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.
I decided to do some crappie fishing in Lake Arbuckle and do some crappie fishing.Lake Arbuckle is east of Lake Wales,Fl.It is a beautiful unspoiled lake surrounded by the Avon Park Bombing range on the north and east sides.This lake has a nice canopy of cypress trees surrounding it.It’s a pretty shallow lake averaging around 3 to 8 ft.
When I was launching the boat one of the locals said that the crappie fishing was slow. He was right but going ahead I went to the points in the center of the lake and started there.This was the first time I had been there fishing for crappie. I made a drift and managed to catch one tiny crappie.So after making another drift and catching another tiny crappie. I decided to move to the north side of the lake and try there. On the first drift I caught a crappie about 3/4 lb. A little better fish.
Bonus catching catfish
Then I had a hard strike and fought it for a minute. Then I realized I had a nice channel catfish of about 2 1/2 lbs. So I aligned myself out a little deeper on the next drift. The first fish to hit on this drift was a 1 1/2 lb largemouth bass. Shortly after that I had another hard hit and after a nice battle netted a 2 lb blue catfish.
Moving a little deeper I was able to find some fish with a little better size. After setting up a couple more times I managed to catch 4 more crappie of 1lb. I wound up with 7 crappie, 2 catfish and one largemouth bass. Then the wind started to pick up and before you know it the lake was almost white capping so I decided to call it quits. I was disappointed at the size but I’ll take what I could get.Well that about it.For more detailed content about fishing in Central Florida check ot my E-book on the E-book page.Stay tuned as I will be bringing you some videos on this trip and other fishing trips both fresh and saltwater in Central and South Florida this year.
January is a hot month for crappie fishing in Central Florida.
Crappie fishing in central florida can be it’s best during the month of January.Most of the lakes in central Florida have a population of crappie but some are better than others.You have to do your homework to find out which lakes are producing.
Most people just drift across the lake searching for the depth that the fish are in(depth finder helps).I always carry a marker bouy in my boat to mark the spot where I get a bite. Just throw over the bouy so I can line up my next drift.
As far as the fishing gear goes it can’t get much simpler.I use the fiberglass crappie poles rigged with a float at what ever depth needed. You’ll need enough splitshot to hold the bait to the depth you need.I also use a gold size 1 or a 1/0 aberdeen hook.
Most people use minnows for bait.But you can also seine freshwater shrimp out of the eel grass in most of the lakes. Freshwater shrimp look just like their counter parts in saltwater. But they make excellent baits for panfish.
Lake Kissimmee,Lake Hatchnieha,Lake Istokpogka are some of the best Central Florida has to offer.Lake Rosalie,Tiger lake,and Walk-in-the-water are also good choices. All these lakes have good public boat ramps that are free to launch at.
Crappie can be caught from the bank at places like just below the lock on Hwy 60 east of Lake Wales. Sometimes you can find some canals on Lake Hatchnieha but I would ask someone for permission before fishing. Saddle creek park has some Crappie and you can fish from the bank there also.
So when you feel like catching a few for the plate you can’t beat Crappie for the table.
Fishing the tidal creeks of the Caloosahatchie river.
I like to change tactics in the winter and do some fishing the tidal creeks in winter. I like to change my approach to fishing for snook. As most seasoned fisherman know snook are highly migratory.In the sense that they will move from creeks and backcountry haunts in the spring. To the passes and inlets of the Florida coasts.As winter sets in they reverse their travels to tidal creeks and rivers. And also the canal systems all over central and south Florida.
The key is finding deeper water. That the water temp is at a minium of 60 degrees or higher. At 60 degrees snook tend not to feed as much as in higher water temps. Most of the feeder creeks that come into the river. Are deeper at around 10 to 12ft.
On warm days I like to throw top water minnow imitation such as the Rapala. In the black and gold color. If that gets no responce I switch to bucktail jigs.And lures such as the Snook slayer or the Ultra bucktail. I work the jigs slow at first to see what the fish are looking for.I like the darker colors such as black head with a brown body or a blue body.Dont discount the fact you just might get a bass or two in the mix.
To get more complete I work the jigs slow at first. To see what the fish are looking for.I like the darker colors such as black head with a brown body or a blue body.Dont discount the fact. You just might get a bass or two in the mix.info check out my E-book.
So you don’t have to stop fishing for snook in the winter. You just have to change tactics.Fishing the tidal creeks in winter can pay off in big ways.Thanks and I hope this helps you catch more and bigger fish.