Don Mattern Sr.

Mattern Guide Service on Lake Fairfield

Hello Everybody,

Revelation 19; Verses 11-13 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and He that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on His head are many crowns; and He had a name written, that no man knew, but He Himself. And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and His name is called the Word of God. Praise Jesus

Well I hasve been pre-fishing for upcomming tournaments on Sam Rayburn and Cedar Creek the last 2 weeks. Lake Fairfield has been closed due to a final deer hunt that ran from December 31st to January 5th.

I was on Lake Fairfield today and besides the strong wind blowing it was an awesome day. The Lake has come up about a foot making the ramp a little better but still a litle tricky.

Water temps were in the low 60\\\'s on most of the Lake. The cold front moved Bass close to cover. The rule was quality rather than numbers today with the wacky rigged Nichols salty mother sinker in Green pumpkin pepper was hot when fished near the reeds and caught Bass up to 4 lbs.

Carolina rigged Nichols creature baits in Watermelon Red and Watermelon Candy caught Bass as well. The Carolina rig fish in the deeper bends off points on Main Lake produced good Bass.

Biggest Bass today were caught in 4 1/2 feet to 6 feet of water on Nichols Junebug 1/2 impact Jigs fished with a Nichols Texas Craw in Junebug for the trailers. You had to work for those bigger Basss and work those jigs slowly but when you got bit the Bass were over 4 lbers. up to 5.5 lbers.

About 2:00 Pm. I was fishing the Nichols Jig along real slowly when the rod was almost taken away from me the Fish took out about 20 feet of line on the drag and fought like the new Lake record. I had 50 lb. braid on so The jig held her.She surfaced it was an almost 11 lb. Redfish. I never thought the reds there would hit jigs but I found out today they sure will. I released Her to fight again another day.

I guess you can tell I fish alot of Mr. Nichols baits. I have never seen another bait come close to His baits and when He came into my life it was the best thing that ever happened to my Bass catching ratio. Probably could have caught alot of Redfish today on the carolina rig but I got on that Jig and stayed with it from 11:30 on.

I use Friendly Custon rods and what a combination. If you want to get you some great baits call Mr. Nichols at 903-589-8101. When you call tell Him Mattern Guide Service sent you and He will take good care of you for me.

If you want Jeff to make you up a custom rod just E-mail me at and I will get you to Him. Clients are booking their spring trips already so If you want to book a trip too just give me a call at 903-478-2633. Goof fishing and God bless. Don Mattern Sr. with Mattern Guide Service

Date Added: 2007-01-09

Type of Fishing: Bottom Fishing

Charter Service Name: Mattern Guide Service

Email Guide or Angler:

Captains Name: Don Mattern Sr.

Region You Fish: Texas

Biz Phone: 903-478-2633

Fish Species: Bass and Redfish
Bait Used: Nichols Baits
Tackle Used: Johnny Morris reels on Friendly Custom Rods spooled with 15 lb. Seaguar Flurocar
Method Used: wacky and jigs
Water Depth: 4.5 - 6\'0
Water Temperature: 60
Wind Direction: South
Wind Speed: 15-20

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Don Mattern Sr.

About The Author: Captain Don Mattern Sr.

Company: Mattern Guide Service

Area Reporting: Lake Palestine Texas

Bio: Don Mattern Sr. has been fishing Lake Palestine since 1994 and guiding full-time since 2002. He was born in Houston, Texas and moved out to the country at 20 years old. He's been married 35 years and has 2 sons. Don currently guides and tournament fishes full-time.

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