Fish Of The Month & Other Cool Stuff / March 2021

Catch and release is a practice within recreational fishing intended as a technique of conservation. After capture, the fish are unhooked and returned to the water. Often, a fast measurement and weighing of the fish, followed by photography of the catch is worthwhile. (Source: Wikipedia)
Now we can all agree that this is good practice and the results can be very rewarding. Just ask FFC member Frank Martines. While fishing in the same general area wher FFC member Lou Benasutti landed February’s “Fish Of The Month” Frank landed what could very well be the same fish.

Frank Martines / 11lbs / Villages Pond

When first weighed in February this big girl tipped the scales at 11lbs. 8oz. After what was most likely an 8oz. egg drop the March weight was 11lbs even. Now the story doesn’t end there. As it turns out when first caught, Frank took the pic of Lou holding his catch. When caught the second time, Lou took the pic of Frank holding his catch. Now there’s a story for “Ripley’s Believe It Or Not” and the March 2021 “Fish Of The Month”Pin

More March News
Some of the best fishing we have seen in quite some time came last month and the pics tell the story. FFC Program Chairman Bob Knorr reported this early March Lake Harris catch that tipped the scales at 8.73lbs.

Bob Knorr / 8.73 lbs / Lake Harris

This beast was taken on a Bizz Baits 7.5″ Plumb Apple “Mag Dizzy”

Bizz Baits 7.5″ Mag Dizzy

Sounds like there is some truth to the line. “big fish eat big baits”

Another “Outside The Bubble” catch was reported by FFC member Norm Long. Norm took this 9lb. 10oz. giant from a private pond in Marion County.

Norm Long / 9lbs. 10oz. / Marion County Pond

A topwater bait got the job done.

Closer to home, FFC member Tim Doyle reported this nice 6lb. 11oz. Villages pond catch.

Tim Doyle / 6lbs. 11oz. / Villages Pond

It was taken around 6:00 pm on March 5th with a Watermellon Red Flake Yum 6″ “Dinger”

Santiago pond has been my go to spot recently and I have been doing fairly well.

7lbs. 7oz. / Santiago Pond

I got this 7lb. 7oz. with a creature bait on March 12th and a 6lb. 4oz. on March 14th.

Odds ‘N Ends
On March 12th, I got a text message from FFC member Wayne Barksdale. Attached to the message was a copy of a letter that he received from Bassmaster Magazine. It was a notification telling Wayne that his “Lunker Club” application was approved and his catch will be featured in the April 2021 issue of Bassmaster Magazine. Now how cool is that?

Now for those of you who didn’t see this on the “Fishing Reports Page” here’s a great “Only In The Villages” story that was posted by local angler Tom Lamphere on March 9th……
“Was fishing the El Santiago pond last evening. Was using a live minnow under a bobber. Had gotten a few small bites, but nothing much to mention. I decided to pack it in, so I walked back across the street to put my gear in my car, leaving my pole for last. I returned a minute later and…..you guessed it…my pole was gone….taken into the water!!! I took some casts with another pole, trying to snag it. Do any of you ever kayak that pond? The reel is a Mitchell 300….just in case one of you miraculously snag it” Well this story does  get better. The following morning, March 10th, a post from Frank Martines appeared and it said……”Good morning Tom sorry to hear about your loss but smile first cast at 7:30 this morning I snagged this”

Recovered Tackle

Thanks to all who have reported and sent in pics. Keep them coming.

Rob Husson

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