by Brent Watters –
EZ Angler likes to catch up when possible with our followers and learn about their interest in fishing and ask what tips they have for other EZ Anglers. This time we caught up with Jermaine Davis of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Some of you may have seen some of Jermaine’s awesome lunker catches on our EZ Angler Facebook and Instagram pages.
How did you get into fishing?
I’ve been fishing since I was 11 and fished off and on while I was in the Navy whenever I could. I could not do a lot of fishing during that time but that was where I was introduced to the C-rig, which I throw on occasion.
Now that I’m out the Navy, I have a lot more time to go after bass. I do a lot of bank bass fishing and you can always find me carrying my gear with me in my car, ready to hit the water whenever there’s a chance.
Tell us a little about the gear you use?
Well, I don’t have the big name or big bucks rods or reels, mainly because I don’t have the cash yet. But you know what, for now, my Shakespeare $50 rod-and-reel comb do just fine.
What is your fishing style and what are you throwing?
In the months of December and January hard baits were on, as well as cranks (KVD), poppers, (Rapalas & Spit-N-Kings) and jerk baits (X-Rap). I use a 7-ft. medium action rod and spinning reel (5.8:1). This year, the Z-man Chatterbait and Strike King Spinner baits have produced for me and I got my biggest bass this winter. Most of my topwater hits happen when I used a pop-pop stop, 4 to 5 seconds, then a constant 5 or 6 pop action. What I’m noticing is that I’m getting the best hits on my jerkbaits after 4 or 5 jerks then a slight pause and that’s where the action seems to take place.
Now that the temps are warming up I’ve moved to soft baits with a focus on throwing flukes, speed worms, senkos, and soft swimbaits.
You know, the bottom line here is, my preference is whatever the fish want.
Any preference in time when fishing?
During these late winter months, my best time of the day has been just before or after rain and mid-day around 1 p.m. on overcast days.
The changing of the weather everyday here in Jacksonville has made the bass crazy and unpredictable, so I practice changing things up and go against my own norm. Although I’m not a pro, I stay dedicated to working on my skills every day.