Fired Up Largemouths

April 28, 2010

It’s official! This years first spawning period on the Ocklawaha River is over. Recently, 4/19 & 4/20, I had the pleasure of taking Dennis Hutchinson, his son Denny, and their friend Jason, fishing for Trophy Largemouths. Although we didn’t set any record on the number of fish caught, we did manage to get several Bass between 6 and 8 lbs., and one fish I would estimate to be over 12 lbs. that pulled the hook 10 feet from the boat. The “one that got away” is what keeps us coming back. More recently, 4/23, I had an afternoon trip that […]

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A Good Half Day In Cedar Key And In A Week It Will Be Great

April 23, 2010

The wind finally stop blowing and we headed out of Cedar Key at about 7:30 am with the water temperature at the dock at 68 degrees, when we crossed the reef it was 70 degrees and out at 45 feet it was 67 degrees. The gags were biting but then all of a sudden the bite shut down. We didn?t have live bait and I’m positive that would have made a big difference. We lost a couple nice ones with a free line behind the boat. With a threadfin on a kingfish rig we got hit two times and got […]

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Its Starting to Get Fun

April 21, 2010

The last couple of weeks have been a lot of fun, as well as challenging. Water temps have moved to the upper 60’s and low 70’s. Cool nights will slow the morning bites. Compared to recent years, we seem to be several weeks behind on the Spring warm up. The reports of big Trout are numerous, up to 30 inches, and one above. I have included a photo of my biggest Trout taken this year so far, approx 27″long and 6 3/4 pounds. I did not lay her down to measure her. I was trying to get her back in […]

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April 19, 2010

The long anticipated post-spawn bite is finally happening. This years pre-spawn bite was one for the books. Record numbers of huge Largemouths from November to the first part of March made waiting for the spawn to conclude that much harder. Recently we’ve seen the numbers and size of the Bass increase, and I expect it to continue to improve over the next several  months. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who released those huge spawning females over the past few months.  That’s the best way to improve your catch the following year.  A little conservation goes a […]

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April 15, 2010

Once again the stars all lined up and we got back out to the Gulf of Mexico. I can’t remember a windier winter/spring season ever. Although last Wednesday, 4/7, was one of the worst days this month to fish (tide wise), the weather was cooperating, so we headed out to do some prospecting. We started out fishing for Reds around the Withalacoochee Reefs” area, just off the Levy County Coast, without much luck. Only caught a couple “Rats”, and not much else. As the tide started ebbing, we ran out to the grass flats for some Trout action. The water […]

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