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Alligator fishing

Well just going thru some of my go pro footage from Florida and just started editing the footage of my top water session for alligators. It was an experience its a shame the footage could have been a bit closer to the gator but i never fish to close to the water in Florida for the main reason there is plenty of gators around.

Both Gators took top waters a live target mouse and a savage gear frog. pissed i lost the mouse because it cost eight dollars and i hadn’t even had it for 24 hours.

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Above: a florida Alligator

Below: Live Target mice Alligator bait

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Florida 2017

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.

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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.

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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.

mice1 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.seaworld canal

Above: The canal

Below: A Bass from the canal

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The Rat

My latest project i have banged this one out in a couple of weeks still progress in working rush job to get done before my up and coming trip. This lure has a fantastic movement in the water.

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Lures finished and tested

final my wooden pike lures are finished and looking cool. It has taken time but i finished 6 wooden prototype lures all which i have been working on for a few months now and i am well happy with the results maybe a few fine tuning points needed on the next ones i make. unfortunately I did manage to kill one of my trouts when adding the epoxy resin but that will have to be sanded back down to the bass and repainted.

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Starting with the pike its cool, the action is cool and it works second cast and i managed too catch a pike around six pounds. Unsure weather i need to add a little more weight as it has a slight rolling action but this could also be due to the lead weighting being a little high up in the base of the lure. There is two screw eyes so the line can be connect in two different location both altering the swimming action of the lure. This lure can be swam very slow giving maximum action.

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The trouts again have a perfect swimming action and look really cool these will hopefully be big pike magnets in the autumn. Again there is two screw eyes so i can create a different swimming action. Both these lures can be swam very slow giving maximum action.

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The three Ruds have a awesome wide swimming and gliding action and can be kept really close to the surface if need be. There is nothing i would want to change in these lures. These are a relatively quick and simple lure to make unlike the trout and pike.

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cracking on

Its been time consuming the paint work is moving  on 4 lures base painted now all is needed is the detail work, tidying up and then the clear coat join all the sections together then off pike fishing.

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Started painting

started painting the hard swimbaits two have turned out shocking so i have sanded back down and started a new base coat the brown trout is starting to look good. I have got the structure done but still along way to go.

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My micro’s doing the business

Through out the winter i worked hard on the micro lures as well as the pike lures  trying to get them ready for the 2017 river season. Various different patterns these are mainly around 30mm to 65mm in size. These are mainly aimed at targeting Chub and Trout and boy they work.

A test session on the river the produced Chub to 3lb along the a handful of trout. The casting weight is good so i can cast at distance and the swimming action is good. The fish love them

With these lures being vey small you would have thought they would be quick and easy to make but they are from it. Being so small they are so fiddly to sand carve and weight. Its so easy to over balance and over weight these lures. The good side of it is that the materials used to make these lures are Minimal compared to pike lures.

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Above: a chub at 3lb

Below: my micros having a base coat

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Below a few of the micros i have been making between 30 and 65mm

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When i tried out last years lures i managed to catch everything  Chub, Perch Pike and Trout and that gave a great sense of satisfaction. This year i have started to create some great pike lures  and these new version of micro lures all which work amazingly well now this has given me more satisfaction but even more importantly the belief to create create lures which will be super special. Watch this space over the next 12 months i have some awesome ideas in my head.