Description: You have got to love this Texas weather! One day your in shorts sight fishing, the next your bundled up trying to find where they moved off too.
My report is going to be about the same for both March and April. Mainly concentrating on bed fish, and fish cruising the flats and shallows. The main thing still is "Warm Water" like around 63 degrees. I have noticed in the past couple of weeks, that when the water drops under 59, the bite gets a little tougher. You can pretty much find a consistency all over the lake right now. I fished 3 different parts of the lake just last week alone, and was able to do about the same thing every where I went. Here's what we are doing:
I am basically throwing 3 baits right now.
First, is a sight fishing bait. I have been sticking to more natural colors in craws and lizards. I see many boats on the lake flipping white baits on beds, and thats fine. You will get bit on them. But your natural colors will get you bit twice as fast, normally on the first 2 or 3 flips.
It's been pretty simple. When I see a bed, the first thing I do is see what the fish does. If she moves off fast, and doesn't return quick, she will be hard to catch, and you will most likely spend alot of time there. I look for the fish that either just barely move off and come right back, or simply make a quick 360 degree turn. These are fish you can catch pretty fast, and not waste most of your day. Flip or cast your bait PAST the bed and let the bait fall on the top edge of the bed. The reason I say this is because many angler will try to put the bait in the middle of the bed, but then you only have half the bed to work with. Use the whole bed. I am using alittle bit heavier rod this year so I can get them away from the grass and stumps quickly. The new 7'1" Argon by Kistler in a Heavy action has been the ticket. www.kistlerrods.com This rod will absolutely get them out and to the boat immediately!
Second, is a whacky worm set up on a 6'9" MH Kistler Argon rod. On these, Im using a Gamakatsu circular whacky hook 2/0 with the weed guard and 15 lbs. florocarbon line. www.gamakatsu.com The bait of choice has been a GrandeBass Rattlesnake in Watermelon Candy in clearer water, and Trophy Hunter in dingier water. www.grandebass.com I am usually throwing this on the colder days or if Im looking for beds. It's always good to have some kind of bait in the water, even if your just looking around. Make long cast and SLOWLY work this bait back with a twitch, twitch and let it fall.
Third is a drop-shot rig. I am also casting this around the same areas as the whacky worm and using the same presentation with it. On these, I have gone down to a smaller bait, a 4 in. GrandeBass Finesse Worm in Black. I know what many people think, "Why fish Fork with a finesse rig?" Well, in our last tournament, I was fortunate enough to hook into a fish somewhere in the 10 to 14 lbs. range on this rig. I ended up losing the fish right at the boat, on a mistake I made. You can catch some really big fish on lighter rigs on the lake. Not only drop shots, but shaky heads as well.
The location is pretty simple right now. The backs of creeks is the best place to start looking, then just make your way out. There are fish all over the lake right now on beds. For those that dont believe in sight fishing, you can still catch these fish in the same locations with other presentations.
I would like to take a minute and thank two of my newest sponsors for 2009. Gamakatsu hooks and Black Angel Jigs. Alexander and Townsend brought me on board with Gamakatsu after the Bass Pro Shop Spring Calssic, and I'm more than excited to be representing them. I have been using their hooks since I can remember, and now have a chance to have feedback in products in the field and design process's.
The second is Black Angel Jigs. Gabe makes one of the best jigs I have thrown and flipped. Strong hooks and materials which means no bending hooks, and no skirts falling apart. I used these jigs a bunch last month, and absolutely love them. If you get time, check out Gabe's selection of jigs at www.blackangeljigs.com.
Also remember to those of you coming in from out of town to fish the spawn on Lake Fork, I highly recommend staying at Lake Fork Marina. They will take care of you and make you feel right at home. Give them a call or check out their website at www.lakeforkmarina.com for available dates.
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