this is Capt Mark Shepard with your Lake Okeechobee fishing report well folks out on the lake with Dennis one of my favorite clients a lot of fun he comes down a couple times a year we always have great adventures coming into sept its a little bit hot so we got out there on to the morning bite but we had a lot of fun and we caught some really nice fish and we still got one day to go just wanted to give you guys a little catch up the lake is at 15 i don like the lake this high but it makes navigation easy the water clarity looks good everything looks pretty good the first day he was here it was a little overcast and we just crushed them that’s it for now for all your freshwater fishing adventures go to BassOnline thank you.
This is Capt Mark Shepard with your Lake Okeechobee fishing report. Well folks I was out on the water with long time clients Greg and his buddy Richard. These guys been with me a long time been fishing many years with many great adventures. This is one of the very best and why I have a group of my clients that like to come down late spring early summer to do this light tackle. Most people think light tackle little schoolies, not catching nothing really big but having a lot of fun.
Hey folks this is Capt Mark Shepard with your Lake Okeechobee report. The past week has been a lot of fun this is my favorite time of year doing light tackle and top water fishing. I’m out on the water with Bill and his wife Martha first time being out on the Big O. These folks wanted to see what this wild shiner fishing is all about. Let me tell you we got out there doing a little short 4 hour trip actually about 3 and a half, but ill tell you what we absolutely smashed them.
We caught huge numbers, we ran through all the bait, when we ran out of bait. They were like hey we have caught enough fish this is the most fish I’v caught in my life I’m ready to go. We had a pair of 7s we had a lot of 5 and 6 pounders just incredible. I couldn’t bait the hooks fast enough and this is not shiner season but we just crushed them.
I’m telling you folks if you get a chance to come down here this time of year in the warm months. You don’t wanna do a full day its crazy a 4 to 6 hour trip is fantastic. It is just incredible to get out there and do some light tackle fishing. If you do bring some shiners, hey your adventure starts here Capt Mark Shepard all the best.
Capt Mark Shepard here with your Lake Okeechobee fishing report. Well folks the last 3 days I got to spend some time with long time clients Dustin and Colin been with me for a long long time great guys. We hit the perfect storm, weather coming in, fronts coming in, everything was just right and we absolutely smashed them. The third day was a little bit slow but we still caught them up to 7 pounds and still saw good numbers. The first 2 days were just off the charts, huge numbers of fish over 5 pounds and just non stop action as fast as we can go.
We were doing all live bait and after we ran out of live bait we did a little bit of artificial and caught some that way too. What an incredible 3 days, the weather coming together with the moon phase and everything was just right and it was a slug fest. This is Capt Mark Shepard, all the best everybody.
This is Capt Mark Shepard with your Lake Okeechobee fishing report. Well folks over this past week been a lot of fun a lot of light tackle light plastics, want to give a big thank you to bass assassin lures using the fat job with long time clients Dennis and George. They have been with me a long time those guys are rivals and a hoot to hang out with, caught great fish great numbers nothing super big our biggest was up about 5 or 6 pounds. Today did a quick half day trip down on the south end, fishing with live bait and we caught some big ol fish. We had a blast and one guy was just the lead dog and every now and again it is just your day and they were fishing on both sides with him and switched places with him same rigs same bait just every now and then your day lines up, we caught a bunch of good ones and it was just a wonderful morning. Its getting hot, the water is getting low, if your thinking about bringing your boat down here be careful the water is coming down and getting shallow, this is Capt Mark Shepard all the best folks.
Hey folks, Captain Mark Shepard here with your Lake Okeechobee fishing report. Let me tell you folks over the last couple of days have been very very special to me one of my closest friends, we go way back, we go back good gosh, I’m getting old about 30 years, this guy’s fantastic his name is Jeff. We done a lot of fun things together and just had a ball and over the last few years. He’s been coming back and hiring me bringing some family, his dad Bill and this time he brought his nephew, Brian young guy just got out of a navy Fantastic guy Clean cut young gentleman just a blast to hang out with. Well 2 days here on the big O things have been a little breezy and things have been kind of goofy with this weather as you all know up North but it came together really really nice had a Fantastic Trip, every time with these folks it just cracks me up Jeff fished with me a lot in the past, but it’s just so awesome to have him come down here and spend time with me and have a great adventure, and we just had two days of great adventures good quality fish Good laughs and just a lot of fun. Okeechobee is a place that you must see and you know we work such a hard life and I know what it’s like to be, you know when I was off the water its hectic, and when you get a chance to get on the water it is total peace and gives you that r&r that the body needs. Folks when you get a chance you’ve gotta see this place come on down check out the big O, Captain Mark Shepard all the best everybody.
This is Capt Mark Shepard, and this is your Lake Okeechobee fishing report. Well folks over the past week we have put a lot of fish in the boat and posted them on Facebook, and let me tell you what the numbers are great, some really beautiful quality fish. Just one adventure after another, but it’s starting to happen, We’re starting to see the water coming down on Lake Okeechobee. Which is a huge plus for the artificial bite, and we have had some fantastic days doing some artificial, little bit on the backside of the moon right now, but still catching some good quality fish, but within this next moon Phase we will start seeing more and more bluegill push into the shallows around which can make the female bass very very defensive so the artificial is going get better and better and better its getting to be my favorite time of year, getting a lot of top water bites now water temperature just been real nice and stable just all together fantastic week and looking forward to our next adventure out there on the water. It’s going to get better and better. this is Capt Mark Shepard don’t miss out on this place.
Lake Okeechobee the largest Lake in Florida is actually quite shallow with an average of about 9 feet, it is world famous for its largemouth Bass, and it is also home to a few other species of fish, most notable are the catfish which are fished commercially and the Black Crappie a highly sought after panfish, Lake Okeechobee has a diverse ecosystem, and each day on the water is a different adventure, from fishing the canals and along the walls to fishing the flats which are filled with flora that provides shelter for quite a few species, wild shiners are the main bait of choice while fishing for Bass, farm raised shiners work also, but due to the fact that farm shiners do not act like prey they will not illicit a predatory response, bass will still eat them, just not as much. now why does this happen, when you look at the bite behavior of bass you will see they typically have a few reasons to bite: hunger, territory, and instinct, now if the bass is not hungry but you toss a bait in its self defined territory it will still hit the bait, also if your bait is able to mimic a injured prey species it will also it it even if not hungry but if the bass is hungry the bait is in its territory and it can illicit an instinctual predatory response well you have the trifecta of of a good bite.
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This is Captain Mark Shepard With your Lake Okeechobeefishing report Well folks over the last couple of days we have been pounded by 30 mile an hour winds and just rough situation, but today. I had three guys out of Tennessee. The father was Kendall son Cole, and Keith was his the youngest son and we grinded it out. I mean it was pretty rough the first half of the day. Wind was blowing really really hard, but then it started to lay down get a little bit warmer well slid out to one of my areas, and we put the hammer down on them and caught some monsters beautiful fish great numbers. We had to work for them at the first, but ended up with the big wow factor. I’m telling you what we just put big fish after big fish in the boat lot of fun my favorite time of the years coming. And we just had another big cold front coming through Hopefully this week is going to kind of fade out and don’t know but hopefully it’s the last big cold front this season, but I’ll tell you what we got lot of good stuff coming cause these spawns on Lake Okeechobee never stop this is Captain Mark Shepard if you’re in Florida you better check this place out.
This is Captain Mark Shepard with your lake Okeechobee fishing report, Well folks I apologize for not getting out any fishing reports here over the last week or so, I have been going seven days a week, Just hammering it the best I can but the fishings been pretty good, but today is very very special fishing with Great Clients been with me a long time. Carmine and Ray these guys been with me a long long time Ray has a lot of physical issues and has a hard time getting out of the boat but its always an honor to be able to help him, retired veteran he served our country well, Carmine just incredible one of the best Clarinet players in the world and plays for the Cincinnati orchestra and taught all over the place these guys got a lot of health issues And didn’t get to make it down last year because of that, and I was really concerned, but they got to make it down this year and what a blessing to spend another day on Okeechobee with these guys. They’re not just my clients. They’re my friends, and I love them dearly, and they got a lot of things You know as you get way up there in a year, they got a lot of things going against them physically and if you don’t mind I’d like to ask everybody to Keep them in your prayers, and hopefully they’ll get to come down next year and have another great adventure. It’s one of the hardest things about my career because my clients are my family and mean the world to me and these guys are part of that, and they’ve been great great friends and family to me for a long long time, and I really enjoyed spending time with them on the water, and it was what a wonderful blessing to get out there today and go after them, and we had pretty good numbers good quality of Fish. I have to say though It goes back and forth between these two one whoops one whoops the other, this time. It was Rays day, ray just put the hammer down on them, a fantastic deal, and we just enjoyed it was a lot of laughs lot of memories, and if you don’t mind keep them in your prayers, this is Capt Mark Shepard.