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The Lord blessed my time on the water this week at Toledo Bend and prepared me for my first top ten finish in FLW competition. I caught most all my fish in one area, close to the river channel, that fish were continually moving into to spawn during the event. Although my first day efforts were hindered by other local anglers fishing the area on Day 1, I was able to overcome on Day 2 by bringing in the second heaviest weight of 21 lbs 6 oz and made the top 10 cut. On the final day the fishing slowed again due to fishing pressure from  the weekend crowd but was still able to manage a solid limit and hold my 7th place position to finish. My best baits were a Smithwick Rogue and Talon Shibui Spinnerbait worked over the shallow grass near bedding bass. I would like to thank God, my family & friends, and all my great sponsors for their continued support in making this possible.
Tight Lines and God Bless,
James Caldemeyer
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Fishing has been good at both Lake Fork and Lake Monticello the past couple of weeks. With the weather and water cooling off, I have been splitting trips between the two lakes. The action on Monticello has been best early on most days with Fork being the afternoon option of choice. Fish can still be caught early on Fork but the bite has been best for me when water temperatures are at their peak later in the day.

 Monticello is in great shape. It’s a very fun lake to fish and can produce some really good numbers of quality fish this time of year. The water levels there are good and slightly stained to clear in most areas. All the fish we are catching are still pre-spawn but it will not be long before you see a number of them move to spawn. I have had good success lately on Texas rigged 10” Black Power Worms and Berkley Chigger Craws in green pumpkin or black/blue. Flipping the timber along the old channel edges of the creeks has been best for the bigger fish. Shallow to mid diving cranks, lipless cranks, and spinner bait are also good choices for the pre-spawn bass. If you get a cloudy day, the top water bite has been good on buzz baits and frogs. You can also move out to the discharge areas and the highway bridge for some great Carolina rig and drop shot action. Best baits have been a 4” Power Worm and 5” Wacky Crawler green pumpkin, watermelon, and motor oil red.

 The colder water temperatures on Lake Fork have the bass finishing up their fall feeding agenda right now with a number of fish still being caught both shallow and deep. You can find a lot of fish holding in the grass in 2-6 feet. Best baits have been red/orange lipless crank baits, white or white/chartreuse chatter baits, or a big square bill crank bait in any shad pattern. The bite around the creek channel edges and shallow timber has been decent on jigs. I like to pitch a 1/2 ounce Talon flippin jig in green pumpkin, black & blue, or bama bug colors tipped with a matching Berkley Chigger Craw.

 The deep bite is pretty strong still despite the cold weather. The bass are ganged up on deep structure gorging on shad, bar fish, and white bass. Best depths have been 24-32 feet with structure change. Right now it can be channel drops, humps, ridges, points and road beds located in that depth. Jigging spoons like the Talon T-spoon or Big Dandy flutter spoon have been great as well as a 1/2 oz tail kicker or jig & grub. Carolina rigs and heavy Talon football head jigs have also been doing very well. The water temperatures are in the 50’s the key right now is to slow your retrieves down to get bites.

 If you are interested in booking a guided trip on world famous Lake Fork or would like to fish one of the great power plant lakes nearby this winter, feel free to contact me anytime by email: lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com or by phone  at (903)736-9888. Also, if you are considering a trip in 2011, you will want to make your plans soon. I only have a few openings left in my schedule for spring and early summer so don’t wait until its too late. If you make it out to the lake and have not seen the new 2011 Ranger Boats, go by Diamond Sports Marine and check these beautiful boats out. Ben Hogan and Robert Gilliland at Diamond Sports Marine will be happy to show you the new 2011 models and man they are impressive. If you would like to go for a ride in one, demos are available upon request. A special thanks to all my sponsors, and to my family, friends, and clients for their support!

Have a Merry Christmas and remember the reason for the season is CHRIST who was born for each one of us!

James 4:7

Tight Lines and God Bless,

James Caldemeyer

Hello everyone! It’s October at Lake Fork!! I’m excited because
this one of my personal favorite months to fish for numbers of big
trophy bass. Not only is the weather cooling off and very comfortable
but the fish are biting well as they move into their fall feeding patterns.
Couple those conditions with the decreased fishing pressure due to
hunting season beginning and its game on! Whether you are coming
out for some fun fishing, family time on the water, or getting ready for
the ever popular Berkley Big Bass Tournament, here are some tips and
techniques that will help your time on the water be more productive
this month.
The top water fishing has been great lately early and late in the
day, while fronts are passing thru, or on cloudy overcast days. Baits
like a Berkley Frenzy popper or the new Berkley Chigger Toad fished
over and around the edges of shallow grass beds in 2-8 feet of water. I
like to fish these baits with 30-50 lb Spiderwire Stealth braided line
and good stout rod like the Abu Garcia Vendetta or the new Veritas rod
matched with a Abu Garcia Revo reel with a 7:1 gear ratio to winch
those fish in out of the grass or away from stumps. If top water bite
ceases, pick up your wacky worm rod and fish a Berkley 5” Shaky
Worm or a Texas rigged “New” Berkley Thump Worm. When I am
fishing plastics and other slow moving baits, I opt for fluorocarbon line
like the Trilene 100% Professional Grade in 15-20 lb test. I like to rig
both of these worms on as light of a weight as possible. Let the wind
determine how heavy of a weight you choose ranging for a 1/16 – 3/8
oz size. Best colors have been blue fleck, watermelon red, June bug,
and green pumpkin party. A great way to catch a real big bass right
now is fishing swim baits over the grass in these same areas. The
Berkley Hollow Belly is an excellent choice and has a superb swimming
action that these big fish cannot resist. Many prefer a big bait for a big
fish like the 5-6” size but I can tell you that I have a caught a number
of trophies on the smaller 4” size this time of year as well. The baits
come packaged with a wide gap weighted hook which works great over
the grass or a stinger treble for fishing it in more open areas. Best
colors in the swim bait are pearl, Tennessee shad, gizzard shad, and
Ayu. Just remember during this time of year that the most productive
areas are going to have bait fish present. These bass are all about food
right now and if you find the bait, the bass are close by. Early in the
month you can look for the majority of the fish at the mouth of the
creeks and coves. As the water temperatures cool, the bass will follow
the shad as they migrate to the backs of these same creeks and coves.
Although a lot of the shallow fishing is very productive this time
of year, be sure to take a look at those deep water spots as well.
Humps, points, road beds, pond dams, and ridges in 18-25 feet of water
are great places to focus your efforts on. These big fish will be
schooling up in these areas following shad, yellow bass, and crappie
around looking for an easy meal. The Carolina rig is a very good
weapon on these deep bass. I like to rig mine with a 1oz weight, 4-5
foot leader, and a 3/0 wide gap hook. The Berkley Wacky Crawler,
Power Hawg, 5” Shaky Worm, or a good ole 7” Power Worm on this rig.
Best colors are green pumpkin, watermelon red, camo, blue fleck, or
plum. The jig bite out deep is very good for the big ones too. A 1/2-3/4
oz football head is a great thing to have tied on too. Any shade of
greens and browns or black & blue is good here now with a Berkley
twin tail grub or Chigger Craw on the back. If you are fishing the big
tournament, you will definitely need to be throwing a Berkley Gripper
Football Jig for that ever elusive over the slot fish! Don’t forget to try
throwing a deep running swim bait on these schools of deep fish also.
Berkley’s “New” 5”-6” Mullets are some great baits for swimming thru
these deep bass. Especially if you find them suspended. Just count the
bait down to the fish and start slow rolling it back to the boat. Keep a
firm grip on your rod because when they hit, they hit it hard! Berkley
has increased their line of baits considerably this year and cover a
broad range of fishing. I will be excited to see them in action during
this tournament and all the big fish that will be caught using them!
Come out and join us for what should be the most exciting tournament
of the year!
The 5th Annual Berkley Big Bass Tournament on October 23rd &
24th will be held at Lake Fork Marina again this year with lots of big
cash hourly prizes and brand new boats given away. Registration will
be from 2-7pm on Friday the 22nd. If you are coming out to fish this
tournament, please be careful out on the water. The lake level is low
and stumps pose a threat to everyone. Wear your PFD’s and kill
switches! I will be at the Berkley trailer all weekend for this event. If
you have not been a part of the Berkley trailer experience yet, come by
and see me. I would be happy to show you all the new and exciting
products that Berkley has to offer! If you get a chance while you are
here, also stop by Diamond Sports Marine on highway 154 and check
out the new 2011 Ranger Boats in stock. Talk to Ben Hogan or Robert
Gilliland and they will be glad to help you find the right boat for your
needs or just give them a call at (903)383-7829. If you would like to
pre-fish for a tourney or are interested in booking a fishing trip for the
fall, please feel free to contact me by email at
lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com or just give me a call (903)736-9888.
You can also go to my website anytime to get more information about
Lake Fork Trophy Bass fishing and the other great activities the lake
area has to offer!
Ephesians 2:8-9
8For it is by free grace that you are saved through faith. And this is not
of yourselves, but it is the gift of God; 9Not because of works, lest any
man should boast.
Tight Lines and God Bless,
James Caldemeyer

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July is a HOT time for some great summer bass fishing on world famous Lake Fork! This time of year offers so much in the way of great fishing. Whether you like to catch big bass from deep structure on a variety of techniques during the heat of the day or you are prefer to beat the heat and take advantage of the fabulous night fishing Lake Fork has to offer, now is the time to do it. Here are some tips and techniques that will help you in pursuit of a trophy bass.

Water conditions on the lake a good right now with the lake level at 402.68 which is about 5 inches below full pool. We have had some rain to keep the lake close to full which is a blessing. As much as we loose to evaporation this time of year, every little shower we get helps. The water temperatures have remained steady in the high 80’s to low 90 degree range. Visibility in most areas is clear to 3 feet.

Fishing has been excellent still with most trips producing 30-60 fish a day with the exception of a few off days here and there. There are a number of fish shallow both early & late in the day and at night or out deep where you will find some very large schools of bass concentrating on shad and bar fish.

The shallow bite is best around grass in 4-10 foot. Fishing these grass beds with top waters, wacky worms, and light Texas rigs has been very good early in the morning, late evening, and at night. For the top water, I go for the yellow magic or zara spook in shad patterns. On the wacky worm, best baits have been trick worms or Berkley Shaky Worms in watermelon red, blue fleck, or pumpkin chartreuse. On the t-rig the 7” and 10” Berkley Power Worm are hard to beat in the summer out here. I usually opt for the 7” size during the day when the fish are more finicky and the 10” when they are biting real good or at night. I try to rig my Texas rig with as light of a weight as I can get away with in the wind. Usually a 1/8-5/16 will work best in the shallow grass and a 3/8-1/2 is best out deep. Working these worms along the edge of the grass around main lake points and creeks can be amazing. Best colors are watermelon red, blue fleck, tequila sunrise, red shad, and “The General”.

After the sun gets up in the morning, I am concentrating on deep structure all day. Humps, roadbeds, points, ridges, and pond dams in depths of 18-28 feet are all great areas to look for these deep bass. My Lowrance HDS 8 is an instrumental part of my deep water agenda and it will tell me exactly where the fish are. Look for on your electronics for bait fish in these areas and the bass will not be far away. If you graph a spot and see bait but no fish, try it again later. You can leave and come back in 30 minutes to find that the fish have just shown up to feed. It’s all about timing!

Once I have located a school of fish with my electronics, I am targeting them several different ways depending on how the fish are arranged in the water column and relating to structure or cover. If the fish are on the bottom the number one producer has been a Carolina rig. I like to use a long leader (5ft.) and a big heavy 1 oz weight to drag the bottom. Trilene 20 lb test Fluorocarbon is a must with a 2/0 or 3/0 wide gap hook. Best baits on the c-rig have been BerkleyPowerbait 7” or 10” Power Worms, Power Lizards, 4” Power Hawgs, and Wacky Crawlers in blue fleck, watermelon red, green pumpkin, and watermelon candy. www.berkley-fishing.com Drag these baits slowly over the areas you are fishing and hang on! Texas rigged 10” Power Worms have also been doing very well in the same colors rigged with a 3/8-1/2 oz weight and a 5/0 hook. If you want to catch the biggest fish out of the school, you will definitely want to have a Talon Lures 3/4 oz football head jig tied on. www.talonlures.com I like to throw watermelon candy, watermelon red, California 420, Willies Weed, or Texas Craw with a twin tail grub trailer orBerkley Chigger Craw. If throwing a jig intimidates you, now is the time to gain some confidence with it. Just throw it out there in the same areas you would fish anything else and drag it until you feel one thump it then set the hook hard and hold on!

For those suspended fish that are so hard to catch you’ll want to have a DD 22 or a spoon like the Talon “Big Dandy” or Joe Spaits Spoon from Weedless Lures here on the lake. These baits have been responsible for catching a lot of big bass lately and will continue to do well thru the summer. The technique of working these big spoons over deep structure is intimidating to most that have never done it but once you get acquainted with it, you’ll be wanting to do a lot more of it.

If you are thinking about heading out to Lake Fork this summer and would like to book a guided trip, feel free to email me at lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com or you can reach me by phone at (903)736-9888. I have several mid summer dates still available for both day and night trip packages. Gift certificates are also available upon request. You can also get more information about Lake Fork by visiting my website www.officiallakeforktrophybass.com Again, a big thanks to all my sponsors: Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, I AM SECOND, Berkley, Abu Garcia, All Star Rods, Oakley Sunglasses, Talon Lures, Interstate Batteries, Line & Lure Conditioner, BTS Protectant, Navionics, Sure Life,  DFW MRI and Lowrance Electronics.

Psalms 27:1- The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?

Tight Lines and God Bless,

James Caldemeyer

My favorite month of the year is finally upon us. June is such an amazing fishing month each year here on world famous Lake Fork! I look forward to June because the bass have progressed fully into their post spawn feeding regimen and that means lots of hungry bass around the lake to catch. It has not been uncommon to have many 40-60 fish days right now. It’s a lot of fun catch these numbers of quality fish and man do they fight hard!

The lake is in great shape going into summer right now and lake levels are still near full pool. We will take any rain that we can get though as we may need it a month or two. Water clarity is good to about 3 feet in most areas and the lake is staying clearer now that the grass has started to grow back from the cold winter we had. Water temperatures are ranging from 80-88 degrees on most of the lake right now.

There are a number of ways that you can catch fish as the bass are hungry and re-cooperating from the spawn. The top water bite is a great way to start of the morning. Yellow magics, buzz baits, zara spooks, or a frog are excellent choices. Targeting shallow grass beds on main lake points has been very productive for some big bass surface action. The bite can be very brief if the sun comes up right away but if it stays cloudy, you can catch them all day on it. A shallow running crank bait has also been good over shallow grass in and around bream beds. A lot of these bass are up there eating bluegill to fill their bellies. A 1/4 or 3/8 oz. swim jig in bream colors or swim bait will catch a big fish in these same areas right now. Wacky worms like the Berkley 5” or 7” Shaky Worm in blue fleck or watermelon red and rigged weightless on a 2/0 hook with a nail in the head is a killer over the grass.

I am a big deep structure fisherman and what better time of year to have a blast catching numbers of big ole bass than on Lake Fork. On a lot of days that the sun comes up right away and it gets hot I will start my days out in deep water. Your electronics are a vital component to locating active fish in deep water. I depend on my Lowrance HDS units daily to show me accurate information about the areas that I am fishing. The new Structure Scan really adds a new dimension to fishing and reveals some amazing images. www.lowrance.com I have located so many things on the bottom of Lake Fork that I didn’t even know were there. From boat trailers to metal chairs, you can see it all!

Once I have a school of fish with my electronics, I am targeting them several different ways depending on how the fish are arranged in the water column and relating to structure or cover. Most of these fish can be found in 18-30 feet of water on points, humps, road beds, ridges and old pond dams. If the fish are on the bottom the number one producer has been a Carolina rig. I like to use a long leader (5ft.) and a big heavy 1 oz weight to drag the bottom. Trilene 20 lb test Fluorocarbon is a must with a 2/0 or 3/0 wide gap hook. Best baits on the c-rig have been BerkleyPowerbait 7” or 10” Power Worms, Power Lizards, 4” Power Hawgs, and Wacky Crawlers in blue fleck, watermelon red, green pumpkin, and watermelon candy. www.berkley-fishing.com Drag these baits slowly over the areas you are fishing and hang on! Texas rigged 10” Power Worms have also been doing very well in the same colors rigged with a 3/8-1/2 oz weight and a 5/0 hook. If you want to catch the biggest fish out of the school, you will definitely want to have a Talon Lures 3/4 oz football head jig tied on. www.talonlures.com I like to throw watermelon candy, watermelon red, California 420, Willies Weed, or Texas Craw with a twin tail grub trailer, BerkleyChigger Craw, or your favorite trailer. If throwing a jig intimidates you, now is the time to gain some confidence with it. Just throw it out there in the same areas you would fish anything else and drag it until you feel one thump it. You’ll be glad you did!

When you find the deep fish suspended the fishing can get a little tricky. Using deep diving crank baits are always best when the fish are suspended in June. DD 22’s are really smoking the fish right now. You can catch a lot fish digging it down on light line. Another hot bait for those suspended fish is a big flutter spoon. Tossing it out there and letting it fall on slack line will catch some toads from now through the summer and even into fall. You always want to keep one nearby to cast into schooling fish as well when they bust the top.

If you are thinking about heading out to Lake Fork this summer and would like to book a guided trip, feel free to email me at lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com or you can reach me by phone at (903)736-9888. You can also get more information about Lake Fork by visiting my websitewww.officiallakeforktrophybass.com or join my Facebook page to see up to date information about what is going on at Lake Fork. Big thanks to all my sponsors: Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, I AM SECOND, Berkley, Abu Garcia, All Star, Oakley, Talon Lures, Interstate Batteries, Line & Lure, BTS Protectant, Navionics, Sure Life,  DFW MRI and newest addition Lowrance Electronics.

And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!

-Philippians 2:8

Tight Lines and God Bless,

James Caldemeyer

Caught this Bass on Lake Fork early March. 

James Caldemeyer’s

Lake Fork Trophy Bass

Fishing Report

March 5, 2010

The fishing is getting hot at Lake Fork right now with warmer temperatures finally arriving and water temperatures increasing to a range adequate for the annual spawn to take off. This is a relief after all the dismal cold days that we have had this winter. I can’t remember a year that I wore thermal underwear for as many consecutive fishing days as I have this year. I am not going to put them up just yet though as it is spring and you just never know when the next cold blast will strike.

Water conditions right now are real good still and getting better as the days go by. We have plenty of water with levels above full pool at 403.40 which is about 5 inches high. The water temperatures have been starting off in the high 40’s and moving as high as 57 degrees at the peak of the day the past couple days. I expect with these next few days of almost 70 for highs and 40-50 for lows to see water temps hold consistently in the 50’s with some areas reaching 60. This will kick things off big time!

Best baits right now have been a 1/2–5/8 oz red/orange lipless crank bait. Shad patterns have done well lately also. Ripping these baits off the shallow grass beds in 2-8 ft of water is the key to attracting a reaction strike from these big females that are staging in preparation to spawn. The chatter bait has been my second best producer right now with the water temperatures in transition. I like the 3/8-1/2 oz white, white/chartreuse, and even red has been really good. Fishing these over the grass in the same manner as the lipless crank bait is the ticket, especially in the thicker grass or areas that the coots have routed through. Talon 3/8-1/2 oz spinner baits in the same colors as the chatter bait have been catching a few fish also. www.talonlures.com I have yet to get a jig bite going but am still keeping it close by as we see these water terms rising. The big bass should really start eating it good any day and man is that some fun fishing! Talon also a great flipping jig and are awesome for flipping stumps and lay downs adjacent to spawning areas for a real trophy bass. I will opt for the 1/2 oz size the majority of the time in black/blue, black/blue/purple, bama bug, or Texas craw with a black/blue or green pumpkin Berkley Chigger Craw as a trailer.

As these fish start to get active on beds plastics fished in these same areas will dominate all other baits on most days. I rig up all my Abu Garcia Vendetta worm rods and Revos reels up with 15-17 lb. Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon for two reasons. 1) This line is very strong and sensitive. When fishing for big bass where the bites are very subtle most of the time, you need it to detect even the slightest “tick” and it’s also strong enough to get a big fish out of heavy cover. 2) Its invisible in the water. To properly fish these baits you MUST fish them slow and that means the bass get a chance to look at your bait for a while before they decide to eat it. You will get a lot more bites with fluoro than mono especially with the spring fishing pressure.

I am using several different types of plastic baits and presentations when fishing the spawning areas. A wacky rigged Berkley Powerbait Heavyweight Sink Worm and Fat Sink Worm are very good. www.berkley-fishing.com Best colors are green pumpkin, black/blue, breen, and watermelon. On the weightless or slightly weighted t-rig I am using senkos, Berkley Sinking Minnows, flukes, and Berkley Jerk Shads in a variety of colors like watermelon red, green pumpkin, watermelon candy, June bug, pearl, and others. Texas rigging some of these same baits as well as a Berkley Chigger Craw is best when the wind gets up enough where fishing weightless is not an option. Don’t forget about a swim bait either in the wind. A 5” or 6” Berkley Hollow Body is excellent for catching a monster bass in the spring!

If you are headed out to Lake Fork this year and would like to book a guided trip, feel free to email me at lakeforktrophybass@yahoo.com or you can reach me by phone at (903)736-9888. You can also get more information about Lake Fork by visiting my websitewww.officiallakeforktrophybass.com or join my Facebook page to see up to date information about what is going on at Lake Fork. Big thanks to all my sponsors: Ranger Boats, Mercury Outboards, “I Am Second”, Berkley, Abu Garcia, All Star, Oakley, Talon Lures, Interstate Batteries, Line & Lure, BTS Protectant, Navionics, Sure Life, and newest addition DFW MRI.

Read 1 John 3:1

Tight Lines and God Bless,

James Caldemeyer