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Full moon makes for large bass

The Florida freshwater fishing forecast for the third week of March starts out with the full moon that is five days past the lunar apogee and a weather forecast predicting southerly winds at 15-20 mph that will produce a 30 percent chance of rain today and Monday.

Tuesday through Thursday there will be a slight chance of rain as a northwesterly wind at 5-10 mph brings a low pressure system into the state. Wednesday looks to be the best of the next five days with ideal wind speeds, variable cloud cover.

The barometric plot of the past five days has produced a major feeding migration each day from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

I expect this weather factor to continue to cause fish to move during this time of day over the next few days. The lunar phase times won't have much of an influence on triggering fish to feed since the weather factors will be constantly changing over the next five days.

The major feeding migration of the day I predict will continue to occur from the midmorning hours to 1 p.m. The feeding intensity rating today will reach 7 or 8; however fishing the windy side of the lake will be a challenge today and tomorrow.

The good news is that it is a southerly wind that will be switching out of a more westerly direction late today early tomorrow.

The minor fishing migrations of the day will occurs during the sunrise and moonset, and during the sunset and moonrise periods. From the 6:30-8:30 hours of the day a feeding intensity of 5-6 will occur with the peak period occurring as the sunrise and sunset end

For the month of March I am promoting "Bait and Tackle Store Appreciation Month" by giving anglers 'artificial bait half day bass fishing trips' for $150, which can be for two anglers, and includes my equipment and baits, and gas.

All you need to do is bring any Highlands County bait and tackle store's March 2014 receipt of over $30 with you to the boat ramp on the day of the trip to have the discount.

The Istokpoga.info webpage is updated weekly as I obtain information from all the lake management agencies as to their work plans for the lake during the upcoming week. Currently the lake level is two inches below the annual high pool of 39.5 feet above sea level.

The bass fishing results of the past 10 days were very good, with daily catches of bass in the eight to nine pound range and five to eight in the three to six pound range each trip.

I've been maintaining a five pound average per bass so far this month which is a tribute to just how good Lake Istokpoga has become.

Dave Douglass is a bass fishing guide and conservationist in Central Florida. This column can be accessed in full at BassFishingForecast.com and FloridaBassFishingForecast.com.

Main website: HighlandsBassAngler.com Phone: 863-381-8474. Email: davidpdouglass@hotmail.com.