HAPPY NEW YEAR!! . . This is one of the best times of the year to go fishing . . The Speckled Perch are on!! As the temperatures drop, fishing gets better. Specs are at the shore line. Using Jigs are good, but the recommended best bait for Specs is Live Minnows. Our local Spec fishermen are bringing in reports of large limits, especially on Lakes Haines, Rochelle, and Alfred in Lake Alfred and also Lakes Howard, Shipp, and Hartridge on the North and South Winter Haven Chain. Other reports are recommending that fishing the canals on the Chain is producing great results due to the water getting colder in the shallow areas first and encouraging the fish to enter the canal areas. We will remain in prime season for Specs from now through the end of March. If you’re over in our area, stop in anytime and see me for directions and current information!!
Bass fishing in our central Florida area is always good! The North and South Winter Haven chain is showing signs of the Bass starting to stage. We’ve been getting reports of some large (8 lb +) Bass lately. It’s best to fish along the shore line – not toward the shore line. As the water gets colder, you need to fish slower and deeper to snag those Big Bass. All of our area lakes have reports of great Bass fishing at this time. If you want that BIG catch, our all-time recommended best bait is still the Booyah Lipless Crank Bait in Royal Color. Another best bait would be the Bass Assassin “Boss Shiner” Swim Baits rigged with a weighted swim hook.
Our 19th season of Ron’s Tackle Box Weekly Bass Tournaments is now finished and will not begin again until April 2018. We want to thank everyone for another great season. We appreciate ALL of our faithful anglers and friends, many of which have participated for ALL of those 19 years . . See YOU next season!!
Submitted By: Ron Schelfo Owner RON’S TACKLE BOX, LLC
380 S. Lake Shore Way • Lake Alfred, FL 33850
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