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!
2014
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: February 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.
Date: March 12th, 2014

LAKE SEMINOLE IS RIGHT AT FULL POOL, STAINED, and 62*

Bass fishing is good. The bass have moved on the beds now, and there are also a lot of nice fish cruising around bedding areas in the shallows. One good technique to use right now is to keep your trolling motor on about 70 percent and ride, and look for bedding bass to catch. While you are looking, there are several baits that you can fish around in the bedding areas that will catch nice fish. The first is a shallow running crank bait such as a Spro Fat John in clear chartreuse or a Stanford 1.5 Patriot in summer color. Use a heavy fluorocarbon when fishing these two baits to keep them running shallow. Try 20 pound test Sunline FC Sniper. The other technique to use in these areas is to swim a Big Bite Baits 7 Sugar Cane worm. This bait can be Texas rigged with a 1/4 ounce Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten and a FCF bobber stopper. It has a paddle tail action and when Texas rigged, you can swim it through grass and lily pads much like a swim bait. Once you find
a bedding fish, then it is time to drop the Power Poles, which are great for shallow fishing, and begin trying to entice the fish to bite. The best bait on the market right now for sight fishing is a Big Bite Baits Warmouth. This bait is extremely awesome for bedding bass. There are several great colors to use, but we like the chartreuse bluegill color. It is a little tricky trying to rig this bait, but the Big Bite Baits website has an illustration of how to rig it on a 5/0 EWG Gamakatsu hook. Also when bed fishing use a copolymer line with a little stretch, such as 16 to 22 pound. Sunline Machinegun Cast. There are also still a few pre-spawn fish to catch on lipless crankbaits.  Use your Lowrance electronics to locate the edges of the spawing flats on the main lake and cast on top of the grass and rip your bait free.  A good area to start is b/w the Firebreak and Ship Island which is the little island at the end of Fish Pond Drain.
Date: March 24th, 2014

Lake Seminole - .89 ft above full pool, muddy, 62 degrees

Bass - Good.  The bass are in two stages right now, either pre-spawn or spawn.  The pre-spawn fish are still staging near spawning flats and mouths of spawning coves.  These pre-spawners can by picked off with shallow running crankbaits such as a Spro Fat John in Citrus Shad or either a bladed jig in Black/Blue with a Big Bite Baits 5" Cane Thumper in Hematoma as the trailer.  Use 16 lb. Sunline FC Sniper Flourocarbon for either of these techniques.  Beating the banks really seemed to pay off for the Elite Series Anglers in the B.A.S.S. tournament, and you can use these same to lures to fish banks on the main lake.  These areas are holding fish because of the sand near the bank where the fish are either spawning or moving up to spawn.  With the muddy water, sight fishing is tough on the lake, but can still be done in backwater ponds where the water is clear.  If you are not familiar with the lake, use your Lowrance Electronics with Insight mapping to see them on the map.  Most of the ponds off of Spring Creek and Fish Pond Drain stay clear year-round.  When searching for spawning fish, use a good pair of polarized glasses, and cast around as you are looking.  A good bait to fish while searching is a 7" Big Bite Baits Sugar Cane worm in Green Pumpkin.  Rig this on a Fish Catchin Fool Bobber Stopper, FCF 3/16 oz Tungsten, and a 4/0 Gamakatsu Offset Worm Hook.  This bait is deadly around bass that are cruising. 
Date: April 12th, 2014

Lake Seminole - Above full pool. 67 degrees. Muddy       

Bass are in between right now and are not that easy to catch.  There are still plenty of spawning fish, but the problem is that you cannot see them.  Slower presentations are definitely better and they work well around sand bars on the main lake.  If you do not already know where the sandbars are, you can find them easily on your Lowrance Sonar and Structure Scan Units.  Once you find a good area, lower you Power-Poles and work the area real slow with a 8" Big Bite Baits Kreit Tail Lizard in Black/Blue.  With this technique, you will need a Fish Catchin Fool 3/8 oz Tungsten Weight and a 5/0 Offset Shank Gamakatsu Hook.  There is also a shad spawn beginning in backwater areas where green peanut grass is present.  To capitalize on a shad spawn, you need either bladed jig or a swimming jig.  A new company known as Buddha Baits has some of the best jigs on the market right now.  These jigs come with an extremely large heavy duty hook and a very creative and attractive head design.  For the swimming jig, use a white 3/8 Buddha Baits In-Seine Swim Jig.  Use the white swim jig with a 5" Big Bite Baits Cane Thumper in white as a trailer.  The bladed jig is called a  Swagger Jig.  For the Swagger Jig, use a 3/8 in white with silver blade and a 5" white Cane Thumper as well.  This technique can  be really good if you find the shad in the right areas.  For more information and ordering of Buddha Baits, e-mail the following address jbassbandit1@yahoo.com.