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John Tanner Lake Fork Report June 8, 2010

June 8, 2010

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June Bassin is a blast here on Lake Fork and this week it has been just that. The past few days we have been catching a lot of fish off of the deep water off shore structure. This is traditionally a good pattern going into the summer months as the fish really start to school up and feed heavily on the plentiful schools of bait fish. Lake conditions are good as the water level is still close to full pool. The water is also clearing up fast and surface temps are running in the low to mid 80’s. Look for fish running in schools and hanging around the main lake points, pond dams, road beds and humps. Good electronics are very important this time of year when the fish start bunching on the deep spots. I like to use the new Lowrance HDS8. These are awesome units and will pin point the schools of fish on the particular structure you are searching. Once you find the sweet spot you can mark the location with a waypoint and come back to it the next time you hit the lake. I love the mapping system and the detailed contour lines as well. You can search the map and find the humps much easier when you are looking at the map as you are checking the sonar. If you want to kick it another notch, check into the Structure Scan system. It will show you what is really down there. You will be amazed so go to for more details on the HDS units as well as the awesome Structure Scan. Most of the fish we have been catching have been hanging in 20 to 28 ft of water. On calm days we have been enjoying some schooling action as well so keep your spooks and Berkley Hollow Belly Swim Baits handy. Otherwise we have been catching them on Carolina rigs using Berkley Wacky Crawlers and Power Worms. Other good baits for us so far this week has been 10 inch Berkley Power Worms, ¾ ounce Talon Football Head jigs ( with a Berkley Twin tail grub for a trailer, a Talon Flutter Spoon and a big Berkley Power Mullet Swimbait. These baits are pretty much the staple for my summer time fishing. I will throw in a drop shot into the mix every now and then but haven’t needed it this week. As far as the line I have been using 17 pound test Berkley Trilene 100% Flouro carbon line and spooling it my ABU Garcia Vendetta Rods and ABU Garcia Revo reels. On the Carolina Rig I like the heavy action 7’6” flipping rod. It will nail those big ones in deep water and handle the battle from those deep water pigs. For a look at the Berkley Power Baits, ABU Garcia Rod and reels and the Trilene line go to Speaking of Berkley baits they have introduced some new ones that I am real excited about. Be on the look out for the all new Chigger Toad and Thump Worm. These are awesome new baits and if you are in the Lake Fork area you can get them over at Lake Fork Marina. Or order online at They have the best selection of Berkley products around. Yea the deep summer time bite has been good and I cant think of anything much more fun than pulling up on a hump and catch a bunch of big Lake Fork pigs out of deep water. It is the deal! If you would like to book a trip with us call toll free at 1-800-865-2282 or drop us a line at For more booking info go to and click on the trip info page. It will fill you in on some details about booking a trip with us here on Lake Fork. While you are looking at our site be sure to click on the awesome photo section for a look at tons of happy folks holding their Lake Fork trophies. You can also check us out on Facebook. Search word John Tanner. While you are in the Lake Fork area and you need boat service or are in the market for a new Ranger Bass Boat be sure and stop by Diamond Sports Marine on hwy 154. DSM carries a full line of Ranger Boats with Yamaha outboards. Speaking of Yamaha you need to test drive one of the new Vmax SHO four strokes. These new engines from Yamaha are amazing. The SHO is lighter than the 2 strokes and will out perform them. Go to for more info. When you go by or call Diamond Sports Marine schedule a test ride and be sure to tell em Tanner sent ya. For you folks in the D/FW area DSM has a new location in Rockwall Texas on hwy 276 ask for Ben Hogan. Go to for details on the new model Ranger Boats as well. The new Z-521 is awesome! Many thanks to my sponsors and I am thankful everyday to the good Lord for allowing me to do what I do. Please pray for our military and their families as they put it on the line for us each day. Also pray for my mother as she is still battling her MS. Read Galatians 6:8-9.