Don Mattern Sr.

Mattern Guide Service on Sam Rayburn,Palestine, and Lake Fairfield

Hello Everybody,

Jerimiah 15: Verse 16: Thy Words were found, and I did eat them; and thy Word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart; For I am called by Thy Name, O LORD GOD of Hosts.


Kevin Baxter with a nice Rayburn Bass he caught with me.

Well the water temps are in the 70's.

Bass are Still spawning in many areas and then some have already spawned out. Popers and Buzzbaits are working early along with Frogs worked around edges of Brush and in the thick vegetation. Texas rigged Zoom Big Critter craws in Watermelon Red Candy worked along flooded bruch edges has been working well. The Carolina Rig bite is pretty awesome right now. Watermelon Red Flukes worked on those Carolina rigs along breaklines in 9-15 foot was catching well. Check Terry's- Owner of Jackson Hill Marina web-page out on Rayburn at for Cabins and etc.

Lake Palestine:

John Abemethy with a Big Bass caught with me on Lake Palestine this week.

Water Temps are in the 70's.

Bass are still on beds as others have finished up and some are moving in to spawn. Seeing some fry up in the spawning grounds. Poppers such as the yellow Magics have been working very well especially in the cloudy sky cover. And Phanton Tackles Stinko's in their natural color was Dynomite slao worked on a 5/0 hook Texas rigged weightless worked around the shallow spawning grounds.

Check out The Lake Palestine Resort web-page for Cabins and Resturant and tackle at

Jesus loves you and the devil is a liar.

Give me a call at 903-478-2633 or 903-724-0961 to book a Guided trip on any of these Lakes. Or you can go to my e-mail at to book. God Bless


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Date Added: 2010-3-12

Type of Fishing: Casting

Charter Service Name: Mattern Guide Service

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Captains Name: Don Mattern Sr.

Region You Fish: Lake Fairfield

Biz Phone: 903-478-2633

Fish Species: Bass
Bait Used: poppers and texas rigged worms
Tackle Used: Johnny Morris reels on Kistler rods
Method Used: Texas rigs and spinnerbaits
Water Depth: 1-6 feet
Water Temperature: 75
Wind Direction: South
Wind Speed: 12 mph
Kevin Baxter with a Rayburn Bass
Kevin Baxter with a Rayburn Bass

John Abemethy with a Big Lake Palestine Bass
John Abemethy with a Big Lake Palestine Bass

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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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