Back to Florida for another family holiday and it would have been rude not to take a rod or two with me. Staying at a different location to my last trip i had to locate new waters but that wasn’t a problem there were loads of small ponds and canals in the area, catching the fish was a challenge though. When i managed to locate fish they were there in numbers but not really to any size.
We were staying at the Disney end of International Drive in Orlando which contained quite a lot of small waters. I had not fished any of these waters on previous trips so had no idea what to expect from them i didn’t even know weather they contained any bass or not. My main method of attack would be senkos. I had learnt from previous trips that if there were bass around senkos would catch them. I wasn’t aiming at catching any lunkers anything would be a bonus and i would be happy with fish from micro size up to 2 to 3 pounds.
My tackle i had brought out with me consisted of 1 fixed spool set up rated to 22 grams this for fishing senkos and two bait casting setups rated from 38 to 80 grams for fishing spinnerbaits and top waters so i would be able to pull these fish out the grass and snags.
My first session was to be on a little lake just behind Dunking Donuts. A small pond full of weed and also full of Bass no whoppers but plenty of bass biggest going about 2lb, it was to be like shooting ducks in a barrel. Senkos were the baits fishing quick shallow and aggressive. Once a bass was hooked it was a case of get it in as quick a possible across the weed beds.
Above: bigger than the average fish out this little pond all these bass were very dark.
Below: some dark micro bass but still they have big mouths for the size of fish they were.
I fished a real wild lake but what it contained was plenty of Alligators and not so many bass and they took a liking to my top water lures after hooking two i decided to get out of there. The whole holiday i seemed to spot plenty of Gators one was very big but to be honest most of them didn’t seem to give me any major problems.
With so many lures out there i loved these live target top water lures and also loved the bunker tackle top water lures there frogs are awesome and were a big hit for me last year whilst fishing for pike. This trip the bass didn’t like the top waters i had quite a few takes from Gars though.
Below: Live Target mice these things are awesome especially for Gators.
I tried the canals in around Sea world and down to Shingle creek but due to a lot of rain the water had coloured up quite a bit this making the fishing hard but after a few days the water did manage to clear up and i managed a few bass but again they didn’t really go further than 2lb. There were a couple of other lakes /ponds i fished i managed a few small bass but the fishing was hard.
Above: The canal
Below: A Bass from the canal