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Wow what a day yesterday, we had nasty gusty winds around 40 mph with a major Rainstorm coming early this morning between 1-5 am.
I really didnt want to go out and fish I was already beat from the last 2 days of casting with a tuff bite and crazy weather still but around 2 pm I said f it and dressed up grabbed my poles and gear and took the Escoot out to hit some ponds. For almost 2 hrs and a few ponds later and alot of cast in the nasty wind finally I get a strike on my Popping frog right by the bank, a bass flipped out the water to try and strike my frog. It looked like a nice one but didnt realize how big till I hooked it.
I tried a second pass with my frog and agian it came out the water to strike but missed agian.
The third time was the charm, I casted out ran the frog over the same spot and bam I get the blow up agian and this time I get the hook set. Fish was way bigger then I thought once I dragged it on the bank a real nice pond Monster for sure and just think I really didnt want to go out.
It seems every time lately I been hooking the big ones right before a nasty storms come through and always the barometric pressure drops below 30.00 the bite is on.
Every week has been this same westher pattern and it's been making the bite tuff still when it should b getting better for the spawn this time of year. But sooner or later when it settles it will b nonstop action.
Each week they should be getting bigger and bigger. Yesterday morning we woke up to 72 degrees and tomorrow morning will b in the 40,s
This is crazy weather for Florida this time of year but definitely way better then the rest of the country, after 6 years here now I am getting spoiled with this weather that's for sure. .....tra

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What a day yesterday, I headed out to do some urban fishing in the morning and if course it was around 56 degrees and already windy that was a bust but I did see a 24-26 in bass cruzing a canal bank but had no intrest in my baits. I will go back when I can to see if I can hook it.
Then mid day was 25 mph gust so I decided to wait till sunset to head back out and do my private ponds.
It was still cool and windy around 77 degrees around 4:30. I hit a few ponds but no action the barometric pressure was around 30.30^ not good.
Then finally almost 6:30 pm on my last pond the action started. Got a couple blow ups but didn't get a good hook set.
I cast out and bam a big bass strikes my topwater frog from underneath and launches out the water almost 2 feet and once it hit the water I got a great hook set and reeled this bad boy in, just what I needed!
After that I had a bigger one on my frog for a few seconds but it came off. We have a week of high temps this week so hopefully the prespawner activity ramps up....tra

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Way to go ! The barometer matters here as well. I have had my best bites on a dropping barometer. What is the line you have between your main line where the swivel is and the frog? Thanks.
 

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Fubar I use a short lightweight wire lead at the end of my braided line. I have a lot of Alligator Gar in my ponds that shred my lines and baits. But the main reason is alot of these ponds have very heavy thick vegetation and when I hook a Monster bass they bury themselves deep in the thick heavy vegetation 15 ft out from the bank its pretty much impossible to get them out without breaking a line. I have lost many lunkers pushing double digits because of it. A few years ago I started with 8 lb. Line and they were chomping through that no problem. Then I started using 10 line and that wasn't strong enough I was losing alot of nice bass. Then I started using 17 and 20lb line which improved landing bass hut the lines would still break if they buried our deep plus casting with thicker and heavier line wasn't smooth.
So finally last year after I list one around 12lbs I switched up to braided line with my wire leed and now I can haul the big ones out of the thick vegetation and I am ready for the day I hook a DD agian so can finally land one without loosing it.
Over 6 years I have definitely hooked at least 10 DD bass in these ponds and have lost everyone of them due to equipment failures and bad hook sets.
Hopefully this year I get my bucket list bass so I can chill for awhile I have been fishing hard almost every day for the last 2 years and I am really beat and my arms feel like they want to fall off but I am obsessed to gook the one!
Heres a decent frog Smacking bass from sunset last night......tra

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Great fish as always.......love those FL sunsets over the water.....Clearwater Beach use to be a good place to go see sunsets over the gulf when I lived in Tampa. The girlfriends used to eat it up...LOL
 

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Thnx guys! This past sunday I got out for the sunset bite within 2 hrs I hooked 6 fish 2 nice ones all on the frog....tra

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Thanks guys! After another few days of crappy weather making my pond sessions suck with the bite yesterday I dragged my azz out despite it was super hot and humid with high baromic pressure knowing it would b another tuff bite day.
After 2 hrs of hopping ponds with no strikes finally around 3 pm I get a hard blowup on my frog and hook his mad fighting pond Monster and was just barley able to get it out the thick tall water reeds without loosing it. This one makes up for the last few crappy outings for sure, enjoy!......tra

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Wow wow wow wow wow! So after a few real crappy fishing sessions this past week I headed out early to try and beat the daily swirling gusty winds but already by 8 am there was a 7 mph wind.
I went right to the BUTTERBALL pond that has only 50 ft of bank to work and it's right by the golfers green and cart path.
As soon as I walked towards the pond bank I spot 2 pre spawner lunkers sitting in a pocket right up against the bank and at the same time some golfers were just getting back in their carts to leave when they spotted me in the corner of pond one of the golfers started to walk up to me to see what was going on and I told him to freeze and dont move.
I am only 5 feet from the bank I cast my frog over the to lunkers and bam I get the blow up and quick hook set and just ran it up on the bank with out reeling right in front of the golfers face, he was blown away on how quick and efficient I was and said I definitely knew what I was doing.
That was first cast right at 8 am what away to start the morning and it was what i have been waiting for is the pre spawners to start moving up to the banks and its finally kicking in. This was one of two lunkers I hooked yesterday morning, enjoy!.. tra

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Yeh buddy! So as of 12:01 Saturday morning they finally closed the golf course down because of the virous, this was the break I needed for more opportunities to hook pond Monsters. On Saturday one of my neighbors tells me he lost a monsterr bass off the 12 th. Hole of the course. That got me excited because I can't get to a handful of premium ponds on the course during the day when they r golfing and it's over a mile walk deep in the course so to risky to fish at night.
So it's been 3 yrs since I was able to hit these ponds and Saturday night I made plans to get out at sunrise head deep on the course to hole 9 pond.
Just a couple minutes after 8 am I reach the pond drop down to the bank through some bushes in the corner pocket of the pond and on first cast with my new booyah Popping frog I get a major top water explosion blow up and next thing I am fighting a true trophy solid 23" pond Monster.
I get it up on the bank in hand and couldn't b happier, what away to start a day!
For 2 hrs I was bank fishing these huge ponds back on the course the bite was still slow but I will b back to fit those premium ponds agian there's bigger bass then the one I hooked in that same pond.
I sent a pic to my freind who gave me the tip on the pond where he lost the lunker and said that was the one. Man how cool is that , well enjoy and get out and hook one today!.....tra
P.s. yesterday at sunset I went to a pond out of all the ponds on the course I never was able to fish and there was a handful of 24 inches swimming around but they didn't want anything I threw at them. This is a true honey hole I can't wait to hook one and share with u all. And on top of that I was at the Woodbridge pond and if I am lying I am dying I saw clearly right below me my future personal best bass it was definitely 26" the largest bass I ever seen, threw a couple of baits but just ignored them, i had to leave so I will try agian today if it's around by luck, stay tuned!

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What a day yesterday, after a real crappy weather week and barley fishing the last few days I was really hoping yesterday would b great for hooking a pond Monster.
First pond nada, then the second pond I creep up to the corner pocket of it I can barely see some fish movement so I decided to start out with the Popping frog and as I was retrieving it back I get a quick blow up went to set the hooks and bam it pops out and flies back our the water it was a miss.
I cast back out again run it back over the same spot and "kabamm" major blow up and next thing I see a pond Monster break the water, omg had no clue it would be that big. I was able to get it on the bank snap some pics and release it back in nicely.
Man, what away to start the day!. Then at sunset I went back far on the course to hit a lunker pond after seven days. I hook up with a nice 5 lbr. And came off the hook right at the bank, bit happy!
Then a few minutes later I see a big black Fatback lunker follow my zoom Horny toad to the bank I paused it, it picked it up and headed back out i set the hook and this fish was super strong it almost pulled me off the bank even with a little drag play i miss stepped fell back and it let the pressure of the line and it came off the hook right at the bank edge it was close to a DD, I was sick to my stomach I feel cursed everytime I get the one something happens and I lose it. I list sleep last night over it replaying the scenario over and over, wait a few days and I will go back.
Yesterday could of been a phenomenal day I if I didnt loose the other two lunkers.
This 22" fish here would make any bass angler super happy , but not me I hook these all the time I looking to get that next level bass and that's the goal that's the mission, until then get out and hook one!......tra

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