The weather has been on a major warming trend and the bass fishing is great. If you are coming to Florida and want to spend some time on the water, consider using shiners. They vary in price from $15 to $22 per dozen, but the bass will almost always eat shiners.
A young couple fished with me yesterday and 14 of the 15 bass caught were taken on shiners. The biggest bass boated by a customer this year has been a 9.5lber, basically a "toad".
Ice out is getting close, so be careful and when open water arrives, be sure to wear your life vest.