Fishing for bass is a challenge, even aggressive peacock bass. We decided to bust out a traditional fishing technique I haven’t used in ages, using live bait. In this case we grabbed some shiners from a local tackle store and went out to sight fish for spawning bass on South Florida canal system that holds a range of species from snook and tarpon all the way to peacock and largemouth bass. It was sort of an adventure since neither me nor my best friend has ever tried live bait rigs for this kind of bass fishing – we were total novices but made it work to hook up with some nice fish and some ball busting in between.

Weather: partly to mostly cloudy, highs in the low 90’s becoming sunny and breezy later in the day (that’s when the bite seemed to improve too)

Equipment:
Camera – GoPro Hero 5 Black http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/GoPro_HERO5_Black_Camera/descpage-GPB5.html?from=mkfish

Powell 7’1″ MH Spinning Rod http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Powell_Max_3D_Spinning_Rods/descpage-ND.html?from=mkfish

Owner Wacky Rig Hooks http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Owner_Wacky_Hook/descpage-OWNWHH.html?from=mkfish

Berkley Fireline Crystal 10# and 12# http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Berkley_Fireline_Ultra_8_Superline_Crystal/descpage-BEF.html?from=mkfish

You need this graph – Lowrance HDS 12 Carbon:http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Lowrance_HDS-12_Carbon_Fishfinder_Chartplotters/descpage-CAR2X.html?from=mkfish

 

GoPro Shoulder Mount http://amzn.to/2lkPI0t

Floral Hat http://amzn.to/2oASb5H

Lapel mic http://amzn.to/2q6VUZB

Re Fuel Gopro Battery – 6hrs of Action http://amzn.to/2q4mYdC

SD Card for all day http://amzn.to/2q4mFPS

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Hurricane Irma devastated the state of Florida in September of 2017. I captured our life before, during and after the storm – the damage, not having power, flooding and the decisions we made to make it through. There are also some hurricane preparedness tips that really can be used in any type of disaster or severe weather event.

I hope everyone who experienced the storm is finding some level of normal life by now and able to work through the damage they’ve had. We’re lucky overall – this could have been much much worse!

Even threw in there my first fish catch post-Hurricane Irma – a solid 5+lbs largemouth bass fishing in Central Florida!

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If you need to reup on tackle after the storm you know where you’ll find the best deals Tackle Warehouse http://www.tacklewarehouse.com?from=mkfish

We were fishing for bass and then all of sudden sploosh! One GIANT freshwater snook! While out fishing for peacock bass with my best friend from Wisconsin the Rebel Pop R topwater bait strikes again during our annual fishing trip enticing a monster snook to explode on top. Using light light braided fishing line and medium action spinning tackle this fish fight was one to remember! Even though we were targeting Peacock Bass this catch made day 1 of our trip a successful one! Stay tuned for day 2 when we do something I’ve never done – use live bait in the form of shiners to sight fish bedding Peacock Bass in South Florida!

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Here are some of the products, cameras, and equipment used in the vid:

Camera – GoPro Hero 5 Black http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/GoPro_HERO5_Black_Camera/descpage-GPB5.html?from=mkfish

Rebel Pop-R Popper http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Rebel_Pop-R_Topwater_Popper/descpage-RPR.html?from=mkfish

Shimano Compre 7′ Medium Fishing Rod http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Shimano_Compre_E_Spinning_Rods/descpage-OMPX.html?from=mkfish

Berkley Fireline Crystal 12lbs
http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Berkley_Fireline_Ultra_8_Superline_Crystal/descpage-BEF.html?from=mkfish

Mustad Triple Grips (Change your hooks!!!!!) http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Mustad_KVD_1x_Strong_2x_Short_Triple_Grip_Treble_Hook/descpage-MKVDEST.html?from=mkfish

GoPro Shoulder Mount http://amzn.to/2lkPI0t

Floral Hat http://amzn.to/2oASb5H

Punching, flipping, swimbaits, crankbaits, hair jigs – fishing for trophy bass mash up on Lake Okeechobee and other Central Florida big bass factories! I thought it was time to throwback to some of the greates fish catches of the year and highlight fishing for bass in a wide range of situations – from targeting shallow grass and flipping mats with heavy braided fishing line to targeting fish offshore with flourocarbon, this is a bit of the best of everything.

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Baits, cams, and products in the video:

Camera – GoPro Hero 5 Black http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/GoPro_HERO5_Black_Camera/descpage-GPB5.html?from=mkfish

You need this graph – Lowrance 12 Ti:
http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Lowrance_Elite_12_Ti_Sonar/descpage-LET2.html?from=mkfish

Powell Max 3d Casting Rods http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Powell_Max_3D_Casting_Rods/descpage-3DC.html?from=mkfish

Hack Attack Flipping Hook http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Strike_King_Hack_Attack_Heavy_Cover_Flipping_Hooks_4pk/descpage-SKHAFH.html?from=mkfish

Power Pro Slick 65lbs Braid http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Power_Pro_Super_8_Slick_Braided_Line_Timber_Brown/descpage-PSBT.html?from=mkfish

Gambler Culling Scale http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Gambler_Digital_Culling_Scale/descpage-GDCS.html?from=mkfish

Gambler Crawdaddy http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Gambler_Crawdaddy_4_10pk/descpage-GBCD.html?from=mkfish

JTK Hair Jig http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Gambler_Hair_Jig/descpage-GHJG.html?from=mkfish

Reins Tungsten http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Reins_TG_Tungsten_Slip_Sinker_Heavy_Weight/descpage-RTGSS.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

When fishing for bass there are those times when things go CRAZY. If you like to fish for bass the shad spawn is one of the best times to fish hands down. Largemouth bass are eating reproducing shad in droves and targeting them can mean big fish and catching a lot of fish. Here are some keys though. On Lake Okeechobee it usually only happens during low light periods – sunrise, sunset, during overcast conditions – weather and sunlight is a high key to fishing this pattern. Here I’m targeting isolated grass patches near the main lake on Lake Okeechobee with fishing lures like a swim jig, Spro Poppin Frog , and almost any kind of topwater (see the bait list below). This is one fishing tip that needs to get out there because it can lead to catching a bunch of fish adn some big bass when you’re out on the lake or wherever you fish!

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Weather: summer, early morning, low light, 90+ degrees, partly sunny, light southeast breeze, FLORIDA!

Stuff used in the video:
Reel Shimano Curado http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Shimano_Curado_200K_Casting_Reels/descpage-CRDK.html?from=mkfish

 

Camera – GoPro Hero 5 Black http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/GoPro_HERO5_Black_Camera/descpage-GPB5.html?from=mkfish

http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Lowrance_Elite_12_Ti_Sonar/descpage-LET2.html?from=mkfish

Heavy Cover Swim Jig http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Gambler_Heavy_Cover_Southern_Swim_Jig/descpage-GHCSJ.html?from=mkfish

Power Pro Braid http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Power_Pro_Super_8_Slick_Braided_Line_Timber_Brown/descpage-PSBT.html?from=mkfish

EZ Swimmer Swimbait http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Gambler_EZ_Swimmer_7pk/descpage-GTEZ.html?from=mkfish

Spro Poppin Frog White http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Spro_Dean_Rojas_Bronzeye_Poppin_Frog_60/descpage-SPBPF.html?from=mkfish

Powell Max 3d Casting Rods http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Powell_Max_3D_Casting_Rods/descpage-3DC.html?from=mkfish

Lapel mic http://amzn.to/2q6VUZB

Re Fuel Gopro Battery – 6hrs of Action http://amzn.to/2q4mYdC

SD Card for all day http://amzn.to/2q4mFPS

Rode Mic http://amzn.to/2rLNGZm

GoPro Shoulder Mount http://amzn.to/2lkPI0t

There are still secrets when it comes to fishing for big bass during the hot summer months. It starts with nuanced bait and lure presentations and adjusting them for how the fish set up in cover and on structure when water temps start to push to the boiling point. In the vid I caught over 26lbs of largemouth bass in Florida using some of these less known techniques and using them in a different way than what your average fisherman would. Baits that really stood out today were big swimbaits, hair jigs, Texas-Rigged soft plastics, a Neko Rig, and a Scrounger Jerky J rig. It was an EPIC day and it all came down to analyzing where the fish were at different points in the day, how they were located on structure like shell bars, as well as how the bass transitioned to suspending over heavy cover like brushpiles and offshore fish attractors.

Weather was standard Florida summer – high humidity, temps in the 90’s, partly to mostly sunny skies, and generally very minimal wind.

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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

You need this graph – Lowrance 12 Ti:
http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Lowrance_Elite_12_Ti_Sonar/descpage-LET2.html?from=mkfish

Reins Tungsten http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Reins_TG_Tungsten_Slip_Sinker_Heavy_Weight/descpage-RTGSS.html?from=mkfish

Gambler Swimbait Head 3/4oz and 1oz http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Gambler_Swimbait_Heads_4pk/descpage-GSBH.html?from=mkfish

Gambler Culling Scale http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Gambler_Digital_Culling_Scale/descpage-GDCS.html?from=mkfish

GZ Swimbait http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Gambler_Really_Big_GZ_65/descpage-RBIGEZ.html?from=mkfish

Powell Max 3D 775 Casting Rod http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Powell_Max_3D_Crankbait_Casting_Rods/descpage-3DCC.html?from=mkfish

Damiki Neko Sinker http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Damiki_Neko_Sinker/descpage-DNS.html?from=mkfish

JTK Hair Jig http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Gambler_Hair_Jig/descpage-GHJG.html?from=mkfish

Lapel mic http://amzn.to/2q6VUZB

Re Fuel Gopro Battery – 6hrs of Action http://amzn.to/2q4mYdC

SD Card for all day http://amzn.to/2q4mFPS

Windshield Camera Mount Clamp http://amzn.to/2s6Dxs6

Fishing for bass using the technique of punching thick grass is an epic technique. High intensity one on one fishing combat! Probably one of my favorite fishing patterns, using heavy weights, big flipping stick fishing rods, and heavy braid makes for one of the best bites on Lake Okeechobee any time of the year. Catching well over 20lbs on a day that was truelly a grind!

Weather was partly cloudy, warm with a slight easterly breeze.

Want to learn more about the baits, fishing rods, and equipment in the vid – links are all below.

Dobyns Champion Extreme MH 795 http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Dobyns_Champion_Extreme_HP_Full_Handle_Casting_Rods/descpage-DCX.html?from=mkfish

 

Gambler Crawdaddy http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Gambler_Crawdaddy_4_10pk/descpage-GBCD.html?from=mkfish

Reins Tungsten http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Reins_TG_Tungsten_Slip_Sinker_Heavy_Weight/descpage-RTGSS.html?from=mkfish

You need this graph – Lowrance 12 Ti:
http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Lowrance_Elite_12_Ti_Sonar/descpage-LET2.html?from=mkfish

Power Pro Slick 65lbs Braid http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Power_Pro_Super_8_Slick_Braided_Line_Timber_Brown/descpage-PSBT.html?from=mkfish

Camera – GoPro Hero 5 Black http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/GoPro_HERO5_Black_Camera/descpage-GPB5.html?from=mkfish

Gambler Why Not http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Gambler_Why_Not_7pk/descpage-GWN.html?from=mkfish

Gambler Burner Craw http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Gambler_Burner_Craw/descpage-GBNC.html?from=mkfish

Hack Attack Flipping Hook http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Strike_King_Hack_Attack_Heavy_Cover_Flipping_Hooks_4pk/descpage-SKHAFH.html?from=mkfish

Reel Shimano Curado http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Shimano_Curado_200K_Casting_Reels/descpage-CRDK.html?from=mkfish

GoPro Shoulder Mount http://amzn.to/2lkPI0t

Floral Hat http://amzn.to/2oASb5H