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Stick Marsh & Farm 13

Capt. George Welcome
September 6, 2005
Stick Marsh-Farm 13 - Freshwater Fishing Report

This past week the fishing has been slower then normal and way off by Marsh standards. A combination of temperatures in the 90's with deck temperatures in the low 100's, and a slow bite can definitely takes its toll on a fisherman.


I had the absolute pleasure of spending four days (9/1 – 9/4) fishing with Chris Leslie, his brother Joe, and Joe’s wife Debbie. They arrived from Maryland anticipating four exciting days hauling in bass. Chris, Joe, and Debbie are very familiar with the Stick Marsh and what it has to offer, as they have been making an annual trip here for the past six years. They have experienced everything from great fishing to extremely difficult fishing.  Unfortunately the four days they spent this trip would prove to be some of the most difficult conditions and slowest fishing yet.

Although the fishing would prove to be slow, there was no lack of enthusiasm and entertainment for the trip. It was hot and windy, however the eight hours each day on the water flew by as we told plenty of jokes, and discussed everything from the hurricane to our favorite music and movies. It was so hot that Chris decided to join one of his fishing pole in the cooling waters by going over the side of the boat. Unfortunately while going over the side of the boat he broke his reel and one of Joe’s rods. The group was even able to turn this into something to laugh about. The third day started out with Debbie gently but strategically placing a rattle trap in Joe’s head. After a quick removal of the hook we had something new to joke about for the day. I could spend all day telling stories about the four days we spent together, but as you can tell even though the fishing was tough the time we spent together was a blast.


In the four days of fishing we covered a lot of water on both the Stick Marsh and Farm 13. The closest we could come to an active bite was in the NW corner of the Stick Marsh on rattle traps. We did catch a few fish on the Farm but nothing with any consistency. It did not matter where you fished or what you threw: the fish simply weren’t biting. In the four days a total of 43 bass were caught up to 4.5 pounds.


I would like to thank Chris, Debbie and Joe for never giving up. At no time during the four days did they stop fishing. Even when it seemed hopeless the group kept on going which really made my job a lot easier. Thank Chris, Joe, and Debbie. I look forward to seeing you on your next adventure to the Stick Marsh/Farm 13.

The temperatures are starting to fall, and an increase in the bite should follow. We should start seeing more shad activity and the bass becoming more aggressive in preparation for the upcoming spawning season. We presently have fronts starting to make their way here for the cooler north. We are noting areas that have some hydrilla along ditches. The south end of the Farm is quite stumpy and with waters dropping be careful down there. There are large numbers of floaters, with most being found on the Farm side so watch out for them. Last, but certainly not least, if you happen to see Don, (WWF) on the lake run the other way because his jinx will most certainly find its way to your boat.



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George Welcome offers "Guided" bass fishing trips on Florida's famous Stick Marsh/Farm 13, Ansin/Garcia Reservoir, and Blue Cypress Lakes. These waters are the best in the world and offer an outstanding opportunity for that "BASS" of a lifetime. Over 13 years of experience on these lakes gives us an unsurpassable edge when it comes to filling your hopes and aspirations. Over 20 years guiding fishermen on Florida waters.

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32 Bimini Cir.
Sebastian, FL 32958
Phone: 772-532-7440
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