Fishing report Updated April 4 2014
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Specks (Crappie) are spawning in most area lakes in the canals and coves. Lily pads and scattered grass beds beds in shallow water are best. Apopka -Beauclair canal has been producing some good stringers of big specks. Fish up close to the bank around any tree limbs or roots in the water. A Ron's Zip-Jig under a small float works very well. For bank fishing, some good reports are coming from the docks at Gilbert Park on Lake Dora. Tight lining or fishing a jig tipped with a minnow under a float in mid-lake are the best bet to locate schools of feeding fish. Use a marker or your GPS to mark a spot when you catch a fish and then fish that area. Usually this will be along a break in the depth such as channels or underwater points.
We have a new Custom made Jig in stock we have named the Captain Joe's Gold Red Rooster. Its a killer Crappie jig when tipped with a minnow.. On a recent trip to lake Monroe Captain Joe and Captain Lynda caught about 30 specks and kept 16 nice big ones. Most of them came on the Gold Red Rooster. We were fishing the deep holes along the seawall.
Bass are also on the beds in most residential canals. Please release the big females so they can complete the spawn.
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. Jig colors should be Pink, Orange or Gold. We have the Gold and Captain Joe's Gold Red Rooster ice jigs and Ron's Zip Jigs in stock. 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.
Look for bass around the mouths of residential canals and the feeder creeks on the St John's river as they move in and out of the spawning areas.
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We are just coming into the speck season and so far it looks to be a good one. Lake Beauclair and Lake Monroe are both giving up some pretty large ones already. The deeper water in Lake Griffin is giving up some pretty nice ones. Haven't had anyone catch a limit yet but the ones they are catching are nice. Best bet is a Ron's Zip Jig tipped with a small minnow. My favorite colors are the orange Fish Bite, Chartreuse or Pink Zip Jigs and the gold, pink or orange ice jig.
Schooling bass are being caught at the mouths of all the canals and at the intersections of the canals using Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits, swimming worms & live shiners. Moving water or any place there is plenty of shade is also working well. Flipping the heavy matted grass is a sure bet for a nice bass. 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 schooler bass. Freelining a shiner (without a bobber or weight) is still producing some of the bigger fish. A slow falling sinking weightless worm (Producto’s 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 it slowly fall to make the spinner bait look as natural as possible. 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.
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 it’s done.
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