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Oh it's that one...you had to bring up that beat me...ouch! Lol

 

LOL... it's not like that.... that was the only way I could ID it quickly though. That was good month for both of us. It was in June. 

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I'm right by East Lake Toho in south orlando. 

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Several guys on here live around those parts. When the fishing is hot, that area produces well. You are close to the Jman. 

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LOL... it's not like that.... that was the only way I could ID it quickly though. That was good month for both of us. It was in June.

Hahahaha it was a good month

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That does help, I might be going way to fast. What I consider slow seems fast compared to what you are doing. I actually did Vista View on Monday. I caught a decent fish but I lost it. I was getting frustrated because I had been there all morning. I had a bass boil on my top water early but couldn't reproduce the bite. A group of guys showed up and one guy went to a spot I had just fished with a worm and less than 5 minutes in he caught a nice one. I was on the other side of the lake at the time and was cursing under my breath. I had just been there and then all the sudden I got my only bite. I set the hook and reeled it in, but lost him about a couple feet from me. 

 

I texas rig my worms, lizards, creatures. That is the other thing I forgot to mention.

I went to Vista View Tuesday afternoon and did quite well. Big fish was 5.5 and several 3 lbs. Only two hours and caught about 15. I usually fish the afternoons from 4:00 to 6:30. All caught on senko type baits. There is a 5 foot gator in there right now. I have not seen one there in 10 years. PM me next time you go and I'll meet you out there. Take care, George

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That does help, I might be going way to fast. What I consider slow seems fast compared to what you are doing. I actually did Vista View on Monday. I caught a decent fish but I lost it. I was getting frustrated because I had been there all morning. I had a bass boil on my top water early but couldn't reproduce the bite. A group of guys showed up and one guy went to a spot I had just fished with a worm and less than 5 minutes in he caught a nice one. I was on the other side of the lake at the time and was cursing under my breath. I had just been there and then all the sudden I got my only bite. I set the hook and reeled it in, but lost him about a couple feet from me. 

 

I texas rig my worms, lizards, creatures. That is the other thing I forgot to mention.

I went to Vista View Tuesday afternoon and did quite well. Big fish was 5.5 and several 3 lbs. Only two hours and caught about 15. I usually fish the afternoons from 4:00 to 6:30. All caught on senko type baits. There is a 5 foot gator in there right now. I have not seen one there in 10 years. PM me next time you go and I'll meet you out there. Take care, George

 

Sure thing! Thanks George!

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I struck out again at 2 different parks. I went to Mills Pond Park and caught nothing. Then went to quiet waters park and caught nothing. My friend caught 2 at quiet waters right next to me throwing the same crank bait he had been throwing all day lol. I guess they finally became interested in it. 

I threw everything at them including the kitchen sink. 

I even tried to slow down to the point where I was waiting 15 to 20 seconds between jerks on my worms and jigs.

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Pit Boss, I found fishing to be on the slow side on my neck of the woods too. Although, I managed to land a couple (pics on the Florida thread) using a spinnerbait again, they just seem to be off. Keep plugging away, you will get on them soon. ;) hint... hint... even as early as next weekend. 

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I'm sure I will. I'm not one to quit so I'm going out there and eventually catch something even if it means jumping in the water and belly floppin' the finicky punks! That'll teach em. LOL.

 

Interestingly enough I've gotten them to boil on my top water poppers, so I know they are there. The sucky thing is I can't replicate it on the next cast. So I'm really considering getting that second rod and reel so I can drop the top water and hit em with something else on the nose lol.

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Yeah, I spent about 5 hours fishing again today. Talked to quiet a few boaters and they had nothing too. One guy got a 4lber using a mino spinner bait. Nice to see some one atleast catch something today. Fish were there and even pretty active. Crapie were feeding on stuff coming out of the weeds (looked like freshwater shrimp) and I swear some monster bass Ate 1 or two of them crapie. Never seen hits that big on the water... Thought pelicans were diving in!

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I've been giving this thread some thought the last few days.  I was struggling a bit with my old stand by lures, a neighbor (snowbird) uses nothing but senkos and has been killing them, I was near him and I didn't do much.  About 2-3 weeks I started fishing senkos almost exclusively, I have been doing pretty well as of late.  I don't get a hit in 10-15 minutes I'm looking elsewhere, doing more canals that lakes or ponds.  In 60 years of bass fishing I've yet to find anything more productive than a plastic worm, they flat out catch fish.  Florida is a bass catchers dream, these canals are loaded with them and a boat is not needed, doesn't mean you will score every time but the odds should be in your favor.  This canal fishing in comparison to having to find fish on a large body of water is much easier, 1 rod, pack of senkos and good pair of walking shoes is almost a guarantee of success.  

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I agree with Snook, putting on some sneakers and covering water will increase your chances of a hook up. Stickworms are effective baits, and for me they are in my arsenal, to add some spice and excitement I also carry other baits that I find effective in our canals down here. 

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I would agree too in most cases. Not last week though. Wasn't a fish to be seen.

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I've been giving this thread some thought the last few days.  I was struggling a bit with my old stand by lures, a neighbor (snowbird) uses nothing but senkos and has been killing them, I was near him and I didn't do much.  About 2-3 weeks I started fishing senkos almost exclusively, I have been doing pretty well as of late.  I don't get a hit in 10-15 minutes I'm looking elsewhere, doing more canals that lakes or ponds.  In 60 years of bass fishing I've yet to find anything more productive than a plastic worm, they flat out catch fish.  Florida is a bass catchers dream, these canals are loaded with them and a boat is not needed, doesn't mean you will score every time but the odds should be in your favor.  This canal fishing in comparison to having to find fish on a large body of water is much easier, 1 rod, pack of senkos and good pair of walking shoes is almost a guarantee of success.  

Seems senkos are a go to choice. Seen lots of posts about them. 

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Stickbaits are a must. Sometimes that's all they want. Stickbaiting is not my preferred mode of fishing, but if that's what the fish want, what are you going to do?  :Idontknow:

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Stickbaits are a must. Sometimes that's all they want. Stickbaiting is not my preferred mode of fishing, but if that's what the fish want, what are you going to do?  :Idontknow:

So I don't have senko's but I do have the Strike King Shim E Stick in a Red Shad color. It's the only color they had at walrmart one day I went to pick up some worms. 

Perhaps they aren't quite as good as the Senko?

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So I don't have senko's but I do have the Strike King Shim E Stick in a Red Shad color. It's the only color they had at walrmart one day I went to pick up some worms. 

Perhaps they aren't quite as good as the Senko?

 

I will not spend the $$ on Senko's. They tear and rip very easily. BPS and DICKS have an assortment of stickbaits that are cheaper and more durable than Senko's. I like the WM seed and green pumpkin variety. Geo G, turned me to some other colors as well. 

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I don't have any problem with the Strike Kings, mostly what I have, all color seem to work the same for me, including red.  Don't over think this stuff, just fish, either the fish are on or off, that gives you a 50-50 chance.

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Oh forgot I also have the Havoc Bottom Hopper in Shady Watermelon Candy. I like the color on this one cause its watermelon and has various glitter colors that make it look nice.

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Pit Boss, not all stickbaiting is the same either. Presentation, I believe play's a big role on your success. I was taught from a seasoned, bass stick many years ago, the lighter you go the more natural your  presentation will be. Most of the time fishing the stickbait weightless is all you need. Sometimes just using a 1/32 or 1/16 will get you good strikes as well. Also, hook sizes can affect your presentation as well. 

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I may be putting to much weight on my worms. I feel they drop to fast but I put weight on em so I can get them close to cover that is farther away, or a location I can't reach from the bank with a short cast.

I also want to get me a better rod for worms. The sensitivity on my rod might not be the best because I've got a heavy power which is pretty darn stiff all around. 

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I may be putting to much weight on my worms. I feel they drop to fast but I put weight on em so I can get them close to cover that is farther away, or a location I can't reach from the bank with a short cast.

I also want to get me a better rod for worms. The sensitivity on my rod might not be the best because I've got a heavy power which is pretty darn stiff all around. 

 

If you can't reach the bank with a stickworm, you have to seriously re-evaluate your set-up. For example, i noticed you like to use a spinner outfit. I use a 7ft Medium carbonlite on a 2500 size Shimano Stradic CI4. I have it spooled with 20lb braid and various leaders. When I cast, with a stickworm I have to control the distance because this kind of set up will fly off the reel. I am sharing this with you not to show how far I can cast, but to demonstrate how a different set up can yield you a different result. 

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Went out for an hour, tossed some worms around, didn't see a fish.... until 10 minutes before I had to leave (stupid work). Sure enough they are going nuts right now and I can't go get em!

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Went out for an hour, tossed some worms around, didn't see a fish.... until 10 minutes before I had to leave (stupid work). Sure enough they are going nuts right now and I can't go get em!

 

LOL... don't you hate it when the fish are not on your schedule. 

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If you can't reach the bank with a stickworm, you have to seriously re-evaluate your set-up. For example, i noticed you like to use a spinner outfit. I use a 7ft Medium carbonlite on a 2500 size Shimano Stradic CI4. I have it spooled with 20lb braid and various leaders. When I cast, with a stickworm I have to control the distance because this kind of set up will fly off the reel. I am sharing this with you not to show how far I can cast, but to demonstrate how a different set up can yield you a different result. 

Spinning outfit is just the only one I know how to use. But I do want a baitcaster. So If I were to go to bass pro today what am I looking for in order to have my first baitcaster that would be good for worms/jigs. 

The outfit I currently have seems to be pretty good for Topwater so I think my spinning gear I will use for that and cranks for now.

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