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.

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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 larger🙂

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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You Can’t Fool These Guys

There’s some anglers living in The Villages that are wearing them out during the summer season. It seems that these old green fish still bite IF you can just find them. Gary Towers with his friend Joe got 10 Monday at Griffin with the largest going 3.3 lbs. Take them like that any day Gary.

Gary Towers 7/25/16 Weight 3.3 lbs Lake Griffin on Lipless

Gary Towers 7/25/16
Weight 3.3 lbs
Lake Griffin on Lipless

Erie Forehand 7/17/16 Weight 3.1 lbs - Worm Lake Griffin

Erie Forehand 7/17/16
Weight 3.1 lbs – Worm
Lake Griffin

Here’s Erie Forehand holding a nice healthy 3.1 lb bass he caught on a worm.

Erie Forehand Weight 3.1 lbs - Worm Lake Griffin

Above Erie Forehand holds a nice 3.1 lb bass he’d caught on a worm. Erie said that was his 3rd fish. (Click on pics for close up)

Even Wayne Barksdale continues to catch bass from his ever producing hole near Lakeland, FL. Wayne said he and his wife caught 12 fish and the largest weighed 6 lbs that coughed this up on the floor….yeah what’s left of a crawdad. Hmmm – I think I’ve got some crawdads that color.

Wayne Barksdale 7/20/16 Lakeland FL

Wayne Barksdale 7/20/16 Lakeland FL – Weight 6 lbs

 

Here's What's Remaining Of A Crawdad A Bass Coughed up

Here’s What’s Remaining Of A Crawdad A Bass Coughed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

President elect Randy DiSanto has been catching Tilapia on a fly rod from a Village pond. These colorful fish are similar to bluegils on steroids. If you’ve seen the soup bowl shape spawning beds, these are the engineers of nature that make them. It seems the fish that doesn’t bite on bait of any kind will eat a fly. Randy has them down to a science.

Randy DiSanto President Elect 2 lb Tilapia - On Fly Rod

Randy DiSanto
President Elect 2 lb
Tilapia – On Fly Rod

Not to be outdone, VP Elect Rob Husson shows off a 4 lb catfish that also ate a fly. I’ll bet that put up a fight.

Rob Husson VP Elect Catfishing With Fly Rod

Rob Husson VP Elect
Catfishing

Happy Birthday Rick Clunn.

Rick Clunn Happy 70th Birthday

Rick Clunn
Happy 70th Birthday

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lake County Tourism “Snagged” the FLW Tournament Circuit for 1 stop during the 2017 season. These professional bass anglers will fish the Harris Chain Mar 9-12, 2017. Watch for the colorful wrapped sponsored boats to start showing up late fall/winter as they pre-fish for $100,000 1st place prize money….50th place pays $10,000.

 

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Just A Drag

What’s that noise? Oh yeah, the alarm was blaring saying it’s 0330 & time to rise. Gotta take the dog for a walk, prior to hooking up the boat, to go fish a tournament 25 miles away. But today I’ve got company, tournament angler Don Millich, who has taken me out several times, recently sold his boat.

We pull away from the house at 0500 & stop at MD’s for breakfast to go. Arriving at the ramp the jokingly verbal abuse starts from other competitors. Millich used to live on the water we were fishing. Home town advantage?…. or hit his favorite spots that produce nothing then what? And to that add that we weren’t fishing as a team, but as opponents. At 0610 we started fishing. By 0635 I had 2 in the box caught on a toad. That bite screeched to a halt. No wind & bright sun with temperature by 0930 at 90 degrees and water temp was 91.2….time to slow down. Millich starts dragging a Senko & catches a keeper. Minutes click away as the water bottles are consumed without a bump when suddenly Millich says “I’ve got a good one”! I scrambled & moments later this massive thing surfaces & was slid into the net. The shaky head Senko was barely skin hooked in the upper mouth.

Don Millich 10.22 lbs His Best Ever Caught 7/12/16 Lake Henderson

Don Millich 10.22 lbs
His Best Ever Caught 7/12/16 Lake Henderson

Don Millich 7/12/16 Weight 10.22 lbs Lake Henderson

Don Millich 7/12/16 Weight 10.22 lbs
Lake Henderson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once Millich’s behemoth was placed in the livewell he added a magic potion to help preserve the fishes liveliness.  We each managed to catch 2 more but nothing compared to Millich’s fish that by the way was caught at 1000. Tournament hours ended at noon and results were as follows: 15 anglers, 43 fish caught, 1st place was Don Millich with 3 that weighed 12.16 lbs. Millich also had Big Bass that weighed 10.22 lbs. Only 3 anglers had 5 fish limits. Millich completed the on line Trophy Catch application submitting his fish. Congratulations Don Millich.

Not familiar with Trophy Catch? Click on the link at the top of our page. 8 lb bass and up qualify for prizes. And that next Trophy could be as close as your neighborhood pond.

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Club Donates To Operation Homebound

The Freshwater Fishing Club donated $300.00 to Operation Homebound, operated by North Lake Presbyterian Church.  We received this thank you in response.

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SMALLmouth & YOU SHOW ME YOURS

NOTE: New Florida Bass Length Limit In Affect. Keep 4 any length under 16″ and only one allowed over 16″. Effective July 1st, 2016

 

While snowbirds are visiting family & friends to the north & beyond, some of us are enjoying the cool crisp mornings waking up in 321?? zip code….NOT….living near the equator can be good in February, but this time of year can be brutal. I had 95.2 surface water temp on July 7 on Lake Griffin. Still managed to promote a strike from a 3.6 lbr on a lipless.

Caught July 6, 2016 Griffin

Caught July 7, 2016
Griffin

 

Saw this little guy floating June 30th, 2016 Griffin

Saw this little guy floating June 30th, 2016
Griffin (Click On Pic)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pic of the fingerling was no surprise to me….not that I found it floating but that it even exists. There’s plenty of bass in Lake Griffin and although challenging at times, rest assured they’re still there & reproducing. I’ve not seen any stocking reports recently so figure this guy was a natural.

Below are Barksdale Brothers (L) Jim & Wayne showing their, speaking for myself, normal  size bass they caught while fishing in Missouri. Sure do miss catching smallmouth.

Jim Barksdale of the "Infamous Barksdale Clan" holds a smallmouth.

Jim Barksdale of the “Famous Barksdale Clan” holds a smallmouth

Wayne Barksdale Holding "insert name :) " Normal Size Bass"

Wayne Barksdale Holding “insert name🙂 ” Normal Size Bass”

 

 

 

 

 

 

Braksdale's Kayak Fishing Pristine Waters In MO

Barksdale Clan Kayak Fishing Pristine Waters In MO

 

 

Danny Barksdale 7lb 14oz Near Lakeland, FL

Danny Barksdale 7 lb 14oz
Near Lakeland, FL

 

 

 

 

 

 

(L) Nashville native, Danny Barksdale, crawling a bait ever so slowly conjured up this “ALMOST” Trophy Catch 

 

 

Cooling FLA Storms

Cooling FLA Storms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our summer break is quickly coming to an end. The 2016/2017 season will feature something for all & will surely meet your approval. Remember we have new officers starting in September, we’re always looking for volunteers, and if you have any pictures contact us. We’ll be more than happy to make you world famous or as some prefer, keep you in the witness protection program and not tell your “SECRET SPOT”.

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