I’ve bee catching some stellar fish approaching bass with spoons. In Florida that’s not the most common thing but it’s all about approaching water with an open mind and the right setup.
I’m running my standard sized spoons on Powell Max 3d 795’s and a Lews Speed Spool with 20lbs Sunline. The setup gives enough tip to play the fish and at the same time get the right action out of the spoon when fishing it in 15 to 30ft of water. These fish are targeting large gizzard shad and the presentation really plays to those bigger bass when they’re staging in late winer to come up to spawn!
With fish schooled deep an a-rig has also come into play; specifically a Picasso School E Rig set up with Gambler Little EZ’s mixed with EZ Swimmers. The trick has been to slow roll and drop retrieve keeping the presentation near the bottom up to 5ft off the bottom as the fish are podded and relating to shell and small ledges down deep.
Florida is not usually the place to implement structure fishing however you can’t argue with the quality of fish that I’ve stumbled upon out deep. Definitely make you rethink the Florida situation and how big bass set up for the spawn in late winter.
Check out the vids and see what you think!
All Strike King 6XD and 10XD doing work for deep Florida GIANTS! Find them at Monster along with all the gear used in the vids!
Little raw commentary from a day out on the lake. If you like what you see and are interested in what I’m using on the water, you can find it all at Monster Fishing.
an unforgettable day captured by gopro fishing the florida everglades. with the water low fish push out into the last remaining deep water – i.e. the canals; and it can make for a big bass smash. it’s not about catching them, it’s more about catching the biggest ones you possibly can. best 5 went around 37lbs all caught on magnum baits – D&M Custom Baits Flippin Craw and 1/2oz Reins Tungsten.
flipping mats and punching for bass is not a one stop shop. there are a lot of variations and nuances depending on such factors as fishing pressure as well as water temp. if you have finicky bass in the mats and they just don’t seem to bite your standard 1.5oz tungsten and big creature bait, here are some tips to taking more of a finesse approach to punching.
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junk fishing at it’s finest out on the caloosahatchee river. spring time transition with fish in the creeks as well as on the main river. putting the squarebill to use on bushes, eddies, and around creek mouths. tossing plastics like the ace and why not in the creeks to thicker cover.
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Florida is known for it’s early spawn that brings people from all over the country down in the dead of winter to target staging and spawning fish in the milder climate. Visit Monster Fishing for great prices and great gear!
Continue reading “Florida Bass Fishing Trifecta: When the best seasonal patterns come together”
the everglades can offer some of the best fishing in FL at certain points of the year. the miles and miles of canals may look the same but with a bit of time you can isolate some really productive stretches and the fish are just flat out mean.
Continue reading “pitch and catch – flipping a d&m flippin craw for bass”
Spent a lot of time fishing deeper, clearer lakes in central Florida over the past year and I’m starting to believe you can catch fish deep year round.
Continue reading “Tournament Recap – Offshore Bass During Pre-Spawn and Post Spawn”