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Username: Guide__jeff_kirkwood

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Registered: 2-2005

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Posted on Thursday, April 7, 2005 - 4:37 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

Lake Fork

Water Temp.: 60 - 65
Water Clarity: Stained to clear

Intermediate / Advanced “Bassin’ Class” starts next Tuesday at Garland High School. The class will begin at 7pm, registration is anytime before class begins. Cost is $35.00.

Fishing has been pretty good so far, for the month of April. What I can tell you is this; fish slowly, methodically and really pay attention to what your bait is doing. The very slightest twitch “IS” a fish, so set the hook. It really hasn’t mattered what we’ve been throwing the majority of the bites are light. Cover is and has been all spring vital to catching even one fish, without it your chances become very slim. The thicker or heavier the cover the more bites you’ll have. Before giving up on a bait use a variety of retrieves, make sure to remember what you were doing when you got the bite as that fish has told you how they want it presented. “Presentation is everything!”

There is a lot of sight fishing going on. For those of you who don’t sight fish, don’t let the ones who are doing it bother you. Just back out a little and continue fishing. Chances are you’ll catch more and bigger fish than those who are sight fishing. I personally don’t have a problem doing either, but I allow my customers to dictate how they would rather fish. So far, well over the majority of my customers just want to fish and learn new things from me. My soft plastic bite has been a little tough over the last few days simply because of the wind, but we’re still managing a few. However, there is a pretty good spinner-bait, Rat-L-Trap and Bandit bite. My biggest problem with fishing this year has been my lack of catching big fish, especially for my customers. Catching numbers really hasn’t been too bad of a problem and I know big fish are right there with them it just hasn’t been our turn yet. I know it will happen, I’m just fed-up with all the 1 to 4 pound fish.

The colors we’ve been throwing have continued to be watermelon/red, watermelon seed for the soft plastics and Lockhart white spinner-baits, chartreuse/brown Rat-L-Traps and Bandit crank-baits. The water temperatures are continuing to rise and there is a little more surface activity each day, I’m ready for more than one or two topwater bites a day, and that’s just around the corner. I figure things to be much like they’ve always been and April is one of my most favorite months to fish. Sometime this month the top-water bite should begin to come on, but May and June will be great months for that!

Light-weight Carolina-rigs & Wacky-rigs have been what we’ve thrown the majority of the time. Just remember on any of the above mentioned baits, cover, cover, cover!

Make sure to keep checking the “Fat Girls” on my web site as we’re adding to them slowly but still adding to them!

• The “Bassin’ Classes” are up and posted on my web site at The next Intermediate / Advanced class is scheduled for last part of March. Classes will be held at Garland High School. Please check my web site for more information. Also, if you are looking to buy a Nitro bass boat or a Nitro fish/ski boat I have Nitro gift certificates that can save you from $250.00 to $500.00. Just let me know you want or need one and I’ll see to it that I get it to you.
• Skeeter Owner’s Tournament – June 10 – 12, 2005.

If I can be of more help or assistance regarding a trip or “Bassin’ Class” please contact me at 469-721-7083 / 800-965-0350 or by e-mail at My web site, , If your club, organization or church is looking for a guest speaker I’d be happy to come just give me a call and we’ll get it on the calendar.

It’s that time of year to start looking at your calendar for guide trips for the rest of Spring and Summer. The earlier you book your date the easier it will be to get the date(s) you want. I have been very fortunate to have a pretty full calendar for this spring, but I still have a few dates open if you’re looking for a FULL-TIME guide. So, should you want to become one of my many valued customers and a great group of fishermen give me a call, I’d be honored to be your guide. UNTIL NEXT TIME…GOOD LUCK & TIGHT-LINES!!!

Proud Sponsors of Jeff & his guide service: All Star Rods, Amsoil, Bandit, Blakemore, Diversified Benefits,, Gene Larew, J&J Sports, Lockhart Lures, Mercury Marine, Nitro, Outdoor Sites, Pflueger Reels, Rat-L-Trap,, Scum Frog, Shakespeare Fishing Line, Venture Services.

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