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Posted by destin on February 25, 2017
I couldn’t have started off 2016 in a better place; I had the opportunity to guide on the St. John’s River down in the sunshine state and escape the snow of Western Pennsylvania. I love being a bass fishing guide on the St. John’s because it is so dynamic. The tide brings different conditions throughout the day and you are constantly surrounded by beautiful scenery: Spanish moss, cypress trees, manatees, gators, birds and even some salt water fish from time to time. I was lucky enough to meet some great people and have some awesome experiences down there while putting my clients on some nice Florida bass.
2017 has already brought some great experiences and my first few groups of the year have had a fantastic time getting on some nice Florida bass. Last year had a colder, slower start but this year has been steady and warm which is a bit unusual for Florida winters. The spawn is really starting and the big fish have really started to move up as the water continues to warm. A couple of full moons with warming trends have really brought some good waves of spawning fish. The river seems really healthy this year.
My good Buddy Ben Wright from Keitech baits was able to make the trip down to sample some of the great fishing as well as us being able to test some of the new products coming out this year. We were able to throw a variety of baits and catch some real quality fish on baits like the Crazy Flapper and Fat Impact swimbaits.
The St. John River is a perfect spot to come chase some Florida bass – it is nestled near Jacksonville, Disney, and not too far from the coast. The calendar is filling up fast, but if you are taking a break from the snow come catch some Florida bass with Big Fat Bass Guide Service!
Posted by destin on May 25, 2016
We left port from the city side of Presque Isle Bay around 7am and headed out in search for some plump smallmouth bass. I was joined on the water by prior client and friend, Michael, and his father Art from Pittsburgh. The morning was cool, but irregularly calm for the shores of Lake Erie, so we pretty much had free rein to zip around at will.
Throughout the day, we bounced around various areas in the Bay and made a brief stop in the big Lake. The bite wasn't fast and furious, but we had a steady flow of bites for most of the day with drop shots and soft plastic stick baits. With the water warming steadily from the lower 60s to the mid 60s, fish were anywhere from shallow to deep and we caught them about everywhere in between. We even mixed it up for a brief time and did some largemouth fishing in Horseshoe Pond.
We caught a good amount of fish in the 2-3 lb class, with a few four pound specimen. With the cold fronts from the past week, things were slightly behind from where they were in 2015 at this point, but it's getting better everyday as the water continues to warm on the Bay and the Lake.
It was a fun time on the water with Michael and Art as the banter and fish catching throughout the day kept things entertaining. I'm looking forward to hitting the water again with another couple of fishermen from Pittsburgh tomorrow morning. Looks like the storms from the Midwest are a bit delayed, so we should have some ideal weather to catch some beautiful bronzebacks! -DD
Posted by destin on May 18, 2015
After having a productive guide trip Saturday, I was freed up Sunday to hit Lake Erie to see how the bite was. After watching the weather all week, it seemed as though we would have wet conditions with a chance of thunderstorms, but luckily that never culminated.
After being delayed a bit in the morning I hit the water around nine o’clock to a beautiful, calm Lake Erie. I ran East about a dozen miles before putting the trolling motor down and fishing. I had an area that I found last year that didn’t hold a lot of fish, but great quality when you did find one. I wanted to explore it a little more.
Within about ten minutes of throwing my jerk bait it was absolutely hammered by something near the end of a long cast. After fighting me from a distance, the bronze behemoth emerged in the clear waters. I saw the fish clearly and was excited as I knew it was around five pounds. It put up a great fight on the light line before I finally wrangled it to the boat. Once I looked at the fish I knew it was bigger than just five pounds. It had a giant stomach and the sheer look of a giant. After looking at it then I presumed it was around that trophy six pound mark and I was very close in that assessment. I put it on the digital scale and it fluctuated in the 5.70-5.75 lb range before settling in at 5.70 lbs.
That was an excellent start to the morning, but things slowed down soon thereafter once the bluebird skies and calm conditions emerged. The bite got very tough for the next couple hours as it often does under those conditions. Although we all complain about the wind and waves that Lake Erie is so well known for, they generally have a positive impact on the fish feeding. If you think about it like a southern reservoir in the summer, when they aren’t pulling water and generating current, it is extremely difficult to catch fish and it’s the same on Lake Erie.
I spent the rest of the day looking for new summer areas with my electronics and got off the water not long afterwards to meet up with a friend to get some boat equipment at Chautauqua Lake. All in all it was a beautiful day on the water and while the bite tapered off quickly, it’s always a great day when you are fishing. Especially, when you are able to connect with some giant smallmouth! -DD