John Tanner December 2010 Lake Fork Report

Hello all you Big Bass fans out there. Welcome to Lake Fork TX the big bass capital. December has rushed in here and what a fast year it has been. Just seems like yesterday we were talking about spring fishing and now here we are talking about fishing in December. I guess time flies when you are having fun and fun we have had this year on Lake Fork. Fishing this time of year on Lake Fork gives you an oppurtunity to catch some really big bass. Some call them big mamas, hawgs, pigs, toads or as a good friend of mine calls them mop squeezers. No matter your choice of words describing the large bug eyed version of trophy sized monster bass, this time of year can produce a fish of a lifetime for you. Just ask Mr. Bob Hartfield from Trenton TN who fished with me on 11/24 the day before Thanksgiving. We had an awesome morning of fishing and God blessed Bob with an amazing bass weighing 12.72lbs. We thought he had caught a share a lunker but it was just short. Anyway it was a blessing and truly a fish of a lifetime for Bob.Congratulations!!!! I really like fishing the winter months and the techniques used to catch them. You can go at them shallow or deep. In the deep water swim baits like the Berkley Power Mullet, Talon Big Dandy Spoon, and football jig are great choices for catching deep water hogs. Look for the big ones at the mouths of the creeks on channel bends, deep main lake points and humps and road beds. Look for big schools of yellow and white bass with big large mouths mixed in.On the new Lowrance HDS units you can see them clearly. Those big monster bass will be in there devouring those yellow and white bass along with the shad. Slow roll the baits mentioned through the school along the bottom and hang on to your stuff! You can catch some big ones in shallower water this time of year as well which is great on those days when it is to windy to fish the deep spots on the main lake. Hit the hydrilla beds with spinner baits, chatterbaits tipped with a Berkley Jerk Shad, jigs and if the water temps drop into the 50’s or below go with the red lipless crankbaits and suspending jerkbaits. Fish the points and deeper edges of the weed lines and any stumps on or just off of the edge of the grass line.Look for green hydrilla to fish and if you are not sure look for big flocks of coots on the shoreline or out in the flats in the backs of some of the big bays up the lake. They are always feeding over these grass beds. Also hit the creek channels and flip the stumps and lay downs with texas rigged Berkley Chigger Craws using a 1/4 to 5/16 ounce Tru Tungsten bullet weight and also jigs in green pumpkin or texas craw color tipped with a Berkley Chigger Chunk. The Chigger Chunk and Chigger Craw have some awesome swimming action and will make that jig or texas rig come alive! They will hammer on it! Yes december is a good time to catch a big ole Lake Fork Hawg. With the season winding down to a close I cant think of a better way to end the year. If you would like to book a guided trip here on Lake Fork call us toll free at 1-800-865-2282 or drop us a line at From the beginner to the expert we will make your trip to Lake Fork one to remember. For more booking info check us out on the world wide web at Click on the trip info page for info and for a look at a ton of happy anglers holding their Lake Fork trophies be sure and click on the photo section. Cooprate trips are welcome with lodging and catering available.If you are in the market for a Ranger Boat my 2011 model Ranger Z521 rigged with one of the new Yamaha 250 hp SHO Four Strokes (factory demo with full warranties) will be available soon at an awesome price. Drop me a line or give me a call if you are interested in saving some big bucks on this awesome boat. I hope everyone had a great thanksgiving and here is wishing you a Merry CHRISTmas. Remember Jesus is the reason for the season. John 3:16..


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