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Posted on Saturday, January 23, 2010 - 8:28 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

Mattern Guide Service on Sam Rayburn,Palestine, and Lake Fairfield

Hello Everybody,

PSALM 115: Verses 13-15; He will bless them that Fear the LORD, both small and great.
The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children. You are blessed of the LORD, which made heaven and earth.


Well the water temps hace warmed up into the high 50's on most the Lake. Bass are staging on main lake points and drains and can be caught on Carolina rigs. Rigged with Lizards and Brush Hogs. Also Jigs Black & Blue worked in 10 -12 foot along Weed Beds have caught some Big Bass also.

The trap and spinnerbait bite has been slow but a few have been hitting the trap. Nichols has a trap I like it comes in 2 colors that will work good on Big Sam. One is Rayburn Red the other is Crawfish Pattern.

Bass Champs kicks its tournament trail off today and I believe we will see some double digit Bass come to the scales as we did last week with the BassnBucks Trail.

Lake Palestine:

Water warmed up into the upper 50's and the bite was slow but when you found them it was on. I sat in one spot and caught about 15 Bass staging in a spawning ground in 4-8 feet of water. They were hitting the Nichols shattered glass pattern spinnerbait in White/Chartruse combo.

Working the spinnerbait slowly along the weed edges produced a few up to 3 lbs.


The bite has been even tough on this warm water lake. Those extended freezing temps shook the fish up but the bite is starting to come back and will get better and better for Bass and Redfish as the water temps get in the 60's all over the Lake.

Right now the discharge cove is abot 70 and the main Lake is running about 57. The clients I took out for Redfish got into about 6 redfish and boated 4 about 3-4 lbers.

Dead bait was not working so we used babybrush hogs carolina rigged to catch them./ One Guide told me He had blanked out the day before so I felt pretty good for the bites we got.

Redfish were on points in about 3 - 8 foot.

The Bass are really slow with the same rig catching a few and crankbaits that run 8 -10 foot catching some quality Bass. Good colors were Tennessee Shad and the Mistake color from Bandit. I downloaded some pictures of the Redfish so you could see a salt water Redfish caught out of a Freshwater Lake. Pretty Cool.

Fishing is fixing to bust loose. If the Lakes warm up later the cold fronts will not totally shut down the bite it the water temps stay up. Thanks and God Bless.

If you want to book a trip I am already booking for February and March. Call me at 903-478-2633 or 903-724-0961. You can e-mail me at


Thanks to my great sponsors who you will be hearing more about their great baits that produce more bites and equipment. Don Mattern Sr.

Ranger Boats-The Boat Center-Flint,Texas-903-825-2293
Kistler Rods- 281-259-8033
Nichols Lures- 903-589-8100
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Date Added: 2010-01-18
Type of Fishing: Casting
Charter Service Name: Mattern Guide Service
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Captains Name: Don Mattern Sr.
Region You Fish: Lake Fairfield
Biz Phone: 903-478-2633

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