March 30, 2010. Today, I took out Jim Butler and his 14 year old son Eric Butler from Rockaway, NJ out on the Maitland Chain of Lakes for a 6 hour fishing trip due to the mild post cold front conditions. This is a great chain of lakes to fish when this happens, we planned on going to the Butler Chain and would have definitely caught fish there, I felt that switching up and putting them on better fish that would bite better at this chain of lakes that I know very well would be a hit.
The morning started a little slow with the cool temp, but as the sun came up and warmed up the water a little the bite turned on. Eric who is just getting into bass fishing did a fantastic job with setting the hook and even caught a few fish off beds today using a white “Bitters Bat” soft plastic bait. Jim caught the first bass on a Junebug Bitters Vibe a plastic lure similar to the zoom speedworm. As the artificial bite slowed a little the shiner bite turned on. Eric and I made Jim set the hook on a shiner bite which produced a 3 pounder. Eric is trying to get his father more into fishing and Jim wanted Eric to catch all the fish. We felt that Jim should catch some too!
Although a little slow today we still managed to catch 12 bass and missed 2 on the artificial. The wind was blowing from the west at 15-20 mph constantly and I have a big fish stretch that runs South to North and we had an Osprey diving on our shiners so we made a few moves that paid off. Eric caught the biggest bass so far in his life today and although it was almost 5 pounds I am certain that he will catch many more and bigger ones the next time he is down here. The kid has talent and patience and plans to join a bass club in New Jersey soon.

To Jim and Eric, it was a pleasure fishing with you both and hope to fish with you again.
Till next time tight lines and good fishing….
From Staff Writer Jeff Worth [email protected]
BassOnline.com / 888-829-BASS

BassOnline.com is Florida’s Largest Freshwater Guide Service and Outfitter, specializing in Florida bass fishing on Florida lakes, canals and rivers.
To learn more about Florida bass fishing, visit Bass Fishing Blog. Also visit or sister website Florida Bass Fishing, Lake Okeechobee Fishing, Bass Fishing Florida, Florida Peacock Bass