Florida Fishing

Look for ambush points and other areas likely to hold fish. As with any kind of fishing you need to think like a bass. Look for areas that make sense for the bass to inhabit. The key is not to spend too much time in any one area that is not producing.

Once you find areas you should use lures like spinnerbaits, buzzbaits and other topwater baits. Sound is very important in these conditions, I prefer the spinnerbaits with round blades that emit vibration and attract the Largemouth Bass through sound as well as sight. A jig and pig combo is also very effective in this lake. You can bounce this artificial along the bottom of the lake with great success.

I would recommend using a guide the first time you visit this lake. Pay attention to where he takes you to fish and ask questions. You do not solely hire a guide to help you catch fish. You should strive to learn and become a better fisherman by learning and understanding the principles the guide uses in making your trip productive. Southern Florida has many lakes that are smaller versions of Lake Okeechobee. They all can be fished in a similar manner.

For a different place to fish for Largemouth Bass I am going to throw out the canal/lake system of Cape Coral, Florida. Cape Coral, Florida is known for its extensive system of both fresh and saltwater canals and lakes. You can literally jump right out of your car and hook into a several hundred pound Bull Shark on one canal and less than a mile away hook into a huge Largemouth Bass in a freshwater canal.

The freshwater canals of Cape Coral are generally under fished to a huge degree. Most of the fisherman that come to Cape Coral are saltwater fisherman in search of Tarpon, Redfish and Snook. The size and amount of Largemouth Bass available in this area is a secret to many fishermen.

You can fish this area with a boat or from shore. If you do, expect a great deal of action. Catching large amounts of bass is quite easy. Your average catch size will not be as large as the large lakes of Southern Florida but you will have much action. It is not very difficult to find the fish and the canal/lake system is very easy to fish. You can use a wide variety of baits since the conditions are not extreme. I have caught fish in these canals at all times of the year and at all times during the day.

This just touches on a few of the many places to fish in Florida, especially Southern Florida. These are hundreds of lakes in this area that offer great opportunities to catch large amounts of Largemouth Bass. If you use the techniques I outlined you should have no problem catching your share.

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Dan Eggertsen is a fellow bass fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on bass fishing since 2004.

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