Lake Fork Report by Guide James Caldemeyer 7-26-12

The summer fishing on Lake Fork has been GREAT for big fish and some occasional numbers days but the fishing has also been fairly inconsistent. One day you catch 12-15 fish and the next may yield 40 plus bass. This is not uncommon for summer time fishing though. I am targeting main lake points, ridges, road beds, and humps in 12-28 foot depths. There are a lot of bass suspended (especially early in the morning). Using my new Lowrance HDS Gen2 electronics has been essential in locating groups of fish. Deep diving crank baits like a DD22 or 6XD have been best on these fish as well as swim baits or Talon “Big Dandy” flutter spoons. When the fish start to get on bottom the Carolina rigged Berkley Havoc 6.25” Bottom Hopper worms or finesse worms have been best. I am rigging my 7’6” med hvy Abu Garcia Veritas rod and Revo reel up with 25 lb Trilene 100% fluorocarbon and a 1 oz Elite Tungsten weight on the main line and 17 lb four foot leader with a 3/0 wide gap hook. You can also count on the big ones to hit a Talon football head jig. I like the 3/4 or 1 oz sizes in watermelon candy, willies weed, or watermelon red colors right now. These hot summer days have the lake slowly dropping but the lake is still holding well at just under 3’ low. Water temps are ranging from 86-92 degrees. Start looking for large groups of fish schooling under any of the major lake bridges over the next few weeks. The fish are biting in spurts and you have to be in the right place at the right time to capitalize on the periods of feeding activity. You can just as easily have a real slow day as you can get into a feeding frenzy so stay ready even in the midst of the hottest parts of the day. It can really pay off! Thank you to all who attended the electronics seminar at Diamond Sports Marine. If you would like to learn more about reading your electronics I offer special instructional trips and now is a great time on the lake to learn deep structure sonar, structure scan, and down scan interpretation. I still have some summer dates available for those of you that would like to get out here this summer. I am also filling up fast for fall so get your reservations in now. Feel free to contact me by phone at 903-736-9888 or by email at lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com You can also visit my website for more information about my guide service at www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com

Galatians 2:20

Tight Lines and God Bless,
James Caldemeyer

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