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As I mentioned in my intro, I am pretty new to freshwater fishing. I have fished saltwater since a teenager. I've had a hard time finding good local non-urban fishing from land in South Florida although it might have to do with my skill too at this point lol. Anyway my bf and I decided to go to Loxahatchee with a canoe and brave the gators to try and improve our catch. We launched from the airboat side at dawn and fished around with topwater lures. We were doing ok until the wind picked up and we headed back. I only caught two bass and he didn't catch any. Interestingly enough we only saw one gator. Now I have always said gators = fish as that has been true for us at Corbett. So...we packed up and on our way out stopped by the spillway where we usually fish from land. There were a few gators hanging out. As soon as he threw his lure out he landed a nice bass. Apparently my job is to get the hook out *rolling my eyes* and so after getting it out and snapping a pic he throws the lure again and gets another just a bit smaller. Again...hook duty and I still haven't had a chance to cast! Third throw...he snagged either a mudfish or snakehead. I hoped to get a pic to ask you all but it broke the line. I have a fish id card but this guy didn't have a single spot on him and on the fish id the mudfish has a tail spot and the snakehead had several spots so idk. Dorsal fin looked more like a snakehead to me. Super long story short...the bite stopped and I missed out! Anyway, I was happy with the morning as I feel like we are slowly but surely improving. Ironically this is the first time we used a canoe and we did better by land lol.

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Thank you Shane!

Here are pics from today. Sorry for the quality they are from my POS droid.

My biggest Florida bass so far...working on it!

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More than likely it was a mudfish. They're very easy to get mixed up with a snakehead. As far as I know, they haven't made it into Lox yet.

Glad you guys got out and had some fun. Lox is a d**n fun place to fish.

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Cool thanks! All I know is it was rather large and put up quite a fight. There was another one with it that was a little bigger. We weren't really sure how we were going to get him unhooked and then he took care of that for us lol.

Lox is down the road from us but we fished it from land once or twice before and only got a few little guys so we didn't want to fish from land again. We borrowed a canoe, lugged it down there, fought the wind and the best catch of the day was from land...go figure!

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OH and on another cool note...we got to see a little gator flirting. There were two gators just down the way from us and one of them was bellowing. He carried on for a little while. As much as I have been around gators they are usually sleeping so that was fun.

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Nice story. Glad you had a great day out there at Lox. A couple of suggestions.

Try the hydrilla mats on the north side near the ramps if it is not too windy, and if you are able, take your canoe into the trails leading into the sawgrass a little bit.. There are a couple close by the ramps, 100 yards north. You can get some relief from the wind in there too. I have pulled some nice bass out those areas, so you really don't need to go far. Frogs and swim baits like Gambler ez's are pretty good there in Lox. Be careful in your canoe..(PFD's)

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Thanks Glades! You guys are awesome! We tried a frog today but I think the problem was color. I think we needed something brighter. The one we have is just green.

We did take PFD's we also rigged up a very "custom" pvc and stuck a Florida Gator (orange) flag on it hoping that we would be seen rather than run over lol.

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Use google earth and zoom in the areas near the ramps to find the approximate trail locations.

Watermelon/Red glitter is a good color for starters on frogs, worms, and swim baits..especially if the sun is shining.

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For buzz frogs I like white with some chartreuse in it. The white really helps you to keep your eye on it. Once it disappears after a hit, set the hook! Skinny Dippers are probably the most amazing florida bass bait I've fished. I also like the gambler big ez's that were mentioned above. Had some OK luck with the florida five-o color

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