The fall bite should be in full swing by some estimates. Weeny Dinks….think about it….records showed during Nov 2015, when the water temps drop, it’s game on for all micropterous salmoides….at least in Lake Deaton. Water level is 4 inches less than last year and the water temps are in the upper 70’s.
Across the street, at Okahumpka, the water level is down 2 feet. Unless you’re in a yak….forget it….although there was a Trophy Catch qualifier caught at Okahumpka Sep 23rd that weighed 8.3 lbs. Not sure what boat was used….may have been a skinny water center console flats boat.
While some are catching TC qualifiers, others (others definition: me) are struggling just “catching”. 4 days of fishing Deaton out of 7 produced 2 keepers….AND the largest of the 2 weighed 1.9 lbs….yep, my fun meter was pegged…and to think once I wanted to do this professionally….yeah right….that was during my drinkin daze. Now that I’ve seen the light with modern prescribed meds from doctor twiggy….another story….where was I ??? You ever hear the saying that big baits catch big fish? Hmmm ok most of the time. Check out below.
These are supposed to be great prespawn baits as mentioned by professional angler Dean Rojas. This has been a money maker of his for years. The best part is when you get the explosive strike….and they stick. Caution, not for the faint hearted.
BUT if you REALLY want to get bit by some nice fish….go no farther than your back yard….okay maybe a little farther….but see what FFC VP Rob Husson caught from a Calumet pond in The Villages. This 5.4 bass was caught on a Texas rigged watermelon red flaked Yum Dinger fished very slow. Rob said the bad news was he lost 1 that was bigger. Hey Rob, selfie sticks are under $10. You’re gonna need 1 to get picture of Trophy Catch fish on scales. Nice fish. NOTE: Added the picture above dated 11/2/16 after receiving it instead of waiting to post later. It appears that the bass Rob said that he missed was possibly larger may be this guy/gal here. WTG Rob….I hope it wasn’t just for sake of you catching one larger. Click on any picture for closer view.
FFC Trip Chairman Steve Felix said the next fishing trip is back to St. John’s River near Astor. It’s always a good time, great food, & scenic fishery. The catching is up to the angler. The river is finally back within it’s banks after Hurricane Mathew made a mess of things. Sign up at the next FFC meeting. Details of trip posted on web site under Meetings/Events. Also FFC President Randy Disanto mentioned that at the Nov 8th meeting they’ll be a raffle to fish with guide Captain Grady Maynard. You must be a member in good standing to enter.
In Jan & Mar 2017, the bass professionals will be here to fish the Harris Chain. Dates are posted on this web site under Near-Term Meetings & Events along with other tournaments throughout the state. I mention this as a good place to observe a professionally ran bass tournament or to stay off the water to avoid the crowds. There will be colorful wrapped bassboats and vehicles within our community soon. And yes KVD will be here too. See you at a FLW or B.A.S.S. weigh-in.