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#12279472 - 06/05/17 11:59 AM Where the big ones live...
Daddyof2 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 12/12/11
Posts: 586
Loc: Stephenville
Looking at booking a trip to Lake Okeechobee. When would be the best time and please suggest guides. Thanks!!

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#12280181 - 06/05/17 08:23 PM Re: Where the big ones live... [Re: Daddyof2]
Daddyof2 Offline
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Registered: 12/12/11
Posts: 586
Loc: Stephenville
No body has info?

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#12280198 - 06/05/17 08:35 PM Re: Where the big ones live... [Re: Daddyof2]
undercover Offline
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Registered: 01/07/08
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Loc: Humble
Ironically I spoke to a guy today in Houston who has fished Lake O a bunch and we were talking about planning a trip. He said that Dec and January are the best months. He lived in Florida for a time. I have never been but that is what he told me.
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#12280205 - 06/05/17 08:39 PM Re: Where the big ones live... [Re: Daddyof2]
huntfish45 Offline
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Registered: 10/01/16
Posts: 74
Loc: Aubrey, TX
I have never been, but my cousin and uncle just went there on a guided trip 2 months ago with Joey Berg. Had 3 over 7, biggest going 9.1.
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#12280247 - 06/05/17 09:11 PM Re: Where the big ones live... [Re: Daddyof2]
SteezMacQueen Online   sleepy
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Registered: 11/02/14
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Loc: Red Oak, Galveston, and Pagosa...
In my live well...that's where the big ones live.

I have no information about okechobee. Wish I did.

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#12280306 - 06/05/17 09:42 PM Re: Where the big ones live... [Re: Daddyof2]
bubbaque Offline
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Registered: 07/02/09
Posts: 264
Loc: texas/florida
Best time for okeechobee is December to March


Edited by bubbaque (06/05/17 09:42 PM)
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#12280442 - 06/05/17 11:49 PM Re: Where the big ones live... [Re: Daddyof2]
Daddyof2 Offline
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Registered: 12/12/11
Posts: 586
Loc: Stephenville
Thanks guys. This will probably be a one time deal, so I want to try different get it right. Lol

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#12280465 - 06/06/17 01:25 AM Re: Where the big ones live... [Re: Daddyof2]
Bobby Milam Online   content
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Registered: 07/13/14
Posts: 2962
Loc: Arlington
I went this spring and the day I picked had high wind and a cold front so fishing was terrible. Do research your guide well before hand

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#12280472 - 06/06/17 02:54 AM Re: Where the big ones live... [Re: Daddyof2]
Murder Phoenix Offline
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Registered: 03/17/17
Posts: 2
I recently moved from Florida last October, and here's what I can tell you about the Big O

December/January are great times to go, February to March is good as well but December/January is great (pre FLW and most major tourneys).

If you see a white PVC pole coming out of the water, there are cypress stumps around that would love to put a hole in your boat or rip off your lower unit.

You don't have to have a large boat to survive on the big O, but if the winds are blowing over 10MPH you'll wish you had a 21ftr. (we fished out of a phoenix 819 and had no issues with 20-25MPH winds)

If the wind is blowing bad (25MPH+) fish the outer rim aka Rim canals, their is always a population of fish there, but generally speaking, they are smaller quality wise.

Fish-Eating bay (North-West section of the lake) is a great place to start, VERY healthy population of fish there.

if your not around other boats, your probably in the wrong area. Not to say you won't catch fish, but that being said, if your struggling, look for other boats and that would be a good place to start.

Hydrilla, Hydrilla, Hydrilla. Go where the hydrilla is. Eel grass is good at times, especially if it's a transition from Hydrilla to Eel grass. Arrowheads are great too. Anywhere you have a mixture of Hydrilla and another form of vegetation hang on, it is always a great place to get a rod bent.

In the early hours fish high in the water column, fish are looking up, as the Sun gets higher gradually work deeper (in the water column, lets face it, that area is 3-6ft deep).

If it's overcast you can generally keep your moving baits higher in the water column, but keep in mind the sun/clouds will position the fish. If it's sunny you can almost call your spots, they will be in the thick stuff, and anywhere you find little open pockets, aka a grass edge you will get your rod bent. For example, a hydrilla bed with a circular opening netted me 10 fish in about 5 minutes last fall, the opening was about 10sqft.

Don't expect every fish to be a trophy, but there are trophy fish there, so when you set the hook, make it count.

Look for cleaner water, a lot of FL lakes are Tanish (coffee stained in color), but depending on the Veg and the Wind, certain areas will be fairly clear, and some will not. If you don't have atleast 5" of visibility, look somewhere else.

on the note above, if the area your fishing gets murked out through the day, you don't necessarily have to move, the fish are still there, you'll just have to be more thorough.

make sure you have a good GPS, it's easy to get lost in the tracts on that lake.

in the spring months, 4" swimbaits, chatterbaits, speedworms, and lipless crankbaits are good reactionary baits. Otherwise grab your favorite plastic of choice and flip away.

bring a good selection of tungsten weights and peg them according to your preference if your gonna flip. use only the weight necessary based on wind and vegetation penetration. In other words you don't always need a 1-2oz weight. Sometimes a 1/2oz is more than enough, and will catch you more fish based off the fall rate.

Don't just let your bait sink and then if nothing hits on the fall bring it in and flip another spot, actually slowly bring the bait to the surface of the structure your fishing and on a semi tight line, slowly drop the bait to the bottom, bring back to top, and the to bottom. If no bites, proceed to next spot. a lot of your fish will pull the bait down from the top of a mat.

Braid, Braid, Braid if your flipping

as far as guides go, I can't give you any references, I've always just went with my friends.

Good luck and I hope this helps.

Oh, the Big O is fairly remote, not a lot of civilization around the lake.

Josh

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#12280508 - 06/06/17 06:07 AM Re: Where the big ones live... [Re: Daddyof2]
cali kid Offline
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Registered: 02/16/07
Posts: 509
Murder Phoenix, That is one of the best lake write ups I have read.
It's only been 33 years since my trip to Okeechobee, it was in January
and of course we hit 30 something degree weather. Still had fun though.
I remember Roland Martin's marina had just a small store back then.

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#12280666 - 06/06/17 07:54 AM Re: Where the big ones live... [Re: cali kid]
krawlin 47 Offline
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Registered: 02/24/08
Posts: 16948
Loc: Sachse Texas
Originally Posted By: cali kid
Murder Phoenix, That is one of the best lake write ups I have read.
It's only been 33 years since my trip to Okeechobee, it was in January
and of course we hit 30 something degree weather. Still had fun though.
I remember Roland Martin's marina had just a small store back then.


I agree....I was going to say go to Stuart and fish salt water....after reading that I am ready to drive down there!

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#12280751 - 06/06/17 08:45 AM Re: Where the big ones live... [Re: Daddyof2]
Dr JL Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 01/01/11
Posts: 1529
Loc: Aledo, Texas
Hey Murder Phoenix, did you or your buddies sight fish?
If so, any information on that???
Thanks for the great report!-definitely makes me want to go!

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#12280991 - 06/06/17 10:59 AM Re: Where the big ones live... [Re: Daddyof2]
FlaNative Online   content
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Registered: 08/19/11
Posts: 636
Loc: Between Azle & Lake Worth
Murder Phoenix... that's quite a first post! Thanks for sharing! thumb
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#12281262 - 06/06/17 01:05 PM Re: Where the big ones live... [Re: Daddyof2]
redskeet100 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 12/17/08
Posts: 1986
I would say the big ones live one stump over from wherever I just flipped.

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#12281475 - 06/06/17 02:38 PM Re: Where the big ones live... [Re: Daddyof2]
Daddyof2 Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 12/12/11
Posts: 586
Loc: Stephenville
Awesome info Mudder!! I really appreciate all of the info! I'll sure be posting come January. Again..thanks!

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