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Old 06-26-2009, 11:34 AM   #21
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I've got this unusual technique that has worked in the lagoon that I fish.

I paddle the canoe right into the lily pads where it's only a few feet deep. I sit there quietly and watch until I see some bass swimming by. I put on a small lure such as a crappie jigging lure, and I put it down in the water and watch it.

The bass will usually swim by, and stop and take a look. They appear and disappear like ghosts. I give the lure little jiggles, but not too much. This goes on for a while, and eventually one will suck it in, and I hook him.

It's exciting watching them and trying to get them interested.

I've never seen anyone else do it like this.
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Here is the best tip . Do not fall in the water . We all know what lurks in lakes in Florida .
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Here is the best tip . Do not fall in the water . We all know what lurks in lakes in Florida .
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Welcome to Lake Rousseau !
True story:

When in lived Port Charlotte, there was a canal right next to the house i was staying at. I went fishing one day and was casting a spinner bait when I hooked a 7 foot alligator!! It didn't even know it was hooked, it just swam away. My 6 pound test didn't last long on that "fish".......
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Make sure nothing necessary dangles over the side of the boat Rich.

I keep thinking..."do you love me, or is that a pole in your pocket?"
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When I lived in Venice it was common to see alligators . Once there was one just lounging by the ATM machine of the corner bank . Another time a neighborhood couple left their garage door open and a large alligator wandered in .
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See pics for good top water baits - particularly the Chugger and the Rapala Minnow. The reel is a Shimano Solstice.

Have had good luck with Berkeley Power Baits - 7” red/black worms and 3” black curly tail grubs
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Too easly...

Bbb I never would have guessed you were a fishing enthusiast.

I wish I could take all you expert fisherpeople with us. We'll try to keep the dry side up. I'm gonna cruise by the Sports Authority tonight and look at some stuff.
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See pics for good top water baits - particularly the Chugger and the Rapala Minnow. The reel is a Shimano Solstace.

Have had good luck with Berkeley Power Baits - 7 red/black worms and 3 black curly tail grubs
Hey, I have TWO Shimano Solstices!!
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Bbb I never would have guessed you were a fishing enthusiast...
Ahh...just one of my many passions...

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The only reel I've ever owned. For the once a year fisherman.

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I used to fish in a small pond near the Hudson River for sunfish and yellow perch to use as trap bait for early August blue crabbing. I went deep sea fishing in the Atlantic just offshore of Long Island once. I let the boat guys bait the hook for me (NO WAY was I sticking my hand into that bait bucket). I caught a few whiting.
I also went fishing for tuna off MA 5 years ago. I "whalewatched" while the guys fished. That was cool to watch real fishing. Those tuna are tough to bring in. The guys were all in great shape and had a heck of a time landing them.
I do own 2 fishing poles, run of the mill type. I should find some local kids who would use them.
So after all that...no bass expertise to offer here.

My style of fishing these days is "You catch 'em and clean 'em, I'll cook 'em."

I use a 50-50 mix of cornmeal and flour, salt and pepper. Dip in beaten egg, roll in mix, and fry in just a little bit of oil over medium heat. Turn when edges get slightly browned, gently using a flat spatula so the coating doesn't fall off.
Drain on paper towels.
Eat them warm while you cook more.
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Kiss my bass! A product of Lake Fork in east Texas...
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Very handsome...the guy isn't too bad looking either.
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Very handsome...the guy isn't too bad looking either.
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Try the Wacky Worm technique.
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Ok...I'll bite. What is the Wacky Worm technique?
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Day 27 of our 40+ day West trip but I could not resist replying to this thread. In TN we have found that Shad colored dynimite works very good where legal.

Seriously I have fished several lakes in the area and a guide is the best choice and you do not even need a pole just use their tackle. Live bait (shiners) will catch the bigger bass in the area and typically you fish them under small ballons. Yes really. I have caught several nice fish this way.

For the most fun do a salt water flats trip with a fly rod. It is the best fishing I have done in my 40 years of fishing.

Good luck and tight lines!
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