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!
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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Why not buy the anglers in your life a fishing trip for 3 on the waters of Central Florida? Maybe that person would love some MONSTER BASS on Rodman Reservoir or the St. Johns River out of Astor? Not a freshwater angler? How about fishing for redfish, flounder and trout in the creeks and back country of Palm Coast Florida or St. Augustine? Capt. Chris Davy 386-986-7914
The annual tradition of BIG BASS on Rodman is starting to crank up. It’s like a continuing Christmas Present! The reservoir was slow if not awful for months after the drawdown. High water temps and odd weather patterns jacked it up. Currently the fishing is coming back as strong as ever as far as size goes, but numbers caught are a bit low. Now with these cold snaps it should only get better and the crappie should really kick off for all you crappie nuts.
So no doubt it’s hot as a 2 dollar pistol out there and if you want to catch fish you need to be a serious morning person or go out in the evening. Out of Flagler and Matanzas Inlet Tarpon time is on! If you’re looking for anything else, trout reds flounder and the rest the best bet is live mullet if you can’t work top water well. You know if you can or not. No shame in it, walking the dog aint easy for a lot of anglers. Filling a cooler is with mangrove or grey snapper. Shrimp on a hook and they’re everywhere! Southern Fried Charters 386-986-7914. Have folks.
Daytona area fishing during Speed Week and the Daytona 500 is always busy as the area is flooded with race fans and anglers. Bass fishing has been fairly constant with Rodman Reservoir living up to its reputation as a premier Trophy Bass lake. With the drawdown in full effect there has never been a better time for that personal best. Fish over 6 pounds are common with most half day trips producing 10 to 20 fish. Inshore fishing in Daytona or Flagler and St. Johns Counties has been up and down based on the usual weather fronts and water temps. The reds have gone off this week and the usual winter suspects have showed up…… sheepshead and trout. I do family friendly trips accommodating up to six anglers. Kids welcome!