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September Bassin'

lake fork guide John TannerArticle: August, 2003

Greetings from the Big Bass Capital. Well, September is finally here and what a great time to be on Lake Fork. This month holds some welcome changes that we all are ready for. After a hot summer, the cooler weather that is approaching makes us want to get out and move around. The bass are no different. As the days begin to grow shorter and the cool fronts of the fall draw nearer everything slips into the fall pattern. I tell you some days my Ranger boat tries to leave before I can even get hooks up to it! The baitfish will be on the move and thus follows the bass. Huge schools of shad will start showing up in pockets and creeks all along the main lake. Many of the fish that have been hanging out at the mouths of these areas this summer will follow these migrations of bait fish into these places and feed heavily as the seasons begin to slowly change. Look for schooling fish in these areas. Now I am not saying that every fish in the lake will be headed to the backs of the creeks however there will be a good number of them do so. Just keep an eye open for big schools of bait fish and you will be in business. Another place to look for a good number of bass is along the awesome hydrilla beds that we have this year. There is more grass this year than I have seen in a long time. As the weather cools a little fish of all kinds love to hang around the grass beds. Weed beds draws plenty of bait fish which in return draws plenty of bass. You can catch bass a number of ways around the grass. With the heavy mats we have this year I love to flip a heavy Jig or a Texas rig into the holes along the edges. I use the Mega Weight Jig by Lake Fork Tackle in a Camo color and use a Texas Smoke colored Pig Claw for a trailer. Another good bait to flip the grass with a Texas rigged Craw Tube also by Lake Fork Tackle. I rig this one with 3/4 ounce Mega Weight bullet style sinker (pegged) and I always insert the tube rattle for more fish attracting noise. I also like to use Braided line while flipping the grass. Try the Mccoys Mean Green Braid in the 50 pound test. It makes life easier when trying to land a monster fish that is tangled up in the heavy weeds. To catch numbers and also some big fish go with the Lake Fork Tackle "Twitch Worm". Rig it wacky style using a nail inserted in the head for added weight. Use a 2/0 hook and you may even go down a line size ot two to get more bites. My wacky worm rig consist of a Falcon 6'-6" 5 power Cara Series rod and a Shimano Curado in the 100 series. This reel casts the wacky rigged Twitch Worm a great distance very easily and will handle the biggest of Bass!I Use June bug and red bug colors early in the day and then switch over to watermelon red or Carolina pumpkin during the day. Fish this one along the edges of the grass out to 12 ft. along main lake points. The deep bite will be decent during the first part of the month but may become spotty as the month roll along. It all depends on what mother nature brings us. I would still crank up the the Lowrance X-15 and check some of the humps. You may not find fish in as many spots as you you would say in June or July but once you do find them the schools should be bigger. Use the Carolina rigged Baby Creature in green pumpkin or watermelon red flake. It will get the job done.

Some of the biggest fish of the year are caught in the fall and winter so while everybody is off hunting you could be catching big fish ! Call and book your trip today ..
Best of luck to all McDonalds anglers!
Please keep our troops in your thoughts and prayers. Remember all things are possible to those who believe. Matthew 7 : 1-6.
Good Fishin and God Bless,
John Tanner

Fishing Tip by  Lake Fork Guide John Tanner


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