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hawg news March 9

Including: Lake Okeechobee, Kissimmee Chain, Stick Marsh/Farm 13, etc.

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hawg news March 9

Postby Captgene » Thu Mar 09, 2006 9:41 pm

Published Thursday, March 9, 2006 http://mysite.verizon.net/resrl9wc/

Fishing: Around Polk County

1. Around Lakeland, several bass in 10 pound class at Lake Parker flipping Zoom Brush Hogs (watermelon candy, junebug red, candy bug), and plastic craws (salt-pepper, watermelon, blueberry), reports Bob Stone. Jarrad Black netted a 7-pounder on a Wave Worm at Parker, reports Phillips Bait and Tackle. Lake Gibson producing good size and numbers of bass casting red shad or watermelon seed Zoom U-Tale worms, and flipping Gambler Ugly Otters (watermelon red, shadow blue, junebug) reports Big Fish Outfitters. Bass up to 26 inches at Tenoroc on shiners in lakes 4, B and Picnic, reports Brian Fleming. Should be great weekend with full moon coming. Mellin Dean caught 91⁄4-pound channel catfish at Saddle Creek Park on Tuesday. Specks at Tenoroc in lakes 3, 4 and B around shorelines.

2. At Auburndale, small, clear lakes producing big bass, with some sight fishing beds at spots like Lake Agnes near Polk City, reports Bob Stone. North Winter Haven chain seeing plenty of bass up to 6-7 pounds.

3. At Winter Haven, Lake McLeod giving up some trophy-class bass in bedding areas. Eagle Lake should be prime for big fish, too, along with other small, clear-water lakes around city. South chain continues to produce bass up to 6-8 pounds flipping inside grass lines.

4. At Lake Hamilton, good numbers of bass 4-7 pounds on medium or large shiners, reports Chain O'Lakes Bait and Tackle (863-439-3885) in Dundee. Speck boats catching 15-20 per trip on 1/12-ounce chartreuse Zip jigs around lily pads.

5. At Lake Marion near Haines City, no limits, but good-sized specks spawning in grass lines. One angler caught 19 up to 11⁄2 pounds Wednesday despite 10-20 mph winds, reports Ray Chase at Bannon's Camp. Bass numbers up, but nothing big.

6. At Lake Pierce, prime time for big bass with full moon on Tuesday, although Jennings Camp reports bass slow so far.

7. At Lake Hatchineha, bass in lily pads and outside bulrushes. Leo Cosce at Camp Lester advises Kissimmee blue Bass Striker worms, Gambler Crawdaddy (shadow blue), creature baits or white-and-chartreuse spinnerbaits.

8. At Lake Toho, bass on post-spawn pattern, holding around isolated vegetation in 3-5 feet of water. Bass up to 8-9 pounds on shiners over weekend north of Makinson Island around Kissimmee grass or alligator weed (vine), reports Marc Detweiler at Big Toho Marina.

9. At Lake Kissimmee, Paul Cowen of Michigan boated a 14-pound, 1ounce bass last Wednesday on a shiner with guide Jay Turner of St. Cloud, reports Rob Murchie at Middleton's Fish Camp (407-436-1966). Hal Shelar of North Carolina netted 111⁄2-pounder on Johnson Silver Minnow spoon around scattered pencil reeds, said Murchie. Bass moving little deeper, hitting plastic worms or crawfish (black/blue, red shad) around isolated lily pads and deeper flags in 3-4 feet, reports Leo Cosce at Camp Lester. Still catching limits of specks, but size down, said Cosce, who recommends lily pads in 2-4 feet at Philadelphia Point, Gobbler Ridge, pig trail, Bird Island and Osceola Slough. Specks on hydrilla in north end of North Cove. First reports of shellcracker on shell bars at Grassy Island and North Cove.

10. At Lake Walk-in-the-Water, bass up to 5-6 pounds on shiners on few mornings it's not blowing a gale. Big specks at night.

11. At Crooked Lake at Babson Park, 8-pound bass tops in weekend tournament, reports Cindy at Bob's Landing. Bass 3-5 pounds around isolated vegetation in grass lines on worms, craws and creature baits. Specks picking up, with green Hal Flys working. A few shellcracker around weed lines in cove.

12. At Frostproof, some nice bass in bedding areas for sight fishermen at Lake Reedy and Lake Buffum.

13. In the phosphate pits south of Mulberry and Bartow, Jason Morgan of Indiana weighed a 12-pound bass at Phillips Bait and Tackle. Water level down at Lake 1 at Hardee Lakes Park, too shallow for bass in flags.


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