It’s Football Season And … Football Size Largemouth Season !

2012 is upon us, and so is the year’s first Largemouth Bass spawn on the Ocklawaha River.

Over the past few weeks the size, weight and even the shape of fish caught has increased. This time of year we typically catch what I refer to as “footballs”. They’re real “girthy” Bass.

One of our most recent clients caught a 9 lb. Bass that was only 22 inches long. The girth was 18 inches! What a pig!

Now is the time bass fish in the Ocklawaha. The spawn is on and the wall hangers are schooling up.

Recently the best Bass bite has been early in the a.m. and as always, the best bait is wild Shiners, the bigger the better. Thanks to Dave and Liz at Fat Daddy’s for some great bait. The Spec, Crappie, Croppie action is hot and heavy on the Ocklawaha River near Orange Springs.

The Rodman drawdown has the fish concentrated in and around the Old River Channel. For best result use Missouri minnows on #12 wire hook fished around the deeper pockets. Strike indicators and bobbers are optional.

‘Til next time…see you on the Rivers!
Central Florida Fishing Guide Captain Nick Bozman

This Ocklawaha Fishing Report Is From Ocala Florida Fishing Guide Captain Nick Of Slick Charters

Roc With An Ocklawaha Football, aka Largemouth Bass
Roc With An Ocklawaha Football, aka Largemouth Bass

The Tackle Boxes Fishing Report


The strongest cold front of the fall season probably brought big changes to the fresh and salt water fishing landscape in North Florida . We say “probably” since the wind that accompanied the chill was sufficiently strong to keep most would-be anglers at home—greatly reducing the weekend reports that could have confirmed our speculation.

We do have one “before” and “after” catch comparison from a small area lake. But, since each was fairly impressive, we can’t yet say that the cold really changed things—at least for speckled perch fans.

Friday, just ahead of the front, George Dekle and Larry Nutt fished for specks on Little Orange Lake, near Hawthorne . Drifting crappie jigs in deeper water, the men caught five specks while rain showers threatened. They stopped by the store to weigh the biggest two—slabs that pulled the needle on our State-certified scale to the 2-pound and 1-pound, 12-ounce marks.

Dekle and Nutt returned Monday, after the worst of the cold front had passed. The weather on their return trip was very different—bright, dry, and windy. The anglers drifted minnows and jig/minnow combinations through the white caps in deep water to take 14 nice specks. Again, the best of the fish were thick slabs weighing from a pound-and-a-half to two-pounds. A seven-plus-pound catfish topped off the fish catching for the Gainesville fishermen.

On Lochloosa and Cross Creek, both specks and bass remain active. While standing on the small island in front of Twin Lakes Fish Camp Monday evening, Mark Goldberg hauled in eight bass in the two-pound class. The Cross Creek resident made his fine catch while casting Storm WildEye Shiners in a sparkly green finish.

With overnight weekend temperatures down to about 40-degrees, the gulf shallows must have chilled measurably. Usually, such a sudden drop will push speckled trout into Big Bend tidal creeks. A small drop in water temp can, too, fire up the mackerel bite out a bit deeper. So far, though, we’ve not been able to locate a trout fisher that has given the creeks a try since the chilly spell…or a mackerel seeker that’s braved the chop to check out Seahorse Reef or Spotty Bottom. Mild, stable conditions are forecast for the rest of this week, so the angling answers are likely to come soon. Stay tuned…

That’s this week’s report.

Good fishin’ from The Tackle Box.

The Heat Is On .. and So Are The Bass

This Ocklawaha Fishing Report
From Ocklawaha Fishing Guide Captain Nick

slick-charters-freshwater-glamour-shotTHE HEAT IS ON…AND SO ARE THE BASS

I’ve been fishing the Oklawaha River since 1982 and can’t remember the Bass fishing ever being so good in the months of June and July. 

Typically this time of year the bite slows for one reason or the other, but not this year.
Also, I’ve been getting reports of huge Specs (Crappie) being caught on Lake Lochloosa (Orange Lake).  Unheard of for this time of year.  Guess that just goes to show!
Expect the Stripers to start running up the spring fed runs off of Lake George soon. Best time to catch them is at night.  It is also the best time for a thunderstorm to develop, so BE CAREFUL!