The winter temps can make the water to cold for fish so I go fishing at the power plants.
As most seasoned saltwater fishermen know when the winter chill takes the water temp down. Around 70 degrees saltwater species will head to the power plant outflows.So fishing at the power plants can be hot. Here they can bask in the warm water coming out of the power plant.The outflows can concentrate the fish in a confined area making them easier targets.
Live shrimp are by far the best bait. Because generally the greenbacks are gone so shrimp work good on all species.I explain this in detail in my e-book Central Florida Fishing. Power plants have a barrier rope. With floats to prevent boats from going further up the outflow.The fishing gear you can use is a oval slipfloat with a rubber stopper to the depth you choose.Tie on a swivel about 12″ to 16″ above 1/0 size hook and a egg sinker on the swivel.Ususally I use a 1/0 to 2/0 hook.
Well going to try over at the Apollo Bend Power plant. And see what happens outside the preserve.Keep your lines wet and I’ll see you on the water.
The species of fish encountered can be wide. There is seatrout,pomano,bluefish,sheepshead,redfish,flounder,mangrove snapper, and snook. To name a few. I fished the Anclote power plant with good success on all the species here except for the snook. The outflow is on the north side. So all you do is pull up to the rope barrier and tie off and start fishing.
You can launch your boat at the county ram on the south side of the power plant and cruise around to the north side. That’s where the out flow is. So next time your sitting around in winter time get out and fish at the power plants.
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.
Yet another nice bass falls victim to the Zoom 7″ trick worm. The fishing in Polk County for bass is about to go full steam with the cooling of the water. Bass have been hitting the Zoom 7″ trick worm in just about every lake I go to. They also have been hitting the Scorpion swim jigs. These fish on the jigs have averaging from 5 to 7lbs so far. Not many little ones on the jigs. Just been slowly pumping the jig along swimming it thru the structure whether it be grass, wood or lily pads. I especially like the dollar sized lily pads.With the water cooling down now we’re going to start fishing for some crappie.
Try some phosphate pit fishing
When fishing in Polk County be sure to try some of the incredible fishing in the phosphate pits. The fish pictured above was caught in a phosphate pit in Central Polk County. The fishing gear I was using on this perticular pit was a Lews bait caster and a custom rod that I don’t even know who made it.
The lakes of Polk County are going to start getting hot. In just a few short weeks once the cold fronts start coming thru. The bass will do their usual thing and hit your normal artificials like plastic worms flipped or pitched in heavy weedbeds and Kissimmee grass. They will also be hitting shiners.
I will be hitting some of the lakes around the Frostproff area. Lakes like Lake Buffum, Crooked lake, Lake Reedy,Surveyor lake,and others. You can find some nice bass in some of the smaller sleeper lakes. Polk County has it’s share of lakes and phosphate its to fish in. So if you can get out and do some fishing by all means do so. Good Luck.
The bass fishing starting to heat up.
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.
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The wife and I went to Lake Kissimmee today and fished hard for some bass and bluegill.
The Lake Kissimmee fishing wasn’t what we hoped for. After fishing what seemed like the whole north end of the lake. We wound up with a half dozen bluegills and a bass of about 2lbs. Hope to do better on the next trip.
The wind died down. And it got still so we decided to go home and try again some other day. Lake Kissimmee in my opinon is one of the top bass lakes in the country. When it’s hot it’s hard to beat.
The bluegill will be going on the beds about April or May. Depending on the cold fronts. It will be time to break out the fishing gear. Bream poles and the cricket cages. Just easing around and dropping the crickets in a hole in the grass and wait for the bite.
Hire a guide
If you have never been to Lake Kissimmee hire a guide.They will help you more than you know. Most use shiners for bait. Nothing can compare to wild shiners for largemouth bass. Shiners are kinda pricey but well worth the money.
As far Lake Kissimmee fishing goes you can use a small boat if the wind is light and not to strong. I have an Alumacraft 16.5ft aluminum john boat. With a 25hp Mercury. I don’t have any problems with this boat if the wind is not blowing hard. Make sure you have a nice livewell in the boat so you can hold live bait or fish.
Well fishing in Polk County is good and good reg’s will keep that way. So if you can get down here to Florida to do some bass fishing go for it. Remember to pick up your trash.
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.
Fishing the flats
We went down to Pine Island Sound Fishing for some snook,reds,and seatrout. It took some time to secure some of the right kind of bait. We looking for greenbacks but it was a slow tide. And it took a while for the tide to start moving so after we got some bait. We we’re fishing with a red and white popping corks rigged with a live bait hook.
After securing some good bait we headed south for some fishing around the islands around the bomb holes. If you didn’t know during WW2 the gov’t used this area for a practice bombing area. So there are a lot of deep hole out there that get full of mangrove snappers and others during the warmer weather.
We moved into the flats and began chasing some snook and redfish. After catching a couple of small snook. Jose caught a nice little snook. After a few minutes went by Jose hooked into a 26 3/4″ redfish.That red took him around the boat twice.
Jose connected with a snook of 4 or 5 lbs. Then we managed to catch some small snook and the bite finished. So that’s about it for this trip. If you would like to see more posts like these logon to www.countryboystacklebox.com
We tried some fishing for seatrout with CBTB popping corks. We rigged one with live bait and one with a Scorpion jig. We managed to catch only a few small undersized trout. The trout just didn’t want to co-operate. The Pine Island Sound fishing has been good through out the years.
So get to Pine Island and do some fishing. And remember please pick up your trash. Florida is being loved to death it has it’s natural beauty but is being changed rapidly. So we can all do our part to keep our waterways clean.
Pine Island Sound has been a dependable spot
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.