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    Large Bass (bank fishing) - Thoughts

    Hey all... long time member (circa late 90's)... First post in a while in freshwater. Been bank fishing for bass all over Florida since moving here in late 99.... Mostly in SE Florida (Palm Beach down to Miami).... Thousands upon thousands upon thousands of man hours on the banks. Literally. Weekdays after work (i work from home, so easy 3pm to sunset trips) and weekends sometimes sun up to sun down - sometimes 5/6 days a week....have hit well over 500 lakes/ponds/pits in the state. Enough about my experiences.... Just want to share for value of this...

    Going back through memory banks... I would say that 90 if not 95% of my fish over 5lbs came from the tourist season months (Nov to April)... I cannot remember the last time I landed a solid fish this time of year (mid to late May) up until around Thanksgiving. What are your experiences? I met a guy at Wally World that said he gets most of his big fish early to mid summer.... Had me baffled. Bank fisherman as well... I could see if your are a boat owner pitching and flipping heavy cover. Thoughts?

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    This is only my 3rd year down here and I basically fish the same 3 neighborhood ponds. I mostly fish the smallest, a 2 acre retention pond because it is the easiest and I have more shoreline I can walk without bushes and pads getting in the way.

    My 2 biggest fish came in July and both from the same pond with the lily pads, not the one I normally fish. The fish I catch seem to be healthiest from March-July, the rest of the year they seem a little skinnier. I also catch most of my fish March-July, the rest of the year they can seem pretty in active. I am not sure if they are feeding a lot at night or what.

    To me it seems like their girth fluctuations have a lot to do with the prey availability. When they are fat there seems to be a lot of baitfish activity along the shores.

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    Thanks.... The last 3 fish I got over 8lbs have came in January and February. Superbowl Sunday give or take a few weeks seems to be the best time for larger fish for me. That and just before the April full moon.

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    It is the spawn...big fish are females, roed up they weigh even more... typical areas for spawning have them more accessible...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bmoody View Post
    It is the spawn...big fish are females, roed up they weigh even more... typical areas for spawning have them more accessible...
    They move to the bank and are more mobile looking for a spawning site and partner. Summer time they move in to feed, but low light conditions and a lot at night. Not always, as I catch a lot of my bigger fish midday, but from a boat.
    "You'll get your weather"

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    Big bass from the bank. We ate a lot of them, because one would feed the family. Summer: If you want a big bass from the bank you fish out - cast as far out as you can with a Devil's Horse, white with black stripes. If you can ID a deep water hole from the bank - cast into the middle of that - otherwise, wing it out as far as possible. One jerk on the plug, let it sit and twitch it slightly so the props turn so slow you can count the rotation. The bigger the bass the softer they strike usually. Some will simply take the plug down with hardly a ripple.
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    I only fish Florida the first four months of the year, so that's when I've caught the big ones. I also cannot remember catching any really big ones at sunrise or sunset. I know all five of my double digit fish have been more or less midday.

    I believe in that theory about the three days before and after the new and the full moons. What I really like is fishing ahead of a strong front coming through.

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    Thanks guys.... I am sure a few of u know "box cut canals"... The canals of the SFWMD in SE Florida. If not, these canals are narrow and deep. With a breeze at my back, and a bait like a senko, I could easily reach other bank. So I am pretty much covering the entire water column. With that said, still wondering if in a situation like that. Regardless of spawn, pre front etc.....

    Same with some of the lakes..... I could walk a lake with a 4" storm bait, and after a trip get a feel for the depth of the lake... Find the drops etc etc. Go back next time and "fish it hard".... Knowing where the drops are...

    With both these situations... I am still not catching big bass from June on. Remember, I am hitting the deepest parts of these bodies of water. Besides the spawn. I think it has to do with metabolism.... A large bass hunts down a 8" bluegill at 2 am... She is pretty much good for the day? Water temps are 85+. Same fish January - water temps are 74.... She will eat that same bluegill, but want more a short time later.... Hmmmmmm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by former bluefishinny View Post
    I think it has to do with metabolism....
    That is entirely the key. A big fish has to know if it expends energy, it will gain more in return and in the hot summertime, when O2 levels are low, that fact is critical to a big fish. This is why you throw out to the deeper water, since colder water holds much more O2 than hot, and move the Devil's Horse very little.
    How To Catch a Big Sheepshead: https://youtu.be/gqE0az7WqH4
    No Nonsense Video: Saltwater Bottle Cap Lure https://youtu.be/AMwAx9AeDkc
    How to Catch Shallow Water Grouper & Big mackerel: https://youtu.be/IDmaYPlwLPU
    Make an Inexpensive Fish Attractor: https://youtu.be/ushkhZUxUWg
    ID Bomb Holes, Reefs, Wrecks, and get their GPS Numbers: https://youtu.be/b5ljdWyLR5I
    Map To Plotter - GPS Conversions: https://youtu.be/LcE4GgFp0d8
    Whaler 13 Dauntless Guide: https://youtu.be/olLuK-oPE1A

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    Warmer the water the higher the metabolism and the more food intake required. All cold blooded creatures are the same.
    Bigger food allows for more time between eating attempts and uses less energy. Even with that we had a guy weigh in a
    8lb 14oz bass yesterday. It ate a 1/2 oz rattletrap. It was spawned out and hungry.
    "You'll get your weather"

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