I need to tell a story…way back in the 70’s, I joined Bass Angler’s Sportsman Society (BASS)! I did so, with thoughts of going off and joining the tournament trail and become a professional bass fisherman. BUT, you know what, I fell in love with the woman of my dreams and we started a family.
I got to thinking that traveling across the country perfecting my skills of bass fishing wasn’t the best way to show my love of my family. So, I started a business and settled down to enjoy my family. I gave up all hope of ever pursuing my dream of fishing for a living. 12 years after our daughter was born, we had a son. He is now in med school and our daughter is a nurse. Our daughter gave us two beautiful grandchildren…Carson & Riley.
These guys are the GREATEST!
But anyways, life goes on, some good and some not so good!
This week I have been added as Pro Staff for two fine companies in the fishing industry! To say I am elated would be an understatement.
I am happy to announce that I am a new member of the Pro Staff of Xtreme Braid Fishing Line and also Ardent Reels. I look forward to working with these two companies and doing all that I can do to help in the promotion of their fine products! Thank you to those that have shown their confidence in me! I won’t let you down!
Since the completion of this article, I have been lucky enough to have been added to two additional Pro Staff Teams. They are Whip em Baits and Pro Line Lures. I have also been added to the Field Staff Team at FatSack Outdoors. I have just added a new sponsor and it is greatly appreciated! Thank you goes out to Dave from Cat Boat Tours. I am also a Team Member at Patriot-Outdoors.
When I left the marina this morning, it was around 6:30 and it was cold to this transplanted Yankee. It was 44 degrees and the water temperature in the Dora Canal was 62 degrees. This is how I was dressed…DONT LAUGH!
I was excited to see what this morning’s fishing would bring. FIRST FISH caught was what I call a “BAM”… in other words a big ass mudfish!
The following are pictures of what my office looked like this morning…
The first bass I caught was a baby(DINK)…
It took a short time and then I had another bass on a black ZOOM Trick Worm…
I’ve been catching most of my bass recently in the canal and using trick worms in watermelon seed and black. Black appears to be the winner on catching bigger bass. Here’s number three and the largest of the morning…
At 11 o’clock, it was time to head back toward the marina.
It seems to me that more and more bass are entering the canal… could be getting close to the spawn.
TOPWATER STRIKES are one of the most exciting ways to catch a bass or any other species of fish that will strike a top water bait.
While fishing the Harris Chain of Lakes, I need to do more top water fishing for bass. I have caught a few on my favorite Hula Popper, but so far, I have had no luck at all with Frog fishing. I am going to have to give more attention to this style of fishing this fall.
I have been over to Haynes Creek many times and have had no luck with my frogs. I have had them blasted out of the water by a well-intentioned bass… but no catches.
If someone on the Chain wants to give me some tips… it would be greatly appreciated . You can reach me at: BigDawgFishing@yahoo.com .
Meanwhile, CLICK HERE for a great video of top water strikes!
It was 45 degrees when I fired up The Bass Buggy and headed up the Dora Canal to catch some cold front BASS. I actually NEVER left the canal for the third day in a row. The bass have been hanging out in front of the numerous canals branching off of the Dora Canal. This is where I spent my day catching bass… and lots of them.
The only baits I used were the ZOOM trick worm in black and the ZOOM watermelon Fluke and they sure produced bass for me today.
I caught 20 bass today and this was a record. Previously, the most bass ever caught on my boat in one outing was 18 and this was with two fishermen on board. Today, I broke my personal record of 15 bass in one outing and just me fishing. AND of those 20, eleven of them were of legal size. Here are pictures from today’s bass… in no specific order.
Today’s fishing started with the cruise up the Dora Canal, to eventually arrive at this point near Banning Beach on Lake Eustis.
Since it was a cloudy kind of day, I decided to grab the rod already loaded with a ZOOM Trick Worm in black. About three casts and I had my first keeper. As the morning went on, I continued to catch bass. I tried other weapons, but always came back to the trick worm and it continued to catch a total of 8 bass today.
I tried different presentations, but all they wanted today was a slow bounce on the bottom. here are pictures of number six and seven for the day.
TODAY, the Trick Worm by ZOOM was a weapon of bass destruction… thank you to ZOOM!
It sure was… started out with today’s sunrise on Lake Eustis.
I just love the sunrise… such a way to start the day. Fishing started off super, but catching came later.
It was a little windy this morning and the pontoon was tough to keep where I wanted it. Took abut an hour for the first bass to fall prey to the ZOOM trick worm.
I decided to move over out of the wind… started catching fish right away. Here’s the number two keeper fish.
This bass was caught on a KVD spinner bait. Thanks Kevin!
Number three keeper was a fun catch.. It fell prey for a black ZOOM trick worm. AND it weighed in at 5.17 ponds.
I caught a total of 9 bass today. I love this fishing thing! Of course the evening would not be complete without these sunset pictures from today…
Here are today’s weapons of choice…