Welcome to the last month of the year, and what a year it has been! I would like to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday, and a prosperous new year. Now let’s jump into the fishing report. Bass fishing has been phenomenal as those water temperatures make their way into the low 70’s. I have been finding large numbers of largemouth bass using my arsenals of jerkbaits, twitch baits, topwater, and ned rigs. For those of you who follow this report, you know, I love ned rig fishing. Sometimes that smaller ned profile will make the difference in getting a bite vs. not getting a bite. The peacock bite has been really good also, as they are bulking up for their winter season. Peacocks are being caught mainly on live bait and jerk baits. The Yo-Zuri 3D Minnow remains to be my favorite lure in my tackle box for peacock and largemouth bass. I find the majority of my peacock bass next to flowing water.
Any culverts or spillways moving a small, moderate amount of water will usually hold fish. If I don’t find that moving water, I’ll look for deeper structure to fish this time of the year and switch to live bait.
Today’s tip for taking your kids fishing; any canals in West Broward will most likely hold good numbers of bluegill and cichlids. Use red wigglers on a small #6 hook, and you can catch 25-40 of them in an hour! It will be fun for the kids and keep them engaged in fishing!
Capt. Johnny Stabile
South Florida Fishing Charters