Specks are bitin’ like crazy while bass are snoozin’


Hello Folks,

We are more than halfway through January and I hope your new year is startin’ off in the right direction. If you are fishin’, I hope you are fishin’ for specks because they are bitin’ like crazy. I’m gettin’ some good reports from everyone and the specks seem to be on fire right now.

Kyle at Bitter’s Bait and Tackle reports that folks are catchin’ plenty of specks in Lake Monroe and Lake Jesup. You can catch some specks in Lake Harney as well.

The specks are bitin’ in just about all the lakes in our area, but Jesup and Monroe have been producin’ the most specks. Kyle reports that most of the specks are bein’ caught on minners and a few specks are bein’ caught on jigs tipped with a minner. Most folks are fishin’ for specks by driftin’ open water.

A few specks are bein’ caught in shallow water, but the specks haven’t moved in to spawn just yet.

There is a chance for some spawnin’ at the end of the month when we have a full moon on Thursday, January 28, so if you want to take the family and go fishin’, may I suggest gettin’ a bucket of minners and headin’ out to the lake and catchin’ some specks.

They are a lot of fun to catch and they are pretty good eatin’, too.

Cody at Big Toho Bait and Tackle reports that folks are catchin’ lots of specks in West Lake about mid-lake.

Folks are driftin’ open deep water with minners and doin’ real good. The specks have not started spawnin’ in West Lake, but they are bitin’ real good, so now would be a good time to go catch ’em. Cody also reports that the bass fishin’ has been a little slow on West Lake due to the cold weather.

The water temperature has dropped to 58 degrees and those ol’ bass in Florida don’t like it when it gets that cold. You can still catch some bass on West Lake, but it’s gonna take usin’ some wild shiners to get ’em to bite.

Kyle also reports that the bass fishin’ in his area is a little slow this week. Kyle reports that most of the bass that are bein’ caught in the local lakes are bein’ caught on shiners, too.

I did get a chance to fish the Harris Chain last week with my buddy Rich from Tangerine.

We caught four bass up to 3 lbs. each. Well, let’s say Rich caught three bass up to 3 lbs. each. I caught one bass up to maybe one pound. It was definitely slow for us as well, but the good news is I didn’t get skunked.

It’s supposed to warm up by the end of the week, so hopefully the bass fishin’ will pick up by the weekend, too.

Well, that’s it for this week. I hope you get a chance to go fishin’ this weekend. See ya next week.

Tip of the week: specks on fire.

Save a few and good luck!