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#10958174 - 07/05/15 05:53 PM Humbled by Fork
Roll Tide Ranger Offline
Angler

Registered: 01/08/07
Posts: 386
Loc: Krum, TX.
I would not say that I am an expert angler by any means but I think between me and my fishing partner we are good enough to find a few fish here and there even on our bad days....until today!! This was our first trip to Fork and to say the fishing was tough was an understatement. I am not sure between us we had 5 bites all day and neither of us put a fish in the boat. We threw everything in the boat at them and just were not on any fish. Could be that we were just in the wrong parts of the lake but from what we could determine the lake is pretty well the same everywhere. I can't recall the last time a watermelon red trick worm wouldn't put at least a dink in the boat. I know this lake produces huge fish but man it sure makes a guy want to stay home after a day like that!!

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#10958204 - 07/05/15 06:12 PM Re: Humbled by Fork [Re: Roll Tide Ranger]
Drop_shot_king Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 07/04/15
Posts: 91
Loc: Irving tx
Happens to the best of us man. Some days are just not your day.

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#10958245 - 07/05/15 06:25 PM Re: Humbled by Fork [Re: Roll Tide Ranger]
1dbaughman Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 05/19/15
Posts: 11
We were there for our first time saturday and we could not find them either.

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#10958283 - 07/05/15 06:49 PM Re: Humbled by Fork [Re: Roll Tide Ranger]
bloo_rainger Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 12/19/07
Posts: 2615
Loc: Tarrant
Extremely tough this weekend for me as well.

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#10958306 - 07/05/15 07:00 PM Re: Humbled by Fork [Re: Roll Tide Ranger]
Lake Fork Guide Marc Mitchell Offline
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Registered: 10/10/06
Posts: 4224
Loc: Sulphur Springs TX
Fork can be brutal ! Try being a guide sometimes. We try our best and sometimes she slaps us in the face and knocks our teeth out ! LOL.

I noticed Friday the day bite was off a bit. I had a couple of guys I know fished Thursday night and they said they killed them so when they feed at night it sure makes it hard to catch in the day time.

Some days are made for fishing and some days are for catching is what I always say.

Next time the bite gets tough try more moving baits cause even if they dont bite sometimes you can still get a reaction strike. IMO

Sorry to hear about your bad luck.
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#10958310 - 07/05/15 07:04 PM Re: Humbled by Fork [Re: Roll Tide Ranger]
scott82 Offline
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Registered: 02/05/14
Posts: 114
I am glad I am not the only one that struggles today
I fished from 515 until 2 today. I had 5-6 bites all day and only boated 1 little 6-7 inch bass pitching trees along grass line.
The other bites came in deep water. Pretty sure the other bites where sand bass tearing up my c rig brush hog

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#10958325 - 07/05/15 07:11 PM Re: Humbled by Fork [Re: Roll Tide Ranger]
Roll Tide Ranger Offline
Angler

Registered: 01/08/07
Posts: 386
Loc: Krum, TX.
Marc...Maybe the whole night feeding theory explains everything and means I am not the world's worst fisherman. Ha

We threw swim jigs, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, kitchen sink baits....just was not our day.

Here are the two bright sides of our first trip to Fork.

#1....The boat still has a lower unit.
#2....We got plenty of casting experience.

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#10958328 - 07/05/15 07:15 PM Re: Humbled by Fork [Re: Roll Tide Ranger]
txmasterpo Offline
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Registered: 11/10/12
Posts: 5205
Loc: Emory
Bright moon.....night bite..... Happens a the time......they are not going to eat 24/7
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#10958336 - 07/05/15 07:22 PM Re: Humbled by Fork [Re: Roll Tide Ranger]
Phototex Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/13/14
Posts: 1343
Loc: Coppell, TX
You're not alone, Tarbaby. I got skunked on Fork last week for the first time ever! Not even one "for-sure" bass hit. Sometimes it just happens - even to the best (which I certainly am not)!


Edited by phototex (07/05/15 07:24 PM)
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#10958337 - 07/05/15 07:24 PM Re: Humbled by Fork [Re: Roll Tide Ranger]
lakeforkfishon Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 01/04/11
Posts: 986
Loc: Lake Fork
Before I lived here I only fished Fork at night during a full moon..they were always feeding.
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#10958344 - 07/05/15 07:28 PM Re: Humbled by Fork [Re: Roll Tide Ranger]
Roll Tide Ranger Offline
Angler

Registered: 01/08/07
Posts: 386
Loc: Krum, TX.
Tex...I know the feeling. I would not swear to you that of our five bites any of them were bass.

This night feeding theory does make me feel a little better that it was not just us not knowing how or where to find fish. We didn't really do any research on the lake it was pretty well a spur of the moment hey lets go to fork thought. Lesson learned!!!

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#10958349 - 07/05/15 07:32 PM Re: Humbled by Fork [Re: Roll Tide Ranger]
Mark Perry Offline


Registered: 01/09/04
Posts: 51187
Loc: Highway 1
We fished Fork a couple of hours on Thursday evening and had 5-6 bites. Fished from 6:00AM-2:00PM on Friday and had close to 20 bites. They are scattered but seem to be in small packs when you find them. None were deeper than 2-3' probably. Had a blast with a good friend out there.

Just a couple of days prior I fished hard for 4-5 hours and had 2 bites total. Its Fork. Some days its incredible and some days it kicks your arse. You need thick skin and a short memory out there at times.

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#10958364 - 07/05/15 07:41 PM Re: Humbled by Fork [Re: Roll Tide Ranger]
Roll Tide Ranger Offline
Angler

Registered: 01/08/07
Posts: 386
Loc: Krum, TX.
Yeah Mark, It is definitely not Ray Roberts. However, Roberts is our home lake so when fishing gets tough we know a few spots where we can go boat a few fish. Admittedly, I think our expectations were set too high because everyone knows Fork is a big bass lake so we just automatically assumed we would show up and catch a few fish without knowing one thing about the lake. I am not a tournament fisherman and today we learned a whole new respect for the guys that are.

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#10958369 - 07/05/15 07:44 PM Re: Humbled by Fork [Re: Roll Tide Ranger]
Mark Perry Offline


Registered: 01/09/04
Posts: 51187
Loc: Highway 1
Originally Posted By: tarbaby
Yeah Mark, It is definitely not Ray Roberts. However, Roberts is our home lake so when fishing gets tough we know a few spots where we can go boat a few fish. Admittedly, I think our expectations were set too high because everyone knows Fork is a big bass lake so we just automatically assumed we would show up and catch a few fish without knowing one thing about the lake. I am not a tournament fisherman and today we learned a whole new respect for the guys that are.


Reality is on some days Fork can be about the toughest lake to get a bite on. When you have guys like Marc Mitchell telling you they have bad days out there that says a lot. Even local spares like me that spend most of their time on the water at Fork struggle a lot at times.

Just clear your mind and get back at it next chance you get. Fork will give up one of those days that is magical and get you coming back again and again.

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#10958384 - 07/05/15 07:49 PM Re: Humbled by Fork [Re: Roll Tide Ranger]
Roll Tide Ranger Offline
Angler

Registered: 01/08/07
Posts: 386
Loc: Krum, TX.
Once again, I truly appreciate all the comments here. I'm sure I am not the only one that has ever left Fork saying well I am not coming back here after a bad day but the comments and support provided from this forum eases your mind a little bit. Thanks guys!!

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