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Florida Bass: This Is Why You Stock Them

There are a fraction as many farms in the Southeast that raise pure Floridas as there are that raise northern or F1 largemouth.  Though there isn’t as much difference in catchability as some would have you believe, they are harder to catch on lures than northern largemouth.  But they get drastically bigger than northerns, and unlike F1s, their offspring aren’t genetically inferior.

After a while, though, all of the above may just begin to seem like words on top of words…

Until you fish a pond that has been stocked by us for trophy bass, with pure Floridas:

All of these fish were caught between March 4, and May 10, 2022.  From a four-acre pond that most of the bass have only been stocked in for two and a half years.

We stocked forage in this pond in 2017, and the first largemouth the first week of July 2018 (80 fish).  Then we stocked 200 additional pure Floridas in November 2019.

This pond hasn’t even reached its peak yet – the best is still to come.  Ten-pound bass will be common in this pond in two years.

Oh, by the way – every one of the bass pictured above was caught on a lure, i.e. not live bait.  Don’t believe everything you read about pure Floridas.  There are a lot of guys in this business who don’t know what they’re doing and will sell you F1s because they’re easy – more hatcheries raise them, they can buy them cheaper, they even grow a little faster the first year or so than Floridas.  And their offspring are every bit as inferior as the offspring of a hybrid bluegill, and you’ll never find a four-acre pond producing bass like the ones above less than four years removed from stocking.

Don’t trust your pride and joy, your trophy bass pond, to anyone but us.  We get results that no one else can touch.