Fishing Report Provided by Capt. Mark King - Capt. Mark King
Average: 4(1 vote)
| Water Temp:81-90 F | Clarity: Clear
Fish Caught | Lunker: using a
July 9, 2014
July is here already on Lake Okeechobee and we have settled in to our summer pattern of catching bass good early in the day and then it gets real slow as you get around the noon hour. We have been getting a lot of rain and the lake level is up over thirteen feet above sea level and I look for it to continue to rise for at least the next few weeks. With the water up at this level you can fish almost anywhere you want, but the fish are more out toward open water this time of the year.
I have been fishing out in open water as long as the wind isn’t blowing too hard and normally this time of the year the wind doesn’t blow that hard. Areas like the Cross, spoil islands, and the reefs will hold a lot of bass to catch till the sun gets up high in the sky and then you may need to move into the grass a little to finish out your morning. As of right now if you can find patches of pepper grass you will catch fish and there is a lot more pepper grass patches this year then last year. I have been fishing a swim jig with a Gambler Little EZ as a trailer and catching a good number of bass in and around the pepper grass. You can also throw a Gambler Ace stick bait and fish it slow in these same areas but I like to fish faster and the swim jig has been the ticket. Other areas to try are the West Wall, East Wall, around the lake end of Uncle Joe’s Cut, and the shoal. Wind is your friend in the summer here on Okeechobee and a nice five to ten mile an hour breeze will keep the fish biting and you cool while you are out on the water. The live bait bite on wild shiners has been a little slow but you can still catch a good number of bass if you get in the right spot, remember that in the summer the bass aren’t bunched up like they are in the winter months and you may have to move around quite a bit more to find them.
Remember with this hot summer sun in South Florida to drink plenty of water, use a good quality sunscreen, and just get out and enjoy time on the water with family and friends. I have a new product that I have been using and they are fingerless sun gloves to keep the sun from eating up your hands. They are all hand sewed and made right here in Florida, are SPF 50, and come in a variety of colors, check them out at www.tailintoads.com Now is a great time to book a morning trip on Lake Okeechobee and it is also a great time to start planning that winter vacation to South Florida and some of the best fishing in the country. Until next report good luck, tight lines, and I hope to see everyone on the water soon.
Captain Mark King is a full time guide and tournament angler guiding out of the world famous Roland Martin’s Marina and Resort in Clewiston Florida and also in the Florida Keys out of Marathon area. Mark is an IGFA Certified Captain, active member of the Florida Guide Association and the Florida Outdoor Writers Association. Captain Mark is sponsored by Ranger Boats, Evinrude Outboards, Roland Martin's Marine Center, Power-Pole, Minn Kota trolling motors, Gambler Lures, Mojo Sportsfishing, Smartshield Sun Protection Products, Moon Shine Attitude Attire, and Yeti coolers.
Mark can be contacted to book a guide trip, seminars, personal appearances, test rides in his Evinrude powered Ranger or to fish a tournament with him at 863-677-0983 or at www.markkingfishing.com and www.tarponinthekeys.com
Fishing Report Provided by - Todd Ochsenbine
Average: 3(1 vote)
| Water Temp:81-90 F | Clarity: Murky
Fish Caught | Lunker: using a
July 6, 2014
Went fishing today was pretty nice out..wish I could have got a few more but had a job to get done today.iIt was a little choppy but we still caught a few fish .I caught 3 .Todd caught 4 with one being a 6 pounder it was a decent day
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