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Lake Fork Guide John Tanner April 2012 Monthly Report

April 1, 2012

Greetings anglers from Lake Fork the Big Bass Factory! Spring has sprung as they say, and the bass are in the shallows. It is an exciting time of year to fish Lake Fork as the fish use the shallow water to spawn and to feed up. This year as the warm weather has prevailed most of the spring so far, the fish have been running a bit ahead of schedule. The water temps held and with all of the rain we had last month the lake come up a bunch and now have some new water to fish. I love it when the lake rises and floods the grass and other shore line cover. The fish run to it and like to use this newly flooded vegation for spawning and to ambush their pray. Soft plastics will come heavy into to play this month as alot of the bass will be hanging out in the shallows in more numbers.

The Berkley “Jerk Shad” in pearl white color will be a fine choice early in the mornings. Fish it like a jerkbait on points and in the pockets. Light texas rigs and weighless baits will be good ones as well. On the texas rig I like to fish tubes, lizards, and  other flipping and pitching baits. On the texas rigged tube I like to use the New Berkley Havoc ” Smash Tube ” and on the others I like “Power Lizards” and other baits like the Havoc “Pit Boss” and “Craw Fatty”. On the weightless baits I like to use the Berkley “Heavy Weight Sinkworm” for wacky worming and the Berkley “Jerk Shad” for working the shallows. Lake Fork Marina has a huge selection of all of the Berkley baits.

While fishing plastics either weightless or texas rigged I like to Berkley 100% flourocarbon line. It is very sensative and has a much better feel than mono. Hook selection is very important as well. On the soft plastics I use Mustad Mega Bite Extra Wide Gap Hooks. They have the perfect off set and bend. And as with all Mustad Hooks, they have the sharpest and toughest points. Tungsten weights are a plus because of the feel and smaller size like the ones from Affordable Tungsten. A good rig for fishing soft plastics is a ABU Garcia Veritas Rod or even one of the new ABU Garcia Villan rods in the 7ft medium heavy. Both of these rods are super light and very sensative. The price is a no brainer too!

My reel choice is a ABU Garcia Revo Premier or one of the new ABU Garcia Revo MGX. Nothing cast like a Revo. Look for fish in the shallows around flooded grass and shallow stumps. If you find some aff colored water due to all the rain last month dont be afraid to throw a Talon brand spinner bait or chatter bait. Last month there were a good number of fish bedding just about all over the lake especially towards the end of the month. With all of this new water this month should be a killer as even more fish hit the bank!

Lake Fork is a blast this time of year so come on down and join in on the fun. If you would like to book a guided trip with us this year call 903-569-7451 or drop us an email at tanner@lakeforkbassguide.com. Or for more booking info check us out on the web at www.lakeforkbassguide.com or our new website at www.tanneroutdoors.com. You can also find me on facebook. I have a 2011 Ranger Z521 rigged with a Mercury 250 Pro XS for sale at an awesome price. If you are interested give me a ring at 903-569-7451.

 

If you are in the area be sure and go by and visit Diamond Sports Marine our local Ranger Boat dealer located on hwy 154.DSM has a full line of Ranger Boats rigged with Mercury Outboards as well as a full line parts and service dept. Tell em Tanner sent ya! Thank you for reading this article and I hope it helps you catch more and bigger bass this spring. Please pray our country and for those who are sick. Got Jesus? Read John 3:16..

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Jason Hoffman Lake Fork Report 3-29-12

March 29, 2012

The fishing on Fork is still pretty good if you’re in the right place and doing the right thing. There were a lot of fish that made their move to the banks over the weekend to spawn, so I have a feeling that we are dealing with a lot of post-spawn females right now. Don’t get me wrong, there are still tons of fish that have yet to “do the deal”, and those are the fish that we are trying to catch.
The drop shot continues to be a mainstay in my boat, but the shaky head bite has come on strong the last couple of days. I’m using a 3/16 oz Santone Piglet jig head and an LFT Zig Zag in any shade of green. We are working our baits through the stump-filled spawning flats in the 2-6 ft range. The Piglet gives you a huge advantage over other shaky heads on the market in that it has a strong 5/0 hook in it, and it will hold a big fish. Others will open up or straighten out when fighting these big fish in the timber.

Some Lake Fork HAWGS from the last few days….

March 22, 2012

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Some Lake Fork HAWGS from the last few days….

12.45 Lake Fork Trophy Lures' Hyper Finesse Worm on a drop shot rig in 10' of water.

Fish was certified at Oak Ridge Marina 3-22-12 12.18

Weighed during JCOutdoors individual tournament. Heck of a kicker!

Lake Fork Guide Andrew Grills 3-11-12 Report

March 13, 2012

Went out this afternoon just to check on the fish. I didn’t know what to expect after the rain and crazy weather. The water looks good, maybe a few inches higher. The mud hasn’t washed in yet but as of now it looks fine and the fish were biting pretty good. Note whats coming out of the second fish. Its gonna be a fun week!

I caught them on a Santone jig today, but keep in mind you need to be prepared for a long day with few bites fishing a jig this time of year. I like it because its one of the best way to catch bigger fish. That isn’t for everybody, I know. Lots of other patterns working as well. Also, you can find my jig rod from Reel Time Rods at Lake Fork Marina soon!

Lake Fork 2012 Tournament List

January 4, 2012

As always, it takes about a month to get the bugs worked out. If I am missing any tournaments please email me: lfmcameron@gmail.com

January 2012

JC Outdoors Team Trail,
Minnow Bucket
Bud Light Trail, Sunday, January 15, 2012
Pope’s Landing
JC Outdoors Individual,
Minnow Bucket

February 2012

JC Outdoors Team Trail,
Minnow Bucket
JC Outdoors Individual Trail,
Minnow Bucket
Fishers of Men, Saturday, February 11, 2012
Oakridge Marina
Bud Light Trail, Sunday February 12, 2012
Pope’s Landing
Media Bass Teams, Saturday, February 18, 2012
Minnow Bucket
Lake Fork Carp & Buffalo Challenge, Wednesday-Saturday, February 29-March 3, 2012
Oakridge Marina

March 2012

Bud Light Trail, Sunday, March 11, 2012
Pope’s Landing
Media Bass Teams, Saturday, March 17, 2012
Minnow Bucket
Fishers of Men, Saturday, March 24, 2012
Oakridge Marina
JC Outdoors Individual Trail, Sunday,
Minnow Bucket

April 2012

Ram Mega Bass Tournament, Sunday, April 1, 2012
Lake Fork Marina
Texas Trails Bassmasters, Saturday, April 7, 2012
Lake Fork Marina
Bass Champs Tournament Trail, Saturday, April 14, 2012
Lake Fork Marina
Bud Light Trail, Sunday, April 15, 2012
Pope’s Landing
Media Bass Teams, Saturday, April 21, 2012
Minnow Bucket
Crappie USA Tournament Trail, Saturday, April 21, 2012
Lake Fork Marina
Irving Bass Club Open Tournament, Saturday-Sunday, April 21-22, 2012
Lake Fork Marina
Fishers of Men, Saturday, April 28, 2012
Oakridge Marina
JC Outdoors Individual Trail, Sunday,
Minnow Bucket

May 2012

Lake Fork Swap Meet, TBA
Lake Fork Marina
Bud Light Trail, Sunday, May 6, 2012
Pope’s Landing
Media Bass Teams, Saturday, May 12, 2012
Minnow Bucket
Bass On The Fly Fishing Tournament, Saturday, May 12, 2012
Lake Fork Marina
Legend of Lake Fork Big Bass Tournament, Friday-Sunday, May 18-20, 2012
Lake Fork Marina
JC Outdoors Individual Trail, Sunday,
Minnow Bucket
Fishers of Men, Saturday, May 26, 2012
Oakridge Marina
Bullet Boats Open Tournament, Saturday, May 26, 2012
Lake Fork Marina
Steve’s Custom Props Open, Saturday, May 26, 2012

June 2012

Skeeter Owners Tournament, Saturday-Sunday,  June 9-10, 2012
Lake Fork Marina
Fishers of Men, Saturday, June 16, 2012
Oakridge Marina
Media Bass Teams, Saturday, June 16, 2012
Minnow Bucket
Yantis Catfish Classic, Saturday-Sunday, June 23-24, 2012
Minnow Bucket Marina
Bassin’ For Babies, Saturday, June 30, 2012
Oakridge Marina

July 2012

Media Bass Teams, Saturday, July 14, 2012
Minnow Bucket

August 2012

Winnsboro Bass Club All Night Open Tournament, TBA
Minnow Bucket Marina

September 2012

Mad Dog Moore Memorial Tournament, Saturday, September 8 2012
Oakridge Marina
Lake Fork Outdoor Expo Fishing Tournament, TBA
Lake Fork Baptist Church
McDonald’s Big Bass Splash, Friday-Sunday, September 21-23, 2012
Lake Fork Marina

October 2012

LFSA Crappie Tournament, Saturday-Sunday,
Minnow Bucket Marina
Irving Bass Club Open Tournament, Saturday-Sunday, October 13-14, 2012
Lake Fork Marina
Berkley Tournament, Saturday-Sunday,  October 20-21, 2012
Lake Fork Marina