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Loxahatchee Federal Preserve 10/20/18

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Lox Preserve

Lox Road Ramps

6:30-Noon

Mostly Sunny

91*

Light wind NW

No Current

W/T 84*

 

Went to Lox and put in at first light.  Went with a friend, and we began in the flat fishing a H/B Frog.  We had a couple of hit and misses.  I switched to a swim bait with similar results.  I then went to a senko and caught a nice 18 inch bass right away.  Caught a few more dinks and then another 18 inch beauty.  The first bass had a baby bump, so we are getting closer to spawning season.

 

I switched to a junebug, and black trick worm and caught 3 more quickly.  Once the wind stopped and the sun got high, the bite came to a quick stop.  For the next two hours neither of us got so much as a bump.  We called it quits at noon.  We stayed the entire time in the flats, and finished with 6 bass caught.  Two of those six in the 18 inch size.  

 

The grass in the flats is thick, and you need a good T/M to keep from getting rapped.  Low boat traffic, and it seems that the construction at the ramps is done.  Still better then sitting home watching the tube.  The South florida guys have been awfully quiet lately with their reports!👂

 

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Thanks, geo g. 

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thx geo, i been meaning to get up to lox.  Ive been staying in the glades where its been hit or miss the past few trips.  I did catch one pushing 6lbs at holiday flipping a jig last week though.

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On 10/20/2018 at 6:34 PM, geo g said:

The South florida guys have been awfully quiet lately with their reports!👂

 

Been thinking the same thing honestly and I apologize for my lack of action.  This time of year / most of summer I always find myself drawn to the beach / canals for some snook / tarpon action.  Glad to hear spawn is on the horizon.  Will be launching back at Lox next weekend likely if I don't go tomorrow. Thanks for the report as always. Good luck out there! 

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How does fishing at Lox work?  I've always heard about it, but looking at google maps it just looks like a giant canal paralleled by swamp a boat wouldn't be able to get into.

 

I know canal fishing can be good, but it sounds like it would get pretty cramped with how popular it is if there's just a straight line either way you can fish.

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22 minutes ago, bigbassin' said:

How does fishing at Lox work?  I've always heard about it, but looking at google maps it just looks like a giant canal paralleled by swamp a boat wouldn't be able to get into.

 

I know canal fishing can be good, but it sounds like it would get pretty cramped with how popular it is if there's just a straight line either way you can fish.

145,000 acres you can fish the canal or the flats plenty of room for everyone

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2 hours ago, Topwaterdude said:

145,000 acres you can fish the canal or the flats plenty of room for everyone

Looking at a satellite view, where are the flats? Is that just a nickname for when the preserve floods or is the green area within the outer canal all actually water covered in vegetation and you can't tell from the map?

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10 hours ago, bigbassin' said:

Looking at a satellite view, where are the flats? Is that just a nickname for when the preserve floods or is the green area within the outer canal all actually water covered in vegetation and you can't tell from the map?

Flats are shallow water areas to fish.If you head towards the west from the boat ramp on right hand side of the canal there is entrances to the flats and if you continue in West canal towards the north there are more cuts into the flats,be very careful going in the flats you can get lost in there very easily,mark waypoints ,you DONOT won't to spend the night out there....

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11 hours ago, bigbassin' said:

Looking at a satellite view, where are the flats? Is that just a nickname for when the preserve floods or is the green area within the outer canal all actually water covered in vegetation and you can't tell from the map?

Flats always have water on them, and navigable about 90% of the time.  There are bass and gators in the interior that will never see a boat or a lure in there entire life.  Sometimes the submerged weeds get so thick that you need a strong trolling motor and I take a push pole, to navigate.  Big bass are in there, and can disappear in a heart beat by going under the submerged weeds.  It is a special place with cuts on the west side you can work.  Like someone said it is easy to get lost in the maze if your catching and not pay attention.  Make sure you leave bread crumbs to mark your trail.  Lol

 

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Thanks for the info y'all.

 

A trip out there doesn't appear to be in my future at the moment, I've just always been curious as to how people fish the area. 

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My personal best came from there, at noon, on a sunny day, a weightless fluke, twenty years ago, 11.4 pounds.  Since then I have loved the place, and there are many more, bigger then her, swimming around that have never seen a lure.

Good luck!

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