David Douglass is "The Highlands Bass Angler" and has been guiding bass anglers since 2005 on lakes in Central Florida from Kissimmee to Okeechobee. He writes a fishing column for the Highlands News Sun newspaper in Highlands County Florida. Articles are published Sunday and Wednesday, see Fishing Forecast tab.
Date Last Updated: 2-21-2018
1736 trips - on over 25 lakes since 2005
Bass 10+ lbs. 90 (26" by 18"or larger)
Bass 8-9: 422 (24"-25 15/16")
Largest Bass: 15.5 lbs. (28" by 22")
Bass 10+ lbs. 2013: 20
Bass 10+ lbs. 2014 & 16: 20
Bass 10+ lbs. 2017: 8
Bass over 4 lbs. have been entered in an Excel Spreadsheet, with 13 data points relating to the fish characteristics, sun and moon factors, weather factors, catch conditions, and location co-ordinance and characteristics.
Individual customized bass fishing lessons are available on any lakes listed below. From the levels of beginner to tournament fishermen, Dave will work with you to accurately 'map-out' your favorite lake. You'll learn the habitat and best techniques to successfully fish for the infamous trophy Florida Largemouth Bass.
Since 2004 Dave has been averaging 250 days on the water annually. Give him a call today and start learning what it takes to boat double-digit weight bass on a regular and consistent basis.
Istokpoga, Toho-West, Okeechobee, Kissimmee, Hatchineha, Walk-in-Water, Crooked, June, Placid, Josephine, Reedy, Jackson (Highlands County), Sebring, Arbuckle, Clay, East Toho, Apthorpe, Clinch, Tiger, Cypress, and Avon Park Lakes (ordered according to time spent yearly).
Contact Info: Cell - 863-381-8474 - Emails, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Fishing License Click Here Phone, 888-FISH-FLORIDA (888-347-4356)
This 27 3/4 inch Bass was barely hooked. Because the net was properly waiting before she got to the side of the boat, she swam directly into the net mistaking it for a 'dark cover area' to hide in. Once we turned the net to bring her aboard, she battled back to escape the net. She was bass number 56 of my career total double-digit pound bass.
'Fishing Help' - Info and Links
The sun causes four seasons in 365 days and the moon causes four phases every 28 days, and this celestial combination creates atmospheric pressure pattern changes weekly and daily.
Solunar and/or Astro Charts and Graphs use different algorthyms to achieve their results. Some place more importance on new and full moon phases than lunar orbit perigee and apogee, and moonrise and moonset influences. For this reason the results can be as much as two hours different for the same day in the same geographical area.
However, if you compare the different source-results, you'll see that they place the 'feed times' either before, after, or centered on the four lunar events; the moon rise and set, and moon overhead and underfoot periods.
How I arrive at my published "Major and Minor Feeding Migrations" is by consulting my own Excel Spreadsheet history, then plug-in the current weather and lunar factors forecasted by the National Weather Service and then compare those results against the available 'fishing time' sources on the internet and in publication.
Here are the 'Solar and Lunar Times' links I find useful:
1. Bassmaster - Rick Taylor's Chart
2. In-Fisherman - Solunar Calendar **
3. Lake-Link - Moon Chart
4. Solunar Forecast & Predictions -chart on the right **
NOTE: **zip code area adjusted times
'Regional Atmospheric Pressure Change' is caused by the interaction of the moon and sun's physical effects on the atmospheric weather patterns. When atmospheric pressure changes, fish 'adjust' their positions of comfort, up with increasing-pressure or down with decreasing-pressure, within the water column depending on the amount of pressure change occurring.
Click on these links to access real time atmospheric pressure data
1. Unisys Weather - Atmospheric Pressure Plot - USA (12 hours past barometric pressure plot)
2. Air Sports Net - Florida Atmospheric Pressure Live Data (State regional live readings)
3. NOAA Satelite - Gulf or Mexico States (When maps loads, check boxes 'MSLP' and 'Fronts')
Knowing the Sun, Moon, and Weather Factors combined with Lake Contour Data is essential to knowing what days of the month, what times of the day, and what areas of the lake, to best catch fish.