Thursday, November 5, 2015
I went out at 6:30 am with Dale on Wednesday and we hit a number of spots with jigging spoons, crank baits, and Carolina rigs. We finally found one point where they were stacked up and biting almost every cast, but they were all dinks. Still fun to catch though. We had hopes maybe a good 'un would show up in the mix but it never happened. Dale somehow arranged to have an awesome bald eagle do some fishing about 100 yards from his boat. That was quite a sight. We went in a little early so I could miss the traffic back in Dallas.
My camera battery was mysteriously dead this trip so thanks to Rhandy for the snap above.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Mighty Bite lure! I decided to heck with it and kept throwing the chomped on fluke and caught 2 fish with it. The fluke inspector would not have approved, but the fish did!
Thursday, September 10, 2015
After a short siesta I met up with Rhandy at 4 pm and we hightailed it to a spot that was occupied the previous day. We found a bunch of small bass on a shelf edge and I found a bunch of hang ups which let Rhandy show how good he was at re-tying carolina rigs. Thanks Rhandy! Eventually we wore them all out and we went off to another favorite spot where we continued to find small bass and those stinking sandies. Right before we quit I hooked a big fish on a crank bait but he twisted off while I tried to hang on. We never saw the fish but it left a big swirl. Rhandy is convinced it was a big bass. I prefer to think it was a big drum or carp. Next time we will find out!
Thursday, August 6, 2015
We headed out Monday about 6:30 pm and it was still pretty steamy. Fortunately there was a light breeze that kept it from being too awful. We hit a couple of good spots with no success. I think we had maybe one bite. Maybe. Around 8 pm the sandbass started schooling nearby so we headed over there to get some "eating fish" for Pippin. We caught fish almost every cast for about 30 minutes. We had to cull through a bunch of small ones to gather 18 good ones for Rhandy to clean. That was still a pretty good mess.
We headed to a spot we had not hit the previous night and started out throwing crank baits around a hump. No sale. So we moved up on the hump to throw at a great little timber pile that had produced many times for us before. No one home. So I started fan casting out towards a shelf break and some timber away from where we usually fish. Then Rhandy snagged one up on the hump. It was a nice fish around 4 pounds. Next as I was coming up through some submerged timber my line felt spongy so I whanged on it. Nothing there. The first bite I had this trip and I wasn't even positive it was a bite. The second was a little easier. I threw back past the same spot and found I had somehow gotten a loop in my spool. It hanged up and dropped short. Well I started to pick out the loop when a good fish picked up my fluke and tried to leave with it. I set the hook and started reeling but after a short fight it broke me off. It was a pretty good fish. My rod was bowed over enough Rhandy was grabbing the net for me. Never saw it.
The next 45 minutes were very fun. Rhandy handed me his Carolina rig and started retying mine. I quickly hooked a 3 pound bass and interrupted his work. The next cast he was further interrupted as I snagged a 7 pound 8 oz good 'un.
The bugs were buzzing pretty good (if you look closely in the photos you can see them) so we didn't weigh any more fish, but I had several in the 5.5-6 pound range. It was a lot of fun. This time of year 17 bass would be a good full day trip. For a 4 hour night trip it is pretty awesome. Thanks for going home, Pippin!
Wednesday evening we had high hopes of a repeat, though I know from experience that is pretty tough to do. We high tailed it to the same spot as there were several boats nosing around us the previous evening. We found it unoccupied. After a little drifting around nearby, we tied up and locked down and waited for dusk to approach. We had a few bites, I caught 2 small bass under 3 pounds, and had 1 small fish that broke me off in timber. That was it. I guess we put holes in all their mouths the night before. We finally gave it up about 9 pm and headed for a few other good spots. Not a bite. I guess every fish in the lake was on that one spot and we caught them all. We gave it up about 11 pm and went in to drink much beer.
Rhandy is a talented guy. Not only does he like bass but he also loves bass. I don't know what lure he used to catch this one but it's a beauty. Good thing it's not a slot bass.
Monday, June 15, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Monday I went out with Dale at 6:30 am and we had a good day with 13 fish. I caught a couple on topwater Yellow Magic but most came from Carolina rigs fished shallow in flooded willow trees and grass. The lake is still a bit over full pool so there's lots of flooded vegetation all along the shoreline. My biggest fish of the day was a 6 and a half pounder from about 2 feet of water.
Tuesday started off at sunrise again with Dale and we went back to the same spot that had been successful the previous day. Many other guides only had 2 or 3 fish all day so we felt we were on to something good. Again I had some success with a Yellow Magic including a nice 6 pounder.
Dale dropped me at Rhandy's trailer and I got this nice shot of them together.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Lake Fork is now full pool and even a bit over. The drought has officially ended in east Texas and now the flooding begins. Compare these two pictures from January 2015 and taken this week.
I started out the next morning at 6:30 am with Dale. We began on a main lake point with Carolina rigs and I managed to catch a 7-3 and a 7-5 in about an hour and a half. Both nice fish and the first one fought very hard. That was fun. We had a tougher time the rest of the morning and ended up with 7 fish for the day.
The weather this whole trip was pretty squirrely. It felt more like early March than May. Temperatures were in the upper 50's to low 70s and cloud cover and a stiff breeze kept it chilly. More than once I wished I had brought my big coat.
Tuesday morning started out with more cloud cover and again we caught most of our fish in the morning. At one point we went down a good bank in about 6 feet of water throwing in and out with Carolina rigs. We had 5 bites in less than 6 feet, 5 bites deeper than 6 feet. I caught 1 and jumped off two while Dale caught 2. At 3 pm I stepped off Dale's boat and onto Rhandy's and we hunted up another 7 fish. My biggest of the day was with Rhandy and went about 4 pounds.
Rhandy had a tough day and we only managed to boat 7 fish in 8 and a half hours. He caught a 7 pounder but my biggest was under 5. We had to run in once due to heavy rain and I even caught one bass right next to his dock. We had the rain gear on and off all day. We came in about 3 pm with strong showers approaching on the radar. They hit about 4:30 pm and it rained hard and heavy for about an hour and a half. That was the only half day I missed this trip.
Friday, April 24, 2015
I made it out early Sunday afternoon and spent 4 hours on the water with Rhandy. He has a new boat (again) and with the black and white trim he calls it his tuxedo boat. After we both got skunked on Sunday I decided it was more of a penguin. I think we only had one bite.
Monday went a little better, despite a brisk north wind that made me glad I had brought my coat. We fished Carolina rigs and wacky worms and ended up with 8 fish for the day. I think I had 3 of them.
Tuesday started off chilly again but the wind had turned around to the south. We caught a couple of small fish early but I finally hooked a good 'un mid morning on a Carolina rig. 7 pounds and 7 ounces and a good fight to the boat.
Wednesday I met up with Dale at 6:30 am and we were off to the 515 east ramp to throw wacky worms and flukes all day long. He had been having some good success back in Glade and was hoping for more of the same. I hooked one after about an hour and as I was fighting it back to the boat he set his rod down to see if I needed a net. I didn't, but when he picked up his rod he found a fish swimming off with his fluke. Our first fish of the day was a double. Unfortunately, that was about all she wrote back there and we headed off to greener pastures mid morning. Later in the day we found a small deep pocket with lots of flooded grass and cypress. We threw weightless flukes at them and got several to bite. Nothing big, but it was fun wrestling them out of the grass. I think we ended up with 8 or 9 fish for the day.
As we loaded out at the ramp, I saw a sight that made me laugh.
Eventually the other boat moved off our spot and we headed out to see if anyone was home. They weren't. We ended up the evening at one of Rhandy's Carolina rig spots that we had hit Monday and Tuesday with no success. He hooked a giant fish which broke him off. Rhandy saw it wallow and said it was well over 10 pounds. I never saw the fish but I did see a big flash when it broke him off. Much wailing and gnashing of teeth followed. Eventually Captain Ahab gave up the quest and we headed in to drink much beer.
I had half a day planned with Dale Thursday morning but heavy rain and thunderstorms rolled in at 4 am and I suspected I would get that knock on the door. Sure enough Dale stopped by to say the storms would not be done til noon or so. The bad news was I didn't get to fish that half day. The good news is I got a few extra Zs before heading back to town.
As usual we saw some bald eagles and weird clouds.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Temperatures in the mid 70's in January once again led to fishing fever. Rhandy called and asked if I wanted to come out for another day of crappie fun fishing and he didn't have to ask twice. We found 9 big ones on one crappie pile but spent the rest of our time catching one here and one there. At the end of the day we had 20 big ones and only one that was too small to keep.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
I missed my fall fishing opportunities due to bad weather so I have been itching to get back to the lake. A brief spurt of warm days in January combined with the Mrs's travel schedule led me to call Rhandy to see if he was up to a 1 day crappie excursion. He was so we made the most of it.
Poor Lake Fork is down over 7 feet now. The continuing drought has Dallas now pulling water from the lake and things will get really low if we don't get some rain. The docks in the distance above are where we put in last year in the spring when there was still plenty of water. Not now.
After waiting a bit for the fog to lift we headed out to Rhandy's favorite spot with some crappie jigs. Things started out slow but picked up a bit after noon and we ended up with 18 crappie by 2 pm. Only one was under 10 inches and several were great big 2 pounders. We also caught 3 small bass and a catfish.
We headed back to Rhandy's where Bud helped him clean the mess while I drank beer. Ah, the good life! Not bad for a January day in Texas.