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Long sticks catch crappie! Cane poles, jigging rods and crappie poles, often more than 12 feet long, are highly effective for catching tasty crappie when these fish are in shallow water. But Florida anglers may find that a fly rod is the most versatile and best crappie stick of them all.
A street-level approach to fishing Florida’s suburban lakes. The usual process is for the boat-reliant angler to painstakingly mount canoe, johnboat or kayak on his car and drive five miles to the designated “lake that lots of people fish in and is therefore the best around,” leaving the pond or private lake across the street thoroughly untried and ignored.
There’s room to explore on these largely unfished Osceola County lakes. It’s The Rodney Dangerfield Chain O’ Lakes. Right alongside the magnificently named and fun to say Tohopekaliga, it dares names like Coon, Lizzie, Center, Trout for God’s sake, and Alligator, like that’s a species you don’t often find in lakes.
When Chris Paxton, Regional Fisheries Administrator for the Northwest Regional Office of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) went out last fall to sample black bass in several north Florida streams, he didn’t know he was going to come back with a new species of bass.
From above, it looks like there’s not a single piece of structure to hold bass in that retention pond, golf course lake or canal along the road. But from below, bass are almost assuredly hanging near some sort of feature, even if it’s nothing more than a deviation in bottom contour.
The worm turns bass can’t resist. It’s so simple: a plastic worm with the hook set through its center, rather than through the head or tail. When submerged, both ends of the worm wiggle from a central fulcrum for an amazingly natural appearance that mimics an earthworm or a wounded baitfish on a slow fall all the way through the water column.
A basic knowledge of bass habits, combined with keen observation, can make for a very productive day. A spot gives an angler a general area to fish. A pattern tells the angler the specific depth and cover situations within that area where his casts need to go—and those areas that can be ignored.
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