Stick Marsh & Farm 13
Capt. George Welcome
August 23, 2006
Stick Marsh-Farm 13 - Freshwater Fishing Report
August has seen east central Florida gripped by day after day of high
temperatures, almost no rain, very little wind, and fishing trips that have been
more down than up. Afternoon thunderstorms have bounced in hit and missed
patterns with most storms producing plenty of lightening and very little rain.
We have had eight trips to date and not one of them has produced any great
catches. However, our last trip out there did produce a tad better.
In addition we were able to get a few pictures showing the beauty of the area
and some of its wildlife.
The water has cleaned up nicely but high water temps seem to have the bass a
bit sluggish. Even some of the deeper water areas are not producing all that
well. I would think that with the relative clear skies and the temperatures that
we have been having there is a good chance that the bass are night feeding and
hiding in whatever shade and cooler water they can find during the day. Surface
temps have been consistently over 85 at day break and heading into the low 90's
by 11: AM.
There has been little to no shad action on the top, but you can bet the bass
are feeding heavily on the bottom as none of the fish caught have been
I have heard reference to low-water conditions, and have had a bunch of
inquires in e-mails about low water issues. The Marsh/Farm water levels are high
for this time of the year and the conditions that we have been experiencing.
Navigation is not an issue at this time other than to remind you that wooded
areas are only dangerous if you are flying through them. Areas to be cautious:
anywhere across the south end of the Farm - there are a lot of floaters in
addition to the attached stumps. If you are going to the spillway go inside the
island to get there. Out side the island is extremely shallow. If you are on the
Marsh side don't run unless you know where you are. To transverse from the ramp
to the Farm use the ditches.
See you out there.
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