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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GOOD. Water Stained; 63 degrees; 1.69 feet below pool. Bass are good on topwater frogs in the flooded grass. Flukes and senkos have been really good along the edge of the flooded grass in 2-4 feet. Darker colors are best such as black and blue and June bug. Texas rigs are good with beaver type baits in black and blue along the edge of the grass and some stumps 2-4 feet. Main lake points with spinnerbaits are good on windy points. Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Pro. Cooler weather is affecting the movement of the black bass, as the water cools the females are not committing to the beds but, as the water warms activity increases. Be ready with a slow subsurface presentation in 3-4 feet or weedless topwater in flooded grass. Crappie are beginning to move towards the banks, try small bead heads fished slowly 3-4 feet. Carp and gar are spawning in shallow water. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. The crappie fishing on Lake Fork is getting really hot. Seeing great numbers and lots of big fish each day. The fish are making huge moves shallow this week and will for the next month. Areas in 2-13 feet are finally beginning to see more fish that are spawning. The 14-32 feet staging areas are also still loaded with fish and reloading daily now. Seeing lots of fish roaming in open water but the best luck is still coming on fish on timber or brush. Small hand tied jigs in chartreuse or orange are getting crushed right now, and you can still catch fish well on soft plastics and minnows. Report by Jacky Wiggins, Jacky Wiggins’ Guide Service.

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