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 Apr 5, 2008; 05:59PM - Johns Lake
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt Tim Fey
 Author E-mail:  tim@bassfishingfl.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: The past two weeks has seen some great bass fishing action, as well as some tough action as the cold front came thru. This front grabbed a hold of us for a good two days, and after some very good bass fishing action, it really put a clamp on the action. Bass were still caught, but we did have to work harder for our catch. We had a few days of combo trips, working live and artificial baits, for the most part, the artificial baits we used were Gitem Warlocks and 7 inch ribbon tail worms, both worked with a 1/16th ounce bullet weight in and around grass beds.
Tom and Robert had a day of high winds which limited us to certain areas on the lake, the bite was very scattered and very light, as the bass would just pick up the baits and swim some with it, heart breaking moment came with Tom getting a light tick and the bass swimming under the boat, only to turn and come back out and jump right next to the boat, this beauty was an easy 7 pounder, as she spit the worm and swam away.
Doug and Todd had two days with us on Johns Lake, the first day was once again very light hits on the baits, with winds still up and weather very cool to start the day, bass were scattered as we hit several areas to get our catch. Day two we had much better action with calmer winds and warmer weather. Big bass for them coming in at 5.13 pounds.
Brian and John had some good action as well on live baits, bass were schooling some in the cut but were very scattered, as most bass caught came closer to docks, with one dock yielding two bass within minutes of each other. For the most part, the live bait action has remained pretty steady on Johns Lake, schooling action has seemed to slow down some but the quality bass have picked up considerably as Doug and Todd saw on day two, catching only one dink, with the rest coming in between 2 and 4 pounds and very scrappy.
 Mar 3, 2008; 08:51PM - Butler Chain/ Johns Lake
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt Tim Fey
 Author E-mail:  tim@bassfishingfl.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: The past two weeks has seen a lot of bass fishing action on both Johns Lake and Butler Chain. Johns Lake schooling action has been fairly consistent and bass have been caught with shiners in the cuts with relative ease. There have been a few days, doing combo trips, where the artificial bite has out produced the live bait, as Eric and Eddie saw, with 3 bass being caught in live bait, and another 11 bass coming on trick worms weighted and worked in and around scattered and isolated grass. Doug and the crew, fresh off the Daytona 500 had some good action catching some quality bass, with one of them coming from one of the coves, this bass not only took a shot a missed one shiner, but made a bulrush for a second one as we watched her dart along a grass bed after the bait, after landing her, she weighed in at a solid 4.9 pounds and was released to fight another day. Steel shad have also been producing some very good catches in open waters. Charlie fishing for some crappie, has caught some good crappie, but the memorable hook up, which turned into a serious battle on light action rod with only 6 pound mono and a road runner, landed a hefty catfish that wanted nothing to do with giving up, weighing in at 14 pounds. For the most part, the crappie bite has been very scattered on Johns Lake, but the ones caught have been of good quality.
Butler Chain is still producing some quality bass and some descent numbers as well. Eric and Eddie, fishing day two opted for all artificial bait, and the bass, although scattered played pretty good, as we hit lakes Pocket, Chase, and Louise to catch our bass. Once again trick worms, black with blue fleck, black with red fleck, and black Christmas catching 16 bass, with Eric catching the big gal from a school on a FinS to end the day. All trick worms as of late have been worked with a small bullet weight and crawled very slow, as the bass would just pick up the baits and slowly swim off, so watching your line was a big key. Most all bass were caught in waters between 4 to 16 feet with grass, lily pads or hydrilla very close by. Remember, Pic, Catch and release.
 Jan 25, 2008; 09:18PM - Johns Lake
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt Tim Fey
 Author E-mail:  tim@bassfishingfl.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Today was supposed to be a 6 hour combo trip, shiners and artificial, but after waiting at Johns Lake for the bait store to open and 15 minutes late, we decided we didnt need the live bait to catch the bass. Hitting our first spot for the day, and throwing a gold Steel Shad, the bass played as we expected. There was a definite difference in air temperature, much cooler than the day before, and winds blowing 15mph out of the north made for a very chilly morning, bass had pushed out to deeper waters but could not resist these steel shad. John came for some action and had a great time, catching several good slot sized bass. During the action, John managed to snag into a brush pile twice, working the lure free, he kept at it, and I hear I got it again John said he was reeling in and it just stopped, thinking he had the pile once again, until the pile started pulling back, after a few minutes, the battle was over as a nice solid 5 pounder found her way into the net for some pictures and a very gentle release, as we could see she was loaded up with eggs.
We had fished four different areas on Johns Lake today, with three of them producing bass, all coming on the steel shads in gold and silver colors, with the silver steel shad also producing a nice 1 pound crappie. Water temperatures only fluctuated 2 degrees, starting the day at 61 and ending at 63.1. More bass beds were spotted with several bucks cruising around but staying a fair distance off the beds. Numbers and size have been steadily increasing out here, and we only expect it to get even better as the bass hit the beds.
Till my next report, tight lines and great fishing
Capt Tim Fey
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 Jan 5, 2008; 06:11PM - Johns Lake
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt Tim Fey
 Author E-mail:  tim@bassfishingfl.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Week Ending December 31st
The last two weeks of December saw us out on Johns Lake a lot. Water temps were running mid 60s to low 70s in this time frame, and bass showed sporadic schooling action in various areas of the lake. Typical bass in the schools have been running right at 2 pounds, with several bass in the four pound class also being caught. Waters are still low, but very fishable, with some bass being caught in less than a foot of water on Gitem K.Os and Gitem Shads. Deer Island Cut has seen some good schooling action, with bass being caught on Live bait as well as Storm WildEye Curl Tail Minnows, rattle traps and spinner baits.
Once the schooling action tapered off, offshore grass beds seemed to be the place to fish, especially the isolated grass patches, pitching weighted worms, and senko type baits to these isolated grass patches kept the action steady. The bigger offshore grass beds the bass would charge live bait that was slow trolled along the outside edges, with some bass being caught pitching live bait into small open pockets in the grass beds, be sure to have a good line, as when they hit, they dart into the heaviest areas of the grass and will break you off. HiSeas Black Widow line has done a great job at pulling those bass out of the grasses.

On a side note, I had the great pleasure of having Kathy Ketchup Barker and RC from ProBass Network along with Ketchups dad Ken on Johns Lake and it was great watching Ken spank everyone when it came to catching the bass. Altho Ken was rather quiet, if you didnt watch him, he would sneak a bass to the boat without even a peep, and from what I hear, he has not let up on rubbing it in to Kathy. Way to go pops, and keep bragging, you earned the right.
With my sister in town for the holidays, I managed to get her and my dad out on the water for a few hours on Johns Lake. With my dad not fishing freshwater since the 70s, and my sister never having fished for bass, it took a few missed hook ups before they got the hang of things. Using live bait to make things easier for them, they managed to boat some good bass, with the big gal coming in right at 4 pounds.
We have been seeing bass beds starting to pop up around Johns Lake, so it should be only a matter of time before they hit the beds and the bigger gals start getting caught. Remember to handle these bass as little as possible and gently put them back in the water if your fishing the beds, these bass repopulating our great lakes is what makes fishing in Florida the place to be.
 Dec 22, 2007; 12:09PM - Butler Chain/ Johns Lake
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt Tim Fey
 Author E-mail:  tim@bassfishingfl.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: Week Ending December 15th
The past two weeks has seen some good bass fishing in the Orlando area. Butler Chain we finally started spotting some bait fish pods, although small and scattered, they are showing up. We had several runs out on Butler and with cooler weather, the water temperatures were finally dropping into the 60s. This will get the bass on the feeding frenzy to fatten them up for the spawn which is just around the corner.
Lakes Louise, Chase and Sheen had been the best lakes for us, and seen some good quality bass caught. Numbers are starting to increase as well as size, with some very limited schooling action early on in the day. Spinner baits, weighted fluke type baits and wacky rigged senko type baits have been producing pretty good. Drop offs have once again been key to catching out here. We had a few days were the shiner bite seemed to drop off, but we still managed to catch them on the old reliable wacky rig.
Johns Lake has also been producing very good for us. Early morning schooling activity has been very good, with a lot of schoolie sized bass being hooked up. Once the schooling action slows, working the grass beds has been key. Outside edges of the grasses has been producing some quality bass, with the bigger bass coming by tossing T-Rigged Gitem K.Os and Shads into the grass beds and swimming them back out slowly. The smaller swim baits, mostly the WildEye Curl Tail from Storm has been picking up some good bass and keeping the action steady out here, one key is to locate off shore grass beds just below the surface, as the bass seem to be stacked up in these areas.
Capt Tim Fey
 Nov 19, 2007; 06:42PM - Butler Chain/ Starke Lake
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt Tim Fey
 Author E-mail:  tim@bassfishingfl.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: October 26th and 29th I spent the day out on Starke Lake with my tournament partner for what was some great bass fishing action. The 26th we got an early start, hitting the waters at 6:30am, still dark and tried some top water action, and we got none. With the sunrise, came rain and higher winds, so what should have been a bad day on the water saw us catching 16 bass on wacky rigged Gitem K.Os and white spinner baits. All but 3 of the bass came from the main lake working tight to shoreline and scattered off shore grass beds. The 29th we headed out early once again, with live shiners and crank baits. To our surprise we boated no bass on the live bait, but the crank baits, a Big O in fire tiger pattern, and an Ugly Duckling in shiner pattern boated the bass, to the tune of another 10 bass. Crank bait bass came on the main lake and in Deep Lake. We keyed in on docks and submerged grass beds and found the bites to be very aggressive. We had seen some very good schooling action the first day, but avoided throwing to them and opted to keep searching the deeper water patterns. Storm WildEye Curl Tail swim baits once again picked up some good solid bass in the middle of Starke Lake itself as well as at the mouth of the canal on the Deep Lake side. With the water temperatures starting a nice cool down, I have noticed bait fish pods growing in size which will have the bass schooling up and feeding good to get ready for the spawn.
The past 2 weeks Butler Chain has also been fishing pretty good the past week. Bait fish have been a little bit more active and started to bunch up better, making it easier on the bass to feed up. Concentrations of bait fish have been showing up on the graph close to grass beds and in 10 to 12 foot of water we have seen some very good bait fish pods. Medium to deep diving crank baits have picked up some good bass in both Lake Down and Little Lake Down. Fire Tiger pattern and Crawfish patterns have been a big key to catching the bass out there. Early morning topwater has produced some good action using buzzbaits and High Roller Chug Rollers as well as High Roller RipRollers. Live bait action is still doing good, with most of the action coming from slow trolled freelined medium wild shiners. Deeper water patterns early in the morning and slowly moving to grass lines as the water temperatures warm during the day. Best bet being using a 3/0 or 4/0 circle hook, not only will this improve your hook up rate, but also is great since 9 out of 10 hook ups are in the corner of the mouth, like they should be. Remember, catch and release, so our kids can enjoy the same catching action that we do with their kids.
 Jul 31, 2007; 09:54AM - Butler Chain/Orlando Lakes
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt Tim Fey
 Author E-mail:  tim@bassfishingfl.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: The past two weeks have seen some good bass fishing action on the Butler Chain, as well as a few other Central Florida Lakes. Butler Chain, the artificial bite has been holding pretty steady, with wacky rigged Gitem KOs and Gitem Shads catching some good numbers as well as quality. Little Lake down has seen the best action, with Mike and his son getting a nice double, with Mike having his bass follow his shiner all the way to the boat as we were going to make a move. This bass struck at his bait twice, before finally getting hooked up, and his son immediately getting his hook up, had these two fighting side by side.

Lake Down itself, seen some good action in the north east corner, with some scattered schooling action, small Storm swim baits catching some good numbers in the deeper drop offs. Lakes Sheen and Tibet have held the same pattern now for several weeks, whacky rigged and T-rigged Gitem KOs catching bass in and around scattered grass beds.

Most of the bass being caught are currently in the 8 to 18 foot depth range, with a good majority of them suspended right along the drop offs in 10 foot of water. There has been some schooling action on lakes Tibet, Sheen and Lake Down, but for the most part, this action has been limited and usually early on in the day. Watch your electronics, as we have come across some big bait fish pods on lake down, with some good quality bass being caught in those areas.

I have also been scouting an old lake I used to fish years ago, a small Orlando lake, this lake is only 205 acres in size, but has some good bass in it. Early morning top water bite has been with the Secret Weapon Lures BuzzrBait and the Original High Roller 3.25 inch. Top water bite has been around the coontail in deeper waters with some very aggressive hits, with the top water bite dropping off by 8am. From there, moving into deeper waters and working the Storm swim baits have been the ticket to catching some good bass.

Scattered grass beds have been a good ticket also, catching several schoolie sized bass through out the day with Gitem KOs and Shads, deeper water coontail beds have been good with 10 inch worms with ounce weight pegged for the quality bass. Being a line watcher is a big key, as the bass have just been picking up the baits and swimming off slowly, usually heading to the deep water drop offs.
Capt Tim Fey
Bassfishingfl.com
 Jul 15, 2007; 03:50PM - Butler Chain
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt Tim Fey
 Author E-mail:  Tim@bassfishingfl.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: The past 2 weeks has seen some great bass fishing action on Butler Chain, and has seen 2 days, where the bass just did not want to play fairly. For the most part, the action on artificial baits has been producing not only good numbers, but good size as well.

Gitem baits K.O. has been the top producer over the last two weeks, rigged wacky and Texas, working in and along the grass beds. First part of the two weeks saw most of the action coming from Lakes Sheen, Tibet and Pocket. Grass beds and some docks produced several bass to 4.6 pounds, as we found the bass were not aggressively hitting the baits, but just picking them up and swimming towards the deeper drop offs. As the rains consistently dropped water on the lakes, they had started to muddy up, which towards the end of the two week period, saw us moving to works Lakes Down and Little Lake down.

The Bay, as well as Lakes Butler, Down and Little lake Down currently have the cleanest water on the chain, and some of the better fishing action, with some schooling action being spotted on several of them. Schooling action we have come across has usually been mid morning, from 9:30 till almost 10:30 with some good bass being caught off them.

The kids as of late have been the big bass catchers, and they have had a blast, with several of the youngsters catching bass on soft plastics and really showing some great skills, at not only casting their baits, but working them properly and setting a hook that would make a Pro proud of them.

Electronics have been a big key, as most of the good bass being caught are coming from deeper water, ranging from 9 to 23 feet deep. With the water temperatures starting the day out in the upper 80s, deeper waters will be the big key to catching quality bass especially as the day heats up. Top water action has been very limited early in the mornings and the spinner bait bite has all but disappeared for us over the last two weeks.

Afternoon showers have been a blessing, helping maintain and slowly bringing water levels back up, just keep in mind, if you hear thunder, lightning is also there, so be safe, and hit the ramp until the storms pass. Most storms have been coming later in the day, from 2pm and on, so you can still get in a good days fishing before the storms hit.
Be safe and drink lots of water, and dont forget the sun screen!!!

Capt Tim Fey
Bassfishingfl.com
 Jul 1, 2007; 09:18AM - Butler Chain
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt Ti m Fey
 Author E-mail:  Tim@bassfishingfl.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: This past week out on Butler Chain has seen some good bass fishing action. Bass have been relating to the grass edges, as we found out Monday, Matt and I tried to get on a good flipping bite, but the small bass seemed to be stacked up inside the grasses, so we moved off the grass and pitched wacky rigged Gitem K.Os in Red Bass and Dark Mellon, catching several good bass between 3 to 4.2 pounds. Gitem Toads got a few strikes with one hook up, as well as a Buzzrbait from Secret Weapon Lures. Lakes Fished were Lake Down, Lake Louise, Lake Pocket and Lake Sheen

Tuesday saw us artificial baits. Bob and Judy used Gitem K.Os to get our catch. Morning bite was the best bite, as we closed in on high noon, the bite dropped off in a dramatic way. Most bass were caught on Lake Sheen, in and around hydrilla beds in 8 to 10 foot of water. Artificial baits drew several hits with missed hook ups, and a couple landed on Lake Blanche to end the day.

Wednesday once again had us working Lakes Sheen, Pocket and Blanche with live bait and artificial baits. Fred, Brian and Joyce got the best action using the live bait around grass beds that had deeper water hydrilla close by. Bass had been seen cruising between the two mixes of vegetation so that is the pattern we keyed in on. Once the live bait was used up, we switched to the K.Os and worked grass beds, and threw to the base of cypress trees, getting a few good hits and misses, with a good hook up on Lake Blanche once again to end the day.

Friday, Jeff came for 4 hours of artificial bait action, and we saw ourselves really working to get our catch. T-rigged and wacky rigs were the way to get the bites, which were very light, as the bass would just pick up the baits, and VERY slowly swim off with it.Lake Sheen did not produce as it had in previous trips, so we made a move into Lake Tibet in order to get our catch, with the two biggest coming in just a shade under 4 pounds.

Saturday I ended the week with Matt and Mary out on Butler Chain. Matt wanted to get his wife out there and catching some bass, and have a good day so that she would continue to want to fish with him. Well the day started out the typical way, with the husband telling the wife he was going to catch more bass, I even tried telling Matt, women always out catch the men and catch the bigger bass. Mary did not let me down, as she started out with the shiners, catching two bass fairly early on, and Matt was still watching his shiner swim around. We had done some moving around on Lake Sheen, with Matt and Mary both catching bass, but Mary seemed to have the magic touch landing some nice bass, and working them like a Pro.

From Sheen we made a move into Lake Tibet, and Matt want to try some plastic baits, so I showed him how the wacky rig worked, and after a few tosses, Matt had a good hook up and landed his bass. Mary got a little quiet on the back of the boat, when things work up, and the drag was being pulled, a few minutes later, Mary was getting her picture taken with a very nice 4.12 pound bass, which would turn out to be the biggest bass of the day.

Matt had his moment about 15 minutes later, working a grass line with a Texas rigged Gitem K.O, he sets the hook and a good fight was on, we got a good look at this bass and Matt thought for sure he was going to have a bigger bass than his wife. Mary started to reel up her line as it appeared to be tangled in with Matts bass, but what had happened was, This bass was so hungry, it had taken in her shiner and was swimming around, and hit Matts T-Rigged K.O, so they ended the day with them both landing the last bass of the day together, coming in at 4.2 pounds.

Till my next report, tight lines and great fishing!
Capt Tim Fey
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 Jun 23, 2007; 11:31AM - Butler Chain
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt Tim Fey
 Author E-mail:  tim@bassfishingfl.com
Click here to enlarge Report Description: This past week has seen some good bass fishing action on Butler Chain.
Top water bite has been doing ok, with Lake Louise seeing the best top water action for us. Secret Weapon Lures Buzzrbait has been a good do to bait, as well as High Roller Chug Roller. Hits have been aggressive. With the consistent rains, Lake Louise has been dirtied up, waters going from clean to coffee brown.

Soft plastic bite has been doing good, with a wacky rigged Gitem K.O once again catching not only good numbers, but good size as well. Lakes Sheen, Pocket and Chase have yielded the numbers and size, up to 5 pounds for us as of late. Working grass beds and scattered docks has been the key to catching bass, as well as working your baits very slow.

Did make a run into Fish Lake, a lake which I have not been in since early January, waters back then were so low in the canal, the bottom of my boat was banging the canal bottom. Going thru the canal, which is a mile long, I had to use the trolling motor, holding it up just below the surface of the water to get back there, and there was a tree blocking the canal toward the end, which saw me and my partner standing in the canal, him pulling the boat, and me pushing it around the tree to get to the lake. We finally made it back there and started to work the lily pads, swimming lizards across the lily pads getting several blow ups, with him missing a hook up on the edge of the pads, with what would have been an easy 6 pounder.

Rains have held the water levels pretty steady, finally getting water back into the lakes, with water temperatures holding around 84-86 degrees by days end. Limited schooling action in Lakes Pocket, and Tibet the last few days.

Till my next report, Tight lines and great fishing!
Capt Tim Fey
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