Thursday, September 29, 2011

Week of 9/26/11

Another fun trip to Lake Fork with full 2 days and a half day with Dale Stokes and 2 half evenings with Rhandy Simmons.  The lake is down almost 7 feet now, and there is timber everywhere.  Many ramps are closed but the Minnow Bucket's ramp is still functioning just fine.  Fishing was SLOW.  During the day with Dale we caught 8 on Tuesday, 10 on Wednesday, and 6 on the half day Thursday.  Tuesday we scurried from spot to spot trying to make something happen.  It didn't.  Wednesday we hung around a good point half the day and grinded on them.  That didn't do much either.  Thursday we kind of split the difference, again without much success.  Big fish of the week went to Dale who bagged a 7 pound 8 ounce bass on Tuesday.  My biggest was a 5 pounder on Monday.  I almost got skunked on Wednesday, but a last minute crank bait fish (a little one), got the white stripe off my back before I headed back home. 
Evening fishing with Rhandy was "interesting".  We hit a lot of the usual spots with only 3 fish to show on Tuesday evening.  I think we had only about 6 bites.  The amazing thing were the BUGS!  Swarms, clouds, biblical end times numbers of bugs were swarming all around the boat as soon as the sun set.  It was truly astounding.  I snapped one little shot of Rhandy with a tiny swarm above his head, and this was while we were idling!  When we stopped, we were engulfed in clouds of them.  Click on the picture.

Below is a video of Rhandy fishing as the swarm descends on us.  Listen to the buzzing around 2:10 in the video.  It is amazing!

Wednesday night, things started out the same.  Very slow.  I think we had 2 fish in the boat by sunset.  We put slabs on and pulled in a few schooling sandbass, just to end the boredom!  After that we idled around to a roadbed to try some buzz baits.  On the way, we ran into some schooling bass and proceeded to murder them til they went under.  In about 20 minutes I think we boated 15 bass, mostly in the 2-3 pound range.  It sure was fun watching them blow up on those buzz baits.  I kept hoping a gorilla would pop up from underneath, but he never did.  It was still a blast!

Oh, and if you've ever wondered why Lake Fork is such a great lake and why you lose so many lures and carolina rigs, take a look at the photo below.  This is one bank that usually has 3 feet of water over it.  It's a wonder we ever land ANY fish, much less get a bait back!

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