GO FISHING is a daily look at the area fishing scene through the eyes of local charter boat captains and fishing guides. Today: Mark Cook.
Another full moon has come and gone and still few reports of any big bass. Decent numbers are being caught but trophy hunters have been disappointed by the lack of double-digit fish this year.
Those fishing the Kissimmee chain before the small cold front last week reported bass 1-3 pounds with an occasional 5- or 6-pounder. Senkos flipped near edges of grass and other types of vegetation were one of the preferred methods, while shiners also will take their fair share. Back off the edges to the first cut and rip a spinnerbait across submerged grass. Post spawn bass should be hanging there.
Guide Bill Whipple at Lake Toho reported a good bite last week on shiners. However, the water level has dropped and the fish have moved along with the water. Early-morning buzzbait action is a good choice on Toho but once the sun gets high, fish deeper.
No great reports have been coming out of Medard; however, before last week the shellcracker and bluegill bite was steady.
This time of year is my favorite to target panfish in area rivers, although with the rains we have had this year the water levels are higher than normal. I like to work the south prong of the Alafia River north toward the Lily Bridge area. Sometimes you'll go 200 yards without a bite, then find one river bend that will hold a bucket load of fish.
If there is a bluegill or shellcracker in the area and you drop a wiggler on his head, you'll get a bite. If the bobber doesn't drop within a minute, find another hole.
For charter trip information, contact Mark Cook at (813) 846-9277 or send an e-mail