Description: By looking at some of the current temperatures, I would say Summer has basically arrived. Which really has me excited. This is my favorite time of the year to fish because Lake Fork offers some of the best off-shore structure fishing anywhere in Texas. As the temps increase, the crowds of people decrease. This last week has produced some of my best days I致e had this year, with 2 days of over 30 fish and a fish over 10 lbs. and Saturday over 40 fish with 15 of those averaging 5 lbs. You just had to deal with high winds each day, which can make it very hard to stay on your deeper holes. There are still plenty of fish up shallow and can be caught early with a Manns Baby Minus 1 or a light weighted fluke or senko type bait such as the GrandeBass Honcho.
Most of the fish we have been catching are coming from deeper ridges and ledges in 23 to 30ft. deep. We are catching some fish on roadbeds, but just a few here and there. The humps, main lake points, ridges, and ledges are putting more and better quality fish in the boat. To find these structures you値l need to find a good topography map of the lake, and use your electronics to find these off-shore structures. Once found, key on the locations that are not only holding fish, but bait fish and bar fish as well. These fish will normally be stacked on top of each other or in a group either just below the bait or directly on the bottom. The target fish for me have been located directly on the bottom. Use a marker bouy to mark where these fish are on the bottom.
I知 using several different presentations for these fish, but one has overshadowed all the rest; the Carolina Rig. Im fishing my C-rig on a 7ft. Heavy Kistler Helium II rod (www.kistlerrods.com) and Shimano Curado reels. Im spooling these reels with 17lbs. World Wide Sportsman line carried at BPS with a 1 oz. Tru-Tungsten weight with a magnetic bead and a 5 to 7 ft. leader. On my leader line, Im opting to use 15 lbs. Seagar Florocarbon and a 3/0 Owner hook. There has been one bait that stood out this last week and that was the Rattlesnake by GrandeBass. (www.grandebass.com) 3 colors caught fish, but 1 acounted for almost 90% of the fish caught this week. Watermelon Red, Chart. Pepper, and Watermelon Chart., with Watermelon Chart. dominating in numbers and size with a fish tipping the scales at 10 lbs. This has really been the only soft plastic I致e thrown this week.
Another bait putting fish in the boat is a 3/4 or 1 oz. Nichols jig (www.nicholslures.com) in Watermelon Red or Green Pumpkin with matching trailer. When the bite slows down or stops on the c-rig, I値l make a few casts with the jig and get a few more bites.
As the summer roles along, I look for more and more fish to move out deep and group up even more than they are now. This pattern will hold up for the next 3 months or so. There are plenty of other ways to catch these deep fish, I just have been concentrating on these two the last few weeks.
I wanted to say a special thanks to my two newest sponsors, Skeeter Boats and Yamaha Outboards. This boat and motor has performed unbelievably in the 3 to 4 foot rollers this last week on Fork. Hands down, the 20i Skeeter with the 250 Series 2 Yamaha I知 in is the best riding boat I have ever been in. Feel free to check them out at (www.skeeterboats.com) Thanks again.
If you have any questions or if you woould like to contact me in regards to any of the above mentioned products or sponsors, feel free to go to www.chrissinkey.com
Thanks, and I値l see you on the water!