The Pre-spawn Bite is Expected To Kick-off Soon

Silck ChartersBass fishing on the Ocklawaha River near Ocala has been fairly consistent over the past month or so. Plenty of bites, although most have been from schooling “buck Bass” getting ready for our first spawning period of the season.

I expect our first good pre-spawn bite to kick-off very soon, most likely around the first of December. Look for the size and number of Largemouth bass to improve as we approach 2015.

Until next time, see you on the River!

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


Although fishing on the Ocklawaha River is pretty good year around, it’s much better during the cooler months of the year, especially if you are after that Trophy Bass.

Recently the signs of the seasons changing have began to be more apparent every day. Leaves turning… then falling all over the yard, less mowing of the grass, and my favorite of all, the start of pre-season football!

Another favorite of mine is that the size and numbers of fish start to increase this time of year. Some of the best Bass fishing we’ve ever experienced was in Sept. “08 after Tropical Storm Faye came through our area.

Lately we’ve caught good numbers of fish, but only a few “big-uns”. I’ve seen lots of Shad and Mullett in both the Silver and Ocklawaha River over the past few months which is good news for our first spawn.

The Stripers are running on Lake George. I had a recent report that good numbers of them we’re being caught at the Croker Hole and the mouths of both Salt Run and Juniper Springs.

Keep in mind the best time to catch Striped Bass is at night which is also the best time for a thunderstorm.

Until next time…see you on the River!

Good Luck
Captain Nick

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

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.