June Bassin on the Fork

Welcome to Big Bass country-Lake Fork Texas. I am glad to see summer time roll around and all that it brings with it. Warmer outside temps and some awesome fishing. As we go into early summer the fish here on Lake Fork go through some patterns changes and really start to gang up as the month rolls along. Early in the month the blue gill spawn is usually happening so you can find some jumbos cruising the shallows ambushing the bluegills. Topwater baits like Berkley Frenzy poppers, frog baits like the Berkley Chigger Toad and also soft plastics swim baits like the Berkley Hollow Belly and the new Berkley Havoc Grass Pig are killer baits for big bass during the blue gill spawn. If you get in some clearer water and can see the huge blue gill beds keep your eyes peeled for wolfe packs of big bass cruising around them. These fish are catchable so keep your distance and make long cast to them and hang on! Sometimes you have to tinker around a little to find the best bait for that day but once you zero in on it you can smash em. Dont rule out the shallow stumps the first part of the month either. With the bluegill spawn going on alot of big bass will hold tight to the trees in the shallow ambushing bluegill. This makes for some great flipping and pitching. Keep the Pit Boss and the new Craw Fatty handy on your flipping stick. Green pumpkin and the california color work good in the situation. Be sure to die the tail in chart to mimic the blue bill the bass are feeding on. As many of you know summer time is a great time to fish deep water offshore structure. Fish will pile up on humps, deep points, road beds and submerged pond dams. Now is the time to crank up your electronics and put them to work. I use the Lowrance HDS units. ( These are the best units I have ever used and make life a lot easier for us out there in the deep waters of Lake Fork. As always, Carolina rigged Power Worms, Wacky Crawlers, and Power Lizards are excellent choices. Other deep water killers are Texas rigged 10 inch Power Worms, Talon Football Jigs with a Berkley Twin Tail grub for a trailer, Big Talon Spoons, and the Drop Shot using Berkley Wacky Crawlers. You dont here much talk about tackle for drop shot fishing so here we go. I like to use spinning tackle while fishing this technique. My favorite reel is the ABU Garcia Soron or the new Revo spinning reel. For the rod I like to ABU Garcia Vendetta or the ABU Garcia Veritas in 6′-6″ medium heavy. I always use braided line and attach a shock leader to avoid tangles due to line twist. I use Spiderwire Ultra Cast in 20 pound test and then 12 pound Berkley Triline 100% Flourocarbon for the shock leader using a double uni knot to to attach the two lines. Try these set ups and I know you will be very pleased with them. Go to to take a look at all of the fine tackle from Berkley, Abu Garcia and others. Deep fishing is a blast once you get on the right school of fish. You can load the boat in a hurry and catch some really big bass. Yes summer time is a fun time to fish here on Lake Fork so come on out and get in on the action. If you would like to book a guided trip here on Lake Fork with us drop us a line at or give us a ring at 903-569-7451. For more booking info check us out on the world wide web at On our site we have fishing reports, awesome fishing videos, big bass photo section and more so check it out.From the beginner to the expert we will do out best to make your trip to Lake Fork one to remember. Give us a call for summer deep water instruction or even your fall bass fishing trip.While you are in the area be sure and stop by and visit Diamond Sports Marine our local Ranger Boat dealer located on hwy 154 only a mile from the lake bridge. DSM carries a full line of Ranger Boats( and has a parts and service department to handle all of your needs. Ask for Ben Hogan and tell em Tanner sent you. He will make you a good deal on a new Ranger Boat or if you can call me for info on a 2011 Demo available at a huge savings. I have a 2011 Z521 rigged with the awesome Mercury 250 Pro XS( ) available at a huge discount. Call me at 903 569-7451 for details.

Many thanks to my sponsors and friends who have supported me for so long. I am thankful to God for what I get to do for a living and where I get to do it. Check out our new ministry website You can also find me on facebook under John Tanner. Good fishing and God Bless,

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John Tanner
John Tanners Lake Fork Guide Service
FLW Touring Pro
Public Speaker – Fishing Seminars, motivational speaker

Office 1-800-865-2282
Cell 903-569-7451


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