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.
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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.
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.
Welcome this weeks fishing was in a phosphate pit. South of Bartow,Fl. This particular fish was about 3.5 lbs. It was caught on a football swing jig with a 7″ Zoom trick worm. The trick worm has been a go to bait when things are slow. It has produced well for me.
I’ve also been catching some nice bass on our swim jig the Scorpion. Black and blue has been the go to color in the swim jig. With plastic worms Junebug with gold flake has done its job for me. In the past few weeks with the Zoom worms. Fishing in Phosphate pits can produce some heavyweight bass.
Phosphate pit fish will hit the same selection of baits as lake fish. Shiners,plastic worms,spinnerbaits,and more. Out of all the baits. Shiners will consistently out fish artificials for big bass.
Shiners are the key to catching large bass. They are a natural prey source. So largemouth bass feed readily on them. Although shiners are quite pricey they work better than most baits out there. The fishing gear I like to use for shiner fishing is a 7′ ft medium to medium heavy rod with a Ambasseudor 5500C reel. And 20lb test mono line.
There are a few places around Central Florida that you can fish in phosphate pits. Teneroc management area has a nice population of bass and other types of panfish. Also Saddle Creek park I’ve caught some really nice bass there using our Scorpion Swim jig pitching them under the willow trees. These are a couple of the public ones but there are a lot of private ones in Southern Polk County if you can obtain permission to fish.
So get out and fish in some phoshate pits.Their’s a good possibility you will catch you a trophy fish. Good luck.
So if you can get access to Phosphate pit fishing by all means do so. You might catch a trophy. Please logon to www.countryboystacklebox.com to see more posts like these.
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.
Catching bass in Polk County will be getting better as the temp’s drop.
Largemouthbass fishing in Florida is at its best as the temp’s drop in the fall. The fish will be trying to fatten up for the upcoming spawn. At the moment the fishing has been good on lake and not so good on another. Starting out with lake Buffum this week. I was able to catch a nice 4lb+ fish on a Zoom 7″ trick worm. In the junebug with the gold glitter. It was about 12:15 pm when it hit. It was in about a 1.5ft of water.
This Saturday I took a drive over to Eagle Lake and caught three bass with a three pounder being the largest. We are into the dog days and the bass are hitting good in the phosphate pits. They are hitting on the CBTB black and blue Scorpion Swim jigs.
Try different methods for bass
Lake Ariana in Auburndale,Fl. has been one of those smaller lakes that has produced big. In recent years I’ve caught some nice bass on this lake. I used frogs to catch some nice bass up to 5lbs. Also used plastic worms to hall in some nice ones. This lake has some deep holes in it so it offers some different types of fishing oppurtunities. While you might get your feet wet launching your boat. It’s well worth it. Good luck.
While we are getting into the dog days the fish will feed in the early morning and afternoon periods.Largemouthbass fishing in Florida can be good all year long. On Eagle Lake I used two different methods to catch my bass. First I moved around casting in open water with a C-tail plastic worm. Then I trolled that same worm and caught two fish using this method.
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.