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PostPosted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 10:27 am 
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Had the pleasure of taking 3-time All Star second baseman Ian Kinsler of the Texas Rangers fishing earlier this week. You never know what to expect when taking someone fishing for the first time, famous or otherwise, but Ian was very courteous and was really into fishing, wanting to learn every little detail he could. He graduated from spinning gear up to baitcasters during the trip and even caught fish on a jig, not exactly a beginner bait, so he’s a quick study. He and his friend watched in awe during the day as an osprey snatched a white bass off the surface, an enormous eagle perched right next to our boat, and a monster bass erupted completely out of the water—throwing hydrilla and the lure back at us—proving that our lakes are routinely as spectacular as any ballpark.

As for the fishing, Lake Fork is still turning over and until it wraps up (should be soon), you can mostly write off the deep fish. You can still catch some fish deep that are suspended, but that’s a tough proposition and the best play right now is the shallows. Fork has nearly as much grass as a Grateful Dead concert these days, with good green mats of hydrilla on the upper ends of both main arms. The lower half of the lake has a stringier type of weed growing out to about 3’-6’ in many areas. I’m not exactly sure of the name of this grass, but it turns black and rots over the winter instead of going dormant like hydrilla. While it remains alive though, the bass and bait hang around it.

With the water still in the mid-70s, we’re not really into a full blown fall pattern yet. You’ll find shad and bass equally distributed between main lake flats and points as well as back in the creeks. In general, it seems that areas with green grass nearyby have been the key. We’ve caught some as deep as 12’-16’, but even most of those areas had grass up on the shallow parts of the points.

For baits, I’ve done better on light worms and jigs. Wacky rigs, light Texas rigs, weightless Texas rigs, and small jigs have been best. When it really gets slow, I try to make super long casts with a 7’3” Dobyns 734C rod and go with a wacky or weightless rigged Hyper Stick and fish it as slowly as I can stand. Painful, yet effective. With the cooler temps coming, lipless and square bill cranks, chatterbaits, and topwaters should really take off. The fish seem to all be mixed together, so if you’re catching unders and smaller slot fish, all of a sudden you’ll pop a big one, and then go back to dinks.

For fish pics and regular updates from Fork and the trail, follow along at http://www.facebook.com/tomredingtonfishing and http://twitter.com/Tom_Redington . For fishing articles and fishing how-to info, check out my articles page: http://lakeforkguidetrips.com/fishingarticles.htm .


Good Fishing,

Tom


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 18, 2013 8:32 am 
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Where has Tom gone? Enjoyed reading his articles.

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Still in Texas. Fishing full time as a pro these days. Way too much travel & promo work these days to have much time for guiding, so I'm trying to concentrate on the tourney side of things. Have gotten fairly consistent fishing deep summertime structure and fishing grass lakes, both similar to what I've done for years on Fork. Deep clear highland lakes in the spring still kick my butt though, trying to figure those out.

Back to Hartwell this spring, historically have 1 good day and 1 lousy day there. Have had some great practice patterns, hope to finally put it together in SC this year. Awesome lake, fishes huge.

Can follow my misadventures here: https://www.facebook.com/tomredingtonfishing/ and www.tomredington.com . Will have a blog added to my website soon, still doing some articles and blogs.


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