By Dan Echols
With the afternoon storms here in the heartland lately and the lightning that usually accompanies them, coupled with the fact that school is back in full swing, Louie and I have had to change our fishing tactics a little. Instead of late afternoon trips, we’ve switched to going early in the morning.
We’re not complaining though because with all the rain we’ve had lately, the lake levels are way up and that’s a good thing.
During a recent trip we got out on Lake Charlotte at first light this morning and as the sun was coming up, the lake was as slick as glass. Louie started things off by catching this monster of a Bluegill. As always, we had a great time, and as far as we’re concerned, it just doesn’t get to
o much better.
Freshwater fishing right here in the Heartland is without a doubt some of the best anywhere. The fish bite year round and with over a hundred lakes to choose from here in Highlands County, the opportunities are endless.
About Adrian “Louie” Echols
Adrian “Louie” Echols was born in the Heartland in 2001. He got his first ultra-light rod and reel combo on his first birthday and caught his first bass at the age of three. Since then he’s not looked back and has grown to become a most successful fisherman at his current ripe old age of ten. . At seven he was presented a certificate by Captain Cefus McRae, Producer of “The Nuts & Bolts of Fishing” Television Show, declaring him to be the very first Junior Pro-Staff Member of that organization. He’s been featured in two major publications, once in Field & Stream, and twice in the Braggin’ rights section of GAFF Magazine. Along with many other articles in newspapers, publications and he even starred in his own episode of the Lunkerville Television Fishing show, simply titled “Louie, Louie”, and currently airing throughout the United States and Canada on the World Fishing Network (WFN). He was recently chosen as the Poster Child for the new Highlands County Lakes Guide.
Aside from all of this, Louie is just a kid who loves to fish, and is surrounded by people that love him. He aspires to become a professional fisherman one day, and judging from what he’s accomplished thus far, that might just happen. Louie attends Cracker Trail Elementary School and when he’s not in school he and his grandpa go bass fishing every chance they get. In fact, they are on what they call their “fishin’ mission”, to fish all of Highlands County’s over one hundred lakes.
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