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Stick Marsh & Farm 13

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

The business of taking people out fishing has its upsides and its downsides.

The downsides are few: it can rain, the wind can howl, and the temperatures can

reach extremes of opposite spectrums. The upsides are many as each and every

client is unique in personality and fishing experience. I cannot remember one

instance of a bad day on the water because of a clients temperament or fishing

ability. The reality is that most trips stand out as being one of great fishing

and fantastic camaraderie.

Near the end of September, the 26th to be exact, I had the opportunity to

take out Aaron Lewis for some recreational fishing on Blue Cypress. For those

that don't recognize the name, Aaron is the lead singer for the band Staind.

This young fellow is one avid fisherman. With a tour schedule that is loaded

with heavy travel and long days, Aaron still finds time to fulfill one of his

passions: The chasing of finny creatures. One compartment on his bus is loaded

with his gear always at the ready for one of his forays. Although the fishing

was a bit slow on our day together we caught some, talked about many things, and

in general had a great time on the water. I thought my schedule of early morning

rises, long days, and nighttime activities on the internet were long, but it

doesn't hold a candle to schedule this band follows. 

Fishing both Stick Marsh/Farm 13 and Blue Cypress has been filling our

mornings and we have watched a steady progression of success over the last

couple of weeks. On Blue Cypress the fishing location hasn't changed. The grass

is holding the fish but it takes patience and persistence to dig them out.

Saturday for example, with three souls on the boat we managed to nail down 20

bass with a couple of nice fish as kickers. For a 1/2 day of fishing that's not

too shabby.

The grass, (Kissimmee or knot grass), stretches most of the western shore.

Senkos placed well into the grass and using a slow jerky retrieve produce.

The isolated small patches can be very productive, so they are a must hit


Sometimes Don gets lucky and manages a fish or two.

On the Marsh we have seen some major improvements, and have found fish both

on the Marsh side, and the the Farm side. The bait of choice on the lake until

yesterday has been Senkos, with any dark color doing the producing. On a half

day trip on the 5th we never left the Marsh side, opting to work the timber and

brush that this side is loaded with. What started out as a calm and fishy day

switched to wind whipping the lake into white caps and we watched the bite drop

off instantly.

Yesterday, Don and I started of the Marsh covering quite a bit of area for

the short time we were out there. Not finding the bite we wanted we headed south

to the Farm. Working the venerable rattle trap proved to be the ticket for the

9-bass that we had by 11:00. No monsters, but there were a couple that hit the

4-5 pound range.

Cooler weather is on its way south and with its arrival you can expect to see

a rapid change on these lakes as the fish start coming out of their hiding holes

to feed. The gals will be concentrating on feeding up for the upcoming spawning

seasons, and the males will be cruising their selected bedding areas looking for

just the right spot. As we move further into this month the congregations of

bass will get bigger and the action a lot hotter.

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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