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When Does The Bass Fishing Pick Up In Fl?

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So I started bass fishing in December. I've done pretty well, seen the bite turn off and on with the cold fronts. Caught a lot of 1 pounders and smaller a few 2-3 pound fish. Had great days and skunked days so far. All though the last week or so I've fished both weekends and a few mornings and a afternoon. And the bite has really been off. It got me thinking when does the bite pick up where these beasts are on fire? Thought I'd ask the more expierenced Floridian fisherman

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Peak for us in South Fl begins around March and runs through June. Fishing can be down right ridiculous where many begin to think that they are experts until summer time when they don't understand why the fishing slowed down.  LOL.... 

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Fishing has been consistently pretty good in South Florida. There are a lot of dinks but there has also a good number of chunks, and a few big ones. As Lou stated it will continue to get better in the next few months until the summer rains start. Glades fishing will get ridicules in March and April. 150 to 200 fish a day will be a real possibility. Keep dipping your lure and good things will happen.

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Florida bass notoriously go from slugglish to flat out shutting down around cold fronts. Of course they still have to eat but you'll have to find the ones who want what you're throwing, at the speed you're thowing it.

If they're not in the mood at the right time, or in the right palce, and not interested at that time you might as well pack up and go home.

Same may be said for bass across the country, but down here temperature, and conditions seem to have a greater affect.

At least from what I've experienced.

Bedding starts earlier here than anywhere else in the country for obvious reasons but the big girls don't spend much time at it. They can do thier thing more than once during a season and then move off to recover.

Thats why more dinks are caught this time of year as the males are in the protect the nest mode longer.

By mid to late February into early March it will seem that anything you throw will get bit. The reason is the fronts are weaker, fewer and farther apart.

Mike

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The bite doesnt turn off to much. After the fronts they do get a little lock jaw but you can get some reaction strikes still or try Senkos wacky rigged.

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Joe

Don't misunderstand, you can catch fish down here this time of year.

I know guys who Like it more now than any other time!

As a matter of fact, I was in a tournament on the Big O yesterday where the top 76 boaters and top 17 co anglers all had double digit bag's!

Just keep trying high percentage presentations for your waters and have some fun.

Mike

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Oh yeah I've had some really good days so far. Just wasn't totally sure if it really turns up as spring comes or not.

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If you come down to the everglades, when the water levels drop.. Fish will stack up in the canals.. Believe me 150+ fish between a couple men on a slow day. Water levels drop around 2 months or so from now

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When the water temperature becomes more consistent.  The temps have been bouncing around, once we get a steady uptrend it will pick up.

My least favorite time of the year to fish, inshore bite hasn't started in my area yet, bass have slowed down, caught so many up to a couple of weeks ago I'm bassed out.  Waiting for inshore as well as some peacock action.

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This has been the best bass fishing winter that I can recall.  We have bedding bass and bass staging aggressively before bedding here.  Since early Jan. they have been aggressive and fat.  For me this has always been the peak.  I fish tannin stained water which is less affected by colder temps.  I find summer and fall the worst time to fish, less productive, the fish sluggish and neutral.

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It's still very slow for me. Last few times I went out and got nothing. With these back to back fronts, I'm not sure I should even try to go out today. I probably will though.

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Not only have the numbers come down the  past 2 weeks, getting no real size either.

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Went out and had a dink-tacular time. Every cast or two was a fish from 8 to 13 inches. was catching em on t rigged alive shads hopped on the bottom.

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Had a dozen 2 to 4 pounders -- and lost two huge ones -- today in the evening.  Caught them from the bank (practically all I do is bank fishing) on a green Brush Hog. Tried senkos, toads, swimbaits and jigs, and all they bit is Brush Hogs, pegged T-rigged. I did better than I expected given post front and gibbous moon. Too bad I'm now out of Brush Hogs!

 

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Wow very nice! I just got some gambler baits ( local company) angry otters in green pumpkin to try rage rigging and some of there craws. Looks like a lil golf course action there?

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Yes, I definitely fish golf courses when I can. Gambler baits are great. I go through a lot of EZ Swimmers, esp around sunset.

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Oh wow what color are you using? I have some white ones I tried and used as trailers but didn't have much luck

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Oh wow what color are you using? I have some white ones I tried and used as trailers but didn't have much luck

Mostly watermelon or black/blue flake on a 3-0 or 4-0 weighted swimbait hook. Usually it works best wiggled across the surface like a toad, but lately they're eating it only on the fall, near cover. Seems to attract big fish.

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Oh man cool thanks. I'll have to give them another try. I didn't have much succes on them but I only bought white I'll have to change up the colors

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I tried to get the peacocks to play but they didn't want to come out with these back to back fronts we've been getting. However.... The lm are all different stages of spawn. Saw tons of fry in the 3 spots I went today with some slim and some very round adults. Including this one who I think didn't even know she was hooked until we made eye contact then it was on. She insisted on digging deep into the grass against the canal wall but I turned her around and got her out.

Not sure of the weight but measured about 22 inches against the rod. I was using my new stradic 1000 ci4 on a Daiwa procyon UL, 15lb power pro, 4lb trilene xl leader and a 1/8 Spro phat fly. First and only fish of the day but definitely worth it.

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I tried to get the peacocks to play but they didn't want to come out with these back to back fronts we've been getting. However.... The lm are all different stages of spawn. Saw tons of fry in the 3 spots I went today with some slim and some very round adults. Including this one who I think didn't even know she was hooked until we made eye contact then it was on. She insisted on digging deep into the grass against the canal wall but I turned her around and got her out.

Not sure of the weight but measured about 22 inches against the rod. I was using my new stradic 1000 ci4 on a Daiwa procyon UL, 15lb power pro, 4lb trilene xl leader and a 1/8 Spro phat fly. First and only fish of the day but definitely worth it.

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Nice fish sqhertz.... sorry I can't get used to the new screen name. Lol!! With that set up your hands were full. Great job landing her especially in a canal with tough banks. Yeah pea's are hunkering down with this cold weather.

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Yeah it was a battle. I love the fight fish of any size put up on light tackle, even more so when they are this big! Talk about an adrenaline rush.

Luckily the water was low enough I could step down onto some rocks to turn her away from the grass.

I actually did spot a couple peas but they were in no mood to cooperate. Both were very close to cover.

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