I went scouting Monday on a day off in Steinhatchee Florida. Conditions looked tough with 20 plus MPH winds. Tides were favorable in my opinion with a negative low in the morning and an incoming tide. I always fish places I’ve never been on these days so they can often be humbling. After a hard wet ride and a few dead zones….. well Lord Almighty I found a new spot. In less than an hour had multiple decent slot reds and some impressive trout. I was using pinfish and shrimp on a 0/1 circle hook on a free line and a Top Dog Jr. suspended bait along with a black with chartreuse tail DOA with a black 1/4oz jig head.
I went to scout some spots on Rodman 10/24. Fishing was real good with 15 bass up to 5lbs in about 4 hours. No big girls but, that’s scouting. Many of these fish are already have growing bellies as you can see in the pics. Makes for good padding on that PB we all look for. Water temps are down around 70-73 degrees so you crappie guys should start seeing them schooling up soon.
Plan your trips now as dates fill up fast in the winter!
I had the pleasure of taking the Gilbreath family out on Rodman Reservoir. This time of year I switch from mostly saltwater fishing to mostly bass fishing as between now and Easter is the best time of year for true MONSTER BASS.
The trip started in fairly dense fog with a good morning bite right off the bat. We had 20 fish 2 1/2 hours into a 4 hour trip. After that the bite died out to nothing. Managed 5 plus and a 6 as the best for the day. In February those would be pretty average fish but, always solid fish.
So many things going on just before the most wonderful time of the year! Not necessarily Christmas but, fall and winter in general. I fish so many locations and types of fishing it’s hard to contain my anticipation. Lets start with BASS fishing. The peak time to bust the big girls is from around Halloween to Easter. Typical trips for me are 4 hrs AM with 10 to 15 fish on average with rarely a fish under 4 pounds and usually 2 or 3 over 7 pounds. Most seasons clients catch 25 to 35 fish over 10 and many tapping the bottom 10 pounds. Close enough to tell your friends 11. Ha ha. I don’t go for numbers I use huge shiners for big fish. I will accommodate artificial trips but, advise to use some shiners as well.
Saltwater changes with cooler weather as the GATOR trout start moving into the grass flats of Steinhatchee and creeks of Palm Coast. West coast the sheepshead come in to spawn in big numbers and shallow water grouper are always a great time. I will miss the tarpon and snook when fishing Palm Coast on the East Coast but, enjoy the black drum, trout and sheeps head off bridges and shell bars there. Winter in general means bigger and better and most days much more comfortable temperatures.
Best, Capt. Chris Davy
It’s not much of a secret that winter is Monster Bass time in Florida. The big girls are moving into pre spawn and spawning patterns now. The hot bite continues till around Easter with February usually the peak of the season. The really big fish are caught on natural wild shiners and this creates a unique challenge. Bait is reserved well in advance and becomes scarce as the season goes on with thousands of anglers placing orders with the bait guys who catch them daily. Last minute trips are rare as all us guides are booking now and it’s almost impossible to get bait without a weeks notice. many folks are disappointed thinking they can just book a trip when they get to Florida for their winter vacation. If you have an angler on your list consider a gift of a fishing trip and purchase a gift certificate. Remember to have a date in mind, or in my case they’re good anytime for a year providing I’m not already booked etc. It’s time for your bass of a lifetime!
Captain Chris Davy
Southern Fried Charters 386-986-7914
We have added a new sightseeing eco tour on the Silver River up to beautiful Silver Springs. The trip is around 3 hours and it’s common to see alligators, all types of birds, turtles, big fish, manatees and even monkeys. Come enjoy the scenic beauty from a private boat. 386-986-7914 Capt. Chris Davy Southern Fried Charters Southernfriedcharters.com
Glad folks are back to summer vacations and booking trips with me and my brother and sister guides. A few tips when booking….. with children remember the trip is about them and especially inshore and bass fishing your trip will be dependent on skill levels and keeping youngsters busy. That means lots of small fish. That doesn’t mean no big fish but it’s tougher. Another tip is it’s Florida, trying to fish past 4 hours is dicey due to our storms and the heat is ridiculous and real hard on children. Making the day fun and about the kids having a good time and family memories is what it’s about! Tight lines and great fishing.
Yep I have declared spring has sprung in Central Florida. While it’s true your best shot at catching a monster of a lifetime is January through March Florida bass fishing remains World Class year round. Transitioning to warmer weather means get the job done early. Warm weather also improves the top water bite that all anglers love. Guides will always use wild shiners but I and many others will also toss in some artificial action if you like. Last weeks catches averaged 10 to 15 fish with most fish between 3 to 9 lbs. on Rodman and the St Johns River.
FYI Tarpon and Cobia should be in Flagler soon as the bait pods are showing up on the beach. Capt Chris Davy 386-986-7914
Welcome to everyone making their way Speed Week. While Daytona is a top NASCAR/racing destination, Central Florida is a top fishing destination with WORLD CLASS bass fishing a short drive in any direction and fantastic saltwater fishing in the area from inshore and backcountry to offshore adventures. The timing every year coincides by chance with peak MONSTER BASS SEASON. This means guides are booking up fast. So when planning your trip to sunny Florida and the birthplace of NASCAR book early and often. Captain Chris Davy 386-986-7914 http://www.SouthernFriedCharters.com
Fished Yankee Town in West Central Florida with a friend and my fabulous Lady on an airboat. I’m getting closer to getting one. Fished dead low with what I would consider no water. Over 60 fish caught consisting of Reds, trout snapper and 2 nice whiting. Bait was simple shrimp on knocker rigs fishing hole to hole and some bait and wait.
Palm Coast trip on 1/02/21 was a bit tougher with the full moon still cranking lumens and strong winds. Once again using live shrimp with the catch consisting of some small fish, a black drum, 2 reds, and nice sheepshead on a 4 hour trip. The sheepshead bite should be good for while and they are good for filling a cooler once you get in em. Fiddlers are the bait for them but, they will eat shrimp too.
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