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