Don't let the cold fronts stop you!
Last Thursday January 8th Florida had its first real cold front! The first freeze warning we have had in the Tampa area for 2015. The high was Low sixty's. Yeah I know what your thinking thats nothing compared to what some anglers deal with up north but when you factor in the thirty degree wind chill and winds from ten to twenty mph. That right there will keep florida folks inside. Thursdays and Sundays are my only free days from work and school so I was very determined to get on the water no mater what the elements brought my way. I had a flipping set up with a 1oz weight, 40lb Kast King braided line, and a Gambler Why not for the pads. Then I had a lighter set up with a 5/16 oz weight, on 17b suffix mono, and a Bitters Bait vibe worm for the banks and open water. I headed straight to the lilly pads and started some flipping. My first fifteen minutes were slow but I could see slight movement around the pads. I saw a lilly pad twitch so I flipped the why not over to that pad and as soon as that bait hit the water that bass nailed it! Nice four pounder landed! With that being the only bass I could get to take the bait in the pads I decided to head over to the bank and throw under the over hanging trees. On my third cast the worm was hit and a nice little dink was in the boat! With those two bass being the only bass of the day I was very happy with my outcome considering the weather. Don't let the cold keep ya in! Layer up, bring plenty of chap stick, and go after those bass like you would any other day!