Lake Fork Fishing Report – July 25, 2013

It’s been a good week for us here on Lake Fork with several fish over 6 pounds caught by my clients and me. We are still finding most of our fish in deeper water, and 18-21 feet seems to be the best depth for me.

As far as baits and presentations go, a drop shot, Carolina rigged LFT Hyper Stick and Baby Ring Fry, and a Strike King 6XD are putting the majority of our fish in the boat.

On some days, we are seeing some schooling fish busting big shad on the surface. When we see them, we are throwing a Strike King Sexy Dawg on top of them and the strikes are VIOLENT!!! Keep your eyes open while you’re fishing offshore structure and you might see them blowing up!

As always, thank you for taking the time to read my report. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to use the Comments section below or send me a text or email.

Good luck!

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Lake Fork Fishing Report – July 4, 2013

Happy Independence Day everyone! The fishing on Lake Fork has been very good in my boat the last few days. We have had a couple of slow days after this cold front where we had a hard time locating a school of fish that wanted to bite, but that’s not totally unusual for this time of year.

This year, I’m not finding as many schools of fish, but the schools of fish I am finding seem to be bigger than ever. Tuesday, we caught 22 out of one school, and yesterday we caught 16 in each of two different schools.

Learning to read and trust your electronics is of the utmost importance when fishing deep structure. My new Z521 Ranger is rigged with a Lowrance HDS-9 with Structure Scan at both my bow and my console. These units are incredible. I’ll show a few pics at the bottom of this report.

There are some schooling fish in some areas, but for the most part, I am catching all of my fish relating to the bottom in 20-22 ft and also in 28-30 ft of water. This time of year, you will always find a Carolina rig with LFT Hyperstick, 1 oz Santone Football jig in Pinto Beans or Mexican Heather, Strike King 10XD or 6XD crankbait in Sexy Shad, Santone Slamma rig (umbrella rig), and a flutter spoon. Depending on the day, one bait/presentation will outperform all others. Even after we have figured out what that presentation is, we will still throw another bait at them just to see if we can pick up an extra bite or two.

For the schooling fish, I’ve been throwing a Strike King Sexy Dawg topwater, the Santone Slamma rig, and an LFT Magic Shad. The schooling fish I’ve found aren’t very big (2-3 lbs), but the explosions on the Sexy Dawg have been a ton of fun.

I still have a few open dates in July if you’re interested in coming out and getting in on some of the action. Here are a few pics from the past few days. As always, if you have any questions or comments, please don’t hesitate to use the comments section below this report.

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June 17, 2012

Happy Father’s Day to all of you dads out there.

Not much new to report since my last post. Fishing has been up and down recently, with more slow days (10-14 fish) days than good days. I suspect that these little fronts that are moving through on a daily basis are at least partly to blame for the erratic bite.

We are still catching most of our fish from deep structure in the 21-31 ft range. It varies from hour to hour and day to day, so having good electronics that you can trust is a must. If you don’t mark ’em, you typically won’t catch ’em.

Carolina rigged LFT Hypersticks, Ring Fries, and Baby Ring Fries in chartreuse pepper have been working best most days, but a 3/4 or 1 oz Santone Football Jig in Pinto Beans and Carrots and Mexican Heather will put a bunch of good fish in your boat as well.

The morning bite is much better for me than the afternoon bite.

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