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Username: Guide__jeff_kirkwood

Post Number: 6
Registered: 2-2005

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Posted on Thursday, June 30, 2005 - 1:34 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

Lake Fork

Water Temp.: 85 - 92
Water Clarity: Clear

If you’re looking to book a trip with me, I’m offering the following; Full day, either split into two halves one in the morning and evening, starting before sun-up or start at normal time and fish straight through, night or day. Half day, morning or evening. Any of the above are your choice.

Wow…….can you believe it? After today half the year is already done and gone, it sure went fast! Spending the last two days (1/2 days) on Lake Fork, what a difference a day can make. Yesterday we put fish in the boat but if we could have connected with all the short-strikes, all kidding aside, we could have put well over 30 fish in the boat, but we were far from that, but had a good day anyway. Today, those fish still short-struck, but we did manage 21 fish up to 3 ½ pounds. All our fish bit on either Carolina-rig, drop-shot or more finesse’ tactics. Main lake banks and humps were the ticket just as yesterday. However, the edges of grass and the first break-line were where we keyed on first thing in the morning. The fish are really beginning to stack-up out on the deeper water. Which is very good news. Last week there were only a couple of places on the entire lake where you could find a good concentration of deep fish and I’ve never been one to want to crowd someone if there wasn’t enough room for a few more boats.

It hasn’t mattered which side of the lake to fish as both sides are getting good concentrations of fish on the deeper structure to fish. The drop-shot is getting a lot more bites than anything else we’re throwing but I tend to think a good majority of those are yellow bass (a.k.a. bar fish). The Carolina-rig has been very textbook, meaning once the bait begins to feel a little funny the fish are picking it up and beginning to swim away with it, some of the fish will tap on it, but not many. When that happens just follow the fish with the rod, once you get extended rare-back and have a good time fighting your fish. Just make sure NOT to bring any of your deep fish up too fast as their air-bladder will surely kill them. Another thing to keep handy would be a needle to bleed the air-bladder just incase this happens. On the drop-shot you can either drop it over the side of the boat a jiggle away or throw it out and work it back. For the deep & shallow bite I’m catching fish on green pumpkin, green pumpkin red, watermelon red, watermelon red, red bug, blue fleck and Fork secret. I realize that is a lot of different colors, there is a couple more that are working but those have been the best.

Patience is the key. If you’re marking a few fish stay with them for about 30 minutes, you might surprise yourself. Road beds, bridges, main lake points and banks have been where our fish are coming from and will continue. Unless we start getting major cool fronts to push through like we have the last three years.

We already have a jig bite on pumpkin/chartreuse Lockhart ¼ & 3/8oz. jigs, tipped with a Gene Larew salt chunk or craw-worm to match and I only expect that bite to get better. Just remember, you’re not going to get a lot of bites.

• 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.
• My 2005 Nitro 929CDX (dual console) with a 2005 Mercury 225hp. Optimax is for sale. Boat, Motor & Trailer is in “GREAT SHAPE” and loaded with extras. Selling price is $28,750.00

If I can be of more help or assistance regarding a trip or “Bassin’ Class” please contact me at 972-636-7022 / 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 Summer. The earlier you book your date the easier it will be to get the date(s) you want. I have dates available if you’re looking for a FULL-TIME guide. Available dates for July; 28, 29 & 30. July: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26 & 27 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, KeelShield, Lockhart Lures, Mercury Marine, Nitro, Outdoor Sites, Pflueger Reels, Rat-L-Trap,, Scum Frog, Shakespeare Fishing Line

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