I think the cold weather has arrived and with that comes the cold water and usually the slowdown to our Bass Fishing.
The fish will still be on the move, not as much, but they will be looking for forage and warmer water, and when they move, they will eat.
In order to snag a bass, your retrieve has to change. As mentioned several articles ago, when you think you have slowed down, go even slower... that is if the bait allows that.
Several weeks ago when the water temperature was 68.7degrees, which I feel is the best temperature, (my preference only 68/70) we kept records on the fish that were caught: In a three-week period my partner and I fished three days a week except for one week where we only fished just two days, and we were fishing approximately six- hours per day. In that period of time we kept a tally on the fish we caught over 14-inches.
The total was 52, of those 52 four were over 25 inches the biggest was 29 inches, 6lb.9oz. 9 between 17/29 and 32 between 14/17, we did not keep a tally on the fish under 14 and there were a few! Caught on three different lakes
Now that the water temperature has dropped to, (as of Jan. 18) 56.3 degrees, we are going to attempt to fish the same amount of time and do everything we did before and will let you know what the outcome was.
The only thing we might change will be the color. So look for some interesting facts some time February's paper.
I received an email from John up in Sebastian asking which is the best canal to use to get to the fishing grounds at Lake Garcia. So much depends on the wind, so right now the South Canal is probably the best, but it's very shallow so better have some HP behind your boat, that stuff is thick Just be careful ! Thanks John.
Stay Safe, have fun and go catch a big'un!
Joe Kubik is a tournament fisherman and former Charter Captain. Joe can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org