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So i see everyone talk about and read about early morning bass fishing. We have a couple large ponds and canal systems loaded with bass here in fl. If you go out early morning as suns coming up there's no activity aT all no bites. Go out afternoon when suns out and up there everywhere and biting and sunning. Do we just have lazy fish here?

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Get on the water before sun up. Be ready to fish at first light. Heck, start fishing before first light!

 

I have quietly waited in the boat sitting in the middle of the St. Johns river and as the sun barely peeks over the horizon I have watched the bass go into a feeding frenzy hitting on schools of shad boiling up the water.

 

Anything you throw in the boil is going to get hit. I keep my trolling motor at the ready and simply follow the feeding frenzy up and down the river just close enough to stay within casting distance.

 

That is a lot of fun! And then it just turns off. But fun while it lasts. I doubt if you would see something quite like that in the ponds though, but you can keep an eye out for feeding bass and cast to them with a lot of success.

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Joedodge , reading your post , I think the lower light conditions the better the fishing would be   for the clear water you fish . You should try night fishing sometime. Let it be dark for a couple of hours before trying it. I prefer bright moonlit nights and buzzbaits .

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I love fishing in the morning! Even when the fish don't cooperate I just like being out on the water...

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Oh I love being out there as the sun comes up. Just nothing seems to hit in the canals or pond. But if I come back after the suns out for a few hrs the ish are seen and the hook ups improve drasticly. It just seem so odd

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That's crazy... night fishing/early morning fishing around here almost can't be beat.  When I was a little guy, I'd go out on the flathead boat with my gpa, we would flathead all night until about an hour before daylight, then start trolling the banks and tear up the large mouth. Some of my biggest bass have come from dark skies...

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It is! It's so odd. Does anyone else run into inconsistency on what they bite on in certain ponds?

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Cool water temps.?

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The weather can change things as well. If the temps are cold... The sun will heat up the water as the day goes on, and fishing later can be better than earlier... And vice versa.. 

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I have got out on the water early and still dark and had nice bites, caught bass at noon, and caught bass as the sun is setting. You find them and they are hungry they will bite. They don't have a watch :)

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So i see everyone talk about and read about early morning bass fishing. We have a couple large ponds and canal systems loaded with bass here in fl. If you go out early morning as suns coming up there's no activity aT all no bites. Go out afternoon when suns out and up there everywhere and biting and sunning. Do we just have lazy fish here?

Well maybe it depends on what lure your throwing. Or if it's an evening pond. I know some lakes I fish they will hit a spook or a popper but never hit a buzzbait. And other lakes visa versa. Some lakes I go to have better catches during sunset not sunrise. I know it sounds crazy.

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Doesn't sound crazy at all. I'm still acquiring lures since switching over to freshwater. So I haven't necissarly found the hot ticket at my ponds. I mostly throw yum dingers. Other than that rooster tails have been great on occasion. Rattle traps I've ha a couple hook ups but nothing landed on them. I got some top water frogs and chatter baits to try now tho

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Doesn't sound crazy at all. I'm still acquiring lures since switching over to freshwater. So I haven't necissarly found the hot ticket at my ponds. I mostly throw yum dingers. Other than that rooster tails have been great on occasion. Rattle traps I've ha a couple hook ups but nothing landed on them. I got some top water frogs and chatter baits to try now tho

Living in Florida and "switching" to freshwater..... :mad10:

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Lol I grew up shark and flats fishing my whole life. This is actually more of a challenge and more fun to me

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The only time I prefer to fish early early mornings is during the summer. Our summers are pretty brutal in S.FL and the water temp's reflect that. Some areas do extremely well early in the mornings then shut off by 10am, not to resume again til late afternoon early evening. I have been fishing the everglades for 15 yrs, and my best fishing has always occurred from 2pm-5:30pm non daylight savings time, and from 3pm to 7:30pm during Daylight savings time. I don't purposely night fish, so I cannot comment during those times.  During our winter's I do notice the fish being reluctant to hit, however once the sun comes up high and the surface temps heat up a little fish activity begins. 

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Ahh yes exactly! That's what I'm running into. Glad to hear it's not just me. Florida is a tough one. We don't fit any of the typical fishing patterns like anywhere else in the us

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Ahh yes exactly! That's what I'm running into. Glad to hear it's not just me. Florida is a tough one. We don't fit any of the typical fishing patterns like anywhere else in the us

 

Our bass are unique that's for sure.... lol. I agree with your statement. Our fishing patterns are different than other parts of the country. Although some commonalities exist, our patterns do differ nonetheless. 

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Stop fishing for the girly bass.  (supposed to be funny).  That's weird, because I find that being on the lake as the sun comes up has almost always been effective for me. I have also found that 11am - 4pm is very slow for me.  But hey, whatever works.

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Stop fishing for the girly bass.  (supposed to be funny).  That's weird, because I find that being on the lake as the sun comes up has almost always been effective for me. I have also found that 11am - 4pm is very slow for me.  But hey, whatever works.

I'm in the same boat as you. Early morning and right before dark have always been my most productive times. Florida guys don't get to complain! They get great fishing year round. Lol

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During the cooler months, the bass won't start biting much until later in the day when the water temps edge up and their metabolism goes up.  One lake I fish predictably doesn't "turn on" until 1 or 2 p.m.

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I have the same issue at a lake near me. You might catch one an hour or so until about 11:00 AM, then after that they wake up. I use to think it was water temps, but this happens year round.

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I have my best luck just before dawn.  I try to get the kayak on the pond while still dark and be as quiet as possible until I can see w/o my 'headlight'.  Just my experience.  

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