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Bass live long and feed a lot

Posted on May 22, 2015 at 1:40 pm

J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber While nothing beats the excitement of catching a large bass, did you ever wonder how old that trophy fish was and how it got so large? That question came to mind the other day, when I asked a young man fishing on a small pond whether he was catching anything and he proudly displayed a bass that easily topped 5 pounds. That prompted me

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  • Bad fishing but good stories

    Posted on May 15, 2015 at 1:30 pm

     J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber It may not be true for all the anglers out there, but I have found action to be incredibly slow on the bass front lately. And by slow, I mean non-existent.  Living on Fish Lake, I often go out in the back yard and flip a worm for 30 or 45 minutes after work. I went out every night for 10 consecutive days without

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  • Spring is a good time to land cobia

    Posted on May 1, 2015 at 12:49 pm

     J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber From early March to mid-May, a lot of Central Florida saltwater anglers turn their attention to cobia fishing. Cobia is a species of perciform marine fish.  It has an elongated spindle-shaped body and a broad, flattened head. The eyes are small and the lower jaw projects slightly past the upper. Fibrous villiform teeth line the jaws, the tongue, and the roof of the mouth.

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  • Under the Bobber – Small bass are biting

    Posted on April 10, 2015 at 11:43 am

    By J. Daniel Pearson For the News-Gazette Lots of small bass The last couple of weeks have been interesting on the local fishing front.  Seems like every report I have read from local guides – as well as some personal experience – have all pretty much sounded the exactly the same.  Anglers are catching a lot of bass but there are few reports of large fish being caught. Last week

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  • Hot weather brings good fishing

    Posted on March 27, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber EPA proposes hunting, fishing equipment bill Local sportsman may want to pay attention to a proposed federal law called the Hunting, Fishing and Recreational Shooting Protection Act (S.1505).  Essentially, this proposed piece of legislation would prohibit the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) from making additional stringent rules regarding the use of lead in hunting and fishing equipment.    U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) is one of

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  • On Gators and fishing from banks

    Posted on March 20, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber Alligator Redux Gerry Frawley, a loyal “Bobber” reader, dropped me a note about our alligator column from a few weeks ago and made some excellent points.   First, he correctly noted the column was not totally clear about how an alligator is designated as a “nuisance” gator. Simply calling the Florida Wildlife Commission does not result in a nuisance tag automatically being placed on an

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  • Professional anglers try to hook students with science and math

    Posted on March 11, 2015 at 3:20 pm

    News-Gazette Photo/Ken Jackson
FLW pro angler Pete Ponds of Madison, Miss., explains the features of his bass fishing boat and how they help him compete on the pro fishing circuit at a presentation March 10 at Reedy Creek Elementary School.

    By Ken Jackson Staff Writer The stress for the fisherman competing in the Walmart FLW Tour’s inaugural 2015 event last week on Lake Tohopekaliga began on March 5, when the horn sounded to begin the event. They spent the earlier part of the week scouring the Kissimmee chain of lakes, renowned worldwide for its bass fishing, for the best spots. So a chance to de-stress and have some fun on

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  • FLW pro Casey Martin on scouting

    Posted on March 4, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson Under the Bobber “We’re not talking about a game, we are talking about practice.  How silly is that?  We’re not talking about the game, we’re talking about practice.” Almost 13 years ago, former NBA superstar Allen Iverson’s rant about practice and its overall importance to the big picture went viral.   And while Iverson did concede practice was necessary, he downplayed its importance. Few, if any, of the

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  • FLW tour event hits Lake Toho

    Posted on February 27, 2015 at 1:30 pm

    J. Daniel Pearson For the Gazette Bass fishing events – both on and off the water – will be at a frenzy pace during the next two weeks as two tournaments and a host of related activities are coming to Osceola County. The action starts today with the Florida High School Fishing Championship at Lake Toho.  The championship is a two-person team event for students in grades 9-12. Teams fish

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