Crazy square bill and jig fishing on a private Florida lake in the scorching summer sun! Charlie and I whack over 20lbs of Florida strain largemouth fishing mid depths on a sunny calm day out on the lake. Charlie told me there were giants in here and he was right! We only fished for 4 hours and caught some big fish even a 5lbs bass on while the drone was flying! It’s always fun hanging out with friends and hunting for big bass and that’s what happened today. We even found a sunken canoe with treasure bass on it! It’s always an adventure going out on Florida lakes with the potential for big bags – the week before Charlie caught 2 30lbs limits in one day! That’s insane, flat out!
Conditions: partly cloudy, upper 80’s and calm
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Reel Shimano Curado http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Shimano_Curado_200_I_Casting_Reel/descpage-SCI.html?from=mkfish
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Sunline FC Sniper http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Sunline_Super_FC_Sniper_Fluorocarbon/descpage-SLFCS.html?from=mkfish
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Had my littler brother down for some fishing and he caught his personal best largemouth bass at 8lbs longlining a crankbait. He was stoked and so was I but little did we know that PB would only last a couple days when we would double up on near 9lbs giants together. Stay tuned for the second part of the vid where we catch more giant bass during his trip to Florida!
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Moving into post spawn can be hit or miss fishing. Especially with fish moving towards deeper water my experience has been you’re either catching dinks or you’re on a mega bag. That has a lot to do with the attitude of the fish – they’re beat up they’re done spawning but at the same time temps are stabilizing and the weather is starting to push those fish towards their summer haunts.
One thing I’ve struggled with is getting bigger fish to bite during this period even though I can often see them down there on my graph relating to wood or hard bottom spots as well as bottom contours.
When this happens – and it’s usually after I’ve tried dragging a big Gambler Lures worm, a football jig with an O Beast or a Mega Daddy, even drop shotting Roboworms – I’ve found going to the opposite end of the spectrum can light them up.
So what does that mean? It means throwing big fast moving baits that move a bunch of water and fly by the fish forcing them to pull the trigger on biting. My go to are crankbaits like the 10XD and the 6xd and I like to toss it at hard targets – wood, shell, any isolated target.
Words can only go so far – check out what I’m talking about in the vid:
Been catching a lot of fish cranking of late… catching as well as losing a lot of bass on them.
The vid above really emphasizes the focus you have to put on equipment and terminal tackle when you’re trying to closing the deal on crank bait fish. It’s been a learning experience and in the end there’s no 100% land-rate way around crankbait fishing especially deep cranking; but factors like changing out your hooks to Mustad KVD Short Shanks and going with a high quality, low stretch, low diameter flourocarbon like Sunline FC Sniper as well. On 6XD style baits I’ll go with straight 10lbs test however when going up to 10XD sized baits I’ll use 12-14lbs.
Another big key when deep cranking has been equipment. When throwing cranks like the Strike King 6XD, 10XD, and other so called “mag-diving” cranks the right rod is essential. Your standard 7′ composite stick just doesn’t cut it anymore on baits that can run, casted, to almost 27′.This kind of cranking takes a longer beefier rod. On 6XD’s and 8XD’s or baits that run down to 21-22ft up to 1.25oz I run a Powell Max 3D 804 CB. When going up to the gigantic stuff like a 10XD or greater I’ll turn to a Powell Max 3D 7115 CB. Both rods offer a bit more beef but still a moderate classic cranking style action to allow the fish to do the work when hooking up.
Reels are pretty simple. I like my Shimano Stuff such as the Casitas, Curado I, or Chronarch reels. Speeds are key; on 6XD style baits a standard 6:2:1 is what I opt for so I can get the bait down quick and retrieve the bait fairly quickly. On the 10XD however I do go for a slower reel – something like a 5:2:1. The added power helps crank that beast down and also keeps it down.
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!