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Updated: 07/23/2014 11:24:02AM

Gone fishin’

Big bass are biting now

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Mike Ingalls of Avon Park with his catch on Lake Placid.


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Good news for the fishermen looking to catch larger bass. Reports are that Lake Placid and Lake June are finally producing quality bass in the 7- to 9-pound range. Most of those fish are being caught in the mornings and early evenings. As the sun creeps up, start looking for the fish going to deeper water structure in the 18- to 25-foot depths. Look for either drop-offs or some type of grass in those depth ranges. Use Carolina or drop shot rigs, or 1/4-ounce and up shaky heads. Colors that are working best are green pumpkin, watermelon red, and June bug.

Lake Clay and Lake Francis are producing much better quality fish in the 3- to 4-pound range. Try fishing the shoreline in the early morning using water melon red, watermelon-colored flukes or a zara spook in shad pattern.

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