despite recent rains, and winds with the
northern ends still a little stained.

The fishing has been great this past month with numbers up to between 25
and 40 fish a day. Big fish up to 8lbs and lots of 2 to 4 lbs are being
caught. The deep bite has been a little slow due to cooler temps and the
influx of fresh water from recent rains. Best areas have been around
secondary points and primary points. Fish have been holding on grass and
weed lines from 1-6 ft deep around theses points . The shallow fish have
been scattered from the points to the backs of the creeks. A lot of the
fish are moving chasing shad so its important to cover water, if you get
bit work the area quickly and then move on. Be sure your throwing past
the visible cover working your baits through the brush and grass. Pay
close attention to what kind of cover the bites are coming from ; some
days the bite is better on shallow floating vegetation and other times
outside weed lines are best. Some fish have also moved into the backs of
the major creeks, and there is some schooling activity in those areas.

You can catch fish on a wide variety of baits this time of year. Lipless
rattle baits and shallow cranks in shad colors are working well right now
. Rattle baits worked around the outside edges and across flats 3 to 6
feet deep can be awesome. Be sure you have good hooks and a good cranking
rod so you don’t loose a lot of fish. One of the biggest mistakes I see,
are people trying to use a stiff rod on cranks or not having quality
hooks on there bait. Spinner baits are also working well on days where
there is some chop on the water and scattered clouds. With the cloud
cover the past few weeks, I have been throwing top water lures and
weightless plastics all day. Walking type baits have been drawing most of
the big fish bites, but just about any type of top water will work this
time of year. The biggest fish actually came on a buzz bait in about 7 ft
of water. If you have a weak heart, bring your nitro-glycerin pills,
‘cause this is heart attack fishing! Bites can be explosive, and its
hard not to set the hook on the blow up at times. Be sure you have a
follow up bait handy for any fish that misses your bait and it is ready
to cast immediately. Wacky rigs, and of course the circus rig, are
producing a lot of good quality fish too. Speaking of heart attack
fishing, there is still a pretty good bite in the lillypads using frogs,
flukes and tubes. The pads stems are getting tough now, so its imperative
you have heavy equipment and line for this type of fishing now. If a fish
gets its head down just keep tension on the line, put your trolling motor
on high, and go in after it. If you prefer to work deeper, I am still
getting some fish on drop shots, carolina rigs, spoons, and jigs, around
outside weed edges and other deep structure out to 25 feet. Best colors
for plastics are natural hues in brown or green. Best jig color has been
black/blue, P.B.& J., and Texas smoke.


I still have a lot of availability, so any one is interested in booking
a fun day of fishing, with the opportunity for a fish of a life time,
just give me a call. Or, if you just need some info or have a question,
feel free to give me a call as well or email me.
Thanks and be safe!


James Henderson


phone: (214) 864-2469

Lake Fork Report 10-6-09

October 6, 2009

We had almost 4″ of rain over the past 2 days, yesterday they opened all 5 gates and dropped the lake the few inches it had risen. As of 3pm today one gate remained about half open-

Fishing has been very strange over the past week. Morning bite is very slow but late in the afternoon (4:30-dark) has been great. We had some customers that checked out from Arkansas that stumbled on a great evening bite about 3 days ago. They were bringing in some photos of good fish but wouldn’t say exactly what they were doing. Even with the gates open they caught 25 fish on Zara Spooks from 5 until dark, most fish in the 2-3lb class but they did manage a 9lber that was over the slot (weighed in here) as well as 2 fish in the 7lb class yesterday that were in the slot.

They were NOT catching fish on the infamous Yellow Magic, pop-r, devils horse or tiny torpedo…the fish wanted a big clear spook.


John Tanner Lake Fork Report October 2009

October 2, 2009

Welcome to Lake Fork ( Bassville USA ) . October is a great month to come to Lake Fork and catch some big bass. If the fishing action is anything like it normally is in the fall, trophy fishing will be awesome. I remember last year towards the later part of the month I had the Dailey brother’s fish with me as they normally do in the fall. Matt and Nathan fished 2 days and on the second day of the trip Lake Fork reminded us all of what she is famous for. We had three fish over ten pounds and another weighing over 9 that day not to mention several other fish that weighed between 4 to 6 ½ pounds. Matt caught 2 of the ten pounders back to back! It was a day to remember and God was really blessing us that day. We were and still are grateful for that load of toads we had the pleasure of catching on 10/31 last year. That is what I am talking about when I say October is a great month to catch some big uns. There are a few things to keep your eye out for while fishing here on Lake Fork in the month of October. Water conditions are key as the lake may be trying to turn over so ask questions as you arrive or even before you get here. Don’t let that scare you off. If the lake is turning over the deep bite can be tricky so the shallow fish are the ones to target. If the lake is about done with the turnover, some of the deep spots will kick back in gear, so you can fish shallow water early and late in the day and then mid day go deep and do fine. If the lake is done with the turnover the deep bite can be good just about anywhere on the main lake. Fall is topwater time and you can find fish on top on grassy points as well as in the backs of the creeks. Anywhere there is a good concentration of baitfish can be awesome places to throw a topwater bait like a Berkley Frenzy Popper or even a frog like the Berkley Bat Wing Frog. Schooling fish are common in October as well which means to have a good lipless crankbait tied on if you want some fast action. Try the Berkley Rattl’r in any shad pattern and you will be in business. Once the topwater action stops go with the texas rigged worms like the 7” Berkley Power worms in blue fleck and red shad. You may even try green pumpkin. Another good one is the Power Shaky Worm in the 5 or 7 inch size. Here is a little tip on the Shaky Worm go with a 1/8 ounce Tru Tungsten sinker. Cast it out let it settle in the grass and then let it sit in one spot and just shake it gently. Move it a foot or so and then repeat the process. I have caught a ton of big fish while shaking this bait in the grass. They will just pick it up a lot of times while you are shaking it. Some of the biggest fish have come after the lightest bites so watch your line. And I always worm fish with Berkley Trilene 100% flouro carbon line, so do yourself a favor and try some. It is Professional Grade and won’t let you down. Wacky Worming is also very productive in the fall along the grass lines. The Berkley Sink Worm is perfect for this style of fishing. This worm is weighted and needs no weight inserted. It falls with a incredible action that triggers awesome strikes. The Shaky and Slim Shaky will do a good job as well. On the flip side to the shallow fishing a lot of the big mamas will be caught out in deeper water as well. That is the cool thing about October, you have the best of both worlds. Look for fish on the main lake points and big secondary points leading into the major creek channels in the mid morning hours through the afternoon. In the late afternoon look for some of the deep fish to move to the mouths of the creeks and set up on smaller secondary points, isolated big trees along the creek channels or tree lines as they push the bait fish in to feed on them. Good weapons for the deep ones are the Carolina Rigged Berkley Slim Shaky Worms in the 4 ¾ inch size as well as the 4” Berkley Power Hog. The Slim Shaky is a new one and I can testify that it works really well and is very productive. I have caught a ton of fish on these things already and look forward to using them this month as well. Other good bait choices for deep water fall bassin are of the course the spoons like the big Talon Flutter Spoon, the Talon “T” Spoon, football head Jigs in ¾ ounce and also swim baits like the Berkley Hollow Belly as well as the Berkley Power Mullet. Remember later in the month when the Yellow Bass start showing up on the deep spots the big bass will follow. Look for big schools of these tasty morsels on your Lowrance unit with big Bass mixed in with them. Drag the baits mentioned above through them and fish slowly. You will feel the Yellow Bass tapping your lures repeatedly. Just leave whatever you are using in there and wait for the big bite! You will know the difference between the Yellow Bass and a Lake Fork Monster right away! There is a lot going on this month and it is hard to pack it all into one short article, so hopefully the baits and techniques mentioned will help you find and catch more big bass this fall. Remember the 4th Annual Berkley Big Bass Tournament will be held here on Lake Fork on October 17th and 18th out of Lake Fork Marina. It will be an awesome event and open to the public. There will be 10 places paid each hour as well as a couple of boats given away for top prizes. Come see us at the Berkley Trailer. If you would like to book a guided trip here on Lake Fork this fall or winter call us toll free at 1-800-865-2282. Or for more booking info check us out on the world wide web at Be sure and click on the trip info, fishing report page and the awesome photo pages for a look at tons of happy folks holding their Lake Fork Trophies. Have you heard about the new model of Bass boat coming out for 2010 by Ranger Boats? The all new Z-521 will be out for next season! I will be running one of these bad boys rigged with a Yamaha 250 series 2 engine starting this month. If you would like a test ride contact Diamond Sports Marine over on hwy 154 and talk to Ben Hogan or you can call me and I will give you a test ride in mine. This is the latest and greatest from Ranger and I cant wait to get behind the wheel. If you are interested in a great deal on a pro staff boat give me a ring. I let my boats go every season at a huge savings. You can call me on my toll free number or on my cell at 903-569-7451. This boat will be in the new Ranger Cup color package and will be a dream machine for someone who is wanting the latest technology at a great price. Go to for more info on the new models and go to for info on the Series 2 outboards. Good fishing to all as you head to Lake Fork. Please pray for our troops and their families as they sacrifice for us every day so we can enjoy the freedoms we have here in the USA. Also please pray for the sick and the lost. I thank God for blessing me with all I have and all I get to enjoy in the outdoors and most of all for the free gift of eternal life through his son Jesus Christ. Do you know Him? Read John 3:16.