Bass Fishing Using Shiners Under The Mats
This is Capt Steve and it’s hard to believe but this year has just flown by.
I had a great day out on the St Johns River with Bill and Dave we went out and we caught about 15 bass up to 3 and a half pounds. It was a pretty good day, really nice weather, we thought we were gonna have a front come in but it didn’t.
We were mostly fishing shiners under the mats, which is how Bill and I like to fish. Anyways for all your Florida freshwater fishing adventures go to BassOnline that’s it for now.
Captain Steve Niemoeller is a full-time Professional fishing guide and Licensed Master Captain. Primarily servicing the freshwater lakes of the St Johns River, Lake George, and Lake Monroe. He also guides on Harris Chain and Lake Toho. He also has great success on Ponce Inlet and Mosquito Lagoon in saltwater catching redfish and other species.
About St Johns
The St. Johns River, at 310 miles long, is the longest river in Florida. Its headwaters are at Blue Cypress Lake in Indian River County and empties through its mouth into the Atlantic Ocean, east of Jacksonville. This river is unique as it flows north. St. Johns River is an estuary where saltwater and freshwater mix, creating a brackish environment. However, the river is predominately freshwater because of its groundwater and network of marshes towards the beginning. The history and culture of the nearby towns on St. Johns River are rich in experiences. It’s a place that holds tons of environmental and aesthetic value. St Johns serves as a place to call home for people in town and nature’s wildlife alike.
The longest river in Florida
St John’s large size has it going through or bordering twelve counties in Florida during its 310 miles. The river is almost 3 miles wide at its largest point. The St John’s water basin covers 16% of Florida, covering nearly 9,000 square miles.
This beautiful clear river flows north at 0.3 miles/hour and contains about 3,500 lakes, blackwater streams, and rivers. It got its nickname “the liquid chameleon” because of these characteristics. Because of the excessive number of lakes found in the watershed, the Timucuan Indians named the St Johns River, Wekiva, meaning rivers of lakes.
The river flows north because its headwaters are 27 feet higher in elevation than its endpoint. The St John’s river has a prolonged elevation drop while flowing from south to north. The river drops only 1 inch per mile throughout the 310 miles north, making its total drop less than 30 feet over its entire upstream course to the north from Sanford to Jacksonville.