Florida’s fabled climate (sort of like California this week) turned sour in early December, but Rusty Brown and father Rocky, still were able to sample the bass fishing at Walt Disney World–and catch over 300 bass on five different waterways.

Rusty typically takes guide clients to the popular waters around the Southland, but on this vacation he was “a client” for 17 outings (part of the vacation package) on the other side of the country. But instead of mild conditions, the South was suffering through record low temperatures.

Still, the crankbait bite was generally on, though the fish were deep by Florida standards. They hit such waters as Bay Lake, Seven Seas Lagoon, Downtown Disney, Caribbean, Yacht and Beach Club and World Showcase Lagoon (Epcot), catching largemouths to 7 1/2 pounds.


Rusty told me they faced “adverse weather conditions encountered throughout the trip.” Topping their list of effective hard baits were Rapala DT 14’s, DT Thugs, Rattlin Raps, Xrap Jerk Baits in colors Helsinki shad, parrot, chrome/blue, and silver.” At times they cranked as deep as 17 to 20 feet.


But these Florida waters allowed them to mix things up. “I caught some nice fish with jigs,”” said Rusty, but found “Texas rigging red shad, June bug and plum color ribbon tails leading the worm bite.”  Of course, the cover in Florida is nothing like Southern California. As he put it, “Due to the fact there was not much rocky cover, we had to find the right grass that would hold the right fish. Such grass included Kissimmee grass and green pepper grass.”

Of course, this was a vacation. Said Rusty, “In between fishing, visiting the theme parks and taking in holiday sights, we also tasted numerous Disney restaurants such as: California Grill, Artist Point, Le Cellier, Jiko and we even went to a Hawaiian Luau at the Polynesian Resort. For night life people, there are clubs, shops and concert entertainment for everybody with Downtown Disney and the House of Blues. A huge hot spot!”

Of course, it’s not Diamond Valley and the Hemet nightlife–but it sounded pretty good.

You can check in with Rusty on his own website.