Friday, August 26, 2011

Carp on the fly..August edition

Checked out the Secret Spot today hoping to stumble into some feeding fish. Blasted through the first set of flats pretty quickly and and only saw a handfull of Commons, most of the fish were buffs down there. I kept going up toward my favorite bend and I finally started seeing some nice Commons and Buffs feeding on the edges of weedlines. I finally saw the oppurtunity, casted, and fish on!
Really nice fight, took a bunch of line. Finally got it to hand after it made me follow it upstream a little.


Awesome little Muddler 


I hooked a decent buff later on that broke me off after a screw up with the reel. The fish were biting, I just wish I had gotten there earlier. I ran out of daylight.

Fishing again tomorrow!

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Stopped by the drain

It'd been a while since i'd fly fished at the drain so I headed over there yesterday. I knew i'd catch something, it was about to rain and it was cooling off. I still had a clouser on from Fork, so I flung that in and made a cast. First
Not bad, it's a fish

Caught a few more...these are this year's brood of LMB's! They've definitely put on some weight, all of mine were fat and chunky.
 I think I caught 4 this size. They wouldn't leave that clouser alone, even if it was half the size they were!

And a Gill to finish it off. Not bad!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Camp Bass show is live!

As I said before, Arklatex Sportsman followed all of us around with a camera, filming the whole experience. It was cool knowing we'd be on TV and the internet eventually. Well, that show is online now, so check it out! Coolest 30 minute show I've seen in a while...that and i'm in it like 20 times.

 The final Camp bass blog post will be tomorrow, plus the 'yak get together post.

Camp Bass five day's fishing with 33 young men on Lake Fork. August 1st-5th 2011. from Dearil Jackson on Vimeo.

Friday, August 19, 2011


That's about all Lakeview Park was yesterday. A sunset.

Amadeo and I fished Lakeview yesterday, he's been looking at it thinking about how good it looks and all so we finally decided to fish it. I sat out there staring at my rods for 3 hours and I didn't get a single bite the whole time. Amadeo caught a few catfish but not much else was happening. I did get some cool sunset shots, so enjoy.

Going in the 'yak in the morning, there will be a yak post up before noon tomorrow

Check this out guys

Last week Brendan at Easy Canvas Prints contacted me asking me to try out a custom canvas print on their site. I had a pretty good idea of what I wanted on day 1. The picture of my 8lb Largemouth from Fork at Camp Bass to go with the replica i'm getting. I ordered it and received it last night. I knew the quality would be really good but after getting it all I can say is WOW. It looks amazing!
I can't get the camera to show the true detail of the print. It's just great, i'm extremely happy with it. I was really impressed with how easy it was, it only took a few short minutes to design the print exactly how I wanted it. I'm definitely going to use them again soon. You guys should check them out soon too!
Here's a link to their site again. You can soon find them in the links section of the blog once I get done with it.

Look for a post around October 1st once I get the replica of both of them together.
Oh, the lighting isn't all that great here so i'm going to get a better pic in the morning

Monday, August 15, 2011

More night fishing

Marty and I put a few hours in at Scott's landing Saturday night. I didn't do great but the last 3 fish were very unexpected.

First off I had a dropback. I thought I had a catfish but I was really surprised by a "one hander"

I had nothing for the next few hours, well, I had some runs but they all came off or didn't hook up. We were kind of bored so we rigged up and started fishing crappie jigs for whatever would bite. Marty picked up this Warmouth almost immediately.

We both fished around for a while nd each caught some greenies and bluegill then they kind of quit biting so we went back to waiting for a run.

I was actually getting ready to leave and ALL 3 OF MY RODS screamed off. Amazingly Marty and I landed all 3 of them. They were all buffs, 18, 10, and 6

This was the 18

Camp Bass part 2- day 3

Day 3 started a lot smoother than day 1. I've forgotten what guide I fished with already(i'm terrible with names) and my partner for the day was River.I had a great time. We launched at Lake Fork Marina and ran straight over to the dam and fished schoolies. The bass turned on but never really stayed on top for more than a few seconds and the fish were kind of spread out, not grouped together like usual. We threw Spooks, lipless cranks, flukes, and swimbaits. It started semi slow, I hooked up to a few throwing a Tru-tungsten 4" swimbait. I finally put that down and decided that i'd really rather see topwater bites. I caught 2 or 3 on topwater including one that hit it first to kill it and missed it. I twitched it twice and BAM it came back and knocked the bait completely out of the water. Quite a sight, it wasn't huge but it was a nice 3lber.

After the topwater action kind of quit we made a run over to some trees over in Penson bay(where Shannon and I fished during the fly fishing tournament) and flipped jigs into stumps. We didn't catch any but we had a few hits.

Another guide's boat broke down so we had to go get the campers from their boat and load them and all of our stuff onto ours and run back a little early so we came in about 30 minutes early. No pictures today, but nothing really big was caught anyway

Later on in the day we toured Bayou tackle. They make some really cool stuff. They showed us around the shop and again I bought a lot of stuff including some of their swim jigs and some swimbaits. Go check out their FB page

I actually got to go night fishing that night. I got to go with Danny Gove, the camp director, and a few other campers. We shot over to Chaney creek by the dam again after schoolies. They popped up and we caught the heck out of them for about 15 minutes then they went back down. Kept fishing around and caught a few more, they never really came back up but it was still fun to get out again. it was HOT that night, still over 100 at sundown.

No pics today so i'm going to throw this random pic of a dock up. Just because.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Night fishing

Ok Ok I'll resume the Camp bass series tomorrow, but for now I'm gonna go ahead and throw this one up

First off I got me a new rod at LFT after camp ended! I got a 7'3" MH Duckett Micro Magic. It casts awesome, I paired it up with one of my Curado E5's, but I think i'm gonna stick an E7 on it sooner or later.

I've been night fishing this week a bunch, just because it's too damn hot to go out during the day. I've been bringing the euro carp setup out along with bass fishing a little. Haven't done too bad in the past few nights.

 Amadeo and a common

Night time? Yeah

 My first buff in what seems like months!

Nice night common!

The bass weren't really worth posting, little 1-2lbers but a few topping 3. 

This drought is nuts! I was fishing a pond that was 3 feet low today!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Camp Bass part 1- days 1 and 2

I was at Fork all of last week for Camp Bass. It was great! Just a warning, this is gonna be a long post!
First off, THANK YOU to everyone who was a part of Camp Bass!

I showed up on Monday, ready to fish. I noticed that the lake was WAY low, I think the count is 5 feet low as of right now. It was really low, the dock at Lake Fork Marina was on the ground with no water under it at all. It was really really low. 

4:45 Tuesday morning came really fast. I was tired, still kind of jetlagged from Paris and Rome. I gathered up my gear and set it outside, ate breakfast, and waited for my boat assignment with Jack, my partner for the day and one of my roommates. Finally Danny led us over to a boat and we waited. Long story short that boat was a guide that already had a client for the day and wasn't a part of camp bass. That boat left without us 30 minutes later. We had no idea what to do.

Finally it was all sorted out, and we ended up going out with Greg Boik, a guide in the Houston area. He had been out in the past few days at night around some docks directly across from Lake Fork Marina so we headed over there and started working the docks. I tied on a spinnerbait at first, and after a few missed strikes I switched to something slower, texas rigged a 10 inch power worm. I slung it around some docks and finally saw a tree standing alone next to a dock. I flipped the worm over and let it hit the bottom and started working it in and the worm got slammed! It was swimming straight toward the boat so I had no idea how big it was until it surfaced. HOLY CRAP!!! all of us started freaking out. it was a big bass and it still had plenty of fight left in it. I led it around the boat a few times and finally I got it close enough for Greg to net. YESSS! we were all screaming and going nuts. My first fish of the camp was an over. Being an over, the camp has a deal with Lake Fork Taxidermy that gives the person who catches the biggest over a free replica, so this fish, being 24.5 inches long, put me in the running for that replica!

We stuck her in the livewell until the camera boat showed up. Arklatex sportsman is going a show on Camp Bass this year so they came over and filmed my fish and interviewed me. It was time to stick her on the scale- 8lbs even! 24.5" long and 17.5" girth. Awesome! I got a few pics and released her. Great start to Camp Bass!
Awesome fish!
To shorten this post up a bit that was my only fish of the day. When we came in we ate lunch and headed over to Lake Fork Tackle and toured the shop. That was cool, we got to go into the back and see plastics being poured and coming out of the molds. We got some free stuff and I spent a nice lump of cash in there. That's about it for days 1 and 2. Stay tuned for the rest of the Camp bass series of posts!