Freshwater Reports

By Carlos Hechavarria Jr

Summer is almost here and that means the temperature has risen significantly since the dead of winter. With these warmer water temperatures, big bass and fish will be moving into shallower water early in the morning and right before sunset. For the bank fisherman this is a great time to find big fish in your casting range. 


While the Largemouth Bass start to ambush prey during the cooler periods of the days, here in south Florida, the prized Peacock Bass will be very aggressive all day long. They will be nesting soon and the heat of summer make them extremely active. When looking for Peacock Bass, keep in mind that they like the refuge of deep water. A spot that has shallow water with a deep drop is ideal. 


For targeting Peacock Bass tho time of year, try using lifelike swim baits. Any hard or soft plastic that imitates a small live fish will get them to bite. For soft plastics I like the color white, while using hard plastics I like to use a black/gold or black/silver. If you can see the fish, and it does not want to bite. I recommend keep casting at it. Peacock Bass have a bad temper and it only takes a few cast to get a not hungry Peacock to hit your lure out of frustration. 


For those that like to use live shiner's, this is the best time of year to use them. All fish are becoming more active with the warmer waters. With water temps on the rise, that means they need more food to keep them going. Setup an inline cigar bobber 2-3ft from your live bait hook, add a shiner and cast it just beyond the drop off of any lake and it shouldn't be too long before a hungry bass is on the end of your line.



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