Well I am back from my long awaited trip to Deland Florida. We fished the St John's river and surrounding areas near and in the Lake Woodruff National Wildlife refuge. I have never seen such beautiful looking cover for bass EVER! All the inter-connecting rivers, channels, creeks, and lakes that make up this inland delta, are just one massive bass habitat! Only one problem, the bass were few and far between. The 3 hurricanes that criss-crossed the st John's basin (30 miles due west of Daytona) really, really decimated the bass pops. This whole area was supposed to offer some of the best bass fishing in the world, we only boated 5 the whole 8 days. We used shiners, and everything we had and knew. Nothing worked. The guide captains (at the camp we stayed at and who have been guiding for 42 years) were even getting shut out on paid trips too. Captain Ron said he was honestly "afraid for the months of May and June". He went back into log books on guided trips throughout the years and they routinely would get 10-40 bass in mid January on trips. Not this year. I had a WONDERFUL time though! The 2 weeks we picked to go were the best 10 day string of weather central Florida has had in decades. The temps ranged from HIs of 75-83, with the majority being 80 ish. Sunny everyday too! The scenery was beautiful and the wildlife was awesome! Never seen gators in the wild before. I now have seen a thousand. Water moccassins, manatees, a wild monkey, birds, deer, otters (i think) you name it! I did add to my life list though, I caught a 26 inch 5 pound bowfin. We actaully boated almost as many bowfin as bass (4)! The crappie were on fire every where, they were not affected by the storms. In summation, if anyone is thinking about going to central Florida for bassing, give it a few years if you can. It will take at least that long to rebound to what it was. I have heard the same things about Stick Marsh 13 too. It is an hour or 2 south. I would assume most lakes and creeks in the whole general area were affected. I had a heads up on this possibility from people on a Florida fishing forum, it is unfortunately true!