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.