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#11496549 - 03/23/16 04:24 PM First Time, Long Time! Would appreciate any help I can get.
Sloth Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 03/23/16
Posts: 5
Hey you guys! Sloth here, I've bee following along here and there for a while but decided to take the plunge today and sign up. I'm really new to bass fishing. I bought a kayak last week and stated getting a few things tackle wise, but I'm not sure if I'm getting the right stuff.....

Also I want to take it out this weekend for the very first time. I just don't know where to start, I was thinking of driving to lake Fork.

Is that a good kayak lake for me to start on?
Any info on tackle for a beginning black bass fisherman would help a ton also.


Thanks in advance!

The Sloth

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#11496562 - 03/23/16 04:27 PM Re: First Time, Long Time! Would appreciate any help I can get. [Re: Sloth]
dandeeks Offline
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Registered: 04/06/14
Posts: 293
why not start on White Rock Lake? Fork is HUGE. I would definitely pick a smaller more kayak friendly place so you don't have to contend with wind and waves, boats and their wakes, and traffic. Also, getting from A to B takes a while in a yak.

ps... there's a yak forum in here somewhere as well that I am sure you can gain better more experienced yak information.

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#11496571 - 03/23/16 04:29 PM Re: First Time, Long Time! Would appreciate any help I can get. [Re: Sloth]
Allen Bass Fisher Offline
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Registered: 08/05/04
Posts: 1626
Loc: Allen, TX
Welcome Sloth! I would recommend going to a smaller lake like Crockett up near Honey Grove. Easier to get around and not have to fight with all the crazy spring time Fork fisherman. Easy to get around should be little boat traffic to contend with. Lots of grass and lily pads to fish.

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#11496583 - 03/23/16 04:33 PM Re: First Time, Long Time! Would appreciate any help I can get. [Re: Sloth]
InTheClear Offline
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Registered: 09/28/12
Posts: 1268
Loc: Southwest Texas at the moment
Find a State Park close by!

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#11496593 - 03/23/16 04:41 PM Re: First Time, Long Time! Would appreciate any help I can get. [Re: Sloth]
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#11496620 - 03/23/16 04:52 PM Re: First Time, Long Time! Would appreciate any help I can get. [Re: Sloth]
jcarring99 Offline
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Registered: 01/15/05
Posts: 12268
Loc: Arlngton
I'd take that yak and go to lake clark. You will get lots of good advice on here!!

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#11496652 - 03/23/16 05:07 PM Re: First Time, Long Time! Would appreciate any help I can get. [Re: Sloth]
Kidde Offline
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Registered: 02/15/16
Posts: 203
Welcome to the forum. It has been my experience that kayaking fork is a waste of time. I was out there in my yak a few weeks ago and saw nothing but carp and gar everywhere.

Joe Pool and Toledo bend are are fire right now.

Best of luck.

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#11497209 - 03/23/16 08:42 PM Re: First Time, Long Time! Would appreciate any help I can get. [Re: Sloth]
Sloth Offline
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Registered: 03/23/16
Posts: 5
Thanks to all my new FF for the welcome and the advice.

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#11497350 - 03/23/16 09:38 PM Re: First Time, Long Time! Would appreciate any help I can get. [Re: Sloth]
bradnitro175 Offline
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Registered: 07/11/08
Posts: 3773
Loc: Dallas,tx
Athens or something local,fork sux in a boat.I'd find a place to put in on a major Creek on a lake close to home

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#11497415 - 03/23/16 10:04 PM Re: First Time, Long Time! Would appreciate any help I can get. [Re: Sloth]
Bass Buster1 Offline
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Registered: 08/26/04
Posts: 1346
Loc: Denton
I fished for years from a small boat. You can fish any lake you want to from a yak. Study a map, find an area that is somewhat protected from strong winds, has a place to launch, not necessarily a boat ramp, but a place you can legally get to the water and fish that area like it is its own small lake. For an example of what I am talking about look at Buck creek boat ramp on Ray Roberts on google earth. You will see access with shoreline North and South and a road to the East and a train track to the West. Protected area, with lots of good fishing. Williams Creek on Fork right there at the highway is another good area for a small boat. Marinas are also good and safe for small boats. Fish the area you choose thoroughly and don't worry about the lake as a whole just the small area you have chosen and you will catch plenty of fish!
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#11497771 - 03/24/16 07:39 AM Re: First Time, Long Time! Would appreciate any help I can get. [Re: Sloth]
Txmedic033 Online   content
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Registered: 08/13/13
Posts: 3659
Loc: Longview, Tx
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Make sure that you add your location to your profile and then we would recommend a small lake that is in your area.

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#11497798 - 03/24/16 07:52 AM Re: First Time, Long Time! Would appreciate any help I can get. [Re: Sloth]
Allen Bass Fisher Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 08/05/04
Posts: 1626
Loc: Allen, TX
Lake Gilmer and the upper part of Lake Hawkins would be excellent yak lakes to fish as well. About where do you live so we can think of more maybe closer options.

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#11498090 - 03/24/16 09:19 AM Re: First Time, Long Time! Would appreciate any help I can get. [Re: Bass Buster1]
Rudy Lackey Offline
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Registered: 03/03/02
Posts: 8100
Loc: N. Richland Hills Texas USA
Originally Posted By: Bass Buster1
I fished for years from a small boat. You can fish any lake you want to from a yak. Study a map, find an area that is somewhat protected from strong winds, has a place to launch, not necessarily a boat ramp, but a place you can legally get to the water and fish that area like it is its own small lake. For an example of what I am talking about look at Buck creek boat ramp on Ray Roberts on google earth. You will see access with shoreline North and South and a road to the East and a train track to the West. Protected area, with lots of good fishing. Williams Creek on Fork right there at the highway is another good area for a small boat. Marinas are also good and safe for small boats. Fish the area you choose thoroughly and don't worry about the lake as a whole just the small area you have chosen and you will catch plenty of fish!
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#11498179 - 03/24/16 09:50 AM Re: First Time, Long Time! Would appreciate any help I can get. [Re: Sloth]
vicstric Offline
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Registered: 01/23/15
Posts: 22
Loc: Fort Worth, Texas
Where you go might depend on where you live. I would stick close to home if possible. What is your location?

Unless you are familiar with fork I can tell you that at time you will think there is not a bass within 50 miles of fork. It can be great at times. But, just reading about the THOUSANDS of bassers fishing there this time of year and the occational fish of a lifetime being caught can make it seem like you can lose. Trust me you can. I'd get a guide a few time before stiking out on Fork on your own.

I'd stick close to home until you get a few bites under your belt and get comfortable yaking. IMO....

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#11498257 - 03/24/16 10:21 AM Re: First Time, Long Time! Would appreciate any help I can get. [Re: Sloth]
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Registered: 07/14/11
Posts: 1496
Loc: McKinney, TX
Put floats on your rods, close your trays when not changing tackle, leash your paddle, if you aren't using a milk crate, get one that fits your yak. Be prepared for a tumble, it will eventually happen! Anything you can do to make sure the tumble doesn't ruin your day or keep you from fishing is a good thing!

I agree that where you go should depend on where you are.
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