Top 5 bass fishing lures I use.

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 Box Scorpion 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.

Scorpion Swim jig

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.

Ultra spinnerbait

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.

C-tail plastic worm

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.

Crawbug plastic trailer

Crappie fishing in Lake Arbuckle.

Crappie fishing in Lake Arbuckle

Crappie fishing in Lake Arbuckle.

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.

Crappie fishing in January

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.

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Phosphate pit fishing in Florida

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.

Fishing in Polk County for bass.

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.

Bass fishing in Lake Ariana.

Fishing for bass in Lake Ariana

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. 20160426_180606_resized [233417]@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 .

Jose's bass
Lake Ariana bass

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.

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