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Lake Okeechobee #12587184
01/20/18 03:23 PM
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I will be in Ft Meyers Fl on business the middle of February. Thinking about staying over a few days and fish Okeechobee. Never been on lake and looking for advice on places to stay, guide, etc. Thanks for any input provided!

Re: Lake Okeechobee [Re: RangerPaul] #12587202
01/20/18 03:33 PM
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Roland & Mary Ann Martin's Marina. Wide variety of lodging, good guides, good food, and good drink all in one location.


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Re: Lake Okeechobee [Re: Sooner Claus] #12588162
01/21/18 02:09 PM
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Thanks Claus! Looks like a great option.

Paul

Re: Lake Okeechobee [Re: RangerPaul] #12588368
01/21/18 05:19 PM
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Steve Daniel is who I used and he will keep you on the fish.

Re: Lake Okeechobee [Re: andy52887] #12593057
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I would fish middle west and up to Kissimmee River. Wind mostly from north muddies up south side. Fisheating creek is a great place to start.


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Re: Lake Okeechobee [Re: RangerPaul] #12593184
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Retired B.A.S.S. Pro Tom Mann Jr. is guiding out of Rolands as well. He stays on fish and will do either shiners or artificial. Great guy!

Re: Lake Okeechobee [Re: RangerPaul] #12593306
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Hurricane changed alot of big o. Not the same lake right now. High muddy water.

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They have killed off most of the grass in the lake. There’s a OG thread on BBC talking bout how poor fishing has been


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Re: Lake Okeechobee [Re: RangerPaul] #12594133
01/25/18 12:01 AM
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It's a further drive but I would consider Lake Toho. Iv'e been several times in February and March and have caught DD just about every time. I have contact info for a few guides if you're interested.

Re: Lake Okeechobee [Re: RangerPaul] #12594269
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I fished Okeechobee with a guide out of Roland & Mary Ann Martin's marina last week on the 16th. As stated above lodging and food are good. Fishing was tough and the guide didn't put much effort into our trip. The shiner bite was terrible. Three fish in three hours. Spent the rest of the day with a Texas rig and managed ten small fish. There is clean water in certain sections of the lake and not much grass. Maybe things will improve in the next few weeks.

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Originally Posted By: big topwater13
I fished Okeechobee with a guide out of Roland & Mary Ann Martin's marina last week on the 16th. As stated above lodging and food are good. Fishing was tough and the guide didn't put much effort into our trip. The shiner bite was terrible. Three fish in three hours. Spent the rest of the day with a Texas rig and managed ten small fish. There is clean water in certain sections of the lake and not much grass. Maybe things will improve in the next few weeks.

With father and son fishing the tour event there this weekend, I’m sure the juice has been off limits for customers for a while now.

Re: Lake Okeechobee [Re: big topwater13] #12594358
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Originally Posted By: big topwater13
I fished Okeechobee with a guide out of Roland & Mary Ann Martin's marina last week on the 16th. As stated above lodging and food are good. Fishing was tough and the guide didn't put much effort into our trip. The shiner bite was terrible. Three fish in three hours. Spent the rest of the day with a Texas rig and managed ten small fish. There is clean water in certain sections of the lake and not much grass. Maybe things will improve in the next few weeks.


I had the opportunity to fish it last year. From what I gathered, all the guides work for Roland Martins Marina. When the trip was over, he couldn't accept my payment. I had to pay the gift shop in the marina. They seem to be big on the shiners there. He tried everything that he could do to talk me into buying them when booking the trip and then when I arrived for it. I guess they make a commission off of selling the shiners or something. I think we had around 3 bites all day and he cut it short because fishing was so bad. We had the choice of fishing a swim jig that he picked and that was all. No other baits and no other colors. It was a pretty disappointing trip. Be sure to get recommendations on a good guide.

Re: Lake Okeechobee [Re: RangerPaul] #12594384
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The guides I know will recommend shiners also for Lake Toho for the best shot at a giant fish. I'm looking to fish there in the Spring when the topwater bite will be good. I fished the Big O with a guide in 2015 and didn't catch many and they were 3-5lbers. Same week fished Toho and caught a 10lber along with some 4-8's.

Re: Lake Okeechobee [Re: RangerPaul] #12594562
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Look up Kyle Monti. I took him out last year in April and he knows the lake well. Young guy that just qualified for the 2018 elites.

Re: Lake Okeechobee [Re: Bobby Milam] #12595782
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LOL, We must have had the same guy. First rod out of the box was a swim jig and then a Texas rig. After a couple hours of that I suggested some other options. All he said was I like your way of thinking and never gave us the option to try anything else. Our trip to the Big O was very disappointing as well. It was a birthday present from our wives as we both turned 60 this month.

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