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Username: Guide__jeff_kirkwood

Post Number: 20
Registered: 2-2005

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Posted on Friday, March 10, 2006 - 2:52 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

Lake Fork

Water Temp: 57 - 63
Water Clarity: Clear to stained

Fishing on Lake Fork continues to be good to very good. However, the high winds have really made things tough. Didn’t I state that in my last report? I think I did! But it’s March and wind is just something that we’re just going to have to deal with, like or not, and I really don’t like it! Fishing has been very steady this week, size has been a little lagging behind but I’ve had some customer loose what we think and saw very, very nice fish. Overall, the lake has not been crowded at all during the week, but the weekends tend to be a little different. I have had several e-mails and calls concerning other anglers pulling in front of them while their fishing and want to know how to handle it. For me, and this has happened for sure once this season to me. What I do when it’s available to me is have my customers reel in their bait and I proceed to idle ahead of them about 2 or 3 hundred yards and begin fishing again. As for saying something to the anglers who have been so inconsiderate? I have found over the years that it is best not to say anything, all that does is get me more upset and that’s not what I’m there to do. My job is to show my customers how to handle a situation like that and get back to fishing and forget what has just happened. In the situations where we can’t move around them, I immediately have my customers size down and start catching more fish behind them. Those are the only two things I know to do. Just remember, it all comes back, so revenge really isn’t mine.

As for the fishing, I had a ½ day trip this morning (Friday) and we had our first topwater fish, it came on a buzz-bait. Fishing as I stated above has been very steady. Now it has been slower when we’ve had high pressure sky’s but the bite has still been there, it’s slower but it’s still there. My jig bite has just about left, those bites are getting harder and harder to come by, but while we had it, it was awesome. One of my customers who caught a 9.1 with me while I was teaching him how to fish a jig, caught a Share-A-Lunker weighing 14.09 the very next weekend on his own, fishing the very same jig I loaned him. Now, that’s some luck, huh?

The rest of our fishing is being done on light-weight Carolina-rigs, weightless set-ups, spinnerbaits, Rat-L-Traps and Bandits. Our fish are literally coming from as shallow as 1’ to as deep as 12 feet. It appears the more cover the better the bite and bigger the fish. Just fishing stumps is not my preferred method of fishing, but we’re catching a few there too. From the secondary points to the backs of the coves and creeks have been best and where there are flats even better. There are several colors that are working and depending on the cloud cover none of them are out producing any of the others. Bandits and Rat-L-Traps, reds, chartreuse, and perch patterns are working well, however the 100 series is catching larger fish. When fishing these grass is of the essence, in other words, a must have! The spinnerbait bite hasn’t been bad either, white, white/chartreuse and fire-tiger have been the preferred colors. On the soft plastics we’re throwing a light-weight Carolina-rig using a Lake Fork Tackle baby ring fry or magic shad in watermelon red.

The 2006 “Fat Girls” page is already taking on a great look and the forecast for the remaining months of this year look great too.. To have your picture posted there it must be a minimum of 4 pounds, unless the angler is a child or woman.

In the event finding grass is a problem, look for the coots or mud-hens, they’ll be on the greenest grass on the lake.

• 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 $27,000.00
• Where to find Jeff in 2006; March 10, Meet the Pro @ Academy, Mesquite, TX
• March 28 Bass Pro Tank Seminar @ Grapevine, 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 spring and 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. Those dates are: May – 31. June – 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 & 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,, J&J Sports, KeelShield, Lake Fork Tackle, Mercury Marine, Nitro, Outdoor Sites, Pflueger Reels, Rat-L-Trap, Scum Frog, Shakespeare Fishing Line

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