Insane Crankbait Bite! Fishing Lake Fork, Texas!

We're in East Texas and the big bass are biting! Our 3rd stop on this bass fishing adventure is Lake Fork! It only takes a few minutes to discover the shad are spawning on shallow points and the bass are ambushing the baitfish. We put our electronics to work and located a big school with BIG fish in the mix. Out came the crankbaits and the pattern unfolded from there.

May is an awesome time to fish large bodies of water. If there is deep water access you'll almost always find bass in all 3 stages of the spawn. In this case we found a secondary point leading out to main lake structure that had a large school of fish. Some of the bass were heading in to spawn, others were already done and headed back out, but all of them were making a stop to ambush Threadfin and Gizzard Shad as they spawned along the wind blown point.

We've explained in recent videos that the shad spawn is an amazing time to catch big fish that are aggressively feeding in shallow water. Today we put that video to work and caught them on squarebill crankbaits, spinnerbaits, and paddle tail swimbaits. Below is a breakdown of the gear we used to catch these fish.

The baits...

-Biggie Squarebill:

(Gizzard Shad, Abalone Shad, Horizon Shad all have the necessary flash)

-Bling Spinnerbait 1/2 oz:

(I Know It, Abalone Shad)

-4.8" Keitech Swimbait:

-Owner Flashy Swimmer 5/0 Hook:

Upgraded Treble Hooks...

-Owner ST-36 Size 2:

-Hyperwire Split Rings Size 3:

Matt's Crankbait Combo...

Rod- Zodias 7'2" Medium Heavy Glass:

Reel- Shimano Bantam MGL XG:

Line- 20 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro:

Leader- 12 lb Maxima Ultragreen:

CC's Crankbait Combo...

Rod- Dobyns Champion 805CB:

Reel- Shimano Curado HG:

Line- 15 lb Sunline Assassin:


Humminbird Solix 15:

Humminbird Solix 12:

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Giant Texas Bass! Fishing Lake Alan Henry

Our first day in TEXAS and the GIANT Largemouth have already come out of the wood work! The day started like any other as we searched for fish on a brand new fishery. We knew we only had a few hours so we went from broke with swimbaits and topwater. After making some quick adaptions we found a point that was loaded with monster bass. Come along to see how it played out!

When we approach a new fishery the first step is to set goals. Are you looking to catch as many fish as possible? Do you want to catch a big fish? Are you looking for more than one species? Once you've set goals the day will define itself. In this case we only had a few hours so we knew we were looking for a big bite to kick off our Texas road trip. CC started with a glide bait hoping to call a big fish up out of deep water and Matt began probing the shallows with a topwater. When the bass proved to be small they started making quick moves to other parts of the lake but continued probing outside structures hoping the big, post spawn females would be stacking up, and that's exactly what they found.

The baits and tackle used in the video are broken down below.


-Mattlures Hammertail Shad:

Stinger Hook- Owner ST-56 Size 1:

-River2Sea S-Waver 168 Light Trout:

Upgraded Hooks- Owner ST-56 Size 2:

-River2Sea Bully Wa 2 Frog:

-Yamamoto Senko 7" Green Pumpkin:

Hook- Owner Jungle Gap 6/0:

-Rover Topwater:

(128 Funky Tiger)

Swimbait Combo...

Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 966:

Reel- Shimano Tranx 300 HG:

Line- Power Pro Maxcuatro 80 lb:

Leader- Sunline FC100 Shock Leader 35 lb:

Frog Combo...

Rod- Expride 7'3" XH:

Reel- Curado 200K HG:

Line- 65 lb Power Pro Maxcuatro: