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Florida Bass Fishing - January Edition

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Ok so I know we are out Lou for a few months and we decided to give the competition a rest until he comes back in May with some fresh new ideas.  Until then however I just wanted to provide a place for us Floridians (natives, transplants, or just visiting) to post our fishing stories and our fish small, large or strange.  Just to be clear im not stepping in for Lou and Im not going to be keeping track of lengths or anything like that.  There is no need to declare yourself in or anything like that.  If you are fishing in Florida feel free to post your fish and stories here to share with the group of us that have been doing this for over 6 months now and we will share our stories with you.  As for myself I am going to be getting into some different, and hopefully much better, types of fishing this month thanks to this little guy that jumped in the back of my truck at bass pro the other day.  Its no fancy bass boat but its perfect for the types of places ill be fishing.  Took it for a test run for about 30 min in the 40 degree temps and whipping wind up here in Jax and it rode like a dream.  Ill be out with AK for most of the day tomorrow hopefully we stumble across some fish! 

 

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Nice boat dude! Good luck

Went out this morning, it was cold but had a lot of action from the 12 and under crowd chewing on fat Albert grubs.

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that's the jon boat i have been looking at, perfect size and weight, i have a 12 ft alumacraft now and it is a little to big and heavy to drag around, good luck today, i will be out at 9:00 to allday, hope to find something.

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Nice boat.  

 

My first (and favorite of all time) boat was a 10 ft monarch jon that gave me freedom for the first time.

 

Enjoy exploring with your new best friend.

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Dsidle, great idea!! This thread will be our fishing dock sort of speak, to hang and shoot the breeze. 

 

Nice boat!! It reminds me when I was younger and a friend of mine had an aluminum boat that nobody used. I bought a wooden oar, and used a cinderblock as the anchor. It took on a little water but I didn't care as long as I could get out and fish. 

 

Your fishing will change for sure in that boat. Good for you!! Start being aware of the capabilities of that motor and battery(s). Bring an oar or two just in case. 

 

Enjoy!!

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No Saturday fishing for me, its been raining all day again. I will take it compared to the rest of the country is feeling. We are in the mid to upper 70's today. 

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Great boat 61. That's exactly what I am looking for, to use in my river behind my house. Lots of water out there. I just can't get at it yet.

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Nice boat. What you put on the back of it? Good luck with the fishing.

 

Just a little Minnkota endura 30lb thrust 30" long.  Thought about going for the 45-55 range but guy at bass pro told me this pushes his 12 foot jon with no problems.  It worked very well for me today. 

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Dsidle, great idea!! This thread will be our fishing dock sort of speak, to hang and shoot the breeze. 

 

Nice boat!! It reminds me when I was younger and a friend of mine had an aluminum boat that nobody used. I bought a wooden oar, and used a cinderblock as the anchor. It took on a little water but I didn't care as long as I could get out and fish. 

 

Your fishing will change for sure in that boat. Good for you!! Start being aware of the capabilities of that motor and battery(s). Bring an oar or two just in case. 

 

Enjoy!!

Yes today was a good experimental day for me.  We spent about 3 hours on the water in some decent wind and didn't even bring it hallway down.  So im pretty happy, I didn't skimp on the battery for this reason.  definitely have an oar though lol that'll be AK's job if we ever drain it!! hahahha

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Yes today was a good experimental day for me.  We spent about 3 hours on the water in some decent wind and didn't even bring it hallway down.  So im pretty happy, I didn't skimp on the battery for this reason.  definitely have an oar though lol that'll be AK's job if we ever drain it!! hahahha

 

That's fair trade off between you and AK, you provided the the boat, he should provide the muscle just in case.  :others-142: 

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Yes today was a good experimental day for me.  We spent about 3 hours on the water in some decent wind and didn't even bring it hallway down.  So im pretty happy, I didn't skimp on the battery for this reason.  definitely have an oar though lol that'll be AK's job if we ever drain it!! hahahha

 

Oh, remember to stay on top of the water levels and charging and your battery will last you a long while. 

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fished from 10:30 to 4:30 today, should have stayed home, only got 1 all day. like they had lock jaw. and my truck battery died had to use my spare boat battery, then i broke my new rod :cry4: just one of those days

 

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Oh, remember to stay on top of the water levels and charging and your battery will last you a long while. 

When you say water levels are you talking for the boat or for the fish? lol the battery is on charge right now for some use hopefully tomorrow in the bit warmer weather.  I got two batteries incase of an all day trip I can switch them out halfway through just to be safe. 

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When you say water levels are you talking for the boat or for the fish? lol the battery is on charge right now for some use hopefully tomorrow in the bit warmer weather. I got two batteries incase of an all day trip I can switch them out halfway through just to be safe.

He also forgot to mention how I christened the boat with the first fish lol.

It was a good day hitting some of my spots from a boat, besides the fact that we caught the same amount of fish in the boat as we did from bank 1 and 1 lol... Slow day for sure

Got some cool underwater footage with the gopro and a cool shot of the fish I caught swimming off underwater.

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We also ran into DS's step son at my spot and DS refused to give him a ride on the boat.

Step son: "come on guys pick me up"

DS: "we can't its a 2 seater"

Step Son: "I see three seats in there"

DS: speeds off

LMAO!

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D, that Endura 30 is a great little motor. That is the same one that I use on the front of my boat. I can run on a 24 series battery all day on that thing. The one in the back is a Endura 55, and it needs the big 27 series to power it all day, especially on full blast. Good idea to keep a second battery with you. I carry 4 total on my boat when I am going to be out all day. The water levels Lou was referring to is the water in the battery. Just make sure its just high enough to cover the lead blocks, and use distilled water for best results. Also, invest in some battery boxes to help keep corrosion affecting the boat.

Like Lou has stated the rain down here sucks. The transmission in my truck took a dump, so I can't take the boat out anyway. I will maybe hit a few spots on foot tomorrow sometime if the weather clears a bit during the day. Have to make a run to BPS to get a spare trailer tire and rim for the boat for the trip to Central Florida this next coming weekend. Hopefully I will be able to pull a few pigs out of her Grandfathers lake. At least this year I will have my boat to fish out of, and a strong trolling motor on the back to cut through the thick grass in the premier spots.

Last year I got some flack bringing 7 setups with me. Since I know I can load my boat with all my setups, should I bring all 11? Lol.

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D, that Endura 30 is a great little motor. That is the same one that I use on the front of my boat. I can run on a 24 series battery all day on that thing. The one in the back is a Endura 55, and it needs the big 27 series to power it all day, especially on full blast. Good idea to keep a second battery with you. I carry 4 total on my boat when I am going to be out all day. The water levels Lou was referring to is the water in the battery. Just make sure its just high enough to cover the lead blocks, and use distilled water for best results. Also, invest in some battery boxes to help keep corrosion affecting the boat.

Like Lou has stated the rain down here sucks. The transmission in my truck took a dump, so I can't take the boat out anyway. I will maybe hit a few spots on foot tomorrow sometime if the weather clears a bit during the day. Have to make a run to BPS to get a spare trailer tire and rim for the boat for the trip to Central Florida this next coming weekend. Hopefully I will be able to pull a few pigs out of her Grandfathers lake. At least this year I will have my boat to fish out of, and a strong trolling motor on the back to cut through the thick grass in the premier spots.

Last year I got some flack bringing 7 setups with me. Since I know I can load my boat with all my setups, should I bring all 11? Lol.

Gotcha ill have to keep an eye on the water I appreciate the advice.  I went all out on the batteries like I said and got the 29 series (and the boxes).  Right now im only comfortable carrying the one with us and I don't think we will ever drain it the weight limit sticker in the boat is keeping me from tossing the second one in there lol.  Today we spent 3 hours on the water and I was definitely playing with the speeds a lot plus add in the wind we would drive into and then drift down and it was at 65% when I hooked it back up to the charger so im comfortable that we could go 8 hours on one battery but I don't think either of us would make it that long without some lunch lol. 

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you might want to get a longer cable so you can put the batteries in front of the middle seat when you are by yourself.  This will balance the boat and make it track better.  You will probably never burn a fully charged 29 series in a day but it is still a good idea to have a spare.

 

In addition to the state required safety gear you should always have one thing in the boat, real shoes.  Take an old pair of tennis shoes and put them in the boat the NEVER take them out.  There will come a time, when something happens and you have to walk, a long way.  You can thank me later.

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When you say water levels are you talking for the boat or for the fish? lol the battery is on charge right now for some use hopefully tomorrow in the bit warmer weather.  I got two batteries incase of an all day trip I can switch them out halfway through just to be safe. 

 

What meant to say, was the water level in your batteries. Over time and use the water levels decrease and you need to fill up the cells with distilled water. 

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fished from 10:30 to 4:30 today, should have stayed home, only got 1 all day. like they had lock jaw. and my truck battery died had to use my spare boat battery, then i broke my new rod :cry4: just one of those days

 

 
 
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Nice fish Mutt. This time of year, with the weather fluctuating with fronts every week, the fish get lock jaw. I know fish in my neck of the woods get really sensitive to it. 

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Congrats on the boat, it's real nice!

Also thanks for starting this topic, it should be fun posting our stuff on here. Like Lou I was unable to go out yesterday due to rain all day. I'm hoping today will stay decent so I can try and catch some decent fish!

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It was rainy and cold here yesterday too. The sun is shining and I am planning on heading out soon.

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the 29 series will last all day, I have a minn kota 55 and a 29 series and sometimes i troll for 6 hours when needed, only problem for me is the weight,

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