I booked Cody originally for the previous October however due to a hurricane we had to cancel our fishing due to extreme conditions; however we changed the date to my birthday weekend. I had fished Lake Fork the previous April; however my best friend had not so he was going to be in for a treat. So we take off from the Oak Ridge Marina in the morning and the sun was out so I knew the day was going to be a day for some good bed fishing. We go way back into this main lake creek and find a nice bass on a bed and in about 5 minutes (and several frustrating flips by me) I finally caught the fish.
Next up was my friend Danny and he caught himself a good largemouth as well. Then we pull around this cove and I saw Cody’s eyes light up and he got extremely excited. He took the bait and flipped into the bed to see if this fish was a catchable. And I saw this fish roll and it had to be the largest bass I have ever seen in person (12-14 pounds). For the next 5 hours we spent flipping to this huge bass. This bass would go nose down to the lure but the male would come over and bumo her on the side and make her go off the bed. We took a small break and Dan caught himself a nice 6 pounder off of a bed. Then we came back and flipped into the 12-14 pound bass for a little bit more and Cody (who was extremely frustrated) and in a last ditch effort for the day caught the male in hopes the we could then catch the female, however the female did not come back.
The second day started out a little different. It started with a huge thunderstorm that delayed the start of our day. Once the storm cleared up with ended up throwing a Carolina Rig (which I never thrown before) and Dan threw a drop shot.
We each caught a fish on our respective techniques and by some miracle the sun came out. So we decided to go look for some beds. We ended up nailing a lot of fish flipping on beds all over 5 pounds including a 9.6 and Dan caught an 8.
I am pleased to announce that I am now part of Rock Hard Tackle field staff. I’ve been using Robert’s jigs for the last few months and they could be made any better! If you need a jig or any type of shakey head then this is the place you should shop. If you have a custom design jig skirt then they can make it.
On day 1 at Toho I drew a great partner Chad Morgenthaler. He was on an awesome punching pattern. Even though the weather was challenging with the Florida strain bass and the freezing weather, he boated at least 8 fish and I boated 2.
Second day I drew a local angler. We started on a long flat throwing a rattle trap right next to Gerald Swindle. Then we made the long trip to Lake Kissimmee through all of the long canals. We attempted to punch the mats, but we did not catch a fish. After the long day of catching no fish we again went to the long flat and tossed the rattle trap and this time we started catching fish. I ended up catching 3, but only one would measure as a keeper.
I had a great day down in Miami with Adam Rizzi from Reel-Deal Adventures. The day started off like any other day except I was just outside of Miami. Today I was going to be fishing in the Pembroke Pines area for Peacock Bass
If you are in the Miami area and want to catch some Peacock bass then look up Reel-Deal Adventure and book a trip.
First cold front of the year. This has completely slowed down the bite, however I still managed to catch some good smallmouths in anout 15 feet of water with moving a senko EXTREMELY slow.
When you fish, we should always enjoy the scenery. I happened to be out on the water when the scenery below presented itself.