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Old 01-27-10, 12:15 PM   #1
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Default Im going to FL and I need some tips please!!

Im going to Florida this weekend and I am taking fishing gear. I have never fished there before. I will be in the Sarasota area. Just wandering if any one is familiar with this area and if you have any tips to share for this time of year.
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Old 01-27-10, 07:12 PM   #2
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The Long Green things with the tails and the teeth.......they are not fish!!
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Old 01-27-10, 08:12 PM   #3
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Depends on what kind of fishing you are gonna do, fresh or salt water?
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Old 01-28-10, 11:15 AM   #4
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Im going for largemouth
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Old 01-28-10, 01:45 PM   #5
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Fish are setting up for pre spawn. rattle traps(chrome/black, chrome/blue) are real good. White spinner baits-silver blades are productive, drop shotting is always an option, green, black, green pumpkin, junebug are good colors for soft plastics.
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Old 01-28-10, 03:48 PM   #6
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Nice! I'm going to Sarasota in March.
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Old 01-28-10, 05:18 PM   #7
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Use spinnerbaits with double willow blades and white skirt if its clear muddy use a gold colorado blade with either white or chartreuse. Also try weightless senkos, weightless trickworms, and also try a lucky craft glass minnow and a rattletrap
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Old 01-28-10, 07:10 PM   #8
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The guys from fl will probably know better than me on what to use, but I can tell you for the last couple of years I've been hitting Florida for fishing in april, may, and october.
I've been fishing on the gulf side near tampa, fort meyers, and clearwater, and what I've found is any public street or sub division has a canal by it and are full of fish and alligators.
If they are pre spawn I'd use what we use here, jerkbaits, rattle traps and plastics.

In my experience in fishing the canals, they seem to like crome and blue on sunny days, the locals kept telling me to throw purple worms, which works about anywhere.
If you go out anytime near dusk you'll get gaters coming out. I'd do most of my fishing during sunlight hours, you're not going to believe how many eyes your going to see. The bandits crankbaits work well too.
I've only found lakes and canals four to seven feet so far.
The walmarts are everywhere and sell a seven day fishing license for thirty bucks, and have all kinds of bass plastics for sale. Hardly any bait casters tho, everyone uses spinning gear.
Try some salt fishing too, you can get frozen squid and shrimp for four bucks a bag, get a circle hook, a slip bobber and quarter ounce sinker and go find ya some salt water, the fish pull like crazy.
I'd def. get a one week fishing license just to be sure.
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Old 01-31-10, 04:52 PM   #9
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Hey JB, are you gonna be down there this April? I'm planning a trip tentativly for sometime that month to kissimmee, I could show you are couple deeper canals.
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Old 02-01-10, 07:09 AM   #10
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Hey WTL,
I'm going April 17 to Bellaire just south of Clearwater, then hitting some canals in Rotundo West which is north of Fort Meyers for a day at my sister in laws place, hope we get some big bites!
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WTL give me a holler, Im only 40 minutes or so from there. Both ya'll know just give me a holler and the Stick Marsh is ready and waiting. My boat, my treat!
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Old 02-01-10, 06:14 PM   #12
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I was going to hit the stick marsh last year, a guy I work with goes in March every year. Sounds like ya need to watch for stumps about everywhere ya go.
click here for my buddys stick marsh video...Rick Frame and sons
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Old 02-01-10, 07:57 PM   #13
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WTL give me a holler, Im only 40 minutes or so from there. Both ya'll know just give me a holler and the Stick Marsh is ready and waiting. My boat, my treat!
Fireman, go ahead and figure on me coming then. I know my brother is taking off in april sometime, not sure when, which will in turn send me on the florida trip. Gonna be me and my father. The stick marsh has been on my list since Y2k, so gotta hit that place. JB, maybe we can figure some place to meetup if you can wing it over the course of the trip and if I am down there at the same time.
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Old 02-02-10, 09:13 AM   #14
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Wait!.... a Florida meetup??? The last time with Hoser and Lizards was a blast. If I came down could I get in on this?
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Old 02-02-10, 12:53 PM   #15
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If we can get it all together, absolutely. I'm just not sure when in April I can go, called my father last night and he had the crud and his brother had asked him for money so he wasn't in a florida talking mood. But maybe we can work something out, would love to fish with all of yall.
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Old 02-04-10, 09:20 AM   #16
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SPINNERBAITS!!

Spinnerbaits are killer this time of year, same with other fast moving bait like swim jigs or chatter baits.
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Old 02-04-10, 09:25 AM   #17
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A Florida get together would be great! I'd definitely go if I could hitch a ride on one of y'alls boats!
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Old 02-07-10, 02:51 PM   #18
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Just call. I live 15 minutes from the Stick Marsh. Im sure I can figure something out. I can fish 3 off my boat easily, should be able to find a buddy with a boat to add some extra space if needed.
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Old 02-16-10, 12:19 PM   #19
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What are you doing in Sarasota?? I live about 30-40mins south from there. Yes spinnerbaits have been killing them lately, white. Good luck and let us know how you do
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Old 02-16-10, 12:23 PM   #20
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whoops! old thread lol so how did you do? hahaha
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Old 02-17-10, 08:49 PM   #21
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Not that old..
By the way, I am definitely going to Fla. in April. I will be travelling light. I don't plan on bringing any gear. Just enough clothes for 3 or 4 days. I'll have a rental car and no hotel plans. I was thinking of setting something up so I can fish with as many members as possible. Then I'll be going to see Zook in August for a couple days. Does anybody beside Zook have Lizards(Scott) phone #?
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Old 02-20-10, 12:36 AM   #22
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Sorry, the only number I had didn't go last time I tried it. Been awhile since Ive heard from him. I thought your buddy from Daytona and him were fishing pretty regularly.
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I'm going to visit my daughter in Land-O-Lakes Florida this April....Were flying in on the 9th and staying till the 19th.....because we're flying, I'm not gonna mess with taking any tackle, but i'm still hoping I might be able to do some local fishing even if I have to buy a cheap combo from Walmart and hit some local ponds or those canals everyone talks about....lol. If any of you guys are going to be in that area, or live there and want a fishin partner during that time, make sure to speak up and we'll try to work something out, and wet a hook together if possible?
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Sorry, the only number I had didn't go last time I tried it. Been awhile since Ive heard from him. I thought your buddy from Daytona and him were fishing pretty regularly.
Yeah, but I got a new phone and lost all my old #'s INCLUDING yours! PM it to me so I can give you a holler when I get down there.
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I'm going to visit my daughter in Land-O-Lakes Florida this April....Were flying in on the 9th and staying till the 19th.....because we're flying, I'm not gonna mess with taking any tackle, but i'm still hoping I might be able to do some local fishing even if I have to buy a cheap combo from Walmart and hit some local ponds or those canals everyone talks about....lol. If any of you guys are going to be in that area, or live there and want a fishin partner during that time, make sure to speak up and we'll try to work something out, and wet a hook together if possible?
I'll be there the same time as you. Maybe we can hit a local pond or whatever. I'll PM you my cell #.
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