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; 76 degrees; 0.86 feet above pool. Lake Fork is high with all the recent rains and gates are open. Bass are good on top waters frogs early in the morning over grass, and Yellow Magics along the edge of the grass Texas rigs and Carolina rigs good around bream beds 3-7 feet. Squarebill crankbaits are good around bream beds 2.5 model bream patterns. Flukes are good on the edge of grass in watermelon candy . Report by Marc Mitchell, Lake Fork Guide Service. Black bass are challenging with constant weather extremes, look for the clearest water you can find. Fish points and main lake cuts. Top waters are working in the shallow grass, streamers are working in the shallow banks 0fished slow. Bream are excellent in the shallows, wooly buggers and small poppers should bring a strike. Report by Guide Alex Guthrie, Fly Fish Fork Guide Service. The crappie fishing on Lake Fork was definitely moving into the steady summer pattern this week. We are still seeing great numbers of black crappie on lay downs and certain trees in 14-28 feet. You can also find black crappie on certain docks and bridges over the next few months. We have been seeing lots of small white crappie on brush piles but some bigger keepers showed up the last few days. These will continue to get better and better over the next few weeks. Focus on brush piles in 14-22 feet for the best fish. Some summer time trees are also holding white crappie and that will also get better over the next few weeks. Minnows are working well and small hand tied jigs in neutral colors are working just as well when you pitch and swim them over fish. Soft plastics will also get you a bite. The channel catfishing is excellent as it always is on Lake Fork. Bait you a hole near timber in 18-25 feet close to a creek channel. Use cattle cubes or sour grain to attract and hold those fish. Trees that have overnight roosting birds are a great place to make your hole. Use any prepared catfish bait of choice to load the boat o

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