The young man who first posed this question is now a proud member of the United States Marine Corps, but for the sake of his privacy we're not going to give you his email. We're personally blessed to have ever met him and he's in our prayers a lot. If you're reading this Michael, Semper Fi and stay safe. Those snookies are waiting patiently for you to come home.
This is a great time of year to fish shallow around the 26th of this month (new moon). Start looking for the bass to be bedding and spawning if the weather cooperates and stays warm. You will see them with your polarized glasses. So from about two days before the new moon start checking. Check each month 2 days before and after a new and full moon. Do this until around April. The bass are so aggressive at this time you can catch them on anything, so switch up.
For my go-to bait, it would be a lizard or creature bait, with the least amount of weight I could get away with. If you catch a male largemouth bass guarding the bed, you can bet the big female is somewhere in the area. When the male is taken away from the bed, the big 10-pound females will slowly swim up to it and guard it. So keep an eye out for that. Remember to check the bank area out to about 10 feet, out where the beds are just cleared, sandy-looking areas. I attached a photo of what they look like. You will see the bass at the edge of the bed or in the center. Sometimes the beds are only a few inches wide, so look thoroughly.
My favorite color is anything in blue or purple, or mixed. But any color will work. Keep the bait in the bed as long as possible -- they might swim away but they will come back to remove the bait. You can actually watch them flare up their gills and get mad, then inhale the bait. Pretty exciting to watch. I hope to do some more bass fishing myself on fly. Michael, when I think of The Online Fisherman, I think of you! The entire fishing community of Florida knows you are one heck of a great young fisherman. Keep working hard in school. Getting good grades is important! We will be having more fishing events at The Online Fisherman. I hope to see you at one!
Captain David M Rieumont
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