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#11522260 - 04/04/16 09:34 PM Zeroed at Fork.....again
DEFMP Offline
Angler

Registered: 10/18/13
Posts: 377
Loc: DFW
That lake has my number. I've been four times now and I struggle to even get a bite. I went today for about 6 hours and didn't even get a bite. I fished chatter baits and swim jigs shallow around the vegetation and nothing. I went a little deeper to about 8-12' and dragged stuff and also nothing. I stayed on the Caney side, first time fishing this creek. How did anybody else do?? Mind sharing some general tips? Thanks!

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#11522272 - 04/04/16 09:39 PM Re: Zeroed at Fork.....again [Re: DEFMP]
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Join the club. It is bigger than most want to admit being a member of. Thanks for your honesty.
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#11522289 - 04/04/16 09:44 PM Re: Zeroed at Fork.....again [Re: DEFMP]
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Loc: Rockwall & a lake somewhere
I have struck out plenty of times at Fork, it can be tough for long stretches. And, in my opinion, its the most pressured lake in Texas, so it makes it even tougher.
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#11522353 - 04/04/16 10:07 PM Re: Zeroed at Fork.....again [Re: DEFMP]
bloo_rainger Offline
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Registered: 12/19/07
Posts: 2218
Loc: Tarrant
Talked to an unnamed guide this past weekend and he was just at a loss for trying to catch fish. Had clients in his boat at the time. I had nothing to offer. Very frustrating for all of us.

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#11522460 - 04/04/16 10:59 PM Re: Zeroed at Fork.....again [Re: DEFMP]
DFGDTT Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 09/14/15
Posts: 8
Fished Sat & Sun and caught 2 dinks on Saturday and 1 slot on Sunday, guess I should throw in one nice crappie wth. It's tough out there but it's nice when you put in the work and get that one that'll make it all worth it.

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#11522480 - 04/04/16 11:14 PM Re: Zeroed at Fork.....again [Re: DEFMP]
tenten Offline
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Registered: 03/30/13
Posts: 23
Must be tough when ole red hook is lamenting...

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#11522481 - 04/04/16 11:19 PM Re: Zeroed at Fork.....again [Re: DEFMP]
Evan O'Brien Offline
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Registered: 03/14/08
Posts: 9327
Loc: Lake Fork, TX
Fished from 2 until dark today... Didn't get bit until after 6pm and then caught six fish from then until sunset up to 6lbs. Missed a few others as well. Up shallow in the back of a couple spawning pocket... Wacky rig, frog and buzzbait. I Covered a lot of water and slowed way, way down when I got bit in an area. Not a stellar day, but I'll take it. I hope this helps!
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#11522583 - 04/05/16 06:48 AM Re: Zeroed at Fork.....again [Re: DEFMP]
Richard McCarty Offline
Angler

Registered: 01/26/12
Posts: 284
Originally Posted By: DEFMP
That lake has my number. I've been four times now and I struggle to even get a bite. I went today for about 6 hours and didn't even get a bite. I fished chatter baits and swim jigs shallow around the vegetation and nothing. I went a little deeper to about 8-12' and dragged stuff and also nothing. I stayed on the Caney side, first time fishing this creek. How did anybody else do?? Mind sharing some general tips? Thanks!


I've been guiding on this lake since 1983, and Saturday, neither I or my customer had a bite that we know of, and I really fished hard myself.
I did not try to catch those little guys that are up.
I have my own opinion of why it's so tough, but I'll keep it to myself to avoid drama.


Edited by Richard McCarty (04/05/16 06:50 AM)

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#11522603 - 04/05/16 07:03 AM Re: Zeroed at Fork.....again [Re: DEFMP]
DEFMP Offline
Angler

Registered: 10/18/13
Posts: 377
Loc: DFW
She sure was tough! Fun though, but definitely tough. I read that people were seeing fish on beds, I think I only saw one male on a bed, definitely not what I consider full on spawn. Anybody else finding more, or is it still a little early on Fork?

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#11522614 - 04/05/16 07:15 AM Re: Zeroed at Fork.....again [Re: DEFMP]
GRUMPS Offline
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Registered: 08/23/12
Posts: 134
Loc: Rhome, TX & Lake Fork
Reading all of these helps my confidence for sure. Fork has kicked my tail more than any other lake I have ever fished. It won again yesterday as well. My theory is got to just keep working and studying her and sooner or later I will figure it out. Think I will go somewhere different today for relief.

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#11522632 - 04/05/16 07:29 AM Re: Zeroed at Fork.....again [Re: DEFMP]
fouzman Offline
Methuselah

Registered: 01/20/09
Posts: 44471
Loc: Houston, TX
Been fishing Fork since she opened. I have been skunked more times on that lake than all others combined. Especially since the LMBV. Last time out we caught two but graphed a huge school of sandies. We rigged up spoons, tailkickers and traps and proceeded to have a fun couple hours catching nice whites. Great way to salvage a day AND help the lake by removing a bunch of hungry mouths.
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#11522659 - 04/05/16 07:41 AM Re: Zeroed at Fork.....again [Re: DEFMP]
Jpurdue Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 04/28/14
Posts: 1121
Loc: NW Houston
So what do you think Fouzman? Fishing Pressure, LMBV, lack of hydrilla, mega tournaments, natural aging, water fluctuations, a normal down cycle, sandies? A little bit of all of the above?


Edited by Jpurdue (04/05/16 07:42 AM)
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#11522663 - 04/05/16 07:47 AM Re: Zeroed at Fork.....again [Re: DEFMP]
ezbassin Offline
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Registered: 01/15/04
Posts: 12605
Loc: Mansfield, Tx.
Saturday was a bit slow for us but we caught 12 on Sunday although we fished in a different area on Sunday.


Edited by ezbassin (04/05/16 07:48 AM)

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#11522699 - 04/05/16 08:10 AM Re: Zeroed at Fork.....again [Re: Jpurdue]
fouzman Offline
Methuselah

Registered: 01/20/09
Posts: 44471
Loc: Houston, TX
Originally Posted By: Jpurdue
So what do you think Fouzman? Fishing Pressure, LMBV, lack of hydrilla, mega tournaments, natural aging, water fluctuations, a normal down cycle, sandies? A little bit of all of the above?


I think all of the above are contributing factors. Prolonged drought, natural aging of the lake and fewer pure Florida alleles in the population being the primary factors, in my non-biologist opinion. We have to remember that an acre of water can only support so much biomass. I think we lost a bunch of fish during the drought. And recruitment during this same period was very low. Now we have a full lake and fewer fish. Gonna take a few years to make a comeback, but I don't think Fork will ever be the same lake it was in it's first 10-15 years.
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#11522736 - 04/05/16 08:33 AM Re: Zeroed at Fork.....again [Re: DEFMP]
KLAPPER Offline
Angler

Registered: 09/10/15
Posts: 318
Loc: Jacksboro Texas
Hate seeing posts like this, my wife and I are going for the first time this weekend and this doesn't sound to promising but oh well I guess we will make the best of it!
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