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December 2002

Central Florida
Champion Pro Guide Service

December 10, 2002

Lake Tohopekaliga - Bass Fishing on Lake Toho right now is great, Water levels are down about 2.5 feet from normal and we are getting some great fish. Just this last week our clients have caught 5 bass over 8 pounds. Check the Photo Album to see the latest additions. 

With the water level dropping, navigation is starting to be very tricky, the hydrilla is topped out all over the place. Fishing on the lake right now is just getting better daily. with all of the cold winds, the water temperature has dropped between 57 and 64 degrees, depending on the day, and the winds. The pattern that we are doing best with right now is fishing a Rattle Trap in Chrome/Blue on schooling fish in open water. We are fishing out in 5 to 6 feet of water, which is usually around toped hydrilla. Other artificial lures that are doing real good right now is the Zoom Super Fluke in Smokin Shad, A Black and Chrome Little George, A Carolina rigged 6 inch Black and Blue tail worm, and a White Spinerbait with gold tandem willow leaf blades. All of these are producing good results. We are even catching some Huge Crappie up to 15 inches long on the Rattle Traps. 

Of Course the very best thing that is producing a lot of the Trophy Bass right now is Large Wild Shiners. The bigger, the better. Some of the other fishermen on the lake are using smaller shiners, and catching some good numbers, but when you are using the Large stuff you get fewer fish, but when you get them, they count. As we get closer and closer to Christmas, and lower levels of water, I expect fishing to get even better. The State of Florida is making the fishing on the lake Catch and Release ONLY between January 1, and June 31, 2003. This means any Trophies caught between these times will have to be replicas. We are expecting to be very busy between now and the end of March. We have already taken quite a few reservations, so if you are planning to come down and want to get on the water, please call as far in advance as possible. 

Indian River, Mosquito Lagoon - Right now on the Saltwater side, fishing is doing good. There are schooling Mackerel and Blues just outside of Port Canaveral and Sebastian Inlet. Water temperatures are holding around 68 to 70 degrees near shore, and you can also find some big Reds and Tripletail to show up just out of Port Canaveral Buoy Lines. In the Indian River Lagoon area you can still find nice reds, and some large trout in real shallow water up until the water temperatures drop to fast. These big reds, and trout will be holding around sandy areas in the sun. Another thing that is getting ready to start happening is the Black Drum getting ready to spawn in the shallows. They should be moving in shallow about now getting ready, and tailing in the shallows around the Locks at Port Canaveral and the Banana River Heading for the No Motor Zone.

We want to wish Everyone a Safe and Happy Holiday Season this year and say we look forward to fishing with you all next year. Don't Forget we still have Gift Certificates that make great Holiday Gifts.

Capt. Tony Weatherman
Champion Pro Guide Services Central Florida
Toll Free: 1-888-715-7661

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