LFA Member Hits At The Sealy Big Bass Splash

Lake Fork Anglers Bass Club member Rick Wright strikes gold at the Sealy Tournament on Sept 16th fishing out of Lake Fork Marina. 

Bob Sealy has been putting on this tournament at various lakes around the country for over 30 years. It is billed as the biggest payout for the non-professional angler.

First prize usually is a top-notch bass boat combo with a pickup truck to pull it plus cash to pay the taxes. This year it was offering a Phoenix with a Dodge truck.

Entrants can bring in bass not in the slot (16”-24”) and be seated in up to ten places each hour for 7 hours a day for three days. That is a whole lot of money being paid back to those lucky to catch a winning fish. And catch they did. The “about” 2400 entries brought in a whole bunch of fish. Which were then carried to the Lake Fork Sportsman’s Association live release boat for recovery and release.

While there was 20+ bass brought to the scales over the slot of 24”, there were also a bunch of fish brought in inside the slot. And each of them garnered a $250 fine plus being DQ’d for the rest of that day. Some anglers catching a big bass just think because this bass is “so” big it must be over the slot or they don’t read the rules or even know about the slot. Other bring in fish just over 16” hoping it will shorten up to fall under the 16” max.

Rick managed to catch two keepers that won him the money. A second place for an 8.09 LB 24” fish and another for a 6th place payout. Plenty enough to cover the entry fees and boat gas for he and his partner.

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FAIR. Water Stained; 65 degrees; 5.81 feet low. The bass bite should change after the rise in water. Suspending jerkbaits are still best worked over 7-10 feet around ditches and creeks. Spinnerbaits have been good in the same areas, slowly rolled near big wood. Viper XP jigs in sourgrape, PBJ, Purple Passion, are still good on big wood near the edges of the creeks 8-10 feet. Report by Lake Fork fishing guide Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. Bass are slow on Carolina rigs, dropshots, and jigging spoons in 15-18 feet of water, and squarebill crankbaits in 3-6 feet of water. Report by Jason Hoffman, Lake Fork Guide Service. Rising water level will bring feeding bass shallow. Fish newly flooded grass and timber with streamers for bass chasing shad. Some bream will be mixed in on warmer sunny days. Crappie will be moving towards wintertime schools in the open water and deep pockets, beaded woolies fished with a 5 wt rod and sinking lines. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. The bite is getting better and better going into the winter months. Big crappie are beginning to show up in numbers as the water temps continue to drop into the 50s. Catches over two pounds are landed each day with some fish closer to the three pound range. Timber on flats and along the main lake creek channels in 28-50 feet all seem to be holding good fish. We are seeing a good balance of white crappie and black crappie both being caught each day. Minnows still seem to be the dominant bait, but the jig bite is coming around finally on Lake Fork. Report by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins Guide Service.

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