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 Jan 21, 2007; 07:11PM - Butler Chain
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt Tim Fey
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Click here to enlarge Report Description: This past week I had several trips out on Butler Chain, with the weather playing games with us, we watched bass going from beds to heading back to deep water drop offs. Several bass this week had been caught off beds in various lakes on the chain, using mostly Junebug lizards to get them. Lake Down and Little Lake Down early on in the week seemed to be the hot ticket to catching bass, in and along the grass beds as well as off of bed. Most of the beds spotted were in 2 foot to up to 8 foot of water.

After two days of a slight cool down, bass were pushed off the beds but you could still see and catch them as they were still in the general area of the beds, just cruising around, occasionally cruising thru the bed. A few days we had catches of 20 bass using nothing but weighted Gitem Shads and working them real slowly, as the cool down came, the bite did drop off but you still got your catch, just working very slowly.

Chris came down from New York and had some descent action on Butler, as he caught the tail end of the cool down, asking me to also fish with him, I got him up on the weighted Shads, which he had said he had never used them with a weight, I had tossed to shoreline and Chris made a cast close to the boat to check the action, I had landed a nice 2 ˝ pounder, Chris had made his second cast right behind me, and instantly got hammered, and the fight was on, landing a very nice bass just shy of 5 pounds. The bite was very a light one, with you getting light taps, you had to let them take the bait and swim off with it some before you set the hook, other than the very aggressive one that Chris had gotten.

White spinner baits and a 10” Junebug worm were also catching bass, spinner baits had to be slow rolled and worked in and around grass beds, big key was having some type of drop off close by or other types of cover such as eel grass or hydrilla. Lakes that were fished this week on the chain were Little Lake Down, Lake Down, Lake Chase, Lake Tibet and Lake Sheen.

Till my next report, tight lines and great fishing!!
 Jan 16, 2007; 08:11PM - Mosquito Lagoon Report
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt. Chris Myers
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Click here to enlarge Report Description: The water levels have dropped in the Mosquito Lagoon but the temperatures have remained well above normal with several days in the 80's. The redfish schools have been plentiful and the black drum have been showing up on occasion. It has been more like fishing in April than January but I never complain when I can fish in shorts during the winter.

Last Friday, Paul H. from Orlando, and I hit the Mosquito Lagoon at dawn for some fun fishing. We came upon a school of reds in shallow water chasing small baitfish. Paul had five bites on five casts with his homemade topwater plug before he was connected to the first redfish of the day. I caught one from the same school with a four inch gold DOA CAL tail.A short time later, I spotted a group of four reds tailing and tossed my gold CAL tail to them. A 31 inch fish slammed my lure immediately and we had red number two.I landed a smaller redfish a few minutes later and Paul followed up with a couple trout on an olive colored jerk worm.The skies became overcast and the wind picked up but we continued casting soft plastics to the sand holes and finished the day with six reds and six trout.

Sunday, I fished Dave B. from Eustis. The day began with rain but the wind was calm. Dave started with the gold jerk worm and hooked a red from the first school we saw that shook loose. After trying a few more spooky schools, Dave caught a seatrout and finally landed up with his first red of the day. The clouds cleared out but the winds increased. We decided to look for some bigger fish and made a move. We found about six schools of reds and several schools of black drum at our next stop. Dave used a DOA Baitbuster to catch a 32 inch red and had a larger one on that came unhooked.Blustery conditions made casting tough but Dave landed two more nice redfish and had several more bites. We tried to get the black drum to eat but were unsuccessful.

Monday, Clifford W. from Texas joined me for his first Mosquito Lagoon trip. Clifford works for Kistler Rod Company and was eager to put a bend in a new prototype rod he brought. With perfect morning weather, we spotted a school of several hundred tailing reds. Clifford threw a small topwater bait that was struck immediately and his new rod was put to the test. We encountered multiple schools of redfish and black drum of various sizes throughout the morning.We ended the day by sight casting to several tailing fish in shallow water. Clifford wound up with ten reds, two black drum and a trout for a Mosquito Lagoon winter slam.

Our stretch of unseasonably warm weather seems to be coming to a close by mid week with a cold front followed by more average January temperatures. This may bring more of the large seatrout up onto the flats where they will offer some fun but challenging sight fishing opportunities. Remember, as the water cools, downsize your baits and slow your presentation.

 Jan 14, 2007; 04:10PM - Butler Chain
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt Tim Fey
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Report Description: Butler Chain as of late has been fishing pretty good, on the water Saturday saw a lot of boats doing the old run and gun in search for bass, and plenty were caught. Everything from spinner baits to 10 inch worms caught some very good quality bass with just over 16 pounds taking the prize at the end of the day. Bass were caught in just about any lake on the chain, and most seemed to be holding tight to the grass beds, previous days say the bass up in the grasses tight making you flip to get your catch, but with the weather change we had, and a slight warming, and with skies cloudy and a good breeze, the bass seemed to wander around a little more.

To show the diversity of catching bass on this great chain of lakes, bass were not only caught in and around grass beds, but a few were pulled from 20 foot + water depths, marking fish in deep waters and using jigs was the ticket in that situation. Bass have been spotted on beds, and schooling action has been very early morning, disappearing just as fast as they surfaced, with a few 5 pound class being caught in these schools. The top producing lake seemed to be Lake Down, working the grass edges, close to deeper water drop offs and slow rolling all white spinner baits.

Till my next report, tight lines and great fishing!
Capt Tim Fey
 Jan 5, 2007; 01:29PM - Johns Lake
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt Tim Fey
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Click here to enlarge Report Description: The past week I have had several days out on Johns Lake, some scouting trips and some with clients. The waters have held a fairly steady temperature in the mid to upper 60’s. Bass overall have been hitting good, with one day of having to plug away hard for our catch, as the front rolled thru. Errol from LA worked long and hard for his catch, with a few bass coming on shiners and a few coming on Gitem Shads. The father son Trio of Kevin, Matt and Mark caught bass a Cotton Cordell Super Spots and Gitem Shad. Both of those trips showed very limited to no schooling action at all.

Today I hit Johns Lake again, in search of more bass for future trips next week. With perfect weather conditions and heavy clouds to start the morning out, the bass were schooling in mass once again. Bass were caught on a wide range of lures. Long A’s caught a couple, Gitem Shads caught a few, with the Gitem Toad and High Roller Chug Roller in fire tiger color getting the most action. A lot of shoreline and flooded timber was covered with spinner baits and Super Spots to end the day around 10:00 with a total for the day at 18 bass. I did spot several bass beds in different areas with no bass on them, just a lot of cruising, other than the early morning bite, most of the fish were caught in less than 3 feet of water, with most following the baits from very shallow water before hammering the bait.

The bite was definitely good and aggressive, once the winds starting blowing, the bite died off, so instead of flipping the grass beds, I headed for the ramp and called it a day, and a very productive day at that.
Till my next report, tight lines and great fishing!!
Capt Tim Fey
 Jan 2, 2007; 02:59PM - Lake Toho
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt Tim Fey
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Click here to enlarge Report Description: Today I had a 6 hour run on Lake Toho, with the front upon us, and rains expected, we knew it was going to be a tough bite, and the bass agreed, it was a tough bite. Phil and his girlfriend came up from Clearwater for some relaxing time on the water and to catch some bass, even though the bite was tough, they did land a few decent bass and missed a few good bass as well. This was a shiner trip, so that should tell you hw tough the fishing was out there, key to getting the bass was slow trolling the shiners, set a foot to 2 feet below a float and work slowly along the grass lines. We had several bass that seemed to just play with the baits and never committed to it, and when they did take the shiners, you had to let them have it anywhere from instant hook set to waiting 20 seconds. Despite the breezy conditions and all, the day turned out pretty good.
Till my next report, tight lines and great fishing!
Capt Tim Fey
 Dec 18, 2006; 06:27PM - Lake Kissimmee/ Lake Rosalie
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt Tim
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Report Description: Sunday the 17th I spent the day on Lake Rosalie with my old tournament partner Rob out in Lake Wales. Our main goal was to do some scouting out on the lake to check several things, the main thing being the water levels. Water levels are easily described as LOW. When you start the day out having to idle thru a canal, motor trimmed up and still rubbing bottom, you know your in for a long day. When we finally made it thru the canal to the lake, we still had to idle close to 200 yards before getting to waters where I could come up on plane.

This lake I had done a bunch of trips on early in the year and it was a great producer of some very good bass, size and number wise, but with waters as low as they were, expectations were not very high. Several of the key areas that bass had been stacked in, were now only maybe a foot deep, if that much. The main ramp was closed as they are completely redoing it, Dock and all being added to it finally. We did watch one group launch a pontoon boat there, backing a good 70 feet into the lake before it finally came off the trailer.

Although the waters were shallow, they did look very clean and we did spot some good sized bass moving about in the grass beds, in very shallow water. We did take some time to work a few lures to catch a couple bass, motor oil colored worms, Junebug Gitem Shads and Gitem Toads did catch us a few good bass. Rattle traps and shallow diving crank baits did pick off a few smaller bass out in open waters. I will make a few more trips out there to keep an eye on this lake, as it is usually the hot lake for big bass during the spawn. There is a ramp right behind Lake Rosalie Bait and Tackle which is just before the point of no return on the road to Camp Mack.

Till my next report
Tight lines and great fishing!
Capt Tim Fey
 Dec 15, 2006; 01:23PM - Mosquito Lagoon Florida Fly Fishing Report
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt. Chris Myers
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Report Description: Poor weather has limited my fishing the past two weeks but when I have been able to get on the water, the fishing has been excellent. The water has continued to drop in the Mosquito Lagoon but has been very clean.

Last week, Mark L. from Massachusetts, joined me for a half day of fly fishing the Mosquito Lagoon. The weather was near perfect with the exception of a few clouds. Temperatures were in the mid 70's and the winds were light. We found several schools of redfish on a shallow grass flat. Mark, who is used to tossing his fly into a feeding frenzy of northeast stripers and bluefish, was amazed at how spooky our shallow water redfish can be. He also found the small strike zone of the fish to be equally amazing. After a few warm up shots, Mark was able to land his first Florida redfish on an olive and gold #4 bendback pattern. Unfortunately, he had to leave just as thing were heating up and we left the fish tailing.

The next day, Capt. Tom Van Horn brought his flyrod and we returned to see if the tails were still there. We found a couple schools which had over one hundred fish and we each landed a few before our day was rudely interrupted by the arrival of a cold front. The twenty knot winds were not conducive to fly fishing.

Between bad weather and fishing seminars, I did not return to the water until Tuesday of this week. Had I known the wind was going to be howling all day and the cloud cover so heavy, I probably would have stayed home. All was not lost, though, as I was able to catch three reds on a chartreuse and white bendback fly before I got tired of fighting the wind. I changed to a DOA CAL tail and finished the day with six more redfish.

Wednesday, the clouds were even thicker making visibility poor but there was no wind. Luckily for me, the reds helped direct me in by waving me over with their tails. What's better than seeing a redfish tail? Seeing a bunch of them all at once.

I saw multiple schools and singles tailing throughout the day and spent as much time taking pictures and watching them as I did fishing. I landed seven reds on a variety of flies including tan and gold bendbacks as well as some awesome topwater bites on a purple deer hair slider.

Thursday brought more clouds but the wind remained light. Despite the temptation, I did not return to check on the fish from the previous day but, instead, checked out some different locations. My third cast resulted in a strike from a tailing red on the deer hair slider. For the next couple hours, almost all the fish I saw were too shallow for me to approach with the trolling motor. Fly fishing from the poling platform is not practical so I continued searching until I located some fish tailing in slightly deeper water.Using the flies mentioned above, I caught four redfish. I topped the day off with four nice seatrout and got off the water just as the rain arrived.

Moderate winds forecast for the next several days and above average temperatures, look for the reds to continue prowling the shallow water and actively tailing throughout the day. With the low water levels, those fishing from a kayak or canoe will have access to fish that most other boats cannot reach. When casting to fish that are cruising the flats with their backs exposed, cast well in front of them and let them find your lure. Allowing your cast to drop next to a ultra shallow water fish is sure to spook them.

Capt. Chris Myers
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 Dec 14, 2006; 12:58PM - Butler Chain
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt Tim Fey
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Report Description: The past week we have spent a few days out on Butler Chain following various bait fish pods and watching the schooling activity in many of the lakes. Schooling fish have been spotted on several of the lakes on the chain with the waters cooled down nicely and still very clean. Saturday was a day spent targeting several different areas working several different types of lures with great success at catching bass in the 2 to 4 pound range.

Lakes Blanche and Chase were good producers using all white spinner baits in and around grass beds in 4 to 6 foot of water, in a slow rolled fashion. Watermellon/red shad with a small bullet weight, not pegged, worked along grass edges and very slowly did pick up a few good slot sized bass, most bites were very light, but we have noticed an increase in the quality of the bite.

Lake Sheen seen some good bait fish pods located in the center area of the lake, so that was the main target area, tossing a Long A and working slowly, after the first cast was complete, I actually had to pick bait fish off the hooks, second cast produced a nice 3 pound bass, picking up 3 more in the same fashion, I made a move into Lake Pocket. Working shoreline areas and drop offs, I found once again the bite to be very light, but in this case it was much smaller bass so I headed out to Lake Tibet to end the day. Tibet had scattered schooling action, which I avoided as I was looking for a solid pattern and that pattern was not chasing schoolers around.

The pattern was dictated early on in the day, slow rolled spinner baits, shads weighted with a small bullet weight in and around the grass beds, located closer to deeper water dropoffs, and Long A’s and rattle traps on the outside edges of grass lines, again with a deeper water drop off close by. Big key was to work the baits slow, even the rattle traps and the bass would hit.
Till my next report
Tight lines and great fishing
Capt Tim Fey
 Dec 4, 2006; 12:45PM - Johns Lake
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt Tim Fey
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Click here to enlarge Report Description: We had a pretty good run out on Johns Lake Friday. Kevin from “Ultimate Fishing Site” came to fish Johns Lake and starting the day out was amazed at the schooling action he got to witness. Just as safe light cracked, the bass went to schooling in mass just about everywhere you looked in the Deer Island cut, catching quick bass with the lures he brought with him, the Bite Light Viper and the KickTail XL.

As the bite slowed down, artificials were used with a mix of shiners to keep the bite going, picking up a few more bass here and there with a few pickeral mixed in. Saturday saw us back at it again, Kevin, as well myself with high hopes of some more great schooling action first thing in the morning with the exact same weather conditions, saw no schooling action to speak of in Deer Island cut and no bites.

We made a move over to the Horseshoe, and there was some schooling action, but very scattered and very little, Kevin was tossing a deep diving crank bait, fan casting thru the cut and working a slower than normal retrieve managed to pick up several good bass once again, having one, after a descent fight come unbuttoned right next to the boat. Slow trolled shiners, left over from the day before yielded a few blow up, one smaller bass and a monster bowfin. Most bass caught were right in the 2 to 3 pound range, with the big bass coming in at a very nice 7.4 pounds.
 Nov 12, 2006; 07:22AM - Mosquito Lagoon Report
 Category:  Florida
 Author Name:  Capt. Chris Myers
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Click here to enlarge Report Description: The clouds and rain cleared by Wednesday of this week but behind the front there were
some strong winds. I ventured out into the Mosquito Lagoon with Travis and Jennifer from
Jacksonville who were enjoying their last day of vacation. We began the day by anchoring
and tossing out some cut bait while we waited for the last of the clouds to pass by. The
bite was slow but Jennifer landed her first ever redfish and had another shake the hook.

The clouds passed and the skies cleared but with the sun came a 20 knot wind from the
northwest leaving us few places to hide. We had the water to ourselves, however, and had
multiple shots at redfish and some big trout throughout the day. Travis had a few bites on
the gold Baitbuster but never got hooked up. Spotting the fish was easy but getting a bait
in front of them proved to be difficult with the windy conditions. Jennifer's red was the only fish that we caught all day.

Thursday, I received a call from Capt. Tom Van Horn that the big redfish were biting well in
Ponce Inlet. I joined him on board his Maverick. The bite was slow until the tide began
falling. In less than two hours, we landed ten redfish between 15 and 30 pounds using live
pigfish and pinfish drifted along the bottom. I received similar reports from Sebastian Inlet as well.

By Friday, the weather was perfect with calm winds and blue skies. I was joined by Bill and
Dave from Avon Park. These long time fishing friends had never fished the Mosquito
Lagoon and wanted to experience some of our great redfish action. Not long after we
started, we came upon a shallow bank that was filled with both tailing and cruising redfish.
Neither Bill nor Dave had sight fished before and were surprised at the wariness of these
fish and their small strike zone. They both had a couple bites on a gold DOA jerk bait but
the hook did not stick. We attempted to change our luck by deploying some cut ladyfish in
an area that was holding some oversize reds. After much waiting, we finally got one 29'red
to the boat.

After trying for a while longer with no action, we moved to an area holding mullet schools in 2-3 feet of water. Using a DOA Deadly Combo, the guys caught several trout each and
had a few more which shook free. Although the catching was slow, it was a perfect day to
be on the water.

Look for redfish and big seatrout to be consistent in very shallow grass flats and sand
holes. Small soft plastics will allow you to make a quiet presentation to these spooky fish.

Capt. Chris Myers
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