I vacationed in Florida, at Disney World with the family January 15-22, 2011 and managed to squeeze in some great fishing during the week.
I stayed on-property at a Disney World Resort Villa that was surrounded by several small lakes. I normally fished for an hour or two in the late afternoon and from 9:00PM to 11:00PM each night. Aside from some protective otters and a legendary alligator (which thankfully I never encountered), the fishing conditions were good. The temperature of the lake, just steps outside my hotel room, was about 60 degrees Fahrenheit and the temperature outside was in the 70â€™s during the day. During the evenings, the temperature would drop to the 50’s.
On the first day of fishing I got a few bites on my Rapala Clack-n-rap and my KIKO Fishing REEL KEEL but found the most effective method to trigger bites was to simply texas-rig a Gary Yamamoto Watermelon 5â€ Senko, cast it out, let in sink to the bottom, and retrieve very slowly with a pause every 10 seconds or so. During the week, in the lakes throughout the resort, I caught about a dozen bass ranging from 1 ½ to 3 ½ pounds.On January 18th, I took my 5 year old son and 11 year old daughter on a Disney Fishing Excursion with FLW Pro Eddie Scaturro and had a blast. In two hours, we caught about a dozen bass with the biggest being about 3 pounds. Eddie told us weâ€™d catch a lot more BASS if we had come a month later when the spawn is in full swing.
Now itâ€™s time to switch back to my ice fishing gear. Iâ€™m heading to Belwood Lake, near Fergus, Ontario this weekend in search of some monster Pike.