Dean Herdman

Another Trip Around the Sun

Once again we mark another years passing with renewed hopes that this next year will be better than the last. For many that will not be hard to achieve as 2009 was not exactly a year to remember. Economic woes, health care debates, war on terrorism continued, etc. there is a whole host of things to be bothered by out there. My small piece of advice to anyone who cares is to be sure to take time to relax and enjoy life's simpler pleasures. Appreciate nature more, get out and enjoy life before it passes you by. Have no regrets.

That being said I encourage any of you who have been contemplating a guided fishing trip to go ahead and book your date now. I still have a number of available days for you and yours to get out there and catch some nice bass. Florida winter weather is upon us but for most of you that means NICE. The arrival of cold fronts have brought the water temps down to the high 50's and those brisk and breezy bluebird days following the front can make the fishing a bit difficult. Nevertheless, it is still nicer here than most anywhere else in the country. They don't call it the Sunshine state for nothing you know.

Last week brought a mixed bag of fishing conditions. In general I would sum it up as challenging. The cooler temps and NW winds tended to slow the bite and limit the fishable areas but as the temps warmed and wind direction changed the prespawn conditions improved. Wild shiner live bait seemed to be working best as I witnessed a number of good size bass, 5lbs. and better fought to submission in the SE corner of the impoundment. Artificial bait catches were less active but a few fish did fall prey to plastic worms and the spinnerbait bite worked in the windier conditions. The baitfishes are plentiful and the bass are fattening in preparation for spawning so with some patience and a bit of favorable weather you will catch some nice fish.

I have high hopes for some double digit bass this year. A 10 in 10 so to speak and you can help me reach that goal, please contact me by e-mail to ask questions or arrange a date to fish. Best of luck to you in 2010 and I hope to see you at the Stick Marsh.

Fish Species: Largemouth Bass
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Dean Herdman

About The Author: Captain Dean Herdman

Company: Bass Professional Guide Service

Area Reporting: Stick Marsh Farm 13

Bio: Over the past two decades, it has been my pleasure to make the bass fishing dreams of families and anglers all over the world come true when they've come to the world famous Stick Marsh & Farm 13. Over the years, I've caught, and helped my clients catch, over a thousand bass weighing over 10 pounds. I'm grateful for the success my guide service has enjoyed, and I'm now grateful for the opportunity to retire and transfer my business to another incredible fisherman. As of August 3, Dean Herdman, a U.S.C.G. licensed Captain and a knowledgeable and avid bass fisherman, has become the new owner and master guide at Bass Professional Guide Service/ I'm confident that his skills and expertise will help bring new and existing clients the same great fishing experiences for years to come.

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