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WE WILL BE ADDING ARTICLES ABOUT WHAT BAITS WE USE, SOME WE BUY AND SOME WE GET IN THE YARD. AND DON'T FORGET THE FISH SENT AND CHUM. IT ALL HELPS. WE NEED TO KNOW WHAT TO USE FOR BAIT IN YOUR PART OF THE COUNTRY. SO JOIN IN AND HAVE SOME FUN, AND SEE YOUR THOUGHTS IN WRITING ON THIS PAGE.  THANKS TOM

                   CAN'T CATCH A BREAK

 

     Well here we go again. Just a few hours on the water with a

couple of friends. I was talked into going crappie fishing with

two OLD timer friends, and I hate to tell this but I was using a

12 ft. cane pole. I thought those days were over when I was a kid,

but one of the guys had a pontoon boat and all the poles were on

board, so what the heck, a pole is a pole right. Did I mention

that we were going night fishing. Well when I stuck the poles in

the holders I couldn't see the end of the poles, so the fish would

have to yank the heck out of the pole before I ever knew that I

had a bite. That didn't happen much, because I only caught 2 fish

all night, well I mean the 3 hours that we fished. I hope you're

enjoying  my bad night because here is a real giggle for ya. The

two old geezers that were with me didn't get a bite. The water was

rough, the wind blowing about 18 mph. and it was cold, at least

for Florida, a 46 degree night. You know the old saying; its just

great to be on the water. BULL CRAP, Give me that nice warm arm

chair and a good story about fishing, plus a hot cup of coffee, in

the place of that cold wind. Of course we didn't have to go, and

we were given a few clues that we should stay on land. We were

loading the pontoon and as the boat was floated on the water the

guide line broke and the boat went drifting out in the bay. It so

happened that a bass boat was coming into the launch and was nice

enough to push our pontoon back to the peer. Now we're ready boys,

except the 50hp motor won't start. After 20 min. of playing with

the thing, it finally fired up. Ok lets go, oh now the generator

won't start. It was a pull start, and I about had a stroke before

I got it started. Finally away we went out into the cold windy

night, to catch those two little crappies. Now let me tell you, if

you haven't fished on a cold windy night with rough water, and not

even smell of a fish, You will love it.   YA RIGHT.     Tom



THE BEST WEATHER TO GO FISHING AND CATCH THE MOST FISH

     If I tried to explain everything about this subject, it would take days to write and cover a hundred pages. So for that reason we will just cover the bottom line, or my oppinon of the bottom line.
     So many things effect the eating habits of the fish, and if you have not studied for months about the weather pattern, the sun, moon, cloud conditions, water temperature, outside temperature, ph levels of the water, and how many weeds are in the lake plus a lot more things effect the way the fish will bite.

     We will not cover all of that today, but will cover enough, so you will be able to take a calculated guess and be correct most of the time. Now remember this is not written in stone, but most of the time you will be able to come up with the correct answer.

     The best time to fish, is when the fish are most active and feeding, or on their beds. So the best water tempature to fish in would be from 60% to about 75%. WE are talking about the best here so remember that fish will bite in any tempature of water. Of course the best time to catch fish, is when they are on the beds. I will hold my oppinion of that subject for now.

    Here are some good signs to look for that will make for a very good fishing day. Try to get on the water and ready to fish, about 6 hours before a storm sets in, and fish as long as you can before the storm hits. BUT MAKE SURE THAT YOU WATCH THE WEATHER AND GIVE YOURSELF ENOUGH TIME TO GET OFF THE WATER AND GET YOUR BOAT unLOADED BEFORE THE STORM HITS. When a storm is coming the clouds will also come with it, and that is another good thing to help catch fish. The clouds will block that bright hot sun and the fish will be more active. And move to shallower water, at these times. Most good fisherman know that the best hours to fish are at first light and at last light. So get up early or stay late to get the fish when they are most active. But once again this is not always true, because of all the other factors that effect the feeding habits.

     If the weather drops by 10% over night, and the fish aren't where they were yesterday, go deeper to find them. They won't be far away, just deeper. If a cold front comes in and the temperature drops by 20 degrees, just stay home in bed and forget fishing for about 3 days or until the cloud cover comes in. If you do decide to try it, look for the fish in deeper water where there is a lot of heavy weed cover, and move your bait very SLOWLY. Your best bet well be to use worms, jig bait, or live bait.

     If the weather has been cool for a couple of days, and a warm front comes in, GET YOUR POLES AND GET TO THE WATER, this can be the best time to fish. The fish that have had lock jaw will come out of the deep heavy cover and move to the weed beds or to the shallow breaks. These conditions will be your best bet to catch fish. Pick your favorite bait because just about all baits, live or artificle, will work, at these times, just pick the right colors. AND DON'T BE AfAID TO ASK YOUR TACKLE SHOP GUY WHAT THEY ARE BEING Caught ON, He showld tell you the truth, because he wants you to catch fish so you will come back and shop in his store. Also ask other fisherman about their success and get some info from them. Here's to good fishing. Tom Helm
 


BASSIN ON LAKE JUNE IN LAKE PLACID FLORIDA

     This will be the first time that Wayne and I have fished together so I would like to out fish him.We left the pier at about 7:00 am and started fishing about 10 min later. While I was messing with my gear, that should have been done before I left the house, Wayne had landed two nice bass. I finaly hooked one, then lost it at the boat. Now Wayne catches two more fish, and it is looking like I am going to be embarassed today.I got my act together and landed three fish, only one was a keeper. The water was very rough, and lots of wind, making it hard to control the boat, so we went looking for smoother waters at the south end of the lake. Wayne is a great guy and a very good bass fisherman, as he fishes just about every day and fishes several bass tournaments every year. He also knows how to take care of a boat, and handle it properly. It was a lot of fun fishing with him and we plan to do it several more times before he heads back to Indiana in April.
     Anyhow, we ended up boating 11 bass in about 3 1/2 hours. Wayne with 7 and I four , but I will get him next time. Now back to the fishing. We caught most of our fish in about 8 feet of water, with one coming in 6 feet and one in 14 feet, the balance were in 8 feet. We caught fish on all sides of the lake. You will need to look for the weed beds as you go around the lake. For us on this day, throwing baits in shallow water was a waste of time. The biggest fish caught today was about 5 pounds. We catch and release, but you do as you like release or have a good meal.

     Just a little extra info, if you like to fish for crappie, they were biting on minnows in 19 to 28 feet of water. About 5 fish per hour. This was on Lake June also.

     Lake Josephine the catch was on minnows, and in 9 feet of water, at a rate of about 4 fish per hour. Not the best fishing but good enough to catch a dinner for two.

     Lake Istapoka was about the same as the other lakes, bass in 6 to 8 feet of water, in weed beds, and Crappie were in 9 feet of water on minnows. They certainly weren't jumping in the boat but biting well enough that we didn't get board.

     The bait we used for bass were, black plastic worm and light gold, or yellow lizzard, both baits were 6 inch. Wayne's line weight was 20 lbs and I used 12 lbs.

     If you have some pictures or stories to share please send them to us. I will try to fish at least twice a week and add fishing reports and pictures after every outing. Thanks much and remember you can email or call me at any time to chat. Tom Helm

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