Two frequent father & son contributors Wayne & Jeff Barksdale notified me recently saying they had a good day on Nov 8th catching 31 bass near Lakeland, FL. The Barksdales use big worms, swimbaits, & jigs many times to locate hard bottoms, structure, dropoffs…..Our previous guest speaker Captain Grady Maynard also mentioned using heavier weights to fish a Carolina Rig. Heavy & Big can vary in definition by user. Former Angler of the year (AOY) Greg Hackney uses 1 1/2 oz & heavier. Then there’s Mr. Drop Shot and AOY Aaron Martens that is a finesse angler much of the time.
Closer to home FFC Board member Rob Husson caught a nice 3 lbr on a worm out of one of the Village ponds. ALL ponds that we’re allowed to fish in The Villages have bass like this and MUCH larger. Sign up for Trophy Catch.
Lake Okahumpka has got plenty of water but is topped out with hydrilla. Maybe this winter much of this tropical growth will die. I threw a toad for 2 hours along the western edge where there were pockets to operate a boat. Never got a hit. Sure they ground up tons of vegetation and cleared several acres but….. “IF” you go there or anywhere for that matter, be aware that this is a duck pond and hunters frequent this water.
Please remember Toys 4 Tots and bring any NEW unwrapped rod & reel combo to our next meeting scheduled Dec 8 at Lake Miona Rec Center. Our speaker will be Miller Boating Center sponsored B.A.S.S. tournament angler Patrick Pierce. Patrick is a Florida native and will provide angling tips for the area.
Jerry Lester & I wish you & yours a Happy Thanksgiving