EDDIE'S LATEST FISHING
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caught in 2013!
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Bass photos have the date on each picture.
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Trophy Bass were caught. We do not use
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October 25, 2013
The cooler weather and cooler water temps have made the Bass start feeding and grouping up. The past couple trips we have done well on Topwater and Rattletraps fished in the main river. There are also some fish up shallow in the grass. Shiner fishing has also picked up. The Bass are now on their fall feeding pattern and this will last until Jan when the spawn starts. Nov and Dec are great months for both numbers of fish and Trophy Bass as the fish finally get some relief from the hot summer days and warm water temps. It's not uncommon to have some 30 to 50 fish days during this time of year.
September 20, 2013
The past 5 days the fish seem to be on the move. One day you catch them in the grass next day on clean shell beds.
This is typical in Sept as the shad start to show up. The wind plays a major role in where the fish are grouped up on a given day. Once these shad get in here heavy and start to migrate daily in the same areas these Bass will stay put until they start to spawn in Jan and you will see some of the best Artificial Bass fishing of the year. The major shad run usually starts in late Sept and last through Dec and these Trophy Bass take full advantage of it. Alabama Rigs and large shad type baits are the key to success during that time.
July 18, 2013
The resent rains have brought the water temps back down to the low 80's and the fishing has really picked up once again. This week we have had a couple mornings with 30 fish in just 4 hours fishing time. There are still some shad around and the fish are feeding well around daylight and the few hours after. Top water and a rattle trap have worked well. We have had a few Hybrid Bass mixed in the past few days with some weighing 6 lbs. Lin from Longwood FL booked a trip for her brother Jim who is here on vacation from NY. Lin has not fished before but wanted to come along to spend time with Jim on the trip. Well as always the Ladies that just come along for the ride catch the big fish. I brought along some wild shiners and let Lin drag them behind the boat why Jim was casting a rattle trap she ended up with a Big Largemouth and a Big Hybrid both weighed about 6 lbs.
June 26, 2013
The main river ledge fish are still chasing shad and biting well. We have had good success the past week on top water baits , crank baits and a Texas rigged worm. Fishing in 5 to 15 ft of water.
With all the resent rain the current in flowing perfect for summer time ledge fishing on the St Johns River. Some days were catching 30 fish up to 7 pounds on 4 hr trips. This great fishing will continue through late summer.
The St Johns River is located only minutes from Orlando, Disney World and the Daytona Speedway.
June 13, 2013
Sorry for not posting a report for last week but the weather along with a tropical storm kept me off the water all week except one day which was Saturday and after all the rain from earlier in the week the water really dirtied up. Eric and I worked pretty hard on this day to catch a hand full of fish but I lost one 8 or 9 lbs that jumped off a rattle trap and Eric lost a real big fish flipping heavy mats , he did nothing wrong the big fish just pulled free after she got in open water we did get a good look at her and it was heart breaking.
Now that the water has cleaned back up this week the fishing is unreal. Today I had PGA Pro Golfer Mark Blakefield of KY out for a morning trip and it was off the chain. Didn't seem to matter where we stopped we caught fish both shallow and deep. Main river ledges were loaded with nice fish today between 3 and 7 lbs and we caught between 30 and 40 fish in less then 5 hrs on artificial baits. I still have days open in June and the fishing is going to get even better as the current is flowing at a perfect speed.
May 24, 2013
The past week we have had some great days on the water during the morning hours. I had Kevin in from CA and we found the fish eager to hit a crank bait on main river shell beds most of the morning with a total of 25 fish being caught to 5 lbs. Next up was a longtime local client of mine Walt. We headed to the shell beds for the early crank bait bite but it just wasn't happening on this day. We caught a few and decided to spend the rest of the morning fishing main river pads. Casting a worm to main river pad fields was the ticket on this day and we spent the remainder of the morning catching a lot of nice fish to 4.8 lbs. Total was around 20 fish.
Today Friday May 24th
I had the day off and decided to go look around in some new areas I haven't been to sense last summer. I hit the jack pot on my first stop catching a fish on just about every cast for the first two hours of the morning nothing giant but lots of 2 to 4 pounders. I actually got tired of catching them ( great problem to have) and decided to head farther up the river to the Blue Springs area and do a little flipping under the heavy mats.
I ordered some Medlock Double Weed Guard Jigs back during the winter and this was my first chance to try them out.
THEY WORK !!!!!!! I caught 7 fish in about two hours with my biggest weighing 8.8 lbs and my best five weighing around 24 lbs. All were caught on the 3/4 oz Medlock June Bug Color Jig.
During the months of June and July these big St Johns River Trophy Bass will be feeding on the big Bream that will be spawning on the main river. It's a great time to catch some really big stringers of Bass and also a great time to catch that fish of a lifetime.
As of today we have caught 115 Trophy Bass over 8 pounds and 7 Trophy Bass
Over 11 pounds for 2013. I really feel like we could break the 200 mark on Trophy Bass for 2013. Take a look at our 2013 Trophy Bass Page and see just how good the St Johns River Fishing Really Is.
May 14, 2013
Fishing is great here on the St Johns River. Plenty of shad still in the area an the big fish are eating them up. My clients the past week have been catching 20 to 40 fish up to 8.4 pounds on 4 and 6 hour trips. Casting artificial baits on main river shell beds has been the key the past month. Bitters Watermelon Skip Shads have been working very well along with a Texas Rigged worm later in the morning.
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