Warmer temperatures mean that specks, bass are bitin’

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Hello Folks,

These past few days have been kind of warm and that has got the water temperatures up just a little. I was on the water earlier this week and the water temps have come up to the low 70s, so the water is warmin’ a little which means we should see another faze of spawnin’ on the next full moon, which is on February 27.

Mark at Big Toho Bait and Tackle reports that folks are still catchin’ some bass on shiners. Right now, it’s kind of hard to get shiners in his area, but if you can get some you should be able to catch some bass. You can also catch some bass on Rat-L-Traps, Senkos, and speed worms. The best color for the plastics has been junebug.

Just a reminder that they sprayed the north end of West Lake and the hydrilla is startin’ to recede. They are still catchin’ some specks in the chain. Most folks are usin’ minners.

Kyle at Bitter’s Bait and Tackle reports that folks are still catchin’ plenty of specks. The best lakes have been Lake Monroe, Lake Jesup, and Lake Harney. Most folks are catchin’ specks on jigs tipped with a minner, and minners by themselves. We should see some specks movin’ up to spawn on the next full moon, so now is a good time to get a bucket on minners and go fishin’.

Kyle reports that the bass are bitin’ and folks are catchin’ ’em. Just about all the chains are doin’ good and folks are catchin’ some nice bass in the local lakes as well. Most folks are usin’ shiners but artificials are workin’, too. The Kissimmee Chain has been really good for bass fishin’. The Bartow Ford Toho Marine Elite Pro Team Trail had its first tournament of the year on Lake Kissimmee. Congrats to the team of Troy Oliver and David Crews on their win. They weighed in five bass that totaled 30.09 lbs. They also had big bass of the tournament that weighed 10.63 lbs. There were five bass weighed in over 8 lbs. each, so it would be safe to say that the bass fishin’ is in full steam on the Kissimmee Chain.

Kyle also reports that the bass fishin’ has been really good on the Butler Chain, too. Kyle’s bass club, West Orange Bass Anglers, held its monthly tournament on the Butler Chain and it took more than 20 lbs. to win the tournament. Also, the biggest bass caught in the tournament weighed in more than 9 pounds. The Harris Chain has been good as well. Folks are catchin’ some nice bass in all the lakes throughout the chain. The bass fishin’ has been good in the local lakes as well.

If you have been waitin’ on the fishin’ to get good now is a good time to go. I hope you have a great week and I’ll see you next week. Remember to take the family and go fishin’.

Tip of the week: shiners for bass.

Save a few and good luck!