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Stick Marsh & Farm 13

Capt. George Welcome
May 9, 2006
Stick Marsh-Farm 13 - Freshwater Fishing Report


5/7/2006 was another beautiful day in the sunny south with almost no wind and

the bass very willing to play. It's interesting to watch the fish move from the

heavy wood to the more open areas and then back. It was again a case of bump the

stump to get a bite. Scott and I plied the area we have been working with Senkos

from 6:30 to 9:30 and managed a healthy catch of 30+ bass in that short period.

Most of the fish were in the 2-3 pound range with a couple in the 5 pound range.

Yesterday I had Mac Hoffman and his friend Graham from Morganton, NC out for

the first day of their three day trip here. We covered safe navigation on the

way out and the baits we expected to use. The weatherman had promised a fair day

with light winds and Mac and Graham were champing at the bit to start casting

their top water baits. Our plan of attack was Chug Bugs, (plan A) to be followed

with weightless 5" Senkos (plan B) if the top water bite wasn't there. I

informed the crew that if anyone sticks the guide with a hook, (Mac did that on

his first trip with me several years ago) that they would be walking back to the

ramp. That part of the trip went very well throughout the entire day.

As the trolling motor entered the water the bugs flew through the air. First

retrieves produced nada. Second casts were launched and two bass were hauled to

the boat. Okay, so this just might be one of those super days. Checked the water

temps: 81 degrees and visibility was better than yesterday - high expectations

all around as Mac advised Graham to be ready for a big fish at any time.

"This is what I'm talking about" Mac told Graham, "these are the kind of fish

this place is famous for".

It didn't take Graham long to retaliate with this gal. Chug, chug, and that's

all it took to bring fantastic bass to the boat.


There is just nothing more exciting than to watch these gals slamming top

water baits, and there is no better lure for enticing that bite than the

venerable Chug Bug. Bass colored or other didn't matter - just the chug, chug,

chugging was the key to bass after bass.

From the time we arrived to the time we left there were only very brief

periods that the chug bug rods sat on the deck in deference to the Senkos, The

Senkos did account for some fish, but the thrill of the top water made the

Senkos use short lived.

Today the fish were out more in the open and the bigger fish were further

out. The closer to the heavy wood we got the smaller the fish we caught.

Throughout the day I doubt that more than 10 fish were under two pounds, but we

weren't looking for the two pound bass.

Mac and Graham took us up on our special and had what could be considered on

the finest days of fishing they ever had. By the days end we had boated over

seventy five bass, and probably had another 25 or so come unbuttoned on their

way to, or right next to the boat. We only counted what made it over the rail.

This makes several weeks of pretty solid top water action and I anticipate a

lot more and plenty of days were the fish count will exceed one hundred fish.

Give us a call - not only is the price right, the fishing is fantastic.

See you out there. 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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