Saturday, January 18, 2014

An Orlando Bass Fishing Trip to Remember

The 2014 Orlando bass fishing season is underway and it has been nothing short of amazing! The cold weather is going to come but so far this winter it has been more of a wet season without the brutal cold fronts that many in the North are dealing with. A low pressure system was kind enough to park over the state of Florida and with it came 2 weeks of rain and clouds. Perfect for big bass fishing in Orlando!

George Eby was a recent benefactor of the weather and great bass fishing we are having with a trip to Lake Toho. What many in the area were not aware of was that the conditions had become perfect for the bass on Lake Toho to move up in a massive wave of spawning activity in the span of a few days. One of which happened during George's day on the water. Live bait was the bait of choice for this trip with the goal of catching his biggest bass ever. It will be a day George remembers for a long time.

The morning started out rather slow with a clouded sunrise on our first spot but after a short wait we boated our first bass of the day, a healthy 4lb bass. Soon after we made the move to our second area and not long after the bite started and it was a full on explosion of big bass. George landed his first big bass and largest ever, a long and healthy bass weighing in at 8lbs. One of the most notable things about our bass on Lake Toho has been just how clean and healthy they are and this bass was a great reflection of just how great the fishery is doing.

After catching a few more smaller bass the action heated up again with two back to back chunks. This has been very consistent for our trips with action coming in short bursts of feeding and requiring us to keep the bait in the area while it is happening. On mornings like this you never know just how long the bite will last but on those rare occasions we sometimes happen to be at the right place at the perfect time. So, it was safe to say I was happily surprised when George landed his next big bass of the morning weighing 7 1/2 lbs and putting up an excellent fight.
After a brief lull in the action we decided to hit our last spot of the morning in hopes of catching one more big bass before ending Georges Orlando bass fishing trip. The wind had picked up quite a bit making it more of a challenge in this area but with some hard work and determination were rewarded with the last fish of the day coming in at just under 8lbs.

For a guide this is what gets me up in the morning because not every day do you get to see a client experience the best day of his life on the water. But when you do it is all worth it and knowing you helped achieve what they came to Florida for is a great feeling.

At the end of the day 25 bass were caught with the best 5 coming in at 34lbs! Truly a day to remember and just what George was hoping for - a Trophy Bass Fishing Adventure!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Well, it didn't take long to get the 2014 Orlando trophy bass fishing season started with a bang! While most of America was still sleeping after the late night New Years eve party I was out on Lake Toho with Chris and his son Sam. The morning started off great with 8 bass in the first hour but nothing over 4 lbs so we moved to some other areas and actually had a very uneventful 3 hours until the last spot of the day. It's not unusual to see fish behave differently from one day to the next in Orlando because our weather and wind directions can vary greatly even in the same day.

On this day the winds had changed from the West to a strong North wind and made it possible to fish some areas that previously had been difficult to fish. We have also had areas sprayed for hydrilla opening up more fishing areas. One that I had been to the day earlier and caught a 4 lb bass while using artificials told me to come back on a day when we had live bait to see what else might be there.

The decision paid off for Chris and Sam with 12 bass in about an hour and a half with the biggest coming in at 10lbs 6 oz and another that Chris missed in the same range. It was a great way to start the New Year and a great way to finish their Orlando Bass Fishing trip.

If you are thinking of coming to Orlando for a trophy bass fishing trip I hope you will consider Florida Bass Adventures for your next outing. I guide on Lake Toho, the Kissimmee Chain and the St Johns River putting clients on trophy bass like the one pictured to the left.