I’m happy to announce that the Snook Slayer jig has a new feature.
There is a new feature on the Snook Slayer. To keep the grass off your lures we have added a weedguard. As most of us that fish saltwater know grass can be heavy at times. So the weedguard can be a good feature to have. For people that fish on the Atlantic coast we have jigs as heavy as 1oz. The heavier jigs will be good for fishing in the deeper faster currents of the passes and inlets. For fishing the mangroves you can use the smaller sizes.
With this new fiber weedguard which comes in different colors you can fish the saltwater flats without getting bogged down in the grass. Which leads to more strikes because you don’t have grass hanging on your Snook Slayer jig. As afore mentioned the weedguards come in different colors such as red,black,clear. To check out these products logon to www.countryboystacklebox.com/fishing gear . The Snook Slayer also has a long streamer to give a longer look.
These jigs can be used around bridges in the heavier weights to get down deep. This jig also has a Mustad or VMC black nickel chrome hook.Starting in 2/0 to 5/0 with a round bend. Sizes come from 1/4oz to 1oz. Truly a premium jig. It comes in three color combo’s. The true saltwater color combo Redhead with a white body and a red streamer. The body on this jig is half crimped nylon in the rear and half bucktail in the front.Having half crimped nylon and half buctail makes for a more controlled and slower drop. It also has live eyes for realism. Well the next time you go fishing take along some Snook Slayer jigs. Our products are on Country Boys Tackle Box.com
The new vibrating minnow that CountryBoys Tackle Box
I’ve introduced the new vibrating minnow.After experimenting with several different style head styles I introduced the vibrating minnow.I’ve decided on the minnow style head. The bait is still in testing the bait runs good in trials.If your interested check it out at www.etsy.com/shop/CountryBoysShop .All it needs is to get in a lake or it that has some fish.
The weather has not cooperated for a couple of weeks.I hope to get out to go fishing this week and try it out.So if the wheather will get better. I’ll have some good news on that front.
I went to old school on this one.I put bucktail on the lure. It will have 3 color combo’s.Red and white,Black and blue,bronze and chartreuse.Visit at www.countryboystacklebox.com/fishinggear . It will come in three sizes,1/4oz,3/8oz,and 1/2oz.
Good for fresh or saltwater fishing.
I made these in three color combo’s.I made these saltwater color combo’s first.I believe this lure will work in fresh and saltwater. Black and blue the first freshwater color combo.Red and white being the next,and last but not least bronze and chartruese. Have any color combo’s for your area email at email@example.com or call at 863-508-0006.With the vibrating action this lure has it should prove to be a good one.
This lure will have the ability to burn over the grass flats.Or you can let it sink and slow roll it deep.The blade vibrates nicely.Add a plastic ribbon tail stlye 3″ grub for even more action.
The big snook are pulling out of the flats. Soon if we get some cold fronts. They’ll head for the creeks,rivers,and canals. Because they can endour the cold months.You can catch them using a CBTB popping cork with a greenback,shrimp,or pinfish. The Caloosahatchie river harbours many large snook.I use Bomber Long A’s in the river after dark.
Creeks that flow into the rivers have lots of snook in them.They are deep and have seawalls that generate heat.Jigs like theSnookSlayer work fine for this type of fishing. I like to fish them just like bass.Just cruise the bank with your trolling motor.Keep your motor on low casting to the points and pockets.
Snook swim pretty far up the river. Dont be surprized if you catch a bass. I have caught both species on the same trip.So stay after them.Checkout some of Glenns Wildlife Art on www.etsy.com
Due to a broken left foot and business commitments I have not been on the water much.
When I get healed up you can bet. I will be headed to the water for some much needed therapy. I would like to say that fall will start to increase the jig bite for bass.Bass fishing using artificials in our lakes and rivers will be at it’s best..I want to get back and start using the Scorpion Swim jigs for bass.Fall will also start the feeding binges on saltwater fishing.Fish like the snook,redfish,and seatrout will start feeding for the winter.They will be feeding on greenbacks,shrimp,pinfish.
Before the cold fronts start coming in. The greenbacks will still be availible.Chumming and castnetting is the most efficient way to get greenbacks in your live well.If you are new to this just get info at your local bait shop.But you can purchase live shrimp which work great in fall and winter.Pinfish are availible sometimes also depends on the bait store you go to.After a little bass fishing I’m going to SW Fl. and do some snooking.
Fall starts the migration of the winter species such as pompano,flounder,spanish mackeral,sheepshead, and bluefish.These make good table fare especially pompano and flounder.Snook will start their yearly migration to the backwaters and rivers and canal systems.They will spend most of the winter in these spots till spring warms the water.
Well I guess I better prop my foot up and get some rest.See ya on the water soon.Be sure to use CBTB popping corks next time.
Bass fishing in Central Florida is the best in the country.
These 10 lakes are my picks for The top 10 bass lakes in Polk Co.
1. To start off I’ll take Lake Kissimmee as the best prospect for trophy bass. This 34,948 acre lake has produced lot of 10+ bass through the years. While most of the lake is in Osceola Co. It can be accessed from Polk Co. at the Hwy 60 boat ramp on the south side of the lake.
2. Lake Rosalie is a less known lake to the general public. At 4578 acres it provides some good bass fishing and excellent crappie fishing in the winter months.It has good cover consisting of eel grass, maiden cane, hydrilla, cattails and bullrushes. Located next to Lake Kissimmee it gets a lot less fishing pressure than Kissimmee.
3. Next on the list would be Lake Walk-in-the-Water. This lake has 7549 acres. And is generally a shallower lake than most.At 6ft to 8ft in most of the lake. This lake also kinda a sleeper lake that not many other than locals have heard of. It offers fine bass fishing and panfishing.
Fishing with live shiners is the key to catching trophy bass.
Like most of the top 10 bass lakes in Polk Co. fishing with wild shiners are the top bait for trophy bass. Crappie fishing can be excellent also. So try this lake out. I think you’ll like it.
4. Tiger lake is a smaller lake in 2086 acres often overlooked little gem of Central Florida. This a good lake to use a swim jig like Scorpion Swim jigs. These jigs can be fished in and around the cover. It is located just east of Lake Rosalie. This lake offers good bass and crappie fishing year round.
5. Lake Pierce is a 3856 acre lake.It averages about 9 to 10 ft at it’s deepest point. Located just east of Haines City Florida. It has your typical aquatic vegatation. Like eel grass, bulrushes, hydrilla, lily pads, and more.
Fish Central Florida.
6. With 3021 acres Lake Marion is a good size lake. With a good poulation of bass and panfish. It also is located close to Haines City Florida. Typical tactics work here. Fish the hydrilla flats with Ultra spinnerbaits and buzz baits. Then as the sun rises I like to use Scorpion jigs to flip, pitch,or cast to grass patches or bulrushes and all the other types of vegatation.
7. Over near Frostproff,Florida. Crooked Lake stands out as a 4219 acre lake. It is deeper than most Florida lakes but has some holes approaching 30ft deep. Bass fishing is good in this lake. And it has a boat ramp on the south side of the lake off of Hwy 630.
Try some Scorpion Swim jigs for bigger bass
8. Lake Arbuckle is a 3809 acre lake. It’s a shallow lake averaging about 3 to 4 ft around the edge and some times shallower than that. It’s deepest point is 8ft. Good lake for crappie and catfish. The bass fishing is also good here. It’s a few miles east of Avon Park,Florida. On hwy 64.
9. Lake Hamilton is right in the middle of Polk Co. Being a 2239 acre lake it has a pretty good population of bass. It’s panfishing is good also with some nice bluegill. This lake is approximately 10 ft deep at it’s deepest. It’s a shallow lake over all but offers all different types of cover to fish. Use a June bug colored C- tail plastic worm flipped in the bulrushes and buggywhips.
10. Last but not least the Winter Haven chain both north and south offers a number of lakes to fish on. Connected to each other by canals. So you can fish more than one lake in a day. Some of these lakes have different water clarity. Some are tannic stained while others are clear and in between. All the lakes on the chain have good to excellent populations of bass and panfish.
So get out and do some fishing on Central Florida’s lakes.
Bass fishing with wild shiners is the best way to catch Florida bass.
Fishing for trophy bass requires a lot of patience.Bass fishing with wild shiners is your best bet to connect with a fish of a lifetime. Most of the trophy bass caught here in Central Florida are caught using shiners.Bass love em. All the lakes around Central Florida are perfect for live baiting for bass. They are shallow dish pan shaped lakes. Ringed with grass patches and lily pads eelgrass you name it.
Rigging for live shiners.
There are some places that you can fish for bass on the bank. But most of the time a boat is required to get to the honey holes. Bass fishing in Florida requires a little home work if you want to catch a trophy. Rigging for live bait is a pretty simple affair. The two methods I use are: #1 using a 2 1/2 in”oval float about three feet above the bait.
The second method is free lining without a float.Just tying your hook on the line and casting out. Method #1 is as simple as it gets.Just anchor up on your intended honey hole. And cast out to the cover and watch your float until you get a strike.With free lining more attention needs to be paid to your line.To see what it’s doing.Watching your line take off towards the cover indicates that you are hooked up. To get the products you might need to fish live bait logon to www.countryboystacklebox.com/products.
Locating places for bass fishing.
In Florida you don’t have to go far to find places to fish. In Polk County there are 261 named lakes. That’s not counting phosphate pits, private lakes and rivers. Places like Saddle Creek park in between Lakeland and Auburndale,Fl on highway 92. This place is some old phosphate pits that they made a park out of. This is a good place to go if you don’t have a boat. You can fish off the bank in many spots there.I’ve caught some trophy fish there with shiners fishing right off the bank.
As you can see from the picture above my boat is just a 16.5 ft Alumacraft boat. Combined with a 25 hp Mercury it’s a nice rig. You just have to watch the weather.
So you can also get into some of the fishing for Peacock bass. And some other exotic’s down in south Florida. The techniques don’t change but you might be fishing in a canal system. Which is better for bank fishing. Remember to pick up after yourself. You would not like it if I came to your house and took a dump on your front porch. We have a beautiful state let’s keep it that way.
Well that about wraps it up for this post.If you would like more info check out my E-book Central Florida Fishing.
So stay tuned for future posts. I’ll show you some of the best bass fishing lakes in central Florida.
The bigger the bait bigger the fish really holds true.
You want to catch bigger fish.Bigger bait bigger fish.The saying that has truth to it.A big fish can take a bigger bait than a small fish.A smaller fish won’t get hooked as a bigger fish will. A small fish will hit the bait but can’t swallow it.The fish will pick it up by the tail. And run with it.When setting the hook you get nothing.
Here at Country Boys Tackle Box. We solve this problem by combining a Crawbug trailer with the Scorpion jig.
A Crawbug is hooked in the head portion of the bait. To give a bigger appearance. ( here’s a tip don’t store plastic baits with your jigs. The oils in the plastic will destroy your jigs.Also the plastic skirts and plastic collars.The paint can be stripped also.When not in use take the plastic trailers off and store seperately). This will make your baits last longer.
By using a plastic worm like the C-tail which is 8″ long you can eliminate some of the little guys and focus more on the bigger fish. I also use a giant plastic worm made by Mann’s. It’s a 13″ long monster. But it produces some larger fish on the average.
Pair up the Scorpion jig and Crawbug trailer to catch bigger fish. So give this fishing gear a try.
You can also use the in-line buzz bait like the viper in-line buzzbait. It is a bigger buzzbait with a large buzz blade on it. This bait will churn up the top of the surface and lead to some nice surface strikes. I recommend it for an early morning or night fishing. So good luck and see on the water.
Timmy Weavers catch of shellcracker and bluegills.
The three different ways to catch panfish Timmy Weaver used to catch these bluegills and shellcracker mix on the peace river near Ft.Meade,Fl.
He caught 32 fish that day. He was fishing on the Peace river from the bank.He was using worms rigged with a float and split shot and a #4 panfish hook. Here are three different ways to catch panfish of all types.A second method to catch bluegills is using a small spinnerbait like a beetle spin.Simply cast out and retrieve slowly back. Just wait to the bump bump and set the hook. This method works on bedding fish excellently.I’ve caught large stringers of bluegill with this lure.It also works for crappie.
And don’t forget the possibility of a nice catfish or two.This happened on my fishing trip last week. If you flyfish you can catch bluegill on flyrods with a small bumble bee popper. You just might catch some bass also.Pretty nice bycatch.That does it for the 3 different methods for catching panfish.For more info on this subject try out my E-book Central Florida Fishing.
Panfish like crappie are being caught in area lakes now.Crappie are known to like the cooler months.Once the water temperature starts dropping the fish start feeding. They are caught on many different baits.Like minnows,grass shrimp,and artificials like medium size beetle spins.
The three different ways to catch panfish like these are. #1Fishing with fiberglass poles in a boat. Letting the poles drag behind the boat in poleholders. The poles are rigged with a float and a 1/4oz of split shot.It also has a gold Aberdeen hook of size 1 or 1/0 size.#2.
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When I need to choose some bass fishing lures to catch bigger bass I use these 5 lures
The top 5 bass fishing lures I use.Would be a Swim jig. I’m partial to the Country Boys Tackle BoxScorpion Swim jigs. That’s my brand but whatever brand you choose to use make sure you use a plastic trailer. Scorpion Swim jigs are a bait that can be retrieved in and around all types of aquatic vegatation. They can be cast,pitched,or flipped into or around all types of cover. Including rockpiles and wood cover. Change weights and you can work these baits in different depths. They come in different sizes and color combo’s. Put a plastic trailer on and make the bait bigger, bigger bait bigger bass.
Next the Ultra spinnerbait is a bait that can be used in a variety of ways. They can be burned over grass flats. Slow rolled in deeper water or buzzed thru the lily pads.I use both the willow leaf and Colorado blades. I use the willow leaf blades in deeper water. I use the Colorado blades in shallower water and burn them thru grass and lily pads.
Use a Ultra spinnerbait to catch larger bass.
The C-tail plastic worm are the most favorite bass fishing lure of all time.They we’re the first true bass fishing lure.They come in a variety of sizes and colors.They can be cast,pitched,or flipped in differents types of cover. I have caught many a bass on this lure.
The Rapala minnow type is one of my all time favorites.I’ve been using them for a long time.This bait produces some nice surface strikes by jerking in short jerks. Or you can crank it like a crankbait also. I like the black and gold color for dark tannic stained water. The black and silver for clear water.
Last but not least is the crawbug plastic trailer. Combo this with the Swim jig combining the two makes a bigger bait.Bigger bait bigger fish. The plastic trailer comes in different styles and designs most imitate a crawdad or a minnow type. So these are the 5 top bass fishing lures I would use to catch bigger bass.That wraps it for this post for more info like this check out my E-book Central Florida Fishing.
Polk County bass fishing is starting to turn on. I’ve been catching some nice bass on the Scorpion Swim jigs. Black and Blue with a crawbug in the color of junebug with a gold glitter. A bronze gold head and a white skirt with the gold scale pattern.Add an alligator bug to the jig and you have it. A killer combo.
The fish have been hitting these fished slowly along the bottom. With a slow even strokes. As my slogan says I’vebeen giving them a bigger bait. I firmly believe If you wanna catch bigger fish you have to give them a bigger bait.
Most of these fish have been from 5lbs to 7lbs. Also the zoom trick worm has been a good choice for bass. In the junebug with gold flakes. Pictured is a 2lber that my wife caught in Lake Kissimmee on a Zoom trick worm.Be sure to sign up for our monthly newsletter. Just go to the contact ppage and fill out the form and that’s it.
Central Florida has an unlimited amount of lakes to fish in.But Polk County bass fishing has remained steady for quite some time. With good reg’s on the fish we will have a good fishery for a long time. If you are new to the area hire a guide to help you get started.
Along with all the lakes we also have the Peace river. It starts out at Bartow,Fl. and runs all the way to Charlotte harbour. It has quite a few boat launches for kayaks and small aluminum boats. The further you go south the more actual boat ramps you have. During the winter you can go and camp by the riverside when the river is dry. So come give Polk County a try.
We will be going down to Pine Island to do some Saltwater Fishing with CBTB products. And shoot some video of this trip. We will be chasing after some Snook,redfish,seatrout,and whatever else that will bite.
I will be trying Country Boys Tackle Box popping corks for some seatrout,redfish,and snook. Because the popping corks work good for all these species. Just tie some 30lb mono leader and a 1/0 or a 2/0 livebait hook and start fishing. I like to use greenbacks for bait. But you can use shrimp,pinfish,or others.
Now I don’t have an expensive flats boat. I fish out of a Alumacraft 16.5ft aluminum john boat with a 25hp Mercury outboard on it. I just watch the weather. That being said I have done a lot of work to the boat. Such as adding a floor. A livewell(a must for saltwater fishing) to hold all the bait. And a trolling motor.
For those of you who may not know anything about Pine Island let me tell you about it. Pine Island is a 16 miles long and a few miles wide located in SW Florida. It is relatively un developed because the vast maority of it is wildlife refuge both state and federal. Which means limited development.
The SW Florida region has had it’s share of problems in the past with red tide. Our new Governor has started to get the ball rolling on some new plans. The everglades and the outflow of freshwater from Lake Okeechobee are starting to be addressed. Any help with letter writing and so on to our Congressmen would help the situtation here. I don’t usually write any political stuff here but I feel this is important.
So if you can get to the SW Florida region by all means do so.
My friend Jose Lopez and I went to do some fishing for bass in Lake Ariana yesterday. We fished for some bass. The day started out slow due to a big moon. After fishing till noon with only one fish of about 1.5lbs. We went to the East side of the lake. @Country boys fishing in the near future for fishing videos
The frog bite never materialized. So we switched over to a Zoom 7″ Junebug trick worm rigged Texas style. After I caught one about 2lbs Jose caught a 21″ 4lber. I guess the fish turned on and we caught two more about 2lbs then it slowed down.
We moved up the bank and didn’t do much. So after some refreshments we went back to the spot and I caught a 21″ 4lb bass also. Then I caught two more 2lb fish and that did it for us.Stay tuned for more fishing trips and check out the video on you tube .
Because I used to live in Auburndale,Fl. this lake has been one of my favorite lakes to fish. It’s not a huge lake by any means but it has a good bass population. The water level has risen in the past years to a good level.
I typically use a C-tail plastic worm or a Scorpion Swim jig. Frogs are also a good choice. Just work them thru the grass or over the eel grass beds very effective. The lake has a good amount of deep holes in it which makes for good summer time fishing. In the summer it gets pretty hot down here so deep holes help.
So try to find these smaller sleeper lakes as I call them. It will help you find more and bigger fish.