Location

FL
United States
26° 55' 28.2684" N, 80° 48' 25.884" W

Fishing Reports

Fishing Report Provided by Capt. Mark King - Capt. Mark King
Rating:
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
| Water Temp:71-80 F | Clarity: Clear
Fish Caught | Lunker: using a
Fishing Report
September 9, 2014
September is here on Lake Okeechobee and it has been hot and rainy but the bass are still biting pretty good. With the water level still around fourteen and a half feet above sea level we have plenty of water to fish anywhere we want to. I have been fishing everywhere from out in open water to back in the grass and the fish seem to be everywhere but they are scattered. Morning bite is still the deal if you want to catch them and as the day goes on the bite slows down. I have been throwing Gambler EZ Swimmers across the top of the pepper grass patches and around reed heads on the shoal to start the day and then move out to some of the offshore grass patches and do the same till the sun gets up high in the sky. Then I move back in the grass and start pitching a Gambler Why Not to the reed heads and thicker cover. I have been pitching the Why Not with a ½ ounce weight and it seems to be just the right size for now to get through any grass and thicker vegetation. While offshore fishing be sure and have a lipless crankbait, jerkbait, and topwater lure rigged for when you see bass come up chasing bait. This can be some great action but usually does not last to long. I have been fishing a lot of different areas trying to find that best spot and haven’t found it yet. We haven’t had much wind on the lake so we can fish about anywhere that you want to. I have been fishing on the shoal, West Wall, Cross Island, around the lake end of Uncle Joe’s Cut, the Football Field, and the rim canal with good success on any given day. The pepper grass patches are growing almost everywhere on the lake and not every one holds fish but they are a great starting point to find fish. You will be able to tell the better pepper grass patches by the bass chasing bait around in them. Our season will be here in about a month here on Lake Okeechobee for some of the best fishing in the United States, we just need it to start cooling off a little bit. I look for this fall, winter, and spring to be even better then it was last year so if fishing Lake Okeechobee has been on your bucket list then now is the time to make it happen. You will want to book a trip early as the calendar is starting to fill up quick but I will always try and accommodate everyone if I can. I will also be booking hog hunting trips this year along with the bass fishing; I have an outfitter that will put you on a hog at an affordable price for the whole family. We can set you up to hunt in the morning and fish the afternoon or any combo that works for you. I am looking forward to a great season and can’t wait to fish with old friends and meet some new ones. Good luck, tight lines, and I hope to see everyone on the water soon.
Catch Report
CatchSpeciesLure/BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (inches)
1Largemouth BassSwim BaitGambler
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Fishing Report Provided by Capt. Mark King - Capt. Mark King
Rating:
4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
| Water Temp:81-90 F | Clarity: Clear
Fish Caught | Lunker: using a
Fishing Report
August 21, 2014
The dog days of summer are upon us here in South Florida but the fishing has still been pretty good. You want to get out pretty early and capitalize on the cool morning as this is the best fishing of the day. As the sun gets up high in the sky the bite slows down and the sweat starts to pour it is time to get off the water and find a nice cool spot. I recommend four hour charters this time of the year and for the most part that is about how long the bass bite in the morning. The water level here on Okeechobee is up over fourteen and a half feet above sea level and that is a little high for this time of the year but has had no negative effects on catching fish. I have been starting the morning out throwing a Gambler EZ Swimmer across the top of pepper grass patches and have been catching good numbers of bass. And as the sun gets up I will start throwing a Gambler Ace in these same pepper grass patches and working it real slow, when you think you are fishing it slow just slow down even more. I have also had a little success pitching the reed heads around these pepper grass patches. You will want to get out as early as possible to have a better chance at catching these bass before it gets to hot. The live bait bite on wild shiners has been slow as it usually is this time of the year, not to say that you won’t catch some bass but you will usually have to move around a lot. I recommend artificial lures for the hot summer months here on Lake Okeechobee. Now is the time to start thinking about booking that bass fishing trip of a lifetime to Lake Okeechobee, from mid October till May is the prime time to be here to catch the big ones. After the first of the year dates fill up quick so don’t wait. As the water starts to cool the bass start to move back toward the grass following bait and getting ready to spawn the success rate on catching big bass really increases. Be sure and drinks lots of water and use a good sunscreen product this time of the year on Okeechobee and get out and enjoy some time on the water with family and friends. 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
Catch Report
CatchSpeciesLure/BaitBrandWeight (lb)Length (inches)
1Largemouth BassSwim BaitGambler
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