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Fishing report Updated Aug 14 2014

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     The Blue Gill and are bedding thru out the Harris Chain and the ST. John's River. The best time is usually around the Full Moon. For Bass fish heavy cover such as docks and pads. A slow presentation is a must. Large mouth and Hybrid Bass are feeding on migrating shad in the St John's river. Look for them schooling up around the mouths of feeder creeks and the Wekiva River. Also, with the summer thunder storms there is lots of run-off flow into the lakes and rivers. This washes bait into the water and feeding bass and pan-fish will school around these areas. The deep holes in the Wekiva River are good for big Catfish. Best bait is live shiners.

        The Lily pads in Lake Monroe is a good place to try this time of year. The I-4 shoreline and Mothers Arms are good spawning areas for pan-fish.  The deep holes along the 17/92 seawall are good for some big specks. You have to put up with the gar biting your minnow though. Another good area for specks is Mothers Arms on the NE side of Lake Monroe in 4 to 6 ft of water.


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Tackle Tip
Attach a small float about 3 feet above your Zip-Jig or Fish Bite. Cast to the edges of pads and grass and use a erratic jerk and retrieve to attract feeding Specks and pan fish. Tip the jig with a minnow for best results. You can now order Ron's Zip Jig online. Only $1.59 ea.

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Central Florida Feeding Times August 2014

               Fri 1

4:55 AM
9:55 AM
  Sat 2

5:45 AM
10:45 AM
 Sun 3

6:35 AM
11:35 AM
  Mon 4

7:25 AM
12:25 PM
  Tue 5

8:15 AM
1:15 PM
 Wed 6

9:05 AM
2:05 PM
 Thur 7

9:55 AM
2:55 PM
 Fri 8

10:45 AM
3:45 PM
Sat 9

11:40 AM
4:40 PM
 Sun 10

12:40 PM
5:40 PM
 Mon 11

1:40 PM
6:40 PM

2:40 PM
7:40 PM
 Wed 13

3:40 PM
8:40 PM
 Thur 14

3:15 PM
8:15 PM
Fri 15

4:15 PM
8:15 AM
 Sat 16

4:45 AM
9:45 AM
 Sun 17

5:40 AM
10:40 AM
Mon 18

6:35 AM
11:35 AM
Tue 19

7:25 AM
12:25 PM
Wed 20

8:10 AM
1:10 PM
 Thur 21

8:55 AM
1:55 PM
 Fri 22

9:40 AM
2:40 PM
 Sat 23

10:20 AM
3:20 PM
  Sun 24

11:00 AM
4:00 PM
Mon 25

11:40 AM
4:40 PM
Tue 26

12:25 PM
5:25 PM
Wed 27

1:15 PM
6:15 PM
Thur 28

2:05 PM
7:05 PM
Fri 29

2:55 PM
7:55 PM
Sat 30

3:45 PM
8:45 PM
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Harris Chain
  Lake Griffin now has a 10 inch min size for Crappie.


St John's river Hybrid


St. Johns River
Fish the lily pads along the banks for spawning pan-fish.  Slow troll a shiner in the river channel for Stripers and Hybrid bass. Use a 1/2 to 1 oz egg sinker rigged above a swivel to keep the shiner deep. Use a 1/2 Oz White Buck Tail jig to fish the deep holes in the bends of the river. Bounce the jig off the bottom for best results.


 The cat fish will be moving up into the river to spawn.       Fish the deep holes with night crawlers or shiners.       Beetle-Spins will catch a variety of fish, slow troll along the edges of grass and pads or cast near the cypress roots or sunken logs.
 Cast a black shad plastic worm near stumps, fallen trees and lily-pads for bass. Troll  small crank baits  in the last stretch of river before the St Johns. A noisy top water lure such as the Rattlin-Rogue will also work.

Use a cast net to catch Menhaden shad in the river. Great bait for Stripers, Sunshine Bass and Largemouth bass.


Lake Dorr

 The deep water Around the docks on the west side of the lake are your best bet for specks. Slow troll a zip jig tipped with a minnow down deep.


Bear pond

 Located in Seminole WMA on Hwy 46
is a HOT spot for Channel Cats. This Lake
is stocked by Fish and Game and even has fish feeders. It's a great spot to take the kids. Bank fishing only. Bass must be released.
Access is from SR46 just west of the Wekiva River bridge.
Nite crawlers are best bait for channel cats.

Black Water Creek

 To fish Blackwater Creek in Seminole WMA or to get permits to Drive into Seminole Forrest call Lake Forestry Station at 352-360-6675.
 They will Fax the permit form with the lock combination to you or you may have them fax it to Sorrento Bait and Tackle at 352-383-1185. The permit is free. We charge a $1.50 fee for the fax service.

Crappie (Speck)

 For directions to boat ramps and best fishing
spots drop by Sorrento Bait and Tackle on your next trip to Lake County.
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    Even with the heat, Captain Lynda had a busy July and August.  Lots of nice bass were caught and released.  Dan & Rick came back for a birthday guide trip and caught 12 bass up to 8 pounds.  Dan caught the most fish this trip and had a great birthday.  Glen took out his son-in-law Bob and his grandson, Tommy and according to Glen had one of the best fishing days of their life.  They caught and released bass all day.  Ted and his daughter really had a great day and quite a learning experience catching and releasing 15 bass up to 7 pounds.  We caught a lot of them using an ultra-light rod and reel rigged up with a Gitz-it; pitching it at the edges of the topped out hydrilla.  Loads of fun.

   The private lake I fish is all catch and release but it is loaded with some big bass.  A lot of the local small lakes are producing some nice sized bass. Free lining a shiner (without a bobber or weight) is still producing some of the bigger fish.  A slow falling sinking weightless worm (Productoís Hot Rod works great) or a white and chartreuse spinner bait reeled in as slowly as possible, are both working quite well.  Be sure to lift up on your rod tip occasionally then let the spinnerbait slowly fall to make it look as like a fluttering bait fish.  If you think you are fishing too slow, slow down even more.  These baits can produce some huge bass but they have to be worked very slowly.  (You want to feel the blades pulling or turning)  Lake Dora, Lake Harris, Lakes Cypress, Toho and Lake Hatchineha are still giving up some nice bass on large shiners and flipping the heavy Kissimmee Grass.  Try a frog or Gamblers Big Easy over lily pads, topped out hydrilla and along weed lines for largemouth bass.  Gamblers Big Easy Swim Bait is a fun bait to throw and seems to produce larger bass. 

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    When all else fails use the drop shot method.  This is very productive if you are a patient fisherman.  If you would like to learn about the drop shot method give her a call or stop in at Sorrento Bait and Tackle to see how itís done.

Captain Lynda is now fishing some private lakes as well as Central Florida major lakes and rivers.

     For the fishing trip youíve dreamed of, give Captain Lynda a call at (toll free) 1-866-383-1893, or cell number 352-267-0062.

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