Professional Angler and U.S.C.G. Licensed Captain on Lake Okeechobee, Florida.

 Guiding on Lake Okeechobee

 

Lake Okeechobee Professional Guide Service:

 

Professional Guide, Angie Douthit, when not traveling on Tour,

she is guiding anglers on the waters of Lake Okeechobee. World famous for the quality of the bass fishing, Okeechobee is an expanse  of water covering 735 square miles.  When most anglers see this small ocean for the first time, they are immediately notice that it all looks the same. Needless to say, that is not true in the case of the huge bass that ply the waters in search of golden shiners or other baits. The fish select certain areas of the lake, based on season and weather conditions. In order to have the trip of a lifetime, a professional guide can save you days of wandering around just looking for that secret area.

 

Angie loves the sport of bass fishing and even more, loves to help others to learn how much fun it can be. Whether its artificial lures or live-bait used, Angie will see to it that you have a great day on the water. Check out these happy clients.

 

 

Contact Information

Captain Angie Douthit's Telephone: 


Cell:
863-228-7263


E-mail Captain Angie here:

angie@southfloridabassfishing.com

 

 

 

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by Captain Angie Douthit

Check out Capt. Angie's monthly Lake Okeechobee fishing report in the "Tampa Tribune" and Coastal Angler (Central/Southern) area

 

Lake Okeechobee fishing report, August 2014

by Capt. Angie Douthit

 

Fishing Okeechobee during the summer offers Angler’s a multitude of ways to catch great quality bass.  Fishing shallow in the morning in and around the grass edges with swim baits, swim jigs, horny toads mixed with some hard top water lures thrown in the pockets and points of grass can generate some really fun top water action.  Taking your time by fishing every open hole and etc can be rewarded with a huge bass strike.  Keep your flipping/pitching rod handy to fish the isolated reed/grass clumps in-between these areas as you go along.  This style of fishing offers us the opportunity to keep in practice with a variety of techniques and it’s Fun for my guide Clients!!  .  When the sun reaches higher in the sky, try moving off into deeper water areas such as the rim ditch, canals and deeper water impressions out in the lake and slow down your fishing style by reaching for a finesse worm rigged with a smaller weight, concentrating on some isolated grass areas on the bottom.  This style of bass fishing requires patience but it can be very rewarding.   As with this time of year, please be cautious of the afternoon thunderstorms and heavy rains.  Catching bass when they’re biting well is wonderful but not worth the risk when you hear thunder and see lightning when you’re out on the water!!   Places to try:  point of Kreamer Island and Norman’s Channel area; long point; both sides of Rita Island; some places on the East/West wall; parts of the Shoal and North shore; King’s bar and J&S.  To contact Capt. Angie for your next fun-filled day on the water call 863-228-7263 or email me at angie@southfloridabassfishing.com  and be sure to check out my website www.southfloridabassfishing.com   Capt. Angie’s sponsors include: Power Pole; Navionics; Gene Larew; Bullet weights; Rapala; MegaStrike and East Texas Big Bass Lures.

 

 

 

 

 

Fishing report for July 2014

submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit

 

Despite South Florida’s typical weather pattern of almost daily afternoon showers and having to dodge some afternoon lightning and thunder at times, fishing on the big “O” has been very good catching both numbers and nice-size quality bass.  The bream bite is in full swing and is fishing great on certain areas of the lake.  Lures for bass to try are:  Senkos; frogs; swim baits, flipping/pitching creature-style lures and some hard top-water lures.  Bream fishing ?  Small red-wiggler worms and/or crickets work best, rigged on ultra-light spinning tackle provides a lot of fun.  Areas to try on the South-end are: tip of Kreamer Island; parts of Pelican Bay, Grassy, Rita Island and the Shoal.  On the North-end:  Monkey box area; Dyess Ditch, Horse/Bird Island; parts of Kings Bar and Tin house.  To book Capt. Angie for your next fishing adventure and fun-filled day on Lake Okeechobee, call  863-228-7263 or send an email to angie@southfloridabassfishing.com or check out her website www.southfloridabassfishing.com   Angie’s Sponsors include:  Gene Larew soft plastics, Mega Strike, Real Magic, Bullet weights, Navionics and Rapala.

 

 

June, 2014 fishing report for Lake Okeechobee,

 by Capt. Angie Douthit of Okeechobee, Fla.

 

Both the bass and bream bite has been pretty steady with numbers and size.  I’m catching some big bluegills off the beds and at times mixed in with some shell crackers (red-ears) but for the most part the red-ears have been on the smaller size but as we ease into June and the few months to follow is when the bigger ones will be more prominent as they move in/out to spawn with the full/new moon phases.  Catching pan fish can be a lot of fun, it’s the time of year that you can brush off the dust on your ultra-light tackle/gear and head out to the big O and catch some good eating fish for dinner.  Bass fishing has been pretty steady despite the abnormal hotter temperatures for this time of year but then again, this whole season (weather-wise) has been all over the board but still, the big “O” still produces both big bass and the numbers for a very-productive day on the water.  This time of year, a multitude of successful ways of catching bass can range from finesse-style fishing to deep water crank baits in the canals and Kissimmee river, all depends on what works best for your style of fishing.  For your next fishing day out on the big “O” you may to have rigged up and ready are: Frogs; swim baits/swim jigs; top-water (soft/hard) body style; big worms; flipping style baits; shallow/deep running crank baits.  Contact Angie for your next fun-filled day on the water call 863-228-7263 or email me at angie@southfloridabassfishing.com  and be sure to check out my website www.southfloridabassfishing.com   Capt. Angie’s sponsors include: Power Pole; Navionics; Gene Larew; Bullet weights; Rapala; MegaStrike and East Texas Big Bass Lures.

 

 

 

Fishing report for Lake Okeechobee

by Capt. Angie Douthit, May 2014

Fishing in the month of May has always been one of my favorite months of the year to fish the big O for several reasons.  It offers bass anglers a variety of ways to catch them ranging from top water lures all the way down to finesse-style fishing and it marks the beginning of the bream bite catching them using ultra-light tackle rigged with a small red worm and/or crickets, making it a fun-family time to fish and experience Lake Okeechobee.  Areas to check for bass and bream are: North-shore area; King’s bar; 1st-4th point areas; Bird Island; parts of Observation Shoal; Kreamer and Rita Island areas and both East/West wall.  Lures for bass have been swim baits; worms; senkos; top water; frogs; flipping style baits and some spinner baits along the grass edges.  If you’re wanting to fish for both bass and bream when booking a full-day guide trip, that’s not a problem, we can fish for both.  I also give a discounted rate for one-person trips as well as multiple boat trips/days as well, just inquiry at the time of booking.  To contact Capt. Angie for your next fun-filled day on the water call 863-228-7263 or email me at angie@southfloridabassfishing.com  and be sure to check out my website www.southfloridabassfishing.com   Capt. Angie’s sponsors include: Power Pole; Navionics; Gene Larew; Bullet weights; Rapala; MegaStrike and East Texas Big Bass Lures.

 

 

 

Fishing Lake Okeechobee submitted

by Capt. Angie Douthit April, 2014

If you’re wanting to fish Lake Okeechobee for crappie, now is the time to book your guided fishing trip.    Yes, the crappie are still biting, but has almost come to a close for the season.  The bigger ones are being caught by jigging in/around thick mats, clumps of grass and grass edges of certain parts of the big O.  Typically April is a good time of year to start fishing for Bream which offers some exciting and fun time on the water for the whole Family to enjoy.  The bass fishing has remained really good despite the crazy weather of late fishing with live-bait and artificial lures.  When asked by clients “what is my favorite time of year to fish the big O” I tell them that the month of May has always been my favorite and here are a few reasons why:  Typically the weather is pretty much stable.  We don’t normally have a whole lot of very windy days, it’s not real hot (temperature wise) like the summer months can be; the bream are bedding and some bass that are late spawners are still on/around the bed.  If you like throwing hard top water lures for bass a great one to use is the East Texas Big Bass lure (similar to the Devil’s horse).  Nothing is more exciting than watching a big Ol’e bass crush a top water lure!  If it’s not top water I’m throwing next would be a big worm or a senko for example Gene Larew’s 13” El Salto worm and Mega Strikes 5” mega stick.  May is a great month to flip/pitch a jig…black/blue color works well.  A good frog and swim jig bite can be had as well.  In early mornings, working rattle trap and spinner bait along grass edges will work.  Soon we’ll be into the hot temperatures of the summer months, so book your trip soon.  Capt. Angie can be contacted by email angie@southfloridabassfishing.com  or through her website www.southfloridabassfishing.com or by phone 863-228-7263.  Discounts available for both one-person trips and multiple days.  Angie’s sponsors are: Mega Strike; Real Magic; East Texas Big Bass Lures; Bullet weights; Gene Larew; Rapala and Power Pole and Navionics

 

Fishing report for Lake Okeechobee

by Capt. Angie Douthit, March, 2014

Fishing on Lake Okeechobee for both bass and crappie has been great despite Mother Nature giving us a “Mixed-Bag” of weather conditions thus far.  The crappie bite is still on but time is running out, so book your trip now.  Bass fishing has been nothing short of awesome catching both numbers and big ones.  The bigger bass are being caught a variety of ways ranging from flipping to swim baits.  Lures that have been working are the swim bait style lures such as a swim jig; swim bait; chatter bait and spinner baits and worms; senkos and creature style flipping/pitching lures sticking.  When throwing plastics stick with your basic color patterns…nothing special such as junebug; redbug; green-pumpkin and black/blue. Shiner fishing has been producing some really fun and exciting days.  A lot of my Clients that I take out fishing will start with live-bait then finish up the day throwing artificial lures.  This allows my Clients some variety and provides a lot of fun and some laughs.  To book Capt. Angie as your Professional guide call 863-228-7263 or send an email to angie@southfloridabassfishing.com.  She can be found on Facebook and LinkedIn.  Capt. Angie can accommodate groups, providing more than one bass boat and discounts available for one-person trips and multiple days.

 

 

 

Fishing report for Lake Okeechobee

 by Capt. Angie Douthit, Feb., 2014

Fishing on Lake Okeechobee the past month of January was definitely a roller coaster ride fishing in a variety of weather conditions ranging from wind; rain; low temps; high temps; rain and sun.  This type of changing weather patterns can make for tougher days on the water.  When this happens you can do a few things that will help you to have a better productive day on the water by down-sizing on lures and fishing slower, capitalizing/looking for mats, thicker clumps of grass, reeds and hydrilla.  An effect way of fishing can be flipping/pitching into these areas using a creature-style lure or a senko. Swim baits/jigs and slow working a worm has been effect as well.  Ripping a rattle trap through sparse grass/hydrilla has been producing a good reaction bite.  Crappie fishing has been really good especially for those of you who can jig in the thick vegetation such as flat reeds mixed with Kissimmee grass.  Some days you’ll give catch a limit of 25, some days not but the size of the crappie has been bigger vs. those who have been slow trolling or drift fishing with minnows out in the open water and/or fishing along the grass edges.  Areas to try for bass are North-shore which include the Monkey Box/Bird Island area(s); some areas of Observation Shoal; behind Kreamer Island (corn fields); parts of Rita Island; Kings Bar and J&S.  To book Capt. Angie as your Professional Guide/Captain on Lake Okeechobee call 863-228-7263 or send an email to angie@southfloridabassfishing.com. or check out my website www.southfloridabassfishing.com Arrangements can be made for groups.


 

 

Fishing report for Lake Okeechobee by Capt. Angie, December, 2013

Fishing for both bass and crappie on Lake Okeechobee has been good and should continue to get better as we ease on into the winter months here on the big O.  The crappie have started spawning and will continue on through the next few months so if you’ve never fished on Okeechobee for crappie now is the time to book your trip.  Several ways to catch them are: Trolling/Drifting out in open water on certain areas of the lake fishing with live-minnows is the preferred method but beetle spins and jigging will catch them too.   After the sun reaches higher in the sky, I move to the matted vegetation, using a small round jig head tipped with a small plastic minnow type lure or grub.  Colors for plastics used when jigging for crappie will vary and depends greatly on the water color.  Areas to try for Crappie can be: Observation Shoal; parts of the Monkey box and Dupree Bar; North-Shore; parts of J&S; around both Kreamer and Rita Islands.  Areas to try for bass fishing are pretty much the same areas as for Crappie.  Lures to try for bass have been: Top water (hard/soft baits both) such as frogs, toads, spooks and etc.  Colors for plastic lures have been June bug, Red Shad, Green Pumpkin, Okeechobee Craw (Gene Larew lures), Watermelon-Red and at sometimes Black.  Flipping lures to use would be a jig, craw, tube, and straight tail worms and senkos.   To book Capt. Angie for your next fishing adventure and fun-filled day fishing Lake Okeechobee, call 863-228-7263.  Email Capt. Angie angie@southfloridabassfishing.com or check out my website www.southfloridabassfishing.com   Angie’s Sponsors include:  Gene Larew soft plastics, Mega Strike, Real Magic, Bullet weights, Navionics, Rapala, East Texas Big Bass Lures and Power-Pole.        


 

 

Fishing Lake Okeechobee with Capt. Angie Douthit, November 2013

Fishing on Lake Okeechobee for pre and post spawn bass the latter part of October has been producing some exciting days on the water.  As we move into November and following months to come, it will continue especially around the “new” and “full” moon phase of each month.  Fishing for both pre/post spawn bass allows us as Anglers to use a variety of lures.  When most people hear of Okeechobee they immediately associate it with the flipping and pitching technique that requires braid line and a heavy action rod, although this can be an effective technique, it is not the only way of increasing your chances of landing that big one.  Fishing with spinner baits, hard top water lures like a Spook or Devil’s Horse along the grass edges is productive, as well as big worms, senkos and frogs thrown in/around matted vegetation.  When choosing to throw plastics stick with your basic fall/winter color patterns such as watermelon/red; june bug and red shad.  The crappie are schooled up and now is the time to pick a nice calm morning slow trolling or drifting in open water catching them before them move in.  Live-minnows works for open water but when the sun reaches higher in the sky move to the grass edges, continuing to slow troll with minnows or jigging, concentrating around grass clumps of grass/vegetation.  Lake Okeechobee is a huge body of water and takes time on the water to locate the “better areas”.  Don’t’ have the time, no problem.  To book Capt. Angie for your next fishing adventure and fun-filled day on Lake Okeechobee, call  863-228-7263 or send an email to angie@southfloridabassfishing.com or check out her website www.southfloridabassfishing.com   Angie’s Sponsors include:  Gene Larew soft plastics, Mega Strike, Real Magic, Bullet weights, Navionics, Rapala and East Texas Big Bass Lures.

 

 

Fishing Lake Okeechobee with Capt. Angie Douthit, October 2013

Ah, I can feel a minute, cool air temperature change from time to time as we move on into the month of October.  Yes, it’s been a long, hot and humid summer but fishing Lake Okeechobee this past season has been nothing short of totally awesome catching both quantity and quality bass and pan fish.  Typically, the month of October starts the kick-off of the crappie season, and if it’s anything comparable to last year’s season, we are in for another phenomenal year, so if you haven’t booked your trip yet with me, now is the time to call and reserve your fun-filled day on the water fishing for crappie, bass or both.  If you’re fishing for crappie you may want to pick a morning with little or no wind and troll/slow-drift with small minnows out in open water.  Not sure where to go ?  Just look for the “circle-wagon” of boats.  As the sun gets higher move to the grass edge and continue to slow troll down the grass edge with minnows or “jig” in the clumps of matted vegetation with a small round jig-head tipped with your favorite small plastic tube/creature bait.  If it’s bass you’re after, the fall time of year is a great time to dust off your favorite Spinner bait.  You can’t go wrong with your typical white/chartreuse color skirt with double-willow blades.  Not into throwing Spinners, then you may want to pick up a worm or senko, sticking with the basic color patterns.  It’s hard to beat the exciting action of top water and its one of my favorite ways to catch bass.  Others lures that you may want to consider to have handy while fishing out on the big O are: creature-style baits for flipping and pitching such as the Gene Larew Hawg Craw or Hoo-Daddy, tubes and senkos will work too.  Lipless crank baits on the outside grass line are the ticket right now !  Areas to try are: Monkey box and Observation Shoal areas; points of Kreamer, Rita and Kings bar and some parts of Dupree Bar and areas around Horse Island and Dyess Ditch and 2nd and 3rd point areas.  To book Capt. Angie for your next fishing adventure and fun-filled day on Lake Okeechobee, call  863-228-7263 or send an email to angie@southfloridabassfishing.com or check out her website www.southfloridabassfishing.com   Angie’s Sponsors include:  Gene Larew soft plastics, Mega Strike, Real Magic, Bullet weights, Navionics and Rapala.

Lake Okeechobee fishing report submitted by Capt. Angie Douthit

September 1, 2013

 

Despite all the rain and higher water levels than normal for this time of year, fishing on the big O has been really good for both bass and pan fish.  If you’re fishing for bream, all you will need tackle wise is an ultra light spinning rod/reel, small split shot weight pegged about 12-16 inches above your #4 size  hook tipped with a small red worm.   You’ll catch both bluegill and shell crackers using worms but if you’re just wanting to catch bluegill and prefer not to use worms then crickets are best.  When scouting the lake for pan fish try looking for areas on the lake that have a harder bottom to it for example the North shore, Dupree Bar, some areas of Observation Island; Rita and Kreamer Islands and King’s Bar.  Once you find an area that is conducive for the bream, you may want to time your “bed fishing” around the full and new moon phrase, that’s when they will be most active.  The bass fishing has been really good as well and my clients have had some very productive and fun-filled days of fishing landing both quality and quantity bass using both artificial lures and live-bait.  For artificial lures you may want to try throwing some frogs in the grass and lily pads and a hard top water lure worked around the same areas.  When the sun gets higher and temps. heat up you may want to slow it down a little and work a big worm or senko.  Some schooling activity might be going on so have a spinnerbait and/or rattle trap handy. Sticking with your basic color choices such as watermelon; watermelon/red; junebug; redbug have been working the best.  Areas to try for bass fishing are pretty much the same as for the pan fishing areas mentioned above. 

To book Capt. Angie as your Professional Guide for your next fun-filled and productive day on Lake Okeechobee call 863-228-7263 or email to angie@southfloridabassfishing.com Be sure to check out the website www.southfloridabassfishing.com   Angie’s sponsors include: Gene Larew soft plastics; Real Magic; MegaStrike lure Attractant; Bullet weights; Rapala; East Texas Big Bass Lures and Navionics.

 

Fishing report for Lake Okeechobee by Capt. Angie, May 2013

Bass fishing on the big O has been nothing short of totally awesome landing some really nice size quality bass both on and off the beds.  Some lures to try are: Horny toads; swim baits; frogs; swim jigs; senkos; some spinner baits; jigs and creature baits for flipping/pitching into the thicker cover areas..  You can find bass up shallow chasing tilapia fry, bluegills and shell crackers.  You can also find bass holding on certain outside grass edges feeding on shad and threadfin. The month of May is my favorite month of the year, not only is it bream and shell cracker time of year but it marks landing some big bass as well.  Whether it’s fishing with artificial lures or live-bait, now is the time to book your trip to fish Okeechobee.  Have a group of people wanting to fish?  That’s no problem, I can accommodate with more than one guide boat.  Want to book a trip just for yourself?  I give discounted rates, please inquire when booking. If you’re launching on the North-end (city of Okeechobee) stop by the Family-Owned Fast Break Bait & Tackle store located on Hwy 78 West and say hi to Blake or Chase.  Once there, you’ll be greeted with a friendly hello and they will take the time to help you find what you’re looking for.  They have everything from rods/reels; fishing apparel; food; drinks and fishing licenses.  Tell them I sent ya ! To book Capt. Angie as your Professional Guide/Captain on Lake Okeechobee call 863-228-7263 or email to angie@southfloridabassfishing.com or check out my website www.southfloridabassfishing.com  Angie’s sponsors include: Gene Larew soft plastics; Rapala; Real Magic; Mega Strike; Bullet weights; Power-Pole; Navionics and East Texas Big Bass Lures (similar to a Devil’s horse top water lure).

 

 

Fishing report for Lake Okeechobee by Capt. Angie, April, 2013

Bass fishing on the big O has been nothing short of totally awesome landing some really nice size quality bass.  Some lures to try are: Horny toads; swim baits; frogs; swim jigs; Senkos; some spinner baits; jigs and creature baits for flipping/pitching into the thicker cover areas..  You can find bas up shallow chasing tilapia fry, bluegills and shell crackers.  You can also find bass holding on certain outside grass edges feeding on shad and threadfin.  The crappy bite is winding down for the season but some smaller ones (just limit size) can still be caught in the thicker vegetation areas on a 1/32 oz. round black or chartreuse colored jig head (depends on water clarity) tipped with a shrimp or crawdad colored tube.  The month of May is my favorite month of the year for landing some big bass, so if you’re wanting to book a trip no is the time to do it.  Have a group of people wanting to fish?  That’s no problem, I can accommodate with more than one guide boat.  Want to book a trip just for yourself?  I give discounted rates for one-person trips. Please inquire when booking your trip.  The month of May is one of my favorite months of the year to fish the big O for big bass, so now is a good time to think about booking your trip. If you’re launching on the North-end, stop by the Family-Owned Fast Break Bait & Tackle store located on Hwy 78 West in Okeechobee and say hi to Blake or Chase.  Once there, you’ll be greeted with a friendly hello and take the time to help you find what you’re looking.  They have everything from rods/reels; fishing apparel; food; drinks and fishing licenses.  To book Capt. Angie as your Professional Guide/Captain on Lake Okeechobee call 863-228-7263 or email to angie@southfloridabassfishing.com or check out her website www.southfloridabassfishing.com  Angie’s sponsors include: Gene Larew soft plastics; Rapala; Real Magic; Mega Strike; Bullet weights; Power-Pole and Navionics. 

 

Fishing report for Lake Okeechobee by Capt. Angie, March, 2013

Lake Okeechobee’s water level remains over 14 ft. above sea level.  The month of February brought some crazy weather having to contend with gusty/steady winds; rain; cold-air temperatures; hot-air temperatures; beautiful sunny days and cloudy days which can wreak havoc on our fishing days, constantly dealing with pre/post frontal weather conditions and not enough “more consistent weather days” to allow the fish to adjust.  The weather pattern I’ve just described is “typical” for the month of March.  Despite the crazy weather of late and will continue within the month of March, fishing for both Crappy and Bass has been good, catching quantities of bass/crappy.  While guiding for Crappy, I’ve had very successful days fishing with live minnows trolling or drifting out in certain parts of the lake in open water then moving to the grass edges and thicker vegetation areas fishing with jigs rigged with a small craw or shrimp colored tube and an all-white feather jig.  Areas to try for Crappy when fishing from the South end are: around the rock reefs; points of Rita/Kremer Island; Norman’s channel/Tree house area; dynamite holes; Uncle Joe’s and parts of Observation Shoal/Dupree Bar areas.  These areas are also areas to try when bass fishing from the South-end.  Fishing from the North-end for Crappy have been areas off of King’s Bar; Tin house; parts of Indian Prairie, Horse Island and Grassy and the River.  Bass fishing these same areas will be a good place to start.  Swim jigs; flipping jigs or creature baits; Senkos and top water are good choices to use for bass.   Capt. Angie is located on the North-end of the Lake and guides out of the city of Okeechobee.  To book your next fun-filled and exciting/productive day on the water call 863-228-7263 or send an email to angie@southfloridabassfishing.com or check out her website www.southfloridabassfishing.com Arrangements can be made to accommodate groups.    

 

Fishing Lake Okeechobee with Capt. Angie Douthit, February 2013

 

Fishing on the big O has been nothing short of awesome lately, catching both quantity and quality bass with artificial lures and live-bait both.  If you love catching bass on top water lures, now is the time of year to do it!  As a full-time license U.S.C.G. Captain/Guide here on Okeechobee, I find clients love the excitement of fishing with top water lures.  Other lures that have been catching some really nice quality bass are: 8” inch ribbon tail worms; Senkos; flipping/pitching jigs, Senkos, tubes and craws and some spinner bait and rattle traps when conditions are favorable.  Whether you’re new to bass fishing wanting to learn the basics or you’re an avid Angler and want to pick up on the latest “pro” pointers/tips, now is the time to book your exciting fishing trip here on Okeechobee.  Crappy fishing here on the big O is in full swing and if you’re like me and love to jig fish in the thick cover for some really nice size ones, now is the time to book your trip.  Although I’m based out of the city of Okeechobee and especially for this time of year, mainly fish on the North end area(s) of the lake, I can also accommodate those wanting to fish the South end.  I can meet you at any ramp and fish any part of the lake you would prefer and can accommodate groups, providing more than one bass boat if needed. Areas to fish on the South-end are: Pelican Bay; long point; Buzzards Roost; East/West side of Rita Island; parts of the East/West wall and Observation Shoal; parts of the Monkey Box and Bird Island.  North-end areas are: parts of Horse Island, Indian Prairie, Tin house, 3rd point, parts of Kings Bar and J&S.  To book Capt. Angie’s professional guide service call 863-228-7263 or email angie@southfloridabassfishing.com or log onto her website www.southfloridabassfishing.com Angie’s sponsors include: East Texas Big Bass Lures; Fast Break &Tackle; Gene Larew soft plastics; Real Magic; Mega Strike; Bullet weights and Rapala.

 

 

Fishing Lake Okeechobee with Capt. Angie Douthit, January 2013

 

Current water levels for the big O have been holding nicely around the 15ft. above sea level mark.  Fishing for crappie has been real good lately catching limits and some really nice size ones as well.  With each passing “full” and “new” will bring in another wave of spawning crappie.  Trolling, drifting and jigging has been the preferred ways for when fishing for crappie.  Live minnows works best in open water areas and jigging for them in the thicker grass and matted up vegetation with a 1/8 or 1/32 oz. jig head tipped with your favorite tube has been working very well giving up catches of 1/5 – 3 lb er’s.  Bass fishing has been really good catching both quantity and quality size.  A varied ways of catching bass with artificial lures has been:  top water (both plastic and hard baits); worms; jigs/craws/tube baits and some rattle traps/spinner baits.  Colors for plastics are: watermelon red; june bug; red shad/red bug/plum; black/blue; watermelon.  Whether you prefer throwing artificial lures or shiners, Capt. Angie specializes in both and will ensure that you have a great day on the water.  To book Capt. Angie as your Professional guide send an email to angie@southfloridabassfishing.com or call 863-228-7263 or check out her website www.southfloridabassfishing.com

 

Fishing Lake Okeechobee with Capt. Angie Douthit, December, 2012

Lake Okeechobee has been fishing great lately and if you’ve never fishing the big O for bass or crappy, now is the time to book your trip.  Want to fish for both bass and crappy in one day, that’s not a problem. I get more and more Clients each year wanting to fish for both within a full-day guided trip.  If you’re heading out on the lake for some bass fishing try these areas when wetting a line: Monkey box; Dupree bar; Dyess ditch; some areas of Observation Shoal; Long point (west side of the point of Kreamer Island); some areas of Pelican bay; west side of Rita island; some areas of the East/West wall; some areas of Kings bar and the North Shoal.  The bite has been with worms; swim baits; flipping/pitching creature style baits; some spinner baits and top water.  For the crappy bite: drifting with minnows in open water in certain areas of the lake works well first thing in the morning then moving to the grass edges and thicker mat areas will produce crappy.  To book Capt. Angie as your guide on Lake Okeechobee call 863-228-7263 or send an email to angie@southfloridabassfishing.com and be sure to check my website www.southfloridabassfishing.com   Have a group of people who want to fish?  Not a problem.  Capt. Angie can accommodate with more than one guide boat if needed.  Discounted rates apply for a one-person guide trip.       

 

 

Fishing Lake Okeechobee with Capt. Angie Douthit, November, 2012

 

Fishing the big O for bass and crappy in November on Okeechobee will provide both quality and quantity bites.  Some areas to try the next time you’re out on Okeechobee fishing are the South-end : Pelican bay; long point; Rita Island (mainly west side)and some areas of the East/West wall.  West-side are: Observation Shoal; some areas of the Monkey box, Dupree bar and Dyess ditch areas.  North-side are: some areas of Kings bar, Tin house and J&S.  Lures to try are: Gene Larew hawg craw and Hoo-Daddy for the flipping/pitching bite in colors June bug, Red bug and Black/Blue/Blue.  Gene Larew 11” salty snake in june bug, red shad and black/blue flake; 13” El Salto worm in Tequila Sunrise and Medianoche.  Also, senko style baits and finesse worms  in colors june bug, red shad, plum, black and watermelon/red.  In the mornings you may want to try throwing a spinner baits, rattle trap and a hard top water lure such as the East Texas Big Bass lures (similar to the Devils horse) in colors Spotted Monkey and #10.  Also swim baits and Horny Toads have been working in the grass and grass edges.    As always, be safe and show common courtesy to your fellow boaters while fishing and boating on the big O !!

 

Fishing Lake Okeechobee with Capt. Angie Douthit, October, 2012

 

Fishing Okeechobee has been nothing short of absolutely awesome lately with my clients catching both quality and quantity of bass.  If you like the action of top water lures then now is a good time to book your next fishing trip out on the big O.  Add seeing lots of Wildlife to your day along with the excitement of bass fishing at its best, then you’ve got yourself a fun-filled, great day on the big O.  Along with the exciting top water bite, the month of October can be a mixed-bag, if you will kind of experience when you’re out on the water fishing.  One day, we’ll have calmer wind with a warm breeze, where you’re able to throw top water lures, senkos, etc.  Then the next day we’ll experience cooler temperatures with a more stout wind, resulting to throw spinner baits, rattle traps and crank baits.  Dealing with Mother Nature and these types of fishing conditions can actually help you as an Angler in broadening/sharpening your fishing skills and can also make for an awesome day of fishing.  Some lures to try the next time you’re heading out to fish the big O are:  Both hard/soft top water lures such as the East Texas Big Bass lure (can be found/purchased at the “Fast Break” Marathon gas station in Okeechobee), swim baits, horny toads and Lonnie Stanley Ribbits.  Also try Senkos, Gene Larew 11” or 13” worms, craws and tubes.  It wouldn’t be a bad idea to have either a spinner bait or rattle trap rigged and ready to go either.  To book Capt. Angie for a fun-filled fishing day on the water call 863-228-7263 or send an email to angie@southfloridabassfishing.com  or check out her website at www.southfloridabassfishing.com  Discounted rate is available for one person.  Capt. Angie’s sponsor include: (www.genelarew.com); (www.megastrike.com); (www.navionics.com); (www.bulletweights.com); (www.rapala.com); (www.trilene.com).          

 

 

Capt. Angie Douthit’s fishing report for Lake Okeechobee, Florida September, 2012

The water level for Okeechobee has been rising since receiving rain from Isaac.  It continues to rise and is now just over 14 ft. above sea level.  Fishing Okeechobee for both bream and bass has been nothing short of awesome lately.  Although you can still find bream bedding in the shallows especially around the full moon time of month, they are slowing way down and soon their spawn will be completely done.  If you’re out searching for bream, you can catch them using either crickets or red worms.  Areas to look for bream: Dyess Ditch; some areas around Dupree Bar and Monkey Box; point of Kreamer and Rita Islands and areas close; some parts of Observations Island (Shoal area).  If you’re fishing more towards the North-end of Okeechobee, you may want to try areas around 2nd, 3rd, 4th point; areas around Indian Prairie and parts of Kings Bar.  If you’re out on the big O looking to catch some bass, take a look at the same general areas as for the bream areas.  Lures to try the bass are: Big worms; Senkos; Swim baits; Horny Toads; Rattle Traps; Top water and some Spinner baits and don’t forget your Medlock jigs tipped with your favorite trailer.  Colors for plastics to try can be:  June bug, Redbug, Watermelon Red, Black w/Blue Flake.  To book Capt. Angie for your next fishing adventure and fun-filled day on Okeechobee call 863-228-7263 or send an email to angie@southfloridabassfishing.com  check out her website at www.southfloridabassfishing.com   Have a group of people?  Not a problem, can accommodate with more than one boat if needed.   

 

Capt. Angie Douthit fishing from Lake Okeechobee, August 2012

Fishing Lake Okeechobee has been nothing short of totally awesome. The big O has been on fire, producing both quantity and quality bass catches and the bream fishing has been really good this year but the season is almost over, so if you haven’t gotten your freezer full of bream, now is the time to book your trip. It too, has been nothing short of fantastic and provides a fun day on the water that can be enjoyed by all Family members. Areas to look for bream are: 2nd point; parts of Kings Bar; Tin House, Dyess Ditch; Dupree Bar and parts of the Monkey Box. South-End: Kreamer and Rita Island; Pelican Bay and parts of the Shoal. Live crickets or red worms work best. When fishing for bass the areas to try has been about the same as for the pan fish areas. They’ve been in both shallow water and out in deeper water off the grass edges and further out. This time of year bass are feeding on both Shad (summertime pattern) and pan fish in the shallows during their spawn time. Lures that have been producing bass are the East Texas Big Bass lure (very similar to the Devils Horse; senko; worm; rattle trap and spinner bait and of course a jig, such as the Medlock double weed guard tipped with a sweet beaver type bait or your favorite craw. To book Capt. Angie for your fun-filled and informative day of fishing on Lake Okeechobee call at 863-228-7263 or email her at angie@southfloridabassfishing.com or by visiting her website at www.southfloridabassfishing.com

    

 

Capt. Angie Douthit fishing from Lake Okeechobee, July 2012

Lake Okeechobee’s water level is holding around the 11.50 ft. ASL mark due to the almost daily rain showers that we’ve been experiencing here on the big O.  Let’s hope Mother Nature continues to Bless Us with the much needed rain/water to help continue boater safety and GREAT FISHING!     Did I mention great fishing?  Oh yeah.  The big O has been fishing really well with pretty much all-day catches of bass, bluegill and shell crackers.  If it’s pan fish you’re after, whether just for the fun of catching them on Ultra light tackle or for a great meal for the family, then now is the time to book your fun-filled day of fishing.  There is nothing as fun as landing some quality pan fish on ultra lights tipped with a small light sinker, a hook and a red worm.  Areas that both bluegill and shell crackers can be found on the south-end of the big O are: Kreamer/Rita Island areas such as Pelican Bay; Long Point/Grassy areas.  Also some parts of the East/West and Observation Island areas.  Don’t forget about Bird Island (Dupree Bar); some parts of the Monkey box (inside and outside); Fish Eating bay area and some areas of the North shoal and Kings Bar.  Typically when you find Blue gill you’ll find Shell crackers and vice versa. To catch both, red worms (wigglers) work best.  Some crappie can still be caught on the edge of some grass lines in the shallows using jigs but for the most part the crappie for this time of year are typically out in open/deeper water areas and are constantly moving thus making it more difficult in keeping up with.  I do get clients that enjoy fishing for crappie despite it being prime spawning time for other great-tasting pan fish like Blue gill and Shell Cracker.

For the bass Anglers out there, Okeechobee is on fire with catches lasting throughout an all-day outing on the beautiful big O.  There are times/days my Clients and I will catch lots of bass and have some really nice quality size ones mixed in with them and then we’ll get days where we experience not as many bites but the size of the bass are bigger.  All in all though, the fishing has been pretty darn good and my Clients come away with a great day of fishing the big O.  When things do slow down a bit while out on the water, that’s when I take the opportunity to actually talk to my Clients.  I share some of my knowledge of the history of Okeechobee, answer any questions that they may have about fishing the big O such as: what to look for, where do you start, what lures do I use and why.  I also explain why certain types of rods/reels work best for certain types of lures also any hot/new items that have just come out on the market, how to rig them properly and etc.  All this information is important to help give my Clients a better, more productive day on the water.   After all, isn’t that what defines a true, Professional Bass Fishing Guide!

Throwing/using jigs, both swimming jigs and flipping/pitching jigs has been producing a lot of bites lately both in quality and quantity.  A great new Jig that is now available to the general public for purchase is Bama Jig.  This jig is nothing short of amazing, ranging from being 100% absolutely weedless to choosing from over 200 skirt colors or the fact that this jig can also be used as a finesse head tipped with your favorite plastic worm, lizard, etc.  Other lures to try can be: Horney Toads; worms; senkos, rattle traps; spinner baits and top water.  When using plastics stick with your basic colors such as: June bug; black w/blue flake; watermelon and green pumpkin, all have been working.   If crank’n is your choice, when using crank baits such as the Rapala DT series, my choice has been a shad pattern, baby bass color or a color that has some chartreuse in it.  There again, water clarity plays a major factor to what colors I use for that particular time/conditions I’m fishing.  Areas to try for bass are basically the same areas as for the pan fish mentioned above.

To book Capt. Angie for your fun-filled fishing day on beautiful Lake Okeechobee, give her a call at 863-228-7263 or email at angie@southfloridabassfishing.com  which can be found by going to her website at www.southfloridabasssfishing.com  Find details on how to get your FREE  redeemable $50.00 gift certificate for Bama Jigs.  Capt. Angie’s sponsors are:  BamaJigs.com; East Texas Big Bass Lures (www.easttexasbigbasslures.com); Gene Larew Soft Plastics (www.genelarew.com); Rapala (www.rapala.com); Navionics (www.navionics.com); Penetrator weights (www.penetratorweights.com); Real Magic  (www.ttiblakemore.com); Mega Strike (www.megastrike.com) and Trilene (www.berkley.com)    


 

 

Fishing Lake Okeechobee with Capt. Angie Douthit, April 2012

Lake Okeechobee’s water level is coming down and is now at 12.19 ft. above sea level.  The month of April typically marks the beginning of the bluegill and shell cracker fishing season and  can be a lot of fun, especially for the Children.  My choice of tackle for this specific type of fishing would be a 4-5 ft. long Ultra Light spinning rod/reel.  You can fish several different ways, it all depends on a person’s preference.  Depending on what my Clients prefers, and what’s been working the best will dictate what I rig up for the day of fishing.  Some days I’ll use beetle spinners, other times I’ll use red worms rigged with or without a bobber but normally with a small split shot weight (all depends on how deep I’m fishing and current wind conditions and Clients comfort zone) or I’ll use just grass shrimp with no bobber or weight.  Through my experience of pan fishing, I’ve always used a gold colored hook.  It just seems to give me more bites vs. the black or nickel colored, but again, all in a person’s preference.  So if you’re planning on booking a guide trip for pan fish or if you’d like to fish for both, pan and bass (to mix up the day a bit) now is the time to book it.  If you should need more than one boat, that’s not a problem, I have two guide boats ready and available for groups.  Each 21”ft. fully-rigged, tournament-ready bass boat will accommodate 3 people each.  Areas to try for bluegill and shell crackers are: Kreamer and Rita Island (outside grass edges); Observation Shoal; Pelican Bay; Bird Island areas; North Shore and parts of J&S area(s).  Bass fishing has been pretty good lately with a lot of your average size bass being caught with some big ones mixed in.  Areas to try are about the same as for the pan fish areas.  I will urge you to use caution while out and about on the big O with your boat.  The water level is falling and will make it very difficult for someone who does not know their way around and how to run the Lake safely.  If that’s the case, then hire someone to take you fishing for the day.  The U.S.C.G. Captain should take the time to explain where you are and how you got there safely, as well as where it’s safe to run your boat (especially this time of year) and where not to go, along with any other pertinent information needed so that you may have a safe and fun filled day of fishing the big O.  When in doubt, ask your Captain questions such as Who; What; Where; When; and Why.  Along with catching fish, that is what makes a great day on the water !  Lures to try for bass fishing are: top water (both plastic and hard lures) senkos; jigs; big worms; big crawdads; tubes and rattle traps.  Basic colors for plastics are: June bug; Red bug (Red shad); watermelon red; pumpkin and black.    For all your tackle needs; food/drink for the boat; gas and live-bait, stop by the Marathon (Fast Break) Gas Station located at 1505 Hwy 78 West, Okeechobee, Fl. 34974 or give them a call at 863-763-0973.  To book your next fishing adventure on beautiful Lake Okeechobee, give Capt. Angie a call at 863-228-7263 or send an email to angie@southfloridabassfishing.com   Need more than one guide boat? Not a problem, arrangements can be made to accommodate groups.  Capt. Angie’s sponsors are: East Texas Big Bass Lures (www.easttexasbigbasslures.com); Gene Larew Soft Plastics (www.genelarew.com); Rapala (www.rapala.com); Navionics (www.navionics.com); Penetrator weights (www.penetratorweights.com); Real Magic  (www.ttiblakemore.com); Mega Strike (www.megastrike.com) and Trilene (www.berkley.com)  

 

 

 

 Fishing Lake Okeechobee with Capt. Angie Douthit, March 2012

The water level for the big O is just over 13.0 feet above sea level.  Fishing for both crappie and bass has been really great for the month of February and continues on into March.  If it’s crappie you’re after, you can catch them using several different techniques, depending on your style of fishing.  When I’m guiding for crappie, I typically head out for open water first thing in the mornings if it’s not too windy.  Minimal wind makes for what I call a “good drift”, which means, not too much and not too little.  If you’re lucky enough, “weather wise” to get the “good drift” fishing with minnows and/or a jig head rigged with a tube (and sometimes tipped with a minnow) has been producing some quality size crappie.  I rig both techniques with a bobber stopper first, then the bobber, two small pinch on round weights normally about 2 ft. above my gold-colored hook and medium-size minnow.  After the bite slows down, usually mid-late morning, I head for the thick mats and get the jigging poles out.  On my jig poles I use a round jig head (weight various with wind conditions and color of the jig head depends greatly on the water clarity) tipped with either a 2” or 3” Bobby Garland Slab Slay’r or 2” Baby Shad.  My staple colors are: Bluegrass; Blue Ice; Thread Fin Shad; and Shimmer Shad.  Bobby Garland has 42 Baby Shad colors in all but these have been my staple colors.   I also use the new Bobby Garland Stroll’R, in colors:  Love Bug and Blue Thunder.  This lure puts out a lot of vibe both on the fall and when you jig it.  Areas to try for crappie are: Kings Bar; Taylor Creek; Kissimmee River; some areas of the North Shore.  Bass fishing has been awesome catching both quality and quantity and both pre and post spawn.  My favorite way to catch em’ is throwing the East Texas Big Bass top water lure (similar to the Devils Horse) in colors:  Charlie Horse; Perch; Bone and Spotted Monkey (my favorite of them all).  For plastics I use the Gene Larew 6” HooDaddy (similar to a brush hog..but better) in colors: Junebug; Black/Blue and Red Shad, the 6” Hawg Craw in colors: Red Bug; Junebug/Blue and Black/Blue, the 5” Three-legged in Green Pumpkin and Black/Red, the Okeechobee Craw colored 8” Ribbontail worm and the Tequila Sunrise 12” El Salto Grande worm.  For purchasing ETBB lures and Gene Larew just go to the “Fast Break” Marathon Gas Station located at 1505 Hwy 78W in Okeechobee.  If they don’t have what you need on hand, no problem, they will special order it for you.  A chrome/blue colored rattle trap and the new MegaStrike “Strike back Spinner bait” in double gold willow leaf blades or one silver and one gold colored blade tipped with a chartreuse/white colored skirt has been producing some bites as well.  When they bite slows way down, I throw something that has a slow fall to it, like a Senko or I’ll down-size on my worm and switch to a finesse-type like a Sweebo, rigged with a 1/32 or 1/8 oz. weight.  Sticking with and using the staple colors such your Pumpkins; Watermelons, Reds, Blacks and Blues will produce bites.  Oh, and don’t forget your tube of MegaStrike.  I never leave home without !!  Areas to check out the next time you’re out fishing on the big O are: In and around Kreamer and Rita Island; West Wall;  parts of Observation Shoal; Monkey Box; some parts of the North-Shore, Kings Bar and J&S.

For bass and crappie guide trip bookings on beautiful Lake Okeechobee, give Capt. Angie a call at 863-228-7263 or send an email to angie@southfloridabassfishing.com   Need more than one guide boat? Not a problem, arrangements can be made to accommodate groups.  Capt. Angie’s sponsors are: East Texas Big Bass Lures (www.easttexasbigbasslures.com); Gene Larew Soft Plastics (www.genelarew.com); Rapala (www.rapala.com); Navionics (www.navionics.com); Penetrator weights (www.penetratorweights.com); Real Magic  (www.ttiblakemore.com); Mega Strike (www.megastrike.com) and Trilene (www.berkley.com)  

 

 

 

Fishing from Lake Okeechobee with Capt. Angie Douthit, January, 2012

Although, I am starting another New Year of fishing reports for Lake Okeechobee, it saddens me to say to those of you who may not know of the recent passing of Jimmy McMillan.  I offer my condolences to his Family for their Loss.  You will be missed my Friend and Fellow Angler !! 

Lake Okeechobee water levels have been holding just over 13.50 ft. above sea level.  Fishing on the big O has been great in quantity and quality.  If it’s crappie you’re after try drifting or slow trolling the grass edges using live-minnows or a jig tipped with anything white colored has been working better lately.  If you’re fishing in thick vegetation, the jig works best but be sure you’re getting the jig in their house, not in their yard.  Crappie are still schooled up out in deeper water waiting to move up so try fishing Channels, ditches, etc.  Areas to try for crappie are: North Shore area(s); around the Monkey box area(s); Tree Islands (Belle Glade area); Dynamite Holes on the South-End (Clewiston to Belle Glade); around Kreamer Island; Observation Shoal and some parts of J&S.  Bass fishing has been great lately and like the crappie, we’re dealing with both pre and post spawn finding bass in a little deeper water as well as up shallow, depending on your preference and what Mother Nature will allow you to do to have a productive day.  Colors to try for plastics can be:  June bug; Red shad; Watermelon/Red; Green Pumpkin and Black.  Early morning and late afternoon has been producing some really good top water action using a hard bait such as the East Texas Big Bass Lure (similar to a Devil’s Horse) or soft plastics like a Horney Toad or Flap’n Shad.  The month of January can bring some “mixed bag” so-to-speak type weather, where we have cold temps., wind and etc. one day, and the next, we’re back to warmer temps.  When this happens, the bite gets tough and that’s a good time to down size on plastics.  Try a Senko or something similar, Flukes, and etc.  Most of the time when I use these types of lures, I rig it with a small weight like a 1/32 or 1/16 oz., depending on the current wind conditions.  Areas to try are on the South-End are: Rita Island (West side); Dynamite Holes (Clewiston to Belle Glade area); Pelican Bay; and some areas of both East/West wall and Observation Shoal.  On the North-end try Dyess Ditch area; Monkey Box; Kings Bar and Little Grassy.  For guide trip bookings on beautiful Lake Okeechobee, give Capt. Angie a call at 863-228-7263 or send an email to angie@southfloridabassfishing.com   Need more than one guide boat? Not a problem, arrangements can be made to accommodate groups.  Capt. Angie’s sponsors are: East Texas Big Bass Lures (www.easttexasbigbasslures.com); Gene Larew Soft Plastics (www.genelarew.com); Rapala (www.rapala.com); Navionics (www.navionics.com); Penetrator weights (www.penetratorweights.com); Real Magic  (www.ttiblakemore.com); Mega Strike (www.megastrike.com) and Trilene (www.berkley.com)  

 

 

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