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Area Fished: Lake Dexter / St. Johns River Channel
Water Temp: 88 degrees
Time of Day: 7:30 PM
Success: 4 on hook, 2 on boat
Sister-in-law – 2lbs
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CRAIG CAMPBELL – “Fish”
The first time we did it I was scared to death
She snuck out in that cotton dress
Jumped on in and we drove to the lake
Put her hand on my knee and said I can’t wait
I had everything we needed in the bed of my truck
Turns out my baby loves to…
Fish, she wants to do it all the time
Early in the morning, in the middle of the night
She’s hooked and now she can’t get enough
Man, that girl sure loves to fish
When most bass anglers think about topwater fishing, visions of sunrises and sunsets flood their minds. Although lowlight conditions are a bit more conducive to topwater action, we’ve found outstanding topwater bites throughout all times of day.
Topwater fishing is not just for lowlight hours. I think people really short themselves when they only throw topwater lures for an hour or two. Big fish become accustomed to seeing your typical hard baits swim in front of their faces and a topwater presentation will often catch those fish when other techniques fail. It’s always important to show them something they don’t see as much.
I fish topwaters a little more than most people because I commonly fish shallower lakes with a lot of visual structure. It is not very hard to get a fish to come out of 5’ depth to hit a topwater. I commonly fish around docks, in the weeds, anywhere I suspect is holding active fish. I prefer a little wind on the water because it makes the fish a little more active for high surface lures (maybe wind makes less light penetration, not sure about the whys on that one though)
I have been looking for Lake George fishing spots recently. On a recent post about Lake George Florida Topo map from Navionics I showed you (the ever loyal reader) 3 little mounds I had spied. Let me offer you a bit more information about that find.
First a bit about their location. For now we will call them the Southern Humps. First the GPS coordinates are in contention. The Navionics app for android shows them at 29’13.843′ N 81’34.930′ W But those coordinates don’t jive with Google at all. Google has the spot at (approximately as Google doesn’t show lake bottom contours) 29.2275, -81.5804. Nevertheless coming from the south end of Lake George from the mouth of the channel fenders take a heading of 170 for 1.5 nautical miles. or from Marker 11 (southern mid lake) take a heading of 331 for .6 nautical miles. You can’t miss the sonar signature. The Navionics app says that the humps are 7 feet deep at their shallow point and shows the surrounding lake bed is 10 feet. But current water levels (July 20 2013) have them at 6 feet and 9 feet respectively.
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The area showed numerous fish on the finder. A lot were shallow and seemed to be bait fish, while there was also a lot of activity at 5 – 6 feet all around the mound edges and in between the mounds. There also seemed to be structures in the middle of the 3 humps. I’ll also note that their were at least 8 crab trap or catfish trap buoys in the area as well (There weren’t any other buoys other than near the mounds for at least a quarter-mile).
There was eelgrass on and around the humps but that faded away the further you got from them. I could tell this from the sonar signatures as well as what was returned on my lines when I got too close to the bottom using a spinner bait.