As you anglers know, it is summer time. Being on the water and in the sun from safe light to 3 p.m. is rough. With this heat comes hotter water temperatures. Lake Toho has been averaging 89 to 93 degrees. If you are fishing tournaments you know the importance of keeping your 5 alive! Take time to check your live wells so you don’t face a penalty at the scales for a dead fish. Remember, this is your catch’s home out of the water until you safely release them. Back in the old days, boats were not equipped with live wells and anglers had to use a stringer over the side of the boat to hold their bass. Familiarize yourself with the water volume and know how many gallons it holds. The more water, the better. Pay attention to whether the live well has sufficient depth for the fish to occupy without overcrowding. Overcrowded live wells can cause stress and injuries. Fish need to remain upright instead of lying on their sides. If you have a shallow live well, remember when you are bouncing in the boat running across the lake, so are the fish. Check your aerating system to see if it is operating properly throughout the day. You should have a filling pump for fresh water and a recirculating pump. Check the pipes and plumbing to the live well too. The tubing can clog. And last, check the exposed fiberglass areas for any roughness and buff down any spots to avoid harming the fish.
The Florida Bass Cat Owners held a two-day tournament on Lake Toho in Kissimmee last weekend. A total of 193 bass weighing 479 pounds was brought to the scales. And out of those fish only seven were deceased. Again, maintain the live wells. Coming in first place was the team of Thadeus Ragan and Rachel Gertz with 37.89 pounds. Second went to Mike Sikes and Mikey Sikes with 33.75 pounds and in third was Nick Tidwell and Joe O’Connell with their 32.88 pounds.
Toho Marine Wednesday Night Shootout results from June 14: First place, Shelton and Steve, 19.01 pounds; second place, Kirt and Mike, 15.90 pounds; and third place, Butch and Austin, 14.85 pounds.
Toho Marine Wednesday Night Shootout results from June 21: First place, Mark and Charlie with 18 pounds; second place, Butch and Austin, with 16.17 pounds; and third place, Kirt and Mike, with 12.56 pounds.
The Mosquito Lagoon report with Brian Pounds of Southern Fishing Charters: The Southern Lagoon has been excellent for big schools of slot and oversized redfish, trout and juvenile tarpon. First light we are looking for flats and ledges with massive finger mullet pods. Best baits are the Saltwater Assassin 4-inch paddle tails in a black back silver belly and mirrolure lil john in a molten color. Late morning when the winds pick up a bit we are soaking cut mullet on pinfish in large sand holes surrounded by a lot of grass bottom.
As always, have a great weekend. The first one of July!! Be safe on the water if boating for the Fourth of July holiday. Tight Lines!