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I am an avid bass fisherman in the Kansas City area. I was interested in making a trip to Lake Fork with my 11 year old son and was wanting to possibly hire a guide for at least one day of the trip. After my research I decided to go fishing with John Tanner who has been fishing Lake Fork for over 30 years. John took us out on the first day of our trip which happened to be on a Thursday. This particular day was a tough fishing day, the bass were not as active as they could have been but John continued to work hard. I had 3 full days left by myself fishing Lake Fork. I stuck to the spots, patterns and bait that John had recommended, this led to 5 fish over 4 pounds, 3 fish over 5 pounds and 1 fish over 7 pounds with many smaller fish. John kept in contact with me during my trip continuing to try to help me catch fish. I would hire John again no questions asked. He is a great Godly man and worked great with my son on many different baits and techniques not to mention fishing out of a 21' top of the line Ranger Bass Boat was cool too.

Jeremy Pope
Kearney Missouri
Just finished my 3rd trip with John. Every trip has been wonderful. 1st trip we caught over 20 with the largest being over 5lbs. 2nd trip caught over 30 with the largest being over 8lbs. 3rd trip only around 12 with a 5 lber. 3rd trip was the fewest fish but the most impressive. I invited my son in law on his 1st bass trip. The way John worked with him to make sure he learned and had a great experience was amazing.
Thanks John for a wonderful day.

Ken Miller
John-
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!

 
Serving Him-
Matt Byrd & Jordan Thompson "JMJ"
Hi john we had a great time with you this week we cant 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 youre a special guy. Im 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

Brindan Shepherd
Shepherd Oil Company
John,
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.
Lisa Nitschke
 

Kyle Nitschke with bass caught while fishing with John Tanner August, 2005

ShareLunker No. 456
Junior State Record
Caught by Kyle Nitschke of Willis, TX
December 13, 2008  Lake Conroe
6' of water, fishing in tournament

Tanner,

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
Shane Donohue

 
HEY JOHN,

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
BENNY MORRIS
John,

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!
Steve Hale
RE/MAX DFW Associates
Carrollton, TX
John,

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.
Cheers mate.



John,

Thank you for contributing to a day I will be able to tell my kids and others about for years. Youre 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, youve 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



John,

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,
Adam Covington
John,
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.

Joel

John,

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
John,

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!

Ed
Hi John, 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 John Tanner & good fishin,
Rod Weaver
 John,
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.
Thanks,
JR Sheridan
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 again soon.
Your friend,
Scott Nowell
Big John, 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.

Rod Weaver
Rowlett, TX
Mr. Tanner,
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 chunks.
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,
Richard Youngblood
John,
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.
John, you're a class act and my Christian brother and I look forward to fishing again with you soon.
In Him,
Keith Brooks
 John,
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.
Sharon Montgomery from Zion, Ark. with a 12.7 trophy bass caught October 28, 2004 while fishing with
 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,
Tony Montgomery

 
Pop (Grady) caught this 7 pound bass, the largest for his record on his 89 Birthday, 9-6-04Thanks 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.

Thanks Again,
Ken
John,

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 soon.
Jerry Shinn
President LandGrow Environmental Corporation
Austin, Texas

There is a reason they call this guy Big John, and it is not because he can hit the golf ball 300 yards! He puts you on BIG fish. What I respect about him is that he wants you to catch your share, but he is not after ten 1/2 lbers. He is after the BIG HAWGS! He has the top of the line equipment, top of the line boat, and top of the line expertise to put you on your dreams. This past July, he helped one of my customers land a fish of a lifetime, 9.9 lbs. The replica is going on the wall! John - thanks for not only showing us a good time, but thanks for doing it in an ethical, courteous, and Christian way!
Brad Waters
"OH BROTHER WHERE OUT THOW" If you want the fishing experience of a life time then take a trip with old Soggy Bottom John Tanner and get ready for a heart pounding experience of being on top of the Big Ones where only John can get you there. My Son and I recently fished with John in July and he netted my first double digit fish (10 Pounder / 26"). If your new to Bass Fishing these Big Fish are few and far between in these hot months except when your fishing with the "OLD SOGGY BOTTOM BOY" who knows this lake through his 20 Plus years of experience. I can't say enough about this Man. He is a true professional in his personal and business life and a great father and Christian. You will love fishing the Old Soggy Bottom with him. Thanks John for the ultimate fishing trip.
Regards,
Arnold and Paul Thornton
John,
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
Listen up folks! I had the Fishing time of my Life this past June with John Tanner. From the first Bass caught on Monday to the last Bass released on Friday it was non-stop heart pounding, hook setting excitement! John is Outstanding! The whole week I laughed, learned a ton, and caught Big Bass. If you fish Lake Fork, do yourself a favor, do it with the Best Guide, and a great person John Tanner, you will not be disappointed.
Kevin Porter
Folks if you are looking for a guide on Lake Fork, look no further you have just connected with the "Mother Load". John is at the top of his game and will provide the results you are looking for.
On 3/27/02,he provided me with my personal best Bass fishing trip EVER and I have been fishing for over a half century. With several 4's,5's and a few dinks already caught and released, I was able to boat an 8+ a 9+ and a 10+ in a matter of 2 hrs. The credit for such an awesome experience goes to his exp.

Billy Harrison
John, I would 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!!
David Weatherford
John made our trip an enjoyable experience. Not only did we catch approx. 20 fish each, we had a great time doing it. We laughed joked and caught fish all day long. John is very courteous and puts his customers first. I have fished with other guides that are concerned about how many fish they catch instead of how many their customers do. John made sure we were always on fish and made sure we had the proper baits to catch them. (He loves those Mark Pack worms). I would highly recommend him.
Alan Maggart
JOHN, 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 HE GOT. I TOLD HIM WAIT UNTIL WE GET WITH A REAL FISHERMAN LIKE JOHN TANNER FOR A TRIP HE WON'T FORGET.
Tommy Yates
Am booking my 3rd trip with John for next month...this dude can guide! (See my pic on photo page) Seriously, I now consider John a good friend and he is just a great guy to fish with...very knowledgeable and keeps you where the fish are!
Eric Homan
If you are going to fish Lake Fork, do yourself a big favor and book your trip with John Tanner. Not only is John a great guide, he will keep you laughing all day. My best friend and I have fished with John whenever we have gone to Lake Fork and we have never been disappointed. Some of our fondest fishing memories are from our trips with John. Even a couple Yankees like us can catch big fish with the right guide. Check out the picture of Scott Ames (my best friend) in John's photo section.
Glenn Harding
Bass Pro Shops Outdoors Online:  Fishing Banner/Marine
John, 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 again soon.
all the best Denny Swartz
John: 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.
Jeff Franklin
John Tanner Is The Man When It Comes To Deep Water Fishing. I Fish a lot of tournaments and the things I have learned from this guy has won me a good deal of money. Not only that, but John is fun to be around. He's one hell of a guy
Casey Starkey
John, 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 forward to another visit.
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.
 
Allen Reitmeier
When you go to Lake Fork there is only one guide to fish with... John Tanner. I have fished with John for the past 5 years, I try to go at least 2 good trips a year (3 or more days). On every trip I take I learn more and more. John isn't just a great fisherman, he is a great person. He is definitely a man who puts his client above himself. Whenever you get the chance you need to go on a fishing trip with John. Not only do you have a great fishing trip, you get to spend the day with a friend. Keep up the great work John.
Later, Benny Morris
Everyone, I went with John on May 13th and we caught several fish. He is extremely helpful and knowledgeable about Fork and the patterns that are producing. I have been fishing at Fork for 7 yrs averaging 20/trips a year. John taught me several things that I did not know. Thanks John, I'll be back and be sending all my friends!
Jeff Dawson
Just wanted to let everyone know I had the best fishing trip of my life on Tuesday the 30 of May. And the guide was John Tanner, boy he put me on fish and put me on fish. Every fish we put in the boat was well worth the time. Not only a great guide but a great person as well. If you are having difficulty finding a good guide well here is the winner.
 
Russell Lewis
John, 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 John 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. with John, while other people were getting only 3 to 4 fish a day.
Thanks again John. Larry and Jeremy Hull

"Come fish for a bass of a lifetime".
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903-569-7451
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