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Harris Chain of Lakes Report

Today we pre fished the Harris Chain of Lakes out of Buzzard Beach Marina which is located in Eustis Florida. This would be my first time ever fishing this chain of lakes however; through online research and some help from a fellow forum member I was able to locate some promising fishing areas. My plan of attack was to first figure out what seasonal pattern the bass were in and secondly to apply that seasonal pattern to areas on the map that would allow me to fish accordingly.
After the first two hours of fishing and covering as much water as possible with a golden shiner colored rattle trap; I quickly learned that the fish weren’t shallow but would be in the seven to eight foot range. I also knew that these bass were post spawn bass and my best bet of finding them would be in creek bed channels or staging in transitional areas.
Our first bass of the day came off a crankbait and looked to be in the 6lb + range but unfortunately she came off before we could get her in the boat. A few small bass later and we had another decent bass that appeared to be in the 4 lb range. Again she came off right at the boat. She saw the boat and decided to make one last run just as I raised my rod tip which caused too much tension and my line snapped.
After a few more small bass we finally had a solid hookup with a very nice bass. After a long fight we were finally able to boat a nice one. This bass weight in at 6.7 pounds on our hand held scale however; I think she weighed more in the seven pound range.
We caught several other smaller fish and decided to call it a day at 3PM. At the ramp a local tournament was just finishing up so I decided to scout around for more information as to where I may be able to find some decent fish. I found out that the winning weight for this tournament was five fish thirty eight pounds! Talk about a good day on the water... Unfortunately the winner couldn’t seem to remember where he caught all of his fish because he fishes a tournament on the chain every weekend and didn’t want anyone else fishing “his spots”. He did tell me though that working a crankbait all day was the way to win a tournament right now and that’s what he was doing as well.
Hopefully next week when I am back fishing a tournament of my own I will be able to catch those big ones that got away and place in the money!
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