Stick Marsh & Farm 13
Capt. George Welcome
October 14, 2005
Stick Marsh-Farm 13 - Freshwater Fishing Report
The weatherman said that there was a 30% chance of rain and winds would be
from the north at 10-15. During the course of the morning we got all of the rain
I guess, and wind gusts to 25+ MPH.
However, weather aside the fishing, the bass were willing to play and that's
what really counts. A windsock, raingear, and a good trolling motor kept all the
distractions in check and allowed us to concentrate on what we had to do.
Scott and I will go out and check locations so that we can stay as current as
possible on the lake. Today we were only able to check a couple of spots but the
payoff was there. The gal below is similar to what you will be exposed to as you
fish with us.
Scott and I do these fishing finding forays on an almost daily basis. Days
off give us the opportunity to explore all of the many areas that historically
hold fish on the Marsh/Farm. That is how we gather our information on this lake.
We do not gather our information from someone who fishes the lake less than we
Today's trip we tried rattletraps, Chug Bugs, spinner baits, hard jerk baits,
Zoom plastic, and Senkos. As during the previous days, the Senko and plastics
ruled. We found bass in two out of the three areas we hit with all bass holding
close to cover. A lightly weighted T-rig and weightless worked well enough to
land us 28 bass by 10:00, and with the rain falling and wind howling we decided
tomorrow would be a better day.
The pump house was running full tilt and a quick run to the spillway found it
closed with some in that area working it with shiners. Shiners can be a good
option if the weather isn't nice, and the spillway can be an excellent place to
work them. A little instruction in the use of shiners can go a long way, so if
you have any questions don't hesitate to call. We will be glad to help if we
can. If you are going shiner fishing you don't need any special equipment. A
good rod, reel, and stout line is all that is needed. Someone asked me about
special shiner equipment in an e-mail yesterday, but I am not aware of any
equipment that is sold as "special shiner equipment". We use MH rods with
Shimano Chronarch reels, 20 pound line and 4/0 Kahle hooks.
All of our fish caught are weighed on a Boga Grip. However, if you don't have
a scale on board and want to guesstimate your fishes weight, a typical Florida
Largemouth according to Florida Fish and Game would measure approximately 27
inches long with a girth of 17 inches. You can obtain measured guesses by
formula at: weight.
When weighing, measuring, and photographing fish please handle them carefully
and get them back into the water as quickly as possible.
In closing, for bigger fish and more fish look for wood, and stay well away
from the shore. See you out there.
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