Lake Fork Bass
featuring professional Lake Fork guide
Sam Cotton 903-268-3399
Trophy Bass Fishing Fork
"Come fish for a bass of a lifetime."
Thanks so much for an incredible day of fishing. I have never caught so
many 3-6 lb fish in my life it was awesome! I appreciate all the individual
instruction on how to graph the schools of fish as well...it paid off huge
for the 9.5 lber the next day. I know "JMJ" had a blast too whackin' em on
the jig. The Lord was definitely good to us, and it was awesome to hear how
Christ has changed your life, HE IS SO GOOD! Can't wait to get together
again, will be praying for you in Guntersville...good luck!
Matt Byrd & Jordan Thompson "JMJ"
We had a great
time with you this week we can't wait to come back we learned a lot it was a
blast. Hope things are going well for you and your family. We have fished
with a lot of different guides and none have ever stopped the boat to pray
for us that was awesome you're a special guy. I'm attaching some photos from
our trip let us know if you have any spawn dates open for next year. Thanks
for a great trip Brindan
Shepherd Oil Company
You may not remember us but in 2005 we hired you as a guide. My cousin,
Russell Cecil, recommended you and you agreed to take my son (13 years old
at the time), fishing on Lake Fork. He has fished various tournaments
(Ignition Bass, Bass Champs & Angler's Quest) in Texas (Conroe, Cedar Creek,
Livingston, Tawakoni) always coming up short. 2008 has been GOOD to him. He
won Ignition Bass on Lake Livingston in March and this past Saturday
December 13th, he was fishing the Ignition Bass Fall Open on Lake Conroe and
caught ShareLunker #456 weighing in at 13.07 lbs. His sack was 32.85!! He is
now a Junior at Willis High School (16 years old) and is on the water EVERY
opportunity he has. Just thought you might want to know this bit of trivia
from one of your former clients.
Thank you for the positive influence.
Had a great time as always. Learned a ton. Mike Trent had a really good time. I think that was his biggest fish. His brother did live on the lake and he has been on the lake a bunch. He had never had a day like that. Man that was fun.
We found a few the next day and I was using my electronic a lot more. Caught one and missed a bunch of the hump that you showed us at the end of the nothing like the spot that we where on. Also found some fish on a sunken road bed up at Rains marina. Or something like that, but the best park of Friday was a 6.5 Lber on a frog in the pads. Man that was way cool. We made on pass on the top water bank in the morning but we got out of the way pretty fast because I knew you would be coming with paying customers. Only caught one real small one. tried to find the ridge that we where fishing but I did not mark any fish or trees for that matter. Later figured out way. My sensitivity was set down on about 50 % for some reason. Turned it up later and started marking fish but never went back to your hump. Figured you would be on it with your customers.
Long story short is was another great fishing trip on the Fork and I learned a ton. Need to come back in the Fall or winter/early spring to see a different technique. Let me know what you have available. When you get a chance send me some pics and or videos if you think about it.
Good luck at in Kentucky we will be thinking of you. I got to go. I am running to bass pro to buy some berkly power bait and football jigs.
Thanks again. As always God Bless
JUST A NOTE TO LET YOU KNOW WHAT A GREAT TIME I, JOBIL QUINN, AND CHAD PARKS
HAD ON THE MEXICO FISHING TRIP. THIS WAS THE BEST TRIP WE HAVE EVER BEEN ON
IN OUR LIVES. THE FISHING ON LAKE COMEDERO WAS ABSOLUTELY FIRST RATE. THERE
ARE VERY FEW PLACES LIKE THIS IN THE WORLD. WHEN YOU CAN GO AND CATCH THE
NUMBER AND SIZE FISH WE DID IT IS ONE GREAT FISHERY. THE FRIDAY ME AND YOU
FISHED TOGETHER WAS WONDERFUL. EVEN THOUGH WE HAVE FISHED TOGETHER COUNTLESS
TIMES OVER THE YEARS I STILL LEARN SOMETHING NEW EVERY TIME I FISH WITH YOU.
I MUST SAY YOU STAY ON TOP OF YOUR GAME AND ARE MORE THAN WILLING TO SHARE
THE INFO WITH OTHERS. ON ANOTHER NOTE I AM VERY HONORED TO CALL YOU ONE OF
MY BEST FRIENDS. YOU ARE A CLASS ACT, THERE IS NO PRETENTIOUS AIR ABOUT YOU,
YOU ARE A GENUINELY GOOD AND DECENT PERSON WHOM I LOVE TO FISH WITH.
KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK AND BEST TO YOU IN YOUR FISHING. ONCE AGAIN IM HONORED TO KNOW YOU.
FISHERMEN FOR LIFE
I just wanted to let you know how much Johnny and I enjoyed fishing with you
this past Friday. It was an experience that we will not soon forget. It
would have been awesome even if we hadn't caught fish but I am here to say,
that wasn't the case at all. The fishing was a GREAT! I had the great
fortune of watching my son-in-law land a 9.25 lb. Largemouth Bass, the
largest Bass he has ever caught!
Thank you for giving us such a wonderful day together. We both feel that we are blessed to have spent the day with you!
God bless your home!
RE/MAX DFW Associates
Johnny Wohlgemuth here. I wanted to thank you for the first class guided
bass fishing trip on Fork this weekend. This past weekend was my 3rd time on
Lake Fork & I God really blessed me in catching the biggest bass of my life!
I was looking through some pics I had the first time I went to Fork & those
fish looked like minnows compared to the one I caught.
I was surprised to see myself on your web page already! Cool. By the way, I will be sending you the pics from my camera on my wifes e-mail address because the security on my office computer only allows I.T. to install software required to send pics & thats just a pain. (Just a heads up on that)
I want to contribute to your mission / ministry by giving you feedback to put on your customer comments section on your page. Ill write it below.
Blessings on you, your business and family.
Thank you for contributing to a day I will be able to tell my kids and others about for years. You're attitude and skills are first class from the launch and back to the dock. God has really gifted you to locate and put your customers on quality trophy bass at Lake Fork. In business, customers who have experienced exceptional service give referrals to others who are also looking for exceptional service. John, you've made an impression on me and I will be talking to my buddies. Thanks for a treating me and my father-in-law so well on this trip. Well be back!
Cheers, Johnny M. Wohlgemuth
I want to let you know that my buddy and I had a great time fishing with you last weekend. I look forward to fishing with you again in the future. Ive told everyone who was interested in listening about how good you are and about your testimony. Ryan and I are at-least planning to do an annual trip with you. I hope to see you more often than once a year. Thanks for a great Lake Fork experience and I pray that God blesses you through the FLW tour.
In His Grip,
It was like I had known you for years!! Thanks for a fun and exciting
trip on Saturday. What I learned in a half-day trip, I can apply for the
rest of my days. Mark and I went out the next morning and attempted to apply
some of the techniques you instructed on, and had success. We know now that
in the heat of the summer, you can catch fish all day. Just showing how to
read the electronics was invaluable. Thanks again for your time and your
willingness to show us a new way of fishing.
Thanks and we really had a good time. I appreciate the tips on the adjustment for my X-25 and after I made them it was much easier to detect fish. We caught some good fish on Wednesday too! I appreciate the service you provide and your friendship too. Stay safe and we look forward to seeing you on the water. Here are a few pix as requested. God bless ya.
Shane A. Beck
Jeff and I would also like to extend our sincere appreciation for the time
you spent with us yesterday sharing your knowledge on deep-water bassin'.
The time you spent with us on setting up the electronics, graphing potential
locations and the use of the Tackle Factory spoons for schooling and
suspended bass was invaluable in our pursuit of becoming better deep-water
fishermen. You're one class act and will come highly recommended to all
those I encounter in search of a Lake Fork guide. I look forward to fishing
with you again in the future. Keep up the good work!
Thank you so
much for an awesome day of fishin! You delivered again by breaking my
previous record of a 9 with a 10 pounder. My heart was beating so fast I was
shaking when I got the second fish of 9 pounds. Robert & I were laughing on
the way home about the 6 pound fish that I barely got to look at. You just
let me take a glance, turned him loose & said he is just a small one. Even
when it was time to quit you would not give up until Robert caught his 7.5.
You are the best! I can't tell you enough how much I enjoy fishin with you.
The good nature, fellowship, professionalism, knowledge of the game & just a
great man. I look forward to fishin with you again.
May God Speed & good fishin,
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for a great day of fishing.
My wife and I had a wonderful time.
It will be extremely hard to beat, and NEVER forgotten.
I have never caught that many LARGE fish in so little time.
If you get a chance please send photos.
Northern Div. Mgr.
Martin Transport, Inc.
I have been bass
fishing for about 10 years now and those were the two biggest bass I have
ever caught. Just catching one 8 pounder would have made the trip, but two
with a couple of real nice 2-4 pound kickers was amazing. Thanks for such a
pleasant day of fishing, for the conversation, for the instructions and for
being a positive Christian role model. I look forward to fishing with you
What a GREAT
time today fishin with you today. You delivered again on the best day of
fishin in my life. A 9, two 8's, 7.75, 7,6 & several 4 & 5's. I lost count!
Keith & I will be booking all of our trips with you. Please send the photos
to my email. I can't tell you enough what a great time I had & how much your
professionalism means to us. Thanks again & good fishin.
I just wanted to thank you for a first class fishing experience, we didnt
catch any hogs but we did manage to hook up with a couple of nice little
I did go out Thursday night and fished by myself all night after only getting bitten my mosquitos I decided to go and get some breakfast at 6am and I was going to leave after eating but I decided I was not going home until I caught a fish. I went back to that creek you took me to. I didnt do any good with the Pac frog, which is an awesome bait, but being hooked on a jig I had to pick it up and pitch at those trees. That nice bend you were talking about in that creek is real nice I pulled the first fish out that was a two pounder, then I caught a 5 pounder while talking to the same gentleman that was back there when you and I went through there. He caught a few small ones but after seeing that, he said it was time for a jig, after working my way down the creek I didnt catch any thing else till I got back to that bend I pitched to the same patch of trees and as you say it she drove off with it, after getting her in the boat with my knees trembling she weighed in at 9.01lbs my personal best and that wouldnt have been possible without you. I just would like to say thanks, and congratulations to you and your wife with the new baby coming soon.
Thanks and God bless,
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for the great time you showed me
and my dad on March 15, 2005. This was not the best day to fish Lake Fork,
but your persistence made it possible for me to land my personal best at
8.5lbs. My dad also boated his best at just under 7lbs. Needless to say, we
had a blast. I have to commend you for the effort you put forth. When most
guides would have quit or put us on small fish, you were diligent enough to
find us some great fish. To others who might be reading this on John's
website, you've got to give John a chance to put you on some lunkers.
Words can not describe the fun we had fishing with you on 10-28-04. I
was pleased to catch a 7.6lb. bass, which was the largest bass i had ever
caught. BUT...the 12.7lb. bass the my wife caught was much more than we ever
expected or thought we would catch. We
thank you so much for your professional service, the spiritual fellowship, and expert guiding. You and
your family will be in our prayers and remember if you come after your boat
and need a place to stay we have a small guest house
that is always open to you and your family.
Please pray that the LORD gives us a good crop next June so we can come back and have you guide us again.
Again thanks for every thing.
Yours in Christ,
for the GREAT day of fishing. We all had a good time and had fun. Pop
(Grady) was so proud of his 7- ponder. It's the largest fish he has ever
caught and remember, he caught it on his 89 th birthday...... What a special
birthday present !
I'm going to try and hook up with you for practice before the Okeechobee tournament, so let's stay in touch.
Thank you for a great day of fishing and teaching. I've been bass fishing for 35 of my 39 years and you reminded me of the basics and a lot of new big-fish catching techniques. We caught quality fish from first light to the end of the trip. Our last spot which we visited 2-3 times that day produced just over 20 pounds of lunker bass for me in three consecutive casts. We caught fish there each visit, but that last one - WOW. What a hot spot thanks to your X-15 Lowrance. I tried to buck the obvious at times and tried other soft plastics and stopped catching fish. Fishing a Carolina rigged Green Pumpkin Worm (Slow) got bit hard all day - even wacky rigged in the grass. It produced the big fish hands down.
I'll be booking
trips with you throughout the Winter when everyone's hunting and thinking
the Lake Fork Bass are deep and asleep instead of keeping warm in the grass.
Can't wait. See you
We appreciate your website and fishing report. Last week, we took your advice and stopped
by Lake Fork Tackle and purchased some 10" Lake Fork worms. We did exactly like you
said and bit the tail off and caught a lot of fish. We caught fish of all sizes including
many in the 1-3 lbs range, a 4.2 lbs, 5.13 lbs, 6.8 lbs and this one which we believe was
between 7-8 lbs. Unfortunately our electronic scale broke because it got wet and we
couldn't weigh this fish.
Please advise why you have nicknamed this "Zig-Zag". The clerk at Lake Fork Tackle laughed at us. We'd like to know.
Again, we appreciate your fishing report as we fish Lake Fork on a regular basis.
Skip and Jeff Rotzoll
Ft Worth, Texas
like to Thank You for doing an excellent job of putting together our little corporate
outing on 3/24/02. We all had a great time. You are a wonderful; person and an even better
fishing guide. I caught more fish on this one trip than I did on my 4 previous trips
combined. I will be back for sure! People, You must fish with this man!!
I WAS ON MY WAY TO BOB SANDLIN WITH A GUY WHO JUST MOVED TO THE DALLAS AREA FROM
FLORIDA. WE WERE GOING TO PRACTICE FOR AN UPCOMING TOURNAMENT AND HAD A FEW HOURS TO STOP
OFF AT FORK SO I COULD SHOW HIM THE LAKE HE HAS HEARD SO MUCH ABOUT. I TOOK HIM TO A SPOT
YOU SHOWED ME AND WE CAUGHT ABOUT 4 FISH IN SHORT ORDER. YOU WOULDN'T BELIEVE HOW EXCITED
Thanks again had a great time fishing with you, caught a lot of fish 4 to 8 pounds
did great in our tournaments the following week. fishing deep structure just like you
showed me last week. Have tournaments on Red river Augest 11 / hope to get back to fish
all the best Denny Swartz
When the going gets tough YOU get going! Thanks for the memories. Looking forward to
many great days on the water with you. Not to mention all the fish to be caught. Best of
luck always on the tournament scene.
Thanks for the great day on the water! Our trip was
awesome! Thanks to you. We caught
BIG beautiful fish and had a great, great time doing so. Thanks for all the info on where
to fish and what to use for bait. Our week at the Fork was great! Looking
Thanks, Donnie Sluman
I was frustrated with Lake Fork fishing until I went fishing with you. Wow! what a day. I
not only caught a load of nice sized bass, I also learned to find fish in unique places.
Your instructions have helped me find and catch since our trip. If anyone needs a guide
recommendation, have them contact me. I've been on a number of guide trip, but this one
was the best - no contest.
Thanks for being so nice.
Thanks for the great trip you provided for me I totally enjoyed it and learned
volumes!! Landing that TEN POUNDER wasn't exactly boring either!! I will hope to book
another trip with you soon.
Thanks, Doug McAfee
Just want to thank you for a great three days of fishing for my son and myself. For you
folks looking for a guide I would look no further than John Tanner he will work his butt
off to keep you on good quality fish. We caught over ninety fish from 3 1/2 to nine lbs. while other people were getting only 3 to 4 fish a day.
Thanks again . Larry and Jeremy Hull
fish for a bass of a lifetime".
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Sam Cotton 903-268-3399
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