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Username: Guide__jeff_kirkwood

Post Number: 14
Registered: 2-2005

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Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2005 - 7:18 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

Lake Fork

Water Temp: 63 - 67
Water Clarity: Stained to clear

I’ve already started getting phone calls and e-mails for trips for next spring. I know that may a little early but this is truly a good time to get the date(s) you want, not what’s left.

If fishing in the wind is your way of spending a fun day on the lake then come on. This past Sunday was the only day where the wind completely stopped, and so did the bite with the bass. I’ve found over the years that glass-top water ordinarily makes for tough fishing conditions. In fact, I’ll tell you this, I’d rather have an East wind than no wind at all. Depending on the day and the expertise of my fishermen we’re catching between 19 and 35, maybe 40 bass a day. When using jiggin’ spoons and Chuck-n-spins we’re catching a variety of fish and have already had a few bass hit our bar fish (yellow bass) once they’ve gotten caught and reeled slowly in. In the last week the bar fish have significantly increased in size, we even caught a bar fish last week that weighed 2 pound, 2 ounces. That one happened to be the largest bar fish I’ve ever seen. For those of you looking to go bass fishing, but would like to take a few fish home to eat, we’re catching crappie, bar fish and a few catfish when we’re vertical fishing. However, those are not the fish we are really wanting to catch. We’re catching about 1 bass per 6 or 7 other fish. Lake Fork Tackle ring frys and Lockhart jigs are working on these deep bass too. The best depths have been 25 to 30 feet deep, occasionally we’re finding them deeper.

The shallow bite has been really kind of funny! Their absolutely hitting everything! From Lockhart white spinnerbaits to; Tennessee shad Rat-L-Traps, pearl black back Bandit, Lake Fork Tackle watermelon red, June bug twitch worms. The real trick has been location, location, location. Main lake banks with hydrilla is a good place to start and if the wind isn’t too high fish the stumps. The key on these areas has been keeping the bait in or tight to the cover. Vary your retrieves even on the same places you’ve just made your cast. Meaning throw there again use either a faster or slower retrieve, you could surprise yourself.

I wish I were on the lake today, I had a cancellation but it’s giving me an opportunity to get some things with sponsors. With the cold front supposedly coming in today fishing should be real good this afternoon. I told my customers on Sunday that if the cold front gets here in the afternoon fishing should only get better as the day wears on. It didn’t arrive and the bite got worse. I guess there’s just only so much a guide has control over, but as I write this the weather forecasters are saying we’ve got another front on its way this weekend with a decent chance of rain and that will be good for fishing. Make sure to pack your rain-suits just incase it does.

November is my personal favorite month of the year to fish. The fish will remain in shallow and deep water….as they always do. The key in the shallow water will be to find the greenest grass, the koots or mud-hens will show you that. When looking for your fish in deep water your factor will be finding balls of shad or lots fish bait-fish. Watch what mother nature is showing you because your surroundings can help you find either more fish to catch or the “Fat Girl” of your dreams.

Check out the 2005 “Fat Girls” page! There are many fish there to be seen and unless you are a kid under 16 or a woman, all those fish are 4 pounds or larger. If you’d like to have your picture there give me a call and we’ll do what we can to put you on a “Fat Girl!”

• 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

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 fall and winter. 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 November; 16, 23, 28 & 30. Also, I’ve already started booking spring time trips and this is an excellent time to get the date(s) you might want. 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
Username: Dean

Post Number: 327
Registered: 4-2004

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Posted on Wednesday, November 9, 2005 - 7:33 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

Thanks for the report! If I get to go to Fork I'll give you a call! I like the top water action for bass but never have been very successful.
All In A Days Fun!!!

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