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Old 12-30-04, 10:13 AM   #1
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Default Weekly Lake Fork Fishing

Well, I hope all had a very Merry Christmas and got that special gift they wanted. I hope many were fishing articles. This week has been strange for east Texas weather. We have been able to get into short sleeve shirts. This is not true on the lake as the water is 49 to 51 degrees the ride to and from your favorite spots have been cold. The deep water has been the best area to look for the fish. This is true for Bass, crappie, and bar fish. Your electronics are your best friend to locate the fish. This is a time of year you can eliminate nonproductive water by running your electronics over a spot and if there are no fish or bait fish go to the next spot. The jigging spoon, tail spinners, drop shot, and Carolina rig are your best baits. Light line may help you get more strikes this time of year. All the above mention lures will fall different on the light line. Since there are not many hang-ups out deep this should not worry you when you get a big fish on. Be sure to loosen your drag with light line and go to a lighter rod.
Once you have located the bait or fish, if there are two of you one should use one of the above mentioned baits and the other something else till you figure out which one the fish want. The BIGGEST key this time of year is work your baits slowly. The bass are cold blooded and they really slow down when the water temps get into the low fifties and forties. The bait fish are the same way. So a fast moving bait may not get as many strikes as a slow moving one. Sometimes the bite in the winter can be so subtle you may not feel it. You really have to be on your toes and watch your line and rod tips. Any little preassure or if you lift up and the line curls over set the hook. There will be days when the fish will hit the baits good but most will be very subtle. The main lake has been the best target area for finding fish. 28 to 35 foot has been the best depth to start your search.
The crappie have been plentiful and some nice stringers. Remember to keep the first twenty five you catch as from December 1 to April 1 the first twenty five you catch you have to keep.
I wish all a very safe and HAPPY NEW YEAR.
Jim Reaneau
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