Archive for May, 2011

The fishing these past few weeks has been incredible! My clients and I have been catching 30-50 fish a day on most days even despite the wind and storms. The quality of the fish has been excellent also with most days yielding 30+ lbs. with best 5 and we had a day last week with sack over 40 lbs.!

The lake is still in great shape with water levels still around 3.5 feet low. The water temperatures are ranging from 72-76 degrees. The water clarity is slightly stained in a lot of areas with clearer water on the main lake and south end. The grass is starting to grow real good in a lot of areas and the fish like it.

The top water fishing has been very good this year with poppers, yellow magic, and zara spooks in shad patterns getting the best action worked early and late around main lake points. The explosions on these baits are fierce. As the shad are finishing up their spawn a square billed crank bait, white spinner bait, chatter bait, or a Berkley Hollowbelly Swim bait fished in the same areas are doing well also. These fish are very aggressive and will pound these baits as you reel them through 2-6 feet of water.

There are also a lot of mid depth fish holding on timber in 8-12 feet. Talon jigs in 3/8–5/8 sizes in green pumpkin with matching Berkley Chigger Craw for a trailer have worked really well fished around the the standing trees and stumps. I make sure to have some 25 lb. Trilene 100% fluorocarbon line spooled up on an Abu Garcia Revo and 7’3” Veritas medium heavy flipping rod. A Texas rigged Berkley Havoc Pit Boss in big Texan, California, or green pumpkin color has been excellent http://www.berkley-fishing.com A shaky head has also produced well in this depth on certain days when the fish are not as eager to bite the bulky baits.

The deep bite has really stared to turn on over the past couple of weeks. As the fish finish up spawning you can find schools of fish congregated on points, humps, creek channel bends, roadbeds, ridges, and pond dams in 18-28 feet of water. I will idle over these areas with my Lowrance HDS unit and look for schools of bass around shad, sand bass, or yellow bass. The big bass will feed on all three. Once I have located a school I have been using several different presentations. The Carolina rig has been the most effective lately. I am using a 7’6” medium heavy Abu Garcia Veritas rod rigged with a 1 oz. tungsten weight and 4-5 foot leader with a 3/0 wide gap hook. My best baits have been a Berkley 5” wacky crawler, 4” Power Hawg, lizard, or centipede in watermelon or green pumpkin colors. The football head jig bite has been good for big fish. I am using a ¾-1 oz. Talon football jig in green pumpkin, watermelon candy, Bama bug, and Willie’s weed colors with a Berkley Havoc “Deuce” in green pumpkin as a trailer http://www.talonlures.com A lot of these deep fish are suspended over this structure too and a deep diving crank bait, Talon “Big Dandy” spoon, or big swim baits do best. Working these baits through the middle of the water column will get you bit!

I hope this helps all you anglers that are headed to Lake Fork in pursuit of a trophy bass! If you would like to book a guided trip on Lake Fork, feel free to contact me at (903)736-9888 or email me at lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com If you are interested in learning deep structure fishing and how to read electronics, now through the end of the year is the time to book with me. My summer and fall schedule for 2011 is already filling fast so get your reservations in now for best available dates.

You can also visit me at http://www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com or at my new site http://www.jamescaldemeyer.com I am really enjoying my new 2011 Ranger Z521 Comanche http://www.rangerboats.com paired with a Mercury Optimax 250 Pro XS http://www.mercurymarine.com . This new ride is an amazing machine! If you haven’t checked one of these boats out yet you can go by and see one at Diamond Sports Marine http://www.diamondsportsmarine.com on Hwy 154 while you are in the area. Test rides are available upon request. Just give Ben Hogan a call at (903)383-7829 and he’ll be glad to help you find the Ranger boat that is right for you. Again, a big thanks to all my sponsors: Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, I Am Second, Berkley, Abu Garcia, Oakley, Lowrance, Talon Lures, Interstate Batteries, Line & Lure Conditioner, BTS, Navionics, Sure Life, Power Pole, Hamby’s, and Affordable Tungsten.

Isaiah 25:1 – O LORD, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago.

Tight Lines and God Bless,
James Caldemeyer

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Lake Fork is really going strong right now. Despite the weather and lots of wind, we
have still managed to have lots of excellent fishing days with lots of numbers
and big fish too. There have been several days recently that my clients and I
have had 30-40 fish before lunch. The end of April and entering into May is
such an awesome time to be out here because you can catch so many fish on lots
of different patterns and techniques.

We have some rain coming through the area right now and forecasts are indicating
that we may see some more much needed rain over the next 24 hours. Right now
the lake level is sitting just under 3 ½ feet low. Water conditions are fair
with water temperatures in the 70’s. The water is very stained in most of the
northern part of the lake with all the high south winds churning those areas up
and clearer water mid-lake to the south end.

The top water bite has been real good early or on cloudy days. Walking baits,
poppers, and buzz baits in shad patterns or white have been best. If you can
find areas where there is grass starting to grow or small lily pads sprouting,
you are in the right spot. Square bill crank baits in shad or bream patterns
have been really good fished around points, over the grass, and deflected off
the stumps in 2-6 feet. If you get in some clearer water, be sure to try
working a swim bait the same way as the square bill. I am using the 5” Berkley
Hollow Belly in ayu or gizzard shad colors. Hold on to your rod tight because
when they hit these baits its full force!

Texas rigged or weightless senkos in green pumpkin or watermelon red have also
produced well along with the “new” Berkley Havoc Craw Fatty and Pit Boss. www.berkley-fishing.com
Flipping and pitching these baits tight on the stumps has been key. There are a
number of bass still spawning and they are holding tight to the timber. If the
bite slows, try a drop shot with small finesse worms in these same areas. These
fish can be finicky and although the drop shot is not my favorite technique, it
has been very productive this spring. I am rigging mine with 1/0 drop shot hook
about 14” or less above a 1/4 oz weight with any finesse type worm for best
results.

The deep bite has started to pick up as well. I am graphing schools of fish on my
Lowrance HDS unit in 16-22 feet feeding on schools of shad. Points, roadbeds,
humps, and ridges at or near the mouth of major spawning creeks are good areas
to concentrate on. My go to baits are a blue fleck, camo, or green pumpkin  7”-10” Berkley Powerbait Worm, Berkley Shaky
Worm, or a Berkley Wacky Crawler on a Carolina rig. I prefer a 7’3” – 7’6”
medium heavy rod like the Abu Garcia Veritas with a 1 ounce Affordable Tungsten
weight and a 4-5 foot leader. If you are looking for a great tungsten weight
without inserts and at a great price, you can check them out at www.affordabletungsten.com
When you get on a good group of fish,
you will have a blast catching these hungry post spawn Lake Fork bass.

I hope this helps all you anglers that are headed to Lake Fork this month in
pursuit of a trophy bass! If you would like to book a guided trip on Lake Fork,
feel free to contact me at (903)736-9888 or email me at lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com
My summer and fall schedule for 2011 is
already filling fast so get your reservations in now for best available dates.
You can also visit me at www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com
or at my new site www.jamescaldemeyer.com
I am really enjoying my new 2011 Ranger
Z521 Comanche www.rangerboats.com
paired with a Mercury Optimax 250 Pro XS www.mercurymarine.com
. This new ride is an amazing machine! If you haven’t checked one of these
boats out yet you can go by and see one at Diamond Sports Marine www.diamondsportsmarine.com
on Hwy 154 while you are in the area. Test rides are available upon request.
Just give Ben Hogan a call at (903)383-7829 and he’ll be glad to help you find
the Ranger boat that is right for you. Again, a big
thanks to all my sponsors: Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, I Am Second,
Berkley, Abu Garcia, Oakley, Lowrance, Talon Lures, Interstate Batteries, Line
& Lure Conditioner, BTS, Navionics, Sure Life, Power Pole, Hamby’s, and
Affordable Tungsten.

John 14: 3 – And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and
take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.

Tight Lines and God Bless,

James Caldemeyer