It is that time again to move on to a new boat. My Ranger is for sale and is in great shape and has a lot more years of fishing left in her. Carpet and seats are in great shape and it is ready to go fishing.
2008 Ranger Z21 Dual Console bass boat
2008 Mercury 250 Pro XS motor
Minn Kota 112 Fortrex trolling motor
Bob’s Hydraulic Jack Plate
2-8′ Power-Pole Blades
Ranger Boat Cover
Boat is in great shape and ready to go fishing $30,000 OBO
Are you ready to get out of the cold snowy north and catch some bass? Well then Lake Okeechobee is the place to be to get out of the cold and catch some giant bass and enjoy some warm sun. The bass are on the move toward spawning areas and we have been catching some really nice big bass here on the Big lake, and it will only get better as we move into February and March. It has been a really good season so far here on Okeechobee and it seem to be getting better almost daily. We have had a couple cold fronts that slowed it down for a day or two but then we are right back to catching them good.
The water level is around fourteen feet above sea level and in my opinion that is just about right for this time of the year. I have been fishing from up around Cochran’s Pass to Pelican Bay with the wind being the deciding factor as to where I go. The main concentration of bass still seem to be on that outside grass line close to open water but when the wind really blows moving back in till you find clean water and you will find the bass too. These bass on the outsides are fresh bass moving in off the main lake headed toward traditional spawning areas so be ready for this bite to start happening. The bite on wild shiners has been crazy on most days and five dozen shiners usually only last for three to four hours and then it is off to catch some on artificial lures. The bite on artificial lures has picked up some as more and more bass move in to spawning areas throughout most of the lake. The Gambler Ace stick bait has been my choice for soft plastic lures and a lipless crankbait has been my choice for hard baits. We should start getting a good bite pitching craw type baits into reed heads soon and that is one of my favorite ways to catch big bass, the Gambler Why Not is my choice of baits to fish this way. For all my northern friends be sure and come armed to catch and get these Lake Okeechobee bass out of the heavy grass. I prefer a heavy action rod and braided line at least in that fifty pound test range. I have been testing some TFO rods in the Pacemaker line and they are defiantly the stick to get the job done here on Okeechobee.
The crappie bite has been pretty good from the reports I have been getting and areas north of Uncle Joe’s cut, around Bird Island, and the rim canal have been the areas that have been producing here on the south end of the lake. Jigging and minnows are both working. Now is the time to be on Lake Okeechobee catching bass, we do catch bass year round but now through May is the best chance to catch that once in a lifetime fish. Couple of tips for out of state boaters new to Okeechobee, we have a lot of boat trails in the grass and I would like to stress they are boat trails not fishing trails. Fishing in these trails is a good way to get run over and we don’t want to see anyone get hurt here. The other thing is just courteous among fishermen out there on the lake; treat everyone like you would want to be treated and I think we all would get along just fine out there on the water. Until next report good luck, tight lines, and I hope to see everyone on the water soon.
December is here and that means it is time to get ready for the Christmas holidays but here on Lake Okeechobee we will be getting ready for spawning bass to be on the move toward the shallow water spawning areas. Now that the water has finally cooled off and the water level is below fifteen feet above sea level everything is getting right for another great season here on Okeechobee.
We are really starting to see a good number of fish moving in off the main lake to areas that we typically fish though the winter months. Areas like East Wall, Rita Island, Long Point, Grassy, and Pelican Bay are all starting to get really good and will be good fishing though the spring here on Okeechobee. The artificial bite has been improving almost daily with good numbers being caught on worms and swim jigs. Pitching jigs and craw type baits to reed heads and thicker mats have been producing bigger fish. The live bait bite with wild shiners has been great and will continue to produce big numbers and big bass throughout the season. We are typically using 5 to 6 dozen shiners on a six hour charter and usually still have time to cast some artificial lures for an hour or so.
I like to start my day out throwing some topwater swimbaits like a Gambler EZ Swimmer in the hay field areas that are closest to the open water lake but still have clean water qualities, I will then keep moving back in the thicker grass areas as long as I am still catching bass. If you get back in to far off the main lake sometimes the water quality will sometimes start to deteriorate from lake of oxygen in the area, usually you will smell the dying vegetation. If you try to stay in good clean water as close to the open water part of the lake you can’t go wrong.
As far as lures what I have been using lately is Gambler EZ Swimmers in junebug and ice breaker colors, Gambler Ace and Super Studs in junebug and watermelon-red, and a 10” Charlie’s Worm in black or junebug color. The bite on artificial lures has been all over the place so don’t be afraid to try any of your favorite lures. I like to start the day out fishing lighter colored lures but as the sun gets up higher in the sky I move to darker colored lures with junebug being my favorite color here on Okeechobee.
With Christmas just around the corner a fishing trip for your favorite fisherman is a great gift. Now is the time to be sure and get a trip book soon as dates are filling up fast along with motel rooms, it is going to be a great season here on Okeechobee and you won’t want to miss out on it. Don’t forget to check out Roland Martin’s Marina for all you fishing needs including boat rentals, hotel rooms, camping, and all your fishing tackle needs. I will have gift certificates available for that hard to shop for fisherperson in your life. I just want to wish everyone a very Merry and Blessed Christmas and I hope to see everyone on the water soon.
November has come to Lake Okeechobee and the water is finally cooling off and the bass are biting. It has been a long hot summer here in south Florida and the cool nights have been a relief for both fisherman and fish. Water levels on the lake are going down finally from the higher levels that we have had most of the summer; we are at fifteen and a half feet above sea level and going down daily. The locks at Clewiston are in operation but if the water level continues to go down should be open for the winter within the next couple weeks.
The bass fishing has been good and getting better almost daily with the water cooling off and more and more bass moving off the main lake toward spawning areas. We did have a pretty good spawn in October around that full moon as I am seeing a lot of bass fry in many areas of the lake. The live bait fishing has been really good the past couple weeks with some bass up to seven pounds being caught on wild shiners. The artificial bite has been a little tough but as this water level continues to go down and the water temperature continues to go down the bass will be getting fired up. The key to the artificial lure fishing right now has been finding clean water, the wind the last three weeks has kept the water pretty churned up in most areas and we are having to go farther out from Clewiston to find clean water. I have been getting a topwater bite to start the morning and then going to worms the rest of the day. Most of the bass I have been catching lately have been on a ten inch worm in the hayfield (aka needle grass) areas. A ten inch Gambler Ribbon Tail in watermelon red color until the sun gets high then going to a bluegrass or junebug color.
Areas that have been good for me have been East Wall, Ritta Island, and down south around Grassy, Long Point, and Buzzard’s Roost. But this changes daily as to which way the wind blows and how hard. You can fish the stained water with wild shiners but you will need to find clean water to catch bass here on Okeechobee. This is shaping up to be a great fishing season here on Lake Okeechobee and I am looking forward to being on the lake with past friends and lots of new ones this year. For those of you who don’t know me and my wife Diane we moved to Florida from Ohio about fifteen years ago so that I could become a fishing guide and with God’s blessing it has been a great ride. I look forward to getting up every morning and seeing what nature has to offer me out on the lake, it is truly Living a Dream for me. Now is the time to book a trip of a lifetime on world famous Lake Okeechobee, you won’t be disappointed. Until next report good luck, tight lines, and I hope to see everyone on the water soon.