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Jul
01
2017

Lake Harris in Florida is one of the best bass fishing lakes in the United States at the moment. It has a fantastic reputation amongst bass fishing enthusiasts everywhere and many in the local area visit it on a regular basis.

As such, the regular visitors are full of hints, tips and tricks that will give any individual that is not experienced a helping hand. Whether you are a beginner in regards to bass fishing in general or new to Lake Harris itself, this article could indeed help you to get ahead and improve your catch rate in no time at all.

There are certain baits and techniques that will give you the advantage at Lake Harris and the following five tips incorporate them. Have a quick read of them and then watch your bass fishing catch rate improve no end when you put them into practice!

Tip Number 1

Use plastic worms to fish in the reeds and other vegetative areas around Lake Harris. Plastic worms have been proven to work a treat time and time again because they glide through the vegetation without getting stuck and look like the prey that the bass usually stalk! They do tend to bite a lot on plastic worms and many bass fishing enthusiasts swear by them so they are definitely worth trying. They also work well on days when the water is not as calm as it may otherwise be.

Tip Number 2

Try power bass fishing. If your style is to fish for bass gently then the likelihood is that you will not get very far because there are many trophy bass around. We all know that these are big and powerful and will likely snap your rod in two should you try to reel them in gently. Use power equipment and do not be afraid to fish in a fast and furious manner to keep a hold of your prize!

Tip Number 3

Look for the holes in Lake Harris, of which there are many. There are plenty of crags and holes for you too fish in both winter and summer and, believe it or not, fishing them will improve your catch rate all year round. They can be found on maps of the lake and in guides as well. Doing a little research never hurt anyone but this research is invaluable because that is where many of the trophy bass will hide out in cooler weather and look to rest in warmer climes. You can definitely get a bite or two fishing the holes for an hour so the effort is worth it.

Tip Number 4

Only try using torpedoes and buzzbaits in winter. Fishing on Lake Harris in winter is not an easy task but using this kind of bait will do your catch rate the world of good. The bass will almost immediately respond to the vibration movements and come to investigate, looking for prey. Only use them in winter. If you try to use them in summer then your success rate will not be so good.

Unfortunately, there are many water sports on Lake Harris and this may disturb the action and the bass. As a result, they may not respond to the vibrations.

Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is committed to providing the best bass fishing information possible. Get more information on bass on Lake Harris here: http://www.askbassfishing.com/
Apr
07
2017

buzzbaits
by egvvnd

I consider Florida to be the Mecca of Largemouth Bass fishing in the United States. There are many places to fish in Florida. In this article I will describe one place that is well known and one little known place that offers great fishing opportunities as well. I want to stress that there are many different lakes to fish in Florida. When I talk about Lake Okeechobee for instance understand that there are hundreds of lakes that fit the same description throughout South Florida.

Lake Okeechobee is perhaps the most famous Largemouth Bass lake in the United States; It has earned that reputation by continuously producing large numbers of very large bass. It is a very large lake, over 50,000 square miles! It is also a very shallow Lake. A large portion of this lake is less than 6 feet deep. These in fact are the areas that often hold the largest bass. I would venture to guess than over half of the ten pound or larger bass I have caught have come from water that was 306 foot deep.

Fishing Lake Okeechobee can be a challenge but very rewarding. You will of course want to find the shallow weedy areas of the lake. If your only concern is boating a huge Largemouth Bass then you might want to consider fishing with livebait. The specific livebait of choice in this lake is the wild Florida Shiner. They are available at most marinas/bait shops in the area. If you are going to target huge Largemouth Bass you will need to use large bait. An eight to ten inch long shiner allowed to swim freely under a float, or free lined, is an awesome presentation. Understand that with large bait you need to use a very large hook. Make sure your hook is well sharpened as it must penetrate the tough mouth of a very large fish. You need to use a stout heavy action rod that has enough backbone to set that hook deep inside the mouth of your quarry.

If you prefer the more sporting method of using artificial baits then you need to gear your arsenal to fishing in heavy weeds. Spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and other topwater offering are much more important to have in your box than crankbaits and spoons. You need to be able to retrieve your lure through the heavy cover where the bass lie. Again make sure your hooks are sharp. Vary your retrieve until you find the proper presentations. You will find some days where a fast retrieve is required to catch very active fish. On other days you need a much slower presentation.

The key thing you need to do is be able to read the water. In a large lake like Okeechobee much of the water does not hold many fish. You need to first take notice of your surrounding and look for areas likely to hold fish. You can often do this by simply looking at the surface of the water for action. If you see schools of shiners and other smaller fish constantly breaking the surface of the water you can be sure Largemouth Bass are around as well.

Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is committed to providing the best bass fishing information possible. Get more information on Florida bass fishing here: http://www.askbassfishing.com/

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Mar
31
2017

I consider Florida to be the Mecca of Largemouth Bass fishing in the United States. There are many places to fish in Florida. In this article I will describe one place that is well known and one little known place that offers great fishing opportunities as well. I want to stress that there are many different lakes to fish in Florida. When I talk about Lake Okeechobee for instance understand that there are hundreds of lakes that fit the same description throughout South Florida.

Lake Okeechobee is perhaps the most famous Largemouth Bass lake in the United States; It has earned that reputation by continuously producing large numbers of very large bass. It is a very large lake, over 50,000 square miles! It is also a very shallow Lake. A large portion of this lake is less than 6 feet deep. These in fact are the areas that often hold the largest bass. I would venture to guess than over half of the ten pound or larger bass I have caught have come from water that was 306 foot deep.
Fishing Lake Okeechobee can be a challenge but very rewarding. You will of course want to find the shallow weedy areas of the lake. If your only concern is boating a huge Largemouth Bass then you might want to consider fishing with livebait. The specific livebait of choice in this lake is the wild Florida Shiner. They are available at most marinas/bait shops in the area. If you are going to target huge Largemouth Bass you will need to use large bait. An eight to ten inch long shiner allowed to swim freely under a float, or free lined, is an awesome presentation. Understand that with large bait you need to use a very large hook. Make sure your hook is well sharpened as it must penetrate the tough mouth of a very large fish. You need to use a stout heavy action rod that has enough backbone to set that hook deep inside the mouth of your quarry.

If you prefer the more sporting method of using artificial baits then you need to gear your arsenal to fishing in heavy weeds. Spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and other topwater offering are much more important to have in your box than crankbaits and spoons. You need to be able to retrieve your lure through the heavy cover where the bass lie. Again make sure your hooks are sharp. Vary your retrieve until you find the proper presentations. You will find some days where a fast retrieve is required to catch very active fish. On other days you need a much slower presentation.

The key thing you need to do is be able to read the water. In a large lake like Okeechobee much of the water does not hold many fish. You need to first take notice of your surrounding and look for areas likely to hold fish. You can often do this by simply looking at the surface of the water for action. If you see schools of shiners and other smaller fish constantly breaking the surface of the water you can be sure Largemouth Bass are around as well.

Look for ambush points and other areas likely to hold fish. As with any kind of fishing you need to think like a bass. Look for areas that make sense for the bass to inhabit. The key is not to spend too much time in any one area that is not producing.

Once you find areas you should use lures like spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and other topwater baits. Sound is very important in these conditions, I prefer the spinnerbaits with round blades that emit vibration and attract the Largemouth Bass through sound as well as sight. A jig and pig combo is also very effective in this lake. You can bounce this artificial along the bottom of the lake with great success.

I would recommend using a guide the first time you visit this lake. Pay attention to where he takes you to fish and ask questions. You do not solely hire a guide to help you catch fish. You should strive to learn and become a better fisherman by learning and understanding the principles the guide uses in making your trip productive.

Southern Florida has many lakes that are smaller versions of Lake Okeechobee. They all can be fished in a similar manner.

For a different place to fish for Largemouth Bass I am going to throw out the canal/lake system of Cape Coral, Florida. Cape Coral, Florida is known for its extensive system of both fresh and saltwater canals and lakes. You can literally jump right out of your car and hook into a several hundred pound Bull Shark on one canal and less than a mile away hook into a huge Largemouth Bass in a freshwater canal.

Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is committed to providing the best bass fishing information possible. Get more information on Florida bass fishing here: http://www.askbassfishing.com/

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Dec
03
2016

buzzbaits
by egvvnd

I consider Florida to be the Mecca of Largemouth Bass fishing in the United States. There are many places to fish in Florida. In this article I will describe one place that is well known and one little known place that offers great fishing opportunities as well. I want to stress that there are many different lakes to fish in Florida. When I talk about Lake Okeechobee for instance understand that there are hundreds of lakes that fit the same description throughout South Florida.

Lake Okeechobee is perhaps the most famous Largemouth Bass lake in the United States; It has earned that reputation by continuously producing large numbers of very large bass. It is a very large lake, over 50,000 square miles! It is also a very shallow Lake. A large portion of this lake is less than 6 feet deep. These in fact are the areas that often hold the largest bass. I would venture to guess than over half of the ten pound or larger bass I have caught have come from water that was 306 foot deep.

Fishing Lake Okeechobee can be a challenge but very rewarding. You will of course want to find the shallow weedy areas of the lake. If your only concern is boating a huge Largemouth Bass then you might want to consider fishing with livebait. The specific livebait of choice in this lake is the wild Florida Shiner. They are available at most marinas/bait shops in the area. If you are going to target huge Largemouth Bass you will need to use large bait. An eight to ten inch long shiner allowed to swim freely under a float, or free lined, is an awesome presentation. Understand that with large bait you need to use a very large hook. Make sure your hook is well sharpened as it must penetrate the tough mouth of a very large fish. You need to use a stout heavy action rod that has enough backbone to set that hook deep inside the mouth of your quarry.

If you prefer the more sporting method of using artificial baits then you need to gear your arsenal to fishing in heavy weeds. Spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and other topwater offering are much more important to have in your box than crankbaits and spoons. You need to be able to retrieve your lure through the heavy cover where the bass lie. Again make sure your hooks are sharp. Vary your retrieve until you find the proper presentations. You will find some days where a fast retrieve is required to catch very active fish. On other days you need a much slower presentation.

Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is committed to providing the best bass fishing information possible. Get more information on Florida Fishing here:
Nov
15
2016

In this article I am going to discuss two excellent places in Florida to fish for Largemouth Bass. One is the largest and most well known lake in the state, the other an overlooked hotspot I have fished with great success. They each require a different style of fishing. One offers the best chance for landing a very large bass, the other offers a chance to catch many bass from shore.

Lake Okeechobee in my opinion is hands down the best Largemouth Bass lake in the United States. It is a large lake, in fact of all the lakes completely within the borders of the United States only Lake Michigan is larger. It is also a very shallow lake. Most of the water you will fish is between three to six feet deep. It is a very weedy lake and in my opinion very easy to fish.

If your main objective is to catch Largemouth Bass the surefire method of success is to use live shiners. You want to use “wild shiners” caught directly from the lake, they are much more productive. Finding fish is not very difficult. Look for weedy areas and areas that offer some kind of cover. In a shallow lake like Okeechobee you can often scan an area and see where the fish are.

When using live shiners generally the larger the bait the larger the average fish you will catch. Sure you can catch a monster on a small shiner. In the long run however a fisherman using eight inch long shiners will catch bigger fish than another fisherman using five inch shiners. Keeping your bait lively is very important. An aerated livewell puts you at a big advantage in this regard. Pay careful attention to how you hook your shiner. Use a hook that is appropriate to the size of bait you are using. If hooking through the lips you need to be careful casting that you do not throw the bait off the hook. I prefer to hook shiners through the upper back. When doing this make sure not to impale the fish too deeply in the body where its organs are. An appropriate size hook through the shiner’s upper back is the way to go.

You can fish your live bait in several different ways. I prefer sometimes to suspend my bait under a bobber while allowing the boat to drift. When fishing with a bobber often the indication of a pickup is the bobber moving to the left or right. I like to set my hooks quickly when I have a pickup. These are big bass with very tough mouths. You need to have a rod with some backbone to it. I recommend a medium/heavy action rod. You also need to be firm in setting your hooks. Keep the hooks sharp and don’t be afraid to make a stiff hookset.

Fishing with artificial baits is of course a much more sporting method of fishing. Okeechobee has many weeds and is best fished with weedless or semi-weedless lures. Spinnerbaits are an awesome lure to use. I have caught many fish by finding a section of the lake with water depth of 4-6 feel with submerged weeds with 1-2 feet of the surface. I cast my spinnerbait either directly over the weeds or make my retrieve slower and allow the bait to glide through the tops of the weeds. Sometimes I will allow the lure to drop into pockets of the weeds.

You can of course fish this type of area with other baits as well. Top water baits can offer a great deal of excitement. I like to use a topwater bait when there is little or no wind. A worm rigged weedless is another good choice. Stay away from crankbaits or traditional spinners.

Equipment choice is a major factor in fishing this lake. You often are faced with many places a hooked fish can wrap the line around. I prefer a rod in these situations that is pretty stiff. You are much less concerned in these circumstances with feeling bites so a sensitive rod is not a priority. You need to be able to horse a fish around obstructions. A medium to heavy action rod with a powerful reel is the ticket in these situations.

A final suggestion for fishing Lake Okeechobee is investing in a good pair of sunglasses. You would be surprised at how many bass you can spot with them and subsequently target.

Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is commited to providing the best bass fishing information possible. Get more information on Florida bass fishing here: http://www.askbassfishing.com/
Sep
08
2016

While many people go to Florida to fish the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean, or the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean for big saltwater catches, Florida bass fishing is a popular inland sport. Florida is full of lake resources that are literally packed to the gill (pun intended) with bass. Where in Florida can you go to find the best opportunity for fishing for bass in Florida? Here are some of the best lakes you can visit in the state.

Florida bass fishing at Lake George can be a fabulous time. As one of many natural lakes on the St. John’s River, it is full of vegetation that is inviting cover for bass. Wading in with plastic worms into the eelgrass and fishing on the surface is sure to make for a productive day. You may want to try some other top water artificial lures, as well. Live shiners are perfect for catching trophy sized bass, especially during spawning season in the spring.

The Stick Marsh Reservoir is also a fertile habitat that provides excellent Florida bass fishing. Spinnerbaits, crankbaits, soft jerbaits, and topwater propeller baits can provide a good chance of catching large bass, especially around the woody stumps and submerged canals and hydrilla. For trophy fish at this lake, try working wild gold shiners, and you should see phenomenal results.

Lake Tohopekaliga is a great place for Florida bass fishing during early spring when it is spawning season. The shallows inshore are full of native vegetation, including topped out hydrilla, which makes for a great spawning habitat. Try flipping plastic baits along grass edges and bulrush. Chugging baits can be productive as well. Another fine lake with such opportunities is the Rodman Reservoir, created in 1968 and covering 9,500 acres. It is known for its population of largemouth bass, especially for large, trophy sized specimen.

If you are in the area, try Florida bass fishing in Lake Kissimmee, the largest of five main bodies of water on the Kissimmee River in central Florida. High quality fishing of all kinds takes place here, with tournaments producing bass like crazy, with 18-20 pounds coming in as winning numbers. Offshore fishing in the area is also popular, using shad-imitation jigs, jerkbaits, and topwater bait. Work around the coontail, eelgrass beds, ledges, and humps for the best catch. These same tactics can be used to produce satisfying results at Lake Tarpon, though fishing with wild shiners and live shad can also do the trick here.

Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is commited to providing the best bass fishing information possible. Get more information on Florida bass fishing here: http://www.askbassfishing.com/
Aug
24
2016

I fish the most unique pond I’ve ever come across in my 15 years of fishing. The bass in there school up and the only way I was able to consistently catch them was by sight-fishing. While running the banks, schools of 5-10 bass in the 3+ pound range would cruise the shoreline. Experimenting with a couple baits I typically don’t use up north, I manage to get onto a pretty good bite!

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Location: Orlando, Florida
Date: 7/15/16
Primary Pattern: Sight fishing and finessing strikes
Time Fished: 6:30 am – 9:30 am
Air Temp: 82 degrees
Water Temp: 85 degrees
Water Clarity: 42 inches
Conditions: Sunny with winds from the SE up to 6 mph

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Aug
23
2016

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Nov
24
2013

In the early days of saltwater fly angling, fishermens would make use of a hefty freshwater set-up. A (Steel head or King Salmon rod), and a reel that would need you to cup the reel with your hand, to use burden or resistenc to a hard running fish. Points have altered, although the massive freshwater things would finish the job, and to some level it still does, you can acquire deep sea devices to take care of almost any type of fly angling you would certainly like to do
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In the Florida Keys anglers usage these deep sea fly fish set-ups to record: Tarpon, dolphin(mahi-mahi), tuna, bonefish, authorization, snook, even sailfish and marlin. In saltwater, many of the time, bigger wet-flies are utilized to resemble shrimp, crabs, baitfish, yet there are times when saltwater types will certainly live on the area on poppers and surface area flies just like freshwater fly fishing.

When fishing for the overseas species like sailfish and marlin, fishermens utilize a strategy called “”aggravating”,(trolling a hookless bait to get the fish close-enough to the boat to be with-in casting proximity, or “chumming” with baitfish to acquire the fish near to the boat.

The aged technique of cupping the fly reel to slow down these large kids down, on a lengthy run, will not work. You will require a deep sea fly reel with a nuisance device and a deep sea fishing pole, to obtain the task done here, along with a much heavier corrosive-resistant physical body style. As with any type of type of saltwater fishing equipment corrosion-resistance and toughness are a need. Deep sea fly fishing devices is not cheap so expect to spend for good things!

In the Florida Keys saltwater fly angling is commonly done from a flats boat,(superficial draft watercraft), for varieties such as tarpon, bonefish, license, snook, and redfish, or from a deep-vee offshore boats for dorado, sailfish, marlin, tuna, and various other pelagic types, and additionally could be done from shore with waders on the lots of flats that are readily available from the parking/fishing areas.

The majority of Trout fly angler can do effectively with this sort of angling. You will certainly need to be exact, since the majority of this angling is view fishing, and when you spot a fish or academic establishment of fish you will certainly have to be precise with your cast to place the fly in the course of a relocating fish. Polarized sunglasses are a must have, to see in the water for movement. Greater than most likely you will certainly be fishing on the flats during higher water, and they can be really scary when travelling the flats, so being peaceful with the boat and push-pole and make accurate casts.

The Florida Keys water is quite clear and there is absolutely nothing like viewing a big Tarpon hone-in thereupon perfect presentation, you merely made with your fly, and exploding out-of the water like a projectile. Guy, you know your in for the battle of your life! Great Luck!

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