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Username: Guide__jeff_kirkwood

Post Number: 16
Registered: 2-2005

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Posted on Friday, December 9, 2005 - 7:55 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

Lake Fork

Water Temp: 49 - 52
Water Clarity: 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. By the way, April dates are almost gone, only two left. Come get your picture on the 2006 “Fat Girls” page!

Well, how can I say this? It’s been very cold and windy on Lake Fork since my report of last week, but the fishing has been pretty good. I’ve already posted all but one more picture on the “Fat Girls” page and need to work on the last one a little bit. Getting out to deep water has been a little tough due to high winds, but we’ve caught both good numbers and good size in shallower water. Break-lines and hydrilla has been the key. When you can if you sneak your Bandit over and through the grass you can catch some really nice fish! From one day to the next the fish are either biting red, a variation of red or yellows, browns and chartreuses. With the weather being like it is and has been there has been very little pressure on the fish at Lake Fork, but it could be that time of year too. I was suppose to have trips today (Friday) and tomorrow, but was asked if they could reschedule for later in the month.

Since the wind has been pretty high Bandit 200’s and 1/2oz. Rat-L-Traps have been steady producers. Pay special attention to your grass and what is feeding on it, as the coots will show you where the greener grass will be on the lake. If fishing grass where coots are not present, I believe your chances are not nearly as good unless you’re fishing grass where coots are. Having deeper water nearby will also increase your chances of catching larger fish. If you’re fishing areas with stumps and stick-ups make sure to bump the cover, we’ve caught quite a few fish off the timber in recent weeks. The crank bait bite has continued after three weeks of being very light, so get your bait a little more attention when fishing your crank bait. On the Rat-L-Trap, the bite has been very detectable and the fish have been almost as good, in one case this week the Rat-L-Trap produced the largest fish of the day. Remember, never, never, never leave fish to go find fish. Then when you do make sure you’re looking for the same type areas you’ve just left.

Recently, I’ve had a couple of trips with customers who had fairly new line on their rods, but found when tying on baits that their line was brittle. With temperatures being warm on day or week and cold the next, if you’re storing your rods in the boat that is left outside, that could be what is causing the problems. If not, make sure to check your line, because it doesn’t take much to cause it to become brittle or weak.

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 has been reduced to $28,000.00
• Where to find Jeff in 2006; February 5, Bassmaster University, Grapevine, TX
• March 1, Irving Bass Club, Irving, TX
• March 4, “Bassin’ Class” @ First Baptist Church, Hico, TX

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. 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, Diversified Benefits,, J&J Sports, KeelShield, Lake Fork Tackle, Mercury Marine, Nitro, Outdoor Sites, Pflueger Reels, Rat-L-Trap, Scum Frog, Shakespeare Fishing Line
Username: Charles

Post Number: 500
Registered: 7-2004

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Posted on Friday, December 9, 2005 - 9:49 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

Thanks for the report Jeff!

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