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Wayne Barksdale Scores A Money Catch
For FFC member Wayne Barksdale the 2019 season got off to a great start. While fishing Lake Griffin on January 2nd Wayne landed a nice Bass with a bright yellow tag attached. Now I’m sure that anyone who fishes the Harris Chain on a regular basis knows that this is a “Money Fish” and in this case it amounted to a cool $100 for Wayne.
Wayne Barksdale’s Tagged Lake Griffin Bass
Wayne’s $100 Payout
As it turns out this was the third tagged fish that Wayne has landed. Two years ago he caught a 8lb plus Bass with a $200 payout and that same year a 3lb Bass with a $50 payout. The FWC tagging program started a number of years ago and it collects information from anglers who in turn are rewarded for their reporting. Wayne has agreed to give a short description of this program at our February meeting.
R&R Fishing Clinic / January 15th, 2019
Despite the cool morning temp, seventeen FFC members met at the Miona Rec. Ctr. pond for the monthly clinic.
January Clinic at Miona Pond
This months topic was how to rig and fish a creature bait. This method is normally very productive but unfortunately the fish had other ideas. All agreed to give it another try when water temps come up a bit. Anyone interested in attending a future clinic can sign up at our monthly meetings.
From selecting a rod to choosing what type of bait to use, Terry covered it all at the January meeting.
Tips For Selecting A Rod
He described in detail some of the best performing baits and how with slight modifications they can be made even more effective. Something as simple as trimming the skirt on a chatterbait to make it run deeper or adding a small spinner blade to a soft plastic worm to make it vibrate.
Modification To Soft Plastic Worms
He also shared some of his favorite colors and how water clarity is a factor when selecting color. Terry also provided some very helpful information to those who fish the St. Johns River. Fish seem to be active in areas of moving water. Great information for those attending this months trip.
After some fairly good fall fishing 2018 certainly ended on a much quieter note. A decent size catch in December was as rare as hens teeth but FFC member Frank Martines put in the time and was rewarded with this nice 4.1lb. Villages pond catch.
Frank Martines – 4.1lb. – Villages Pond
So where is Frank in the pic? Well Frank has a real cool way of taking pics of his catch. He sets the timer on his cell phone, places it on the windshield of his golf cart, holds up his catch, and bingo, done!! Just needs to move a little more to the left next time so all can see the happy angler.
Thanks to all who have sent in reports and pics. Keep them coming.
In cooler than normal temps fourteen FFC members met at Calumet pond for the December clinic.
FFC Members / December Clinic
This month we took a different approach with a soft plastic jerk bait on a Carolina Rig. Although not new the Yum “Swurm” has some great features. It is very soft and flexible yet seems to be quite strong. It can be rigged several different ways and has a lifelike movement with very little effort. We tried the 6.25″ size in three different colors with hopes of landing “The Big One” but the fish had other thoughts.
All agreed to spend more time with this bait and I’m sure that we will get some good reports soon.
If you would like to join us at one of our monthly clinics you can sign up at our regular monthly meeting.
Our guest speaker at this months meeting was Coast Guard certified Captain Zack Slankard. His passion for fishing really comes across when sharing his knowledge with others.
Capt. Zack Slankard Addressing FFC Members At The December Meeting
Zack described in detail the best tactics to use for the upcoming Crappie season which peaks from the end of December to the end of January. He also mentioned that Herlong Park is currently closed for facilities work and that the Griffin State Park launch is free. Also at this months meeting we raffled off a guided Crappie trip with Capt. Zack. The two lucky winners were Jack Hoban and Don Kindilien.
Jack Hoban, Capt. Zack, Don Kindilien
This annual event should be on every anglers calendar. Not only a great opportunity to purchase quality gear at great prices but also a chance to meet the local pros and pick up some tips. On hand at this years event were Shaw Grigsby, Mark Menendez, Cliff Prince, Peter T, and Tim Frederick. There were also raffles, door prizes, and a great BBQ lunch.
FFC Members & Pros / Brooker’s / Dec 1st, 2018
Whenever I get a message from FFC member Jon Young, I know it’s gonna be something good and his last message didn’t disappoint. It looks like Jon has found a “Honey Hole” on the Oklawaha River. Fishing on November 8th in the same general area where he landed a 9+ pounder in October, he landed this 7lb. 4oz. beauty. WTG Jon, we’re looking forward to your December report.
Jon Young 7lbs. 4oz. Oklawaha River
If you still need proof that there are some pretty nice fish swimming in our local ponds, check this out. FFC member Richard Shire landed this nice 7lb. 5oz. beauty while fishing Santiago pond on November 26th.
Richard Shire 7lbs. 5oz. Santiago Pond
This pond has always produced some decent size fish. Its easy access and long shoreline make it a favorite for many.
A Stringer Of Fish
Now here’s a fishing story that just has to be shared. Based on recent reports of some pretty good fishing on Lake Sumter, Pres. Randy DiSanto, Chip Austin, and yours truly decided to book a trip. On November 23rd, with cool temps and a slight breeze we weren’t sure what would happen. Well it didn’t take long to record several nice fish. At one point while fishing a 3/0 hook Texas rigged worm, I got into what I thought was a Lake Sumter monster. As it neared the boat I could see that a second fish was trying to steal the bait from the one I had hooked. A quick scoop of the net revealed what really happened.
Rob Husson 7lb. 12oz. double catch Lake Sumter
When the first fish (3lbs.) took the bait the hook protruded from it’s lip with the worm still attached. When fish number two (4lbs. 12oz.) saw what appeared to be a quick snack it grabbed it pulling the hook right through the lip of number one making two fish on a stringer. I removed the hook from number two, cut the hook off and pulled the line back through the lip of number one. After both fished were released I said to myself “If only Kim Stricker could have filmed it” After fishing several areas around the lake, the final count for the trip was 43 and a great story to tell.