Fishin’ has been good while Jim was gone


Hello Folks,

Well, it’s always good to be back home. Shirley and I are back from our vacation in Alaska. Our daughter gave us a cruise two years ago but because of COVID, we didn’t get a chance to go until this year. I won’t bore you with all the details, but I would like to suggest putting a trip to Alaska on your bucket list.

The fishin’ has been good while we have been gone. Kyle at Bitter’s Bait and Tackle reports that the bluegills and shellcrackers are bitin’ like crazy. Most of the panfish are bein’ caught in the St. Johns River, and a few in Lake Monroe. The best lakes as of late have been Lake Harney and Lake Jesup. The St. Johns River has been hot for panfish all the way up to Lake Beresford. Most folks are fishin’ in the pads and the laydowns with red worms.

The bass fishin’ has been good as well. While I was out of town, my fishin’ buddy, Rick, got to fish with his brother-in-law, Greg, for a few days. They fished the Harris Chain, John’s Lake, and the Butler Chain. They both caught several bass in the 2 lb. to 3 lb. range and caught four bass of more than 5 lbs. They caught all their big bass in the Harris Chain and John’s Lake. They caught most of their bass on plastic worms, flippin’ in the thick Kissimmee grass, and usin’ slow-sinkin’, Senko-type baits.

Bass fishin’ on the Butler Chain is hot right now for numbers of bass. Rick and Greg caught and released more than 20 bass on their trip to the Butler Chain. My neighbor, John, and his nephew, Chet, had a good trip to the Butler Chain as well. The Butler Chain duo caught and released more than 25 bass up to 3 pounds each. They caught their bass on plastic worms, jigs, and slow-sinkin’, Senko-type baits. John said once the wind laid down and the sun got in the middle of the day, their bite stopped. John said it was too hot to fish, and they headed to the ramp and came home and got in the A/C.

As everyone knows, at this time of year here in Florida it gets hot durin’ the day, and we have been havin’ some record-settin’ hot days lately. Please make sure you take along plenty of water and Gatorade for your day on the water. You need to wear long sleeved shirts and put on plenty of sunscreen. Keep yourself cool and hydrated throughout the day.

Over the past few years, I have been wearin’ a big ole straw hat to keep me cool and keep the sun off my neck. There are all kinds of sunwear available for when you are on the water.

Well, it’s great to be back home and I hope you get a chance to go fishin’. See ya next week.

Tip of the week: stay hydrated.

Save a few and good luck!