Don Mattern Sr.

Mattern Guide Service on Lake Fairfield

Hello Everybody,

Job 1: verse 21: And said, Naked came I out of my Mothers womb, and naked shall i return thither; The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

Well this day was a great day on Lake Fairfield with water temps in the low 70's about 73. Started out at daylight with Mr. Rodney Rowe from Jacksonville throwing Buzzbaits. We had a few blow ups but no hook ups. Threw a shallow Tennessee shad colored crankbait and hooked up with 2 Redfish about 2-3 lbers.

Looked around and finally figured out the Bass and Redfish were feeding off Main Lake points fattening up on shad. Mr. Rowe caught some great fish between the deeper points on Carolina rigged Nichols creature baits in Watermelon Red and the wacky rigged Nichols Salty Mother Sinker in Green Pumpkin Pepper( A Senko Type Bait) I watched Him fight to the Boat 2 about 5 lbs. or better and we caught altoghether over 30 Bass and 8 Redfish. Bass up to About 5 lbs. and redfish up to about 3.5 lbs.

Mr. Rowe had caught a bigger redfish that weighed in at about 12 lbs on a day He fished by Himself on Saturday.

Ramp is still tricky and need at least 6 inches more water to 1 foot for tandem trailered rigs. Single tandem can get in and out ok.

Sounds like a Artic cold front is comming in Thursday and I expect it will shut down the bite for a few days and then the bite will kick in again. I noticed the Bigger females we caugh today were already getting full of eggs. They should began spawning at Fairfield in another 3 weeks to a month. Lake Farfield spawns about 1 - 1 1/2 monyths before the Cold Water Lakes.

The wacky rigged Green pumking Pepper Nichols Salty Mother sinker was working great on edge of the reeds with the next to biggest Bass of the day comming to the boat on it by Mr. Rowe.

Be Sure and call Mr. Nichols for a Catalog on His baits and you can reach Him by calling 903-589-8100.

If you would like a trip to Fairfield to get into some Winter Action on Bass and Redfish just call me at 903-478-2633 and I will book you in.Thanks and May God bless.

Date Added: 2006-11-28

Type of Fishing: Bottom Fishing

Charter Service Name: Mattern Guide Service

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Captains Name: Don Mattern Sr.

Region You Fish: Texas

Biz Phone: 903-478-2633

Fish Species: Bass and Redfish
Bait Used: Crankbaits & Nichols Creature baits & Nichols Salty Mother Sinkers in Green Pump
Tackle Used: Johnny Morris reels on Friendly Custom Rods spooled with 15 lb. Seaguar Flurocar
Method Used: Carolina rigs and wacky rigs
Water Depth: 8 foot
Water Temperature: 73
Wind Direction: South
Wind Speed: 15

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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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