"I have fished with James many times. I enjoy his fishing reports, he gives honest detailed infromation. James is one of the finest Carolina Rig fishermen that I have ever fished with, he has that magic touch that few including myself ever perfect. He works hard to put his clients on fish. I respect that!"
Lake Fork Bass Guide Service James Caldemeyer
I appreciate the time that my clients have taken to share their trip experiences. I have made many friends from all over the world. I would like to share some of their comments with you.
I finally made my first trip to Monticello yesterday with James Caldemeyer, and man what a day it was! I've heard of people catching 30 or so fish in a day and thought that would be pretty fun to do. Well, we ended up catching 50 with the biggest being around 4.5! I'd say our 5 biggest would have been around 18 lbs or so. I was also told by a few guys about how hard the fish fight up there. Several times I thought I had a 4 or 5 lber on, but it was only 1.5 lbs or so. I was like a kid in a candy store with a smile from ear to ear!
Before yesterday I had never thrown a drop shot rig. I've been wanting to learn for a while so I asked James to show me how to rig it, how to fish it, and everything else you could think of. Within about 5 minutes or so I had my first fish on! As we fished it more and more James kept giving me tips on how to increase my hookup rate. He could see what I was doing wrong and didn't hesitate to help out.
The main brand of baits we used yesterday was Grande Bass! I have a whole new outlook towards them after this trip. We were throwing a Grande Stik in Watermelon/Red. The biggest thing I noticed is how durable the baits are. I caught probably 5 or so fish on one worm without it tearing up. When you take the hook out of the worm you can easily put it back on without the hook falling out or going through the other side. The head also didn't tear up. I mainly have been using another plastic bait, but after yesterday I'll be stocking up on some Grande Stiks!
All in all it was one heck of a day. If any of you are looking for a guided trip to Monticello or Fork I highly recommend James Caldemeyer. Not only can he put you on the fish, but he'll take the time to teach you whatever it is you want to learn. He's also a good man. Something that took me by surprise is this. When we were heading out from the ramp he stopped the boat (Ranger Z20!!!) and turned the motor off. I thought we were getting ready to fish. He said, "No, I always like to start the day off with a prayer." This says a lot about him.Brent Whatley,
Thank you so much, for the fun day on Lake Fork. John and I had a GREAT time! It was very nice to get away for one day and relax. Thanks for putting us on all those fish and putting up with the two of us. We can be a handful at times.
Again, I can’t really tell you in words how much fun we had with you. It was a trip neither of us will ever forget. WE will be booking another trip very soon. I would like to book one with you in winter and another one in the spring. You do an excellent job providing a memorable experience for your clients and it was well worth the price.
I think John told you that we took the Grande Bass Rattlesnakes to a private lake on the 4th of July and in 4 hours, caught 30+ fish. WE did get a couple bites on other baits, but when we tied on the Rattlesnake Texas rigged, it was on. They killed it!!! You said you would make believers and we are now. You will have to pry them out of my dead hands, if you want them back.
Thanks again, for a great trip. We had a blast with you! Be safe and we’ll talk soon.Kevin Potts,
This is Cassie DeReese, just wanted to let you know we had a great time fishing. We really hope to come up and fish again soon. Please forward our pictures soon. Gary can hardly wait to show them off...me too lol.Cassie DeReese,
Thank you again for being a part of our wonderful vacation.