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#12848159 - 07/31/18 10:40 AM Scouting Report from Ft. Worth Fishing 7-25 through 7-28
Laner Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 02/26/07
Posts: 2535
Loc: Joshua, TX
Good morning TFF! Hopefully everyone isnít freezing to death with the temperatures plummeting into the low 90s smile The fishing conditions continue to impress me. I personally expected the bite to get much tougher when we experienced so many days in a row of 100 degree weather, but as of last Saturday, my ďjobĒ continues to be very enjoyable. Here are the techniques and tackle we are using to put fish in the boat:

Lakes Fished Recently: Lewisville down to Whitney and east to Cedar Creek.

Water Temps: 84-88 degrees

Rods: 7ft G Rods and 6ft Ugly Stiks

Reels: Pflueger and Shimano

Line: 8lb Mr. Crappie Hi-Vis Monofilament

Tackle Providers: and

Depth: 12-18ft

Best Pieces of Advice: 1) downsize your bait. 2) catch the aggressive fish then move.

I canít tell you how many times in the last month that Iíve seen a pile absolutely loaded with crappie, only to catch 4-6 fish. Iím very convinced that the fish are feeding mostly at night (given the temps) and are simply eating our jigs out of convenience. That being said, we are still putting up good numbers if we fish aggressively and hit a lot of spots. Think about it: if you hit ten spots, and pull 4-6 fish off of each one, youíll have a nice mess at the end of four hours. If I go 2-3 minutes without catching a fish, itís time to move, no matter how many fish are on the pile.

My most productive technique lately has been to drop down our tiny little jigs on 1/16 ounce heads to pull off a few aggressive fish. Once we pick up 2-3 fish, Iíll then have someone drop down a live minnow or cut bait to trick a few more into chewing on that hook. So far this year, this approach has treated me very well, with our average take home still in the 40-50 keeper range.

One tidbit of information that might serve you well, and itís a LOT cheaper than minnows, is that crappie absolutely love night crawlers. I often fish for bream at our brush piles (bait for flatheads and blues) and absolutely wear out the crappie on a typical gold hook under a split shot. A man can tip his jig with a piece of worm and enjoy some serious results.

As of last week, we cleaned 42 crappie on Wednesday, 71 crappie on Thursday, 41 crappie and 150 sandies on Friday and 50 crappie on Saturday.

If you really want to go, but youíre on a budget, I could probably be talked into a discount trip these next two months, as it will be my slow season. 817-266-9811or

Thank you TFF!

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Edited by Laner (07/31/18 10:48 AM)

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#12848465 - 07/31/18 02:01 PM Re: Scouting Report from Ft. Worth Fishing 7-25 through 7-28 [Re: Laner]
tloc1000 Offline

Registered: 04/29/16
Posts: 28
Loc: 75154
Mr. Palmer, Thank you for a great trip! My daughters and I had an absolute blast and I learned a lot on this trip. If anyone wants to go out with a great guide, I strongly suggest Lane at Ft. Worth Fishing!

Here was the catch of the day!

#12848467 - 07/31/18 02:02 PM Re: Scouting Report from Ft. Worth Fishing 7-25 through 7-28 [Re: Laner]
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Registered: 07/12/10
Posts: 45247
Loc: Universal City Tx.
Nice post and fish. Good job. thumb

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