I got out to do some freshwater fishing only once these past few days and, like the above title states, I threw everything — plus the kitchen sink — for a bite. 90 degree water temperatures sure don’t help, either. With these kind of temps, even the most sound bass fishing techniques are going to produce some sloooowww results. You really only have about 3 hours in the morning before the “Africa Heat” sets in, so temper expectations for a big day on the water.
When starting your day on the water, having a game plan will help you get off go a strong start in catching some fish. Water temperatures are closing in on the 90’s now, and just like it does with humans, our Florida bass react the with the same sluggish demeanor.
Got out on the Stickmarsh after my quarantine and did some off shore type fishing. This type of fishing consists of deeper waters rather than like the spring time methods. To cover waters this way, a lipless crankbait is the way to go. I like using Yo Zuri Rattling Vibe to make lots of long casts in the 4-6 ft water depths.
Summer patterns are here to stay for a while. Water temps are in the mid to high 80’s. Very early starts like “O Dark Thirty” to about 10am are the most productive times, and then again a few hours before dark, will be the pattern until fall. You know when it’s time to give up on your day when having a great bite the first 2 hours of the morning and then all of a sudden the light switch turns off and you struggle for a bite.
Our rains from Tropical storm Cristobal dropped several inches into our waterways this past week. I didn’t get out on the boat but managed to hit my local retention pond between downpours for a few bass. We had our full moon this past Friday, but we couldn’t see anything but cloud cover. Today was the first day of sunshine.
Rain… We need rain to start filling up our lakes. As the summer moves into where we start every afternoon to get the rains the waters should fill our lakes. This will make a great time to target spawning bluegill and bass, which are protecting their fry, even better.
The winds have dominated my fishing on the Stickmarsh for most of this week. I did manage one day, though. I’m still concentrating on the south end of the farm side in 2-3 ft water depths. The water will take a few days of calming winds to give the sediment time to settle to the bottom, then all will be good for bites to resume.
The bass bite is hot at the Stick Marsh lately. Early in the morning has produced lots of bass in the Southern section of the Farm 13 side of this reservoir. However, getting to this fish is not for the faint at heart as water depths of 2 feet and PLENTY of both submerged and noticeable stumps to navigate around. You will most certainly find yourself stuck on top of one now and then.