R&R Fishing Clinic / April 17th 2018

This months clinic was held at the Miona Rec. Center pond. Fifteen members were shown how to rig and fish a “Creature Bait” Methods discussed were the Texas Rig, Carolina Rig, and Drop Shot. Due to the fact that our retention ponds are very shallow, the Texas Rig is the most productive. Baits, hooks, and weights were provided and after some instruction and a short Q&A session, things got under way. Only minutes into the meet, Marni Strautman discovered that Catfish eat creature baits to. Not the target species here but it still counts as a catch. Marni did manage to reel in two Bass proving this method does produce.

Marni Strautman

Marni Strautman

After an issue with his line and the need to re-spool, Phil Loewenstein reeled in the biggest fish of the meet. A nice Bass weighing in at 3lbs. 12 oz.

Phil Loewenstein

Phil Loewenstein

FFC member Jim Jones added one more to the count and Bob Armbruster had one break off.
All in all it was another fun event.
Only one more clinic before the summer break so if you would like to be part of the fun, be sure to sign up at the May meeting.
Rob Husson

 

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Freshwater Fishing Club 2018 Fish Fry

FFC members and guests met at the Silver Lake Rec. Center this past Saturday for the annual fish fry.

Hats off once again to Jerry Echols who has coorordinated this event for several years making it a club favorite.
Also a special thanks to Robert and Darlene Edmondson for providing and preparing the fried fish and hush puppies. Other items on the menu included baked beans, potato salad, cole slaw, and plenty of sweets.
Good food and some incredible fish stories made for a great day.Fish Fry 2018

Rob Husson

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Minuscule To Massive

While the bass haven’t been chewing the prop off the trolling motor, they are on the prowl & some are ready to eat.

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Beds are plentiful in many lakes locally….as for others, you may be wondering where are they? Jerk baits, worms, creature baits, topwater….you name it – and not even a sniff….very frustrating especially if you’re suffering from cabin fever….it’s time to shine. I scored tournament day with….call it how you see it. I’ll let this monster speak for itself. (Click on any picture to zoom in) Floral City – Tsala Apopka Chain 3/13/18

My grandson Mason Hinch caught his 1st bass 3/20/18 vibe tail watermelon red worm

Mason Hinch with a 1.4 lb bass – his 2nd. Ma Nature had no mercy 35 mph gusts. Venetian Gardens

Do you remember when you caught your first bass? Here’s 8 y/o, football, wrestler, soccer player Mason Hinch, my grandson, that spent 4 days with me in hopes to catch some bass. Mother Nature was brutal with tornado watch/warnings, 2″ rainfall, wind gusts to 35 mph. He glued a spinning rod on his arm & threw a vibe tail that enabled him to catch a couple while here. Next time Mason.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you fish the Village ponds, you may have seen Doctor Bob with his fly rod. In passing Doc tells me that he’s caught some small bass and seen others caught to 4 lbs on shiners. But what he really wanted to show me was his latest limited production. Very limited. Okay how about just 1. Doc calls it STS bait. And I asked what STS stood for? He quickly replies “SLICKER THAN SnoT”….or something to that affect. I laughed and said he’d keep me posted on results. Still waiting Doc.

Birthday present YEAH
bait – white trick worm
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Villager Wayne Barksdale is no stranger on here and should be familiar to many. His catching success doesn’t come by luck but by time spent on the water with years of wisdom & experience. And this posting is no exception. Here Barksdale displays his best catch of the day with a 6 lb 7 oz bass he caught on a white trick worm while fishing the Windemere Chain of Lakes. Barksdale said the shad spawn was on early in the morning and this gal was hungry. Nice fish, as usual.

Local Results:

3/20/18 there was a 14 boat tournament at beautiful Floral City on the Tsala Apopka Chain….and I always say that if you catch 9-11 lbs you’re a winner here. Don Willis brought in 4 bass that weighed 6.49 pounds. Brian Reid brought in a 2.56 fish that qualified for big bass.

3/27/18 there were 24 boats that launched from Tracy’s Point at Panasoffkee. 1st place was 5/11.62 pounds, Big Bass was 5.12, There were 41 bass caught.

Trophy Catch Coordinator KP Clements

April Bassmaster Magazine on pg 66. Look at the size bass that Troy Leitermann caught on live shiner while fishing the Tsala Apopka Chain. How about 12 lbs 6 oz. And this is the chain that I always say 9-11 lbs & you’re in the $$$. His 1 fish exceeds many 5 fish limits. I wonder if he was entered in Trophy Catch.  KP Clements would be disappointed if you weren’t. We promote it on here often. Click here to register —->https://www.trophycatchflorida.com/

Towards the last of March, they were spraying Lake Harris to knock down the invasive aquatic weed known as hydrilla. In 14 ft of water, hydrilla will grow 2 feet a day. The Harris Chain, along with the other lakes below the Mason Dixon Line, are inundated with this weed. A bass factory at best….boaters nemesis at worst. Recently members of the FFC have witnessed a helicopter & airboats spraying on Big Lake Harris. And if you think Griffin was exempt, another FFC member saw them spraying  3-4 weeks earlier. And the hits just keep on coming.

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F.O.T.M. (Fish Of The Month) March, 2018

I just can’t think of a better way to try out a new rod & reel. On March 23rd, FFC member Jim Jones put his new TFO combo to the test landing this monster 9lb. 5oz. Villages pond Largemouth. For all the details, check out Jim’s post on the “Fishing Reports” page. He makes it sound pretty easy but I was fortunate enough to be a witness and it was not an easy task. I would say that there is going to be a nice product review headed to Temple Fork Outfitters. Things got even better for Jim when his catch was approved by FWC’s “Trophy Catch” program. Jim Jones 9lbs. 5oz.
Keeping with the “Monster’ theme, check out this Lake Harris Gar caught by FFC member Bill Shelton. This toothy critter tipped the scale at whopping 11lbs. 1 oz. Now I would guess that this was not the target species of his March 26th outing but it must have been a blast to reel in. Bill Shelton 11lb. 1oz.
Thanks again to all who reported and sent pics. Keep them coming.

Rob Husson

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2018 Villages Bass Fishing Tournament

In picture perfect weather, 49 local anglers took part in the 9th annual “Villages Bass Fishing Tournament” held Tuesday, March 27th.
The three ponds fished in this years event were Bonita, Poinciana, and Ashland and despite the fact that fish were a little reluctant to bite, fish were caught in all three locations.
Soft plastics seemed to be the bait of choice although I did witness two nice fish taken with a lipless crankbait.
Several non qualifying species were also caught during the event including Catfish, Crappie, and a foul hooked Tilapia.
The awards banquet was held Thursday March 29th at La Hacienda Rec Center. As in the past, The Oakwood Grill provided some great food before the winners were announced.
First place went to Bob Knorr with 2 fish, totaling 5lbs-3oz. (Ashland)
Second place and “Big Fish” went to Gord McGarry with 1 fish, 2lbs.-13oz. (Bonita)
Third place went to Jack “Topwater” Hoban with 1 fish, 2lbs.-7oz. (Bonita)

Honorable mention went to Dave Makarewicz, 1 fish, 2lbs.-4oz. (Poinciana)
A special thanks to all who volunteered to make this years event another success.

Rob Husson

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First Charter On Lake Sumter

The first trip to Lake Sumter is in the books, members of the Club were aboard, feedback was informative, seems the “Green Senko” worm proved to do the job, many fish were caught, with the biggest being a 5lb-11 oz Bass caught by Ed  Ehrhard.

The next trip is scheduled for March 28th, @ 8:00AM, returning @10:00AM, the dock is located adjacent to the Waterfront Inn, so if you are on a upcoming trip and want to learn the ropes you can stop by and speak to the anglers.

First Charter On Lake Sumter

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Club Trip to the Bass Conservation Center

Following info is from  the trip on March 16th to the Bass Conservation Center in Webster Fl.

A good time was had by those that attended.

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The presentation was informative, and seeing some of the large Bass used in the breeding process could only make one hope.

The Hatchery is having a free fishing day and some of the older breeding stock have been put in the ponds, so there is hope.

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Returning back to the Villages the group stopped at the world famous “Farmers Market Restaurant” which has undergone a total remodel, the food is even better.

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