A Flash AT The Pan

The Villages Freshwater Fishing Club (FFC) had 13 members fish Lake Panasoffkee on September 22. FFC Chairman Steve Felix schedules monthly trips t0 various locations. Reports prior to the trip from former FFC President Jerry Echols mentioned that the bluegils were biting. Trophy Catch Bass reports showed as many as 12 bass weighed in during the past year over 8 lbs. So what happened? Here’s Bill Gorman with 2 bass he caught. Hey Bill it’s better than not getting bit at all. Many times I’ve needed 1 of those in a tournament.

Bill Gorman 9/22/16 Panasoffkee

Bill Gorman 9/22/16 Panasoffkee

Bill Gorman 9/22/16

Bill Gorman 9/22/16 Panasoffkee

 

Felix went on to say there were “3 gar and a bunch of nice pan fish caught….and everyone thanked him for providing them with a good time.” They closed out the trip with lunch at Catfish Johnny’s that’s always a hit. Sign up with Steve Felix at next FFC meeting. You must be a member in good standing to participate.

 

Charlene Blackburn Crankbait Bass Back in Oklahoma This Summer

Charlene Blackburn Crankbait Bass Back in Oklahoma This Summer

 

 

 

Back to her home state of Oklahoma, Charlene Blackburn found time enough to throw a crankbait & score by catching this nice bass. WTG Charlene….and Okahoma is “OK”! They still have that on license plates?

 

 

Don Millich 9/24/16 Lake Griffin - Worm

Don Millich 9/24/16
Lake Griffin – Worm

On September 24, Don Millich & myself went to Lake Griffin. Arriving at the ALMOST FULL parking lot 20 minutes before sunrise, we launched anyway. You can check tournament schedules by clicking on the top of our website Meeting/Events & look under FL Bass Tournaments. “Most tournaments are posted”. This will give you an idea of where NOT to launch. Anyway Don & I continued out towards the lake. Once at our spot I proceeded to throw a topwater torpedo type bait while Don threw a worm. I’m still waiting to hook up with my topwater when Don sets the hook on a 2 lb worm fish.

 

Don Millich 9/24/16 Lake Griffin - Weight 5.0 lbs Junebug Trickworm

Don Millich 9/24/16 Lake Griffin – Weight 5.0 lbs Junebug Trickworm

Not to be out done from my back of the boat friend, I decided to tie on something new….and NO not a worm. The ol’ shaky head with a swimbait attached. If 70 y/o Rick Clunn can catch them at the St. John’s River, “I” ought to be able to catch them on Lake Griffin. A bass is a bass – I thought….. Hey Charlene, Oklahoma might be OK throwing crankbaits but Lake Griffin throwing a shaky head aint the ticket….at least on this trip as “The Donald” catches another bass but this time it’s a decent worm fish. As for me, I’d rather sit in Sister Mary Theresa’s 2nd grade class writing times tables than throw a worm….not that I ever got in trouble….too much. I wonder if they still do that?…. I guessed the bass at 5 lbs & Don said 4.12….I was right. I may get out fished but I say again – Who’s writing this anyway ¬†ūüôā

I receive calls often from anglers asking what, where, when….they tell me that they can’t catch anything here in FL. Earlier I mentioned about the tournament web site….GO to a weigh-in….talk to the anglers….walk by their boats and see what they have tied on….watch them in action on the water. VISIT A LOCAL TACKLE SHOP. What you know about walleye, salmon, and trout won’t help you here. Be vigilant and LISTEN. Most will be happy to tell you what to use AFTER the final day of the tournament. I’ve pounced on this many times that the next cast in ANY of The Village ponds could be a Trophy Catch….and yes I’ve heard rumors over the years of Village giants being caught but come on gang….pictures & scales will make you famous. We don’t need to know your exact location. When all else fails ask any of us at the FFC meetings or better yet….hire a guide. They’re posted on our web site under Guides/Tackle/More.

Erie Forehand Lake Griffin 3.3 lbs Sep 22, 2016 Cajun Craw

Erie Forehand Lake Griffin 3.3 lbs Sep 22, 2016
Cajun Craw

 

 

FFC Member Erie Forehand shows us one of 6 that he caught Sep 22. Erie said they were all over 3 lbs caught on a rage craw at Griffin. WTG Erie.

 

Our October 11, 2016 FFC meeting will feature representatives from Trophy Catch & FWC Law Enforcement or as many of us know them as the Game Warden. Oh I’ll be there….I might be a little preoccupied though busily mathmuhtyzin….2 x ? = 24 ….3 x 8 = ?

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“G” Whiz

But first here’s some fish caught close to home.

Reports have been skimpy of late but bass are being caught. A 15 boat tournament on Sep 13 at Hernando on the Tsala Apopka Chain was no surprise with number of fish weighed in of 28….1st place went to Milt Shuffield 5 fish that weighed 8.37 lbs. Big Bass was 4.06. Shuffield is not new to the winners circle. I’ve witnessed this guy throw what appears to be a trickworm. It’s been his $ maker. He not only won but had Big Bass too.

The Village ponds are producing numbers too but nothing huge YET. Pictured below is President Randy DiSanto & VP Rob Husson.

FFC President Randy DiSanto Caught This Bass In A Village Pond.

FFC President Randy DiSanto Caught This Bass In A Village Pond

FFC VP Rob Husson Shows Off His Pond Bass.

FFC VP Rob Husson Shows Off His Village Pond Bass

 

 

 

 

 

Then there’s new FFC member Susan Loefler that visited Lake Eustis recently and caught this nice bass on a Zoom Junebug Trickworm.

Susan Loefler FFC Member Catches A Lake Eustis Bass On Junebug Trickworm

Susan Loefler FFC Member Catches A Lake Eustis Bass On Junebug Trickworm

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Bassmaster Elite Anglers, for the first time, fished their final tournament before the Bassmaster Classic at Mille Lacs Lake, MN. Also this tournament would crown the Angler Of The Year (AOY)….The lake’s walleye population was said to be suffering but none of the Bassmaster competitors thought so. They’d caught many during the event. They also said that Mille Lacs is ” The best smallmouth fishery ever”. That says volumes considering they’ve caught giants from TVA Lakes & the Great Lakes. But consider this…..at Toledo Bend last May, the day 2 weight was 50lbs for leader KVD & that was largemouth bass….On day 2, the weight at Mille Lacs with leader Seth Fieder was 50 lb 3 ounces….all smallmouth.

Shaw Grigsby Gainesville, FL Pro Finished 26th

Shaw Grigsby Gainesville, FL Pro Finished 26th

On day 1 there were 23 bags with weight over 20 lbs….on day 2 there were 24 bags over 20 lbs. Most all the anglers spoke about the phenomenal fishery and stressed to the locals to protect it. Brent Ehler caught the Smallmouth Big Bass of the tournament that weighed a whopping 6 lb 10 oz. Seth Fieder came in on day 3 with a mega weight of Smallmouth totaling 26 lb 2 oz clinching a win at Mille Lacs.

Seth Fieder Day 3 Weight 26-2 lbs Winning 3 Day Total Wt 76.5

Seth Fieder Day 3 Weight 26-2 lbs Winning 3 Day Total Wt 76.5

The Mille Lacs tournament was the culmination of events for the season to crown the AOY. Gerald Swindle, Greg Hackney, & Keith Combs were vying for the title. Hackney was knocked out 2 tournaments prior to Mille Lacs for a rules infraction. That left Keith Combs. Combs was mathematically able to win if Gerald “G MAN” Swindle had some bad days….and “G MAN” had 2 bad days.

Emcee, Dave Mercer, during the season would always ask “G” if he ever thinks about the AOY points? “G” always denied it but it was obvious that it was mentally taking it’s toll on him. Here’s a guy that hadn’t won a tournament all year but consistently finished high enough in each event to give him that potential win for AOY….and in “G MAN” fashion he weighed in 22 lbs on day 3 locking him into position of AOY.

Gerald Swindle's Mom watched her son win his 2nd AOY Award

Gerald Swindle’s Mom watched her son win his 2nd AOY Award

2016 AOY Gerald Swindle

2016 AOY Gerald Swindle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharing The Moment as LeAnn said "It's Over" to her AOY Husband Gerald Swindle

Sharing The Moment as LeAnn said “It’s Over” to her AOY Husband Gerald Swindle

 

Without a doubt it was no walk in the park for the “G MAN” to capture the Bassmaster AOY title. Congratulations to 2 time winning AOY Gerald Swindle. You deserved it.

Also it’s safe to say once this hits TV, Mille Lacs & vicinity will be put on the map. Go to millelacs.com

 

 

 

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FFC September Meeting With John Peyton

Program Chairman, Steve Henderson, arranged to have Crappie Fishing Guide John Peyton speak on September 13, 2016. The following video summarizes the meeting proceedings.

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Be FOUR The Storm

  1. Trim the palm tree that keeps smacking the house when the wind blows. Check
  2. Trim the bushes that have been nothing more than a haven for wasps and MULCH the trimmings with that fancy Toro mulching mower….grass cut & bushes cleaned up at the same timeūüôā That’s like catching 2 fish with 1 cast. Check
  3. Install new trolling motor….same brand, lb thrust, shaft length….old Minn Kota lasted 14 years¬†with severe abuse & never let me down once. 24V x 65 lb thrust Minn Kota Maxxum. Check
  4. Perform FCF (aviator talk for Functional Check Flight) on new trolling motor. Check

I wasn’t the only one that had the same idea. Gary Towers with his friend Joe were out on Griffin throwing lipless crankbaits when Gary got this nice bass. Hey Gary, how come Joe is never pictured?

Gary Towers Caught 8/29/16 Weight 5.13 oz Lake Griffin - Lipless

Gary Towers Caught 8/29/16 Weight 5.13 oz
Lake Griffin – Lipless Aruku Shad

 

 

 

 

Ken Fox Caught 8/31/16 Weight 5.12 Long Lake Michigan Smallmouth

Ken Fox Caught 8/31/16
Weight 5.12 Long Lake Michigan Smallmouth

Here’s Ken Fox fishing at Long Lake in Michigan with a 5.12 oz smallmouth….not much of the fish but you get the idea. Ken went on to say¬†he caught his fish¬†on a Smithwick 5″ jerkbait¬†in 4′ of water near a rock pile. Ken said the fish went airborne 3 times & appeared much larger. Only problem I see is that you need longer arms for a better picture.

Smithwick Suspending Rattlin' Rogue - Tequila

Steve Henderson Lake Griffin 8/31/16 Weight 6 lb 4 oz

Steve Henderson
Lake Griffin 8/31/16
Weight 6 lb 4 oz

 

Florida Governor Scott declares a state of emergency with 51 counties being affected by his order from Tropical Storm Hermine….so what do I do? See item 4 above….I was on the water at 0930 with my favorite Aruku Shad & caught 4 decent fish with the largest being a 6 lb 4 oz.

 

 

 

Two of our regular supporters on here, Wayne Barksdale & his wife, have recently sustained¬†health issues. Wayne told me today that they are both¬†on the mend & will be out on the water soon. Here’s wishing you both a speedy recovery.

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Did I mention the trolling¬†MOTOR performed flawlessly?¬†Just ensure that rope¬†you pull on to¬†place motor in the stowed position is properly routed….duh!

 

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Changes On The Horizon

No not the temps….that won’t happen until late October, although there’s “Invest’s ” that the Weather Channel folks are discussing. I’m referring to the Freshwater Fishing Club (FFC) Officials….not too much of a shake-up but we’ve added & moved around some personnel to fortunately fill a void….although we still need 1 more board member.

Lightning Strike

Water Lightning Strike

The election results were announced last May before our summer break. The results shouldn’t have been too shocking. Randy DiSanto has been active in the FFC for several years.

Randy DiSanto, President FFC

Randy DiSanto, President FFC

President elect Randy DiSanto has several ideas in an attempt to stir more interest in the Club. I suggested an open FREE bar at each meeting….with Uber folks outside for transportation. ¬†That didn’t fly. But, it was brought up about competing with other clubs….holding a 2 hr tournament among Village anglers, just to mention a couple. Randy always has ideas up his sleeve. And yes it’d be nice to have some new blood.

Lake Griffin Herlong Park Train Ramp

Lake Griffin Herlong Park Train Ramp

 

A serious reminder that if you fish LAKE GRIFFIN & launch from Herlong Park “Train Ramp”, be advised they’re working on the roof structure starting Monday Aug 22nd.

St Johns Water Mgt

St Johns Water Mgt

 

 

Saw these guys recently on Griffin & inquired what was happening….”We’re checking the water level at the end of the “U” docks. They were referring to the floating docks that are attached to a pole by what appears to be a “U” bolt. Guess it’s quicker by boat than vehicle. Just remember, I’m from the government and am here to help.

Citrus County Bass Tournament Director Bill Genes, who was featured on the previous post, asked me to mention his twice monthly tournament. If interested in participating, see me after the September 13, 2016 FFC meeting. I fish these monthly….anglers are mostly retirees.

On a serious note: We’ve all seen it….glad that isn’t here….hope that never happens to me. Our fellow man in Louisiana….. Please remember them in your prayer$. And it wasn’t even a hurricane.

Fishing Report Next Time – Good Bad – See It Here

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Large Might Be In The Genes

The old saying “The apple didn’t fall far from the tree” reflects about ones genes that are passed on through inheritance….referring to an off spring. Being somewhat skeptical¬†that Citrus County Tournament Director Bill Genes has scales & gils,¬†we’ll forget about the gene pool thingy. However, Bill Genes did¬†catch some large¬†bass today while fishing a tournament at the forever tough, Floral City. Bill coaxed his 2 fish to eat a chatterbait.¬†Usually anywhere from 9 to 11 pounds will win a tournament at Floral City on the Tsala Apopka Chain. Bill had 2 fish that weighed 10.07 lbs that was good for 2nd place & Big Bass. Hey Bill, any one of those 3 that you failed to put in the boat cost you a win. Good job anyway…. First place went to camera shy Milt Shuffield that had 10.34 lbs for 2 fish. Shuffield’s fish were¬†dandies though with his largest weighing 5.96 lbs.¬†I’m betting trick worm enticed his fish.¬† That’s his trademark bait.

Bill Genes - Floral City Weight 7.0 - Chatterbait Caught 8/16/16

Bill Genes – Floral City
Weight 7.0 – Chatterbait
Caught 8/16/16

 

 

 

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Rodman Reservoir was very stingy on Saturday August 13 when Lake County Bass Trackers bass club held their tournament. Don’t¬†know how many anglers fished it, sorry,¬†there were only 19 bass total caught….1st place was 4 fish that weighed 9.93….Big Bass weighed 3.98.

Although the bite has slowed for the tilapia, President Elect Randy DiSanto says he’s still catching them on a fly rod. His tenacity¬†has¬†rewarded him many times with decent sized fish up to¬†2 lbs….brother in law Rob Husson holds the record so far of 2 lb 4 oz.

Also former president & current board member Jerry Echols has been catching some huge brim & bluegils. Check back¬†soon for any updates. Jerry said he was going Wed Aug 17. Follow Up: Jerry said they’d caught 40 nice bluegils at Panasoffkee this morning.

 

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Are Things Getting A Little Squirrely?

Have you ever had 1 of those days/daze when everything you touch turns to…..well you know. OK not everything – just the trolling motor plug….the female portion….come on….what can go wrong….14 years of abuse

Afternoon Delight

Afternoon Delight

lets just say that I ordered a new one….after I went to the bank & applied for a 2nd mortgage to pay for it. I mean come on!….it’s only a female plug for 24 volt system. “Sir it’ll be here tomorrow”. We’ll see.

In the mean time Don Millich texts me that he & his guide Captain “Fishin Fill” McNeal went to the saltwater this morning & had to rub it in. Yeah I know it’s saltwater, whose writing this anyway? Not only that he caught a 35″ Snook & a 34″ Red Fish….he goes on to mention that he’d gotten 3 other Reds but not as large. Don said he also felt sorry for his guide because he blanked, but went on to say he quickly got over it.

Don Millich 34" Red Fish

Don Millich 34″ Red Fish

Don Millich 35" Red Fish Caught 8/11/16

Don Millich 35″ Snook
Caught 8/11/16

Moving write along….ya like that? I did fish a week ago only to see 2 airboats zig zagging back & forth spraying at Griffin. Did it need it? Unfortunately it’s the nature of the beast and yes. I didn’t get skunked …although some may say I might as well had.

My 1 Dink

My 1 Dink

Click on any pictures to enlarge. Except you don’t have to click on ALL of them to recognize that there are some decent fish that were caught.

 

Such as VP Elect Rob Husson. Rob and President Elect Randy DiSanto have been having a blast catching Tilapia on fly rods here in The Villages. Here’s Rob holding a nice 2 lb 4 oz Tilapia. That fish had to put up a helluva fight. I keep calling them bluegils on steroids. And yes it was that large on digital scales. Nice fish Rob.

VP Rob Husson 2.4 lb Tilapia

VP Rob Husson 2.4 lb Tilapia

VP Rob Husson Weighs Tilapia 2 lb 4 oz Fly Rod

VP Rob Husson Weighs Tilapia 2 lb 4 oz Fly Rod

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not to be out done – okay maybe he was out done. Pictured below left holding his fish that he’d caught on a fly is President Elect Randy DiSanto. It appears that he may be giving me the bird while I snapped his photo but I can assure that was not his intention….I think. Our snowbird FFC member Jim Lovegrove is showing nice sized smallmouth he’s been catching while he spends his summers in Ontario. Jim & his friend Phil Smith have been catching smallmouth for a few months like this. Hey Jim, it appears that Phils is largerūüôā

Prsident Elect Randy DiSanto says you can catch these bluegils 4' off the shore.

Prsident Elect Randy DiSanto says you can catch these bluegils 4′ off the shore.

Jim Lovegrove 8/9/16 OtonabeeRiver Peterborough, ON

Jim Lovegrove 8/9/16
OtonabeeRiver Peterborough, ON

Phil Smith 8/9/16 Smallmouth in Ontario

Phil Smith 8/9/16 Smallmouth in Ontario

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below left is FFC Board Member Don Kindilien holding a mouth watering walleye….1 of 30 that he’d caught while fishing the French River in Noelville, ON area. Fire up the skillet.

Don Kindilien French River Canada Walleye & Smallmouth Aug 2016

Don Kindilien French River Canada Walleye & Smallmouth
Aug 2016

Treasurer Jerry Lester 7/26/16 Lake Griffin Weight 6 lb 10 oz Aruku Shad

Treasurer Jerry Lester 7/26/16 Lake Griffin
Weight 6 lb 10 oz
Aruku Shad

 

Here’s FFC Treasurer Jerry Lester holding down the back deck when he says “I got one….I think it’s a good one….it’s taking drag.” Time to try out my trusty rubberized net. After a few surges the fish came alongside the boat & slid into the net….the scales read 6 lb 10 oz. Nice fish Jerry. Aruku Shad strikes again.¬†

 

 

And the next time you’re told to expect 5-8 inches of rain over the next 4 days don’t hold your breath. I received 1/4″ during that time period watching the radar lit up like crazy only to bi-pass us. The gulf area got flooded especially in the panhandle. Like I say….things are a little squirrely around here lately.

 

 

 

 

 

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