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If you would like to know where the best bass fishing in Florida is in December – there is no question it is Lake Okeechobeee. Lake Okeechobee is legendary for big bass – but had fallen on hard time over the last decade or so. There were many factors that led to poor bass fishing by Okeechobee standards – but now things have changed in a BIG WAY!!!!
For the past year – the bass fishing on lake Okeechobee has been nothing short of incredible. Tournaments are being won with 5 fish weighing over 30lbs and countless 6-10 pounders are being caught. You can read more about how to catch trophy bass on lake Okeechobee with top water frogs below. And if you want to going fishing on Lake Okeechobee with one of the best guides in South Florida click here for details South Florida Bass Fishing Guides.
Here’s some great tips for catch big bass on Lake Okeechobee with topwater frogs from the SunSentinel:
The bass fishing has been on fire at Lake Okeechobee and for Mike Allgair, one of the most effective and most enjoyable ways to catch bass is by using a plastic frog.
Reeling a Zoom Horny Toad on the surface past lily pads and reeds, Allgair gets ferocious hits from bass. Even if a fish misses the frog, it’s still a thrill. And you still have a chance to catch the fish.“If a fish blows up on the bait and misses it, nine times out of 10 if you throw it back, they’ll hit it because they haven’t been stuck by the hook,” Allgair said. “They’re just wondering what the heck happened to the bait.”
Sometimes a bass will follow the frog. When Allgair sees a fish’s wake behind the lure, he’ll slow his retrieve so the bass can catch up and then let the bait fall.
Other times, when there are no blow-ups or wakes, Allgair stops reeling and lets the frog flutter down into a hole in the vegetation, which often results in a bass swimming off with the lure.
“Just let it sit 10 or 15 seconds and watch the line,” said Allgair, explaining that the line moves when a fish picks up the frog.
Allgair, of Hollywood, also keeps an eye out for movement when he’s fishing water that isn’t very deep.
“When I’m fishing the flats, I always pay attention to the left and to the right,” he said. “When you’re fishing water that shallow, bass are going to move water and vegetation.”
And when Allgair sees a swirl or reeds moving, he reels in the frog, casts it beyond the spot and brings it to the fish.
Some areas of the lake are way better than others. After launching from the Belle Glade public boat ramp, Allgair ran toward Long Point. The first couple of spots he fished produced only a handful of bites. Eventually he zeroed in on a stretch where the bass were plentiful and hungry.
Allgair does consistently well in club and local bass events with tournament partner Joe Arcese. A South Florida native, Allgair, 49, didn’t get into bass fishing until the early 1990s.
Growing up in Carol City, he fished with his father and grandfather out of Haulover Inlet. He later bought a 16-foot Boston Whaler and thought nothing of running far offshore for dolphin in it.
After moving to Hollywood, Allgair received a spinning outfit from his childhood friend Jimmy Smith. Smith took him bass fishing at Everglades Holiday Park and they had a banner day.
“That was it,” Allgair said. “I bought my neighbor’s 13-4 Boston Whaler and started bass fishing in that.”
As you can see – catching big bass on Lake Okeechobee can be exciting. Especially now that you have a very good chance to get a trophy double digit bass. And here’s some more tips that will help you hook and land more big bass when fishing with topwater frogs…
First, keep the rod tip up at 12:00. As soon as the big bass hits – IMMEDIATELY give her slack by dropping your rod tip. Count to 3-4 and then set the hook hard. Most bass fisherman get excited when a big bass blows up on a topwater frog and sets the hook way to fast. They just pull the frog out of the fishes mouth.
Drop the rod tip down and count to 3-4 and you will hook and land many more big bass!!! For more information about Bass fishing in South Florida go here: Florida everglades bass fishing guides.
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