Thursday, Apr 24, 2014

Support of anglers great gift


The Central Florida freshwater anglers' fishing forecast for Christmas and the second half of the fourth week of December involves the last-quarter lunar phase that will be overruled by a weather system; however that doesn't mean you shouldn't go fishing. There is never a time 'not to go' fishing, especially when you live in the fishing capital of the World which has more than 8,000 freshwater lakes, it is the 'gift that keeps on giving the whole year long.

Actually for most anglers who prefer some sunlight, today is the best day of the next four. However since a weather front passed through the state yesterday morning the fish will all be adjusting today and therefore on the move. This certainly will mean that anglers need to adjust in harmony with the fish they seek. And the good fishing Christmas news is, they will be adjusting 'up' in the water column due to the high pressure behind the weather front.

If the atmospheric forecast plot for today is correct, your barometers should read in the 30.30's In Hg range which is an increase of .15+ In Hg from the past few days. This is enough pressure-increase to move fish more shallow in all your traditional fishing holes.

If you're prepared to hunt them down, moving throughout your 'hot spots' persistently, you'll have a chance to make them bite because they are there for 'comfort' more than to feed. The 'digestion suspension zone' intersects with the 'feeding zone' when pressure readings rise above 30.35 In Hg so they will be there, just be patient and work hard.

Don't forget you can access this full article and additional daily fishing information online at Plus check out the webpage; I've updated all the FWC information and offer maps, info-links, and management data.

The major feeding migrations of the day occur from 4 -8 a.m. and p.m. today. Bright sunlight is forecasted for this morning, but by the afternoon cloud cover will be arriving. The peak period today will be from 6-8 a.m. as I believe the sunrise with the moon overhead will combine to extend the morning feeding migration. I expect a rating of 6-7 right as the safelight conditions occur and hopefully it will last for ninety minutes. The evening period should be equally productive with a peak period from 4-5:30 p.m. as the only difference.

The minor feeding migration of the day occurs during the moonset period from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For the past four days I've had great results during this lunar period--six to nine bass from two to four pounds albeit nothing larger on Lake Istokpoga.

Thursday through Sunday there will be lots of clouds and the threat of rain each day. Thursday and Sunday a probability of 50% chance of rain and thick cloud cover will make fishing challenging. Remember when barometric pressure changes in either direction the fish adjust slightly, which means fishing productivity increases.

At the end of this year I've reflected back, considering why I just had the best bass fishing year of my career. I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the many anglers that contributed to make this happen for me. The following people were instrumental in the start of my Florida bass angling career from 2004 to 2006.

I'll use only first names and last name initials for discretionary purposes. If you know the individuals, then you know you're better off for it. If not, keep bass fishing and I'm sure you'll have the privilege.

In 2004 I met Don N. who helped me get started and pointed me in the right direction and introduced me to many tools of the trade and more importantly, other experienced anglers, thanks Don. Then Mike B., helped me launch an 'artificial bait only' bass guide business. Burt W., Remo B., Larry B., Don H., Ivan O., and Jeff L. all advised and challenged me in various elements of bass angling, to betterment of my experience.

Robert B. sold me a boat and said, "Spend time on the water Dave". James D. and J.R. D. spent time bringing me up to speed, literally, plus J.R. taught me jig-fishing and tournament fishing. It was Ken K. who first introduced me to seven inch Yum Dingers in 'Black and Blue' and Junebug colors, thank you Ken. John W. helped me unreservedly and still does-as he does for everyone he meets in his business

And indirectly, Joe M. and Brandon M. showed me what true team bass fishing looks like-in 2005 I observed, through binoculars, these two anglers picking apart vegetation to boat several huge bass, what a team!

In 2007 I took this 'collective base experience' and turned up the energy level to 'high' and fished 250 days per year average since. These anglers helped me 'get hooked' on Florida bass fishing, oh and an honorable mention goes to the first 14 lb bass I caught in 2006, Yum Bait Co. and Medlock Jigs (These two baits are credited for all 70 - 10-plus lbs.bass caught in the last eight years).

I would also like to thank everyone who I had the privilege of bass fishing with, and you 'the readers', who have supported me with phone calls, emails, texts, and letters.

I have one regret, that I didn't move here earlier in life. Also I might have missed someone important in my experience to thank, sorry about that.

"Thank you all for making the Bass Capitol of the World a utopia for me".

Dave Douglass is a bass fishing guide and conservationist since 2006 in Highlands County. Website: Phone: 863-381-8474. Email:


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