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March 6, 2014
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1 FOOT, STAINED 60*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is excellent. The fish are in full prespawn mode and can be caught very easily on lipless crank baits. Use your Lowrance Electronics and mapping to look for areas such as ditches and depressions on main to lake flats, and throw a Spro Aruku Shad 85 in mud bug red. Use Sunline FX2 braid in 50 to pound test line and a high to speed Lews Tournament Speed Spool in 7:1 gear ratio. The heavy 3/4 to ounce 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 to ounce Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten Weight, a 5/0 Gamakatsu Heavy Cover Flippin Hook a 4 to inch 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. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools. ken@southernfishing.com


February 28, 2014
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1 FOOT, STAINED 60*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is tremendous. 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 pounds being weighed in during a Media Bass tournament. The fish are in full pre spawn mode now and can be caught very easily on lipless crank baits. 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 pound braid and a high speed Lews Tournament Speed Spool in 7:1 gear ratio. The heavy 3/4 ounce works best because the grass has died back a lot from all the mud and cold weather. This technique is the best running. 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 ounce 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. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools. ken@southernfishing.com


February 21, 2014
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1 FOOT, STAINED 50*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is tremendous. 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 pounds being weighed in during a Media Bass tournament. The fish are in full pre spawn mode now and can be caught very easily on lipless crank baits. 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 ounce works best because the grass has died back a lot from all the mud and cold weather. This technique is the best running. 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 ounce 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. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools.ken@southernfishing.com

February 14, 2014
No fishing report due to weather

February 7, 2014
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1 FOOT, STAINED 50*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good and there are some huge bass are beginning to stage all over the lake. A recent Media Bass tournament was won with 25 pounds. Fish were caught on a Carolina rigged Big Bite Baits 6" Kriet Kreature. This bait is similar to a Zoom Brush Hog, but has legs and tentacles that have an awesome swimming action. Fish are located on 7 to 10 foot ditches and depressions that are adjacent to spawning flats. To locate fish, use Rat L Traps or spinnerbaits in order to cover water. Once fish have been found, slow down and use a Carolina rigged Big Bite Baits 6" Kriet Kreature or 10" Kriet Tail Worm. As the weather warms and the water temperature continues to climb, look for the fish to move further up onto the spawning flats. When this occurs use a weightless Big Bite Baits 6" trick stick in June bug or watermelon. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools. ken@southernfishing.com

February 1, 2014
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1 FOOT, STAINED 50*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good and there are some huge bass are beginning to stage all over the lake. A recent Media Bass tournament was won with 25 pounds. Fish were caught on a Carolina rigged Big Bite Baits 6" Kriet Kreature. This bait is similar to a Zoom Brush Hog, but has legs and tentacles that have an awesome swimming action. Fish are located on 7 to 10 foot ditches and depressions that are adjacent to spawning flats. To locate fish, use Rat L Traps or spinnerbaits in order to cover water. Once fish have been found, slow down and use a Carolina rigged Big Bite Baits 6" Kriet Kreature or 10" Kriet Tail Worm. As the weather warms and the water temperature continues to climb, look for the fish to move further up onto the spawning flats. When this occurs use a weightless Big Bite Baits 6" trick stick in June bug or watermelon. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools. ken@southernfishing.com

January 24, 2014
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1 FOOT, STAINED 50*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is slow with the cold blasts of winter and more cold weather is on the way. Try jerk baits and especially suspending models to get these sluggish fish to bite. Rattlin’ Rouges in almost any color can work 10 feet deep on and around the creek bends. A jig and eel can still produce a few fish up the rivers in the cuts when it warms later in the day. Zoom Bush Hogs on a pegged Texas rig may work on the grass beds but be sure to use a heavy weight to get though the grass. If there is a warm up next week, get the weights off the baits and look in the sandy areas for small bass to start roaming around. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools. ken@southernfishing.com
 
January 17, 2014
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1 FOOT, STAINED 50*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

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 crank bait 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 crank bait, 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 Tungsten 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. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology  with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools. ken@southernfishing.com

January 10, 2014
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1 FOOT, STAINED 56*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good. The main lake grass lines are still the best places on the lake; however, Spring Creek is starting to pick up as well. The lipless crank bait bite is your best bet on the main lake. Use a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Old Glory on main lake grass lines. Use 20 lb. Sunline FC Sniper Fluorocarbon or 30 lb. Sunline FX2 Braid for this technique. Ditches and points are the best places in these areas. If the lipless crank bait bite slows down, you can use a slower presentation with a square lip crank bait such as a Stanford Patriot 1.5 in shad color. Another good pattern is to fish a drop shot in Spring Creek. This can be a tricky technique, but with good electronics such as the new Lowrance HDS Touch Screens, the task is MUCH easier. Spring Creek is full of standing timber, but there are some irregularities throughout the timber such as larger stumps/trees, ditches, and creek channels. Use your electronics to find the fish and use the drop shot to catch them. The drop shot should have 7 pound Sunline Fluorocarbon, a 1/0 Gamakatsu Drop Shot Hook, and a Fish Catchin Fool 3/16 ounce Tungsten sinker with a bobber stopper to hold it in place. Most people use a drop shot sinker, but the Fish Catchin Fool worm weight works best because of the black finish on the lead being less spooky to the fish. For bait of choice, any straight shank finesse worm will work, but a Big Bite Baits shakin squirrel is about the best on the market. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools. ken@southernfishing.com 

January 3, 2014
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1 FOOT, STAINED 56*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good. The main lake grass lines are still the best places on the lake; however, Spring Creek is starting to pick up as well. The lipless crank bait bite is your best bet on the main lake. Use a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Old Glory on main lake grass lines. Use 20 lb. Sunline FC Sniper Fluorocarbon or 30 lb. Sunline FX2 Braid for this technique. Ditches and points are the best places in these areas. If the lipless crank bait bite slows down, you can use a slower presentation with a square lip crank bait such as a Stanford Patriot 1.5 in shad color. Another good pattern is to fish a drop shot in Spring Creek. This can be a tricky technique, but with good electronics such as the new Lowrance HDS Touch Screens, the task is MUCH easier. Spring Creek is full of standing timber, but there are some irregularities throughout the timber such as larger stumps/trees, ditches, and creek channels. Use your electronics to find the fish and use the drop shot to catch them. The drop shot should have 7 pound Sunline Fluorocarbon, a 1/0 Gamakatsu Drop Shot Hook, and a Fish Catchin Fool 3/16 ounce Tungsten sinker with a bobber stopper to hold it in place. Most people use a drop shot sinker, but the Fish Catchin Fool worm weight works best because of the black finish on the lead being less spooky to the fish. For bait of choice, any straight shank finesse worm will work, but a Big Bite Baits shakin squirrel is about the best on the market. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools. ken@southernfishing.com

December 27
, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1', STAINED 56*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is slow and expect only a warming trend to get them going. There are some fish shallow in the creeks but they are stuck heavily under the grass beds. Zoom Bush Hogs on a pegged Texas rig may work on the grass beds but be sure to use a heavy weight to get though the grass. If there is a warm up this week, get the weights off the baits and look in the sandy areas for small bass to start roaming around. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technolo g y with Southern Fishin g on the Water fishing schools. ken@southernfishing.com

December 20
, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1', STAINED 57*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is great. The fish are fattening up for the winter and can already be caught in many of their pre-spawn places. Look for the mouths of spawning areas such as Fish Pond Drain and use search baits such as lipless crank baits and medium diving crank baits. Fish grass flats and grass edges with a Spro Aruku Shad 75 or a Stanford Patriot 1.5 in shad colors. The fish are schooled up and these two baits can be fished fast to cover a lot of water. The grass is still pretty thick in places, so a good braided line such as Sunline FX2 in 30 pound test works best with these two techniques. Once you find an area that is holding a school of bass, you can catch as many as you can cranking, and then slow down with a  Carolina rig. The best set up for the Carolina Rig is to use a long rod and a long leader. Fluorocarbon line works well in the grass, as well as a 1 1/4 ounce Tungsten weight from Fish Catchin Fool. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishin g on the Water fishing schools.
ken@southernfishing.com

December 12
, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1', STAINED 70*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Lake Seminole is about as good as you can get right now for both bass and stripers. The bass are feeding up on shad in pre spawn areas, which I know seems early, but with the warm weather the bass are confused. Look for staging flats and fish the edges with a Spro Aruku Shad in Mudbug Red or a Stanford Patriot 1.5 in Summer Color. The best areas are the grass points and on top of the flats where the grass is low enough to throw over the tops of the hydrilla. Another good pattern is fishing the deep timber in Spring Creek. For fishing in Spring Creek, you need 2 baits, a Spro DD in Clear Chartreuse and a 8" Big Bite Baits Finesse Worm in green pumpkin. Use 16 lb. Sunline FC Sniper for both baits and rig the Finesse Worm up with a 1/4 Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten and a 4/0 Gamakatsu Offset worm hook. The bass will suspend in the timber and both baits are a good way to catch them. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools. ken@southernfishing.com

December 7
, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1', STAINED 66*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is extremely good. There are very few boats on the lake fishing and the bass are biting. There are multiple ways to catch bass now but, find the bait. Finding the shad is a must right now as the bass are stocking up for the winter. Your Lowrance Electronics are a must right now because they are the absolute best at finding and locating schools of baitfish. We have actually been using mine to drop shot in Spring Creek. You can see the baitfish, the bass, and your lure on the screen at the same time. You can actually see fish going down after your lure. It's pretty amazing. There are fish in really deep water in Spring Creek all the way in 22 and 23 feet of water. The drop shot is a great way to catch them, but you need to rig it correctly. Use a spinning rod with 8 pond test Sunline fluorocarbon, a drop shot hook, a swivel, a Fish Catching Fool 1/8 ounce tungsten with a FCF bobber stopper at the bottom, and a Big Bite Baits 6" Shaking Squirrel in Bold Gill. This is a really good set up to catch them in Spring Creek. There really are no distinct places, just look for the bait and the fish will be underneath them. You can also catch them cranking grass lines with a Spro Little John Baby DD in Clear Chartreuse. Just look for grass lines that have any indication of bait present such as birds or even fish busting in the grass. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools. ken@southernfishing.com
 
November 28, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED 70*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is fair. On the lake, the flipping bite is starting to pick. Use a Zoom Ultra Vibe Craw and flip the grass. Also, the Texas rig bite is producing some fish. As you work down grass lines, be sure to fish any grassy points or indentations. Most of the lake is clear, so your plastics need to be either watermelon seed or green pumpkin or some other clear water color. There are a few anglers using the Alabama rig on the river for some good fish. Small Zoom pearl flukes on this rig have been best. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools.ken@southernfishing.com
 
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November 22, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1 FOOT, STAINED 70*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. The cooler weather has finally started settling in and the bass are biting a little better. There is a pretty good lipless crank bait bite. Look for shallow grass flats in about 4 to feet of water and throw a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Old Glory or chrome and black. Sometimes the fish will be on top of the flat and the Rat L Trap will catch them, but sometimes the fish will be on the edge of the flat in a little bit deeper water. A great way to catch them is to throw a Stanford Medium Razor Shad in Summer Color. Another pattern that is really turning on is flipping main lake grass lines. When flipping, look for about 7 to 8 feet of water and use 1 ounce weights, 5/0 Gamakatsu Heavy Cover Worm hooks, a Snell Knot, and a 6" Big Bite Baits Kreit Kreature in Watermelon. Cut off the middle tentacles on the Kreit Kreature. This gives the bait an awesome look to the fish and they seem to grab the head of it more for better hook ups. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools. ken@southernfishing.com

November 15, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1 FOOT, STAINED 72*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is fair. The grass is really starting to die back and there are some big bass coming out their hiding spots. The true edge of the grass lines now are getting hard to see, so that means you can actually fish over the tops of the hydrilla and coontail. All the main lake grass is doing this, so just concentrate on the points and pockets in the grass and throw a lipless crank bait on fluorocarbon or light braid. A Spro Aruku Shad in Old Glory or Mudbug Red is hard to beat when fished with 20 pound test Sunline FC Sniper fluorocarbon or 30 pound test Sunline FX2 Braid. Once you find an area with fish, then you can slow down with a Spro McStick Suspending Jerk bait. The colder the weather gets, the better this bite will get. If it gets extremely cold, then you can slow down even more with a Carolina Rigged 8" Finesse Worm by Big Bite Baits. Make sure you mark these areas with your Lowrance Units because the grass is changing so fast. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools. ken@southernfishing.com

November 7, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1 FOOT, STAINED 72*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is fair and most of the action has been up river. Bass are bitin g Texas Zoom u tail worms in natural blue ri g g ed worms, Carolina ri g s, Rat L Traps and divin g baits. Zoom plastic fro g s and Strike Kin g g old buzz baits on and over the g rass all day. The up river fish seem to be very ti g ht in the cover and will move out on any cloud cover to feed. Dark ji g s with dark trailers are workin g and try swimmin g the baits past heavy wood structure. The fish are bein g cau g ht off of drops, sand bars and rocks. Try the chrome and blue Rat L Traps and shad pattern Shad Rap in the jointed #5. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools.ken@southernfishing.com

November 1, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1 FOOT, STAINED 72*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is slow. There has been entirely too much pressure on the lake. There have been at least three tournaments in the past three weeks with 75 to 100 boats. The fish have simply been beaten up. The recent cold front has not helped out much either. However, we are talking about Lake Seminole , and giant bags are possible each and every day. There are some ways of still catching good numbers of bass, also. With the grass dying back, you can fish a lipless crank bait, such as a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in old glory. The grass is still thick, however, so you need to use heavy line and a somewhat stiff rod. Using 20 lb. Sunline FC Sniper Fluorocarbon is hard to beat. Look for points of grass on the main lake, and fish around these. Flats with submerged grass are also good, too. The East Bank Campground Area has been holding some good fish. Use your Lowrance Structure Scan units to find the best areas on the flats that has the best submerged grass beds. Fish these areas with the Aruku Shad and a Big Bite Baits 6 inch Jerk Minnow in watermelon seed. You can also flip to catch some big ones. Spring Creek has been really hit hard with flipping, and the bite is slow over there, but the areas out in front of Wingate’s are still pretty good for flipping. When flipping, use a new 1 1/4 ounce tungsten made by Fish Catchin’ Fool, a FCF bobber stopper, a 5/0 Superline Gamakatsu Hook and a new Real Deal Craw from Big Bite Baits. You will get more bites with 25 pound fluorocarbon, but we always just use braid. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools. ken@southernfishing.com

October 25, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1 FOOT, STAINED, 72*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is slow. There has been entirely too much pressure on the lake. There have been at least three tournaments in the past three weeks with 75 to 100 boats. The fish have simply been beaten up. The recent cold front has not helped out much either. However, we are talking about Lake Seminole , and giant bags are possible each and every day. There are some ways of still catching good numbers of bass, also. With the grass dying back, you can fish a lipless crank bait, such as a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in old glory. The grass is still thick, however, so you need to use heavy line and a somewhat stiff rod. Using 20 lb. Sunline FC Sniper Fluorocarbon is hard to beat. Look for points of grass on the main lake, and fish around these. Flats with submerged grass are also good, too. The East Bank Campground Area has been holding some good fish. Use your Lowrance Structure Scan units to find the best areas on the flats that has the best submerged grass beds. Fish these areas with the Aruku Shad and a Big Bite Baits 6 inch Jerk Minnow in watermelon seed. You can also flip to catch some big ones. Spring Creek has been really hit hard with flipping, and the bite is slow over there, but the areas out in front of Wingate’s are still pretty good for flipping. When flipping, use a new 1 1/4 ounce tungsten made by Fish Catchin’ Fool, a FCF bobber stopper, a 5/0 Superline Gamakatsu Hook and a new Real Deal Craw from Big Bite Baits. You will get more bites with 25 pound fluorocarbon, but we always just use braid. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools. ken@southernfishing.com
 
October 25, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1 FOOT, STAINED, 76*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is fair. With all of the tournaments on the lake, the fishing pressure has nearly shut down the bite. Fish are on the frogs and flipping large dark worms. The grass beds are really matted and the tops of them are beginning to die back and turn to scum. Early in the morning is the best time to throw the frog and the bite will last for only an hour or so then it is time to flip. For the frog, use a Spro Popper in Nasty Shad. When targeting grass lines for flipping, the ones in 7 to 10 feet of water have seemed to be producing better. With the fishing pressure, 25 pound test Sunline Fluorocarbon is a must instead of braid. The best set up for flipping is a 1 1/4 ounce Tungsten weight, a 5/0 straight shank Gamakatsu hook and a 4" Big Bite Baits Fighting Frog in Blue Fleck. The main deal with the flipping is to fish extremely slow and try not to make much noise. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools. ken@southernfishing.com
 
October 18, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1 FOOT, STAINED, 76*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing has gotten somewhat tough and it is mainly due from fishing pressure. There have been several tournaments on the lake and it has the fish in a funky mood. A sure way to catch some finicky fish right now is to use a Spro McStick 95 jerk bait on a spinning rod with 8 pound test Sunline FC Sniper Fluorocarbon. The McStick 95 floats slowly and 2 good colors are Spooky Shad and Clear Chartreuse. You are sure to get some bites with this technique from all sizes of fish. If you are looking for larger bass, you can flip grass lines on the main lake and Spring Creek. When flipping, just flip the points and the cuts in the grass. Use a 1 1/4 ounce. Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten weight, a FCF bobber stopper, and a 5/0 Gamakatsu Superline hook. For my bait of choice it’s hard to beat the new Big Bites Baits Real Deal Craw. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools.
ken@southernfishing.com
 
October 11, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED, 80*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is fair to good and the patterns have changed a little bit. There are bass on points and drops. There has been a good top water bite on Pop R’s on grass and river bends up lake. Shad Raps broken back in the perch pattern are working well. The bass were schooled up in shallow, shallow water. They are still reasonably shallow but they seem to be pulling back to the deeper water. Always have a white buzz bait and a large with Senko ready in case any fish blow up on a buzz bit or other top water lure and miss this bait. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools.
ken@southernfishing.com
 
October 4, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED, 80*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is great. Lake Seminole is still on fire right now. There are really three main ways to catch them right now on Seminole. You can either frog, flip, or throw crank baits on ledges. The frog bite is probably better now than it has ever been on Seminole. Look for shallow, grassy areas with bream present. Spro has a new bait that has not hit stores just quite yet, but we have some and they are totally awesome for Lake Seminole . They are the Dean Rojas Bronzeye Shad. They have 7 awesome colors, all of which are great to throw on Seminole. The bait has tremendous walking action and a GLIDE like no other walking bait we have ever seen. They will be available sometime toward the middle to end of this month so make sure to get your orders in early at http://www.spro.com/. For flipping, you have to just pick a grass line and go! Use at least 50 lb. Sunline FX2 Froggin and Flippin Braid, a 1 ounce Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten, a 5/0 Gamakatsu EWG Superline Hook, a Fish Catchin Fool Bobber Stopper, and a Big Bite Baits Real Deal Craw in whichever color you choose. This is about the best combination for flipping I have found for the hydrilla. You may go several hundred yards without a bite, but just keep flippin and eventually you will find a couple and they will be good ones. The third option you have right now on Seminole is to use your Lowrance HDS Electronics with Structure Scan to locate stumps and lay downs on the river ledges of the Main Lake Chattahoochee River . Once you find good looking areas, throw a Stanford Deep Cedar Shad in Summer Pattern to locate schools of fish. 12 lb. Sunline FC Sniper Fluorocarbon works best for the cranking technique. You will definitely need good electronics with a chip such as Lowrance HDS Structure Scan and Navionics Mapping Cards. Look for humps, points, and ledges on the main lake part of the Chattahoochee River and fish crank baits and Carolina rigs. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools.
 
September 27, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED, 80*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Lake Seminole is falling and the current is slowing down. Bass fishing seems to be getting somewhat tougher. The shallow grass bite is really the way to go right now and don't be afraid to fish in 2 feet of water or less. Frogs are hard to beat and you have 2 good choices. Either throw a swimming frog you can swim over the grass or either a floating hollow body frog. For a good swimming frog, use a Big Bites Baits 3.5 Top Toad in Green Pumpkin Pearl. Use a Gamakatsu 5/0 EWG hook and 60 pound test Sunline FX2 Froggin and Flipping Braid. For a hollow body frog, opt for a Spro Bronzeye Popper in Natural Green. Use the same line for this technique. Look for shallow grass flats with bream present in order to be in a good area. Another good way to catch them is to fish grass lines near the deepest part of the river channel. Use a top water plug such as a Stanford Turbo Shad in Buster Bream. If grass is not your thing, there still are some good fish being caught out deep on ledges on the Hooch. You will definitely need good electronics with a chip such as Lowrance HDS Structure Scan and Navionics Mapping Cards. Look for humps, points, and ledges on the main lake part of the Chattahoochee River and fish crank baits and Carolina rigs. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools.
 
September 19, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS 1.1' OVER FULL, MSTEIND, 82*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Lake Seminole is falling and the current is slowing down. Bass fishing seems to be getting somewhat tougher. The shallow grass bite is really the way to go right now and don't be afraid to fish in 2 feet of water or less. Frogs are hard to beat and you have 2 good choices. Either throw a swimming frog you can swim over the grass or either a floating hollow body frog. For a good swimming frog, use a Big Bites Baits 3.5" Top Toad in Green Pumpkin Pearl. Use a Gamakatsu 5/0 EWG hook and 60 pound test Sunline FX2 Froggin and Flipping Braid. For a hollow body frog, opt for a Spro Bronzeye Popper in Natural Green. Use the same line for this technique. Look for shallow grass flats with bream present in order to be in a good area. Another good way to catch them is to fish grass lines near the deepest part of the river channel. Use a top water plug such as a Stanford Turbo Shad in Buster Bream. If grass is not your thing, there still are some good fish being caught out deep on ledges on the Hooch. You will definitely need good electronics with a chip such as Lowrance HDS Structure Scan and Navionics Mapping Cards. Look for humps, points, and ledges on the main lake part of the Chattahoochee River and fish crank baits and Carolina rigs. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools.
 

September 13, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS 1.6' OVER FULL, MSTEIND, 82*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is fair but it is hot on the water. There are some shallow fish on points right off the river after mid day. In the upper rivers, the water is clearing so use a 200 series Bandit crank baits in bright colors and Leverage gold bladed spinner baits. The flat side crank baits seem to get more strikes and warming weather has the fish active. The bass are on the stumps and points all day. Pitching and flipping a black Zoom u tail worm on a Texas rig is fair and hit every stump that you can see. For fishing the lower lake, go to the river ledges. Mid day go to the creek ledges that drop right in to the river and use a 1/2 ounce Strike King buzz bait or a ½ ounce spinner bait with large silver willow leaf blades. Slow roll this lure on the structure and use a single #6 Colorado blade and a chartreuse and white skirt. There are some fish biting after dark on black buzz baits and black Jitterbugs. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools.

September 5, 2013

LAKE SEMINOLE IS 1.1' OVER FULL, MUDDY, 82*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good and all you need is a top water bait or just spend the day flipping. The frog bite is really good. The Nories Frogfest was held on Seminole recently and with a 3 fish limit, it took 19.66 lbs to win. We were 3rd with 18.84 pounds. This was a 102 boat field. There really were some nice stringers caught and all you could throw was a frog. The fish are biting the frog in the grass and in the pads. Use a Regular Spro Bronzeye 65 in Natural Green or Leopard. Use at least 60 lb. Sunline FX2 Braid, but 80 pound test works best. Look for grass beds or lily pads that have current present and fish fast to cover a lot of water. Another good way to catch them right now is to flip grass mats on the Flint River . When flipping, use at least a 1 ounce Mat Missile made by Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten weights. They will be coming out with heavier weights soon and they will be awesome. The best bait and set up is to use a Big Bite Baits Real Deal Craw in Hematoma and rig it with a 5/0 Gamakatsu Heavy Cover Flippin hook and braid of course. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools.

August 29, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS 3.01' OVER FULL, MUDDY, 81*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. With plenty of current on the lake and rivers, the bite is pretty good. Look for points and cuts on main lake grass beds and fish the current breaks in these areas. The fish will be stacked up in these places. Top water works well early in the morning or during the day when clouds are present. Fish a big top water plug that makes a lot of noise but stays in one place for a while such as a Stanford turbo shad. Any color with a chartreuse or yellow belly will be good in the muddy water. Another good option in these areas is a spinnerbait or a shallow running crank bait such as a Spro fat John in black/chartreuse. Flipping 1 ounce jigs or 1 ounce FCF Mat Missiles with big bite baits fighting frogs is also working in 4 to 7 foot grass beds with current. Use at least 60 pound test Sunline braid with this technique so that you won't have any trouble getting the big boys out. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools.

August 22, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS 3.76' OVER FULL, MUDDY, 84*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is fair and the fish are on the points and creeks bends. Look down lake on creek bends and up in creeks. T water is relatively clear lake wide. Use the Culprit green shad worms on the points as tight as possible. In the Spring Creek area, use a floating Rapala s later each day in gold and black back and work it slowly around grass beds. Try the Culprit worm in dark colors over the grass and wood cover. Fishing is better later each day as the water warms. Finesse worms floated over grass beds or a u tail worm in dark colors, can work after the sun is up. Use a light 1/16 lead weight on the edges of the grass. This summer Zoom frogs have been very good and browns and greens with the 5/0 Mustad EWG hook and braided line will work. Be sure to cast as far up into the grass as possible and work the baits all the way back to the boat. The fish will follow the baits and attack when it starts moving faster. Later in the day, use a large Culprit dark worm over the deeper grass lines a later in the day. Spinner baits and flat sided bright crank baits will work after the sun warms shallows in the backs of the creeks. The Flat A Bomber in lime and orange colors has been fair and add some extra scent. Use this bait in the mouths of the creeks right off the river. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools.
 




August 15, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS 1.16' OVER FULL, MUDDY, 89*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is fair and the main lake creek points and creek bends have some good fish feeding on small baits. Up the Hooch, the river is clear for now but the storms may change this by next week. Work the point’s right next to the river bends or go into the creeks and look for clearing water. Down lake, use the bleeding shiner Rat L Traps, white spinner baits, Larew Craws with the bright pinchers, Zoom green lizards and #5 Shad Raps and cast anything on the shallow bank cover. Road beds and trees in the water are holding schools of fish. The crank bait and spinner baits cast on the bank cover will get strikes. This is always a good idea, use a spinner bait. Work heavy bank cover. Enticer spinner baits with bright blades will draw shallow strikes as the bass move to the creek banks and points during the day.

August 9, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS 1.166' OVER FULL, MUDDY, 83*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass are biting well on Seminole. The best pattern seems to be frogging on the main lake and Chattahoochee. On the main lake, look for grass lines that are close to deep water and throw a frog that you can swim over the tops of the grass, such as a 3.5" Big Bite Baits Top Toad in Green Pumpkin/Pearl. On the Hooch, look for the thick pad fields with 8 foot water nearby and throw a Spro Bronzeye 65 in Rainforest Black. Another way to catch them is to fish ledges near the old Chattahoochee River Channel. You will definitely need to use some good electronics to find the structure that the fish are relating to. The new Lowrance TouchScreen Units with Structure Scan are awesome. Once you find the cover, throw a Stanford Cedar Shad Deep crank bait in Summer Color or a 3/8 ounce Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten Weight on a Texas Rig 10" Worm.


July 26, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS 1.56' OVER FULL, MUDDY, 83*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is fair and the Carolina rig, The Rapala DT10 shad crank baits on the main lake ledges are best. This is when the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology pay huge dividends. Ride the river and scan out 80 feet and the bass schools will show up on the river bends. Be sure to use the Navionics charts for a more accurate topo of the lake. The fish have moved out to the river channel ledges or to deep docks. Crank baits are slow lake wide. Almost all the fish are taking plastics but try a white buzz bait any time of the day. Jigs are also fair up the rivers in all brown. Plastic or pork trailer will work and match the trailers to the bait. Soft plastics in the green pumpkin, green shad or red bug are working mid day till dark. A grass rat on the edges has been working when the sun is straight up. Work the bait just like a Zara Spook and walk the baits on the edges with an extra rattle in the bait. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools.

July 19, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS 1.56' OVER FULL, MUDDY, 83*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Lake Seminole - above full pool, 80 degrees, muddy Bass Fishing is great. This the first time in a long while since we have had a summer with stained water and current. The Flint River is on fire right now because of all of the current. You can see the grass swaying back and forth and the bait is all up in the grass. There are numerous grass beds on the Flint that are holding fish right now and the bass will simply hammer a frog. Use a Big Bite Baits Top Toad in White to swim over the grass beds. Make sure to use Sunline 60lb. FX2 braid and at least a 7'6" rod with a high speed reel. Power Poles come in real handy when fishing in water 6 feet or less because they allow you to anchor your boat and really fish slow on the grass beds with schools of bass. Another pattern that is working awesome is to fish ledges on the Hooch. Use your Lowrance Units with insight mapping to locate humps and points that are adjacent to the river channel. These are the areas that are holding fish. Once you find a school of bass, use a Spro Little John DD in Spooky Nasty or a Stanford Deep Cedar Shad in Tennessee Shad to fire the school up. Once they slow down, switch to a 8" BBB Finesse Worm in Blue Fleck color on a 3/8 Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten Weight with a 5/0 Gamakatsu Offset Shank Hook. This is the best setup I have found to catch numbers and quality on these ledges. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools.Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools.

July 4, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED, 82*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is fair to good but watch the weather. Start the mornings off with the Chug Bugs and Sammy shad pattern baits. Keep the top water baits small the rest of this month. The bass are most active during the morning period. Look for the larger fish to bite early in the mornings with these two top water baits and increase the speed of the retrieve on any missed bites or short strikes. Continue fishing the rocky points again this week. These are still good fishing places to locate any feeding bass with crank baits and top water baits. Fate Free Shad crank baits and Shad Raps both jointed and RS models along with Thunder Sticks and DT6's are fair. Change baits frequently changing from shad to gold lures during the mid morning period. Look on the grass edges, stumps, trees and brush piles with plastics and jigs. More pop up showers can happen anytime during the day. Showers and thunderstorms are common, especially during the late afternoon hours. Some of these storms are severe. This is when the Lowrance Sirius Weather module on the HDS machines can give you an early storm and lightning warming. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools.

June 28, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6", STAINED, 82*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. The bass are biting top water in the early morning hours for about 30 minutes after daylight. Use walking baits such as a Spook or Spro Dawg 100 on Grass Points near deep water. After the top water bite is over with, you can still catch fish in these sam e areas by swimming a worm slowly through the grass. Rig up a 6 Big Bite Baits Kriet Tail worm in Tilapia on a 1/4 ounce Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten Weight, FCF bobber Stopper, and a 4/0 Gamakatsu Offset Worm Hook. The best technique is to just swim the worm through the grass verses shaking or hopping it. 16 lb. Sunline Fluorocarbon works best for this technique. There is also a ledge bite going on in the Chattahoochee River . Use your Lowrance Electronics with Insight Mapping to locate humps, points, bends, and submerged timber on ledges in the main lake. Use a crank bait such as a Spro Little John DD to locate schools of fish then you can switch to a Carolina Rig or Texas Rig to catch bass. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools.


June 21, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6", STAINED, 80*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is fair and fish in the deep waters down lake. Use the dark Culprit green shad worms in the grass as tight as possible can draw a strike. These fish need to see the sam e bait several times especially mid day. Work the baits off the river bends and even try a Zoom all white Super Fluke on a large Mustad 4/0 offset worm hook. Strikes will usually be tight to the structure in the middle of the day. It’s hard to beat a large spinner bait or Zara Spook on and over the grass beds in the creeks. Fish these baits as close to the grass as possible and add a M ann Rat in all black to the tackle. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools.

June 14, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6", STAINED, 80*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is fair. The top water bite has yet to become great. We believe that we need a couple more weeks of hot weather and the top water bite will get a whole lot better. The frog bite is pretty good right now though and the pattern is to find bream. The bream are feeding in shallow sandy areas where pepper grass and scum is present. Fish these areas with a Spro Bronzeye Popper in Natural Green or Red Ear. You need to use a heavy rod at least 7 foot with 60 pound test Sunline FX2 Braid. If you find open areas near this stuff, then throw a Stanford Turbo Shad in Buster Bream on 22 lb. Sunline Machine Gun Cast. Power Poles really come in handy when fishing these shallow areas, because they allow you to anchor down and fish an area thoroughly. If frogging is not you style, there is a pretty decent worm bite over in Spring Creek. Use a Lowrance sonar to find deep grass points such as the new HDS Touch Units from Lowrance. Look for the fish at 15 to 18 feet deep and a Texas rig works best. The best way to rig the Texas Rig is to use 16 lb. Sunline FC Sniper, a 3/8 ounce Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten, a 4/0 Gamakatsu Offset Shank Hook and a Big Bite Baits D2 worm in Tilapia Color. Also, use a Fish Catchin Fool bobber stopper to keep your worm and lead together while fishing the grass. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing on the Water fishing schools.


May 30, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6", STAINED, 78*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. The grass has yet to top out, and everything is still a little behind. There are actually still several bass that are spawning. The top water bite is beginning to pick up, but the best places for top water are on shallow flats around any topped out grass. A good bait for top water is a Stanford Turbo Shad in bone crusher or buster bream colors. A good way to fish the bait is on 50 lb. Sunline FX2 braid with a 25 lb. Sunline Machine Gun Cast leader. The leader only needs to be about 6 inches long. This helps to keep the bait from fouling up when working it. Other patterns that are working pretty good right now are fishing a crank bait and an A rig on grassy points with shad present. The new Lowrance units will really make it easy to find, locate and distinguish between bait and grass. Also, when fishing these areas, be looking down in the water as you pull your bait up, and look for shad following the bait. This will allow you to see if there are shad in the area. For the A rig, rig it with 1/8 or 1/4 ounce Gamakatsu jig heads and Big Bite Baits Cane Thumpers in reel shad or SS shad colors. When cranking, there are two crank baits that work really well on Seminole, and they are the Spro Little John DD and Baby DD. Clear chartreuse and nasty shad are two good color choices.
 
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May 23, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6", STAINED, 78*

BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. The Flint River is muddy and Spring Creek Clear. The Chattahoochee River is stained. The grass has yet to top out, and everything is still a little behind. There are actually still several bass that are spawning. The top water bite is beginning to pick up, but the best places for top water are on shallow flats around any topped out grass. A good bait for top water is a Stanford Turbo Shad in Bone Crusher or Buster Bream colors. A good way to fish the bait is on 50 pound Sunline FX2 braid with a 25 pound Sunline Machine Gun Cast leader. The leader only needs to be about 6 inches long. This helps to keep the bait from fouling up when working it. Other patterns that are working are fishing a crank bait and the Alabama rig on grass points with shad present. The new Lowrance units will really make it easy to find, locate and distinguish between bait and grass. Also, when fishing these areas, be looking down in the water as you pull your bait up and look for shad following the bait. This will give allow you to see if there are shad in the area. For the A-rig, rig it with 1/8 or 1/4 ounce Gamakatsu jig heads and Big Bite Baits Cane Thumpers in Reel Shad or SS Shad colors. When cranking, there are two crank baits that work really well on Seminole and they are the Spro Little John DD and Baby DD. Clear Chartreuse and Nasty Shad are two good color choices. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing “On the Water” fishing schools.

May 17, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED, 77*

BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good and the bass are spawning in areas on wood and sandy shallow banks all over the lake. Use the Carolina Zoom rigged lizard in green pumpkin or red shad Culprit on the main lake points. On grass in the creeks, pitch a RC1 Lucky Craft shallow crank bait and work the edges of the grass. Crank the bait three times and s to p the lure as it passes under the grass for a fast strike. Pitch and flip gourd green Zoom u tail worm on a light weight on a Texas rig. On the wood, drop a green Zoom floating worm with no weight around the docks. Work the Texas rigged Culprit red shad worm over and in the grass beds all over the lake. Up the rivers and creeks and use the Fat Free bream colored crank baits in the pockets. Any color of the #5 Shad Rap is fair and fish the baits on the river bends on the down stream side. Strike King 3/8 ounce spinner baits are fair around the stumps in the creeks. Be sure the skirts are in chartreuse and white combinations with all gold blades. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing “On the Water” fishing schools.

May 10, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED, 74*

BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass are biting all day and there are still big fish being caught shallow on lizards and spinner baits and large jigs and pig combinations. Stay in the creeks as the bass are still very shallow. The Texas or Carolina rigged worms in red shad or purple and use the brass and glass weight for extra sound. Work all slow lures all the way back to the boat on the points and ledges. Up river in the creeks mouths slow roll a larger 1/2 ounce Strike King spinner bait with gold and silver willow leaf blades. Later each day the fish are moving to river points. Run a gold Rapala by any grass and let the bait sit dead still. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing “On the Water” fishing schools.


May 3, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED, 74*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. The bass are nearing the end of the spawn and most fish that are being caught on the lake right now are post-spawn fish that are feeding on shad. A good pattern to search for right now is the shad spawn. The shad are spawning right now all over the lake, you just need to be on the water early to get in on the action. Any topped out vegetation such as hydrilla or peanut grass near deeper water is a good place to look. The shad will spawn on top of the water and you can see them flicking in the grass. Once you find a shad spawn, there are several baits that will catch the bass, but it is really hard to beat an Alabama rig. The best baits to rig the Alabama rig with will be the new Big Bite Baits Cane Thumper 3.5 in reel shad. To rig up the Alabama rig properly and lessen your chance of losing it, you need to use heavy braid, such as 65lb Sunline FX2, light wire Gamakatsu jig head and strong snaps. The weight of the jig head varies depending on the depth. 1/8 ounce works well in shallow water and 1/4 ounce works well in depths of 10 feet or more. If throwing the Alabama rig is simply just not your style, then a spinnerbait works real well around the shad spawn. Top water is also starting to get fired up and a good bait to use around the shad is a Stanford Turbo Shad in Summer color. Once the shad spawn is over, look for main lake grass points and fish the Alabama rig, spinnerbait or a Carolina Rig with a 1 ounce Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten weight. Use your electronics to locate the grass points and look for bait. The new Lowrance Elite 7 HDI is an awesome unit and has an affordable price. It works well on Seminole and it really shows detail and makes it easier to locate balls of shad on the outside edges of the grass. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing “On the Water” fishing schools.

April 25, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FT, STAINED, 72*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is great and the fish are shallow. Tandem spin models and double willow blade baits just right for retrieving through the grass water willow. On any of the models, gold blades have probably been the best overall, with silver, copper and colored blades also producing. Chartreuse and white combination skirts have been good along with black chartreuse, blue chartreuse and blue white. Crank bait shallow and Super Flukes are also hot. Small baits with small blades have produced well with blue skies and bright sun. A 5 inch Senko in the June bug color has shined as a come back bait for missed strikes on the spinner bait. Zoom lizards in 5 or 6 inch sizes have done well rigged both Texas and Carolina style. Try to use the lightest weight possible for the conditions. Small to medium size crank baits are still catching a few fish, also. Also use the buzz bait. This bait may not draw but one or two bites, possibly the largest of the day. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing On the Water fishing schools.


April 19, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FT, STAINED, 63*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. Use Zara Spook Jr. shad to p water lures and S to rm jerk baits lake wide. Bomber crank baits in baby bass, shad and fire tiger colors cast to the banks will get lots of action. Use the s to p and go technique and try running these crank baits in the blow downs. A slow retrieve in the lay downs letting the bait float up once it hits the limbs will draw a strike. A Stanley spinner bait in the 3/8 ounce size with white or chartreuse skirts cast to the points and shallow back cover will get the fish to attack this lure. Never overlook the rivers on this lake and large jigs and huge grubs are deadly. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing On the Water fishing schools.


April 12, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FT, MUDDY, 63*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing on Lake Seminole is red hot. The bass are spawning and biting on all areas of the lake. There have actually been some bass caught on Alabama rigs on grass lines near the edge of spawning flats. The best way to rig this bait is to use light 1/8 ounce Gamakatsu Jig Heads and 3.5" Big Bite Baits Cane Thumpers in Reel Shad color. Use at least 60 pound test Sunline FX2 Braid with this technique. Another great pattern is to sight fish and fish while looking for beds with a Stanford Old School SSR crank bait in Tennessee Shad. This technique works real well on the sand bars that are in Spring Creek and the Flint River . Once you find bedding bass locked down on the bed anchor down with some Power Poles and began trying to entice the fish to strike. There are many different types of bait that can catch a bedding bass, but the main thing we have found is to use a heavy lead such as a 3/8 ounce Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten. Peg the weight with a FCF bobber stopper. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing On the Water fishing schools.

April 5, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FT, MUDDY, 62*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. The bass have moved up heavily 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. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing On the Water fishing schools.


March 28, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FT, MUDDY, 59*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. The bass have moved up heavily on the beds now and there is 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 in about 70 % 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 such as 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 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 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 Blue Gill 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 co polymer line with a little stretch such as 16 to 22 pound Sunline Machinegun Cast. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing On the Water fishing schools.

March 14, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FT, MUDDY, 59*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. The fish are still primarily in a pre-spawn mode and can be caught in staging areas near their spawning grounds. To search for these areas, look for main lake grass points near sandbars, and use a Stanford Razor Shad Medium Diver in Chartreuse/Black. To make this bait even better, replace the stock hooks with number 4 Gamakatsu EWG Treble Hooks. Once you find a school of fish, you can catch them with this bait until they quit biting, and then switch to a Texas or Carolina Rig 8" Big Bite Baits Kreit Tail Lizard in Black/Blue. For the Texas Rig, use a 3/8 ounce Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten Weight and FCF bobber stopper, along with a 5/0 Gamakatsu Offset Worm Hook. For the Carolina rig use a 1 ounce FCF Tungsten, a bead, a swivel, a 4 foot leader, and the same hook and 16 pound test Sunline fluorocarbon works well for both techniques. As the spring temperatures continue to warm and the moon gets full, look for the bass to start moving up on the sandbars and beds. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing On the Water fishing schools.


March 8, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR 61*

BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. We are seeing some females moving to the shallows. The pre spawn bite is about to start so work the fish in the shallows. Main lake sandbars are going to be really hot this weekend. Use a Texas rigged 8" Big Bite Baits Kreit Tail Lizard in watermelon red. This is a big lizard, so you will need to use a big 5/0 offset Gamakatsu. Fluorocarbon line is a must with this technique. Try some 20 pound Sunline FC Sniper and you will never want to use anything else. Also be looking for beds, and when you find one, drop the power-poles and fish for one until you aggravate it to bite. A Spro Fat John in Spooky Nasty is also good to fish on the sandbars and in between the sandbars. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing On the Water fishing schools.

March
1, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR 61*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is picking up as the full moon passes this week. The bass are trying to move shallow and the fish are ready to bed. Fish the pockets off the Flint River in the clear water. Look in Spring Creek above the gates. All the fish will react to floating worms and lizards and pink has been very good. The tubes will work for the bigger fish. In a week the fishing should get even better with trick worms and top water. Trick worms and Zoom frogs over shallow grass and sand areas will get strikes. Some top water will get started this week and Pop R’s and Zara Spooks will work. Shad and bream colors are best. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing On the Water fishing schools.


FEBRUARY 21, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR 61*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good and the backs of the creeks are warming fast drawing a lot of bass to the creeks. As the middle of the day warms the shallow, go to the Mann ’s Baby Minus One and “v” wake the bait slowly. As the water warms next wee fish the small shad colored Shad Raps and the Rat L Traps in shad right up on the grass beds. Try the Zoom Ole Monster worm with a nail weight inside and drag this bait over any lay down or on any of the grass beds and drop it into any hole. Rattlin Raps will also work mid lake to the dam. The rivers are still a little cold but go up after mid day and flip the larger dark jigs on stump rows just inside the pockets off the river. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing On the Water fishing schools.


FEBRUARY 15, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR, 61*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good and the jigs and the jerk baits are working. Fish the jigs in the heavy cover and use a larger jig up to one ounce and in all black or all brown. Use the all black or all brown 1/2 ounce jig and a Pro Pork Trailer by Uncle Josh on the points. After a few days of warm weather look for the crank bait and spinner baits cast on the bank cover and slowly worked to get small strikes. Also, slow roll the 1/2 ounce Ol’ Nelle Colorado blade spinnerbait in 8 to 10 feet of water on rock and red clay banks. This technique will get hot as the big females begin to move shallower. Watch the water temperatures all day and find the warmest water in the North West coves for any active fish. Any warm up this month should spark the fish to start to the shallows. The fish are on deep creek bends down lake. Mid day spinner baits down lake in the creeks are fair fished slowly over the structure. Use the 1/2 ounce Stanley spinner baits with bright blades. With any sun warming trend look for the bass to move to the creek ch ann els and points during the day. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing On the Water fishing schools.

FEBRUARY 8, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR, 63*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. The bass are steady on the move right now. The weather keeps being unpredictable, but the bass are still very near their spawning grounds and some are even on the bed. The best way to find and catch bass on Seminole right now is to tie on a shallow running crank bait such as a Stanford Old School SSR in Summer or either a Spro Little John in clear chartreuse. Use 20 pound test Sunline FC Sniper Fluorocarbon with these baits to keep them up shallow. These are good search baits to use on flats near sand on the main lake. While fishing these areas, keep your eyes open for bedding bass or sandbars. This type of fishing is extremely helpful with a set of dual Power Poles from JL marine. If you find bass on bed, the best bait for catching bedding fish is a Big Bite Baits Warmouth in Chartreuse Bluegill Color. In order to fish this bait, it must be rigged correctly. This bait was specifically designed to be rigged on the side with a 5/0 Gamakatsu EWG hook. You also need to use a 3/8 ounce Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten Weight along with a Fish Catchin Fool Bobber Stopper. This is the best weight/bobber stopper combination on the market right now. If you find sandbars in these areas, then you can back off and fish these with a Texas Rig or a Carolina Rig 8" Big Bite Baits Finesse Worm in Green Pumpkin. The Rat L Trap bite on the grass flats will work also, but can be hit or miss with the warmer water temperatures. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing On the Water fishing schools.

FEBRUARY 2, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED, 63*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. The bass are steady on the move right now. With the warm weather, the bass are either on the beds or very near their spawning grounds. The best way to find and catch right now is to tie on a shallow running crank bait such as a Stanford Old School SSR in the summer color or a Spro Little John in clear chartreuse. Use 20 lb. Sunline FC Sniper fluorocarbon with these baits to keep them up shallow. These are good search baits to use on flats near sand on the main lake. While fishing these areas, keep your eyes open for bedding bass or sandbars. This type of fishing is extremely helpful with a set of dual Power Poles from JL Marine. If you find bass on bed, the best bait for catching bedding fish is a Big Bite Baits Warmouth in chartreuse bluegill color. This bait must be rigged correctly. This bait was specifically designed to be rigged on the side with a 5/0 Gamakatsu EWG hook. You also need to use a 3/8 ounce. Fish Catchin Fool tungsten weight along with a Fish Catchin Fool bobber stopper. This is the best weight/bobber stopper combination on the market right now. If you find sandbars in these areas, you can back off and fish these with a Texas rigged or a Carolina rigged 8 inch Big Bite Baits finesse worm in green pumpkin. The Rat L Trap bite on the grass flats will work also, but can be hit or miss with the warm water temperatures. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing On the Water fishing schools.
 
January 24, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .62 FEET, CLEAR,  59*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good and the fish are moving up to stage and get ready to spawn. The fish have been really deep but now they are heading towards these staging areas and can be caught on an array of baits. The absolute best places to fish are ditches and depressions that lead to or are found near sandbars and spawning grounds. The easiest way to find these areas is to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down technology with a good gps mapping system. I have found that these are the absolute best on the market for keying you in on the exact location of these areas on the lake. Once you find these areas, the points and cuts in the grass are going to be the best areas to key on. A Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Old Glory or a Stanford Old School SSR in Summer are two good baits to use and can be ripped free from the grass which helps to draw strikes from pre spawners. The SSR is an awesome new bait from Stanford that will absolutely catch bass on Seminole. Either of these baits can be fished on 16 lb. Sunline fluorocarbon. The recent cold front may slow it down, but their have actually been some bass spawning on the lake. These fish can be caught with a Big Bite Baits Warmouth which is the best bait on the market for bedding bass. We have the Lowrance GEN2 Touch machine on our boat. Call and set up an On the Water Schools, 770 889 2654

JANUARY 18, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .62 FEET, CLEAR,  65* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good and the unusually hot weather pattern that we just had really warmed up the water temperatures and made the bass move up to stage and get ready to spawn. The fish have been really deep, but now they are heading towards these staging areas and can be caught on an array of baits. The absolute best places to fish are ditches and depressions that lead to or are found near sandbars and spawning grounds. The easiest way to find these areas is to use the sonar with a good gps mapping system such as the Lowrance HDS systems with insight mapping. We have found that these are the absolute best on the market for keying you in on the exact location of these areas on the lake. Once you find these areas, the points and cuts in the grass are going to be the best areas to key on. A Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Old Glory or a Stanford Old School SSR in Summer are two good baits to use and can be ripped free from the grass which helps to draw strikes from pre spawners. The SSR is an awesome new bait from Stanford that will absolutely catch bass on Seminole. Either of these baits can be fished on 16 pound test Sunline fluorocarbon. The recent cold front may slow it down, but their have actually been some bass spawning on the lake. These fish can be caught with a Big Bite Baits Warmouth which is the best bait on the market for bedding bass. We have the Lowrance GEN2 Touch machine on our boat. Call and set up an On the Water Schools, 770 889 2654


JANUARY 11, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .62 FEET, CLEAR,  59* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. The unusually hot weather pattern we are experiencing right now is really warming up the water temperatures and making the bass move up to stage and get ready to spawn. The fish have been really deep, but now they are heading towards these staging areas and can be caught on an array of baits. The absolute best places to fish are ditches and depressions that lead to or are found near sandbars and spawning grounds. The easiest way to find these areas is to have a good depth finder with a good gps mapping system, such as the Lowrance HDS systems with insight mapping. We have found that these are the absolute best on the market for keying you in on the exact location of these areas on the lake. Once you find these areas, the points and cuts in the grass are going to be the best areas to key on. A Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Old Glory or a Stanford Patriot 1.5 in Summer are two good baits to use and can be ripped free from the grass which helps to draw strikes from pre spawners. Once you find an area that has fish, you can slow down with either a suspending jerk bait or a Carolina rig. For a suspending jerk bait, the Spro McStick in clear chartreuse is really hard to beat on Seminole. The 110 seems to be the best, but the 115 should be killer, as it gives a larger profile for larger fish. For Carolina Rigging, Big Bite Baits has a new 8" Finesse Worm in Blue Fleck Color that is working. A perfect setup for Carolina Rigging is to use 16 lb. Sunline FC Sniper, a 1 ounce Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten and a 4/0 Gamakatsu Offset Shank Hook. Your leader needs to be at least 3 feet long with this technique. Bass fishing is fair and there are several different patterns that can be used to catch fish on Seminole right now. With the warm water temperatures, bass can be caught in the shallows. Fish can be caught on main lake grass flats. Use a 5/8 ounce Spro Aruku Shad in Mud Bug red color. Flipping dying water hyacinths is also a good way to catch fish during the unstable weather patterns. Flip the shallow coves and backwaters up both rivers. Use a 1 1/2 ounce lead or tungsten sinker and a heavy wire flipping hook. Flip a 4" Big Bite Baits Kriet Kreature in Redbug color. We have the Lowrance GEN2 Touch machine on our boat. Call and set up an On the Water Schools, 770 889 2654


JANUARY 4, 2013
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .70 FEET, CLEAR,  59* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. The bass are starting to bite real well with the cooler water temperatures. The main lake grass lines are still the best places on the lake; however, Spring Creek is starting to pick up as well. The lipless crank bait bite is your best bet on the main lake. Use a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Old Glory on main lake grass lines. Use 20 lb. Sunline FC Sniper Fluorocarbon or 30 lb. Sunline FX2 Braid for this technique. Ditches and points are the best places in these areas. If the lipless crank bait bite slows down, you can use a slower presentation with a square lip crank bait such as a Stanford Patriot 1.5 in shad color. Another good pattern is to fish a drop shot in Spring Creek. This can be a tricky technique, but with good electronics such as the new Lowrance HDS Touch Screens, the task is MUCH easier. Spring Creek is full of standing timber, but there are some irregularities throughout the timber such as larger stumps/trees, ditches, and creek channels. Use your electronics to find the fish and use the drop shot to catch them. The drop shot should have 7 pound Sunline Fluorocarbon, a 1/0 Gamakatsu Drop Shot Hook, and a Fish Catchin Fool 3/16 ounce Tungsten sinker with a bobber stopper to hold it in place. Most people use a drop shot sinker, but the Fish Catchin Fool worm weight works best because of the black finish on the lead being less spooky to the fish. For bait of choice, any straight shank finesse worm will work, but a Big Bite Baits shakin squirrel is about the best on the market. We have the Lowrance GEN2 Touch machine on our boat. Call and set up an On the Water Schools, 770 889 2654


DECEMBER 28, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .77 FEET, CLEAR, 58*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is slow. The fish are on deep creek bends down lake. Mid day spinner baits down lake in the creeks may work but drag the baits slowly over the structure. Use the 1/2 ounce spinner baits with bright blades. With any sun warming look for the bass to move to the creek ch ann els and points during the day. Use the all black or all brown Strike King 1/2 ounce jig and a Pro Pork Trailer by Uncle Josh on the points. After a few days of warm weather look for the crank bait and spinner baits cast on the bank cover and slowly worked to get small strikes. Watch the water temperatures all day and find the warmest water in the north west coves for any active fish. Any warm up next month should spark the fish to start to the shallows. We have the Lowrance GEN2 Touch machine on our boat. Call and set up an On the Water Schools, 770 889 2654

DECEMBER 21, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1.13 FEET, CLEAR, 58*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is slow. The fish are on deep creek bends down lake. Mid day jigs and Carolina rigs down lake in the creeks can work but drag the baits slowly over the structure. Use the 1/2 ounce Stanley jigs and add the Zoom matching dark trailer. With any sun warming look for the bass to move to the creek channels and points during the day. After a few days of warm weather look for the crank bait and spinner baits cast on the bank cover and slowly worked to get strikes. Watch the water temperatures all day and find the warmest water in the North West coves for any active fish. Any warm up next month should spark the fish to start to the shallows. Zoom Super flukes can also work just work them at different speeds and depths until the fish react. We have the Lowrance GEN2 Touch machine on our boat. Call and set up an On the Water Schools, 770 889 2654

DECEMBER 14, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .95 FEET, CLEAR, 58*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. The cooler water temperatures have really gotten the bass fired up on the main lake. Look for areas on the main lake on the Chattahoochee side. The grass is still very thick, so you have to fish grass edges instead of flats. Two really good patterns that are working extremely well are throwing a lip less crank bait and a square bill crank bait through the grass. A good lip less crank bait is a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Mudbug Red. This is a crawfish color and is notorious for catching big bass on Seminole. The best shallow running crank bait to throw is a Stanford 1.5 Patriot in Summer pattern. This crank bait is made of cedar, so it floats up out of the grass extremely well. Use 20 pound Sunline Fluorocarbon with both of these techniques. Another pattern that is emerging on the lake right now is flipping dead or dying water hyacinths on the Hooch. There is an abundant amount of dead hyacinths floating up and down the river right now. Any of them can hold good fish, so you just have to search until you find the right ones. When flippin use a 1 ounce Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten weight, along with a Fish Catchin Fool bobber stopper, a 3/0 Gamakatsu Heavy Cover Hook, and a Big Bite Baits Yo Daddy in Black/Blue. Use at least 60lb. Sunline Froggin and Flippin Braid with this technique.

DECEMBER 7, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .5 FEET, CLEAR, 65*

BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good. It's December and it feels more like springtime. The lake is still slam full of grass and the water temps have not yet even reached down into the 50's. The bass are still on a fall/summer pattern on the lake. There are a few fish to be caught on lipless crank baits and shallow running crank baits, but you have to fish grass edges, because the flats are covered with grass and are inaccessible. There are two good options for cranking. The first is to fish a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Mudbug Red or Old Glory and the 2nd option is to fish a Stanford 1.5 Patriot in Tennessee Color. The Stanford lure is made of Cedar and has tremendous buoyancy when fishing through the grass. We fish both of these set ups with 16 pound Sunline FC Sniper Fluorocarbon line. Another pattern that is still working is flipping deep grass in Spring Creek. This is a technique that is usually only good through October, but with the warm weather and the abundant grass it is still a good way to catch big fish. For flipping, look for submerged grass points in about 10 to -12 foot of water. Use a 1 ounce Fish Catchin Fool Tungsten Weight, along with a Fish Catchin Fool Bobber Stopper, a 5/0 Gamakatsu EWG Superline Hook, and a 4" Big Bite Baits Fighting Frog in Hematoma. Always use at least 50 lb. Sunline FX2 Froggin and Flippin Braid for this technique. We have the Lowrance GEN2 Touch machine on our boat. Call and set up an On the Water Schools, 770 889 2654

NOVEMBER 30, 2012

LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN ONE FOOT, CLEAR, 72*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is slow but should really start picking up with the cooler weather. There is still a bunch of grass all over the lake, and the best bite is fishing in the grass. To find fish, you can start by throwing lipless crank bait on the edge of grass lines. A Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Old Glory is a good bait for Seminole. The best grass lines are on the main lake where the Flint , Spring Creek and the Hooch all come together near the Indian Mounds. These areas can hold fish at all times of the year. If the lipless crank bait doesn’t work, then flipping is also still good on Seminole. The lower end of Spring Creek is a good place to flip. When flipping use 60 pound Sunline Froggin and Flippin Braid with a 1 ½ ounce tungsten sinker and a 5/0 Gamakatsu EWG hook. The best flipping bait on Seminole is a 4 inch Big Bite Baits Fighting Frog in Hematoma. As the cooler weather sinks in, the bite will pick up and fish will be a little easier to catch. We have the Lowrance GEN2 Touch machine on our boat. Call and set up an On the Water Schools, 770 889 2654

NOVEMBER 22, 2012

LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN ONE FOOT, CLEAR, 72*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is fair. The best bite right now is for shoal bass. If you prefer to stay on the lake, the flipping bite is starting to pick flipping the Zoom Ultra Vibe Craw. Also, the Texas rig bite is producing some fish. As you work down grass lines and be sure to fish any grassy points or indentations. Start by throwing lipless crank bait on the edge of grass lines. A Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Old Glory on the grass lines are on the main lake will work. If the lipless crank bait doesn’t work, then flipping is also still worth the time. The lower end of Spring Creek is a good place to flip. When flipping, use 60 pound test Sunline Froggin and Flippin Braid with a 1 and 1/2 ounce tungsten sinker and a 5/0 Gamakatsu EWG hook. Most of the lake is clear, so your plastics need to be either red shad, watermelon seed or green pumpkin or some other clear water color. We have the Lowrance GEN2 Touch machine on our boat. Call and set up an On the Water Schools, 770 889 2654

NOVEMBER 15, 2012

LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN ONE FOOT, CLEAR, 72*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing has been fair early but the afternoon bite is picking up. Floating worms, ghost frogs, French fly worms and buzz baits have been working. Larger u tail worms on a Texas rig with a light sinker will work mid lake. The river fish usually feet on crawfish early so stick with a jig and pig until noon. Pitch and flip these darker baits in greens and browns around any wood especially in the little creek and coves right at the river. Spinnerbait or small crank bait is still your best beat. Make sure that you cover a lot of water. Fishing a ¼ ounce Rat L Trap in the chrome and black or the chrome and blue or a spinnerbait in the white and chartreuse will catch you some number and a few good one. The fish early are in less than two feet of water so make sure you cast right to the grass lines or the banks. Use a Texas rig worm on any brush you see. Work this bait all around the brush as you may find fish holding on this type of structure. We have the Lowrance GEN2 Touch machine on our boat. Call and set up an On the Water Schools, 770 889 2654

NOVEMBER 9, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN ONE FOOT, CLEAR, 72*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is fair. The bass are still just really not biting. There was a 2 day tournament over the weekend with some very good anglers, and it only took about 12 to 13 pounds a day to be in the top. My hypothesis is that there is still way too much grass all over the lake. This cooler weather should start making the grass die back, but until then flipping is going to be your best bet. When flipping, you need to look for grass points that are near ditches where fish will start migrating chasing shad. There are numerous types of flipping baits, hooks, and tungsten weights on the market right now. It gets confusing when trying to pick the right combination of baits. With much experience flipping grass on Seminole I have narrowed my choices down to a 4" Big Bite Baits Fighting Frog in Hematoma, a 5/0 Gamakatsu EWG hook and a new Tungsten weight designed by a company call Fish Catchin Fool Bait Company. They make a Tungsten Weight that is EcoFriendly, it is inert free and has a narrow opening so that your bobber stoppers will not get stuck inside of the weight. They also have a black powder coat finish that is almost impossible to chip off. These are some really great weights that you need to check out at http://www.fishcatchinfool.com/. The emerging pattern to look for in the coming months is a lipless crank bait and a shallow running crank bait bite. A Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Old Glory or Mudbug Red is a good trap and a Stanford Raz-r Shad in a shad color is a good crank bait for the shallow grass. We have the Lowrance GEN2 Touch machine on our boat. Call and set up an On the Water Schools, 770 889 2654

October 25, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FT, CLEAR, 79*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is slow. The bass are on the move chasing shad up and down the creek so they can be somewhat hard to find and catch. Once you find a school of fish, they can be caught swimming a 3.5" Big Bite Baits Cane Thumper in reel shad on a 3/0 Gamakatsu EWG weighed hook. My partner and I won the 2nd Annual $10,000 Bainbridge City Tournament swimming this bait over the tops of submerged grass points in Spring Creek. We used 20 lb. Sunline FC Sniper Fluorocarbon with the setup. We also caught some fish flipping deep grass using a 4" Big Bite Baits Fighting Frog in Hematoma color. Power Poles come in real handy when you're flipping because when you catch a fish you can deploy them down to stay in place. We have found that you can even deploy them in deep water over thick grass and they will still hold you in place. Another thing that makes them unique is that they extend outward, so we have even used them to extend over the tops of stumps in Spring Creek to hold my boat in place. We have the Lowrance GEN2 Touch machine on our boat. Call and set up an On the Water Schools, 770 889 2654


October 18, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR, 79*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is still barely fair and look off the main lake for the fish. In the heavy grass, use the Rattle Back black and blue or all black 1/2 ounce jig and a larger Pro Pork Trailer by Uncle Josh. Culprit red shad worms on a Texas rig is always a good lure on this lake. Use a larger Texas rigged worm on the grass beds. The faster moving baits will be best on the main river and Fat Free Shad in bright colors is the best bet. Fishing is better later each day as the water warms. After mid day, head to the river and use a spinner bait in the 1/2 ounce size and hit every stump in the shallow waters. Make a lot of short casts. We have the NEW! Lowrance GEN2 Touch machine on our boat. Call and set up an On the Water Schools, 770 889 2654

October 12, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR, 82*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is fair. Fish a Spro Dawg 125 walking bait on main lake grass beds. If fish are striking in the grass beds, throw a white Big Bite Baits 3.5" Top Toad up in the grass on braided line. This bite is short lived unless there is some cloud cover. With cloud cover present, keep fishing the Spro Dawg and the Top Toad because they will draw strikes from big ones. If the sun comes out, a good pattern that is working now is to find the old deeper grass lines at the lower end of Spring Creek that have not yet reached the surface. Once you find these grass lines, fish them slowly with 2 baits. Either a Texas rigged Big Bite Baits 6" Kreit Tail worm, or a Spro McStick Suspending jerk bait. Fish the Kreit Tail worm in green pumpkin with a 4/0 offset shank Gamakatsu hook with a 5/16 ounce tungsten lead with Sunline Fluorocarbon. Fish the Spro McStick jerk bait with Sunline Fluorocarbon. We have the NEW! Lowrance GEN2 Touch machine on our boat. Call and set up an On the Water Schools, 770 889 2654


October 4, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR, 82*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is fair and the fish are on the points and creeks bends. Look down lake on creek bends and up in creeks. Find the clearest water possible in the creeks. Use the Culprit green shad worms on the points as tight as possible. In the Spring Creek area use a floating Rapala ’s later each day in gold and black back and work it slowly around grass beds. Try the Culprit worm in dark colors over the grass and wood cover. Fishing is better later each day as the water warms. Finesse worms floated over grass beds or a u tail worm in dark colors, can work after the sun is up. Use a light 1/16 lead weight on the edges of the grass.

September 28, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR, 82*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is fair to good. Bass fishing can be great on Seminole if you find the right area and are throwing the right baits. Early in the morning, look for shad and bream present on main lake grass lines. Throw a white Spro Superstar Spinnerbait and a white buzz bait in these areas. This year, the lake is covered with hydrilla growing everywhere. The fish can be really hard to find, especially during the day after the morning bite. The best technique is flipping. Just choose a grass line and go down it flipping. The best setup for flipping is a 7 1/2 to 8 foot rod with 60 pound Sunline FX2 braid, a 1 1/2 ounce Tungsten, and a 5/0 Gamakatsu heavy cover flipping hook. The bait of choice is easy a 4" Big Bite Baits Fighting Frog in Green Pumpkin or Tilapia. This setup allows you to fish fast and cover a lot of water. When you get a bite, there is a good chance that there are some more fish in the area, so slow down and fish the area thoroughly. This pattern will hold up all fall or until the grass starts dying back. Then it will be time to start throwing some shallow running and lipless crank baits.

September 21, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR, 84*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good as the water starts to cool down .Bass are on the creek bends down lake and on the sides of the main lake points. Frogs and buzz baits will work and try the Super Fluke as well. The fish are biting but early use the slow presentation. Use the Zoom gourd green worm on a Texas rig in the tight bank cover. Up the creeks, use a dark jig and pig combination and fish tight in any cover from the bank as far out as 15 feet. The Stanley jigs in the 3/8 ounce size in dark reds and blacks with a matching #11 Uncle Josh trailer will be best. Add Real Craw scent and use it often casting to the same location. Anglers are also use the larger spoons and making long casts across the river points with shad patterns and are taking some good bass. If the spoon has silver hooks, change them over the Mustad Tripple Grip Hooks.

September 14, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR, 86*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good and the bass are biting on secondary creek points and creek ledges. Use a Texas rigged lizard in pumpkinseed or water melon and add some Real Craw scent. Crank baits that are working are Shad Raps, Rat L Traps and Sission lures in the brighter colors. Stay with smaller lures but in the river, go to the next larger size. Small all white buzz baits on the grassy points and a small Bang A Lure will work fro some smaller fish. A Texas rig worm can also be the best bet on some days. At times bass will hit a heavy weighted Texas rig, but a lightweight rig is more consistent. All these rigs normally work best with a very slow retrieve. Colors for these worms can be dictated by personal choice and confidence, but it’s hard to beat green pumpkin, June bug, and natural blue.

September 7, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR, 86*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is fair on worms and jigs up the rivers. In the lower lakes creeks, flip wood early and use a Texas rigged Culprit black shad worm. Use larger worms in red shad or greens. Up the rivers flip a large worm or spinner bait around the banks and drop them into the cuts under the big trees right on the bank. Try a Rattle Back jigs in black and blue or all black 1/2 jig and a larger Pro Pork Trailer by Uncle Josh. Cast to the banks cover and work baits tight. Afternoons are better for faster moving baits with a small all white Fat Free Shad on main river points. Small floating Rapala’s in gold’s are fair in the creeks. Never overlook a small shallow crank bait in gold’s on this lake even up the river.

August 31, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR, 89*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good and the bass are biting on secondary creek points and creek ledges. Again the weather needs your attention. Use a Texas rigged lizard in pumpkinseed or water melon and add some Real Craw scent. Crank baits that are working are Shad Raps, Rat L Traps and Deep Wee R crank baits in the brighter colors. Stay with smaller lures but in the river; go to the next larger size. Small all white buzz baits on the grassy points and a small Bang A Lure will work for some smaller fish. Gold Stanley buzz baits are good top water baits all day. Work them right off any structure and be sure to keep the bait on a straight steady retrieve.

August 24, 2012

LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR, 89*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is fair and expect some top water at day break as long as you are in the right area. It seems that the best top water areas are on the edges of the shallower flats such as the ones from Ship Island down to the Fireman's Cut on the Flint River side of the lake. Once you have located an area’s that seems to be holding fish, use either buzz bait or a walking bait such as a Spro Dawg 100. We like to use Sunline FX2 Braid for both techniques. After the morning top water bite is over you basically have two options. Try to slow down with the Texas rig or head over to Spring Creek to do some flipping. The Texas rig works well fished near grass points close to deep water. A great set up is a 5/16 ounce Tungsten weight a 4/0 Gamakatsu EWG hooks and a 6"Big Bite Baits Kreit Tail Worm in Tilapia. For flipping, the best bait for Seminole is a Big Bite Baits Fighting Frog in Hematoma.

August 16, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR, 89*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass are somewhat biting, bust mostly early in the mornings. Top water is doing well early as long as you are in the right area. It seems that the best top water areas are on the edges of the shallower flats such as the ones from Ship Island down to the Fireman's Cut on the Flint River side of the lake. Once you have located an area’s that seems to be holding fish, use either buzz bait or a walking bait such as a Spro Dawg 100. We like to use Sunline FX2 Braid for both techniques. After the morning top water bite is over, you basically have two options, you can either slow down with a Texas rig or head over to Spring Creek to do some flipping. The Texas rig works well fished near grass points close to deep water. A great set up is a 5/16 ounce Tungsten weight a 4/0 Gamakatsu EWG hooks and a 6"Big Bite Baits Kreit Tail Worm in Tilapia. For flipping, the best bait for Seminole is a Big Bite Baits Fighting Frog in Hematoma.

August 9, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FEET, CLEAR, 89*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is fair on worms and jigs up the rivers. In the lower lakes creeks, flip wood early and use a Texas rigged Culprit black shad worm. Use larger worms in red shad or greens. Up the rivers flip a large worm or spinner bait around the banks and drop them into the cuts under the big trees right on the bank. Try a Rattle Back jigs in black and blue or all black 1/2 ounce jig and a larger Pro Pork Trailer by Uncle Josh. Cast to the banks cover and work baits tight. Afternoons are better for faster moving baits with a small all white Fat Free Shad on main river points. Small floating Rapala’s in gold’s are fair in the creeks. Never overlook a small shallow crank bait in gold’s on this lake even up the river.

August 2, 2012

LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FEET, CLEAR, 89*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good and despite the heat, the fish are still biting. There is still a good early morning and late evening top water bite with frogs in the grass. Fish any topped out grass beds near deep water with a 3.5" Big Bite Baits Top Toad in any light color. Swim the frog over the tops of the holes in the grass and wait for explosive strikes. Always have a 6" Big Bite Baits Jerk Minnow rigged up for missed strikes. Later in the day when the sun heats the water up, move to either Spring Creek or main lake river ledges and look for deep grass. The best spots are near the bends and points of the creek or river ledges. Type of grass will either be milfoil or hydrilla. Fish these spots with either a Texas rigged 6/10" Big Bite Baits Kriet Tail worm in watermelon seed, or a Carolina rigged Big Bite Baits 6" finesse worm in watermelon seed. Fish the Texas rig on a 1/4 ounce Tungsten sinker and the Carolina rig on a 1 ounce sinker. If fish are actively feeding and there is current present, a Spro Little John Baby DD in Nasty Shad works real well in these sam e areas. Make sure to use a good glass cranking rod with a medium heavy action and Sunline Fluorocarbon FC Sniper 12 pound.


July 25, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FEET, CLEAR, 89*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good. Despite the heat, the fish are still biting. There is still a good early morning and late evening top water bite with frogs in the grass. Fish any topped out grass beds near deep water with a 3.5" Big Bite Baits Top Toad in any light color. Swim the frog over the tops of the holes in the grass and wait for explosive strikes. Always have a 6" Big Bite Baits Jerk Minnow rigged up for missed strikes. Later in the day when the sun heats the water up, move to either Spring Creek or main lake river ledges and look for deep grass. The best spots are near the bends and points of the creek or river ledges. Type of grass will either be milfoil or hydrilla. Fish these areas with either a Texas rigged 10" Big Bite Baits Kriet Tail worm in watermelon seed, or a Carolina rigged Big Bite Baits 6" Finesse worm in watermelon seed. Fish the Texas rig on a 1/4 ounce Tungsten Sinker and the Carolina rig on a 1 ounce bullet style lead.

July 19, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FEET, CLEAR, 89*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is fair. There is a good top water bite in the early morning daylight hours on grass lines that are near the river channel. Fish a Stanford Turbo Shad in Summer Color. The Turbo Shad is double prop bait that resembles an injured shad on the surface of the water. After the morning bite is over with, you can fish the same areas with a Texas -Rigged 6" Big Bite Baits Kreit Tail Worm in Tilapia color. Use a 5/16 ounce tungsten sinker, 16 lb. Sunline FC Sniper Fluorocarbon, and a 4/0 Gamakatsu Offset-shank worm hook. This technique is somewhat slow, but can generate some more strikes throughout the day. If cloudy, rainy weather is present, you can pretty much stick with top water all day on grass lines near deeper water. A buzz bait is your best bet to cover a lot of water and find more aggressive fish.


July 12, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1 FOOT, CLEAR, 87*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good and despite the heat, the fish are still biting. There is still a good early morning and late evening top water bite with frogs in the grass. Fish any topped out grass beds near deep water with a 3.5" Big Bite Baits Top Toad in any light color. Swim the frog over the tops of the holes in the grass and wait for explosive strikes. Always have a 6" Big Bite Baits Jerk Minnow rigged up for missed strikes. Later in the day when the sun heats the water up, move to either Spring Creek or main lake river ledges and look for deep grass. The best spots are near the bends and points of the creek or river ledges. Type of grass will either be milfoil or hydrilla. Fish these spots with either a Texas rigged 6/10" Big Bite Baits Kriet Tail worm in watermelon seed, or a Carolina rigged Big Bite Baits 6" finesse worm in watermelon seed. Fish the Texas rig on a 1/4 ounce Tungsten sinker and the Carolina rig on a 1 ounce sinker.

July 5, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1 FOOT, CLEAR, 87*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is tough. The recent heat wave have really hunkered the bass down in tight cover. You can still catch some fish early in the mornings on top water prop baits such as a Stanford Lures Razor Shad in summer pattern. This bait imitates baitfish such as bream breaking the surface of the water. After the morning bite is over, you can either flip heavy cover or throw frogs over matted vegetation such as lily pads. The best flipping setup is a 1 and 1/2 ounce Tungsten sinker, a 4/0 Gamakatsu heavy cover worm hook and a Big Bite Baits Swimming Craw in black and blue. Look for grass points in Spring Creek or the main lake that are 8 to 12 feet deep with bait present. When frogs fishing opt for a heavy cover setup with 60 pound Sunline Braid a heavy action rod and a Spro Bronzeye 65 Frog in Rainforest Black or Natural Green. There are massive pad fields on the lower end of the Chattahoochee River and the fish can be in any group of pads at any time.

June 29, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1 FOOT, CLEAR, 86*

BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is fair. The fish are somewhat biting, but are not really tearing it up. Most days are a grind and depending on the type of weather, a consistent pattern can be hard to find. The best technique is to fish grass lines that are close to bends in the Flint River around the Jack Wingate's area. A buzz bait or a walking bait are two good choices to start out with early in the morning before the sun comes up. A Spro Dawg 100 in Old Glory comes with Gamakatsu hooks and is a great walking bait. Due to the thick hydrilla, it is best to fish this bait with braided line such as 50 pound Sunline FX2 Braid. After the sun comes up, you can fish these sam e areas a little slower with a soft plastic jerk bait such as a Big Bite Baits 6" Jerk Minnow in Watermelon. This bait is heavy and has a big profile so it sinks relatively fast, and can be fished strategically in the 4 to 6 foot range. When this pattern slows down, you basically have two choices on what to do later in the day. You can either flip matted hydrilla or fish pads with a frog. For flipping, look for grass lines in the 10 to 14 feet range and use a 1 1/4 ounce tungsten weight with a Big Bite Baits Swimming Craw in Tilapia. For pad fishing, the best areas are over on the Chattahoochee River , and you need to throw a Spro Bronzeye 65 in Rainforest Yellow.

June 21, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1 FOOT, CLEAR, 80*

BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is fair and fish in the deeper waters down lake. Use the dark Culprit green shad worms in the grass as tight as possible can draw a strike. These fish need to see the sam e bait several times especially mid day. Work the baits off the river bends and even try a Zoom all white Super Fluke on a large Mustad 4/0 offset worm hook. Strikes will usually be tight to the structure in the middle of the day. It’s hard to beat a large spinner bait or Zara Spook on and over the grass beds in the creeks. Fish these baits as close to the grass as possible and add a M ann Rat in all black to the tackle. Fish a shallow crank bait in the sand pockets. Move out to the creek channels especially after mid day as the fish will seek the deeper waters. Fish the deep diving crank baits like the Rapala DT10 in hot mustard.

June 14, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1 FOOT, CLEAR, 80*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good. The frog bite is one of the better techniques happening right now on Seminole. There are basically two different techniques for frogging that seem to be working well. Swimming a 3.5" Bite Baits Top Toad in Green Pumpkin Pearl over the tops of matted grass has been working real well when fish are in a chasing mood. You can usually tell when that fish are in this type of mood, because you will see the bass chasing minnows, bream, and shad up in the grass. When this type of action is present, use the swimming technique with the top toad. For this method, we use a heavy action rod with 20 pound Sunline Super Fluorocarbon. The best hook for this frog is a 5/0 Gamakatsu EWG. If you are not seeing much action in the grass, then the bass are probably inactive and they may want a slower presentation. There is no better frog on the market right now than the Spro Bronzeye Popper. Working the popper can be a bit tricky, but really there is no right or wrong way, just experiment with the bait and make sure you get it to pop when retrieving. Color depends on how bright the sky is. On bright, sunny days use a Natural Green, Green Tree, or Toad. On dark, cloudy days use a darker color such as Natural Red or Rainforest Black. Look for holes in the grass and work the frog over the holes with a fast steady retrieve. When you fish over the tops of mat’s slow the bait down. For this technique, you need a longer rod and heavy braid. Use 50 to 60 pound Sunline FX2 braid and a long rod. Power Poles come in handy with this technique because you can drop them and fish areas thoroughly.

June 8, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED,  80* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is fair and the fish are gathering in larger beginning the post spawn patterns. Look for the first break lines that are near the edges of the spawning flats. These break lines can range anywhere from 7 to 10 feet or 11 to 20 feet. The fish will be relating to both of these depths depending on which area of the lake you are fishing. There are several different techniques to use to catch fish off these areas and the fish crank bait. Use the Fat Papa 70 in the Tennessee River gizzard shad pattern, as no one else is throwing it. This bait runs about 7 to 10 feet, so it will work real well on those shallow break lines. You need to fish this bait on 14 pound Sunline FC Sniper fluorocarbon. The other crank bait that works well is a Stanford Cedar Shad in the deep version. Summer color is the best one, and this bait runs to depths of 12 to 14 feet on 12 pound Sunline FC Sniper fluorocarbon. Once you find a school of fish and they quit biting the crank bait, switch to a Big Bite Baits 6 inch Jerk Minnow in pearl or alewife. Fish this on 10 pound Sunline FC Sniper fluorocarbon to get it to its maximum depth. Insert a little nail weight into the head of the bait to get it down a little deeper and give it more action. Fish it deep and slow to entice strikes from post spawn fish. Use a 6/0 Gamakatsu Superline Monster Hook because this is a big bait.


June 1, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED,  80* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is fair and look off the main lake for the fish. In the heavy grass, use the Rattle Back black and blue or all black 1/2 ounce jig and a larger Pro Pork Trailer by Uncle Josh. Culprit red shad worms on a Texas rig is always a good lure on this lake. Use a larger Texas rigged worm on the grass beds. The faster moving baits will be best on the main river and Poe’s 400’s in bright colors is the best bet. Fishing is better later each day as the water warms. After mid day, head to the river and use spinner bait in the 1/2 ounce size and hit every stump in the shallow waters. Make a lot of short casts.

May 24, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED,  80* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. Buzz baits and spinner baits are the hot tickets right now. Fish the flooded grass and willow lines in 2 to 4 feet of water are holding lots of fish early. Chartreuse and white with tandem Willow seem to be working best all day. Run the grass with a buzz bait. Early morning, cranking with Shad Raps both the jointed and suspending are producing in the natural shad and crawdad colors. Any point mid lake and the creek mouths up lake are good locations but never overlook the larger flats. Jigs and plastics need to be to ssed in any heavy brush or trees that are lying on the sides of these flats and points. Any combination of browns and greens seem to be the best color.

May 17, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED,  80* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good. The top water bite is really starting to pick up. Start the early mornings off near shallow grass with a Stanford Turbo Shad in Buster Bream Color. After the top water bite is over, look for fish that are relating to main lake grass points and grass lines. The grass has yet to top out completely, but can be found using your electronics. A good place to start looking is from the firebreak down to Ship Island which is the little island at the end of Sealy's flats. There are numerous points and dips in this grass lines and it is capable of holding tons of fish. After the Sun comes up, try some shallow cranking and Carolina rigging, which is the two best techniques for catching fish in these conditions. Use the crank bait for locating grass and fish, and then slow down with the Carolina rig once you have located a school of fish. A really good crank bait for this type of fishing is a Spro Little John in Nasty Shad. This bait has tremendous action and really has a good feel when using a good fluorocarbon line such as 16 pound test Sunline FC Sniper. You want to crank it down until you feel the grass, then slow it down and work it methodically through the grass. Sometimes you may have to rip it free from the grass to draw a reaction strike. The Carolina-Rig works better on points that have shad present. For the rig, use a 1 and 1/4 ounce bullet weight and a long leader. Use a 2/0 Gamakatsu off set shank hook and a 6" Big Bite Baits Finesse Worm in Green Pumpkin. Fish it slow through the grass and make sure to use a good sensitive rod to feel for light bites. If you want the best DVD on Lowrance equipment see www.hightechfishing.com and use this code when you order 5 Ken. Come to Lake Lanier for a day and see the Lowrance HDS machines at work. Call for details 770 889 2654. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing On the Water fishing schools. If you want the best DVD on Lowrance equipment see www.hightechfishing.com and use this code when you order 5 Ken. Come to Lake Lanier for a day and see the Lowrance HDS machines at work. Call for details 770 889 2654.

May 9, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED,  77* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good and they are cruising the banks and on the ends of points. Fish are shallow around any wood and cast baits to shadows all day. Use a gourd green Zoom u tail worms down lake on Texas rig and use the brass and glass on the rig for more sound. Look in the mid lake half way back in the creeks and use the Sluggo with a glass rattle in it and throw it on the grass. A plastic rat will work on the matted grass. Work the heavy brush and the fish are on the shady corners. Up the river the fishing is good and use a 1/2 ounce Stanley spinner bait and add a large trailer. Use Zoom worms in the u tail style in red bug worked slowly on wood and docks. Use a Texas rig and add some Jacks Juice. Drop an all black Zoom trick worm in and around the grass beds. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing On the Water fishing schools. If you want the best DVD on Lowrance equipment see www.hightechfishing.com and use this code when you order 5 Ken. Come to Lake Lanier for a day and see the Lowrance HDS machines at work. Call for details 770 889 2654.


May 3, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED,  77* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is fair and the fish are up on top water early. The Lunker Lure all white buzz bait or Bang A Lures in silver and black back on banks and wood has been good. Cast to the shallow banks with a Rattlin’ Rouge in the shad or bream color. Spinner baits with willow leaf blades in silver and gold’s on the banks can draw strikes. Worms on a Texas or a short Carolina rig are fair in greens or smoke colors are fair, but fish slowly in and around brush. The down lake fish are biting blue back Shad Raps crank baits on the points and humps. Try the white skirts and silver blades on a Bulldog 3/8th ounce spinner baits up the rivers in coves and hit wood on the banks. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing On the Water fishing schools.


April 26, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED,  77* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is fair and look on the main lake for the fish. In the heavy grass, use the Rattle Back black and blue or all black 1/2 ounce jig and a larger Pro Pork Trailer by Uncle Josh. Culprit red shad worms on a Texas rig is always a good lure on this lake. Use a larger Texas rigged worm on the grass beds. The faster moving baits will be best on the main river and Poe’s 400 in bright colors is the best bet. Fishing is better later each day as the water warms. After mid day, head to the river and use a spinner bait in the 1/2 ounce size and hit every stump in the shallow waters. Make a lot of short casts. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing On the Water fishing schools.

April 20, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED,  77* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good. The fish are starting to group up together in schools and are beginning the post-spawn patterns. Look for the first break lines that are near the edge of the spawning flats. These break lines can range anywhere from 7 to 10 feet or 11 to 20 feet. The fish will be relating to both of these depths depending on which area of the lake you are fishing. There are several different techniques to use to catch fish off these areas. My personal favorite is to fish a crank bait. There are 2 crank baits that are working particularly well on Seminole right now. The first one is a new one by Spro called a Fat Papa 70. Use the Tennessee River Gizzard Shad Pattern as it is different than anything else on the lake that anyone is throwing. This bait runs about 7 to 10 feet so it will work real well on those shallow break lines. You need to fish this bait on 14 lb. Sunline FC Sniper Fluorocarbon. The other crank bait that works well is a Stanford Cedar Shad in the Deep version. Summer color is the best one and this bait runs to depths of 12 to 14 feet on 12 pound Sunline FC Sniper Fluorocarbon. Once you find a school of fish and they quit biting the crank bait, then switch to a Big Bite Baits 6" Jerk Minnow in Pearl or Alewife. Fish this bait on 10 pound Sunline FC Sniper Fluorocarbon in order to get it to its maximum depths. Insert a little nail weight into the head of the bait in order to get it down a little deeper and give it more action. Fish it as deep as you can and slow in order to entice strikes from post spawn fish. Use a 6/0 Gamakatsu Superline Monster Hook, because this is a big bait. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing On the Water fishing schools.


April 13, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED,  74* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good and the fish are starting to group up together in schools and are beginning the post-spawn patterns. Look for the first break lines that are near the edge of the spawning flats. These break lines can range anywhere from 7 to 10 feet or 11 to 20 feet. The fish will be relating to both of these depths depending on which area of the lake you are fishing. There are several different techniques to use to catch fish off of the these areas. Our personal favorite is to fish crank bait. There are 2 crank baits that are working particularly well. The first one is a new one by Spro called a Fat Papa 70. Use the Tennessee River Gizzard Shad Pattern as it is different than anything else on the lake that anyone is throwing. This bait runs about 7 to 10 feet so it will work real well on those shallow break lines. You need to fish this bait on 14 lb. Sunline FC Sniper Fluorocarbon. The other crank bait that works will is a Stanford Cedar Shad in the Deep version. Summer color is the best one and this bait runs to depths of 12 to 14 feet on 12 pound Sunline FC Sniper Fluorocarbon. Once you find a school of fish and they quit biting the crank bait, then switch to a Big Bite Baits 6" Jerk Minnow in white. Fish this bait on 10 lb. Sunline FC Sniper Fluorocarbon in order to get it to its maximum depths. Fish it as deep as you can and slow in order to entice strikes from post spawn fish. Use a 6/0 Gamakatsu Superline Monster Hook, because this is a big bait. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing On the Water fishing schools.


April 6, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED,  75* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is great and it is shallow water time. Frogs, buzz baits, Senko’s and trick worms will all work on any grass line. The dominant pattern is sight fishing. At this time the fish are spawning. If you like to throw a Carolina rig, now is a good time to fish making lake sandbars with a Carolina rig, as the fish are now starting to spawn on the main lake bars. Although you can't see these fish, they are spawning on these bars. Zooms 6 inch lizard in watermelon seed and green pumpkin are tough to colors to beat. For sight fishing, white tubes, bright trick worms and white lizards are always good choices. Expect these patterns to hold steady for about another month. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing On the Water fishing schools.


March 30, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED,  75* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is fair and the next wave of big females will be moving up on the beds soon. Concentrate on spawning fish in the shallows. Main lake sandbars are going to be really hot this weekend. Use a Texas rigged 8" Big Bite Baits Kreit Tail lizard in watermelon red. This is a big lizard so you will need to use a big 5/0 offset Gamakatsu. The fluorocarbon line is a must with this technique. Try some 20 pound Sunline FC Sniper and you will never want to use anything else. Also be looking for beds, and when you find one, drop the power poles and fish for one until you aggravate it to bite. A Spro Fat John in Spooky Nasty is also good to fish on the sandbars and in between the sandbars. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing On the Water fishing schools.


March 22, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED,  75* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good. The bass are shallow right now and are spawning. Some bass have already spawned and are getting ready for a post spawn feeding frenzy. For spawning bass, look for sandy areas in 1 to 4 feet of water. Most bass will have a crater fanned out with shell present and the bed will be easy to locate. Once you have located a bedding bass, there are several baits that will entice strikes. We have been having success using two baits a Big Bite Baits Warmouth and Big Bite Baits 8" Kriet Tail Lizard (colors really don't make that much of a difference I usually try and match a bream color). We usually go with the Warmouth first, and then if the bass won't bite, most of the time they will bite the lizard. When rigging both of these baits, use a 1/4 tungsten and a 5/0 Gamakatsu EWG hook and at least 16 pound Sunline Fluorocarbon. Double Power Poles are really nice when bed fishing while searching for bedding bas, you can throw a shallow running crank bait around pepper grass and hydrilla beds. When using this technique I go with two different crank baits, either a Stanford Cedar Shad Patriot 1.5 in Summer color, or a Spro Little John in Nasty Shad. For post spawn fish, fish the first and second break lines that are near the sandbars. The first break line usually ranges from 7 to 10 feet and the second break line usually ranges from 10 to 15 feet. The bass will usually be on one or the other. The best break lines are the ones that have hydrilla growing from the bottom and contain a lot of points and cuts in the grass. You can fish the areas with a crank bait, spinnerbait or a Carolina rigged finesse worm. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing On the Water fishing schools.

March 15, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED,  75* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good. It is muddy on the upper end of the creek and Flint River and there is a slight stain everywhere else. The bass are either spawning or in their post-spawn mode. With the muddy water, there are only a few areas of the lake that has visibility enough to find bedding fish. The lower end of the lake near the dam has fairly clear water. Look for bedding bass on sandbars with shell present. The shell indicates a hard bottom. If you find a bass on bed, lower your Power Poles and try to entice a strike by aggravating the fish with a Texas rig bait of your choice. While cruising the shallows looking for bedding fish, you can fish many different baits that will catch fish. One bait that works really well is a Big Bite Baits Wacky Stick in watermelon red. Rig this bait with a 2/0 Gamakatsu Wicked Wacky Hook. The best places to use it is around sand and vegetation such as lily pad stems and grass. Use 20 pound Sunline fluorocarbon as it is extremely limp and strong. For post-spawn fish, try fishing break lines that are closest to spawning areas. Most of these break lines will have hydrilla present, so throwing a crank bait is a good idea. Two crank baits work well for this technique. In water 7 to 10 feet, throw a Stanford Razor Shad Medium Diver in Summer patter and for breaks deeper than that, throw a Spro Little John Baby DD in Nasty Shad. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing On the Water fishing schools.


March 8, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED,  65* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. The bass are shallow right now and are spawning. Some bass have already spawned and are getting ready for a post spawn feeding frenzy. For spawning bass look for sandy areas in 1 to 4 feet of water. Most bass will have a crater fanned out with shell present and the bed will be easy to locate. Once you have located a bedding bass, there are several baits that will entice strikes. We have been having success using two baits, the Big Bite Baits Warmouth and Big Bite Baits 8" Kriet Tail Lizard and colors really don't make that much of a difference. We recommend anglers try the bream color. We usually go with the Warmouth first and then if the bass won't bite most of the time they will bite the lizard. When rigging both of these baits, use a 1/4 tungsten and a 5/0 Gamakatsu EWG hook. While searching for bedding bass, you can throw a shallow running crank bait around pepper grass and hydrilla beds. When using this technique we use two different crank baits. Either a Stanford Cedar Shad Patriot 1.5 in Summer color or a Spro Little John in Nasty Shad. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing On the Water fishing schools.

March 2, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED,  62* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good. The bass have moved up heavily on the beds now and there is 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 in about 70 % 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 such as 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 has a paddle tail action and when Texas rigged, you can swim it through grass and lily pads much like 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 Blue Gill 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 co polymer line with a little stretch such as 16 to 22 pound Sunline Machinegun Cast. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing On the Water fishing schools.


February 24, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED,  61* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good and the shallow fishing is a great all day pattern. Shallow water patterns include flipping, Texas rigging and sight fishing. The trick worms are starting to get lots of action. If you are looking for an area to concentrate on Cowikee Creek is a good all day area. Fish the shallow cover with jigs and plastics. Also try swimming worms and jigs in grass close to the sandbars. Use a Carolina rig on main lake sandbars at approximately 6 feet deep where the grass meets the sand. Use the 6 inch lizard in watermelon seed and green pumpkin. Also have the Alabama rig ready for the schooners that will show up mid day on these same sand bars. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing On the Water fishing schools.


February 17, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED,  61* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is fair. The bass are biting okay, but they are sort of hard to pattern. Some people are reporting nice catches on lipless crank baits, but they say the fish are super shallow in 3ft or less. Fish a Spro Aruku Shad Jr. in Red Crawfish Color and rip it from the grass. To get the bait super shallow use a heavy line such as a 20 pound Sunline FC Sniper. This bait comes with Gamakatsu Trebles, so there is no need to change the hooks. Another good bait for this same pattern is to fish a square lip crank bait such as a Stanford Lures Patriot 1.5 in Summer color. Use the same line setup as the lipless crank bait for this pattern. Another good pattern that is going to work extremely well with the upcoming cold front is flipping hyacinths or grass near spawning areas. When flipping use the Big Bite Baits Fighting Frog in Hematoma. Team this up with a flipping rod and Sunline FX2 Braid and add a 1 and 1/2 ounce Tungsten and you are ready to catch. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing On the Water fishing schools.

February 9, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED,  63*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good and the bass are starting to move up on the beds now. Sight fishing is really a good way to catch bass right now, as long as you are in clear water near a good bedding area. Use a good pair of polarized glasses to find the beds and the bass. Once you find a bass on bed, you need to determine whether or not the fish is worth your time. Some of the bass will be locked on and will stay on the bed when you pitch your bait in. These are the ones that will usually bite. If the bass swims off when you pitch in your bait, than they usually are the ones that are difficult to catch. Each bedding bass is different, so you just have to experiment to learn a little about each fish. There are many different bait’s that will catch bass like the Big Bite Baits. Look for the Big Bite sight fishing bait called the Warmouth. It really resembles a bream feeding on the eggs of a bass when Texas rigged. Also use the jerk bait near spawning areas. Go with the Spro McStick 95, as it is a little smaller than its original 110. The bait works real well on 10 pound Sunline FC Sniper, so you may have to use a spinning outfit. Fast erratic actions with 4 to 5 second pauses seem to work best this time of year. This technique really works well, so go out and give it a shot. The best color we use is the clear chartreuse. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing On the Water fishing schools.

February 2, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED,  63* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good. The bass are in a spawn pre spawn mode. For spawning bass look in the backwater ponds off of the main lake. Look for sandy areas and once you find a bass on the bed, use a Big Bite Baits Warmouth in Green Blue Gill, along with a 5/0 EWG Gamakatsu hook and a 3/8 ounce tungsten sinker. Use the Sunline 22 pound Machine Gun Cast when bed fishing. For pre spawn fish, look on the main lake flats and fish the edge of sandbars with a shallow running crank bait. For 3 feet or less, use a Spro Fat John in Nasty Shad, and for water a little deeper than 3 feet, use a Stanford Razor Shad Shallow Runner in Summer Pattern. Each of these baits is perfect for locating and catching pre spawn fish on the flats. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing On the Water fishing schools.

January 27, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR,  58*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good all over the lake. We have reports anglers catching them on lipless crank baits and jerk baits. The lipless crank bait bite can be a little frustrating with all of the coots on the lake pulling up the hydrilla. There are still good defined grass lines, but most of the fish that are being caught have moved off of the grass lines and can be caught up on the flats. To locate fish, fish a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Mudbug Red. Fish the bait on the flats and yo-yo it and rip it free from the hydrilla. Use the 30 pound braid with this technique and we recommend and use Sunline Shooter Fluorocarbon in 20 pound test. This seems to work better and does not rip the hooks out of the fish’s mouth when you hook a big one. Once you locate a school of fish and catch all that you can on the Aruku Shad, and then you can throw a suspending jerk bait in on the same fish and they will more then likely nail it, a good suspending jerk bait to use is a Spro McStick 110 in Blue Bandit. The 5-10 second pause when you work this bait is what really drives the fish crazy. If the bite gets really slow, you can slow down and fish weightless stick bait in the same areas. Use a 6" Big Bite Baits Trick Stick in watermelon. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing “On the Water” fishing schools.

January 20, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1', STAINED 55*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is fair and the fish are on the points and creeks bends. Look down lake on creek bends and up in creeks. Find the clearest water possible in the creeks. Use the Culprit green shad worms on the points as tight as possible. In the Spring Creek area use a floating Rapala with a gold side and black back and work it slowly around grass beds. Frogs are still working just be sure to use a braid. Try the Culprit worm in dark colors over the grass and wood cover. Fishing is better later each day as the water warms. Finesse worms floated over grass beds or a u tail worm in dark colors, can work after the sun is up. Use a light 1/16 lead weight on the edges of the grass. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing “On the Water” fishing schools.

January 13, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1', CLEAR,  55* 

BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good. The recent cold front cooled down the water temperatures and really grouped the fish up in tight schools. Look for grass points that are close to the edge of sandbars, as the fish will use these as staging areas. To catch fish off of these areas, use two crank baits. A Spro Little John in Nasty Shad works well on the shallower points from 3-5 feet of water. This bait has a circuit board lip and has tremendous action and comes through the grass really good. The other crank bait goes a little deeper and does not have a rattle. It is a Stanford Cedar Shad, the Razor Shad in Medium Diver. Any shad color will work. This bait is extremely buoyant and floats out of the grass really well. I would definitely change the hooks on it, though, to size 2 Gamakatsu EWG Treble Hooks. Another pattern that is emerging is flipping dead hyacinths on the Chattahoochee River . Look for dead hyacinths in the pockets or canals off of the main river and flip a Big Bite Baits Yo Daddy in Black/Blue with a 1 1/2 oz. tungsten weight. Use a 4/0 Gamakatsu Heavy Cover Worm Hook and 65 lb. Sunline FX2 Braid. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing “On the Water” fishing schools.

January 6, 2012
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1', CLEAR,  55* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good. His month the best search bait to use is lipless crank bait such as a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in MudBug Red. You don't have to change the hooks on this bait because it comes out of the package with number 2 Mustad. We have been having more success by allowing this bait to sink all the way to the bottom before retrieving. It will get hung up in the grass, but with a good rod and some 20 lb. Sunline FC Sniper, you can fish it and rip it free from the hydrilla. Some of the hydrilla will still be alive, and some dead. If the fish aren't biting in the ditches, then start moving up on the flats and fishing the shallower water. A good bait for the flats is the New Spro Fat John in Nasty Shad. This bait allows you to fish a little slower and more methodical. The flats will be pretty thick with grass, so you can slow down and even stop the bait when you feel grass so that it will float up and out of the hydrilla. This is a deadly technique for cold water bass. With the warmer days ahead, look for the fish to start moving into the backwater to spawn. When this occurs, the flipping bite will start to get really good. Look for dead vegetation such as hyacinths and flip a Big Bite Baits 4" Yo Momma in Hematoma on a 1 ounce Tungsten and a New 5/0 Gamakatsu Flipping Hook. Use at least 60 pound. Sunline Braid. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing “On the Water” fishing schools.

December 28, 2011
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1', CLEAR,  59* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good. The bass are feeding up for the winter and heavy largemouth’s can be caught all over the lake right now. The best places are grass flats near the edge of the river channel out on the main lake. The best search bait for finding fish is a lipless crankbait such as a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Mudbug Red. This bait can be worked fast over the tops of the grass with a steady retrieve or a yo-yo action. When fishing this bait, be sure to use at least 16 lb. Sunline Fluorocarbon, as it is some of the best on the market. Once you locate fish in the grass, you can slow down and fish a slower shallow running crankbait such as a Stanford Cedar Baits Patriot 1.5 in Tennessee Shad. Just make sure you change the hooks to Gamakatsu EWG Bronze Treble Hooks Size 4. This bait has a lot of buoyancy and is awesome when eased through the tops of the grass beds. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing “On the Water” fishing schools. Order the new Wave Away Screen Cleaner @ www.waveaway.com and put Ken Sturdivant in the referral box.

December 23, 2011
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1', CLEAR,  59* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good and the fish are grouping up and the pre spawn bite is already starting. Fish the edges of grass flats in 7 to 10 feet of water out on the main lake. A lipless crankbait is your best choice of bait. Use a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Mudbug Red. The coots are pulling the grass up and it is a little aggravating to fish but use a good rod with 20 pound test Sunline fluorocarbon to rip the bait free from the grass. If the lipless crankbait bite slows down, you can switch to a cedar bait such as a Stanford Patriot 1.5 in Summer Color. Another technique is to fish a Texas -Rig 5" Big Bite Baits Trick Stick in Tilapia for suspended fish in Spring Creek. The fish will be relating to the edges of the deep grass lines in Spring Creek. The best places are grass lines with big stumps present, as the fish will relate to these with the cold weather coming. This rig only works if you rig it up correctly and avoid line twists. Use a 1/4 ounce Tungsten, a 4/0 Gamakatsu off set Shank worm hook and 16 pound test Sunline Fluorocarbon to get the best out of this rig. It is a slow technique, but can pay off big time especially after cold fronts. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing “On the Water” fishing schools.

December 16, 2011
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1', CLEAR,  57* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good. The lipless crankbait bite and shallow crankbait bite has really turned on down on the main lake. The fish are still somewhat relating to the grass lines and have not yet moved up on top of the flats. Target the areas that are near ditches and grass lines that have good points and cuts on them. Fish with a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Old Glory and rip it out of the shallow grass. To fish the deeper grass lines and points/ditches use a Stanford Razor Shad Medium Diver in shad color. This bait really comes through the grass nice as it is a cedar bait that has good buoyancy. Once you find a group of fish, then you can really slow down with a Texas Rig 6" Big Bite Kriet Kreature in Watermelon Seed. This is a big bait so you need at least a 5/0 Gamakatsu Worm hook and a 3/8 ounce tungsten weight. Make sure you use heavy line in order to get the fish out of the grass. Don't be scared to use 20 pound Sunline fluorocarbon as it is some of the best that we have ever fished with. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing “On the Water” fishing schools.


December 8, 2011
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1', CLEAR,  57* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good and there is a good lipless crankbait bite going on right now. Look for shallow grass flats in about 4 to 5 feet of water and throw a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Old Glory or the chrome and black pattern. Sometimes the fish will be on top of the flat and the trap will catch them, but sometimes the fish will be on the edge of the flat in a little bit deeper water. A great way to catch them is to throw a Stanford Medium Razor Shad in Summer Color. Another pattern that is really turning on is flipping main lake grass lines. When flipping, look for about 7 to 8 feet of water and use 1 ounce weights, 5/0 Gamakatsu Heavy Cover Worm hooks, a Snell Knot, and a 6" Big Bite Baits Kreit Kreature in watermelon and green pumpkin. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing“On the Water” fishing schools.

December 2, 2011
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1', CLEAR,  57*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good and the cool weather is making the fish bite. The lipless crankbait bite and shallow crankbait bite has really turned on down on the main lake. The fish are still somewhat relating to the grass lines and have not yet moved up on top of the flats. Target the areas that are near ditches and grass lines that have good points and cuts on them. Fish with a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Old Glory and rip it out of the shallow grass. To fish the deeper grass lines and points/ditches use a Stanford Razor Shad Medium Diver in Shad color. This bait really comes through the grass nice as it is a Cedar bait that has good buoyancy. Once you find a group of fish, then you can really slow down with a Texas Rig 6" Big Bite Kriet Kreature in Watermelon Seed. This is a big bait, so you need at least a 5/0 Gamakatsu Worm hook and a 3/8 oz tungsten weight. Make sure you use heavy line in order to get the fish out of the grass. Don't be scared to use 20 lb. Sunline Fluorocarbon, as it is some of the best that I have ever fished with. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing “On the Water” fishing schools.


November 24, 2011
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1', CLEAR, 65*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is fair. There are bass after the lipless crankbaits on the main lake. To cash in on this bite, you need to use a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in old glory color on 20 lb. Sunline fluorocarbon. The best places to fish the bait are on grass points on the main lake. The grass has actually started dying back already, and in some of these places it may be underwater. This is where your Lowrance electronics especially with a Navionics chip will aid anglers find humps and points. This time of year, the fish really just prefer a steady retrieve with the bait. Another pattern that is working well is to fish a spinnerbait in these same areas or a soft plastic jerkbait. A good spinnerbait to use is a 1/2 ounce Strikezone Lure Company Edgebuster spinnerbait in chartreuse/white or bumble bee. The best soft plastic jerkbait to use is a 6 inch Big Bite Baits Jerk Minnow in glow silver on a 6/0 EWG Gamakatsu Hook. Learn how to use the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology with Southern Fishing “On the Water” fishing schools.


November 18, 2011
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1', CLEAR,  65*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good. The cooler weather has finally started settling in and the bass are biting a little better. There is a pretty good lipless crankbait bite going on right now. Look for shallow grass flats in about 4 to 5 feet of water and throw a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Old Glory or Chrome and Black. Sometimes the fish will be on top of the flat and the Rat L Trap will catch them. But, sometimes the fish will be on the edge of the flat in a little bit deeper water. A great way to catch them is to throw a Stanford Medium Razor Shad in Summer Color. These Stanford baits are making a come back and are awesome cedar crankbaits for the grass on Lake Seminole . Another pattern that is really turning on is flipping main lake grass lines. When flipping, look for about 7 to 8 feet of water and use 1 oz. weights, 5/0 Gamakatsu Heavy Cover Worm hooks, a Snell Knot, and a 6" Big Bite Baits Kreit Kreature in Watermelon. Take a pair of scissors and cut off the middle tentacles on the Kreit Kreature. This gives the bait an awesome look to the fish and they seem to grab the head of it more for better hook ups.


November 11, 2011
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1', CLEAR,  65*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good.  The cooler weather has finally started settling in and the bass are biting a little better.  Use the lipless crankbait bite and look for shallow grass flats in about 4 to 5 feet of water and throw a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Old Glory or chrome and black.  Sometimes the fish will be on top of the flat and the trap will catch them, but sometimes the fish will be on the edge of the flat in a little bit deeper water.  A great way to catch them is to throw a Standford Medium Razor Shad in summer color.  These Standford baits are making a come back and are awesome cedar crankbaits for the grass on our lake on Seminole.  Also try flipping main lake grass lines.  When flipping, look for about 7 to 8 feet of water and use 1 ounce weights, 5/0 Gamakatsu Heavy Cover Worm hooks, a Snell Knot, and a 6" Big Bite Baits Kreit Kreature in Watermelon.  We like to take a pair of scissors and cut off the middle tentacles on the Kreiyt Kreature.  This gives the bait an awesome look to the fish and they seem to grab the head of it more for better hook ups.    

October 28, 2011
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1', CLEAR,  70*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513 
Bass fishing is fair. The bass on Seminole have been a little frustrating to figure out lately. The cooler temperatures should eventually make the fish bite better. There has actually been a descent lipless crankbait bite going down on the main lake. To cash in on this bite use a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Old Glory on 20 pound test fluorocarbon. The best places to fish the bait are on grass points that are on the main lake. The grass has actually started dying back already and some of these places may be underwater. This is where your electronics, especially a Navionics chip, will help you find humps and points. This time of year, the fish really just prefer a steady retrieve with the bait. Another pattern that is working well is to fish a spinnerbait in these same areas or a soft plastic jerkbait. Use a spinnerbait like the 1/2 Strikezone Lure Company Edgebuster spinnerbait in chartreuse and white. The best soft plastic jerkbait to use is a 6" Big Bite Baits Jerk Minnow in Glow Silver on a 6/0 EWG Gamakatsu Hook

August 11, 2011
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1', CLEAR,  92* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is fair and there are fish in the shallows. With the surface temperatures running from 87 to 94 degrees, the majority of the fish are offshore. When there is current, the offshore bite can be absolutely fantastic both for numbers and quality and the crank bait is tough to beat. When the current is present, ledges that top out from 8 to 12 feet have worked the best. If you have an opportunity to visit the lake, the best fishing times are from about 5:00 pm until dark when the current is moving the water. When there is no current the fishing can be tough. Use a Carolina rig and Texas rig on river ledges in about 16 to 25 feet. Green pumpkin and watermelon seed plastics are tough to beat. Remember if the ledge has standing timber work the timber thoroughly as the fish will suspend in the trees. At this time of year, use of your electronics to find the fish is of paramount importance if you are going to fish structure. If you find the shad, you will find the bass. In the early mornings, shallow grass early in areas with deep water access can produce quality fish as well.

March 25, 2011
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL,  STAINED,  69* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good and the bass are nearing the end of the spawn. Some fish can still be found on beds. The main lake sandbars near the dam are good places to look, because these will be some of the last places that they will bed. When you find bedding bass, Big Bite Baits has a new bait out called the warmouth. It is designed to fish on beds, because when rigged Texas style with a 5/0 Gamakatsu Superline hook it resembles a bream feeding on the bass eggs. We have been using the bait as a prototype now for about a month and it is simply amazing how fast the fish will react to it. It should be in stores pretty soon. The other pattern that is emerging is a top water and crank bait bite near spawning shad. Shad will spawn where topped out vegetation is present such as lily pads and hydrilla. A good way to catch bass on spawning shad is to throw a top water bait such as a Spro Dawg 100 in Old Glory or a Spro Fat John in Nasty Shad. When you are ready learn how to find the bass with the Lowrance Structure Scan and Down Scan technology, call us to set up a day on Lake Lanier. We will “show” you the fish.

March 18, 2011
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL,  STAINED,  62* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good and there is still a stain on the main lake. Stay off the main lake for another week as the water and fish the creeks. Up river flip and pitch jigs with a plastic Zoom pork style trailer to the grass edges. Use the darker red colors in all worms and jigs and shad crank baits are fair later in the day. The bass bite better later in the day on the grass lines or the rip rap on bridges. On main lake points, slow roll a 3/8th ounce Stanley spinner bait and cast to any stumps. Mid and late day the river bass are biting and use a large black and red Gilraker worm and fish them right on the bank cover. The Zoom water melon seed lizard and a long 3 foot Carolina rig can draw a few strikes on ledges at 10 feet on the main river.

March 11, 2011
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL,  STAINED,  60* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing has slowed down a little bit with the recent cold front. The fish are still on the beds and in areas very near to sand. Many different techniques can be used to catch bass right now. One of the best ways is to fish a Texas Rig on main lake sandbars. Use a 1/4 tungsten, a 5/0 Gamakatsu Offset Worm Hook, and a 8" Big Bite Baits Kriet Tail Lizard in watermelon red. Make sure to use heavy line for this technique. 16 or 20 lb. Sunline Fluorocarbon works real well. The other technique that catches big ones is to fish near the spawning areas in clear water with a Spro BBZ 1 swim bait. This technique does not catch high numbers, but will definitely add some weight to your live wells.

March 4, 2011
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL,  STAINED,  64* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is fair and the next wave of big females will be moving up on the beds mid month. The per spawn bite is nearly over, so concentrate on spawning fish in the shallows. Main lake sandbars are going to be really hot this weekend. Use a Texas rigged 8" Big Bite Baits Kreit Tail lizard in watermelon red. This is a big lizard so you will need to use a big 5/0 offset Gamakatsu. The fluorocarbon line is a must with this technique. Try some 20 pound Sunline FC Sniper and you will never want to use anything else. Also be looking for beds, and when you find one, drop the power poles and fish for one until you aggravate it to bite. A Spro Fat John in Spooky Nasty is also good to fish on the sandbars and in between the sandbars.

February 25, 2011

LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL,  STAINED,  62* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. The bass are really starting to move up on the beds now. Sight fishing is really a good way to catch bass right now, as long as you are in clear water near a good bedding area. Use a good pair of polarized glasses to find the beds and the bass. Once you find a bass on bed, you need to determine whether or not the fish is worth your time. Some of the bass will be locked on and will stay on the bed when you pitch your bait in. These are the ones that will usually bite. If the bass swims off when you pitch in your bait, than they usually are the ones that are difficult to catch. Each bedding bass is different, so you just have to experiment to learn a little about each fish. There are many different baits that will catch bass, however Big Bite Baits has recently designed one that is going to be awesome. With the help of Dean Rojas, Big Bite has designed a sight fishing bait called the Warmouth. It really resembles a bream feeding on the eggs of a bass when Texas rigged. Go to www.bigbitebaits.com and see a preview of the bait, and I think you can pre-order them. They should be on shelves mid March. If you don't really like sight fishing, then you have other options. One good technique is to use a jerk bait near spawning areas. Go with the new Spro McStick 95, as it is a little smaller than its original 110. The bait works real well on 10 lb. Sunline FC Sniper, so you may have to use a spinning outfit. Fast erratic actions with 4-5 second pauses seem to work best this time of year. This technique really works well, so go out and give it a shot. The best color in my opinion is clear chartreuse.


By Brad Fuller  850*496*3348
CONDITIONS
 
Date: 20 Feb 2011
Tournament: ABA Div 114
Finish: First with 20.58lbs and Big Bass at 7.98lbs
 
Air temp: 56 degrees in the AM warmed to 69 degrees.
Water Temp:  Flint back water  58-65 degrees
Water Clarity. Main rivers muddy, back water was clear to stained
Wind None in the AM 5-10 out of the NW in the afternoon.
                    

IT’S BED TIME!!!!    Warmer weather and the spawn are making for some great bass fishing on Lake Seminole. The bigger bags in tournaments this weekend were caught bed fishing. Males are up on the beds and the females are staging up waiting for the water temperatures to get right.  Look for clear water with temperatures near the 65 degree mark. The flats in Spring Creek are a great spot to start looking for fresh beds.  A Texas rigged Producto Lures, white crawdad on 15lb fluorocarbon line works very well. Its low profile increases you bite to hook-up ratio.  Remember every fish is different. Read their body language and vary your baits/tactics to take advantage of his mood/temperament.  If they are real Spooky you may have to back off, make longer cast on down size you presentation.

A couple things to remember when bed fishing. First, every bed has a sweet spot. When your bait is on or near the bed pay close attention to what particular part of the bed he is guarding.  Try to get your bait right on that spot.  Second, when he picks up your bait he is trying to kill it not eat it so he will “mouth “the bait. If he doesn’t get the hook don’t rip it away from him. He will eventually drop it. Once he does twitch it as hard as you can without moving it. This almost always triggers another much more aggressive strike.  Lastly be patient, every fish will eventually bite the bait that’s in his bed.  It’s largely a matter of how fast you can irritate him to the point of wanting to kill your bait. Don't be afraid to experiment. If the male/female is on the bed they are not going to leave it especially if you can see them both. The male will almost always be locked on if the female is close by and that makes him very catchable.

Bed fishing can be both a load of fun and a load of frustration.  Remember, you are after the female. Once you catch the male let things calm down. If the female doesn't come to the bed right away leave  15 minutes or so then sneak back in and see if the female is guarding the bed. In one case this weekend I had another male come in and take the bed 3 minutes after I caught the original owner...Yep I caught him too!  Good luck  and happy fishing.

February 18, 2011
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL,  STAINED,  55* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. The fish are in different stages of the spawn on different areas of the lake. With the warm weather and the full moon on Friday, look for some bass to be spawning and look for a lot to be cruising the shallows. Target backwater areas that have clear water, as the main lake and rivers are extremely muddy from all of the recent rainfall. While looking for spawning fish, swim a 7" Big Bite Baits Sugar Cane Worm in Watermelon Pearl. Use a 1/4 ounce. Tungsten, and a 4/0 Offset shank Gamakatsu hook. This bait swims real well and gives a tremendous action with its paddle tail. You can also still find some pre-spawn fish on the lake right now. The best places to look for these is depressions or ponds where the fish will stack up in. Use a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Mudbug Red or Old Glory, on 20 lb. Sunline FC Sniper Fluorocarbon line. This bait will catch quality and numbers.

February 11, 2011
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL,  STAINED,  53*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is fair. The water is still really cold, and the bass are on the verge of moving up, but haven't really done so just quite yet. They are really a little unpredictable because of the unstable weather. The more consistent bite is found in deeper water in Fish Pond Drain or Spring Creek. Grass humps and grass edges that are near spawning areas are the best spots. When you locate these areas, fish them with a crank bait and a Carolina rig. The crank bait that works best and has tremendous action is a Spro Little John DD. For color, I would use Nasty Shad. On the Carolina Rig use a 3/4 ounce bullet sinker, a long leader, and a 6/0 Gamakatsu Superline hook with a 6" Big Bite Baits trick stick in green pumpkin. When warmer days come, expect the fish to move up on top of the flats and then they can be caught with a Spro Aruku Shad 75.

February 4, 2011
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL,  STAINED,  53* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. The warming up and cooling off have the fish confused, but they are really moving up to spawn. Fish the grass flats with Spro Aruku Shad 75's in Mudbug Red or Old Glory. The depth range has been about 4 to 7 feet. The closer you are to sand, the better. There have been some reports of fish being caught off of sand already. Sandbars that are closer to deeper water are the best ones, as these will be the ones that the first wave of spawners will use. The best rig for fishing the bars is a Carolina rigged 6" Big Bite Baits finesse worm in green pumpkin or junebug. Use 16 pound Sunline FC Sniper for your main line and 14 pound Machinegun Cast for your leader. You really need a long leader for Seminole due to the grass. Usually about 4 to 5 feet will do the trick. Be sure to use a really sharp hook, because the long leader will make it hard to get a good hook set. A 3/0 offset Gamakatsu will do the trick as these are the best hooks on the planet.

January 21, 2011
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL,  STAINED,  52* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. The bass are in their first stages of pre spawn. Look for spots that are near to spawning areas, such as ditches that run through flats, as the bass will use these as highways to their spawning grounds. A Navionics chip for your depth finder comes in handy when locating these spots. Once you find an area to fish, the best search bait to use is a lipless crank bait such as a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Mud Bug Red. You don't have to change the hooks on this bait because it comes out of the package with number 2 Gamakatsu. We had more success by allowing this bait to sink all the way to the bottom before retrieving. It will get hung up in the grass, but with a good rod and some 20 lb. Sunline FC Sniper, you can fish it and rip it free from the hydrilla. Some of the hydrilla will still be alive, and some dead. We haven't really noticed any difference because the fish have seemed to be relating to both. If the fish aren't biting in the ditches, then start moving up on the flats and fishing the shallower water. A good bait for the flats is the New Spro Fat John in Nasty Shad. This bait allows you to fish a little slower and more methodical. The flats will be pretty thick with grass, so you can slow down and even stop the bait when you feel grass so that it will float up and out of the hydrilla. This is a deadly technique for cold water bass. With the warmer days ahead, look for the fish to start moving into the backwater to spawn. When this occurs, the flipping bite will start to get really good. Look for dead vegetation such as hyacinths and flip a Big Bite Baits 4" Yo Momma in Hematoma on a 1 ounce Tungsten and a New 5/0 Gamakatsu Flipping Hook. Use at least 60 pound test Sunline Braid.

January 14, 2011
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL,  STAINED,  46*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Well I haven't been out since the recent frigid weather, but the fish were biting real well on the edge of grass flats near 10 feet of water on the main lake. Fish a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Mudbug Red on 20 lb. Sunline FC Sniper Fluorocarbon. The fish are near ditches and channels that run into grass flats on the main lake. Last weekend there were many fish caught using this technique. The other technique is to fish a drop shot over in the Spring Creek area. Find the deepest water available, which is either in the old creek channel or near springs. Use a 1/4 oz. drop shot weight, 8 lb. Sunline FC Sniper, a size 2 Gamakatsu Wide Gap Finesse hook, and nose hook a 4" Big Bite Baits Squirrel Tail worm in Green Pumpkin w/ Chartreuse Tail. The Squirrel Tail worm shows the fish something a little different, especially on a drop shot rig. Use your electronics to help you locate the baitfish and the bait then drop your rig right down to them and shake, shake, shake. 

January 7, 2011
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FEET,  CLEAR,  48* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is slow. Try Spring Creek and use the old Texas rig. Your electronics really come handy when finding these places because shad use this old channel to migrate during the winter time. Once you find the bait balls, the bass will be suspended near and around them in the timber. Use a 5" Big Bite Baits Trick Stick in black and blue and all brown on a 3/16 ounce black Tru-Tungsten and a 5/0 offset shank Gamakatsu hook. Use this rig in the points and channel bends of the old creek channel. The old creek channel ranges from 20 to 26 feet in places and the edges of it range from 15 to 18 feet. Another pattern that works pretty well is flipping dead hyacinths pretty much anywhere they are found in backwaters of the Flint and Hooch. Use a 1 1/2 ounce Tru-Tungsten and a 5/0 Straight Shank Gamakatsu hook along with a 4" Big Bite Baits Yo Momma in Hematoma. If we get a little warm spell, and the water temps start to climb, then break out the Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Mudbug Red and start cranking grass flats.

December 24, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL,  CLEAR,  50* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is slow. The fish are on deep creek bends down lake. After a few days of warm weather look for the crank bait and spinner baits cast on the bank cover and slowly worked to get small strikes. Watch the water temperatures all day and find the warmest water in the north west coves for any active fish. Any warm up next month should spark the fish to start to the shallows. Mid day spinner baits down lake in the creeks may work but drag the baits slowly over the structure. Use the 1/2 ounce Stanley spinner baits with bright blades. With any sun warming look for the bass to move to the creek channels and points during the day. Use the all black or all brown 1/2 Stanley ounce jig and a Pro Pork Trailer by Uncle Josh on the points.

December 17, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL,  CLEAR,  52* 
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. The cold weather has really dropped the water temperatures into the low 50's and even high 40's in some places. That has put the shad on the move toward deeper water. The best place to fish this time of year is in Spring Creek. Spring Creek is loaded with deep water and standing timber in which the bass suspend. The best places are near the bends and points of the old creek channel from about 22 to 24 feet deep. There are 3 deadly tactics that we like to use during this time. The best technique for numbers of fish is to fish a drop shot rig. Use a size 2 Gamakatsu finesse wide gap hook and a 3/16 to 1/4 ounce drop shot weight, depending on the wind. Use either a bait caster or a spinning outfit, but the spinning gear works much better. Use 8 pound Sunline Fluorocarbon FC Sniper line. This line is extremely sensitive and has low memory. Use your electronics to find the balls of shad and drop your bait right underneath them. The best bait to use is a 6" Big Bite Baits finesse worm in green pumpkin or watermelon. The other technique works well when the bass are suspended up off the bottom. Texas rig a 6" Big Bite Baits Trick Stick in watermelon with red flake. Use a 3/16 ounce Tungsten and a 5/0 Offset Gamakatsu hook and 16 pound Sunline FC Sniper. Stay in the old creek channel and throw into the stumps targeting the larger size trees. The bait falls slow and the bass will hit it on the way down. The last technique is awesome for catching giants. Use a Spro Little John DD in Citrus Shad or Nasty Shad. Use 12 pound test Sunline to get the bait down deep enough to reach the fish. The best places are on the points and bends of the old creek channel. If the weather starts to warm, look for the bass to move up on the flats. Then it will be time to break out the Rat L Traps and power poles.

December 10, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL,  52*  STAINED
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is fair and the fish are still getting used to the cold. The water temperature has dropped nearly 10 degrees over the course of a week. We have had some unusually cold December weather. With the cold the fish will be grouping up and looking for heat in wood, grass, and hyacinths. You have many options right now. The standing timber is Spring Creek offers some good winter fishing along the deep creek channel, as the shad will be looking for the deepest water possible to escape the cold. Two techniques work real well over in the creek. A drop shot Big Bite Baits 6" Finesse worm is hard to beat for numbers. The best way to rig the bait it to use a No. 2 Gamakatsu wide gap finesse hook and nose hook the finesse worm on the hook. Weight size depends on the wind so use a 3/16 for little or no wind and a 1/4 to 5/16 for windy conditions. The key to this pattern is finding the bends in the old creek channel. Some of the bends will be 22 to 24 feet deep, and this is where the fish will group up. Use a spinning outfit and 8 pound Sunline FC Sniper for this technique. The other technique for this time of year is to fish the 7 to 10 feet hydrilla edges on the main lake. The best way to fish these areas is to slow crank either a Spro Little John MD in Nasty Shad or a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Old Glory. The 3rd and final technique is to go in the backwaters of the Chattahoochee and flip dead hyacinths, as the fish will group up underneath these to get warm. Sunny days work best for this technique. Use a 4" Big Bite Baits Yo Momma in Hematoma teamed up with a 1 1/4 ounce Tru Tungsten weight and 65 pound braid.

December 3, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1 FOOT,  56*  STAINED
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. The cooler weather is grouping the fish up in schools and pre-spawn is actually already starting. The fish are currently on deeper grass edges on the main part of the lake and in ditches that are at least 7 feet deep. It may take a while to find a school of fish, but once you do you can catch quality and numbers. The best bait for locating fish is a Spro Aruku Shad 75. Color doesn't matter, although mudbug red has been doing pretty well. Change your hooks over to number 2 Gamakatsu EWG's. They go through the grass better. This time of year, your technique is very important. You want to pull the bait through the grass instead of jerking it. Once you locate fish, catch them with the Aruku Shad until they quit biting, but then switch over to a Texas rig 6"Big Bite Baits Trick Stick in green pumpkin. Use a 1/4 Tungsten weight and a 5/0 Gamakatsu off set shank with 20 pound on Sunline FC Sniper Fluorocarbon.

November 19, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 feet,  68*  CLEAR
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. The shallow cranking and Rat L Trap bite is turning on pretty good with the cooler weather. Target the edge of grass flats on the main lake in order to find nice fish. The grass is starting to die back, so it makes it a little easier to fish a crank bait. In order to make the best of this bite, you need the right setup. Use a 7 foot glass cranking rod and a reel with at least a 6:2:1 gear ratio. Spool your reel up with 20 pound Sunline FC Sniper Fluorocarbon and get some Spro Aruku Shad 75's in chrome blue, chrome black, clear chartreuse, and purple rain. The technique is pretty simple, just parallel the grass line and throw the trap up into the grass and reel and rip! Just reel the Rat L Trap until you feel it tick the grass then rip it out. This bite works reall1y well with wind present, but can slow down with no wind. If you find fish and they quit biting the trap, then switch to a swim bait. Big Bite Baits has a new small swim bait called the Cane Thumper. This bait is awesome and Big Bite offers it in some great colors like Easy Money and Sexy Shad. You can rig this bait on a weighted Gamakatsu EWG hook and just reel it through and over the tops of the hydrilla in the same areas.

November 12, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 feet,  68*  STAINED
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. The shallow cranking and trap bite is turning on pretty good with the cold weather. Target the edge of grass flats on the main lake in order to find nice fish. The grass is starting to die back, so it makes it a little easier to fish a crank bait. In order to make the best of this bite, you need the right setup. Use a 7 foot glass cranking rod and a reel with at least a 6:2:1 gear ratio. Spool your reel up with 20 pound Sunline FC Sniper Fluorocarbon and get some Spro Aruku Shad 75's in chrome blue, chrome black, clear chartreuse, and purple rain. The technique is pretty simple, just parallel the grass line and throw the trap up into the grass and reel and rip! Just reel the Tat L Trap until you feel it tick the grass then rip it out. This bite works reall1y well with wind present, but can slow down with no wind. If you find fish and they quit biting the trap, then switch to a swim bait. Big Bite Baits has a new small swim bait called the Cane Thumper. This bait is awesome and Big Bite offers it in some great colors like Easy Money and Sexy Shad. You can rig this bait on a weighted Gamakatsu EWG hook and just reel it through and over the tops of the hydrilla in the same areas.

November 5, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 feet,  71*  CLEAR
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is tough and the fish are on the flats and in the backwaters. Fish grass flats with a Spro Little John in Nasty Shad. Try and find defined grass lines on the flat and parallel them with a crank bait. You may have to cover a lot of water before you find a group of fish. If this isn’t working, you can go flip hyacinths in the backwaters of the Hooch. The fish have seemed to move into the backwaters following the bait. With the cold fronts, the fish get underneath the hyacinths and can be caught flipping a 4" Big Bite Baits Yo Momma in Hematoma color. Make sure to use a 1 oz. Tungsten weight and a 5/0 Gamakatsu Straight Shank hook as these are the sharpest hooks you can use.

October 29, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1.1 feet,  74*  CLEAR
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is slow. With the numerous bass tournaments that have been going on, the fish are heavily pressured and have nearly shut down completely. The lake bite has been extremely slow with most fishermen hardly catching anything. Your best bet for catching bass right now is to find water that has had less fishing pressure. Fishing backwaters or going way up the Chattahoochee, Flint, or Spring creek is your best bet for finding less pressured fish. In the backwaters, flipping or frog fishing is about your best bet. When flipping, use a 1 ounce Tungsten, 25 pound Sunline fluorocarbon, and a 4" Big Bite Baits Fighting Frog in Prime Rib. For frog fishing use a Spro Popper in Nasty Shad. If you decide to go up the rivers or way up Spring Creek, you really only need one bait, which would be a jerk bait. A Spro McStick in Blue Bandit is hard to beat. In order to get the best action out of the bait, use 10 to 12 pound Sunline fluorocarbon or drop all the way down to 8 pound and use a spinning outfit.

OCTOBER 22, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1.1 feet,  78*  CLEAR
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is tough and with all of the tournaments on the lake, the fishing pressure has nearly shut down the bite. Most of the tournaments are being won by fishing the frog and flipping.
The grass beds are really matted and the tops of them are beginning to die back and turn to scum. Early in the morning is the best time to throw the frog and the bite will last for only an hour or so then it is time to flip. For the frog, use a Spro Popper in Nasty Shad. When targeting grass lines for flipping, the ones in 7 to 10 feet of water have seemed to be producing better. With the fishing pressure 25 pound Sunline fluorocarbon is a must instead of braid. The best set up for flipping is a 1 and 1/4 ounce Tungsten weight a 5/0 straight shank Gamakatsu hook and a 4" Big Bite Baits Fighting Frog in Blue Fleck. The main deal with the flipping is to fish extremely slow and try not to make much noise.


October 15, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1.1 feet,  77*  CLEAR
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is fair and they are biting but it’s best to find the clearest water in the creeks. Use the dark Culprit green shad worms in the grass as tight as possible can draw a strike. In the Spring Creek area, use a floating Culprit worm in dark colors over the grass and wood cover. Fishing is better later each day as the water warms. Zoom green trick worms floated over grass beds or a u tail worm in dark colors, can work after the sun is up. Use greens and crawfish colors on a light 1/16 lead weight on the edges of the grass. A Spro grass frog will work in all white or green frog patterns. Sebile shad colored Swimmers are also working up the lake on the river bends and in pockets off the river.

October 1, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1.1 feet,  85*  CLEAR
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is slow. The two best techniques we have found to work lately are flipping and fishing a jerk bait. Flipping main lake grass beds in 7 to 10 feet of water is a good way to pick up some bites. If the bite is extremely tough, use a 4 inch Big Bite Baits Yo Momma in Hematoma. This bait does not have a lot of leg kicking action, but glides through the water in a subtle motion which sometimes draws more strikes when the fish are non aggressive. The other bait to use when the flipping bite is really on is a 4 inch Big Bite Fighting Frog. This bait has tremendous action and an awesome hook up ratio. Rig both of these baits with a 1 to 1 ½ ounce Tru Tungsten weight and a 5/0 Gamakatsu Superline hook. Fish points on main lake grass beds with a Spro McStick jerk bait. Color depends on weather conditions. Sunny skies call for chrome shad, and clouds call for the blue bandit. You will get more bites if you use a spinning reel and 8 pound Sunline FC Sniper fluorocarbon. If the weather cools off, the grass will start dying, and the shallow-cranking and rattle type bait will pick up.

Septembr 24, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1.1 feet,  85*  CLEAR
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is slow. The heat and absence of rain still has the bite tough. Even the early morning and late evening top water bite has slowed down. The two best techniques that we have found to work lately are flipping and fishing a jerk bait. Flipping main lake grass beds in 7 to 10 feet of water is a good way to pick up some bites. There are two basic flipping baits to use depending on the mood of the fish. If the bite is extremely tough, use a 4" Big Bite Baits Yo Momma. This bait does not have a lot of leg kicking action but glides through the water in a subtle motion which sometimes draws more strikes when the fish are non aggressive. The other bait to use when the flipping bite is really on is a 4" Big Bite Fighting Frog. This bait has tremendous action and an awesome hook up ratio due to the hook slots in the bait. Rig both of these baits with a 1 and 1/2 ounce tungsten weight and a 5/0 Gamakatsu Superline hook. Fish points on main lake grass beds with a Spro McStick jerk bait. Color depends on weather conditions. Sunny skies call for Chrome Shad, and clouds call for the blue Bandit. You will get more bites if you use a spinning reel and 8 pound Sunline FC Sniper fluorocarbon. If the weather finally cools off, the grass will start dying off and the shallow cranking and rattle trap bite will pick up.

September 10, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 feet,  84*  CLEAR
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing has been barely fair. The bass have been slow on the lake except for early in the morning and late in the evening as long as you are in a good spot. There are numerous grass beds that are topped out on the lower end of the lake on the Hooch. Any of these grass beds can be good early in the morning for top water and plastic jerk baits. Fish a Spro Dawg 100 in old glory, followed up with a 6" Big Bite Baits Jerk Minnow in white. When fish hit and miss the top water, the Jerk Minnow is hard to beat as a follow up lure. When the sun comes up, the bite gets extremely tough. There is somewhat of a flipping bite, but you can go all day long and only get a couple of bites. Your best bet is to buy some gas and travel as far of the Flint River as you feel comfortable with. The shoals don't start getting bad until you get slightly above Reynolds’s Sandbar which is about 10 miles above Bainbridge. There is good current up the river and the bass, whether it is largemouth or shoalies, will bite better. Use a Spro McStick jerk bait in Blue Bandit on a spinning reel and 8 pound Sunline FC Sniper Fluorocarbon. A 4" Big Bite Fighting Frog rigged with a 1/2 Tungsten and a 4/0 Gamakatsu Offset Shank hook works well too when bounced up and down off of the rocks. For color on the fighting frog use something that resembles a crawfish.

September 3, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 feet,  86*  CLEAR
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing has not changed much over the past few weeks. Fishing top water baits around grass beds can produce some exciting action. Buzz baits, Spooks, and Pop R’s all work well. Be sure to fish any grassy points or indentations. Once the sun rises the fishing is rather slow. So go to flipping matted hydrilla with a Zoom Ol' Monster worm or fishing ledges in the rivers and Spring Creek with a Carolina rig. Most of the lake is clear, so your plastics need to be either watermelon seed or green pumpkin or some other clear water color. Along with the top water bite, we have been catching some nice fish cranking grass, specifically inside grass lines. Use the sexy shad and rip over the grass. Look for some hydrilla and get the frogs out and run them over the grass to the holes and hold on. If you have clouds and any wind stick with top water all day. If it is bright and sunny, start moving to the secondary points throwing jigs and Carolina rigs.

August 27, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 feet,  86*  CLEAR
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing has been just plain out tough but there is still a early and late top water bite. The fish have seemed to move shallower in the grass, which is odd but true. The best way to catch early morning or late bass is to fish a Big Bite Bait 3.5" Top Toad in White. Rig this on heavy braid with a 5/0 Gamakatsu Superline hook. There are good frog holes all over the lake, but the better ones seem to be shallow up next to the bank on inside grass lines. Bream and minnows are up on the banks early in the morning feeding on insects and the Top Toad will catch the biggest bass in the lake. After the sun comes up, then head to Spring Creek and fish deep grass lines with a crank bait and Texas-rig. For cranking, use a Spro Little John DD in Chartreuse Shad and for the Texas-rig, go with a Big Bite Baits 6" Kriet Tail Worm in green pumpkin. Rig both the crank bait and Texas-rig on 16 lb Sunline Super Fluorocarbon. See www.bigbitebaits.com and check out the new Sugar Cane Worm that is soon to be released. The infamous Paddle Tail worm made by Zeta Bait Co. has long been an absolute hammer on Lake Seminole. The Sugar Cane Worm from Big Bite is going to be an absolute beast on Seminole. It has a unique head design similar to the Cane Stick and a big paddle tail that gives out a lot of vibration and thump. It is going to be offered in two sizes and I can't wait to get my hands on it. Once again please visit www.bigbitebaits.com to see their new line of baits.

July 24, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .5 feet,  86*
MAIN LAKE IS STAINED, CREEKS ARE CLEAR
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing has gotten somewhat tough over the past couple of weeks. There is still a good early morning top water bite if you are in the right spot. Grass beds that are near the river channel on the main lake have seemed to be producing a little better. For top water, use a Spro Dawg 100 in Old Glory. For best results use braided line and a good long rod such as a 7'6" Falcon Lowrider to get the bass out of the grass. We change the hooks over sized #2 Gamakatsu EWG Treble hooks. These hooks seem to be a little more weedless than the round bend hooks. When the top water bite is over, fish the same areas with a Texas rig. Use a Big Bite Baits 6" Kreit Tail Worm in Watermelon or Tilapia on a 1/4 ounce Tungsten weight, 4/0 Gamakatsu off-set hook, and 20 lb. Sunline Fluorocarbon. The Sunline fluorocarbon is extremely sensitive and has high knot strength. Big Bite Baits is in the process of developing some new baits. One particular bait is called the Sugar Cane worm and should be awesome for Seminole because it is similar to a paddle tail. Make sure you go to www.bigbitebaits.com to see the Sugar Cane Worm and other new baits.

July 16, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN ONE FOOT,  87*
MAIN LAKE IS STAINED, CREEKS ARE CLEAR
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is fair. Top water in the early morning before the sun comes up is still working pretty good as long as you are in the right spot. Grass lines that run close to the river channel seem to be best. Fish a Spro Dawg 100 in any color that resembles a shad, such as Old Glory. Use braided line and a 7' Falcon Buco medium heavy action rod. The top water bite only lasts as long as the Sun is down and ends pretty much as soon as it rises over the tree tops. If the weather is cloudy, then you can pretty much catch them on the top water all day. When the Sun comes up, the fishing gets a little tough. One way to still manage some bites is to slow down with a Texas-rig worm on grass points on the main lake. Use a Big Bite Baits 10" Kreit Tail worm in Green Pumpkin or Watermelon Red. Use the BioBait formula because fish bite and won't let go. Use a 3/8 to 1/2 Tungsten weight and a 5/0 Gamakatsu off set shank hook. Fluorocarbon line is a must with this technique and the best out there is Sunline. Sunline FC Sniper in 20 pound test is hard to beat when teamed up with a 7'3" Falcon T7 Cara Amistad Micro Guide Rod. You can feel everything little piece of cover which is very important when worm fishing in Hydrilla.

July 9, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN ONE FOOT,  86*
MAIN LAKE IS STAINED, CREEKS ARE CLEAR
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. The frog bite is still one of the better techniques happening right now on Seminole. There are basically two different techniques for frog techniques that seem to be working well. Swimming a 3.5" Bite Baits Top Toad in Green Pumpkin Pearl over the tops of matted grass has been working real well when fish are in a chasing mood. You can usually tell when that fish are in this type of mood, because you will see the bass chasing minnows, bream, and shad up in the grass. When this type of action is present, use the swimming technique with the top toad. For this method, I like to use a heavy action Falcon 7'4" Cara T7 with 20 lb. Sunline Super Fluorocarbon. The best hook for this frog is simply a 5/0 Gamakatsu EWG. If you are not seeing much action in the grass, then the bass are probably inactive and they may want a slower presentation. There is no better frog on the market right now than the Spro Bronzeye Popper. Working the popper can be a bit tricky, but really there is no right or wrong way, just experiment with the bait and make sure you get it to pop when retrieving. Color depends on how bright the sky is. On bright, sunny days use a Natural Green, Green Tree, or Toad. On dark, cloudy days use a darker color such as Natural Red or Rainforest Black. Look for holes in the grass and work the frog over the holes with a fast steady retrieve. When you fish over the tops of mats, slow the bait down. For this technique, you need a longer rod and heavy braid. Use 50 to 65 pound braid and a rod such as a Falcon 7'11" Bobby's Perfect Frog Rod.

July 2, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN ONE FOOT,  88*
MAIN LAKE IS STAINED, CREEKS ARE CLEAR
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is fair and top water baits are the ticket at daylight and dusk. Buzz baits from 1/8 to 3/8 ounce have been the best along with Pop R’s, Chug Bugs and Torpedo’s. Most fish are coming from any type cover in the coves and creeks. Don’t waste much time in areas with little or no shad present. Grass can be the best cover on days when the lake is a foot or less below full pool. Make sure to use a trailer hook for a higher hook-up percentage. If fish are still missing the bait, down size the bait or find a comeback like spinner baits, Flukes, Rapala, weightless worms and other top water lures. Bass are being caught from docks and brush piles, mainly on soft plastics and jigs. On the docks, try a Zoom 6 inch Dead Ringer with a ¼ ounce weight for more active fish. If the fish are inactive, use a Zoom Finesse worm with a 1/8 ounce weight and fish slowly. Good colors for both are June bug, green pumpkin, and red bug in clearer water.

June 18, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN ONE FOOT,  88*
MAIN LAKE IS STAINED, CREEKS ARE CLEAR
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good and it’s taking way over 20 pounds to win most tournaments. There are several different patterns that are working right now on the lake, but the best seems to be fishing frogs over heavy cover. Frogs have been catching fish over any type of cover as long as it is thick and blocks out the sun. There are two types of frogs to fish and both will catch big bass. For a early morning bite, fish a Big Bite Baits Top Toad in green pumpkin pearl. We rig this bait on a 5/0 Superline Gamakatsu on 20 pound Sunline Super Fluorocarbon. You need a good frog rod that is long enough to make long casts such as a Falcon 7'3" Cara Amistad. The other frog pattern is using a Spro Bronzeye Popping Frog in natural green or green tree. This pattern works all day and catches big ones. Lily pads, hydrilla, scum, coontail and pepper grass are all good types of vegetation to fish both frogs in. For the popper be sure to use braid and a heavy action rod such as a Falcon 7'10" Bobby's Perfect Frog Rod. Be sure to use the Lowrance Structure Scan to scout out waters with the long range beams.

June 11, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FEET  80*
MAIN LAKE IS STAINED, CREEKS ARE CLEAR
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing has been good early on double blades buzz baits with an all white skirt. Cast over the grass and hit the pockets. The all white trick worms and gold black back Rapalas on the grass lines in Spring Creek are good. Shad crank baits and jig and pigs in reds and blacks are good. Cast to the grass and work the stumps on the edges of the creeks. Crank baits should be in bone and orange bellies in the creeks on secondary points. Live bass shiners or live lizards on the creek bends and on the river ledges are fair. There is a major feeding period this week right in the middle of the day. The best bet for fishing is to head up the rivers to beat the heat. Be sure to use the Lowrance Structure Scan to scout out waters with the long range beams.

June 4, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FEET  80*
MAIN LAKE IS STAINED, CREEKS ARE CLEAR

BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is somewhat slow. The fishing has been a little up and down lately. The fish are some what scattered all over the lake. The best fishing has seemed to be shallow around sand and grass. The bass are cruising near bream beds and can be caught using several different techniques. The best techniques are to either fish with top water, frog, or Texas rig. For top water, use a Spro Bronzeye Popper in Natural Green. This bait can be fished several different ways. You may fish it with a steady retrieve with short pops, or a slower retrieve with long/harder pops. Just experiment with the bait until you find which works. Make sure to use braided line and a good frog rod like a 7'11" Falcon Bobby's Perfect Frog Rod. A Texas rig may also be used to catch these cruising bass around bream beds. Use a 6" Big Bite Baits Kriet Tail worm in Tilapia color with a 1/4 oz tungsten weight and a 4/0 Gamakatsu Off set shank hook. Make sure to use good sensitive line with your Texas rig so that you can detect those "light bites". Sunline has a new fluorocarbon line called Super Fluorocarbon. It has a great price and is an awesome line for Texas rigs. We use 20 lb in stained water and 16 lb in clear water

March 26, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FEET 64* MAIN LAKE IS STAINED
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good and rivers are muddy and creek is clear. The bass are either on the bed spawning or very near to these areas. The places where I have been catching the pre spawn bass are not producing anymore, because the fish have moved up near sand. Anywhere you find sand in the creek or Fish Pond Drain is a good place to fish. Use a Texas rigged Big Bite Baits 6" Pro lizard in green pumpkin or a Carolina rig 6" Big Bite Baits Finesse worm in green pumpkin. If you find it hard to catch the fish directly on the sand, then back off and fish the edges of the bars with the Texas or Carolina Rig. If this pattern isn't working, then sometimes the fish want an even slower presentation. If there is no wind, use a weightless 5" Big Bite Baits Cane Stick in green pumpkin. If you really enjoy sight fishing another option is to fish a little faster. Tie on a Spro Little John in Chrome Olive and crank with your trolling motor on 50 % looking for beds. This allows you to at least do some fishing while you are looking for beds, and every now and again you get lucky and catch a good one on the Little John. Make sure to use a good limber rod with the Little John, like a 7' Falcon Bucoo in medium action. As the fish come off of the beds, they get a little lethargic and don't move very much. The males and the females both will hang around some type of cover, deep or shallow and just suspend. The males will be guarding fry and the best way to catch these fish is with a jerk bait. A Spro McStick in Blue Bandit is a good way to catch these fish that are either guarding fry or just hanging around recovering from the spawn.

Crappie fishing is excellent. Nice specks are being caught in backwater ponds on the Hooch and Spring Creek. Saunders Slough, the bowl in Big Jim's, Grassy Flats, and the run leading into Jack's has been producing some nice fish. Fish these areas with a 1/16 Big Bite Baits Bad Boy Tube in Blue White and Head Firecracker Tail. Use 6 lb. flour carbon and a spinning reel with a 6'6" Falcon Bucoo spinning rod. Fish the tube with a steady slow retrieve next to grass or stumps in these areas.


March 19, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FEET 58* STAINED
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good and Rivers are muddy and creek is clear. The bass are either on the bed spawning or very near to these areas. The places where I have been catching the pre spawn bass are not producing anymore, because the fish have moved up near sand. Anywhere you find sand in the creek or Fish Pond Drain is a good place to fish. Use a Texas-Rigged Big Bite Baits 6" Pro lizard in green pumpkin or a Carolina rig 6" Big Bite Baits Finesse Worm in Green Pumpkin. If you find it hard to catch the fish directly on the sand, then back off and fish the edges of the bars with the Texas or Carolina Rig. If this pattern isn't working, then sometimes the fish want an even slower presentation. If there is no wind, use a weightless 5" Big Bite Baits Cane Stick in green pumpkin. If you really enjoy sight fishing like w do, then another option is to fish a little faster. Tie on a Spro Little John in Chrome Olive and crank the bars with your trolling motor on 50 % looking for beds. This allows you to at least do some fishing while you are looking for beds, and ever now and again you get lucky and catch a good one on the Little John. Make sure to use a good limber rod with the Little John, like a 7' Falcon Bucoo in medium action.

Crappie fishing is excellent. Nice specks are being caught in backwater ponds on the Hooch and Spring Creek. Saunders Slough, the bowl in Big Jim's, and the run leading into Jack's has been producing some nice fish. Fish these areas with a 1/16 Big Bite Baits Bad Boy Tube in Blue White and Head Firecracker Tail. Use 6 lb. flour carbon and a spinning reel with a 6'6" Falcon Bucoo spinning rod. Fish the tube with a steady slow retrieve next to grass or stumps in these areas.


March 12, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FEET 53* STAINED
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is slow and there is a lot of water on the way. Fish are still being caught near their spawning areas, such as the sandbars in Spring Creek and Fish Pond Drain. Fish the ditches and deep water ponds that are near sand. Use a crank bait such as a Spro Little John DD in Cell Mate color on fluorocarbon line and a good cranking rod like a 7' Falcon Bucoo crank bait Rod. Use the crank bait to find a school of fish, and when they slow down on the crank bait bite, switch to a Carolina rig with a 6" Big Bite Baits Kriet Kreature in Green Pumpkin Red. Make sure you use a big hook like a Gamakatsu 5/0 offset shank. This is a big bait. The bass are ready to spawn, as some reports of bedding bass have been seen on the lake this week. When the weather warms and gets more stable, expect to see a major spawn. When bass move up on the beds, there is no better bait to catch a bedding bass than a white 3" Big Bite Baits Fighting Frog. Bass will absolutely inhale this bait almost every time it hits a bed.
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Crappie fishing is excellent. Nice specks are being caught in backwater ponds on the Hooch and Spring Creek. Saunders Slough, the bowl in Big Jim's, and the run leading into Jack's has been producing some nice fish. Fish these areas with a 1/16 Big Bite Baits Bad Boy Tube in Blue White and Head Firecracker Tail. Use 6 lb. flour carbon and a spinning reel with a 6'6" Falcon Bucoo spinning rod. Fish the tube with a steady slow retrieve ne
xt to grass or stumps in these areas.


March 5, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FEET 53* STAINED
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is fair and will only get better as it warms up this week. Fish are still being caught near their spawning areas, such as the sandbars in Spring Creek and Fish Pond Drain. Fish the ditches and deep water ponds that are near sand. Use a crank bait such as a Spro Little John DD in Cell Mate color on fluorocarbon line and a good crank it rod like a 7' Falcon Bucoo crank bait rod. Use the crank bait to find a school of fish, and when they slow down on the crank bait bite, switch to a Carolina rigged with a 6" Big Bite Baits Kriet Kreature in green pumpkin red. Make sure you use a big hook like a Gamakatsu 5/0 Offset Shank, because the Kriet Kreature has a big profile. The bass are ready to spawn, as some reports of bedding bass have been seen on the lake this week. When the weather warms and gets more stable, expect to see a major spawn on Lake Seminole. When bass move up on the beds, there is no better bait to catch a bedding bass than a white 3" Big Bite Baits Fighting Frog. Bass will absolutely inhale this bait almost every time it hits a bed.

Crappie fishing is excellent. Nice specks are being caught in backwater ponds on the Hooch and Spring Creek. Saunders Slough, the bowl in Big Jim's, and the run leading into Jack's has been producing some nice fish. Fish these areas with a 1/16 Big Bite Baits Bad Boy Tube in Blue White and Head Firecracker Tail. Use 6 lb. flour carbon and a spinning reel with a 6'6" Falcon Bucoo spinning rod. Fish the tube with a steady slow retrieve next to grass or stumps in these areas.


February 26, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FEET 53* STAINED
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing has slowed somewhat towards the end of the week with the cold weather. However, expect big bags to be brought in during the Backwoods Tournament this weekend. Fish are still being caught near their spawning areas such as the sandbars in Spring Creek and Fish Pond Drain. Fish the ditches and deep water ponds that are near sand. Use a crank bait such as a Spro Little John DD in Cell Mate color on fluorocarbon line and a good crank it rod like a 7 foot Falcon Bucoo crank bait rod. Use the crank bait to find a school of fish, and when they slow down on the crank bait bite switch to a Carolina rig with a 6" Big Bite Baits Kriet Kreature in green pumpkin Red. Make sure you use a big hook like a Gamakatsu 5/0 offset shank, because the Kriet Kreature has a big profile. The bass are ready to spawn as some reports of bedding bass have come in from the lake this week. When the weather warms and gets more stable, expect to see a major spawn on Lake Seminole. When bass move up on the beds there is no better bait to catch a bedding bass than a white 3" Big Bite Baits Fighting Frog. Bass will absolutely inhale this bait almost every time it hits a bed.
 
Crappie fishing is excellent. Nice specks are being caught in backwater ponds on the Hooch and Spring Creek. Saunders Slough, the bowl in Big Jim's, and the run leading into Jack's has been producing some nice fish. Fish these areas with a 1/16 Big Bite Baits Bad Boy Tube in Blue White and Head Firecracker Tail. Use 6 lb. flour carbon and a spinning reel with a 6'6" Falcon Bucoo spinning rod. Fish the tube with a steady slow retrieve next to grass or stumps in these areas.


February 19, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FEET 52* MUDDY & FAST LAKE WIDE
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. Heavy stringers are being caught in many different areas on the lake. The deep water in Spring Creek and Fish Pond Drain has been producing some nice catches. The fish are staging in deep channel bends and pond bottoms that are very near to spawning areas. Use a Spro Little John DD in Cell Mate color to fish the deep water. You can fish the crank bait on the edges of the channel or in the middle of the pond bottoms next to stumps and grass. If you find an area that has fish and the crank bait bite slows, switch to a Texas rig Big Bite Baits 6" Trick Stick in black with blue flake. Use it on a light 3/16 ounce. unpainted Tru Tungsten weight with a 5/0 offset shank Gamakatsu hook. The Tru Tungsten has a shiny coated dura sealed finish that draws more strikes due to the flash resembling shad. Believe it or not, I have used other tungsten weights and have found that nothing works as well as Tru Tungsten. They are absolutely the most sensitive weights out because of their insert free technology. Fish the Texas rig next to stumps and let it fall slowly. If your line jumps or stops falling set the hook! Another good pattern that is working is to find clear water and throw a jerk bait. Clear water can be found in Fish Pond Drain and backwater ponds on the Hooch and Spring Creek. Use a Spro McStick jerk bait in Blue Bandit color for this technique. Use 14 pound fluorocarbon and a good limber jerk bait rod such as a 6'6" Falcon Bucoo in medium action. As the weather warms, look for the bass to move up on sandbars and in the backs of coves and pockets to get ready to spawn. 
 
Crappie fishing is excellent. Nice specks are being caught in backwater ponds on the Hooch and Spring Creek. Saunders Slough, the bowl in Big Jim's, and the run leading into Jack's has been producing some nice fish. Fish these areas with a 1/16 Big Bite Baits Bad Boy Tube in Blue White and Head Firecracker Tail. Use 6 lb. flour carbon and a spinning reel with a 6'6" Falcon Bucoo spinning rod. Fish the tube with a steady slow retrieve next to grass or stumps in these areas.

February 5, 2010

LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FEET 53* MUDDY & FAST LAKE WIDE
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is barely are fair but there are fish and small ones shallow all over the lake. Stay in the creeks as there are already reports of bass moving to shallows. The Texas rig or the Carolina rig with u tail worms worm’s in red shad or purple and use the brass and glass weight for extra sound will work later in the day. Work all slow lures patiently all the way back to the boat on the points and ledges. Up river in the creeks mouths slow roll a larger 1/2 ounce spinner bait with gold and silver willow leaf blades. Later each day the fish are moving to river points. Run a gold Rapala by any grass and let the bait sit dead still.


January 22, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FEET 51* MUDDY & FAST LAKE WIDE
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. The fast moving water from all the recent rains and the warming temperatures are moving the fish into the backwaters of the rivers. These fish can be caught with crankbaits such as a Spro Little John in Old Firetiger when it’s muddy and Nasty Shad when the water is clearer. Fish the crank bait near the bank where reeds, hyacinths, and dead lily pad stems are present, as the fish use this type of cover for warmth. Another way to catch fish in these same areas is flipping. The dead hyacinths are good for flipping. Use a Big Bite Baits 4" Yo Momma in Hematoma color. Rig this on a 1 1/2 ounce Tru-Tungsten weight in black, along with a 5/0 Gamakatsu straight shank hook. You definitely need a good flipping rod for this technique such as a 7'6" Falcon Expert. Another good area to catch a good stringer is in Spring Creek. The fish are still holding deep on grass points with timber that are located near the old creek channel. The best places are the grass points where the creek channel swings right up next to them. There are several of them out in front of Big Jim's and near Rattlesnake Point. A Carolina rig is about the best lure to fish these areas but a crank bait can also work. Use a finesse worm on a long leader for the Carolina rig. A 6" Big Bite Baits BioBait Finesse worm in Plum Apple works real well. Spro makes a Little John crank bait in a medium diver that runs down to about 9 feet. This bait is awesome for the creek because it has a tight wiggle similar to a shad rap. Chrome olive is the best color for the creek.

January 15, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FEET 53* MUDDY & FAST LAKE WIDE
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is slow. Use a Culprit red shad worms in the grass as tight as possible can draw a strike. Look in the backs of the creeks for clearer water. Then use a light wire hook and light line and a Guido Bug in natural blue. In the Spring Creek area, use a small jig and pork trailer and fish them dead slow. Try a Culprit worm in dark colors on the grass and wood cover. Green finesse worms on a light weight on the grass beds or a u tail worm in dark colors might get a bite after mid day after the sun is up. Use greens and crawfish colors on a light 1/16 lead weight on the edges of the grass. Later each day use a larger 10 inch Mann’s grape or strawberry worm on a Texas rig on the old Chattahoochee river channel mid lake.

January 8, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FEET 46* MUDDY & FAST LAKE WIDE
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is tough. Many fishermen have reported it being tough on Lake Seminole. Some reports of bass are being caught in Spring Creek on Texas rigs with a 5" Big Bite Baits Trick Stick in Black/Blue Flake. Use a 3/16 ounce black Tru-Tungsten sinker and a 5/0 offset shank Gamakatsu hook. Use this rig in the points and channel bends of the old creek channel. The old creek channel ranges from 20 to 26 feet in places and the edges of it range from 15 to 18 feet. Your electronics really come handy when finding these places because shad use this old channel to migrate during the winter time. See the new Lowrance Structure scan Down Scan on lowrance.com. Once you find the bait balls, the bass will be suspended near and around them in the timber. Another pattern that works pretty well is flipping dead hyacinths pretty much anywhere they are found in backwaters of the Flint River and Chattahoochee River. Use a 1 1/2 ounce Tru-Tungsten and a 5/0 Straight Shank Gamakatsu hook along with a 4" Big Bite Baits Yo Momma in Hematoma. If we get a little warm spell and the water temperatures start to climb, then break out the Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Mudbug Red and start cranking grass flats. The ones near spawning areas are best such as the Oil Well Flats and the Duck Refuge area.

January 1, 2010
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FEET 53* MUDDY & FAST LAKE WIDE
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is fair. The super muddy water has somewhat slowed fishing a little bit, but there are still some pretty nice bass being caught. Surprisingly, good fish are being caught in shallow water from 2-4 feet. Look for current breaks at the mouths of both rivers. The fish are grouping up in the slack water behind islands and points on the main part of the rivers and in the backwaters. Fish a Spro Little John in Old Firetiger or Chartreuse with Black Back. Use a slow retrieve, as the fish are a little finicky with the cold water. If the cranking bite slows down, switch to a Texas-rig in the same areas. Use 20 pound fluorocarbon a good stiff and sensitive rod such as a Falcon Amistad, 3/16 ounce black Tru Tungsten, a 4/0 offset shank Gamakatsu hook, and a 6" finesse worm from Big Bite Baits in black. Fish super slow in the areas where you find fish. With the cold weather dominating, look for the grass to start dying off and the shallow cranking bite will turn on better. At that time, use a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Red Crawfish over the tops of the milfoil and hydrilla. Another pattern that will soon be on fire is flipping dead hyacinths in the backwaters of the rivers. Use a 1 1/2 ounce Tru Tungsten weight, 5/0 straight shank Gamakatsu hook, and a 4" Big Bite Baits Yo Mamma in Hematoma color.

December 11, 2009
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL 58* MUDDY & FAST LAKE WIDE
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is fair and it’s best to start mid day fishing. Cast the Zoom lizard in green pumpkin in the grass with a light weight and let it float into holes on the grass. In the creeks, use a Texas rigged Culprit worm in dark colors over the grass and wood cover will be better later each day as the water warms. Finesse worms floated over grass beds or a u tail worm in dark colors can work after the sun is up. Use greens and crawfish colors on a light 1/16 lead weight on the edges of the grass. With a warm couple of days, run the 3/8 ounce all white Strike King spinnerbait or a Chatterbait over and around the grass in the backs of the creeks.

December 4, 2009
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL 58* MUDDY & FAST LAKE WIDE
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is fair. With the lake muddy, your best bet is to fish shallow grass flats on the lake such as the one's in front of Wingate's and Carl's Pass. A Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Mudbug Red is a good bait to use right now. Fish the Aruku Shad over the tops of milfoil and hydrilla ripping it free when it ticks the grass. For this technique, we use 20 pound Gamma fluorocarbon a 6:31 gear ratio reel, and a 7' Falcon Bucoo MH action rod. Another pattern that is emerging is to use a Carolina Rig on grass points in Spring Creek. The best places right now are above Rattlesnake Point because that is the only clear water. Use a 1 ounce Tru Tungsten weight not the Denny Brauer Flipping Weight, the regular one with a bead, a Spro swivel, a long 15 pound monofilament leader. Add the 4/0 Gamakatsu offset shank hook and use 20 pound fluorocarbon for my main line. You need a long, sensitive rod for grass fishing. Falcon makes a rod specialized for Carolina rig fishing. It's a 7'6" Heavy Action rod called a Carolina Cara. For baits, there are a number of baits that will work well on this rig. We either use a Big Bite Baits 4" Kriet Kreature in Watermelon Red, or a 6" BioBait Finesse Worm in Watermelon Seed. Make sure you check out the many assortments of plastic baits on and expect another awesome line of baits to be coming out in the near future from Big Bite I know I harp on these baits a lot, but they truly have helped me in many tournaments over the past year since I have started using them.

November 27, 2009
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL 62* MUDDY & FAST LAKE WIDE
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing has been fair early but the afternoon bite is picking up. Floating worms, ghost frogs, French fly worms and buzz baits have been working. Larger u tail worms on a Texas rig with a light sinker will work mid lake. The river fish usually feet on crawfish early so stick with a jig and pig until noon. Pitch and flip these darker baits in greens and browns around any wood especially in the little creek and coves right at the river. Use a Texas rig worm and cast this bait right to the banks and grass beds and work them slowly.  A Zoom U tail worm in watermelon or watermelon candy in the clear water is the color of choice and a green pumpkin is best when used in the stained water.

November 20, 2009
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL 62* MUDDY & FAST LAKE WIDE
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is good. There are two productive patterns working at this time. Fish a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in Old Glory or Purple Rain color on main lake flats with ditches nearby. The best flats are the ones closest to deep water such as the Oil Well Flats in between the Flint Rover and Spring Creek. Fish the Aruku Shad over the top of the hydrilla and rip the bait free when it snags the cover. The other pattern that works extremely well with both numbers and quality is drop shotting. Use the drop-shot in the old creek channel bends in Spring Creek. The best places are in between Big Jim's and Sealy's. Use a good sensitive spinning rod such as a Falcon 6'6" Buccoo and 8 pound fluorocarbon line. Use a Gamakatsu finesse wide gap hook in 1/0 with a 1/4 drop shot weight. Nose hook a Watermelon Seed Big Bite Baits 6" finesse worm in the BioBait formula. When fish grab this bait, they do not let go.

November 13, 2009
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL 62* MUDDY & FAST LAKE WIDE
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513

Bass fishing is fair. With the recent rains, the water is moving and is muddy. This actually helps turn on the bite on grass flats. The main lake grass flats have been doing pretty well, especially the ones near the Tractor Bank and Carl's pass. Fish a SPRO Aruku Shad75 in Gold/Black or Purple Rain color. The best flats have 5 to 6 feet of water with submerged milfoil and hydrilla. Flats with 10 to 12 foot ditches close by are magical spots. Fish the SPRO with a steady retrieve and rip it free from the grass when you feel it tick the hydrilla. If this bite slows, fish these same areas with a Big Bite Baits 6" Kreit Tail worm in Junebug. Texas rig the bait with a 5/16 ounce Tru-Tungsten sinker in unpainted color. The unpainted Tru Tungsten is very shiny because of the Dura-Seal finish that they use to coat their sinkers. Use a 5/0 Gamakatsu offset shank hook for this worm. The Big Bite Kriet Tail worm has a hook slot that is perfect for hook sets. The worm bite can feel super subtle, so make sure you use a good sensitive rod such as a Falcon 7'3" Cara T7 Amistad Special. Also reach for some Gamma Edge Fluorocarbon 20 lb. test.

November 6, 2009
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, 70*, THE FLINT IS STAINED, THE CHATTACHOOCHEE IS MUDDY AND SPRING CREEK IS CLEAR AND 80*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good and the shad are starting find their way into shallow water on flats and backwater pockets off of the main river. The shallow cranking bite is starting to pick up. Fish a Spro Little John in the new nasty shad color over grass flats on the main lake. Ripping the bait through the grass draws more strikes. Another good pattern for this time of year is to flip shallow grass and hyacinths in the backwaters of both rivers. Use a 1 ounce Tru Tungsten lead pegged with a 5/0 straight shank Gamakatsu hook. Make sure to use a heavy action flipping rod to pull the bass out of the thick cover such as a Falcon 7'6" Lowrider Heavy Action flipping stick. As the water temperatures continue to fall and the grass continues to die, expect the trap bite to pick up all over the lake.

October 23, 2009
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, 70*, THE FLINT IS STAINED, THE CHATTACHOOCHEE IS MUDDY AND SPRING CREEK IS CLEAR AND 80*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. The shad are starting find their way into shallow water on flats and backwater pockets off of the main river. The shallow cranking bite is starting to pick up. Fish a Spro Little John in the new nasty shad color over grass flats on the main lake. Ripping the bait through the grass draws more strikes. Another good pattern for this time of year is to flip shallow grass and hyacinths in the backwaters of both rivers. Use a 1 ounce Tru-Tungsten lead pegged with a 5/0 straight shank Gamakatsu hook. Make sure to use a heavy action flipping rod to pull the bass out of the thick cover such as a Falcon 7'6" Lowrider Heavy Action flipping stick. As the water temperatures continue to fall and the grass continues to die, expect the trap bite to pick up all over the lake.
 

Crappie fishing is fair and they are still being caught fairly shallow. Fish grass lines in 7-10 foot of water up above Jack's. Fish a Big Bite Baits 1.75" Slab-Tube in Lemon Meringue color. Fish the Slab-Tube on a Big Bite Bad Boy 1/16 Jig Head in white. Use a spinning reel and a good limber, but sensitive rod such as a Falcon 6'6" Bucoo Spinning Rod. Fish the tube parallel to the grass and work it slow.


October 16, 2009
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, 76*, THE FLINT IS STAINED, THE CHATTACHOOCHEE IS MUDDY AND SPRING CREEK IS CLEAR AND 80*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is fair and the bass are shallow. Use the Zoom Ol' Monster worm in red shad or June bug on the ends of deep brushed up docks. Some fish are moving on the grass mats in the creeks. Use a quarter ounce jigs with a Zoom twin tail grub as a trailer. This will slow the fall of the bait and get more strikes. An all white Zoom Super Fluke is working and it imitates the shad well in clearer water. Adding some Bang shad scent will help a lot. Be sure to have a Strike King crank bait in the Sexy Shad pattern in tow or three deep diving models and use them on the main lake ledges. It’s hard to beat a Zoom 6 inch pumpkinseed lizard on a Carolina rig for all day fishing.

October 9, 2009
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, 76*, THE FLINT IS STAINED, THE CHATTACHOOCHEE IS MUDDY AND SPRING CREEK IS CLEAR AND 80*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. A local bass tournament was won with 25 pounds and 5 fish. Fish are biting top water in the morning hours extremely well. Fish a Spro Dawg 125 walking bait on main lake grass beds. If fish are striking in the grass beds, throw a white Big Bite Baits 3.5" Top Toad up in the grass on braided line. This bite is short-lived unless you have some cloud cover. With cloud cover present, keep fishing the Spro Dawg and the Top Toad because they will draw strikes from big ones. If the sun comes out, a good pattern that is working now is to find the old deeper grass lines at the lower end of Spring Creek that have not yet reached the surface. Once you find these grass lines, fish them slowly with 2 baits. Either a Texas rigged Big Bite Baits 6" Kreit Tail worm, or a Spro McStick Suspending Jerk bait. Fish the Kreit Tail worm in green pumpkin with a 4/0 offset shank Gamakatsu hook with a 5/16 ounce tungsten lead with Sunline Fluorocarbon. The best worm rod I have found for fishing deep grass is a Falcon 7'3" Cara T7 Amistad Special. Fish the Spro McStick Jerk bait on a 6'6" Falcon Bucoo Spinning Rod with Sunline Fluorocarbon.

October 2, 2009

LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, 78*, THE FLINT IS STAINED, THE CHATTACHOOCHEE IS MUDDY AND SPRING CREEK IS CLEAR AND 80*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is fair. With the changing conditions such as the varying water temperature, water levels, and water clarity the fishing has been somewhat tough. The bass are in the summer to fall transition phase and can be caught on many different techniques. Spinnerbaits and shallow running crankbaits such as a Spro Little John in Spooky Shad are a good choice for the main lake grass flats. Another good pattern is flipping grass mats in the Spring Creek area. Use a Big Bite Baits 4" Fighting Frog in Tilapia color. Rig it on a 1 ounce tungsten lead, 4/0 Gamakatsu EWG hook and use a good flipping rod such as a 7'6" Falcon Expert rod for pulling the bass out of the deep mats. When the cooler weather settles in, expect the grass to start dying off on the flats which will ignite the Rat L Trap and shallow crank bait bite.

Setptember 17, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN ONE FOOT, STAINED AND 81*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. My brother and I won the "Hooked on Hope" bass tournament over the weekend with 25.40 pounds. It was a good day with overcast skies. Fish a Spro Dawg 100 in the early morning hours around grass beds at the mouth of the Flint. After the morning bite runs out, switch to a Big Bite Baits 6" Jerk Minnow in Silver or White and fish around the same areas as the top water. Fish this bait on 16 lb. Gamma Edge Fluorocarbon Line and a 5/0 EWG Gamakatsu Hook. We used a 6'9" Falcon Lowrider top water rod with the Spro Dawg. For the Jerk Minnow we use a 6'10" Falcon Cara T7 Grass Rod.

Crappie fishing is fair and these fish will spend the summer on the river and the lower lake creeks. Fish are on the bottom at 13 feet or more but can be tough to catch. Use live minnows after trolling bright Hal Flies and Deep South Jigs until the fish are found then use both live bait and jigs.

Setptember 11, 2009
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6', STAINED AND 78*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is fair and this is a good time to break out some top water baits. The gold and black Devil’s Horse and a huge grub fished on and around wood and grass beds can draw a big fish. Be sure to gear up for these fish in the heavy cover with a Power Pro or a strong fluorocarbon line. Fishing a Zoom watermelon candy or watermelon finesse worm on a drop shot rig with 8 pound line and a 1/0 Gamakatsu offset shank hook set about 12 inches above the weight using a worm will also bring a few bites. Fish this bait in the pockets off the main lake around docks and blow downs. A few fish are still being caught under docks on a Zoom green pumpkin Magnum worm. Look for shad in the back of coves off the main creeks and use a ½ or a ¼ ounce Rat T Trap and fish around and though the shad.

Crappie fishing is fair and these fish will spend the summer on the river and the lower lake creeks. Fish are on the bottom at 13 feet or more but can be tough to catch. Use live minnows after trolling bright Hal Flies and Deep South Jigs until the fish are found then use both live bait and jigs.


September 3, 2009
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .5', LIGHT STAIN AND 82*
Lake Seminole waters are 82 degrees and the rivers are muddy and the main lake is stained. Many creeks are clear. Bass fishing is still tough. Fishing has been somewhat slow, as it usually is about this time every year. However, bass can still be caught on main lake grass beds and grass flats early in the morning with top water plugs and buzz baits. A Spro Dawg 100 is a good walking top water bait that attracts big bass. After the sun comes up is when the bite gets tough. The same areas where the top water fishing is good can still be pretty good after the sun comes up. Back off to the edge of the grass lines and throw a Big Bite Baits 6" Kriet Tail worm in Tilapia color. Rig the Kriet Tail worm on a 5/16 ounce. Tru Tungsten lead, and a 4/0 offset shank Gamakatsu hook and fish it slow on the grass lines. Another pattern that works is to fish a weightless 6" Big Bite Baits Jerk Minnow in shad color or watermelon red. Throw the Jerk Minnow up in the grass and let it sink down in the grass and work it back to the boat with a slow twitching motion. Try different ways of working the bait to see how the fish will want it on that particular day. Once you find a pattern that works, stick with it all day and commit to an area. You really need a good sensitive rod and line when fishing the Kriet Tail worm and the Jerk Minnow because the bites are very light right now and the fish are not holding onto the baits very long. Gamma Edge fluorocarbon line in 16 pound and a 7'3" Falcon Cara T7 Amistad Special rod is an awesome combination for detecting the light strikes.

 Crappie fishing is fair and these fish will spend the summer on the river and the lower lake creeks. Fish are on the bottom at 13 feet or more but can be tough to catch. Use live minnows after trolling bright Hal Flies and Deep South Jigs until the fish are found then use both live bait and jigs.

August 28, 2009
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .1', LIGHT STAIN AND 86*
Bass fishing is good and the fish are still biting. Stick with the early morning and late evening top water bite with frogs in the grass. Swim the frog over the tops of the holes in the grass and wait for explosive strikes. Fish any topped out grass beds near deep water with a 3.5" Big Bite Baits Top Toad in any light color. Always have a 6" Big Bite Baits Jerk Minnow rigged up for missed strikes. Later in the day when the sun heats the water up, move to either Spring Creek or main lake river ledges and look for deep grass. The best spots are near the bends and points of the creek or river ledges. Type of grass will either be milfoil or hydrilla. Fish these spots with either a Texas-rigged 6/10" Big Bite Baits Kriet Tail worm in watermelon seed, or a Carolina rigged Big Bite Baits 6" finesse worm in watermelon seed. Fish the Texas rig on a 1/4 ounce Tru Tungsten sinker and the Carolina rig on a 1 ounce sinker.

Crappie fishing is fair and these fish will spend the summer on the river and the lower lake creeks. Fish are on the bottom at 13 feet or more but can be tough to catch. Use live minnows after trolling bright Hal Flies and Deep South Jigs until the fish are found.


August 21, 2009
"According to Steve"
Crappie caught in 8 to 12 feet of water about 150 yards offshore.  Fishing structures produces the best dividends.  Minnows being the bait of choice.


August 21, 2009
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .1', AND 86*
Bass fishing is good and the fish are being caught around shallow cover including lily pads and grass. The Chattahoochee and the main lake have been a good option for finding shallow cover. The best baits to use in the shallow cover are frogs and flipping baits. There are two frogs that work extremely well. For fishing sparse vegetation, use a Big Bite Baits 3.5" Top Toad in white. Rig it with a 5/0 Gamakatsu Superline hook and braided line. For the thicker vegetation, use a Spro Bronzeye 65 floating frog in Rainforest Black or Natural Red. Use a Falcon Cara T7 7'10" XH action frog rod for pulling the bass out of the thick cover. Flipping is also another good option for fishing the shallow cover. Use a Big Bite Baits 4" Fighting Frog in Vegas Sunset color. Rig the frog on a 5/0 Straight Shank Gamakatsu hook and a 1 ounce. Tungsten lead. Use a good flipping rod such as a Falcon Cara T7 7'6" H action flipping rod for hauling the big bass out of the heavy cover.

Crappie fishing is fair and these fish will spend the summer on the river and the lower lake creeks. Fish are on the bottom at 13 feet or more but can be tough to catch. Use live minnows after trolling bright Hal Flies and Deep South Jigs until the fish are found then use both live bait and jigs.

August 7, 2009
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 1.1', CLEAR AND 87*
Bass fishing is fair. Early morning, fish grass beds on the main lake that are close to deep water. Throw buzz baits, prop baits, or a 3.5" Big Bite Baits Top Toad in white. When the morning bite ends, work these same areas with a floating jerk bait such as a Smithwick Rattlin Rogue, Rapala Minnow, or Bomber Long A. Just like the top water bite, this bite is pretty much short lived. After the Sun gets high in the sky, head up either river and look for cover to flip. The types of cover to flip can be grass, lily pads, or hyacinths. The closer you find these areas to the river channel, the better they are. For the best flipping set up made, I recommend a Dobyns Champion 805FLIP flipping rod for punching the mats. I team this with heavy braid, a 1 ounce tungsten sinker, a 5/0 Gamakatsu hook, and the best flipping bait on the planet which is a Big Bite Baits 4" Dean Rojas Signature Series Fighting Frog in black and blue. Stick with this pattern for the rest of the day as long as the Sun stays out. If it gets mostly cloudy, then go back to your top water grass beds and throw top water such as the frog.

Crappie fishing is fair and the fish are in the 6 to 10 foot grass beds near Carl's Pass and the Tractor Bank. Use 4 pound test fluorocarbon and a spinning reel with a good sensitive rod such as a Dobyns Champion 681SF. For bait, use a Big Bite Baits 2" Triple Tip Grub in white. Put the grub on a Big Bite Baits Darter Head in 1/16 and 1/8 ounce. Swim the jig real slow parallel to the grass beds.


July 31, 2009
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6', CLEAR AND 86*
Bass fishing is good and the grass beds above Jack's on the lower end of the Flint have been a good opt for early morning and late evening strikes. Fish a 3.5" Big Bite Baits Top Toad in white. Swim the frog over the grass and wait for explosive strikes. Always have a Big Bite Baits 6" Jerk Shad rigged up for missed strikes. Later in the day as the sun heats the water, move to either Spring Creek or the main lake river ledges. You want to find bends and points in the creek or river ledges that have grass present, either milfoil or hydrilla. Fish these bends with either a Texas rigged Big Bite Baits 6" or 10" Kriet tail worm in watermelon seed, or a Carolina rigged Big Bite baits 6" finesse worm in watermelon. Fish slow and use a 1/4 ounce Tungsten lead for the Texas rig and a 1 ounce bullet sinker for the Carolina rig. Don't forget to check out the new Dobyns Champion Extreme rods, especially the DX 704C split handle. Go to www.dobynsrods.com to see the lengths and actions they offer.

Crappie fishing is fair. Crappie can be caught on 6to10 ft. grass beds near Carl's Pass and the Tractor Bank. Use 4 pound test fluorocarbon and a spinning reel with a good sensitive rod such as a Dobyns Champion 681SF. For bait, use a Big Bite Baits 2" Triple Tip Grub in white. Put the grub on a Big Bite Baits Darter Head in 1/16 and 1/8 ounce . Swim the jig real slow parallel to the grass beds.


July 24, 2009
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6', STAINED AND 88*
Bass fishing has been slow almost all day and it’s been hot. Early and late Lunker Lures buzz baits on the wood or grass lines can draw a fish but run and gun all day. Float a large dark Gilraker worms or lizards on Texas rig with no weight on around the grass beds. Add a Mann’s Rat in green frog then follow up with a big lizard in June bug on a large #5 Mustad hook. Zoom Swamp crawlers are working on a long Carolina rig with the Lindy No Snag rig in the ounce size. To get away from the heat, try after dark and a green pumpkin and June Bug will work. Use the all white Ledge Buster one ounce spinner bait and slow roll the bait but this will tax the arms if the fish do not bite. Try this large bait for 30 minutes each trip and use it on the feeding periods. You can see the feeding times daily with a Data Sport Fish and Game Forecaster at www.moontimes.com.

July 16, 2009
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6', STAINED AND 90*
Bass fishing is good and despite the heat, the fish are still biting. There is still a good early morning and late evening top water bite with frogs in the grass. Fish any topped-out grass beds near deep water with a 3.5" Big Bite Baits Top Toad in any light color. Swim the frog over the tops of the holes in the grass and wait for explosive strikes. Always have a 6" Big Bite Baits Jerk Minnow rigged up for missed strikes. Later in the day when the sun heats the water up, move to either Spring Creek or main lake river ledges and look for deep grass. The best spots are near the bends and points of the creek or river ledges. Type of grass will either be milfoil or hydrilla. Fish these spots with either a Texas rigged 6/10" Big Bite Baits Kriet Tail worm in watermelon seed, or a Carolina rigged Big Bite Baits 6" finesse worm in watermelon seed. Fish the Texas rig on a 1/4 ounce Tungsten sinker and the Carolina rig on a 1 ounce sinker.

July 10, 2009
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6', STAINED AND 90*
Bass fishing is fair and it is hot during the day on the water. There are some shallow fish on points right off the river after mid day. In the upper rivers, the water is clearing so use a 200 series Bandit crank baits in bright colors and Leverage gold bladed spinner baits. The flat side crank baits seem to get more strikes and warming weather has the fish active. The bass are on the stumps and points all day. Pitching and flipping a black Zoom u tail worm on a Texas rig is fair and hit every stump that you can see. For fishing the lower lake, go to the river ledges. Mid day go to the creek ledges that drop right into the river and use a 1/2 ounce Strike King buzz bait or a ½ ounce spinner bait with large silver willow leaf blades. Slow roll this lure on the structure and use a single #6 Colorado blade and a chartreuse and white skirt. There are some fish biting after dark on black buzz baits and black Jitterbugs.

June 26, 2009
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED AND 88*
Bass fishing is good and there is a pretty good top water bite going on early in the morning. Fish any topped out grass beds that are visible on the main lake. Throw a Big Bite Baits 3.5 Top Toad in June bug with chartreuse Swirl. Swim the frog over the grass mats and in the holes.. If you miss a strike, have a back-up rod with a Big Bite Baits 6 Jerk Minnow in shad color. This is an awesome 1-2 punch for early morning bass on Seminole right now. Once the sun gets up, then head to deeper grass lines on the main lake or Spring Creek. Fish a Texas rigged Big Bite Baits 6 Kriet Tail worm in Tilapia color and use a ¼ or 5/16 Tungsten sinker and fluorocarbon line. This pattern works for quality and quantity. The best rod I've seen for this technique is a Dobyns Champion Extreme 744c. Be sure to go to www.dobynsrods.com to check it out.

June 19, 2009
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED AND 88*
Bass fishing is good. There is a pretty good top water bite going on early in the morning. Fish any topped-out grass beds that are visible on the main lake. Throw a Big Bite Baits 3.5" Top Toad in June bug-Chartreuse Swirl. Swim the frog over the grass mats and in the holes. If you miss a strike, have a back up rod with a Big Bite Baits 6" Jerk Minnow in shad color. This is an awesome 1-2 punch for early morning bass on Seminole right now. Once the sun gets up, then head to deeper grass lines on the main lake or Spring Creek. Fish Texas-Rigged Big Bite Baits 6" Kriet Tail Worms in Tilapia color. Use a 1/4-5/16 Tungsten Lead and fluorocarbon line. This patterns works for both quality and quantity. The best rod I've seen for this technique is a Dobyns Champion Extreme 744c. Be sure to go to www.dobynsrods.com to check it out.

June 12, 2009
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED AND 80*
Bass fishing is excellent. Over the weekend, my partner and I caught consecutive 20 pound + stringers on Saturday and Sunday. We placed 9th in the RSC tournament on Saturday with 20.97 and 3rd in the Media Bass tournament on Sunday with 21.54. All of our fish were caught on 3 different techniques. Early morning, throw a Big Bite Baits Top Toad in 3.5". We were throwing different colors the color didn't seem to matter. We were using the floating Top Toads. These frogs are absolutely awesome because you can swim them on top, then stop them and they float! Rig them on a 5/0 Superline hook. If you have a fish miss the frog, back it up with a Big Bite Bait 4" Dean Rojas Fighting Frog on the back of a swim jig. Choose color according to water clarity. Green or white for clear water and black/blue for stained water. This technique makes an awesome one two punch for bagging early morning bass on Seminole right now. Really don't like to give my technique away, buy hey - it's my job! Later in the day when the sun is high and the heat is nearly unbearable, switch to a 6" or 10" Big Bite Baits Kriet Tail Worm. Rig the worm Texas Style on a 5/16 ounce tungsten lead and fish it on 7 to 10 feet grass lines on the main lake. This pattern catches quality and quantity. My rod of choice for the frog, the jig, and especially the Texas rig is the new Dobyns Champion Extreme 744C. This is the strongest rod on the market right now with unbelievable sensitivity and low weight.

June 5, 2009
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED AND 78*
Bass fishing is excellent. The backwoods tournament was held over the weekend with nearly 28 pounds winning first place and several boats having over 20 pounds. With the high muddy water on the rivers, the bass are still relatively shallow. An awesome pattern that I have found to be working extremely well is one that I really do not want to share, but it is my job so here we go! The banks of the Chattahoochee River and the Flint River are all lined with some type of vegetation whether it be hydrilla, milfoil, peanut grass, or lily pads. It really doesn't matter which type of cover you fish, some days the fish will be in the pads while there are other days that the fish will be holding in the grass. Whatever the case may be, get you a Big Bite Baits 3.5" Floatin Toad in Green Pumpkin Pearl with green pumpkin legs. Black with chartreuse legs also works. Rig the toad on a 5/0 Super line hook weightless. The Big Bite Toad is absolutely the best frog on the market for two reasons - it floats when you stop it and it makes a lot of noise. I use a 7'4" Dobyns Champion Extreme 744C bait cast rod teamed with Gamma braided line. This rod has plenty of backbone with a fast tip and is the lightest rod I have ever used. See www.dobynsrods.com. Throw the frog in the cover and swim it on top of the grass stopping it every so often.. Here's the kicker, you're going to have a lot of fish miss the frog. If that is the case, then as a follow up bait use a black and blue swim jig and a Big Bite Baits Dean Rojas 4" Fighting Frog as a trailer. This is the best bait I have ever used as a jig trailer. Throw the swim jig in behind the frog and I would say 9 times out of 10 the fish will eat the jig. This is an awesome one two 2 punch that I have been using to catch fish in tournaments. You know I really hate to give this type of information out, but it is my job and I enjoy helping people catch fish.

March 19, 2009
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 INCHES, SLIGHT STAIN AND 65*
Bass fishing is good and the fish are still up on the beds and cruising around on the main lake sandbars. The best way to catch bass right now is to sight fish, or fish real slow in bedding areas with a Texas rigged lizard. Big Bite Baits makes an 8" Kriet Tail Lizard that works extremely well. Use green pumpkin or June bug on a 5/16 ounce tungsten lead. Use a big 5/0 hook because the lizard is pretty big. Another excellent pattern to use on these sandbars is to throw a swim bait. Throw a Big Bite Baits 5" Super Shad in Tennessee Shad, perch, or bluegill color. Use a 5/0 swim bait hook that has a weighted belly. Just fish the swim bait over the shallow sandbars in search for a big cruising female. This patterns works well because it allows you to fish for a "Big Bite" while searching for a bedding bass to catch. This pattern will hold up until about mid April when the bass start to head back out to their post spawn areas.

March 13, 2009
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, SLIGHT STAIN AND 63*
Bass fishing is great. The fish are really up on the beds at this time with the full moon this week. Now is the time to sight fish. Once the bedding bass have been located, throw a 4" Big Bite Baits Salt Tube in any green color. Use the 6" Big Bite Baits Disc Lizard or Pro Lizard in any green color. White is also a good color choice because of it's visibility to the fisherman. Another excellent pattern to catch bass right now is to find sandbars in 6 feet of water or less. Throw a weightless 6" Big Bite baits Trick Stick in Tilapia color. Just dead stick the bait and let it free fall until one grabs it. The bait has a large profile so use a 6/0 EWG hook.

March 5, 2009
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, SLIGHT STAIN AND 57*
Bass fishing is good. The recent cold front has somewhat slowed down the bed fishing, but it should pick up by the weekend as 80 degree temperatures are in the forecast. Look in the backwaters of the Flint River and the Chattahoochee River. Find areas with sand and look for the bass to be in about 3 feet of water or less. While looking, throw a 4" or 6" Big Bite Baits Kreat Kreature Texas rigged on a 1/4 lead. Swim the worm through grass and lily pads. Once a bass has been found on the bed, use a 4" Big Bite Baits BioTube in any green color. Let the tube sit in the bed and shake it to aggravate the bass into biting. If that doesn't work, try a 6" Big Bite Baits Pro lizard or Disc Lizard. Either bait will eventually work. The flipping bite is also going to start getting better as the big females stage under the hyacinths near spawning areas. Find water hyacinths along reed banks with at least 1 1/2 to 2 foot of water underneath the hyacinths.

February 27, 2009
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, SLIGHT STAIN AND 59*
Bass fishing is excellent and it will take 25 pounds to win most tournaments. The fish are now moving onto the beds. Bass can be found in the backwaters of both rivers, Spring Creek, and Fish Pond Drain. While searching for bedding fish, swim a Big Bite Baits 4" Kriet Kreature in watermelon red magnum or green pumpkin. Use a 4/0 hook with a 1/4 lead that is pegged to your line. This bait has an awesome swimming action and can also be used to catch bedding bass. Another pattern that works real well is to throw a weightless Big Bite Baits 5" Trick Stick Senko. Bama Bug is an excellent color on the lake right now. The best places to throw the Trick Stick is in bedding areas. Dead sticking and a slight jerking method is a good way to fish the Trick Stick. Towards the end of this month, expect the fish to move up and start spawning on the main lake sandbars.

Crappie fishing is good and the fish have moved back to deep water with the cold temperatures. Fish the channel bends on the lower Flint to catch crappie. Use a 1/16 ounce Hal-Fly made by Big Bite Baits in lemon meringue color. Use light fluorocarbon line and swim the jig extremely slow. I have found that the jig catches better quality crappie than minnows.


February 20, 2009
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED AND 59*
Bass are moving up on the beds. Fish can be caught in less than 3 feet of water. The backwater of the Chattahoochee, fish pond drain, and the ponds in between the carp gates are the place to be right now. Fish lily pads and sandbars with a Big Bite Baits 4” or 6 “ Kriet Kreature. Rig this worm on a ¼ Tungsten Lead and peg the lead. Swim the worm through the pads and on top of the pads. If you find a bass on the bed, drop the bait in the bed and shake it. This pattern will work through April, until the fish move back into their summer like patterns.

Crappie fishing is good and the fish have moved back to deep water with the cold temperatures. Fish the channel bends on the lower Flint to catch crappie. Use a 1/16 ounce Hal-Fly made by Big Bite Baits in lemon meringue color. Use light fluorocarbon line and swim the jig extremely slow. I have found that the jig catches better quality crappie than minnows.


February 13, 2009
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED AND 53*
Lake Seminole is great. Bass are biting traps and are around grass points and ditches on any part of the lake. The fish are staging and are ready to move up on the beds. Use 1/2 to 3/4 ounce sexy shad rattle traps to locate fish. Once you find an area that has fish slow down with a Texas rigged or Carolina rigged Big Bite Baits 6" Kriet Kreature. Use Bama Bug or Watermelon red magnum. This bait is absolutely awesome on Seminole because it has tremendous action when pulled through the grass. Concentrate on areas near spawning flats on the main lake. Make sure you are fishing around grass. Ditches, depressions, and grass points near these areas are what have been holding the most fish.

Crappie fishing is good and the fish have moved back to deep water with the cold temperatures. Fish the channel bends on the lower Flint to catch crappie. Use a 1/16 ounce Hal-Fly made by Big Bite Baits in lemon meringue color. Use light fluorocarbon line and swim the jig extremely slow. I have found that the jig catches better quality crappie than minnows.


February 6, 2009
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .5 inches, STAINED AND 53*
Lake Seminole is wide open right now. My brother and I had 18 pounds in the Fishermen for the Hungry tournament over the weekend and did not get a check. Terry Stevens and Mason Brock from Marianna, FL had the winning stringer of 25 pounds. There were 4 sacks over 20 pounds! Most fish were caught on traps and were caught around grass points and ditches on any part of the lake. The fish are staging and are ready to move up on the beds. Use 1/2 to 3/4 ounce sexy shad rattle traps to locate fish. Once you find an area that has fish slow down with a Texas rigged or Carolina rigged Big Bite Baits 6" Kriet Kreature. Use Bama Bug or Watermelon red magnum. This bait is absolutely awesome on Seminole because it has tremendous action when pulled through the grass. Concentrate on areas near spawning flats on the main lake. Make sure you are fishing around grass. Ditches, depressions, and grass points near these areas are what have been holding the most fish.

Crappie fishing is good and the fish have moved back to deep water with the cold temperatures. Fish the channel bends on the lower Flint to catch crappie. Use a 1/16 ounce Hal-Fly made by Big Bite Baits in lemon meringue color. Use light fluorocarbon line and swim the jig extremely slow. I have found that the jig catches better quality crappie than minnows.

January 30, 2009
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN FULL, SLIGHTLY STAINED AND 53*
Bass fishing is good and there are some huge bass are beginning to stage all over the lake. A recent Media Bass tournament was won with 25 pounds. Fish were caught on a Carolina-rigged Big Bite Baits 6" Kriet Kreature. This bait is similar to a Zoom Brush Hog, but has legs and tentacles that have an awesome swimming action. Fish are located on 7 to 10 foot ditches and depressions that are adjacent to spawning flats. To locate fish, use rattle traps or spinnerbaits in order to cover water. Once fish have been found, slow down and use a Carolina rigged Big Bite Baits 6" Kriet Kreature or 10" Kriet Tail Worm. As the weather warms and the water temperature continues to climb, look for the fish to move further up onto the spawning flats. When this occurs use a weightless Big Bite Baits 6" trick stick in June bug or watermelon.

Crappie fishing is good and the fish have moved back to deep water with the cold temperatures. Fish the channel bends on the lower Flint to catch crappie. Use a 1/16 ounce . Hal-Fly made by Big Bite Baits in lemon meringue color. Use light fluorocarbon line and swim the jig extremely slow. I have found that the jig catches better quality crappie than minnows.

January 23, 2009
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FEET, SLIGHTLY STAINED AND 51*
Bass fishing has been relatively tough with the falling water temperatures. Some fish are being caught on main lake flats and the mouth of coves of the Chattahoochee River with spinnerbaits and rattle traps. The most productive method is finesse fishing in the Spring Creek area. Drop shotting has been the ticket. Target the bigger stumps in 20 foot of water or deeper in any area of Spring Creek and use 8 pound fluorocarbon line. Rig up the drop shot with a Gamakatsu Weedless finesse hook in size #2. Use a 3/8 ounce drop shot weight and rig the hook about 18 inches above the lead. Use a Big Bite Bait in the 4" or 6" finesse worm in green pumpkin purple or green pumpkin and June bug. Fish your bait slowly and fish it vertical beside the stumps using a shaking method. The bite will be very soft. Just lift your rod to set the hook.

Crappie fishing has been a little off and on. Some crappie are being caught in the fish pond drain area in deep water. Use a Big Bite Baits Ring Grub in pumpkin pepper green color. For a jig head, use a Big Bite Baits Bad Boy black jig head in 1/16 ounce. Swim the jig real slow besides standing timber in 20 feet of water for a good way to catch quality sized specks.


January 11, 2009  Swede
Got back out to lake Seminole yesterday. Launched from Seminole Lodge at day break. Monte had not even opened the store yet. Fished in Spring Creek the first half of the day - until 11am. Fished up the Chattahoochee the second half of the day. The day started out warm and humid and ended cold and humid. Cloud covered most of the day. Water temp in SC at 63 and Hooch at 61. Not much to report from Spring Creek - did not get the first bite there. Fished mostly deep water with a variety of baits. I believe with the extended warm weather - the fish went shallow and into the grass, but with the cold weather this week - the lower water temps ought to bring them back deep. Ran over to the Hooch and fish a few areas. Surprisingly found the fish in shallow water (2-4 ft) - but even then did not bite for long. All fish came on a V&M black grape finesse worm. The first and biggest was in the 5-6 pound class, then a 3 pound fish, and finished with a 1 pounder. Estimate 9-10 pounds with 3 fish. Half hour worth of action - the rest of the time the temps continued to drop after frontal passage and wind blew 10-20. Tried SBs, CBs, and Swimbait with no takers.

January 9, 2009
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FEET, SLIGHTLY STAINED AND 60*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is excellent and there are several different patterns that can be used to catch fish on Seminole right now. With the warm water temperatures, bass can be caught in the shallows. A recent ABA tournament was won with 5 fish at 32 lbs! Fish can be caught on main lake grass flats. Use a 5/8 ounce Spro Aruku Shad in Mud Bug red color. Flipping dying water hyacinths is also a good way to catch fish during the unstable weather patterns. Flip the shallow coves and backwaters up both rivers. Use a 1 1/2 ounce Tru-Tungsten Lead and a heavy wire flipping hook. Flip a 4" Big Bite Baits Kriet Kreature in Redbug color.

Crappie fishing is also excellent! Specs can be caught on the Flint River where water hyacinths are present near deep water. Use a Big Bite Baits Hal-Fly in 1/16 ounce Lemon Meringue color. Use 4 pound test fluorocarbon with a good sensitive, but limber rod. Cast the jig out, let is sink to the bottom, and then retrieve it painfully slow. The jig seems to catch bigger specs than the minnows. Expect to catch a fairly quick limit.

January 4, 2009  Swede
Went out to Lake Seminole yesterday - arrived at 7:30am. Spent 45 minutes talking to Monte (owner) before getting launched. My purpose for the day was to try a new and not yet released bait by V&M - the High Tail Shad. Received a few of them to try out and figured Seminole would be the best place to do just that. Arrived in Spring Creek at 8:30am. Fished for a short time before speaking with one gentleman who had caught 5 good keepers that morning. Fished through a lot of timber catching my first two keepers on the new bait. These two fish came where grass met timber in 20-22 ft of water. Bites were light. Rigged the new bait with a V&M weighted frog hook with keeper and tungsten bullet weight. The extra weight allowed the bait to sink faster and punch through a couple of small grass mats still out there. This bait is about the same size as flukes I fish regularly. Spoke to a couple other gentlemen about 11 am - they said they caught a couple 8 pound fish earlier that morning worming deep water but nothing since 8 am. The water had cleared a lot from previous week's water description. About 1pm, the gentleman I spoke with in the morning stopped back by and said the fish had completely shut down - no bites since seeing him earlier. He left to go watch football. Threw a couple CBs for a while thinking the fish may have suspended, but nothing happening there. Pitched a drop shot around for a while as well and nothing. Went back to the new High Tail Shad and picked up another keeper about 3pm. Headed back to Seminole Lodge about 4pm. The coots are out in force feeding on hydrilla. Duck hunters broke the relative silence a few times throughout the day. Blue Winged Teal have arrived even with the warm temps. A couple good flocks circled the creek intermittently during the day. Spent all day in Spring Creek. The new bait worked really really well. The tail puts out a good wag. I wish I would have made it out earlier when the bite was on. This bait produced when the bite was off though - something I was glad to see. Good luck out there!!

January 1, 2009
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FEET, SLIGHTLY STAINED AND
53*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good and Spring Creek is the place to be now with the cold water. I have seen water temperatures as low as 51 degrees in places already. That is pretty cold considering we haven't even entered winter yet. Big bass are being caught in Spring Creek on big Texas-rigged worms. Use a Big Bite Baits Kriet Tail Worm in 10 inch. Watermelon Seed or Red Bug are good color choices. Use a big 5/0 wide gap hook, fluorocarbon line and a 1/4 Tru-Tungsten lead. This time of year, I have found it best to try and match the color of the worm with the lead. The bite can be slow, but big ones like to eat in Spring Creek. The channel bends that sweep across I-75 run are a good place to start looking for bass. If the bite is really slow, you can use a straight tail worm instead of a big curly tail. A Big Bite Baits 5" Trick Stick or 6" Finesse worm in watermelon seed works well on the same rig.

Crappie fishing is still excellent! Specs can be caught on river ledges of the Flint in any range of depth between 10-30 feet. Use a Big Bite Baits Hal-Fly in 1/16 ounce Lemon Meringue color. Use 4 pound test fluorocarbon with a good sensitive, but limber rod. The fish can be caught trolling or casting. As always, the specs can be caught on minnows, but the jigs catch bigger ones.


December 19, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FEET, SLIGHTLY STAINED &
53*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. Spring Creek is the place to be now with the cold water. I have seen water temperatures as low as 51 degrees in places already. That is pretty cold considering we haven't even entered winter yet. Big bass are being caught in Spring Creek on big Texas-rigged worms. Use a Big Bite Baits Kriet Tail Worm in 10 inch. Watermelon Seed or Red Bug are good color choices. Use a big 5/0 wide gap hook, fluorocarbon line and a 1/4 Tru-Tungsten lead. This time of year, I have found it best to try and match the color of the worm with the lead. The bite can be slow, but big ones like to eat in Spring Creek. The channel bends that sweep across I-75 run are a good place to start looking for bass. If the bite is really slow, you can use a straight tail worm instead of a big curly tail. A Big Bite Baits 5" Trick Stick or 6" Finesse worm in watermelon seed works well on the same rig.

Crappie fishing is still excellent! Specs can be caught on river ledges of the Flint in any range of depth between 10-30 feet. Use a Big Bite Baits Hal-Fly in 1/16 ounce Lemon Meringue color. Use 4 pound test fluorocarbon with a good sensitive, but limber rod. The fish can be caught trolling or casting. As always, the specs can be caught on minnows, but the jigs catch bigger ones.


December 17, 2008 "Swede"
Fishing has been pretty good for the past 3 - 4 weeks in Spring Creek - deep cbs and plastics around timber. I've heard reports of 50+ fish days with half of those fish 3 pounds or better. All that good fishing turned sour as of late with heavy mud from recent rains. Now hearing reports from Wingates that logs are floating through the Flint arm - assuming similar in Spring Creek and Hooch arms as well. If anyone heads out there - be extremely careful - floaters can be hard to see and avoid at the speeds these bass boats can travel.

December 12, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FEET, SLIGHTLY STAINED &
53*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. Spring Creek is the place to be now with the cold water. I have seen water temperatures as low as 51 degrees in places already. That is pretty cold considering we haven't even entered winter yet. Big bass are being caught in Spring Creek on big Texas-rigged worms. Use a Big Bite Baits Kriet Tail Worm in 10 inch. Watermelon Seed or Red Bug are good color choices. Use a big 5/0 wide gap hook, fluorocarbon line and a 1/4 Tru-Tungsten lead. This time of year, I have found it best to try and match the color of the worm with the lead. The bite can be slow, but big ones like to eat in Spring Creek. The channel bends that sweep across I-75 run are a good place to start looking for bass. If the bite is really slow, you can use a straight tail worm instead of a big curly tail. A Big Bite Baits 5" Trick Stick or 6" Finesse worm in watermelon seed works well on the same rig.

Crappie fishing is still excellent! Specs can be caught on river ledges of the Flint in any range of depth between 10-30 feet. Use a Big Bite Baits Hal-Fly in 1/16 ounce Lemon Meringue color. Use 4 pound test fluorocarbon with a good sensitive, but limber rod. The fish can be caught trolling or casting. As always, the specs can be caught on minnows, but the jigs catch bigger ones.


December 5, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FEET, SLIGHTLY STAINED &
56*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is excellent. A local club tournament was won with 21 pounds and second being 19 pounds. The fish were caught on rattle traps on grass flats out in front of Wingate’s. Throw a 5/8 ounce Spro Aruku Shad in Mudbug Red. As always, the bass bite better when the bait is allowed to bog up in the hydrilla and then ripped free. Another pattern that I have found to work well is to fish ledges up the Flint River with a 6" Texas rigged Big Bite Baits finesse worm. The BioBait formula works best, but the regular Big Bite finesse worm works also. Green pumpkin seemed to be the best color. This pattern was found while I was crappie fishing on the flint. I caught over 20 bass doing this while fishing for specs! Most of the fish were in the 1 to 2 pound range, but I did catch one over 6 pounds and one about 4 pounds. Just fish the outside bends of the river around the Faceville Landing area. Ledges with grass present seemed to work better, but fish were also caught on ledges with rock and wood.

Crappie fishing is also excellent! Specs can be caught on river ledges of the Flint in any range of depth between 8-25 feet. Use a drop shot rig with minnows to locate the fish. Once the fish have been found, then use a Big Bite Baits Hal-Fly in 1/16 ounce Lemon Meringue color. Use 4 pound test fluorocarbon with a good sensitive, but limber rod. Cast the jig out, let it sink to the bottom and then retrieve it painfully slow. The jig seems to catch bigger specs than minnows. Expect to catch a fairly quick limit.


November 27, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FEET, SLIGHTLY STAINED AND
62*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is slow. The water temperature is dropping fast with the freezing temperatures. Some days the bass can be caught on grass flats in the 4 to 5 foot range. Throw shallow running crank baits or rattle traps over the grass. The flats on the Florida side of the lake have seemed to be working better. A 1/2 Spro Little John works well in Bloody Craw or Spooky Shad colors. Also, a 5/8 Spro Aruku Shad in Mudbug Red or Clear Chartreuse colors are good to throw. Use a slow, steady retrieve and rip the baits free from the grass when they get bogged up. Also, some fish have been caught on lizards in the Indian Mounds area on 10 to 12 foot grass lines. Throw a 6" Big Bite Baits Pro Lizard in watermelon or green pumpkin. Use a 1/4 ounce Tru-Tungsten lead in watermelon or green pumpkin color to match the color of the worm. Throw the lizard up in the grass and bring it out to the edge and let if fall slow. This pattern works well with little wind and bright skies.

Crappie fishing has somewhat slowed. Specs are being caught in 6-8 feet of water near grass lines on the Flint River. Throw a Big Bite Baits Bad Boy Tube Tail in the Electric Chicken Head/Clear Sparkle Tail color in 1/16 oz. Use fluorocarbon line in 6 lb test and swim the jig real slow near the grass lines.


November 21, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FEET, SLIGHTLY STAINED AND 62*
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is relatively slow on Seminole. The water temperature is dropping fast with the freezing temperatures. Some days the bass can be caught on grass flats in the 4 - 5 foot range. Throw shallow running crank baits or rattle traps over the grass. The flats on the Florida side of the lake have seemed to be working better. A 1/2 Spro Little John works well in Bloody Craw or Spooky Shad colors. Also, a 5/8 Spro Aruku Shad in Mudbug Red or Clear Chartreuse colors are good to throw. Use a slow, steady retrieve and rip the baits free from the grass when they get bogged up. Also, some fish have been caught on lizards in the Indian Mounds area on 10-12 foot grass lines. Throw a 6" Big Bite Baits Pro Lizard in watermelon or green pumpkin. Use a 1/4 oz. Tru-Tungsten lead in watermelon or green pumpkin color to match the color of the worm. Throw the lizard up in the grass and bring it out to the edge and let if fall slow. This pattern works well with little wind and bright skies.

Crappie fishing is slow but some fish are being caught in 6 to 8 feet of water near grass lines on the Flint River. Throw a Big Bite Baits Bad Boy Tube Tail in the Electric Chicken Head/Clear Sparkle Tail color in 1/16 ounce. Use fluorocarbon line in 6 lb test and swim the jig real slow near the grass lines.


November 14, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FEET, CLEAR &
66 DEGREES
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good and the cooler weather and shorter days is causing the grass to die off rapidly. This is making the shallow cranking bite turn on. Fish a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in magic or spooky shad over the top of submerged hydrilla and milfoil on flats near the Flint side of the lake. Allow the bait to bog up in the hydrilla and then rip it out. The strike will usually occur when the bait is ripped free of the hydrilla or milfoil. The flats on the Hooch are good also but dingy. A spinnerbait works well on all of the grass beds at the mouth of the Chattahoochee river. Use a 1/2 or 3/8 War Eagle spinner bait with double willow leaf blades in fire tiger color. Use an erratic action with the spinnerbait. Throw it up in the grass, use a fairly fast retrieve, and then shake it when it gets to the edge of the grass bed. The strike will be hard and fast, so be ready to set the hook. If skies are blue and there is no wind, the cranking and spinnerbait bite tends to be a little slow. If this is the case, go to these same areas and throw a Texas rigged Big Bite Baits Kriet Tail worm in 10 inch Tilapia color. Use a 1/4 Tru Tungsten lead and fluorocarbon line. Just work the worm real slow around the grass. This is a good big fish pattern.

Crappie fishing is excellent on the lake right now. Nice sized specs are being caught on the old river channel of the Chattahoochee river with minnows. Also, specs are being taken on jigs such as 1/12 and 1/16 ounce Hal-Flys along 8-10 ft grass lines on the Flint River area of the lake. Any color with a little white in it works well. Just cast the jig to the grass and swim it back to the boat slowly.

November 6, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FEET, CLEAR &
68 DEGREES
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is still pretty good. The cooler weather and shorter days is causing the grass to die off rapidly. This is making the shallow cranking bite turn on. Fish a Spro Aruku Shad 75 in magic or spooky shad over the top of submerged hydrilla and milfoil on flats near the Flint side of the lake. Allow the bait to bog up in the hydrilla and then rip it out. The strike will usually occur when the bait is ripped free of the hydrilla or milfoil. The flats on the Hooch are good also but dingy. A spinnerbait works well on all of the grass beds at the mouth of the Chattahoochee river. Use a 1/2 or 3/8 War Eagle spinner bait with double willow leaf blades in fire tiger color. Use an erratic action with the spinnerbait. Throw it up in the grass, use a fairly fast retrieve, and then shake it when it gets to the edge of the grass bed. The strike will be hard and fast, so be ready to set the hook. If skies are blue and there is no wind, the cranking and spinnerbait bite tends to be a little slow. If this is the case, go to these same areas and throw a Texas rigged Big Bite Baits Kriet Tail worm in 10 inch Tilapia color. Use a 1/4 Tru Tungsten lead and fluorocarbon line. Just work the worm real slow around the grass. This is a good big fish pattern.

Crappie fishing is excellent on the lake right now. Nice sized specs are being caught on the old river channel of the Chattahoochee river with minnows. Also, specs are being taken on jigs such as 1/12 and 1/16 ounce Hal-Flys along 8-10 ft grass lines on the Flint River area of the lake. Any color with a little white in it works well. Just cast the jig to the grass and swim it back to the boat slowly.


October 31, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN .6 FEET, CLEAR &
68 DEGREES
BY Matt Baty 229 * 726 * 0513
Bass fishing is good. The BFL regional was here recently and was won with a 3 day total of 61 pounds. The tournament was won by flipping grass mats in the spring creek area. This is a good pattern to win tournaments as long as the grass is still matted. Fish the grass points in Spring Creek that have topped out hydrilla. Use a 1 to 1 1/2 ounce plain Tru-Tungsten lead. The unpainted Tru-Tungsten is very shiny and gives off a lot of flash to imitate a shad while busting down through the hydrilla. The best bait to use for flipping is a 6 inch Kriet Kreature made by Big Bite Baits. Any color that has green or watermelon in it works well. We have used many different baits for flipping deep grass and this bait is absolutely the best because of the action of the legs and tentacles. They also make it in a BioBait formula which is a biodegrable type plastic that fish hold on to longer. Flipping works all day, but works better in bright sun conditions with little wind. Another pattern for catching fall bass this month is fishing flats on the main lake with submerged hydrilla and milfoil. Watch for needle fish on the flats. Needle fish are a good indicator that shad are present. Bass will eat them too! Flats in the 4 to 5 foot range work best. If the wind is blowing, throw Rat L Traps over the grass and rip them. A Spro Aruku Shad 75 in magic or spooky shad works well. If there is no wind, take a Biodegradables Kriet worm in 6 inch watermelon seed on a 1/4 Tru-Tungsten lead and swim it over the grass. Use a steady, slow retrieve and this pattern will catch numbers of fish.

October 23, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED &
80 DEGREES
Bass fishing is fair mid day to dusk. Use a Culprit green or red shad worm in the grass with a light weight and let it float into holes on the grass. In the Spring Creek area use a Texas rigged Culprit worm in dark colors over the grass and wood cover will be better later each day as the water warms. Finesse worms floated over grass beds or a u tail worm in dark colors can work after the sun is up. Use greens and crawfish colors on a light 1/16 lead weight on the edges of the grass. With the warm weather run an all white buzz bait over and around the grass in the backs of the creeks. Scum Frogs in white and green back are also working but be sure to use a braid to get these fish out of the slop.

October 16, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED &
80 DEGREES
BY JOE DURHAM HaveFunFishing.com
Bass fishing is fair to good and the patterns have changed a little bit. There are bass on points and drops. There has been a good top water bite on Pop R’s on grass and river bends up lake. Shad Raps broken back in the perch pattern are working well. The bass were schooled up in shallow, shallow water. They are still reasonably shallow but they seem to be pulling back to the deeper water. Always have a white buzz bait and a large with Senko ready in case any fish blow up on a buzz bit or other top water lure and miss this bait.

October 3, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED &
84 DEGREES
BY JOE DURHAM HaveFunFishing.com
Bass fishing has been fair and picking up. Some fish are moving on the grass mats in the creeks. Use a quarter ounce jigs with a Zoom twin tail grub as a trailer. This will slow the fall of the bait and get more strikes. An all white Zoom Super Fluke is working and it imitates the shad well in clearer water. Adding some Bang shad scent will help a lot. Keep a Pop R and a Zara Spook Jr ready as well as a Rooster Tail in line spinner. The Zoom Ol’Monster worm in red shad or June bug on the ends of the up lake points will get some bites. All white buzz baits can work all day in the small pockets right off the main river.

September 27, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED &
84 DEGREES
BY JOE DURHAM HaveFunFishing.com
Bass fishing is fair late in the day after some warm sunshine. The early bite is slow, but try frogs on and over grass beds with some 50 pound Sufix Braid. Cast the dark Zoom Bush Hog in green and pumpkin in and around the grass with a light weight and let it float into holes on the grass. In the Spring Creek area, use a Texas rigged red shad Zoom U tail worm over the grass and wood cover will be better later each day as the water warms. After the sun warms the shallows, get out the Chatterbaits and work the grass edges down lake and the river bends up lake. Finesse worms floated over grass beds or a u tail worm in dark colors can work after the sun is up. Use greens and crawfish colors on a light 1/16 lead weight on the edges of the grass. With the weather still warm, never overlook an all white buzz bait over and around the grass in the backs of the creeks.

September 19, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, STAINED &
84 DEGREES
BY JOE DURHAM HaveFunFishing.com
Bass fishing is barely fair as the water starts to cool. Rains dropped the water temperatures but try the early and late top water lures on the grass is hit or miss. Anglers have had some success throwing frogs in the grass, but buzz baits have not been as effective as they normally are this time of year. When the sun gets up, about the only bite going is on the grass lines in 8 to 12 feet of water. Throw a Texas to rigged 8 inch ribbon tail worm in blueberry, black or watermelon. Mike said not to expect more than four or five bites a day. However, early fall patterns should be right around the corner. Mike said if the water temp drops another 3 or 4 degrees it will be time to start cranking. Look for grass that is beginning to die back a little, and burn a Rat to L to Trap or shallow to running crank bait over the top of it and stick to shad patterns.

September 12, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
84 DEGREES
BY JOE DURHAM HaveFunFishing.com
Bass fishing is fair and the bass are biting on secondary creek points and creek ledges. Use a Texas rigged lizard in pumpkinseed or water melon and add some Real Craw scent. Crank baits that are working are Shad Raps, Rat L Traps and Sisson lures in the brighter colors. Stay with smaller lures but in the river; go to the next larger size. All white buzz baits on the grassy points and a small Bang A Lure will work fro some smaller fish. The river fish are active and a dark jig on a stump ledge or across a creek pocket will attract a hungry bass.

September 5, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
84 DEGREES

BY JOE DURHAM
HaveFunFishing.com
Bass fishing on Lake Seminole has not changed much over the past few weeks. Fishing top water baits around grass beds like buzz baits, Spooks, and Pop R. Be sure to fish any grassy points or indentations. Once the sun rises the fishing is rather slow. Try flipping matted hydrilla with a Zoom Ol' Monster worm or fishing ledges in the rivers and Spring Creek with a Carolina rig. Most of the lake is clear, so your plastics need to be either watermelon seed or green pumpkin or some other clear water color.

August 29, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
84 DEGREES
BY JOE DURHAM HaveFunFishing.com
Bass fishing is fair and the main lake creek points and creek bends have some good fish feeding on small baits. UP the Hooch, the river is clear for now but the storms may change this by next week. Work the points right next to the river bends or go into the creeks and look for clearing water. Down lake, use the bleeding shiner Rat L Traps, white spinner baits, Larew Craws with the bright pinchers, Zoom green lizards and #5 Shad Raps and cast anything on the shallow bank cover. Road beds and trees in the water are holding schools of fish. The crank bait and spinner baits cast on the bank cover will get strikes. This is always a good idea, use a spinner bait. Work heavy bank cover. Enticer spinner baits with bright blades will draw shallow strikes as the bass move to the creek banks and points during the day.

August 22, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
84 DEGREES
BY JOE DURHAM HaveFunFishing.com
Bass fishing is fair and the main lake creek points and creek bends have some good fish feeding on small baits. UP the Hooch, the river is clear for now but the storms may change this by next week. Work the points right next to the river bends or go into the creeks and look for clearing water. Down lake, use the bleeding shiner Rat L Traps, white spinner baits, Larew Craws with the bright pinchers, Zoom green lizards and #5 Shad Raps and cast anything on the shallow bank cover. Road beds and trees in the water are holding schools of fish. The crank bait and spinner baits cast on the bank cover will get strikes. This is always a good idea, use a spinner bait. Work heavy bank cover. Enticer spinner baits with bright blades will draw shallow strikes as the bass move to the creek banks and points during the day.

August 15, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
89 DEGREES
BY JOE DURHAM HaveFunFishing.com
Bass fishing is fair and the early mornings and in the evenings try a top water jerk bait. Work large spinner baits and buzz baits on the lower lake around the grass beds. The largemouth bass have moved to the river ledges at 12 to 18 feet of water. Large the diving baits and big plastic worms in dark colors on a Texas rig has been fair. It’s really hot during the day on the lake so be prepared to move around to try and keep cool. Try and slow roll a large white spinner bait in the beat of the day super deep. White buzz baits early around the grass beds has been very good. After dark, try black Jitterbugs and black or red buzz baits on the edges of the grass in the creeks. This can be a surprise tactic the fish do not usually see on this lake and can be very productive.

August 8, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
89 DEGREES
BY JOE DURHAM HaveFunFishing.com
Bass fishing is fair and there are a few fish in the shallows early. With the surface temperatures running high, the fish are offshore. When there is current, the offshore bite can be absolutely fantastic both for numbers and quality and the crank bait is tough to beat. When the current is present, ledges that top out from 8 to 12 feet have worked the best. When there is no current the fishing can be tough. Use a Carolina rig and Texas rig on river ledges in about 16 to 25 feet. Green pumpkin and watermelon seed plastics are tough to beat. If the ledge has standing timber, really work the timber thoroughly as the fish will suspend in the trees. At this time of year, use of your electronics to find the fish is critical if you are going to fish structure. If you find the shad, you will find the bass. In the early mornings, shallow grass early in areas with deep water access can produce quality fish as well. If you are going to be throwing a shad colored crank bait.


August 1, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
85 DEGREES
BY JOE DURHAM HaveFunFishing.com
Bass fishing is fair and the fish are on the creek points and creek bends mid lake and the river bass are a little more active with the current. The river is clear so work the point’s right nest to the river bends or go into the creeks. Down lake, use the bleeding shiner Rat L Traps, white spinner baits, Larew Craws with the bright pinchers, Zoom green lizards and #5 Shad Raps and cast anything on the shallow bank cover. The Sebile minnow is shad is also working. Road beds and trees in the water are holding schools of fish. The crank bait and spinner baits cast on the bank cover will get strikes. This is always a good idea, use a spinner bait. Work heavy bank cover. Enticer spinner baits with bright blades will draw shallow strikes as the bass move to the creek banks and points during the day.


July 25, 2008

LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR & 85 DEGREES
BY JOE DURHAM HaveFunFishing.com
Bass fishing is fair on worms and jigs. The grass lines mid lake are fair early and late but the better bite is up the rivers. In the lower lakes creeks, flip wood early and use a Texas rigged Culprit black shad worm. Use larger worms in red shad or greens. Up the rivers flip a large worm or spinner baits around the banks and drop them into the cuts under the big trees right on the bank. Try a Stanley jig in black and blue or all black 1/2 ounce jig and a larger Pro Pork Trailer by Uncle Josh. Cast to the banks cover and work baits tight. Afternoons are better for faster moving baits with a small all white Fat Free Shad on main river points. Small floating Rapala’s in gold’s are fair in the creeks. Never overlook a small shallow Mann’s Baby Minus One crank bait in gold’s and bream colors on this lake even up the river.

July 18, 2008

LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
85 DEGREES
BY JOE DURHAM HaveFunFishing.com
Bass fishing has been slow almost all day but the bright spot is any current during generation. With the slow day fishing, get out the large dark Senko’s, rig the wacky style with a large hook and cast them to points on grass lines and on main lake ledges. Early and late Lunker Lures buzz baits on the wood or grass lines can draw a fish but run and gun all day. Float a large dark Gilraker worms or lizards on Texas rig with no weight on around the grass beds. Add a Mann’s Rat in green frog then follow up with a big lizard in June bug on a large #5 Mustad hook. Zoom Swamp crawlers are working on a long Carolina rig with the Lindy No Snag rig in the ounce size. To get away from the heat, fish early and late and use a green pumpkin and June Bug Zoom U tail on a Texas rig. Use the all white one ounce spinner bait and slow roll the bait but this will tax the arms if the fish do not bite. Try this large bait for 30 minutes each trip and use it on the feeding periods.

July 11, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
85
DEGREES
BY JOE DURHAM HaveFunFishing.com
Bass fishing has been fair. Fishing is good early on top water baits and buzz baits. Then use the darker red colors in worms and jigs and shad crank baits are good. The bass are shallow early each morning on grass and grass points mid lake. Down lake use a Shad Rap in #7 sizes in any color and bump the bait across the bottom and use light line. Then go to the points and flats at 10 feet. During the middle of the day head up the river and use big Enticer spinner baits and fish them right on the banks. The Zoom water melon seed lizard and a long 3 foot Carolina rig can draw a few strikes on river ledges but it’s very hot all day.

July 4, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
85
DEGREES
BY JOE DURHAM
HaveFunFishing.com
Bass fishing is fair to good early on double blades buzz baits with an all white skirt. Cast over the grass and hit the pockets. The all white trick worms and gold black back Rapalas on the grass lines in Spring Creek are good. Shad crank baits and jig and pigs in reds and blacks are good. Cast to the grass and work the stumps on the edges of the creeks. Crank baits should be in bone and orange bellies in the creeks on secondary points. Live bass shiners or live lizards on the creek bends and on the river ledges are fair. There is a major feeding period this week right in the middle of the day. The best bet for fishing is to head up the rivers to beat the heat.

June 27, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
85
DEGREES
BY JOE DURHAM
HaveFunFishing.com
Bass fishing has been good and not much has changed since last week. Some anglers are on the lake after dark using black buzz baits and large 10 inch black Culprit worms in the creeks. The river fish have been fair as the current is moving daily with all the up river runoff. Bright large Mann’s crank baits on the sand bars mid river has been fair and dig the bottom with the baits. In the clear creeks, buzz baits and spinner baits along with rats still lures on and over the grass beds will work. June bug worms are fair on the creek sand bars with a light weight. Also, large Senko's in bright colors on a large worm hook with no weight will work as well.

June 20, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR & 85 DEGREES
BY JOE DURHAM
HaveFunFishing.com
Bass fishing is fair and it is best to fish the mid lake creeks early. Then head to the dam and work the lower lake creeks are best. Up the river bass relate to any wood on the river banks and flip a jig or a green shad Zoom u tail worm on a pegged 3/16th ounce sinker. Down lake, bass are in tight schools over the old structure on main lake points at 10 to 14 feet deep. The river is clear also. Later in the day use a large Berkley Power Worm on a Texas rig over the grass lines. Rat L Traps are getting a lot of strikes and the gold baits are the hot color along with red. Floating the Rat on and over the grass beds should work all day over the grass beds. Drop the bait into the grass holes and around wood in the back of the creeks. With warm rain and a few more days’ warm weather, get out the spinner baits and buzz baits.

June 13, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR & 85 DEGREES
BY JOE DURHAM
HaveFunFishing.com
Bass fishing had settled in for a typical summer pattern. Early go shallow to the grass with a frog or buzz bait and then the main lake ledges. Some bass will be holding right on the edge of the channel ledges. Fishing the deeper grass beds. As the air temperature continues to warm up, the bass will move to the deeper water ledges. Use the large crank baits and the suspending jerk baits with a slow presentation will work. Mid day heat means deep water and the slow moving Carolina rig and a lot of patience. Go to the Down Deep Husky Jerks, DD22 crank baits and Carolina Rigs.

June 6, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN ONE FOOT, CLEAR & 86 DEGREES
BY JOE DURHAM HaveFunFishing.com
Bass fishing is fair and there is still some top water action. Black buzz baits and black Jitterbugs and very large grubs are fair. Early in the mornings and at dusk in the evenings try a top water jerk bait. Work large spinner baits and buzz baits on the lower lake around the grass beds. Daytime fishing has moved to the river ledges at 12 to 18 feet of water. Large shad and Tennessee shad diving baits and big plastic worms in dark colors on a Texas rig has been fair. It’s really hot during the day on the lake so be prepared to move around to try and keep cool.

March 28, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN ONE FOOT, CLEAR &
61
DEGREES
BY JOE DURHAM
HaveFunFishing.com
Bass fishing is good and what can I say about Lake Seminole, it is March and the bass are on the bed all over the lake. Virtually every sandbar has fish on it. If you enjoy sight fishing for bedding bass, head to Lake Seminole and get ready to have a ball. If you don't like sight fishing, I would recommend throwing a Carolina rigged lizard around deeper sand bars (4-8 feet) or slowly fishing a Texas rigged lizard in the same areas. For some flipping action, go up the rivers and flip and pitch black or blue Stanley jigs with a matching plastic Zoom pork style trailer to the docks and heavy bank cover. Use the darker red colors in all worms and lizards and shad crank baits are good casting them right on the banks. Early and late each day, use a bubble gum Zoom trick worm on the wood and even rip rap on bridges. The bass bite better later in the day, on the grass lines or the rip rap on bridges. During the middle of the day, the river bass are fair on a larger Gilraker worm and fish them right on the bank cover. The Zoom Ole Monster water melon seed worm on a Texas rig is hot also.

Crappie fishing is great and all day minnows around wood will work. Live bait is best on main creek brush piles. The night fishing is fair on the bridges and around the lighted boat docks. Minnows will be best at 10 feet.



March 21, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN ONE FOOT, CLEAR & 61 DEGREES
BY JOE DURHAM  HaveFunFishing.com
Bass fishing is good and the fish are shallow lake wide. Grass beds in the creeks have spawning fish roaming around beds and pink trick worms; white Stick O’s or a Zoom lizard will work. For some flipping action, go up the rivers and flip and pitch black or blue Stanley jigs with a matching plastic Zoom pork style trailer to the docks and heavy bank cover. Use the darker red colors in all worms and lizards and shad crank baits are good casting them right on the banks. Early and late each day, use a bubble gum Zoom trick worm on the wood and even rip rap on bridges. The bass bite better later in the day, on the grass lines or the rip rap on bridges. During the middle of the day, the river bass are fair on a larger Gilraker worm and fish them right on the bank cover. The Zoom Ole Monster water melon seed worm on a Texas rig is hot also.

Crappie fishing is great and all day minnows around wood will work. Live bait is best on main creek brush piles. The night fishing is fair on the bridges and around the lighted boat docks. Minnows will be best at 10 feet.

March 15-16, 2008 Swede
Fished the second of 5 qualifiers at Lake Seminole this weekend - this is a two-day event. Found winds gusting to 30mph on Saturday which forced many of the 43 boats into protected areas of the lake. Water temps found to be mid-60s in back water areas - 66 in area I fished. I fished the Florida side of the lake much of the time and found fishing tougher than it has been. Caught just two keepers each day for about 9 pounds. Partners managed just one fish between them. Caught all my fish on a V&M Pork Shad in a color I have never used before - but seemed to be my ticket to getting bit this weekend - Huckleberry was the color. Winner had 37+ pounds, 2nd had 29+ pounds, and 3rd had 28+ pounds. Predominate winning patterns were bed fishing and flipping matted vegetation. Top daily weights were 19+ pounds each day.

March 14, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN ONE FOOT, CLEAR & 51 DEGREES
BY JOE DURHAM  havefunfishing.com
Bass fishing is good and what can I say about Lake Seminole, it is March and the bass are on the bed all over the lake. Virtually every sandbar has fish on it. If you enjoy sight fishing for bedding bass, head to Lake Seminole and get ready to have a ball. If you don't like sight fishing, I would recommend swimming a paddle tail worm around sand bars or slowly fishing a Texas rigged lizard in the same areas.

March 9, 2008  Swede

Fished club tourney out of Seminole Lodge Sunday - water temps upper 50s at start warming to 60-62 in afternoon. Cold fronts changing the bite daily. Tough for most - 12.09 took first place with 7.58 kicker. 9+ pounds second and only limit of the day. Three of us with 5+ pounds - 12 participants. Much muddy water in the system right now. I fished the Flint and Fish Pond Drain arms for my only two keepers going 5.52. Slowed way down with a V&M black grape ringer to get bit. Water levels are at normal or just above normal pool. Muddy water in much of the system. Temps upper 50s to low 60s depending on time of day. First wave has already spawned out - and moved to deeper water.

March 7, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN ONE FOOT, CLEAR & 51 DEGREES
BY JOE DURHAM HaveFunFishing.com
Bass fishing is barely fair and another cold front is on the way. The best bite is fishing 10 to 12 foot brush piles in the creeks. Use the Rapala DT 16 in fire tiger and chrome Rat-L-Traps just running the banks. These colder temperatures has slowed the migration for bass. Muddy conditions still hamper the deeper bite and the shoreline grass hasn't had a chance to get going yet. Spinner baits and jigs are going to be heavy favorites this week and with a stained lake. Use the chartreuse and white with a Colorado blade will be a good choice.

Crappie have been coming in off the bridges around Pataula & Sandy Creeks are producing some good fish. Shiners tight lined in 12 to 15 feet of should work if the weather cooperates
.

February 29, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN ONE FOOT, CLEAR &
51
DEGREES
BY JOE DURHAM
 HaveFunFishing.com
Bass fishing is fair and there are some fish on wood and deep grass lines later in the day. Worms on a Texas or a short Carolina rig are fair in greens or smoke colors are fair but fish slowly in and around brush. The down lake fish are biting blue back Shad Raps crank baits on the points and humps. Try the white skirts and silver blades on a Leverage 1/2 ounce spinner baits up the rivers in coves and hit wood on the banks. Small Shad Raps and Bang A Lures in silver and black back on banks and wood has been fair. Cast to the steep banks in the creeks with a Rattlin’ Rouge in the shad or bream color. Spinner baits with willow leaf blades in silver and gold’s on the banks can draw strikes.

Crappie fishing is slow as the stained water and cold nights continue to dominate. A few are being caught while trolling and even a few on live minnows up in the middle of the creeks. The crappie bite has been real slow due to the muddy water but as soon as the water clears a little these fish will be jumping in the boat.


February 15, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN ONE FOOT, CLEAR &
51 DEGREES
BY JOE DURHAM  HaveFunFishing.com
Bass fishing is slow. Watch the water temperatures all day and find the warmest water in the north west coves for any active fish. Any warm up this month should spark the fish to start to the shallows. The fish are on deep creek bends down lake. Mid day spinner baits down lake in the creeks may work but drag the baits slowly over the structure. Use the 1/2 ounce Stanley spinner baits with bright blades. With any sun warming look for the bass to move to the creek channels and points during the day. Use the all black or all brown 1/2 ounce jig and a Pro Pork Trailer by Uncle Josh on the points. After a few days of warm weather look for the crank bait and spinner baits cast on the bank cover and slowly worked to get small strikes.

Crappie fishing is fair and there is clear water in Spring Creek. There are shallow fish at less than 5 feet and use both live minnows and bright jigs. Dip a minnow into the grass holes mid day. Also fish in the creeks on ledges at 7 to 14 feet for the deep fish.


February 8, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN ONE FOOT, CLEAR &
51 DEGREES
BY JOE DURHAM HaveFunFishing.com
Bass fishing is slow. The water is cold and the bass are biting later in the day with a warm up. Stay down lake and use worms and jigs. Fish the humps and points half way to the backs of the creeks. In the mouths of the main lake creeks blue pumpkin Zoom mini lizards. The backs of the lower lake creeks are clear and a use 1/2 ounce Stanley jig in black and blue Zoom pork imitation. The ledges right off the main lake are still good locations to find a schools of fish. But getting them to bite has been tough. Use a large jig with the Uncle Josh trailer and fish this bait just like a jigging spoon.

February 1, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN ONE FOOT, CLEAR &
51 DEGREES
BY
JOE DURHAM HaveFunFishing.com
Bass fishing is slow and Lake Seminole is full and surface temps are running 50-52. The fishing at Lake Seminole is sporadic-which is absolutely typical for this time of year. After 2-3 warm days, the bite really gets good. Only to be followed by a cold front which slows them down. To see just how sporadic the fishing is, you should take a look at the weights brought in during the recent Stren Series tournament. If you are heading to Lake Seminole, I would recommend that you either flip mats with a 1.5 ounce jig; rip a Rattle Trap through outside grass lines; or, Carolina Rig/Drop-Shot the creek channel in Spring creek. But do know this----If we get 5 days for warm weather-LOOK OUT because the fishing at Seminole will EXPLODE.


January 25, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN ONE FOOT, CLEAR &
55 DEGREES
BY JOE DURHAM HaveFunFishing.com
Bass fishing is slow with the cold temperatures and runoff. While there are some fish up on the flats, these fish are very unreliable. The most reliable bite is in deeper water staging areas. Grass points out from spawning flats in the 10'-15' depth range have been producing some really nice fish. These fish can be caught on crank baits, Texas rigs, or Carolina rigs. The best crank baits in the cold, clear water are those that have a very tight wiggle. The other good deep water pattern is fishing any of the numerous springs, depressions, or old ponds. These areas offer deeper water and the fish will really stack up in them. There are several ways to catch these fish. If the fish are holding deep out in these areas, a jigging spoon or drop shot is your best bet. A Carolina rig will also catch these fish. If the fish are relating to the grass lines along these edges, a crank bait, suspending jerk baits, lipless crank bait, or Texas rig will do the trick. Look for these areas on or near shallower flats, as they seem to concentrate fish better. There are some fish shallow in the creeks but they are stuck heavily under the grass beds. Zoom Bush Hogs on a pegged Texas rig may work on the grass beds but be sure to use a heavy weight to get though the grass. If there is a warm up this week, get the weights off the baits and look in the sandy areas for small bass to start roaming around. There is little fresh water coming down the rivers but this weekend, all that may change with fresh runoff. Stay down lake to the dam and fish any clearer water with a Zoom all black trick worm and no weight around wood in the creek mouths. Add some scent too.

January 18, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN ONE FOOT, CLEAR &
55 DEGREES
BY JOE DURHAM HaveFunFishing.com

Bass fishing has been slow. Expect only a warming trend to get them going. There are some fish shallow in the creeks but they are stuck heavily under the grass beds. Zoom Bush Hogs on a pegged Texas rig may work on the grass beds but be sure to use a heavy weight to get though the grass. When we get a warm up, get the weights off the baits and look in the sandy areas for small bass to start roaming around. Avoid any fresh muddy water and go down lake to the dam and fish any clearer water with a Zoom all black trick worm and no weight around wood in the creek mouths. Add some scent too.


January 11, 2008
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN ONE FOOT, CLEAR & 55 DEGREES 
BY JOE DURHAM HaveFunfishing.com

Bass fishing is fair and a little warm weather will get them going. Spinnerbait’s and crank baits are locating them the best with cranks coming in at number one in production. Medium divers like the shad raps are working under all the toughest conditions this time of year and especially while cranking the ledges mid lake. Use both the suspending and floating models in a variety of colors. On the sunny days start off with the lighter colors and move to darker colors later on in the day or if clouds become present. A few fishermen are reporting larger but fewer bass are being caught while throwing a pig-n-jig in and around heavy cover along deep drops at 14 feet on the river.


December 29, 2007 Jim
I fished yesterday with a couple nice fellows from south Carolina. I started out with high hopes due to my last few trips out but you know how that works. We started on the flats with traps where I'd caught the big one the day before only this time nothing was stirring. I had one fish hung that felt decent but it came off. After a couple hours of that we moved over to the creek and fished what little grass we could find that had the look of holding some fish. We flipped most of the rest of the day with a little tx rigged worming and rattle trapping thrown in but all our fish were caught flipping. We caught nine or ten up to around 4lbs. I lost one more that felt pretty decent and missed a few. One of the other guys broke one off on 20lb mono (I warned him) and missed a couple. The bite was slow, soft and mushy and half the time you'd set the hook then come up with part of your bait or no bait at all on the hook, Unfortunately the other fisherman didn't catch a fish but then he wasn't feeling good and sat it out not fishing quite a bit. I only took two pics because it was wet part of the time and the fish weren't all that great anyway. Water temp was 60-65, the creek was clear and the Flint was slightly stained.

December 28, 2007
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN ONE FOOT, CLEAR & 61 DEGREES  
BY
JOE DURHAM 229-431-3036
Bass fishing has been off all week. The warm weather usually gets these fish active but this week it’s been off after a cold week of wind and runoff. Expect only a warming trend to get them going. There are some fish shallow in the creeks but they are stuck heavily under the grass beds. Zoom Baby Bush Hogs in green pumpkin on a pegged Texas rig may work on the grass beds but be sure to use a heavy weight to get though the grass. If there is a warm up this week, get the weights off the baits and look in the sandy areas for small bass to start roaming around. A Senko on a swivel rig and a small spilt shot will work on and over grass beds. Try both large bait and a small one.

December 28, 2007  Jim

I was nearly blown off the water today out there. The wind was 20 from the south and my fish were all on the north side of the Flint. I stayed with it till 1:00 before giving it up. Caught six fish and two were good ones.... a 4 and 7.4. The pics make them look small but it's all I could do with the wind howling and my boat bobbing like a cork, lol. Water temp was up to 57 today. I caught one on a tx rig worm, two flippin and three on traps. Stayed down stream today.

December 27, 2007  Jim
What a great day to be on seminole. It finally warmed up although I found the water surface temp had dropped to 54.9. I decided to try traps along the edge of the flats for a couple hours and caught three nice ones before going flippin. Would have thrown traps a little more but my wrist was sore from jerking grass and I wanted to flip . As you can see the quality was up today. I think i caught fourteen and my smallest fish was 2lbs. I mostly just missed fish all afternoon. The flippin bite was very soft and mushy.

December 15, 2007 Jim

I took this picture to try to show that it doesn't take a big bass to give you trouble pulling one up out of 16-18ft of hydrilla. In fact the bigger fish seem to bust through better than the 1-3lbers. What you see just under the fish is my rake covered in grass which I used to dig this one out. I could not pull this fish out with 65lb pound braid and an XH flipping stick. Well on second thought I might possibly have pulled it out but I've torn off so many lately that I thought it might be good for the fish and my ego if I started thinning the grass a bit once I get them close to the surface. With this one I just pulled grass and fish up in one ball. If you look closely you can see the hydrilla just below the surface. The grass is extremely tough and stringy this time of year on Seminole and a lot of fish have been buried in it. I never use a net but from now on I'll carry my rake. It'll be a lot easier on me and the fish that way

December 14, 2007 Jim
I was out yesterday trying to get in one more day of fishing before the storms and cold air blows in. I caught nothing to brag about on size but weighed four that went 3-31/2, three or four 2's and I touched a 5. I lost the 5 while holding my rod between my knees and my garden rake in one hand while trying to reach down in the mat and lip the fish with the other I had to slow down and downsize compared to the way I've been fishing to get bit. It was foggy all morning then overcast all day with no wind at all and quite a few gnats. A pretty good day to be out in my little skiff with all of it's five horsepower except that I couldn't blow the gnats off. I launched at Sealy and stayed below Sealy all day flippin down sized weights and creatures.

December 13, 2007
LAKE SEMINOLE IS DOWN 2.5 FEET, CLEAR & 71  
BY
JOE DURHAM
Largemouth bass fishing is slow. The fish are on deep creek bends down lake. After a few days of warm weather look for the crank bait and spinner baits cast on the bank cover and slowly worked to get small strikes. Watch the water temperatures all day and find the warmest water in the north west coves for any active fish. Any warm up next month should spark the fish to start to the shallows. Mid day spinner baits down lake in the creeks may work but drag the baits slowly over the structure. Use the 1/2 ounce Stanley spinner baits with bright blades. With any sun warming look for the bass to move to the creek channels and points during the day. Use the all black or all brown Denny Brauer Rattle Back 1/2 ounce jig and a Pro Pork Trailer by Uncle Josh on the points.

December 12, 2007  Jim
Our best five averaged over 3lbs. We caught a couple smaller ones. Look for heavy grass that has minnows working the surface and don't be afraid to pitch pretty far back in there because that's where they are.... better have 65lb braid because you'll break anything less tying to pull a fish through We had a lot of bites that were nowhere near the edge but they're tough to catch with the grass as thick and stringy as it is on top since the coots have been working it and the water level has dropped. A rake will be handy to have in the boat and I'll have one with me from now on. The fish seem to be schooled up when you find them so work the area thoroughly when you get a bite.

December 11, 2007  Jim
We had another beautiful winter day on Seminole today. It started out a little cool and foggy but ended up quite warm for December. The gnats ran us off from one area but we found another spot where they weren't bad. Ended up with 22 fish counting the little ones which were much fewer today them last time. I'd guess we had over 12 keepers with one just under 4 and one over then a couple 3's and several 2's if I remember correctly if not maybe Bruce will refresh my memory. Once again we caught them flipping creatures on Spring Creek between Sealy and the old powerhouse.

December 8, 2007  Jim
Speaking of big fish......I'm quite sure I lost a big fish late in the day. I pitched into the grass as I'd done a thousand times already, hit bottom and lifted my rod tip just enough to check for weight as I always do and felt solid dead weight as if hung on bottom or a big fish. I suspected it was a fish and called it to Bruce but I'm not one who swings at anything so I lifted again a little harder and nothing moved ,twitched or bumped. On my third try she nudged me just a little and I set the hook hard bowing my flippin rod pretty good. Had her on and felt like a real solid hookset but half way up through the mat she came off. In case you're wondering we've been getting a lot of those pressure bites so you really have to be careful or you'll pull it right out of their mouth. The good part of that is the fish buried in the mats usually hold on to your bait a long time.

December 5, 2007  Bruce
My two buddies from Indiana and I were out on the lake again today. This was their last day to fish before they head back north to the snow in Indiana. We caught 21 today mostly by flipping the grass. Big fish was 5.4 with a 4.0 and 3.9 behind it. Several in the 2-3# range. Probably 6 of the 21 were small fish. Jim put me on the pattern we used today so I thank him. He makes me look like I know what I am doing when my friends come to visit, lol.

December 5, 2007  Jim
Found some more good flippin grass further up the creek and caught five from it with baby brush hawgs on 65lb test . It was a little better day than last time even though I still caught nothing over 3lbs. At least I caught most of what bit with total of nine. Bruce has been out every day since Sunday fishing with a couple friends from Indiana. After he convinced them to flip they had a pretty good day yesterday although it sounded like they missed many because they had never flipped before. It's been a little cold here too but there's no snow on the mountains yet I'm fishing with Bruce again Friday and will take some Seminole pics for you.

November 28, 2007  Jim
Fishing was still pretty slow for me yesterday. I could have caught a few more but had to settle for four fish because I couldn't remember how to set the hook with a tx rig on 10lb test mono Caught one around 2lbs on a sb another around 3lbs on a cb, one smaller flipping and another 2lber on a tx rigged zoom speed craw. the ones I should have caught were in the wood around 18-22ft deep in the creek. It was just one of those days when I missed more than what I caught. My flippin bite was gone and the grass is going so I'm starting to learn how to fish all over again Water surface temp was 59-62 and it was cool and breezy all morning. The lake is full and the water clear.

November 23, 2007  Jim
Had another cold day on Seminole yesterday fishing with Jason . If the north wind hadn't blown all day it would have felt much warmer out there. It looked like the water level was dropping which may be the reason we couldn't catch them along the flats on the river or maybe it was just too cold for those shallow fish. We ended up fishing the creek most of the day caught 7 or 8 bass but our biggest not counting the big mudfish was only 3lbs. Hopefully we'll get back out again soon under better circumstances. All our fish were caught in the deeper grass lines between Sealy and Big Jim's on creatures.

November 19, 2007  Jim
I got on the lake as the sun was coming up this morning and found the weather much nicer than Friday. I quickly found out that my early morning shallow fish had duck hunters guarding them. They'd set up their blinds in two different areas I wanted to fish but I wasn't about to argue so I moved around here and there trying different spots and different lures and couldn't get a bite. Finally I couldn't stand it any longer and went looking for some decent flippin grass that the coots hadn't tore up and that had no hunters on it I found a few clumps out on the river that I was sure held some fish and missed my first two in a row. Within the next thirty minutes I caught five from that same small area. It's already getting hard to find the good mats that aren't shredded but when you do and if there's bait present there's fish there also.  I ended the day at 3:30 having caught 16. I intentionally didn't weigh any and only took two pics so I could keep count this time Besides the big one and the one that I almost didn't get in the in the picture they were all in the 1.5-3lb range and all caught flippin and pitchin green creature baits . Big fish was caught on spring creek just above Rattlesnake pt.

November 16, 2007 Jim
After the blizzard that rolled through yesterday I had low expectations as I left the dock this morning but I guess I fooled myself. The cold front must have put a few more good fish in the grass. Never mind the attractive attire that would scare charles Manson to death I was trying to stay warm I tried weighing them and keeping track in my head for awhile but that was not a good idea. Big fish was 5/15 and was my first fish, caught on a rattle trap. Caught all the rest flippin. I had another one that was 5/8, one just under 4 and a 4/15 then a few 3-31/2's and some 2's. The smallest fish I caught today was an even 1lber. Lost tract of the numbers but 15- 20 would be in the ball park.

November 12, 2007 Ken & Jim
We did have a great time even though the gnats tried to choke us to death. I think that I am still finding them in my ears. Well my middle finger on my left hand is just starting to get feeling back after setting hooks all day with my flipping stick. We caught all but 3 of our fish flipping, with a total of around 14-15 fish caught from 1-6lbs. Jim and I each caught a 6lber and a 5lber, he had a 4 and we both had several 3s and some smaller ones mixed in for good measure. This was most likely my last trip before I head overseas for 6 months and I could not have asked for a better day of fishing with a better friend. I had a great time catching and talking and we did lots of both from sun up to sundown. Jim thanks for another great fishing trip. All our fish were relating to grass, the 3 we caught early 2 on a fluke and 1 on a SB were caught over the grass and the rest were deep in the grass from 4ft to 17ft. All the grass (hydrilla) we were fishing was topped out at the surface. Water temps started at 60 and were up to 65 by late in the day. It did get a little slow from around 1:00 to 3:00. Flipping rigs with 3/4-1oz tungston weights and creature baits. Mine was a Bitter Special in green pumkin.

November 5, 2007 Jim T
Got on the water around 6:30 with Bruce this morning and right away he landed a 41/2 on a sb near the Indian mounds . From there we moved out to the river and fished the main channel grass before we moved over toward Seminole lodge where we also caught nothing. At the bottom of the Hooch Bruce picked up another small one on a sb while I was flippin mats but that was all we could do. On our way back to the creek I noticed the water was moving around the buoys and suggested we check the old river channel grass. I'm glad I did because I caught a 3+ on sb on my third cast which made me feel just a little better. Once we decided no more bites were to be had there we moved back to the creek and hit a couple honey holes where we caught five more including another 3+ flippin craws. We sure did cover a lot more water than we normally do but the way fishing has been recently I felt we did ok. Our best five fish were in the 13-14lb range which is not huge but that was good enough compared to our last day out. In any case I always enjoy being on Seminole.

November 4, 2007 Talk Around the Lodge
Water temp 68.5 Some were catching keepers on plastic in 7'-12' Topwater bites have been good first thing in the morning and coming on again at dusk
Bream being caught on wigglers and Big Reds along the shoreline


November 2, 2007
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
79 DEGREES
BY
JOE DURHAM
Bass fishing on Lake Seminole is difficult. FLW Outdoors had a recent BFL regional that was dominated by anglers fishing for shoal bass. For those of you who are going to the lake, top water baits around grass beds can produce some bites. Buzz Baits, Spooks, and Pop-Rs all work well. Be sure to fish any grassy points or indentations. Once the sun rises the fishing is rather slow. I recommend flipping matted hydrilla with a Zoom Ol' Monster worm or fishing ledges in the rivers and Spring Creek with a Carolina rig. Most of the lake is clear, so your plastics need to be either watermelon seed or green pumpkin or some other clear water color.

October 24, 2007 Jim

Fishing was terrible today. It was cold and windy and there was nothing I could find that they wanted. I caught four but they were all small. Today was the last practice day for the BFL guys. I keep thinking it's Feb with all the tournament boats out lately.


October 18, 2007  Jim
It was a good day to be on Seminole but then any day is if you ask me. My only regret is that I was getting most of the bites and when Bruce got one his 30lb braid would break. It's guaranteed he won't have that light line when he returns in ten days. Most of our fish were caught before 1:00 but there was still a bite to be had at 3:00 when we left. Big fish was 6.4lbs, must be a bunch of 6's right now. Neither of us did any counting this time but we caught several (a few more than ten I'm sure) and the quality was up to Seminole standards again.  We forgot to mention that my first fish this morning was caught on a Ghostbait's Frogzilla. Thanks again Jim for making some great frogs. The second fish before the ten minute topwater bite ended was a 11/2 lb crappie caught on a Super Spook (not the little one) and I was walking it pretty darn fast too.

October 13, 2007 Jim
Saturday Bruce had a great morning catching eleven total with around 16lbs and another 6lb big fish on a sb. Today was quite a bit harder. We started off with one on a sb and one on topwater then they disappeared. We persisted on and caught three more by flipping the green stuff and another on a c-rig then we headed over to Wingate's to gas up Bruce's boat. While over there we decided what the heck might as well fish a little while we're here and we caught two more flippin and one on a sb. Only 9-10 pounds today but at least we caught nine fish with a couple fat 3's among them which is better than some days we've seen. I think fishing will pick up again later this week as the clouds continue to roll in. One more other tidbit I almost forgot that could affect fishing is I noticed the water level had dropped over the weekend. Couldn't tell if it was still dropping today or not.

October 11, 2007
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
79 DEGREES
BY
JOE DURHAM
Bass fishing on Lake Seminole has started to change some. However, the primary things haven't changed. For those of you who are familiar with Seminole you know that this is normal. Fishing top water baits around grass beds can produce some exciting action. Buzz baits, Spooks, and Pop-Rs all work well. Be sure to fish any grassy points or indentations. Once the sun rises the fishing is rather slow. I recommend flipping matted hydrilla with a Zoom Ol' Monster worm or fishing ledges in the rivers and Spring Creek with a Carolina rig. Most of the lake is clear, so your plastics need to be either Watermelon Seed or Green Pumpkin or some other clear water color. If we could get some cooler weather, the fishing would improve substantially.

October 10, 2007 Jim
This morning we started with topwater and lost one fish then I picked up a small keeper on a worm. From then until lunch time it was awful slow and right when we thought we'd not get another bite we hit a good stretch or they just decided to eat and we boated nine more in an hour or so. Big fish was a 6.2 on the digital scales. We left around 3:00 because they'd knocked off again and we couldn't buy another bite. I reckon we had around 15lbs about the same as last trip only less bites and a couple more fish today. We stayed on the tm, fished slow and only cranked up the big motor for one short move. In other words we kept our baits wet.

October 8, 2007  Ken
Fished Seminole today and caught one about 4lbs on a frog in the grass. My partner caught 3 a 4lber and two about 2lbs each. We did a lot of running and looking today. 2 fish came off of flipping and I broke one off on 50lb braid.

October 5, 2007

LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
79 DEGREES
BY
JOE DURHAM

Bass fishing on Lake Seminole has started to change some. However, the primary things haven't changed. For those of you who are familiar with Seminole you know that this is normal. Fishing top water baits around grass beds can produce some exciting action. Buzz baits, Spooks, and Pop-Rs all work well. Be sure to fish any grassy points or indentations. Once the sun rises the fishing is rather slow. I recommend flipping matted hydrilla with a Zoom Ol' Monster worm or fishing ledges in the rivers and Spring Creek with a Carolina rig. Most of the lake is clear, so your plastics need to be either Watermelon Seed or Green Pumpkin or some other clear water color. If we could get some cooler weather, the fishing would improve substantially.

October 1, 2007
The early topwater bite wasn't there. Rex had only one good blow up on a frog and I got one around 3 1/2 on my spinning rod with a white fluke on our first stop. We wormed and flipped a bunch of grass off Sealy with no results then moved out to the lake. By now the wind was pretty strong making it tough to keep the boat in position and fish it the way we wanted. We caught three on worms before giving up and heading into cypress pond where we didn't get a bite so we headed back out to the creek. We flipped in and wormed around a bunch of grass outside Big Jim's but had no takers. We finally found two keepers flippin further down the creek just before loading up around 3:30. I'd guess we only had around 10- 11lbs but if not for the wind......well, you know they've been wanting it slow and with little weight lately which is kinda hard to do when the wind is blowing 18-20 out on the open water. Rich was back out with a buddy Thursday and caught a nice 9lber on a worm. They had around 19lbs and no wind with plenty of gnats.

September 27, 2007  Jim
Got back out with Rich today and found three hungry for frogs between 6.30-7.00 then things went dead until around 12.30 when we finally found a very slow worm bite and caught twelve more. No big ones but they were very fat and strong pullers. Our best five was 12-13lbs which isn't great fishing but it's a big improvement. The lake level is real good, the water is clear with surface temps 79-80 and the grass is bright green if you pull some off the bottom. All our fish were caught on the lower creek and the main lake from grass 5-7ft deep falling off to 12-16ft. Just one pic because I was busy working all day trying to get bit. My best advice on Seminole for now would be to fish hard and ride a whole lot less. I think they are starting to come around some, should get better once we lose this full moon. All the ones we caught in the 2-3lb range were very fat and healthy from eating around midnight. I'll be fishing some more before you.  Keep it wet.

September 22, 2007 Jim
Met up with a friend of mine at Wingate's this morning. Fishing was tough same as it has been last few trips out lately. We worked the river pretty hard around Wingate's area for one fish and one missed bite then we motored through the cut and fished a LOT of really nice deep grass edges along the creek channel for two more and another missed fish. Around 3:30 we saw the rain coming across the river and decided to call it a day. Once we got back to Wingate's flats it had cleared so after a short discussion we decided to give them 15 minutes more. We were both glad we did after Dick caught fish number four. The ONLY bites we had today were flipping baby brush hawgs in the grass and believe me when I say they were extremely tough. During a brief conversation inside Wingates we were told that no one was catching them and many weren't even getting a bite. I spoke up and declared that the fish must be biting at night. My answer was that so and so launched at dark the other night and caught around 27lbs. From what I've experienced lately I do believe it. The few we have have caught are nice and fat and it's no wonder with the amount of baitfish in the grass. They aren't lacking for chow. I'd guess we had around 9lbs today. It sure was a nice day out with a little extra wind and very little boat traffic for a Sat. The grass is mostly to the surface all the way out past the set of poles after the leaning pole or nearly out to the channel where the markers run close in on that side. We fished it today with frogs, sb, buzzbait and worms then flipped the edges. Only caught two and missed one flippin along there. The grasslines are perfect for flippin over on the creek imo but just two fish caught over there also. Fishin's been tough.

September 21, 2007
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
79 DEGREES
BY
JOE DURHAM
Bass fishing on Lake Seminole has not changed much over the past few weeks. For those of you who are familiar with Seminole you know that this is normal. Fishing top water baits around grass beds can produce some exciting action. Buzz baits, Spooks, and Pop-R’s all work well. Be sure to fish any grassy points or indentations. Once the sun rises the fishing is rather slow. I recommend flipping matted hydrilla with a Zoom Ol' Monster worm or fishing ledges in the rivers and Spring Creek with a Carolina rig. Most of the lake is clear, so your plastics need to be either watermelon seed or green pumpkin or some other clear water color.

September 18, 2007 Jim
I was honored with an invitation to fish with Rich Mulder in his new Skeeter yesterday. Rich is an Air Force Ranger just a few weeks away from being back in Iraq. Once again fishing on Seminole was difficult. After I spoke briefly with Jack we left Wingate's canal in the dark and shut down just past the leaning pole where we started fishing. It wasn't long before I had the first fish (a two pounder) hit my sb then Rich caught a 3.5 soon after also on a sb. As you can see in the picture it wasn't even good daylight yet and we probably should have gone home then, lol. We missed a couple, caught one more and a big Jack in the area then tried a couple dry holes farther down river before heading down to the dam. I caught a small one and missed another with a green worm off the first hump and after trying two more with no bites we ran up toward Manmade and fished grass along the river channel. It's really looking good along there but we only managed one fish that got off while flipping mats so we ran back to the creek and fished around the Rattlesnake area before calling it a day around 4:30. While we were loading a couple locals were just launching. One of them made the remark that the only time they're catching anything is just before dark. Seems to me the fish may be feeding at night right now but then what do I know.


September 12, 2007 Jim
I made it out this morning hoping to find the fishing had picked up some. Well it hasn't. I should have known when I caught a 4lb catfish on my third cast with a sb. I fished all the way around Sealy flats at depths from four to twenty six feet and never got a bite. Started out with a buzz and sb, then crankbaits, then Tx rigged worms and grubs, then I flipped mats with BB brush hawgs & ended up with a C-rig and DD22 in the timber. Left at noon with not the first bite. Just one of those days I guess.

September 7-14, 2007
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
79 DEGREES
BY
JOE DURHAM
Bass fishing on Lake Seminole has not changed much over the past few weeks. For those of you who are familiar with Seminole you know that this is normal. Fishing top water baits around grass beds can produce some exciting action. Buzz baits, Spooks, and Pop-R’s all work well. Be sure to fish any grassy points or indentations. Once the sun rises the fishing is rather slow. I recommend flipping matted hydrilla with a Zoom Ol' Monster worm or fishing ledges in the rivers and Spring Creek with a Carolina rig. Most of the lake is clear, so your plastics need to be either watermelon seed or green pumpkin or some other clear water color.

August 30, 2007
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
85 DEGREES
BY
JOE DURHAM
Bass fishing on Lake Seminole has not changed much over the past few weeks. For those of you who are familiar with Seminole you know that this is normal. Fishing top water baits around grass beds can produce some exciting action. Buzz baits, spooks, and Pop-R’s all work well. Be sure to fish any grassy points or indentations. Once the sun rises the fishing is rather slow. I recommend flipping matted hydrilla with a Zoom Ol' Monster worm or fishing ledges in the rivers and Spring Creek with a Carolina rig. Most of the lake is clear, so your plastics need to be either Watermelon Seed or Green Pumpkin or some other clear water color.

August 23, 2007
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
89 DEGREES
BY
JOE DURHAM
Bass fishing on Lake Seminole has not changed much over the past few weeks. For those of you who are familiar with Seminole you know that this is normal. Fishing top water baits around grass beds can produce some exciting action. Buzz baits, spooks, and Pop-R’s all work well. Be sure to fish any grassy points or indentations. Once the sun rises the fishing is rather slow. I recommend flipping matted hydrilla with a Zoom Ol' Monster worm or fishing ledges in the rivers and Spring Creek with a Carolina rig. Most of the lake is clear, so your plastics need to be either Watermelon Seed or Green Pumpkin or some other clear water color.

August 21, 2007 Swede

Launched out of Spring Creek Resort for this tourney. Monte and Becky had a family reunion gathering at their place (Seminole Lodge) and they had all the rooms taken. Fishing was slowwwwwww. My partner won the tourney with 5.77 pounds and 3 fish. Second had 2.79 pounds. Can't ever remember a tourney on Seminole taking so little to win. I got skunked there for the first time in many moons.  Big fish was 3.20 on a frog in slop. Them fish were in a definite no bite mood. The hydrilla gnats really were not too bad this trip. Water temps in the low 90s were found most places - I guess we should have looked for more current - but none to be found.

August 17, 2007
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
89 DEGREES
BY
JOE DURHAM
Bass fishing on Lake Seminole has not changed much over the past few weeks. For those of you who are familiar with Seminole you know that this is normal. Fishing top water baits around grass beds can produce some exciting action. Buzz baits, spooks, and Pop-R’s all work well. Be sure to fish any grassy points or indentations. Once the sun rises the fishing is rather slow. I recommend flipping matted hydrilla with a Zoom Ol' Monster worm or fishing ledges in the rivers and Spring Creek with a Carolina rig. Most of the lake is clear, so your plastics need to be either Watermelon Seed or Green Pumpkin or some other clear water color.

August 2, 2007

LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
79 DEGREES
BY
JOE DURHAM
Bass fishing on Lake Seminole has not changed much over the past few weeks. For those of you who are familiar with Seminole you know that this is normal. Fishing top water baits around grass beds can produce some exciting action. Buzz baits, spooks, and Pop-R’s all work well. Be sure to fish any grassy points or indentations. Once the sun rises the fishing is rather slow. I recommend flipping matted hydrilla with a Zoom Ol' Monster worm or fishing ledges in the rivers and Spring Creek with a Carolina rig. Most of the lake is clear, so your plastics need to be either Watermelon Seed or Green Pumpkin or some other clear water color.

July 27, 2007
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
79 DEGREES
BY
JOE DURHAM
Bass fishing on Lake Seminole is what I would call typical for Lake Seminole, with some unbelievable top water action. Buzz baits and Spooks on grass lines near ledges and channels are producing some wonderful fish. When the sun is up, Texas rigs, Jigs, and Carolina rigs on the edges of grass lines can produce some fish. I recommend at 10 inch worm fished slowly. A good friend of mine and I were able to catch several nice keepers last week. The best five weighed just over 23 pounds with most of the fish coming on top water and then a few being caught on grass lines after the sun was up. The Carolina rig on main lake ledges can be good, but that bite is somewhat sporadic. Soft plastics in the green pumpkin, green shad or red bug are working mid day till dark. Once the grass mats up a little more, a grass rat or frog will work during the middle of the day

July 19, 2007
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR & 89 DEGREES
BY
JOE DURHAM
 
Bass fishing on Lake Seminole is what I would call typical for Lake Seminole, with some unbelievable top water action. Buzz baits and Spooks on grass lines near ledges and channels are producing some wonderful fish. When the sun is up, Texas rigs, Jigs, and Carolina rigs on the edges of grass lines can produce some fish. I recommend at 10 inch worm fished slowly. A good friend of mine and I were able to catch several nice keepers last week. The best five weighed just over 23 pounds with most of the fish coming on top water and then a few being caught on grass lines after the sun was up. The Carolina rig on main lake ledges can be good, but that bite is somewhat sporadic. Soft plastics in the green pumpkin, green shad or red bug are working mid day till dark. Once the grass mats up a little more, a grass rat or frog will work during the middle of the day.

July 13, 2007
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
90 DEGREES
BY
JOE DURHAM
 
Bass fishing on Lake Seminole is what I would call typical for Lake Seminole , with some unbelievable top water action. Buzz baits and Spooks on grass lines near ledges and channels are producing some wonderful fish. When the sun is up, Texas rigs and Carolina rigs on the edges of grass lines can produce some fish. I recommend at 10 inch worm fished slowly. A good friend of mine and I were able to catch 9 nice keepers last week. The best five weighed just over 26 pounds with most of the fish coming on top water and then a few being caught on grass lines after the sun was up. The Carolina rig and main lake ledges are good. Almost all the fish are taking plastics but try a white buzz bait any time of the day. Soft plastics in the green pumpkin, green shad or red bug are working mid day till dark. A grass rat on the edges has been working when the sun is straight up. Work the bait just like a Zara Spook and walk the baits on the edges with an extra rattle in the bait.

July 8, 2007 Ken
I fished the Paradise Buddy team classic this weekend with my partner. It was very hot and the fishing was still tough. We managed to squeek out 12.05 lbs on Sat to win first place and a 5.05 lb'er to take big bass honors. The top 5 from Sat stayed and fished today for the big money. We only managed to get 5lbs total today with 3 fish for 4th place out of 5 but it was a great time none the less and we got some money to boot. We caught our big fish on Zara Spooks. After the sun got up we slowed down and went to throwing Senko's in my favorite color to the trees in 20+ feet of water . The water is very warm 80's. The water is up from what we saw last weekend and I spotted some water hyacinths along the bank but they are still surrounded by hydrilla hopefully they will continue to grow and we will have something to flip soon.

July 6, 2007

LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
79 DEGREES
BY
JOE DURHAM
Bass fishing on Lake Seminole is still strong and recent tournament winning weights are averaging 23+ pounds. In the mornings buzz baits and Pop R’s around hydrilla are producing lots of quality fish. When you get in the right area, the fishing can be fast and furious. When the sun gets up, get ready to slow down and head to the ledges and grass lines in the mouth of Spring Creek. I recommend a Carolina rig with a zoom watermelon seed lizard or a Zoom Ol’ Monster.

Information provided my MyFWC.com July 2007 - September 2007
As water temperatures continue to climb, good fishing opportunities will begin to decline. Larger striped bass and sunshine bass will seek refuge in springs (which are closed to fishing May 1 to November 1) and cool water creeks to survive the hot summer. Smaller hybrids and stripers will school in the lower lake, especially near the dam where there is some water flow. Watch for birds working schools of shad and cast spoons or diving plugs to gamefish feeding beneath the baitfish, or work poppers and surface plugs near the bait. If you are on the water early or late, fish the flats for largemouth bass. The Cornfield and the Man-Made-Island may be good areas to try on the Chattahoochee side, or try the flats near Fishpond Drain and Spring Creek on the Flint side. Many largemouth bass will be moving to deeper water during the summer, so fish vertically along the channels with spoons, jigs, or worms. Work the lure up and down along the edge, especially where there is a wall of hydrilla right up to the channel. Bream and shellcracker will continue to bed sporadically through the summer, particularly around the full moon each month. However, look for panfish to also move toward deeper water as the summer progresses. Beat the summertime heat by fly fishing for bream along deep banks after dark using glow bugs. The best action will be around the new moon or on overcast nights.

June 30, 2007 Jim
Got back out on the creek for half the day yesterday. I'm not sure what's going on with the creek but it's sure fishing different than I expect. Caught six keepers above Big Jim's from 1-3lbs and they were all pretty deep. Had to fish light and real slow with worms for a bite. Not exactly what I like to do but oh well. Saw quite a few boats come out of Big Jim's readying for weekend tourneys. I know it was hot out there on Friday. I figured conditions were about right for flippin but I had no takers. All the fish seem to be on the bottom in deep water even though the baitfish are up shallow. I'm pretty sure you could have caught a limit and fished 18- 20 feet deep with weightless Senkos.

June 29, 2007

LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
79 DEGREES
BY
JOE DURHAM
Bass fishing on Lake Seminole is still STRONG…Especially in the mornings. Buzz baits and Pop-R’s around hydrilla are producing lots of quality fish. When you get in the right area, the fishing can be fast and furious. When the sun gets up, get ready to slow down and head to the ledges and grass lines in the mouth of Spring Creek. I recommend a Carolina rig with a zoom watermelon seed lizard or a Zoom Ol’ Monster.

June 25, 2007 Jim

I got in half a day on the creek before a nasty thunderstorm scared me off the water around 1:00. From what I saw the fish appeared to be down pretty deep even though there were a lot of baitfish up in the grass. I fished about 50% in the grass and 50% along the creek ledges. Missed one fish flippin grass and one that felt large about 22 ft deep. Ended up catching four nothing special keepers totaling around 8-9lbs from deep water.

June 22, 2007
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
80 DEGREES
BY
JOE DURHAM
Bass fishing on Lake Seminole is still STRONG…Especially in the mornings. Buzz baits and Pop-R’s around hydrilla are producing lots of quality fish. Meet When you get in the right area, the fishing can be fast and furious. When the sun gets up, get ready to slow down and head to the ledges and grass lines in the mouth of Spring Creek. I recommend a Carolina rig with a zoom watermelon seed lizard or a Zoom Ol’ Monster.

June 15, 2007
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
81 DEGREES
BY
JOE DURHAM
Bass fishing on Lake Seminole is still STRONG…Especially in the mornings. Buzz baits and Pop-R’s around hydrilla are producing lots of quality fish. Meet When you get in the right area, the fishing can be fast and furious. When the sun gets up, get ready to slow down and head to the ledges and grass lines in the mouth of Spring Creek. I recommend a Carolina rig with a zoom watermelon seed lizard or a Zoom Ol’ Monster.

June 08, 2007
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
73 DEGREES
BY
JOE DURHAM
Bass fishing on Lake Seminole is still STRONG…Especially in the mornings. Buzz baits and Pop-R’s around hydrilla are producing lots of quality fish. Meet When you get in the right area, the fishing can be fast and furious. When the sun gets up, get ready to slow down and head to the ledges and grass lines in the mouth of Spring Creek. I recommend a Carolina rig with a zoom watermelon seed lizard or a Zoom Ol’ Monster.

June 2-3, 2007 Kevin "Swede" Oleen
Fished the Florida Federation Nation 2-day out of Seminole Lodge Sat/Sun. Got paired with two very good boaters - enjoyed fishing with both very much. Wind and mist were with us all day Saturday as the tropical storm passed to the east. Everyone found places to fish out of the wind. Fished spring creek most of the day getting 5 keepers going 9.67 to lead co-anglers. Boater leading day 1 had 10+ pounds. Fished spring creek again today and got another 5 going 9.70 pounds to collect the win on the co-angler side with 19.37 pounds for the two days. Boater winner was my first day partner - weighed largest sack of the tourney today going 14.16 pounds and had a total weight of 23+ pounds. Fished watermelon and black grape plastics and a Bandit CB both days. The CB was more effective and the morning bite better than afternoon. Water had slight stain in spring creek.

June 1, 2007
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
73 DEGREES
BY
JOE DURHAM

Fishing on Lake Seminole is still STRONG…Especially in the mornings. Buzz baits and Pop-R’s around hydrilla are producing lots of quality fish. When you get in the right area, the fishing can be fast and furious. When the sun gets up, get ready to slow down and head to the ledges and grass lines in the mouth of Spring Creek.
I recommend a Carolina rig with a zoom watermelon seed lizard or a Zoom Ol’ Monster.


March 30, 2007
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
63 DEGREES
BY
JOE DURHAM
Bass fishing is very good and much like last weeks report, the dominant pattern on Lake Seminole is sight fishing. However, over the past weekend, the top water bite begin to come alive. If you have ever been on Seminole when the top water bite is on, you know how much fun it can be. Lots of people are catching fish swimming worms and jigs in grass close to the sandbars. If you like to throw a Carolina rig, now is a good time to fish making lake sand bars with a Carolina rig, as the fish are now starting to spawn on the main lake bars and a 6 inch lizard in Watermelon Seed and Green Pumpkin are tough to colors to beat. For sight fishing, white tubes and white lizards are always good choices. Expect these patterns to hold steady for about another month or so. If you are looking for a place to catch an 8 pound+ fish, SEMINOLE IS THE PLACE TO BE.

March 27, 2007 Jim T
I spent a beautiful Tuesday on the lake with my buddy Bruce today. We fished a bunch of unproductive water from 2-15ft with a little bit of everything and could not get a bite. Around noon I decided it was time to sit down and break out the watermelon Senkos. I ended up catching five, unforunately Bruce never got a bite even though he was fishing the same bait, same rig I was. Anyway I caught my fish out on the Flint side of the flats with the boat sitting on 12ft fishing into shallow grass around 3-5ft with weightless Watermelon Senko on 14lb flourocarbon. Total around 12lbs +. Big fish was also the skinniest fish. The rest of them were stuffed full of shad.

March 25, 2007  Keven "Swede" Oleen
Fished the Florida Federation Nation NW Regional Qualifier out of Seminole Lodge Saturday. My draw partner just happened to be the same guy I rode over with. Rolled in on our first spot - I through a weightless V&M Chopstik - and on cast four or five I hooked up with my first keeper of the day. An hour later I hooked up with keeper number two. That was it for the day. Partner got two that went 4.70, I got two that went 4.60. Fish were in 2-3 feet of water around grass and pads on Florida side of Seminole. 20 pounds took the angler title and 8+ took coangler title. Winning stringer came from the Flint side off beds.

March 24, 2007 Ronnie
Found the bass in a protected area that had some extremely shallow water. If no one caught fish this weekend it's probably because you didn't fish shallow enough. We saw numerous bass (decent size bass) in water less than 1 foot deep. Many of the largest fish totally ignored our bait, and us. We caught 6 bass. I fished the front of the boat with fluorocarbon, my wife fished the back with braided 20# with trickworm and split shot.

March 23, 2007
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
63 DEGREES
BY
JOE DURHAM
Bass fishing is fair to good and much like last weeks report, the dominant pattern on Lake Seminole is sight fishing. The cold front this past weekend knocked the fish back somewhat. However, I was on the lake yesterday and saw plenty of fish. Over the past weekend, despite the tough conditions (cold front and high winds) it still took five fish weighing in at over 20 pounds to win. I was able to catch several fish swimming worms and jigs in grass close to the sandbars. If you like to throw a Carolina rig, now is a good time to fish main lake sandbars with a Carolina rig, as the fish are still holding in approximately 6ft, right where the grass meets the sand 6 inch lizard in watermelon seed and green pumpkin are tough to colors to beat. For sight fishing, white tubes and white lizards are always good choices. Expect these patterns to hold steady for about another month or so.

March 22, 2007  Ronnie

Fish have moved shallow but they are small.  Most fish I caught were small bucks.  Largest fish was about 5 lb.  Best 5 would be around 15 lbs.  Lizard was the bait.  All the tails were in perfect condition.  River was 62 degrees.  It was a beautiful day to be out.  The southerly wind was a bit stronger than the weather man said.  I switched from braided to florocarbon for some unknown reason.  I broke my largest fish off. 
I was thankful for the day of fishing.


March 22, 2007 Jim T

Back out on the creek with my friend Bruce today. The water is looking much better but the fish still seem a bit lock jawed from all the lures they've seen lately. We hit a lot of areas up and down the creek but it seemed to be one of those days where every time we made a move we'd catch one fish then nothing until we moved again. We ended up with seven fish...... one on a sb, three on traps, one on C-rig and two flipping. Best five today were guestimated at 11lbs. I'm pretty sure I won the weirdness award by catching three shad then one of those slippery silver toothy mouthed snakes on my LC pointer. Forgot the proper name for those things that resemble a needle fish but are bigger. Maybe I never knew to begin with but I've always called them snakes

March 18, 2007 Kevin "Swede" Oleen
Lake Seminole's first wave of spawners has come and gone. The second wave has not yet went shallow. Fished two tourneys out of Seminole Lodge Sat/Sun - Panhandle Tourney Trail on Saturday and Miracle Strip Bass Club tourney on Sunday. My partner and I only weighed three fish (4lbs 8ozs) Saturday. Fished up the Chattahoochee - water temps around 60 - warmer in pockets and coves. Wind howled most of the day (25mph) - bite suffered through cold front pushing through. 18 pounds weighed by winning team. Worms were the only thing we were able to get a bite on. Same partner for our club tourney today. Fished in Fish Pond Drain most of the day. I put five in the boat today weighing 7.27 pounds for second place. Winner had about a pound more. Fish came out of shallow water (3 ft or less) as the wind had died and the sun came out and started warming the water. In the afternoon - we saw many bass cruising around. flukes were the ticket today - partner got his 2 fish on a worm.

March 17, 2007 Jim T

The wind was really bad. We caught a 4 and 5 1/2 out on the flats before giving up and heading up into Decatur lake where we got a couple more 3's and a couple 1 1/2's. Our fish came on sb, jerk bait and flipping baby brush hawgs.

March 16, 2007

LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
60 DEGREES
BY JOE DURHAM
www.havefunfishing.com
Lake Seminole is clear and the fishing is HOT. For those of you who are familiar with Seminole in March, you know what that means, fish the sandbars. At this time, fish can be found spawning all over the lake. Tube Jigs and Texas rigged lizards are good choices The sandbars in Spring Creek are loaded with nice fish. If sight fishing isn't your specialty, use both the Texas rigged and or Carolina rigged plastics on the deeper sandbars. Ideally these bars will be in 4 to 6 feet. Both the Flint and Spring Creek are loaded with this type of sandbar. As always, you can always catch some nice fish on the edge of the hydrilla. Although the cranking' bite has slowed down some, you can still catch some nice fish. To demonstrate the strength of Lake Seminole, recent tournament winning weights have been in excess of 25 lbs (5 fish).

March 11, 2007 Ken S

I fished Fri Sat and Sun, I was practicing on Fri for our club tournament, and fishing the TX on Sat and Sun. Sat was really good for me I caught a limit and was able to cull by 1:00. My big fish was 8.03 and I had 16.04 for my total weight. The big one was in 10ft of water. I got 3 on a Seminole Green Senko including the 8lber, and the others I pulled off of beds with a white tube. There were lots of buck bass on the beds getting ready for the ladies. I didn't see any big ones up yet but I did hear of some from the other guys fishing. Spring Creek is very muddy, and it is starting to muddy up the flats. I found fish on the beds on Fri that I couldn't see on Sat because it had muddied up so badly. I did make it over to the Flint and it is not bad just a little dirty. Today I was only able to catch 3 all were on the Senko and holding close to wood on the sand. Had a total weight today of 5.11 total tournament weight of 22.13 if my math is correct. There were some good fish taken out of the Hooch by other members. It seems that the fish are biting on that side of the lake as well.

March 9, 2007 Ken Sturdivant, Have Fun Fishing
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
60 DEGREES
Bass fishing is fair to good and the bass are now on the move. Try working spinnerbait’s in the shallows along with crank baits. Shad Raps is a favorite this time of the year and the Glass Shad Raps will also work. Be sure to try the Senko with a 4/0 Mustad hook in Jun Bug and let it sink and hop it slowly around grass beds and grass lines. With the water showing a little color, the black glass color is really working. Fish the coves and secondary points up in the creeks and rivers and make several casts to each location. Crawdad and perch colors in the DT6's is another good choice while throwing cranks. The cold front that is passing through the area will probably move the bass back off the banks a little but they can still be caught with Husky Jerks and DT10's along with number seven and eight Shad Raps. A gold black back #9 Rapala will also be a good choice this week and let it die on the surface with only an occasional twitch of the rod.

March 7, 2007 Jim T

Got out today to test my boat and do a little fishing. The creek is a muddy mess above Rattlesnake and the Flint looks the same along the flats. Caught one on a paddle tail and one flipping then lost one on a trap in the morning and then I couldn't catch anything. I was down to fishing my desperation rig (#5 shad rap on 8lb test) when I finally gave up and went looking to see if any are bedding. I saw several small ones on beds. It was a nice day to be out even if the water was muddy every where I wanted to fish. Water temperature was 64-66

March 3, 2007 Ken from Georgia
Fished a buddy tournament Sat. The water looks alot better than it did 3 weeks ago. I stayed in Spring Creek all day. It is clearing up some, the north end is pretty dirty still and there was some muddy water coming out of Decatur lake. The south end is pretty clear especially on the flats. We caught 5 fish nothing big, 9.9lbs total. I think that it took around 13lbs to win. We caught 4 fish on reaction baits on the flats early and then ran up Spring Creek to catch our fifth flipping mats. Just couldn't get any big ones. There were numerous reports at the weigh in of bass on the beds. We didn't see any but we were not looking for those fish anyway. Water temps on the creek were 51-56 degrees. We have another tournament next weekend hopefully the weather will not mess up the fishing this week. Good Luck and have fun.

March 2, 2007, Ken Sturdivant, Have Fun Fishing  
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR & 60 DEGREES

Bass fishing is picking up as the full moon starts making it way in this week. The bass are trying to move shallow. The fish are ready to bed fish and pre spawn fish are best in the pockets off the Flint River in the clear water. Look in Spring Creek above the gates. All the fish will react to floating worms and lizards and pink has been very good. The tubes will work for the bigger fish. In a week the fishing should get even better with trick worms and top water. Trick worms and Zoom frogs over shallow grass and sand areas will get strikes Some top water will get started this week and Pop R’s and Zara Spooks will work.
Shad and bream colors are best.
Crappie fishing is good and the fish are relating to the creek bends and wood close to the creek mouths. Fish in the creeks on ledges at 4 to 7 feet and minnows are hard to beat.

March 3, 2007 Fishin Chat at Seminole Lodge
Report from the local guys out fishing today. With the full moon and warmer temps this week, fish are definitely on the beds, finding them up the Hooch in the weedy areas and the shallow flats on the Flint. Will be curious to see if the cold front coming in will cool temps down enough to make them move off again. Water level is up and muddy from the rain a couple of days ago.

February 23, 2007  Ronnie
I managed to get in a few hours at Lake Seminole Friday afternoon. It was beautiful out there. Crappie fishermen everywhere. Bass fishermen running up and down the river. Had a pretty strong northerly wind most of the time I was there. I was fortunate to catch 4 bass, all in water less than 3 feet, on the windy bank. Normally, I would expect the fish to be out of the North wind but today that north wind was almost 70 degrees and the windy bank was at least 3 degrees warmer than the north bank. It was great to finally be back out there.

February 23, 2007 Ken Sturdivant, Have Fun Fishing
LAKE SEMINOLE IS FULL, CLEAR &
55 DEGREES
Bass fishing is fair.
The fish are starting to head to sand flats and gravel areas as well as on some wood. There are still some fish on deep grass lines all day. Small #5 Shad Raps and 7 inch Bang A Lures both in silver and black back on banks and wood has been fair. Cast to the steep banks in the creeks with a Rattlin’ Rouge in the shad or bream color. Spinner baits with willow leaf blades in silver and gold’s on the banks can draw strikes. Zoom u tail worms on a Texas or a short Carolina rig are fair in greens or smoke colors are fair but fish slowly in and around brush. The down lake fish are biting blue back Shad Raps crank baits on the points and humps. Try the white skirts and silver blades on a Leverage 1/2 ounce spinner baits up the rivers in coves and hit wood on the banks.
Crappie fishing is slow as the muddy water and cold nights continue to dominate Georgia . A few are being caught while trolling and even a few on live minnows up in the bigger creeks off of docks. The crappie bite has been real slow due to the muddy water but as soon as the water clears a little these fish will be jumping in the boat.

February 20, 2007 Lake Seminole Fishing Report
By Jim, Georgia

Got out the creek today with Bruce to see if we could break in his new flippin rod. We started out around 10:00 and fished reaction baits on the flats for two hours without a reaction so we tried flipping in the afternoon. I missed the first fish then hung one that felt decent but it got off. Thank goodness Bruce came through with this nice 5lber or we would have been skunked. The water is still very high but at least the creek is clearing. Surface temp was 52 early and 55 when we left. We still need a few warm days and nights to get them right again.

February 16, 2007 Lake Seminole Fishing Report
By Jim, Georgia

Got out on the lake yesterday afternoon for what turned out to be a cold boat ride. The water level is still up with surface temps running 50-51 on the Hooch, 51-54 on the creek and lower Flint river side. The water is still stained in the creek, the Flint and lake but surprisingly clear on the lower end of the Hooch in comparison. The fish are NOT biting but that's no surprise. In four hours of flippin and throwing cranks and rattle traps I managed one bite on a trap and it got off.

January 29, 2007  Jim
The water temp continues to fall. Was it ever COOOOLD out there this morning. We both had ice forming on our lines and plugging up the first guide early. We saw water temp as low as 51 and barely 55 later in the day. Only a couple dinks this morning then mid day I missed one that felt heavy then caught a 5+. We moved out of the area to another similar spot where my partner missed a good thump then I set the hook on a 6.14. We spent the rest of the afternoon moving around and never caught another fish.

January 15, 2007  Jim
Couldn't get them to bite much today. Water temp 59-62 and stained. Fished the same areas along the flats where I caught fish Fri plus a few more. Ended up with six fish on sb, fluke and crankbait and only three were keepers in the 2-2.5 range. Left the lake at 2:30.

January 12, 2007  Jim
Had another great day on Seminole today. I was able to get out on the flats. The water is stained and surface temp has dropped a few degrees but still holding at 57-59. I caught fish today on sb, jerkbait and traps in 4-10 feet. Ended up with thirteen with best five around 19lbs.

January 8, 2007  Jim
Got on the creek around 8:30 this morning and found a cold wind blowing out of the north so I decided to go with reaction baits. When I lifted my seat I found I'd left all my crankbaits and all my spinner baits at home, lol. After digging around a bit I found a #8 Risto rap and a 1/2 oz Rattle trap so that's what I fished with. Ended up with fourteen keepers from 2 to 5 3/4lbs. Had one over five and two over five and a half with best five @ 23-24lbs. Most were caught on the Risto Rap in the 10-14ft range. Surface temp was 59-61 degrees.

January 4, 2007  Jim
What a strange day it was today. It started out kind of misty then the fog set in early and I was in it all day. I don't think the fish cared for it too much because fishing was very slow. Started on the flats hoping to catch a couple big ones off the sand but didn't get a bite so I figured the weather kept them deep. After a couple hours I moved back into the creek and caught four keepers on tx and c-rig worms. Best fish was just under four pounds caught on watermelon Yamamoto worm c-rigged 22 ft deep. Caught the other three by fishing light and slow with the texas rig just off the grass. Surface temp was 58 and the water is high and rising.

December 1, 2006  Ronnie
Fished the northern lake for a few hours Thursday. Caught 6 fish with the largest only being maybe 2.5. Had strong current all day. River was down close to 6 inches but is now on its way back up. River was 58 degrees. Protected water 63 degrees. Caught fish on white spinnerbait.

December 31, 2006  Jim
We had a pretty good day catching around ten or eleven keepers in the 1.5 - 4lb range. Our Big fish was caught along the flat's on the Flint river side and weighed 4lb 12 oz . We caught the rest off a ledge in the creek above Rattlesnake on crankbaits and Carolina rigged worms. Our best five weighed 14lbs in my estimation. The water temp was running 57-58 degrees a foot high and the fish were biting a little better than yesterday. It was another really nice day to share with good company on beautiful lake Seminole.

December 18, 2006  Jim
Got back out on the creek today and found the flipping bite is mostly gone and so is the best grass. Caught four between 1.5 and 2lbs dragging a worm on mostly clean bottom around 18-20 ft deep outside the grass and three flipping in the grass. Big fish today was caught flipping and was just under 4lbs. Water temp was 58 so I figured they'd be biting better than they were.

December 13, 2006  Jim
Got a late start Sat because it was so cold. The water surface temp stayed below 55 all day and the fishing was tough. I got my two predicted bites and missed both of them. Monday was a LOT warmer. Water temp started out 54.6 but reached 57 in the afternoon. Fishing was still slow but at least I wasn't skunked. Caught one around 11/2 and two 2 lbers and missed one more. I tried c-rig and deep cranks out in the wood with no bites so I stayed on the grass. The coots are tearing up the grass at alarming speed. I guess it's about time to dig out the jerk baits, spinnerbaits and rattletraps.

December 6, 2006  Ken & Jim
The water in Spring Creek is clear and around 60 degrees. The Flint is stained and 58 degrees. We didn't fish the Hooch. Only one fish we caught came over on the Flint side it was on a crankbait. All the other fish came off grass in Spring Creek, pitching soft plastics. The fish today had to hold the bait for a long time, if you set the hook right away you would just pull it out. It was like they had to taste it before they would take it good. All the fish were very healthy and couple were very fat like they were holding eggs.

November 29, 2006  Jim
Well three days of warm weather did make a difference. Only problem was the little fish were biting. I caught 14 and a couple over 3lbs. It was slow in the morning but once the grass warmed up the minnows started moving and the little guys were biting. The water level has dropped since Sat which could have run the quality fish out into open water. I tried dragging a c-rig and threw a DD22 through deep timber awhile today but no takers so I went back to flippin. It was a nice day to be on the water.

November 25, 2006  Ken & Jim
We flipped most all day with very few bites. Jim went from a 1oz sinker all the way down to a 3/4 oz and he was even throwing 30 instead of 50 lb test with a 6in ring worm. I think that you could call that finesse for Seminole. We fished Spring Creek and then went up the Hooch. They have sprayed most of the water hyacinths and lily pads it looks pretty bare up the Hooch. We didn't get any bites on the Hooch so we went back into Spring Creek. We finally got on a solid pattern of fishing rocks in the shade and put one fish in the boat. Tough day on Seminole today, I think that we went through every color soft plastic that we had. Hooch is pretty stained, Spring Creek is still clear and we had current most of the day on both.

November 23, 2006  Jim
Fishing was slow as I expected after two days of wind and cold. I had to resort to my finesse rig today which consisted of a 3/4 oz weight instead of the usual 1oz.  Caught seven and all but these three were just a pound something. I missed four because they were just so dadgum hard to hook and keep hooked. It was a beautiful day to be on the lake and there were a few other die hard fishermen out there besides me.


October 13, 2006  Ronnie

Started the day shallow, off the river. My only company on the river was the airboat that was spraying vegetation. That always makes for a good fishing day. The only fish I caught was a 7.5 lber out in the river in 16 feet of water on a trickworm with 3/16 weight.

September 27, 2006  Ronnie
I fished Lake Seminole Tuesday afternoon. I fished the upper part of the lake. Water was a little lower than recent but there was current all afternoon. Water temp in river was 80. I caught 6 fish, 5 were keepers. All were small. No real pattern at all. I tried other things but only caught with trickworn and 3/16 weight.

August 8, 2006  Ronnie
Fished Monday afternoon till dark. Caught a lot of bass, for me, but fish were mostly small. 2.5 lb was probably the largest. I caught 9 or 10. There was good current and that's where I found the fish; on the river bank in the current. It sure was hot. The lake is about one foot low.

August 2, 2006  Ronnie
When I say hot I'm referring to the temperature, not the fishing. I fished for 4 hours yesterday and caught nothing. There was no current. Current was suppose to begin at 1200 but it didn't. Probably wasn't enough water coming down the river to tell. Water temp was 84 when I arrived.......... 88 when I left. No fish.

July 16, 2006  Kevin "Swede" Oleen
Ole Sem has entered the dog days of summer. Even the presence of Waldo - the official Ultimate Bass flag -couldn't get them bass biting real good today. Only 6 boats showed today for our club tournament which was moved from Wewahitchka due to low water conditions. Hot - hot - hot. Afternoon thunderstorms cooled down the area a little in the afternoon. I'm still sucking down water here that was lost in my shirt and shorts. Our club winner had just two fish in his sack at weigh-in. Them two fish weighed in at over 10 pounds. Spinnerbait and chatterbait were used. Second place had 7 + pounds. Big fish belonged to the first place finisher and topped the scales at 6.49 pounds. Other fish came on jigs, soft plastics, and crankbait. I weighed in two fish for just 2+ pounds, and was glad to have something to weigh in. Mine came on a black grape V&M finesse worm. I caught some shorts and a mudfish too, but couldn't get the size this month.

Information provided my MyFWC.com July 2006 - September 2006
If you are on the water early or late, fish the flats for largemouth bass. The Cornfield and the Man-Made-Island may be good areas to try on the Chattahoochee side, or try the flats near Fishpond Drain and Spring Creek on the Flint side. Many largemouth bass will be moving to deeper water during the summer, so fish vertically along the channels with spoons, jigs, or worms. Work the lure up and down along the edge, especially where there is a wall of hydrilla right up to the channel.

June 23, 2006  Ronnie
I launched at Parramore's at 10:30 AM this morning. The river is so low I thought I was going to get my feet wet backing the trailer down the ramp. Hydrilla was everywhere. My trailer looked like a high school homecoming float on the way home with all the hydrilla hanging from it. I fished until 3:30 and never had any river flow at all. The slight southerly wind placed the river in reverse gear. Fishing was terrible. I caught two fish 3-4 lbs in the river about 300 feet deep. It was a hot one today.

March 26, 2006  Kevin "Swede" Oleen
Fished the Southern Anglers Challenge tournament Saturday. About 15 teams participated. Decided to try areas up the Hooch. Pulled into my first area and started throwing V&M Bayou Bullfrog - nothing. Switched to a black n blue jig, partner throwing fluke. Caught 4 out of this area - 2 by partner, 2 by me. Jig fish bigger (about 3 lbs each). Fluke fish smaller (2 lbs each). This all before 8am in morning. Moved to another area - nothing. Wind picked up and bites hard to come by. Went back to first area - lost a 4 pound fish next to the net. Went up the Hooch to Paramore area - found a small area out of the wind - caught 2 pound fish on the frog. That was it the rest of the day - went into Fairchilds and fished a couple areas in afternoon with no results. Weighed 12-02 for 4th place. 15-06, 15-03, and 14-04 took 1st thru 3rd. 6+ pounds for big fish. Our fish came from shallow water around bullrushes.

March 15, 2006  Ronnie
On Tuesday I fished from 10:30 until 6 pm. Wind and catching was terrible until 3 pm. Caught several bass in 4 feet of water on Junebug trickworm with small bb shot for weight. Also caught plenty of Pickerel. Water temp was 69.

March 13, 2006  Kevin "Swede" Oleen
Fished the ABA tourney this weekend. Didn't fair too well. Only weighed one fish, but had the opportunity for more - just didn't get it done. Had one real nice sow on - she wrapped me around a stump - I got her out of that mess, but on the way to the boat she broke me off and came out of the water once, twice, three times to thumb her nose at me. She went 6-8 pounds. Others did the same - was getting the bites including a couple nice slab crappie and numerous jacks. A majority of the bass aren't on bed yet, but real close to going there. I caught my loan keeper (1.72lbs) on a V&M Bayou Bullfrog. The others hit the V&M 4 inch black grape ringer. Water 60-62 degrees. Heading to MIllers Ferry Reservoir in Alabama next weekend for a club two-day tourney. Should be exciting and that V&M 4inch ringer above will be getting a workout. Spotted bass just eat that thing up.

March 1, 2006  Ronnie
I fished 5 hours on Tuesday. Fished manmade; fished a river ledge; fished shallow grass near the river; and fish a shallow spawning bay. I caught 3 small fish in the very back side of the spawning area. Water temp was 58. River temp was 56 and moving very fast. That's all the fish I caught. I caught a 7 lber last Friday in 59 degree water but she was the only fish I caught in about 6 hours fishing. This post-spawn fishing sure drives me crazy.

February 12, 2006  Kevin "Swede" Oleen
Fished the American Bass Anglers Tournament held at Seminole Lodge yesterday. Actually took Friday off from work to prefish - I knew just as much after Fridays day on the water that I knew before starting. One bite all day. Rain then wind and 53-54 degree water greeted all participants Saturday. Started out in the lake up by the state park - caught one in short order in 10-11 feet of water that weighed 2lbs. Ahhh - the pressure is off. Only got one more alll day. 2.5 lbs in the lake as well. Weighed in 4.47lbs - both fish coming on the V&M 5 inch Chopstik in black and black/blue flake. Must have been rough for all because I placed 3rd of 24 with that little sack. Winner had 13+ that included a beautiful 9.93 pound monster. That is the largest bass I have personally seen weighed in at a tournament. 2nd had 2 fish going 7+ pounds. Some decided not to fish as it was a miserable day out there. Alll glad to be warm again - if you are fishing Seminole anytime soon - good luck and bring your dynamite.

February 8, 2006  Jim
Spring Creek is 54 degrees and fairly clear below Rattlesnake and just a little bit high on the water level. The water temp at the lower end of the Chattahoochee near manmade island is 50 degrees with a slight stain or about normal for that area. The Flint looked like it was a little high and muddy when I crossed the bridge. The fishing was real tough for me today. I caught two dinks on a C-rig and one small keeper flipping and that was all. The water temp is falling and will be going down some more by this weekend if the weather man is telling the truth this time. It was 32 this morning and cold most of the day.

January 27, 2006  Ronnie
I stuck to the river bank today and I really enjoyed it. I caught 6 bass. No giants but who cares. Only one was to short to have weighed. A couple of the fish were over 3.  I had a good fish on and he wrapped a small submerged tree. The bass obviously moved with it but would not surface. I was fishing with PowerPro so I knew the fish wasn't going to break off. Finally, he unhooked himself, I tossed the tree trunk back in the water, and went on my way. My fish came came mostly off stumps in 10 feet of water. Stumps were better than treetops and trash. Caught all fish on Pumpkin Seed even though I tried other colors. River was 55 degrees.

January 15, 2006  Kevin "Swede" Oleen
Fished Miracle Strip's first tournament of the year out of Seminole Lodge today on beautiful Lake Seminole. Monte and Becky were great as always catering to your every need. We launched at safe light - 6:20am. My partner and I fished 30 minutes on main lake shoreline before locking through to the river. One other boat went with us - the remainder stayed in the lake and connecting rivers. It can be described as a Crankbait day - fished many different brands and colors - but the Bandit Brown Craw produced best. Finished the day with a limit weighing 10.77lbs and second place. My partner also had a limit weighing 10.64lbs. The fisherman of the day was Stan Chandler - weighing in a real nice sack at 15.03lbs taking home the coveted first place title. He was fishing a black/blue worm in the Chatahoochee. Big fish of the day was a 5.27lber taken by Mr Joe Brooks. Water temp is about 55-56 degrees in the lake.

January 5, 2006  Ronnie
Fished yesterday from 10 am until about 3pm. The river was 6 inches above full pool and really ripping. It looked like a dirt road, except not dusty. I caught no fish at all. I looked everywhere. I found some clear water a long way off the river but there were no fish there. I even found some 60 degree water, but it won't last long.Hooch temp was 53.

December 30, 2005  Ronnie
Had a good day of fishing yesterday. Caught several bass off wood up in the river. Things started slow with my black trickworm. I switched to a pumkinseed and things immediately turned on. Caught fish from 8 feet to probably 15 feet. Caught them all using powerpro braided line.

December 27, 2005  Ronnie
Launched out of Parramores, water temp around 51 this afternoon. Water is down and no current this afternoon. I caught fish very shallow (flipping) and I caught fish out on the river with worm. I caught 4 fish. It was a beautiful day.

October 9, 2005  Kevin "Swede" Oleen
Fished the Bassmaster Weekend Series Panhandle Division tourney on Seminole today. 41 boats participated. 16+ lbs took 1st and 2nd on boater side. Winner got his flipping on something black and blue - not sure what it was though. I found some biting fish in Fairchilds on Saturday prior to a front pushing through. The front changed the bite - as I weighed 4.7lbs with 3 fish. 3 of my pounds got nullified for being late by 3 minutes. Stopped to help a fellow competitor whose motor broke down and gave a lift in. That's the rules folks - come in with your fish and then go back out to help. Plastics and topwater were the ticket today. Find some thick vegetation and either flip or run frogs or flukes across the top. I got two on flukes and one on a V&M black grape 4 inch ring worm. Overall - a great day to be out on the water.

March 13, 2005  Kevin "Swede" Oleen
Tough weekend on Seminole for me. Weighed just two keepers (3.57lbs) in two days of fishing. One came on watermelon seed lizard in 7 ft of water and the other came on Wave Bamboo Stick (watermelon Red) in 6 ft. Winning stringers (37+ lbs won) taken from beds and flipping and from staging areas. Prespawn/Spawn patterns. My deep fish were still there but wanted T-Rigged baits in green just sitting on bottom. Found this out after the fact from someone who accidently found this out himself while setting his rod down to take bite of sandwich and fish picked the bait up while he was eating. He had a limit by 7:45 this morning. Always learn something from failure - I learned a thing or two today and that is what really matters.

March 6, 2005  Kevin "Swede" Oleen
Prefished Saturday 3/5/05 for Miracle Strip Bass Club monthly tournament. Tried a few places I have not tried before. Kind of nice just being out and exploring new water. Did catch one 3 lb fish up on the Hooch on a steep bank on a Norman Deep Little N Red Craw CB. Caught another pound and half fish on drop shot in Spring Creek. That was it for the day. Tried a couple new spots today (3/6/05) and the areas I caught fish yesterday. Had one fish in the boat at 11am which came on Carolina Rig in 6-7 ft of water in grass (2 lbs on Zoom 6 in. watermelon seed lizard/chart. tail). Tried a couple of spots with nothing biting before running to Spring Creek. Pulled the drop shot from the rod box and did not put it down until I had my limit about 2pm. Fish came out of 18-25 feet of water. Fished black finesse worm with chart. tail made by V&M Baits. A couple good fish in the bunch and weighed 12.54 lbs for the win today. Second place was 9+ lbs and also included Big Fish. These fish came from main lake throwing Rat-L Trap over the grass. BF was a 7.43 lb monster. Third and Fourth place fish caught from same boat and these came from 1 foot of water - assume spawning fish. Not sure what their baits of choice were. Flipping bite on today from reports. 14+ lbs won the Bay County bass tourney. Good Fishin' Y'all!
Water temp ranged from 55 in main lake in morning - 58 in back water coves - 60-63 in Spring Creek in afternoon. From weather reports - we have a couple of cold days ahead of us and deep bite should continue to be a player. Shallow fish can be found, but the ones not under the hyacinth are spooked easily. Will be fishing deep to shallow this Saturday/Sunday if winds allow. Looks good according to forecast. Temps above are surface temps. I'll be looking for air temp of 70s in day and 50s at night to get the lake where it needs to be for spawn time.


February 20, 2005  Kevin "Swede" Oleen
Fished Bassmaster Weekend Series Panhandle Division tourney 20 Feb. Launched out of Wingates, but fished mainly Florida side of lake. Carolina rigged lizards and senkos were the ticket to 6 keepers, however size dropped off from practice day. Weighed in 7lbs8ozs for 29th of 60 boaters. Fish located in 5-8 foot of water getting ready to make the move to the shallows. 21 lbs won the tourney. To tell you the truth I think deeper water would have worked better. Fish spread out through the water column right now though and recommend fishing depth you are comfortable fishing. Confidence is a big factor to everyone's success.

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