To catch everyone up, we just finished the FLW College Fishing National Championships on the Red River, in Shreveport LA. While we licked our wounds, we hopped in the Tour Jeep, headed for the next stop of the tour, Lake Fork in Texas – a staple of the Bass fishing community.
The drive from the Red River to Lake Fork was filled with disappointment. We ate the worst Tex Mex possible and somehow ended up in the “Bates Motel” of Texas. Needless to say, we spent some time on the john and switched motels to a more suitable living space – the Red Roof Inn.
Being on Lake Fork fishing for Bass, there’s always a chance a big bite is waiting for you!
Meeting up with Eric Faucett
Like most trips, the next morning started at the boat ramp. We met up with Eric Faucett (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) of the FLW and Freedom Fishing Network. Eric had already been on Lake Fork for a few days pre-fishing for the arrival of the Tour. A big thanks Eric for making sure we got on fish! Hint Hint, Eric found a pretty solid pattern using Bass Forecast!
Hint Hint, Eric found a pretty solid pattern!
Getting out on Lake Fork Fishing for Bass
Once we got the boat in the water, the excitement really set in. It has always been a dream of mine to go to Lake Fork fishing for bass! We started our day targeting a main lake bridge but made a quick change after not seeing the fish Eric had expected. We moved out deeper, onto a ledge that was holding a good number of schooling Bass. Eric handed me a massive 5-inch Silver and Green spoon. I’ve never thrown a spoon to catch Bass, but I caught a strong 4lber on the first cast. My hands were shaking, and flashbacks of small 1 pounders from only a few days ago were running through my head.
Eric handed me a massive 5-inch Silver and Green spoon. I’ve never thrown a spoon to catch Bass, but I caught a strong 4 pounder on the first cast.
Once I got the shake out of my hands and killed the bad memories, we moved into a new spot where Eric stuck a 5 pounder with a Carolina rig. The bite nearly pulled the rod out of Eric’s hand, so we all knew to expect a biggin’. After the rod rippin’ bite, the school of fish turned on and we ended up putting 5 more fish in the boat from that same Carolina rig in a matter of minutes. I was able to catch 4 fish on a Carolina Rig, which was my first time really experimenting with this fishing technique! To end our day out on Lake Fork fishing for bass, Eric smashed a beautiful 6-pound largemouth on a swim-bait!
Shown here is the swimbait Eric chose to throw. He rigged it on a ¾ oz VMC Swimbait head!
Meeting up with Bassmasters Elite Series Pro, James Elam
Once we hopped off the water, we met with Bassmasters Elite Series Pro, James Elam, to talk fishing and get some insight on how he prepares for his average day on the water! It was an incredible experience being able to hang out with a fishing professional and pick his brain! James is on his way to the Sabine River for an Elite Series event, so we would like to wish him good luck!
We ended the day at a seafood shack, ate all the food we could, cooled off from the day with an ice-cold beer, then headed back to the hotel to get some much needed sleep. 14 hour days in the beating down Texas sun are certainly taking their toll on me. Lets just say I slept like a baby.
Next, Sam Rayburn Reservoir
Up next, we are headed for Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Texas to try to complete our hunt for a new Personal Best largemouth bass! We will be out with Cody Prather for a whole day! Stay tuned for some more rod rippin’ bites and slammin’ hooksets!