History of Shelling on Sanibel Island

Visitors who come to this balmy and breezy little island that shares its size with Manhattan, New York are immediately swept up by its untamed natural beauty. Passing over the bridge that connects the island with the mainland, the fast-paced world is transformed into a place of quiet solitude. Sanibel is a place visitors of all ages do not soon forget.

The island is situated at a special place in the Gulf of Mexico – it has an east/west alignment. From the south comes a prevailing wind and strong currents that cause this eleven mile-long, 3 mile-wide island to become a scoop for seashells (Scherman, 159). It is one of the top places in the world to observe, collect and admire these natural treasures.

Interestingly, modern-day islanders and visitors are not the only ones who have benefited from the island’s abundant natural resources. Through archaeological studies, it is known that indigenous peoples lived on Sanibel Island long before the arrival of the first European explorers, thriving on the abundant fish and shellfish. When Europeans first arrived, the Calusa Indians inhabited the Southwest Gulf Coast of Florida within a diverse ecosytem, abundant with many species of fish, other animals, and plants. Politically dominant over most of south Florida, they lived in a highly stratified society, complete with extensive navigable canals that linked towns together. The abundant nature of shells on the island was incorporated into the Calusa culture and had both utilitarian and aesthetic purposes.

An Island For All Senses – Tropical Sun by Day, Starry Sky by Night

A Sunset Walk on a Beach in Sanibel Island, FL. If sunset walks like this one captured by award-winning Sanibel photographer, David Meardon, is your idea of slipping into a calm, relaxing tropical evening, Sanibel is the place to be. Even after dark, take a good look upward into the dark sky – it will be absent from bright city lights. The Sanibel sky is strewn with a palette of thousands of bright stars.

The Milky Way announces itself as the real thing – not a projected image from a seat at the planetarium or the fruitless search for the first star to come out at dusk in the city. Gathering your senses, you hear an invisible chorus of crickets in the seagrapes, singing the same songs their ancestors had before them, the way they were heard by the Calusa thousands of years ago.

Standing at the water’s edge, on this island ten miles out into the Gulf of Mexico, the white sand is soft as powder underfoot. The only sound you can hear is the gentle lull of the waves and the windchime of thousands of seashells being coaxed back into the Gulf.

Sanibel Inside Scoop: Filter Outside World

If you are one of the many people who prefer to park their car and travel to their destinations by bicycle, you will enjoy peddling along bike paths nestled by seagrapes and other island vegetation. One main path runs parallel along Periwinkle Way, the main street, that runs the length of the island. Efforts to filter the outside world are apparent – streets are named after shells (e.g., Donax, Pen Shell, Paper Fig) and, complementing the theme, there are no street lights. Many visitors make a point to visit the island’s lighthouse, which began as a government project when the island was first inhabited by settlers in the 1880’s. Many years later, the lighthouse is still in operation, but the former keeper’s quarters are leased to the City of Sanibel from the U.S. Coast Guard and serve as private dwellings.

The Economy of Seashells

Seashells have created an economy for Sanibel’s residents since the time of the Calusa Indians and are highly integrated into the culture and the economy of Sanibel. As many as 20-30,000 visitors come to Sanibel and its neighbor island Captiva each week at peak season, drawn by the desire to walk Sanibel’s beaches and its shells. Nearly 15,000 seasonal visitors travel to Sanibel in the escape of the cold winter weather in the northern regions, including Canada.

No matter where they come from, tourists of all ages spend their time learning about the island’s history at the Sanibel Historical Museum, learning about the diverse wildlife that inhabits the island at the J.N. Ding Darling Wildlife Refuge, or the ecology of the most famous island inhabitants, mollusks, during their visit to the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum. Visitors also enjoy the art of local artists in many cozy little boutiques and shops that sell wind chimes, jewelry, lamps, paperweights, decorative boxes, and ornaments. And of course, conversations in these shops are usually centered around shelling. They provide a good stopping point between a day’s activities and a good place to catch up on island news and the tide report!

Of the many expeditions that sailed to the New World, shells were among the items brought back to Europe. The pages ahead address the significant uses and meanings of shells in societies in addition to the Calusa Indians of southwest Florida.

The mass production of material goods during the Industrial Revolution made available countless products, including shells. These treasures of the sea became immortalized. They have been advertised, bagged, boxed, cast, collected, etched, glued, molded, mounted, painted, photographed, sealed, sculpted, stamped, studied – in other words – incorporated into our everyday lives as symbols of nature.

Wherever you decide to stop on your visit to Sanibel, you will be embarking on an adventure in a place filled with history – and shells!


Explorers: Arrival of the Spanish Ptolemy representing the Old World

Over the expanse of time, the sea brought life to Sanibel Island in the form of hundreds of species of birds and plant life. The sea also brought the Spanish, who left an unfortunate record of the destruction of culture for material wealth and social power. When the first Europeans landed in the New World, the inhabitants called them Awaunageesuck: the strangers (Cleary, Foreward).

Florida: Claimed by Spanish Government

Drawn during Amerigo Vespucci’s voyage, the Cantino map of 1502 gave evidence of both coasts of Florida and in 1510 the Spanish government claimed Florida through the rights of discovery. With few exceptions, secular priests and missionaries accompanied every Spanish expedition of discovery.

Whereas our principle intent in the discovery of new lands is that the
inhabitants and natives thereof, and become Christians and be saved,
and this is the chief motive that you are to bear and hold in this affair,
and to this end it is proper that religious persons should accompany you.

Source: newadvent.org

Spanish Conquistadors: León, Narvaez, and DeSoto

Unquestionably, Sanibel’s geographical position pointed it out as a landmark to passing discovery ships. Twelve years after the discovery of Haiti and Puerto Rico, the Spanish Conquistadors had killed over one million Indians on the two islands. Forewarned by the fleeing souls of the cruelties of the Spanish, the Calusa killed every Conquistador traveling northward in search of enriching their personal wealth and finance for a future expedition.

The Spanish called the Calusa Pescadores grandes, referring to their superb skills as a fisherman. The waters in Spring and Fall were filled with the thundering sound of hundreds of thousands of kingfish, mackerel and mullet in the midst of their seasonal migration (Fritz, 162).

Juan Ponce de León

Although records vary greatly, Juan Ponce de León was born in Spain around 1460 and is said to have served as a squire as a young man. In 1493 he joined Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to America. He became a military commander and deputy Governer. He discovered Puerto Rico and then persuaded the king to grant him ships View Source and men in another discovery voyage in search of the fountain of youth. Ponce’s list also included gold, spices and rare wood.

He landed on the Spanish Easter holiday and called Florida Pascua de Florida (feast of flowers). Ponce de León made his most authentic discovery in 1513 – the Gulf Stream. He named the Gulf Stream The Great Ocean River. Previous to this famous voyage, Indians told legends to explorers of mermaids (presumably manatees) and a fountain that would recapture youth (presumably natural springs).

Despite being greeted with fierceness, Ponce fell in love with the island and named it Santa Isabella and it later became Sanibel (Fritz, 20). The first mass in the U.S. is thought to have been given by Ponce de León’s second expedition in 1521. Seven years before this journey, he had been granted a royal patent to Florida by Ferdinand (Fritz, 21).

His efforts to conquer came to an abrupt end when he was pierced in the side with a fish bone tipped arrow. He died from his wound nine days later upon returning to Cuba. In contrast to his successors, Ponce did not want to exterminate the Calusa, in contrast with his successors.

Pánfilio de Narváez

Pánfilio de Narváez was granted the land of Florida by Emperor Charles V in 1526. After conquering Cuba, he led an expedition to Florida with 300 men, including Cabeza de Vaca. After surviving a hurricane near Cuba, his expedition landed on the west coast of Florida (near Tampa Bay) in April, 1528, claiming the land for Spain.

He was sent by the governor of Cuba to arrest Hernán Cortés, but failed and in doing so, he lost one of his eyes (View Source). In the next devastating blow to the Calusa in 1529, de Narváez brought four hundred men in a storm of bloody violence. Losing 396 men on his expedition, it is said he cut off noses, ears and threw the chief’s wife to his dogs (Scherman, 168). After failing in his attempts to conquer the Calusa, he escaped alive with the only four remaining men, one of them was Cabeza de Vaca, who later became a famous explorer in his own rite.

Hernando De Soto

Hernando De Soto brought priests in an attempt to evangelize the native tribes during the expeditions of 1527-28 and 1539-42. In the beginning, De Soto attempted friendliness. He raised a flag on the island, but a flag did not hold a sliver of symbolic meaning to the embittered Indians. Without intention, De Soto left behind the wake of seeds that would become Florida’s future; orange pips were carelessly dropped into the fertile ground and escaped cattle multiplied on inland prairies (Scherman, 168-169).

Timucuan, an Acuera chief wrote to De Soto in 1539:

I am king in my land, and it is unnecessary for me to become the subject of a person who has no more vassals than I. I regard those men as vile and contemptible who subject themselves to the yoke of someone else when they can live as free men. Accordingly, I and all my people have vowed to die a hundred deaths to maintain the freedom of our land. This is our answer, both for the present and forevermore.

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He failed to make friends with the chief and ordered their thatch houses burned and forced a few Calusa into guides. After being led into the swamps and finding neither gold nor silver nor anything of value, he asked the King permission to enslave or exterminate the natives (Scherman, 169).

Pedro Menéndez de Avilés

Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, the last Spanish conqueror, arrived in 1565 with the blessing of the Spanish Crown after establishing the first permanent settlement on the North American continent, St. Augustine. He stated his mission was to pacify the southern coast, to protect shipwrecks of treasure ships and galleons.

Impressed with the array of renaissance performers Menéndez greeted him with, the chief offered his sister for marriage (he was already married) to the explorer, enabling a relationship whereby Menéndez could leave Jesuit priests on the island between trips to convert the people and establish colonies of religious natives among them. The King had agreed previous to his voyage that he could keep almost everything he could take in his conquest, with the inclusion of fisheries and one or two towns. To avoid offending the chief, he accepted and had his new wife baptized and immediately removed from his presence (Scherman, 170).

In failing to win control of the people and the beautiful shore, in 1573 he wrote to King Philip II, that the Indians of South Florida are bloodthirsty – a menace to the Spanish, and asked permission to exterminate or enslave them” (Scherman, 170).

Sailing on A Spanish Galleon

Spanish Galleons were large ships with at least three masts, multiple sails and were faster than earlier warships that had been rowed. Galleons were made from oak, a strong, hardwood that lasted a long time. It took more than 2,000 trees to make some of the larger galleons. The average weight of a galleon was 400 tons, the weight of two jumbo jets. Being so heavy, the galleon traveled at around 4 to 8 knots, or 41/2 to 9 miles per hour View Source.

Effects of Acculturation

No inhabitants on the island since the Calusa utilized the abundance of resources nature had provided with such efficiency. Despite any good intentions, missionaries had become dismayed after discovering that they could not easily convert the Indians to the Catholic religion, although a number of them eventually did adopt the lifestyle of Europeans, including their religion. The cultural influences the Spanish impinged upon the Calusa and their neighboring tribes in years prior had been spreading through the Calusa culture like a terminal disease.

The spirit of the Indians deteriorated and they exiled into the interior and were noted to be exterminated by the Seminoles in the late eighteenth century, at such time the island became a perfect hiding place for pirate ships. Others who may have survived dealt with slave-raiding by tribes in the north and the non-stop spread of introduced diseases.

All cultures change, but the Calusa eventually succumbed to the pressures of acculturation. Through the actions of the Spanish and the steady integration of material culture introduced from the outside world on trading routes, this highly evolved culture disintegrated after flourishing for a great length of time.

The natives were united by such common bonds as their respect for nature and kinship and had highly developed skills as hunters, farmers, gatherers, fishermen, and artisans.

These skills and beliefs were maintained through centuries of adversity and passed on to new generations despite dwindling numbers and resources and the ever-increasing pressures of social and cultural changes.

Bass fishing in South Florida

Bass fishing in South Florida is a fun adventure. Nearly all streams, rivers, lakes, etc have peacock bass, smallmouth bass, largemouth, black bass, and related freshwater fish. The bass derived from Northern America, yet large bass is found in southern areas. The popular sport that takes place in Florida is game fishing, which occurs in streams, rivers, lakes, Everglades, etc.

The largemouth bass is one of the anglers’ favorite freshwater game-fishing experiences. Largemouth put up a struggle when hooked, which makes them a pleasure to catch. The largemouths have black to green colors, and lateral lines that extend behind the rear eye. The sunfish group, such as the largemouth bass is sometimes called big mouth, lineside, or black bass. The black bass is also Northern species or game fish. The black bass is referred to as a Genus from the Micropterus family.

Along the rivers, lakes, etc around south Florida are the peacock bass. The male peafowl has crested heads and large fan-shaped tails. Peacock bass has pleasing body colors, which include blue and green specks, or spots. The peacocks, like largemouth, are aggressive species. Peacock females and males are caught around Florida, which the fish come from the family of Cichlids.

How to choose fishing cycles

The best time to fish in Florida is during fall, summer, etc. May and February are great months to catch the large butterfly bass.

Florida has a selection of barracuda, amberjacks, bass, striped bass, bluefish, bonefish, largemouth, smallmouth, and related fish. The record for bass fishing in Florida is superb. To help you see how productive bass fishing is in Florida, we can consider the largest catch.

Amberjacks largest pounds listed at 142. The largest striped bass weighed 33 pounds and 2 ounces. The fish was caught in Tallahassee. The largest black bass caught at Panama City weighed 5 pounds and 1 ounce. The barracuda caught at Islamorada weighed 67 pounds. Along Jensen Beach, the largest bluefish weighed 22 pounds and 2 ounces. Catfish are often found around Sebastian, which the record fish weighed 3 pounds and 5 ounces.

In Southern parts of Florida, you may want to visit Lake Harris down around Tavares. The citrus trees are saturated, which in the structure are bodies of hiding fishing holes. Lodges are around the area for your convenience, as well as RV parks, and huge cottages. At the back of the lodging grounds around Tavares, you will notice thousands of acres of water, which is actually situated in Central regions of Florida.

Lake Harris however is a popular trophy bass region, which anglers join here to catch bluegill, shellcracker, specks, and a selection of bass. Crappie, shellcracker, large bass, and bluegill are also popular down around Lake Okeechobee. Like the bass, anglers enjoy shellcracker, since these fish put up an amazing resistance. The shellcracker are large also. Stump knockers, chinquapin, and yellow beam are also present at these waters. The sunfish grow up to 10-inches.

Peacock is another favorite game fish. The game fish is a member of Cichla orinocensis family. In short, the fish is categorized as freshwater Cichlid species. South America is where the fish originated, yet you will find the species in various areas around Florida, Singapore, and so on. The sub-specie to peacock is the butterfly peacock. The speckled peacock is another member of this species. Peacock, including the butterfly and speckled peacock are fighters, which attract anglers as that of the bass.

Throughout Florida, you will discover many lakes, ponds, rivers, streams, canals, etc. The popular lakes include Harris Chain, Butler Chain, Ocklawaha Chain, Kissimmee Chain, Lake Toho, etc, which are popular tourney grounds. The tourney grounds are popular since some of the largest crappie and largemouth swim through these waters. Florida’s Harris Chain circles nine-lakes, which is also one of the larger fishing grounds. Redear sunfish, sunshine bass, bluegill, and crappie are found at Harris Lake, in which the waters were nominated by the Wildlife Commission as the top fishing arena. Sunshine bass, also called stripers and rockfish originate from Northern regions, yet the fish are hunted as game fish in Florida. The sunfish are Morone Saxatilis family members, and often the fish have elongate strips along the sides of its body.

Florida Travel Attractions – Universal Orlando – Daytona Beach – South Florida

For a really fantastic family vacation your next vacation must be to Orlando, Florida As the number one family holiday destination in the world, Orlando is home to…Universal Studios, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Universal CityWalk, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, The Magic Kingdom Epcot Center, Disney-MGM Studios, Pleasure Island, Downtown Disney, Seaworld Adventure Park and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum.

For a relaxing vacation experience while in Orlando, visit the Ocala National Forest or the Wekiwa Springs State Park. You can enjoy canoeing, hiking, swimming, and camping; all at Florida’s famous spring waters.

Florida is also home to Championship Golf Courses, the nearby Kennedy Space Center, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, and many world-famous beaches.

There is so much to do in Orlando, Florida that there is not sufficient time to see all the theme parks and attractions in one day.

Daytona Beach, Florida

Daytona Beach, Florida is known for it’s the most famous beach, where you can sink your feet into the cool, white sand while the warm sun gently massages your body. If you are into water sports you could go swimming, surfing, jet-skiing, parasailing and windsurfing you could head offshore to do some deep-sea fishing, or fish the backwaters famous for their abundance of Redfish!”

Whether you head on over to the Daytona Speedway to watch a few races or visit the Nascar Museum, you’ll soon find that your Daytona Beach vacation is full of high-speed action. Hit the boardwalk, play on championship golf courses, stroll through an art gallery or dance over to the Bandshell for a free weekend concert.

Take time on your Florida vacation to sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of The Seaside Music Theater or The Daytona Playhouse.
If you’d rather spend your vacation just lying in the sun and listening to the surf, New Smyrna Beach just south of Daytona Beach is perfect for you.

Universal Orlando

Get ready for nonstop action, thrills, and excitement! With two amazing theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. When the sun goes down, feel the electricity of Universal Citywalk, Orlando’s hottest spot for entertainment and never-ending nightlife At Universal CityWalk, the party never ends. Explore five remarkable islands where the most cutting edge rides, shows, and attractions ever created challenge all your senses. Reserve your vacation today, and enjoy all that Universal Orlando has to offer.

South Florida

South Florida is the largest developed locale in the state of Florida and in Southern America. It is consists of three primary cities – Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and West Palm Beach.

The Little Havana, Miami is a dazzling city. Tourists can always look forward to viewing the Kennedy Space Centre and the Cape Canaveral Space Launch Facility. People will be amazed at the different NASA space facilities in the area. From space houses, you can visit Miami’s exceptional museums such as the Gold Coast Railroad Museum and the Miami Art Museum – both homes to a significant and rich history, art and culture.

The space amenities and museums are but the tip of icebergs. You can see and enjoy more of Miami. Famous for its luminous weather, outlandish beaches, and an extraordinary celebration of nightlife – people can always choose from the wide varieties of activities of what the city can offer.
Other tourists’ destinations include The Miami Freedom Tower, where shoppers can go overgenerous for just this moment. After shopping galore, let nature cuddle you into a bountiful vacation by visiting the Miami Metrozoo and Miami Everglades National Park.

The next city of the Tri-County area is Fort Lauderdale. Due to the city’s spacious and complex canal system, Fort Lauderdale is nicknamed Venice of America. Another given name to the city is Fort Liquordale due to its good beaches surrounded by the joy and flickering lights of different party houses.

Party houses are usually for adults and the partygoers. You may ask how about attractions for children. Of course, Fort Lauderdale offers a variety of scenic spots suitable for children as well as adults.

If your children are eager to know about the protagonists of the sea, then the International Swimming Hall of Fame will be best for them. The place displays different exhibits on aquatic sports. Moreover, there are reading rooms available that cater to a wide range of reading materials regarding the sea and the sports-related to water.

Do you want to get close to nature? Visit the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Biscayne Nature Centre where your eyes will delight to conserved habitats in the Coastline of Florida.

To complete the tri-county area, let us move on to West Palm Beach. People who love along-the-coast Mediterranean housing estates can look forward to seeing these and more at the city of West Palm Beach.
For you to be to complete your love for the art, better visit the Norton Museum of Art. The museum highlights round shapes as the main theme of the artwork.

Vastness of art sightings is not the only one West Palm Beach can brag. If you have that extra dollar in your pocket, you can always drop by Worth Avenue, a place wherein you can enjoy an afternoon walk in the city overseeing numerous shopping centers, mostly Spanish-styled inspired.
Whether it is nature parks, beach resorts, museums, and other art halls…South Florida can offer you a vacation worth remembering. You will get there all weary and blue but you will surely get out of South Florida rejuvenated with a good body color of a golden tan.

Florida Beach Wedding

South Florida is an incredible place to celebrate your wedding if both couples decided on a beach wedding. It is a place with wonderful beaches and beautiful and romantic spots ready to accommodate you for an exciting unforgettable event of your life. It is the state in the United States that has a nice, sunny climate that is ideal for any occasion. You could choose from entrancing places like Miami, Miami Beach, and the Florida keys.

Miami Beach

A wedding held in the beaches of Miami is like choosing a perfect spot with a romantic ambiance.

-It is a paradise of beaches and modern facilities providing all the amenities for enjoyment and a friendly tourist spot for vacationers. The couple could select from beautiful churches and great international hotels located along the Middle Beach and Collins Avenue.

-It is a trendsetting environment. It is the Mecca of entertainment and the arts and shopping arena. Couples can shop on shopping galleries located along the South Beach Ocean’s Drive, Washington Avenue and Lincoln Road. These are the famous spot for visitors, travelers from around the world, celebrities and even local residents love the place. They could also check some outdoor displays of local artists along the famous Ocean Drive.

-The couple will have the chance of journeying the Miami beaches with a length of more than 7 miles. They could explore and have fun playing at three different golf courses and fall in love with the beauty of twenty parks in the area.

-Its rich cultures are combined with colorful nightlife, naming it as the most famous and favorite wedding spot. Miami’s Beach nightlife became one of its trademarks. Both couples will have all the time to enjoy and have fun on the different bars and night clubs by just hanging around the place.

Florida keys

The Florida key is surely a bet for wedding venues besides its historical background and several islands to choose from.

Key Largo is the first island and the longest key of the Florida Keys. It located in the northernmost part of the Florida Keys. It is an excellent place for sport fishing and diving. Couples who love nature can enjoy kayaking, bird watching from the Everglades, or just simply go scuba diving. Varieties of restaurants, hotels, bars, and resorts uniquely built offer a haven of enjoyment for married couples.

Islamorada is the second historical key with wonderful natural ecosystems. It is a village known as the World’s Sportfishing Capital. Couples will enjoy shopping for souvenirs on varieties of galleries and shops selling colorful arts and crafts collection.

Marathon is the third and the heart of Florida Keys, it is a city located along the center of Vaca Key Island. It is an archaeological site and a good place for sports like golf and water sports.

Seven Mile Bridge is the fourth key serving as main gates to the Lower Keys. It is considered the world’s longest segmental bridge. The couple will love viewing the scenic and historical scenery of the Mexico Gulf and the Atlantic Ocean.

Big Pine Key is the fifth key containing the rest of the lower keys. A great place for a wedding that will let you experience a beautiful and romantic sunset. It is also not a crowded key.

The last key is Key West. The couples could spend time together visiting historical places such as Hemingway’s house, the colorful tiny houses restored during the 19th century and the residential mansions built by the rich and famous businessmen and leaders of the city, and you and your significant other can have fun at the bars and hotels.

If you plan to have a beach wedding, South Florida is one of the best choices you will ever make. It provides a romantic ambiance and you can also have a lot of fun in the bars and beach parties in this area. Also, since South Florida is a great place for parties, you won’t spend much time looking for a place for your wedding reception.

Bass fishing in Kissimmee Chains

Kissimmee Chains is located in Florida. The lake is a big water adventure where thousands of anglers join each year. Surrounding Kissimmee Chains is Harris Chain, Butler Chain, Lake Toho, etc, which the chains stretch to the bionetworks of Florida’s popular Everglades.

Kissimmee Chains surround Orlando, which each year trophy fishing, big adventure bass fishing, game fishing, fly-fishing, etc all take place. Throughout the waters is a wide selection of smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, black bass, white bass, etc. Peacock, butterfly bass and other species are hunted in these waters as well.

Kissimmee Chains and surrounding lakes is the prominent bass fishing arena. The fishing is a family pastime, which families around the world enjoy hobbies, sports, game fish, fly-fishing, and trophy fishing. Tournaments also take place around Florida waters. Children and women enjoy bass fishing in Florida, since they can catch large bass, snap a shot, and toss them back to the waters. NOTE: IF you do not plan to eat the fish, cast them back into the water to preserve nature.

How guides can protect you on your bass fishing adventure:
Bass fishing in Florida water is simple if you use licensed guides, however, if you plan to fish on your own, learn about tactics, dangers, lures, etc, to protect yourself while bass fishing. Florida has a selection of poisonous snakes, alligators, etc.

Kissimmee Chain connects to some of Florida’s hottest fishing holes. The fishing holes often house redeye bass, black bass, white bass, yellow bass, spotted bass, smallmouth, largemouth, and so on. The spotted bass is one of Florida’s hottest fish. Spotted bass run minute streams and medium-sized waters. Florida spotted bass prefers sluggish clear water that continues movement into deep clear reservoirs. The water temperature preferred by the spotted bass is 70-degrees. Spotted bass on off days will swim 100-feet below water level. The fish swim in artificial bodies of water, which the largest bass weighed 9-pounds and 4-ounces. The bass was caught in California’s Lake Perris. To catch spotted bass try crayfish, larval, smaller fish, maturing insects, etc.

If you are out for the big bass, search the freshwater streams. Striped bass is often running the channels throughout curved inlets. The Anadromous fish are found in extensive reservoirs also, especially around the southern regions. You will find a wide selection of Largemouth bass swimming near eutrophic streams, or organic Mesotrophic lakes.

Smallmouth bass swims in clear, pure water. The bass is often spotted in organic or synthetic waters. Mesotrophic lakes or reservoirs where the water is deep are a good hunting ground for smallmouth bass. Try using the bass’ favorite food, i.e. crayfish when hunting the smallmouth bass.

Like the largemouth bass, smallmouth bass often runs for cover on sunny days. Light tends to jerk the species nerves, which send them to weed beds, vegetation, timber, brush, slow motion pits, streams, ponds, rivers, etc.

Mr. Redeye is also found in waters around Florida, including the Kissimmee Chains. You will find redeye in natural reservoirs, lakes, etc. Redeye bass is known for their red eyes and are found in Canada, Florida, etc.

Lake Kissimmee, or the chain of lakes that surround the area include Lake Hatchineha, Lake Cypress, Walk in Water, Lake Toho, Lake Tiger, Rosalie, Marion Jackson, Lake Okeechobee, etc. The chains extend to the Florida Everglades, which you want to stop at Lake Okeechobee since its one of Florida’s largest bass fishing holes.

If you plan to travel to Kissimmee Chains, be sure to research Florida’s size limit, restrictions, etc to avoid unwarranted commotions while enjoying your bass fishing adventure.