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Clint Wright Lake Fork Report August 27, 2010

August 27, 2010

Air temp: Day 90 – 100 : Night 65 – 75
Water temp: 88-90
Clarity: Clear (no rain)
Water Level: 1.5 foot low and slowly dropping from heat.
Pattern / Season: Early Fall

August brought along a heat wave. Looks like September will cool things off a little. Night fishing this summer has been a blast. We have caught some really nice fish. In the month of September I will still run some night trips, but a majority of my trips will now start being day trips throughout the rest of the year. Lake Fork is very low right now due to the drought. Be extra careful when running the outboard on your boat as stumps are everywhere right now.

This year Lake Fork has been producing some giants as well as quantity. As I write this report I am thinking about my three hour trip with Todd Mayes yesterday. We caught over 50 fish in two hours and had a blast. We were throwing a bunch of different baits, but a lipless bait was the key for bigger fish. I landed two nice fish on one cast and had several other hook ups with one on the front hook and another on the back hook. I don’t know if I have ever averaged 25 – 30 fish an hour non-stop for two hours. My thumb is so sore it will hardly bend today.
September is an outstanding month for catching high numbers of fish. This month there will be fish biting all over the lake. If you like to fish shallow, deep, north, south, east or west anglers will find fish feeding up on shad.

Most anglers come to Lake Fork in search for bass over ten pounds. Therefore, my style of fishing and my reports will hopefully help you build a pattern to do just that.

The key to catching high numbers of bass is to down size and fish fast until schools of bass are found. One day they are in 15 to 20 foot, the next they could be schooled up in 1 – 10 foot. The key to catching bigger fish is to up size and mimic larger shad and barfish. Generally, the size of bass in any given school will depend highly on the size of the bait in the school they are feeding upon. If the barfish are feeding on 1 inch shad you will find small bass feeding with the barfish. The giant bass will be under these schools feeding on the barfish and leftovers of dead shad falling down.
My favorite two baits to catch the numbers are a drop shot Grande Bass Rattlesnake and a lipless crankbait. I like to throw the drop shot on a Custom Angle spinning rod with a reel spooled with 10 lb test line. The lipless bait I throw on a Custom Angle 7’ rod with a reel spooled with 30lb braided line (around grass) or 15-17 lb mono (in open water). If you are targeting larger fish and not worried about numbers, rig up a Santone Jig and a deep diving crankbait. Swimbaits have their time and place and will no doubt tempt big bass. These presentations only touch the tip of the iceberg as to what all will actually catch fish in September. I tell anglers to fish their strengths this month and they will do fine.

I still have a couple of openings for September and October. November I will start guiding primarily on Lake Monticello and Lake Welsh. These trips fill up fast due to my customers knowing 50 to 100 fish days being common. So call early!! These two hot water lakes allow me to fish just about any presentation a customer wants to learn and can provide a great learning opportunity. I call them my “driving range”. If you are looking to be coached on anything, let’s get a trip booked on one of these great lakes.

Billy Sartin at Sartin Marine located in Yantis, Texas (only a few minutes from Lake Fork) is available for all of your boating needs and mechanical repairs. www.sartinmarine.com Tell them Clint sent ya!

Please remember that the sun will still cause damage to your eyes while fishing. So wear your Costa Del Mar polarized sunglasses anytime the sun is shining. Costa Del Mar sunglasses have also increased my fishing as they allow me to see underwater vegetation, stumps, baitfish etc. Having the ability to see targets under the water that other anglers pass up is the key.

Guided trips on Lake Fork are a sure way to have a fun filled relaxing day. Our 2010 dates and 2011 spring dates are filling quickly and for that we are blessed. Let me be the first guide you call for your fishing trip, as I can guarantee that I will try my hardest to #1 put you on fish, #2 have a great time doing it.

I hope these tips help you catch the bass of your dreams. Please know that I am always here to try and answer any questions you might have. Myself and several other Guides are available for public speaking, such as bass club meetings, boy scout meetings etc. at no cost to you. We can go over any topics related to Lake Fork or Bass Fishing, Boating etc.

Please practice C.P.R. (Catch, Photo, and Release). It takes many years for these fish to grow to their trophy size. By practicing a quick release, it allows other anglers to enjoy the same experience as you. Replica mounts can be made for your wall that look better and last longer than a real mount. Remember life jackets and kill switches any time the outboard motor is running or anytime you feel it would just be safer to wear it. Your safety is #1!

Corporate and Group trips – are welcome, references available upon request. Visit www.LAKEFORKDAYANDNIGHT.us for more information.

Lake Fork Day and Night endorses the following sponsors: Sartin Marine, Custom Angle Rods, Lake Fork Area News, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, Santone Jigs, Gene Larew Baits and Grande Bass Baits.

Tight Lines,
Guide Clint Wright

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Guide Clint Wright Lake Fork Report Sept 2009

September 14, 2009

Lake Fork Day and Night Guide Service
Fishing Report
September 2009

Hello fellow anglers and welcome to Lake Fork. Many of you reading my
report this month are preparing for the McDonalds and Berkley
tournaments or in the process of fishing them. So I will try to focus
my report on tournament sized fish for September and October.

In my opinion September is the beginning of the end of summer. Although
many days can be hot this month, the fish are steadily transitioning to
a fall pattern. The fall brings back two important factors #1 Football
Season and #2 Bass will be moving shallow. This month will be the first
time many fish have been shallower than 10 foot since the spawn. The
food chain (plankton, shad etc.) will be moving into the creeks, up on
top of points and all of the places us bass fishermen like to hunt them.
Oxygen content in the shallow water will be on the rise due to cooler
nights. Anglers will also find the bass starting to school up tighter
together. It will be common to catch 20+ fish from one spot now.

My favorite place to look for bass this month is the “comfort zone”
(Comfort Zone – shallow water very close to deep water). You will find
that many different types of baits will catch fish this time of year. I
will give you some of my favorites as a starting point. This is truly
one of the most fun times of the year to bass fish.

This past summer was an awesome one here at Lake Fork. My clients
caught two fish over 10 pounds with numerous fish over 7 pounds landed.
My father also (Buddy Wright) caught two more over 10 lbs, a 10.8 lb and
an 11.71 lb bass in one August night. I’m already looking forward to
night fishing of 2010!

This month I will have five Custom Angle Rods on the deck. First thing
in the morning the bass will be up on top of the structure and all day
if it is cloudy. Here try a 7’MH Moby rod with a lipless bait such as a
Sebile Flatt Shad or any Rattle Trap type bait. I like to start with a
chrome, shad imitator. I will also have a 6’6 MH Moby rod with a
topwater bait ready to go. Some days they want to eat a popper and
other days a walking bait. Try both before abandoning this bite.
Always have a weightless Grande Bass Rattlesnake tied on in the event a
fish misses your topwater, you can follow up with the Rattlesnake and
usually catch this fish.
During the day, the fish will usually back out to the edge of the
hydrilla / milfoil. Here I like to rig up a 7’H Moby with a Texas
Rigged Mega Tail worm. Probe the edges parallel for more strikes. The
last rod will be a 7’MH Moby spinning rod with a shakey head tied on.
The shakey head will catch the tournament fish needed these next two
months. I would fish a Grande Bass Rattlesnake on a shakey head 8 hours
a day during the McDonalds, if I could fish it!

Areas to look for these fish are Glade, Penson, Birch, Little Caney,
Mustang, Long Branch and Williams. Try to locate the deepest water in
the area next to grass. This is where they should be. Keep an eye out
for schooling activity as these fish are normally easy to catch.

Good luck in the tournament and please be courteous / safe while on the
water. Please keep in mind that there are some boaters on the water
during these events that may now know fishing etiquette and may not know
proper boating procedures. Just understand that we all have to start
somewhere.

I hope these tips help you catch the bass of your dreams. Please know
that I am always here to try and answer any questions you might have.

Once again, welcome to Lake Fork and Good Luck Fishing.

Please practice C.P.R. (Catch, Photo, and Release) especially during the
hot months. The heat will cause the fish to die quickly if not released
in a short period of time. Remember life jackets and kill switches any
time the outboard motor is running. Your safety is #1!

Lake Fork Day and Night Guide Service uses only professional Lake Fork
Guides to ensure your date is available for booking. Corporate and
Group trips – no problem. Please feel free to contact me anytime with
questions about Lake Fork or booking information at 903-342-3497. Or
visit http://www.LAKEFORKDAYANDNIGHT.us for more information. References are
available upon request.

Lake Fork Day and Night endorses the following sponsors: Custom Angle
Rods, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, Grande Bass Bait’s, and Sartin Marine.
Tight Lines,
Clint

Clint Wright Night Fishing June 12

June 14, 2009

Last night my clients and I fished from 8 pm until 4 am this morning. It was a beautiful night with high’s and low’s in the upper to middle 70’s. We managed 32 fish with a 7.1 being the biggest. We fished around the south end of the lake and managed some nice fish with one giant break off. Around 1 am, we ended up finding the mother load in Little Caney. (I’m sure this had something to do with the late arrival of the moon rise). The fish pulled up into the grass and the feeding frenzy was on. We tried many different baits, but the Grande Bass Mutant was the ticket. I rigged it up on a Texas rig with a 4/0 hook and a 1/4 ounce bullet weight. Most of the fish here were 4 – 5 pounds. There was no doubt when they hit it, they tried to pull the rod out of our hands. SO MUCH FUN!! I hope this short report assist your next trip to Lake Fork. The month of July and August is usually better than June (for night fishing), but I can’t imaging it getting any better than what it is right now. Time to go get hooked up to the boat and go back out again tonight. Good Luck fishing, Clint

Clint Wright June 2009 Lake Fork Report

May 27, 2009
Lake Fork Day and Night Guide Service

Spring time is coming to a close and the hot days of summer are closing in quickly. This is one of my favorite times of year to be on Lake Fork. June will start great off shore structure fishing and night fishing for smart Lake Fork Bass.

Most anglers come to Lake Fork in search for bass over ten pounds. Therefore, my style of fishing and my reports will hopefully help you build a pattern to do just that.

In June, the large fish have completed their spawn and are in search for food to replenish energy burned during this process. Most of these big fish will be found in deeper water. I consider deeper water, 10 – 30 foot. This will be the depth range to fish day and night. They will be foraging on crawfish, bream, shad, barfish and crappie. So this gives an angler a variety of lure choices when going off shore. Before heading out on the water, try a little map study. Find and circle main lake points, humps, ledges and fast tapering banks. Once on the water go to these places and locate the ones that have grass very close by. Grass is a key ingredient in the whole process. I like to fish deep water with hydrilla and/or milfoil very close by. Add some timber, laydowns or brush piles to the mix and you will have a perfect spot.

I will be using a Custom Angle Moby Bass Rod 7 – 7’6 heavy action rod. My reels are spooled with 20 – 25 lb. Seaguar fluorocarbon or 50 – 65 lb. Power Pro braided line. My theory is why get hooked up with a fish of a lifetime, without the gear to get it in the boat. My first two lure choices for June are a Texas Rig with 5/0 hook and a jig. On the Texas Rig, try a Grande Bass Diamond Back Rattlesnake or a 10 inch worm. Rig a Grande Bass Machine or Mega Chunk on the back of the jig. I like to use a Jig in blk./blue and purple, watermelon red or green pumpkin.

A Carolina Rig with a four foot leader will catch a fair share of big fish for you in June as well. Use a strong 3/0 or 4/0 hook with a Grande Bass Rattlesnake or Mutant. You will have to experiment with soft plastic colors as it can change daily.

I do want to say that Lake Fork has a shallow water bite year around. Many days shallow water 1-10 foot; can provide an angler with more bites than deep water. These fish can be caught on wacky wormed Grande Bass Rattlesnake, topwater poppers, spinnerbaits and buzzbaits and other shallow water lures. I just know where the majority of my big fish come from and it is deeper water.

Night fishing on Lake Fork is very popular. I have a theory that many large Lake Fork fish only feed at night. Fish the same pattern at night as you would during the day. The only difference is that I like to fish a little closer to the edge of the grass.

Lake Fork Day and Night Guide Service uses several professional Lake Fork Guides to ensure your date is available for booking. Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions about Lake Fork or booking information at 903-342-3497. Or visit www.LAKEFORKDAYANDNIGHT.us for more information.

Lake Fork Day and Night endorses the following sponsors: Custom Angle Rods, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, Grande Bass Bait’s, and Sartin Marine.

Tight Lines,

Clint

Fishing Report

June 2009

Lake Fork 10.73 caught by clients of Guide Clint Wright

April 4, 2009

Awesome fish caught by clients fishing with guide Clint Wright on 4-4-09 on a grande bass rattlesnake.
Grats to the angler Larry Ford and his fishing partner Chris Gilroy.  Awesome fish!

Lake Fork Report December 15th 2008

December 19, 2008

Lake Fork and Local Hot Water Lakes: December 15, 2008

Lake Levels:

Fork – Full
Monticello – Full
Welsh – Full

Water Clarity:

Fork – Clear
Monticello – Clear
Welsh – Gin Clear (south end), stained (north end)
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Water temp:
Fork – varying from 42 – 52 degrees
Monticello – varying from 60 – 75 degrees
Welsh – varying from 64 – 85 degrees

Weather: Cold front today and tomorrow with highs in the 30’s, with a warming trend toward the end of the week to upper 70’s.

News: Happy Holidays from East Texas. My family, wife Kerstin and daughters Emmah, Lakyn and I wish you a very Merry Christmas. Remember, Jesus is the reason for the Season.

Fishing Report

Lake Fork: No Report due to time on hot water lakes. But, if I had to go right now I would take plenty of dynamite and some hand grenades as I am guessing the bite would be tough due to the cold fronts this week!

Hot Water Lakes: This past week the fishing on Lake Monticello and Lake Welsh has been outstanding, as expected this time of year. Cold fronts help the fish bite better. The more it snows, the better the bite.
Lake Monticello spawn is right around the corner. I have seen 7 or 8 beds in the last week. But none of the big females we are catching have shown any sign of spawning yet. I have been targeting these pre spawn fish with a Sebile Flatt Shad and a Wave Fishing Swim Bug. The lipless Flatt Shad can be fished with a cast a retrieve. Varying this retrieve from slow to fast with a sudden stop can produce some ferocious bites. The Swim Bug is best using it Texas Rigged on a ¼ ounce bullet weight and a 4/0 wide gap hook. I like to fish the light weight on Monticello due to the high levels of silt on the bottom. Colors of the Flatt Shad have not made a difference as this has been strictly a reaction bite. The best colors on the Swim Bug have been Watermelon Red and Sweet Potato Pie. For shear numbers a drop shot and shakey head will put them in the boat. My favorite bait for this has been the Tiki Trick Worm in Watermelon Candy.

Lake Welsh spawn is coming to a close. Yesterday all but one of the big females we caught was showing every sign of post spawn. Fry can seen in the shallows around lay downs and hydrilla. The biggest producer on Welsh has been imitating a bream with a ¼ ounce Revenge jig in Chartreuse Chameleon. (Those fish on Welsh love a jig) Early and late in the day try a Sebile Splasher around flooded vegetation and lay downs coming off the shore. This will for sure get you bit!


There have been a few disastrous accidents on Lake Monticello and Lake Welsh in the last two weeks. Anglers are navigating these lakes without due regard. I am seeing boaters driving at high rates of speed in timbered areas. One bad accident tore a boat in half on Lake Monticello this past week. Another bad accident resulted in a boat running on plane to hit a stump. This boat stopped and the three anglers did not. The three of them were stranded in the middle of the lake, swimming, with air temperatures in the 30’s. No major injuries were reported. Please go slow if unsure of the boat lane and please wear your Life Preservers.

The 2009 season is setting up to be a great year for bass fishing. Lower gas prices and full lakes will sure make it easier for anglers to spend time on the water. I look forward to all of my readers having the opportunity to fish with me this upcoming season.

Thanks to my sponsors Wave Fishing, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, Gotcha Distributing (Dealer inquiries-contact Ron Peterson at 903-856-8083), Sebile Revenge Jigs, Arkie, Power Pro Fishing Line, Seaguar Fishing Line, Gene Larew.

Feel free to contact me anytime via email lakeforkdayandnight@yahoo.com or by phone 903-918-9469 if you ever have any questions about Lake Fork or to book your next guided fishing trip on this fine fishery. I hope to see you soon!

Guide Clint Wright
Lake Fork Day and Night Guide Service

Lake Fork Fishing Report Guide Clint Wright 10/20/2008

October 20, 2008

Lake Fork and local Hot Water Lakes: October 20, 2008

Lake Level: Fork: Full

Water Clarity:  Clear to stained

Water temp: The water temps have varied around 70 degrees.

Weather:  Clear to partly cloudy this week, with highs in the upper 70’s.

News: Lake Fork is cooling down and the hot water lakes are heating up! If you are looking to learn any new techniques or just go out and have a great time, give me a call. The hot water lakes here in East Texas are giving up great numbers of fish, not that the air temp has started cooling down. This past week, 40 – 70 bass per day were common with one 11.00 lb trophy caught.

Fishing Report

Lake Fork: Lake Fork fishing has been on one day and off the next. This is the reason I start booking trips in October on the local hot water lakes. These trips last until the middle of February. The days that the fish are biting on Lake Fork are great. Most of the fish that we have been catching are in the back of the creeks gorging on threadfin and gizzard shad. Two things you must have this time of year is grass and shad. If you find a mixture of these two, you will be in business. Throw a Sebile Flatt Shad or any lipless bait (shad colored) with a high speed reel and burn this bait over the grass and along the breaklines. I like to use 65 lb. Power Pro braid on a Custom Angle Moby Bass Rod in a 7ft. Heavy action, the parabolic bend in this rod is very helpful here. This bigger line makes fishing the grass easy. It will cast a country mile as well.

There is the occasional deep water bite to be had too. Here I use one of my custom painted spoons, a Revenge jig or a swim bait. The two things to look for here is shad and a major depth change. Good electronics are a must for this presentation to work. This is your eyes under the water to help eliminate useless water.

Guide Clint Wright
Lake
Fork Day and Night Guide Service
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Lake Fork Report Guide Clint Wright 9-8-2008

September 9, 2008

Lake Fork Day and Night Guide Service

Guide Clint Wright

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“Let’s go fishing”

20+ years of Lake Fork experience

Lake Fork Report: September 7, 2008

Lake Level: Fork: 4” below full pool

Water Clarity: Clear to stained

Water temp: The water temps have varied around 80 degrees.

Weather: Clear to partly cloudy this week, with highs in the upper 80’s.

News: The McDonalds tournament is this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Stop by and see me at Froggy D’s (sporting goods store on Hwy. 17) during the tournament dates. I still have October 20 and 21 open. The next dates I have after that are in November and December on Lake Monticello and Lake Welsh (3 months until the spawn on these two fine lakes, so book your trip now!) Always feel free to call and check for open dates.

Fishing Report
Lake Fork: The fishing here on Lake Fork has been through some very different conditions the past two or three weeks. With Hurricane Gustav dropping the air temperature from 90 – 100 to 60’s at night and 70’s during the day. I think the bass believed fall was already here. Thursday, the fish were in 2 – 3 foot in the very back of the creeks. These fish were schooling and chasing huge groups of shad. Lipless bait’s worked here with the occasional strike on jerk bait’s. Friday we fished all night without a bite. That was very odd for this time of year, but the sudden drop in water temperature was sure to have an affect. Saturday the fish were eating a drop shot in 20 foot of water. Today we caught a few fish early on a Sebile splasher. After that the bite was just here and there. We had one really big fish eat a new Gene Larew El Salto Special in Montezuma Revenge. After a short battle she broke the 25 lb. leader of the Carolina Rig. Today the wind was very calm. Many of the schooling fish were located way away from any cover or structure. One minute they are here, the next they are 300 yards away.
For those of you fishing the McDonalds tournament this coming weekend, this is what I would do. I would start out with a Sebile Splasher 90, any shad color will work. Fish this right on the edge of the hydrilla mats located all over the lake. Once the sun has topped the trees, switch to a Revenge Jig and a Gene Larew El Salto Special (12 inch worm). These two baits have the capability of talking these big fish into biting. You will have to play around with the color selection. Around the grass I would be spooled up with 65 – 80 lb Power Pro braid, in open water 25 lb Seaguar Fluorocarbon. Use the splasher on a 6’6 medium action, Custom Angle Moby Bass rod. With the jig and worm use a 7’ heavy action Custom Angle Moby Bass rod. If you want to throw the worm Carolina Rigged, use their Carolina Special. The action, performance, durability, sensitivity and hook up rate of these fine rods are unprecedented.
Some areas of the lake that you might find some good fish are Wolf Creek and Chaney Point. If you venture to Big Caney or Little Caney, find ledges and humps that are loaded with big timber. My brush piles are not holding a lot of numbers, but the ones that are there are giants! Remember; do not let the grass dictate where you fish, not all the big ones are relating to it.

I would like to invite you out to Lake Fork on a professional guided fishing trip. All you really need to go fishing with me is a fishing license. I provide rods, reels, tackle etc. at no extra charge. Digital Photos of your fish will be taken and will be emailed to you.

Thanks to my sponsors Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, Gotcha Distributing (Dealer inquiries-contact Ron Peterson at 903-856-8083), Reaction Innovations, Revenge Jigs, Sebile, Arkie, Power Pro Fishing Line, Seaguar Fishing Line, Gene Larew, Custom Angle Moby bass rods (owner Dave Settle).

Feel free to contact me anytime via email lakeforkdayandnight@yahoo.com or by phone 903-918-9469 if you ever have any questions about Lake Fork or to book your next guided fishing trip on this fine fishery. I hope to see you soon!

Guide Clint Wright
Lake Fork Day and Night Guide Service
www.LAKEFORKDAYANDNIGHT.US
903-342-3497
903-918-9469