Fishing for bass on Lake Okeechobee in South Florida is ramping up to be awesome! Fish are beginning to come in for the renowned winter spawn the lake is so famous for. Last week I found a bunch of schooling fish – mostly male largemouth bass – on an extensive grass flat that acts as an alley way for fish to move in to the shallower spawning flats. That day we caught fish on crankbaits, swim jigs, and chatterbaits so I was hoping to go out and get some video of some great topwater numbers action. Though not the same crazy action of schooling fish, the bass were still set up on the flat and a little lower in the water column using hydrilla and eel grass as cover. Here’s a break down of the strategies and techniques I use to catch fish on Lake Okeechobee when they’re moving in using large submerged grass beds as a staging point.
Weather: partly to mostly cloudy with heavy winds and rain coming in very early in the afternoon.
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Want the gear in the vids?
Reel Shimano Curado http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Shimano_Reels_Casting/catpage-RLCSHIMANO.html?from=mkfish
Camera – GoPro Hero 5 Black http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/GoPro_HERO5_Black_Camera/descpage-GPB5.html?from=mkfish
Sunline FC Sniper http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Sunline_Super_FC_Sniper_Fluorocarbon/descpage-SLFCS.html?from=mkfish
GoPro Shoulder Mount http://amzn.to/2lkPI0t
Floral Hat http://amzn.to/2oASb5H
You need this graph – Lowrance HDS 12 Carbon:http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Lowrance_HDS-12_Carbon_Fishfinder_Chartplotters/descpage-CAR2X.html?from=mkfish
Gambler Burner Worm http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Gambler_Burner_Worm_5pk/descpage-GBW.html?from=mkfish
1/2oz Jig head http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Gambler_Swimbait_Heads_4pk/descpage-GSBH.html?from=mkfish