Matt is a local Lake Seminole angler and will be reporting to us throughout the month after his days on the water. His knowledge of Bass Fishing and Lake Seminole will be an asset to this site. Thanks Matt!
Date: January 27th, 2014
Lake Seminole - Down 0.44 feet, heavy stain, 49 degrees
Bass - Good. There were eight 20 lb. sacks weighed in during the most recent tournament on the Lake. The bass are biting and they are surprisingly shallow with the cold weather. The best areas to target are main lake flats with ditches and depressions, or grasslines in Spring Creek. The best depth has seemed to be about 7-8 feet deep. The obvious bait of choice would be a lipless crankbait such as a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Mudbug Red. The best setup for the lipless crankbait is to use a 7' Med Hvy rod, a high speed reel such as a Lew's Speed Spool in 7:1, and Sunline FX2 50lb. braid. This setup is the best for covering lots of water and locating a school of fish. The lipless crankbait seems to work better in the dirtier water on the main lake flats. The grasslines in Spring Creek that are near the main lake spawning flats have also been producing fish. Use your Lowrance Structure Scan to locate schools of fish on grass edges and then work the area real well with a crankbait. Your boat will be sitting in 18-20 foot and you will be casting to 7 feet or so. A Stanford Razor Shad medium diver in Tennessee Shad is a really good bait for the cold water. Work the crankbait through the grass to locate and catch them, and when the bite slows switch to a 5" Big Bite Baits Trick Stick on a Texas Rig with a 1/4 oz Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten sinker and bobber stopper. As the weather begins to warm and the water clears, look for the bass to move closer to sand.
Date: January 16th, 2014
Lake Seminole - high, muddy, 50 degrees
Bass are still biting. There was a tournament won on the lake the other day with 30 lbs! The bass can still be caught in the mud, but the best technique is to find clearer water. You can always rip a trap such as a Spro Aruku Shad in Mudbug Red on shallow main lake grass flats to get bit. The better spots will be the ditches and depressions along the flats. In the thick grass, you need to use braid, a limber rod, and a Lews SuperDuty Reel with a high 7:1 Gear Ratio. Many fish are deep right now also. Look for clearer water in Spring Creek or Fish Pond Drain and fish 20 ft deep with a crankbait and a drop shot. Your electronics are extremely important and locating fish with this deep technique. Lowrance StructureScan is awesome for finding and pinpointing bass in deep water on Spring Creek and Fish Pond Drain. Once you locate a school of bass, throw towards them with a Spro Little John DD in Nasty Shad or a Stanford Deep Diving Cedar Shad in Summer. Usually the bass will bite the crankbait, but if not you can opt for the drop shot. Rig the drop shot on a spinning outfit with 8 lb. Sunline FC Sniper, a size 2 Gamakatsu Drop Shot Hook, and 1/4 Fish Catchin Fool Tunsten Weight, and a Fish Catchin Fool Bobber Stopper. Big Bite Baits makes a bait called a shaking squirrel that is perfect for drop shotting. Use your Lowrance Unit to see the fish, and the drop shot on the graph. Most of the time, you can see the lines on the graph as the fish moves towards the bait.
Date: January 19th, 2014
Lake Seminole - Full Pool. 59 degrees. Muddy
Bass Fishing is tremendous right now. It has been taking phenomenal bags to win most tournaments. The record for a 5 bass limit in a bass tournament was just broken over the weekend with a five bass limit at 38.88 lbs being weighed in during a Media Bass tournament. The fish are in full pre-spawn mode right now and can be caught very easily on lipless crankbaits. Use your Lowrance Electronics and mapping to look for areas such as ditches and depressions on main lake flats and throw a Spro Aruku Shad 85 in Mudbug Reg. Use Sunline FX2 Braid in 50 lb. and a high speed Lews Tournament Speed Spool in 7:1 gear ratio. The heavy 3/4 oz works best because the grass has died back a lot from all the mud and cold weather. This technique is the best running right now. ANother way to catch some really nice fish is to look for dead hyacinths that have been blown in around weed clumps and islands. Use a 1 1/4 oz. Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten Weight, a
5/0 Gamakatsu Heavy Cover Flippin Hook, a 4" Big Bite Baits Yo Mamma in Hematoma, and heavy braid. Big females will stage up underneath the hyacinths when the sun is out getting ready for the spawn.