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Stick Marsh & Farm 13

Capt. George Welcome
September 19, 2005
Stick Marsh-Farm 13 - Freshwater Fishing Report

I would like to address a rumor that Jim Porter is attempting to spread on

his page:

Two major guides are

   limiting their services

   due to medical issues, so

   guides may be in short

   supply this next year!!

The above post on Mr. Porter's web

page was brought to my attention by a client that happened to contact Mr. Porter

in reference to it's claim. He was advised that one of the guide services he was

referring to, although he did say that he wouldn't mention names, would probably

not be working this season due to a brush with cancer. Since I am the only guide

out there that I know of that had such a brush, I would like to inform everyone

that his assumptions are the furthest from the reality.

Further, the other guide that he

referred to in his e-mail to my client was Hugh Crumpler, and although I cannot

speak for Mr. Crumpler, I seriously doubt that it is his intention to be

curtailing his business for any medical issues.

September dealt us a case of  "deja

vu" with hurricane Katrina first cutting a swath across the southern reaches of

Florida, and then Ophelia meandering its way northward just off the coast.

However, there was a bit of a silver lining to these storms on the Marsh as St

John's in preparations to handle the reputed heavy rains that we were supposed

to get, opened the inflow gate at the south end of the Farm. This current gave

us several good early morning bites.

So far this month, early morning bite

has been just about the only bite we have seen. Since our trips take place from

dawn through the next 8-hours, it is rare that we see this lake in the late

parts of the day. I can only guess that the late bite might have been as good as

the early bite.

If you were out there early on and in

the spillway area of the Farm you probably did quite well until the sun got up

in the and the heat turned on.

After resetting the date several times for

Ophelia's presence Scott finally had the weather to get out friend and client

Jim Tso and his guests, and sent me the following report.

9/10/2005 I spent the day fishing

with returning client Jim Tso of Sebastian, FL and his friend Boyd Post of

Virginia. We left the ramp at 6:15am and headed straight for the spillway. It

did not take long and the action started. Carolina rigged Senko type baits in

dark colors produced very well early in the morning for us. The bite was

strong until the sun started to warm things up. We were still able to catch

fish but not like we did very early in the morning. We called it a day at 2:30

after catching between 35 and 40 bass up to 7.75lbs.

9/11/2005 Today Jim stayed home

and treated Boyd and his wife Joanne to a day of bass fishing. We left the

ramp at 6:15 and were the second boat in the spill way. Today proved to be a

repeat of yesterday with the bass biting early and then shutting off as soon

as it got hot. We still managed to catch a few bass after they shut down, but

nothing like early in the morning. All the bass were caught on Carolina rigged

Senkos, but we did see bass caught on rattle traps and Shiners. We had a great

time and called it a day at 2:30 after catching over 30 bass.

As the month comes to a close the devastated areas of the

Gulf Coast are at the top of our list of concern and attention. Ophelia has

moved away as we sit and watch what could be Rita moving into the Keys within

the next couple of days. Temperatures are still hovering in the low 90's, but

this is going to break any day now as the highs start working our way bring

the cool fall weather with them. Grass is starting to grow in many areas of

the Farm and although you need electronics to see it, if you find it you will

find fish. It is but a short time before the fish start migrating their way

southward for the ritual of spawn.

See you on the water. Say hi if you get the chance.

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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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Imagination Bassin Guide Service
32 Bimini Cir.
Sebastian, FL 32958
Phone: 772-532-7440
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