The Largemouth Bass bite on the Ocklawaha River near Ocala has improved over the last few weeks. Although we are not catching large numbers of fish, the size has definitely improved.
On our last few trips, we’ve caught and released several Bass over 6 lbs.. Pretty good for this time of year.
The best time of day to fish remains early in the morning or late afternoon. As always, the preferred bait is wild shiners (“you’ve either got one, or you need one”).
During the summer months the Largemouths spend most of the day under some sort of cover, whether it be vegetation, downed trees, or snags. Accordingly, the best method for catching them is to take off the floats and free line the shiners under and around the structure. Expect to loose a few hooks as well as fish, but persistence will eventually pay off.
Speaking of persistence , pictured below is Jason “Cajun Red” Worth with yet another Ocklawaha Lunker caught and released on the last shiner.
Thanks to David and Liz of Fat Daddy’s Bait and Tackle Shop.
‘Til next time…see you on the River
Central Florida Fishing Guide Captain Nick Bozman