Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Maryland and Virginia fishermen went after Florida largemouths

Front Royal's Dick Fox and one of the Okeechobee bass
Long-time friend Dick Fox, of Front Royal, Virginia, did something a week or so ago that everybody ought to give a shot. Put it on your Bucket List, if you know what I mean. Dick and his fishing pals drove down to Florida’s huge Lake Okeechobee.

James Lawrence, of Waldorf, Md., scored on Okeechobee
“We made our annual trip to Okeechobee,” said Dick. “Mike Willett (Charlotte Hall, Md.), James Lawrence (Waldorf, Md.),  Warren Cooksey (White Plains, Md.) and I made the 1,000-mile journey to fish for largemouth bass on the ‘Big O.’ We were greeted with welcome 85-degree temperatures and the fishing was good right off the bat,” he reported. “However, as a cold front approached and cool rain came in, things started to go down hill.”

“We caught bass up to 7 pounds  and several in the 5- to 6-pound range, but the majority of the fish were 1-1/2- to 2-pounders. The artificial lure bite got tough as the cold front and wind came in. We caught most of our fish on big plastic worms and spinnerbaits. The local guides, however, were using wild shiners and they were loading their boats in places we had just fished. Maybe next year we will give them a try at a dollar a piece.”

Saw grass and other weeds are great hiding places for bass
(Editor’s note: Something that all Florida-bound bass anglers must remember is that the Sunshine State has many more 1- and 2-pound bass than any other state. Why? Florida’s bass recruitment and survival rate is better than it is in colder northern states, for example. Hence, the bass growing and spawning rates are many times that of, say, Maryland. So in the end there are more young fish in its waters. Not everybody will catch a 10-pounder when they visit Florida, but 1- and 2-pounders are practically guaranteed.)

We don't have to tell you who this native of Lake Okeechobee is, do we?

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