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Keith Mughmaw from Sweetser Indiana caught this 11lb 4oz Giant on a wild shiner. Keith’s big bass is the largest of 2014, but it’s early folks. Come get your shot at an Okeechobee giant.
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The lake level is hovering around the 15 foot mark, which is 7 inches lower than this time last year. As we move deeper into fall the shorter light hours and cooler daytime temperatures help the water to cool. Water temps are 73 to 75 degrees at the present time which leads to longer activity periods for the bass. Every year at this time the very largest bass that swim in Okeechobee start to move toward the spawning areas in the lake where they will feed heavily and then eventually spawn. The Okeechobee strain of Florida largemouth is unique. Whereas female Northern bass will all spawn within a month or so of each other the Okeechobee bass spawn will start as early as the full moon of November and waves of female bass will continue to move in and spawn throughout the fall, winter and spring. It’s easy to see why the Big “O” is such a fish factory. The fact that the huge lake continues to thrive with fish and bird life is a tribute to the massive size and diversity of Lake Okeechobee.
Spec anglers are starting to catch good numbers of small specks that are under the 10 inch size limit place on the lake several years ago. The Kissimmee River is normally the first spot where limits of large specks appear, aside from the mouth of the river, the area north on the river around the weir is a developing hot spot as is the lock and dam area above it. Jigs and minnows are the primary baits for snagging the tasty panfish, a minnow many times will outperform a jig numbers wise, but a jig will often provide bites from the larger specks.
Artificial baits are still viable for catching good numbers of bass on the lake, top water plugs, spinner baits, senkos and jigs will all work. However there is no other bait that will match or out perform a wild golden shiner. Day in and day out live shiners will account for larger numbers of bites from large mouth as well as they entice the big bites from the largest bass . Good catch rates are being reported by guides with 35 to 50 fish per trip. Big bass are showing up with frequency, bass in the 7 to 9 lb range are an everyday occurrence. Whatever species you pursue, the possibilities are great, if you spend your time using the proper techniques in the correct areas.
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I fished with Roddy & Nick from NY again today, we have fished together a dozen times or so and always have a great time. Today was a great day of fishing and fun, of course it’s always fun when you catch big bass like these, come see for yourself.
Day 2 with Tim Wilkins from Mi. Today we not only caught big bass we caught a lot of bass, Okeechobee is so good in the fall.
Tim Wilkins Day 1, no big bites today, just a lot of Bass were caught!
Brian Atwal from Pa. and his friend Herb, great catching 30 to 40 bass per morning trip.
Okeechobee is on fire!
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Okeechobee is on fire!
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