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Lake Fork July Bassin is HOT, Guide John Tanner

June 29, 2010

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Lake Fork July Bassin is HOT Hello everyone and welcome to Lake Fork. July is here and it is time for some heavy duty summer time Bass fishing. The weather is Hot and so is the fishing so read this article and let us tell you the techniques we use to catch the big ones here on Lake Fork. This time of year the deep bite is normally the way to go while looking for a trophy sized Lake Fork giant. What I mean buy the deep bite is fishing off shore structure away from shore. Out on the middle of most lakes especially Lake Fork there is a ton of off shore structure such as submerged humps, pond dams, road beds, ridges and long points that extend way out into the lake before dropping into deep water. It is like another world out there! Anything like this that comes up off of the bottom with a decent drop off on one or both sides attract baitfish and are excellent feeding grounds for schools of hungry bass. In the summer time many of the Bass will school up in large groups and travel in these schools and feed heavily. Once you figure out where this happens and know the areas out in the lake that the fish are using you are in business. How do I start you say? Well a good sonar/gps unit is a must as well as a good map within your unit. Navionics makes some awesome map cards you can plug into your unit and will show you the bottom contours of the lake in great detail. I like to use the them in my Lowrance HDS8. Lowrance makes the best sonar/gps units on the market and also have the structure scan available which makes them even better. If you haven’t taken a look at the latest and greatest technology from Lowrance go to and check it out. Being proficient with your unit and knowing how to use it is crucial to your success while fishing the deep water. Most folks can recognize the bottom but if you can actually see and identify the bass and schools of baitfish and distinguish them over the other fish you are way ahead of the game. You mean you can actually look at the Lowrance and tell a Bass from another species of fish you say? You bet you can! It may be a little intimidating at first but just like anything else the more you do it the easier it gets. When you go to the lake and are trying to learn your unit and what it is trying to tell you always take your owners manual with you. It will be a big help. Another good way to get the hang of it is to go with someone who knows. Let them show you what the bass look like on the screen and then let them test you and see if you can pick them out. Once you are sure what you are looking at then it is time to go fishing. Boat control and positioning is another very important aspect of off shore structure fishing. You must position your boat to where you can cast your lure over and beyond the school of Bass and work you bait back through them. Once you mark a school of fish on you unit idle past them a ways then toss out a buoy marker. This will give you a reference point to the location of the school. Put you boat to either side of the school and then cast over and beyond them. Then work you bait through them. This will increase you catch ratio and is much better than landing you bait right on top of them every cast which will eventually spook the school leaving you wondering why they stopped biting. Now let’s talk techniques. The top five rigs for deep water fishing in my opinion are the Carolina rig, texas rig worm, football jig, big flutter spoon and either the drop shot or the swim baits. I know that is six but they are all good and will boat plenty of fish this time of year. On my Carolina rig I like to use a one ounce Tru Tungsten bullet or flipping weight, Mustad two way swivel with about a 4 foot leader and then a 3/0 or 4/0 Mustad wide gap hook. The reason for the Tru Tungsten weight is for better feel and more weedless fishing. Tungsten is heavier and much harder than lead giving you a better feel than lead. And with the insert free technology offered by Tru Tungsten I would say that they are the best tungsten weights on the market. Other tungsten weights have inserts which can muffle the feel while you are fishing. Go to . The baits for me are the Berkley Power Bait Wacky Crawlers, Slim Shaky Worms, regular 7” or 10” Power Worms and the all new Berkley Thump Worm. On the Texas Rig I like to use the ½ ounce Tru Tungsten weight along with the 10 or 12 inch Berkley Power worms. Good colors are green pumpkin, blue fleck and a new color which is watermelon red and purple flake. Talon football head jigs in ¾ ounce with a Berkley 3” Twin tail grub are the deal and on the spoon go with the Talon Fork Flutter Spoon. This time of year use some strong line as these deep water fish pull very hard and will test your equipment. I use the awesome Berkley Trilene 100% flouro carbon line. 20 pound test on the big stuff and 12 pound on the drop shot rig.The drop shot is a blast to use and I like to rig it on my ABU Garcia Vendetta 6’-6” spinning rod and ABU Garcia Soron SX20 spinning reel. This is an awesome rig and really fun to fish with. Good baits on the drop shot are the Wacky Crawler and Slim Shaky Worm in the Power Bait or Berkley Gulp. Green pumpkin watermelon or red bug are good standard colors for deep fishing. For a look at Vendetta rods, ABU Garcia reels such as the Soron Spinning reels and even the awesome long casting Revo reels go to . You can even take a look at all of the Berkley line and baits there as well. Lake Fork Marina carries a huge line of the products mentioned so if you are in the area swing by and check it out or order on line at While you are in the area be sure and visit our local Ranger Boat dealer Diamond Sports Marine located on hwy 154. Tell em Tanner sent ya. Go to for a look at the latest and greatest from Ranger the world leader in Bass boats. If you would like info on booking a trip here on Lake Fork and learn more about deep water fishing or talk about night fishing if the heat is a bit much for ya call us toll free at 1-800-865-2282 or drop us a line at . Or check us out on the world wide web at for fishing reports cool videos and other helpful fish catching tips. Also click on the trip info page and for a look at tons of photos of big bass click on the photo page. It is awesome! Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook search word John Tanner or John Tanner Pro Fishing. Many Thanks to my sponsors. 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