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Username: Guide__jeff_kirkwood

Post Number: 11
Registered: 2-2005

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Posted on Friday, August 26, 2005 - 9:51 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

Lake Fork

Water Temp.: 85 - 88
Water Clarity: Clear

It’s that time of year for the Sealy “Big Bass” Splash on Lake Fork. If you’re looking to hire a guide to pre-fish for the tournament I do have dates available. Last year I had customers when several thousand dollars.

If you’ve had the opportunity to fish over the last week and a half then you’ll completely understand when I say, “as hot as it has been fishing has been up and down.” With the temperatures being really high it has been extremely important to drink plenty of water. When the wind has blown the fish haven’t been as hard to come by, but don’t let it stop (like you have control). Not only does it get very uncomfortable, bites are harder to come by too.

Main lake points and banks have been best keep the boat in 12 to 18 feet of water, casting both to deeper and shallower water. The first break-line and edges of hydrilla has been producing best. Another point of interest has been once you find a fish stop and cover that area well. The fish have been very bunched up, once you find one you’ll find a few more and it doesn’t seem to matter the depth either. I can say that one bait is out producing all others. The size of fish is not what I’d like for it to be, but when fishing a tournament on Fork and it’s August your best bet may be to stay with what is producing bites. For that I recommend a ¼oz. chrome/black Rat-L-Trap, cover a lot of water and look for shad. The shad have been key for any bait that you’re fishing. Other baits that are producing are 100, 200 series chrome/black Bandits, white Lockhart buzz-baits, watermelon red, blue fleck Lake Fork creatures and worms, either Tx-rigged, Carolina-rigged or drop-shot. Also, keep a watermelon red twitch worm tied on for your wacky rig.

Grass and sharp breaks on the points have been where the fish seem to be stacking up. Pay close attention when your bait hits the water, what you’re looking for is shad to go running. Just as I stated above the bait-fish have been where the bass are.

Look for fishing to get just a little tougher over the next few weeks as sometime in September will be when the lake will turn over.

• 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 $28,900.00
• Beginner “Bassin’ Class” is scheduled for September 11, 2005. Cost is $40.00, location is still to be announced. I’m having trouble finding a place to host it. Call or e-mail for where to send your $10.00 deposit.
• McDonald’s “BIG BASS SPLASH” – September 23 – 25, 2005. Dates are available for guided pre-fishing trips. See dates below.

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 the rest of summer and fall. 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 August; 27, 28, 29 & 31. September; 5, 7, 9, 12, 14, 18, 26, 28 & 30. 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,, J&J Sports, KeelShield, Lockhart Lures, Lake Fork Tackle, Mercury Marine, Nitro, Outdoor Sites, Pflueger Reels, Rat-L-Trap,, Scum Frog, Shakespeare Fishing Line

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