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Guide__jeff_kirkwood
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Username: Guide__jeff_kirkwood

Post Number: 34
Registered: 2-2005

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Posted on Sunday, October 8, 2006 - 11:05 am:   Edit Post Delete Post Print Post

Lake Fork

Water Temp: 75 - 78
Water Clarity: Stained

First things first, I have started booking trips for next spring so start looking at your calendar. Fishing on Lake Fork continues to be up and down. One day itís okay and the next itís just plain tough! The deep fish are very sporadic from one day to the next and if you have the patience to wait them out you should catch a few. However, the shallow bite is much more consistent right now and on a variety of baits too. Over the last few weeks boats hitting stumps has become a fairly common thing, so be very careful. The lake is 5 feet low and I for one havenít seen some of the stumps Iím seeing in 10 years, just be careful.

With this next weeks forecast I suspect that fishing is going to explode and remain that way for some time to come! The water temperatures rose over this past week and made for tougher than usual fishing for this time of year, but like I just stated starting this week fishing should come on strong. Numbers of fish have been okay, but weíve really had to work for them. On the trips I had this week I told my customers that I was sure that there would be many boats and fishermen that would never catch or have a bite each day. In fact, there was only one day that we saw anyone catch a fish other than a crappie and then it was only one small bass.

From one day to the next Iíve had to really rely on the areas I know extremely well and know exactly where those break-lines are and how the relate to the grass lines. Fortunately, I have many of those areas. As of late the better bite has been on either a white/chartreuse spinnerbait or a 100 series Bandit crankbait and chartreuse has been the key color for the crankbait. A little red in the mix hasnít hurt either. When fishing the spinnerbait and it is running through the hydrilla make sure to jerk it through when it slows. On the Bandit, there are two different ways that Iím fishing it; one being when it hits the hydrilla if it feels like itsí thick Iím stopping my retrieve and letting it rise above before starting it up again, the other is if it feels like it may be only a strand or two of grass, slowing my retrieve, raising my rod tip a little and sneak the bait through it. Your bite will either be very strong or very light so pay close attention to the action of your bait.

The soft plastic bite has not been as strong as the baits already mentioned, but a light-weight Carolina rig, rigged with anything watermelon or green pumpkin should get you bit. The wacky rig is trying to come on and it will as this water temp. begins to drop this next week.

The fall bite is my favorite time of the year to fish so come out, give me a call and let me show you why its my favorite time to fish!

ē 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 Iíll see to it that I get it to you.

If I can be of more help or assistance regarding a trip or ďBassiní ClassĒ please contact me at 972-636-7022 / 800-965-0350 or by e-mail at jeff@jeffkirkwood.com. My web site, www.fishinwithjeff.com , www.lakeforkfatgirls.com If your club, organization or church is looking for a guest speaker Iíd be happy to come just give me a call and weíll get it on the calendar.

Itís 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 youíre looking for a FULL-TIME guide. Here are my available dates for October: 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 24 & 26. So, should you want to become one of my many valued customers and a great group of fishermen give me a call, Iíd be honored to be your guide. UNTIL NEXT TIMEÖGOOD LUCK & TIGHT-LINES!!!

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