Thursday, Sep 18, 2014
Local Sports

Fishing early, late and deep


The Florida freshwater fishing forecast for the first week of September includes a rainy weather forecast and the first-quarter lunar phase. With one week before the lunar orbit perigee and full moon, the next five days will provide anglers with good early morning and evening fishing action, as feeding migrations start to strengthen in preparation for the midday and midnight full moon migrations next weekend.

The first-quarter moon phase arrives on Tuesday which will put the moon underfoot position at 5:33 a.m. today, the moonset position at 11:34 a.m., the overhead position at 5:58 p.m. and the moonrise position at 12:17 p.m. In other words, very good fishing during the sunrise and sunset periods for those of us that prefer cooler conditions and fair fishing during the heat of the day.

This is the week where ‘fishing’ can start and end your day’s activities on a productive note, “Get the net.” Followed by a pic of you holding a fish against the backdrop of a rising or setting sun.

The weather forecast predicts a consistent east-northeast 10-plus miles-per-hour winds all week with a 80 percent chance of rain today, and 50 percent for the rest of the week. Daily this week, storms should challenge anglers by late morning to midday hours, perhaps sooner today and tomorrow.

The major feeding migration of the day occurs from 4to 7 a.m. with a rating of 5 to 6 for the next four days during the moon underfoot period. The peak period will occur from an hour before to an hour after the lunar event. Daily this feeding migration move later by 45 minutes.

The minor fishing migration of the day occurs from 5 to 8 p.m. and will have a rating of 4 to 5 over the next three to four days. The peak period starts an hour before the moon overhead period and ends two hours later. Daily this migration moves later by 50 minutes. This period gets a lower rating due to very hot water forcing fish deeper which makes them hard to find and storm activity which most times acts as a deterrent.

Important News Bulletin: There have been many reports of ‘outboard motor thefts’ in the Sebring area over the past few weeks. The thieves have been targeting boats kept outside, which have large motors of 175 horsepower to 250 horsepower. So if your boat is vulnerable to theft, take steps to secure your boat-valuables. Install a hidden camera on the property or store the engine if the boat is not being used much.

For the month of September I am offering a six-hour bass fishing trip for up to three people. Includes bait, tackle, and gas for $200. Launch time is at 6:30 a.m. and the trip ends during the noon hour. Or I can guide from your boat for $125 per day. Book your trip on my boat or yours today.

Dave Douglass is a bass fishing guide and conservationist in Central Florida. The full article can be accessed at and Main website: Phone: 863-381-8474. E-mail:


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