What a crazy couple of months it has been. I hope that most of you were able to take this down time to better yourself in some way. I want to say thank you to all the volunteers, nurses, doctors, EMTs, firefighters and police officers around this country who have been putting in the long extra hours the last few months to keep all of use safe. Like most events around the country, the fishing tournaments have been cancelled and postponed. It allowed for time to get the kids out of the house and get them to experience some good fishing in the late spring time.
The bass fishing in Florida has been exceptional the last month or so. We received a much-needed downpour from Tropical Storm Cristobal that helped elevate our lakes and rivers and brought with it a significant amount of oxygen and nutrients into the system. The current in the rivers and tributaries has led to some great fishing. Targeting the current seams with moving baits in shad patterns have been the ticket for catching good numbers and size. Another good pattern has been fishing top waters in and around all the flooded shoreline vegetation. Natural bream colors and shad patterns have both been working up shallow.
As we progress into our hot dog days of summer, the fishing will inevitably slow down as the water temperatures rise. The feeding windows will be very short during the day and most of the feeding will take place at night. Fishing around submerged and sunken brush with large plastic worms will be a good way to target large fish feeding at night. Also finding underwater dock lights can be a lot of fun while fishing at night. I personally like throwing a top water around the dock lights.
However you go about your summertime fishing, remember to stay hydrated. Get the kids out there and teach them the joys of the outdoors.