The plan for this trip was to go to Lake Okeechobee. The usual procedure is to check the weather in the area where we are going to fish. After we got the report, we had to change our plans.
A "fog advisory" were the first words we heard, and from the looks of the area, it was going to be a slow ride to Okeechobee. Going west on Route 60 toward Yeehaw Junction, the fog got worse. We found a place to park, pulled out the coffee thermos poured a couple of cups and waited.
After about an hour and half we started to see a break and that's all we needed. We put the boat in the water, now all we had to do was to find the channel to take us where we wanted to go. As we got closer to our fishing area, surprisingly, visibility got much better. Time wise, it was now almost 9 o'clock. As we were putting on our lures for that first cast a thought came to mind; we were the only ones on this body of water along with the birds, gators and all of His creatures... two human beings enjoying all of His doings. The sounds on a lake like Garcia early in the morning in those kind of conditions is something to behold.
We fished for more than hour before the first bite, which was as a small bass. At about 10:30 we heard the first boat, then another and then the airboats started up taking their passengers to go see the gators.
About 11:30 or so the bite started. Denny caught a couple of keeper fish, and then I caught a couple. We went to a new area and found some bigger ones and had some fun for about an hour. Our biggest was 6lbs.9oz. We caught probably a dozen or so from 15 to 25-inches. The fish were caught on a green pumpkin with red flake Senkos, green pumpkin fluke with blue flake and a Chug Bug.
I'm glad we didn't go to Okeechobee. We'll save that trip for next time. All the fish that were caught were released to swim again another day. It's good to know that someone else can enjoy the same thrill we did in catching those weary Florida bass.
Joe Kubik is a tournament fisherman and former Charter Captain. Joe can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org