Captain John Leech had great week. Orlando trophy bass fishing best bite early in the morning using wild shiner.
Till next time tight lines and good fishing….
From Staff Writer Capt. John Leech
Go Orlando bass fishing on the most prolific lakes for bass.
Bass Fishing Forecast for December
Bass fishing in Florida is usually great in the month of December. Bass are starting to feed up for the spawn. Cold fronts have started rolling through the state not only cooling off our air temperatures, but also our water temperatures. This will trigger bait fish, shad and wild shiners to bunch up, making the bass feeding frenzy some really exciting action to fish.
This time of year bass schooling action is not uncommon and with this going on, bass can be caught in several different ways. Of course one of everyone’s favorite ways is top water action. Top water pop’rs, buzz baits and toads can trigger some explosive strikes from bass.
Spinner baits and blade baits, like the steel shad will also be very effective lures to use to catch schooling bass.
Largemouth bass will start staging up for the big spawn, and bass beds can be seen as early as the first week of December. This is generally when expectations start to rise, people get excited, as catching that trophy bass can become much easier. Anglers will be ready to start targeting bass beds with ten inch worms, craws and a wide range of other creature baits to catch that one gal they have been waiting for.
This is also a very busy time of year for us, as anglers from all over the United States flock to Florida, the Bass Fishing Capital of the World, as they know this is the start of what we call “Trophy Bass Fishing” season.
One of the main targets of course will be world famous Lake Toho which has been known for decades to yield some of the biggest bass the State of Florida has to offer. Other lakes in the central Florida area that can and will produce trophy bass are, Butler Chain and Johns Lake.
November Bass Fishing, Folks this is the time of year we really start to get excited. Cooler weather has finally grabbed a hold of us which makes things very nice when you’re out on the waters of Central Florida chasing after those trophy bass we have down here. Live wild shiners become one of the main baits of choice for many anglers, as they start that search for the big ten pound plus trophy largemouth bass.
Central Florida has the lakes that can and will produce trophy bass every year. Lake Toho being one of the main targets of many anglers, and this great body of water will yield more than its fair share of the lunker bass. Lake Kissimmee will also produce so big monster bass as well. With the main targets being grass beds and skinny waters closer to shore, as the bass are getting closer to spawn time.
Years past we have come across bass beds by the first week of December, but a lot of this will be hinged on how the weather treats us as well. With a steady weather pattern it is very possible to start catching bass from beds by the end of the month, although the spawn generally will not hit full swing until January or February.
Butler Chain and Conway Chain will also be some great bass fishing action. Bother these bodies of water have some of the cleanest waters around, and both are well known for bass schooling action. Both these areas not only hold some of the deeper water action, but they also have a ton of docks that can be fished, and these docks will hold some great bass. We round out Central Florida Bass fishing with Johns Lake. Johns Lake is known for some great bass schooling action and when the spawn hits, this place can compete with Lake Toho when it comes to trophy bass fishing. Don’t forget, we also have some pretty darn good crappie fishing here in Central Florida as well.
Lake Toho Bass Fishing and Kissimmee Chain Bass Fishing
The bass fishing on Lake Toho and the Kissimmee Chain has been great for us. Live wild shiners of course have always been a good bet to catching some good numbers as well as size, but I gotta tell you folks, we have been slamming some good numbers as well as size with artificial baits.
Our main baits as of late have been a good mix with senko type baits, speed craws, spinnerbaits, strike king red eye shads, and the one that woke up the sleeping giant the first day of October was the Azuma Shaker Z.
One main area we have been working has a good spam of lily pads with a bunch of scattered grasses and hydrilla and it has been holding a ton of bass. Working the Azuma Shaker Z around the grasses and just above the hydrilla produced some good numbers, as well as this toad of a bass. We had spotted a few other huge blowups in the water but they were just out of casting distance, but I tell ya, they were bass just as big as this trophy bass.
Soft plastics had produced several smaller bass as well as two bass that were four pounds plus, and they fought like champs. The air temperature as well as the water temperatures are finally cooling down and it has been triggering a pretty good feed from the bass. The day started out with the water surface temp right at 76 degrees and made for some good bass fishing. This coming week is looking like much cooler temps overnight as well as during the day, and this will only benefit the bass fishing action in a positive way.
Several more runs out on the Kissimmee Chain coming up so check back often for new reports and updates.
Trophy Bass Fishing on World Famous Lake Toho
World Famous Lake Toho covering 18,810 acres of what is indisputably some of the best trophy bass fishing in the State of Florida, and with very good reason. This amazing body of water can, on any given day or any given cast reward an angler with a 10 pound bass, what everyone considers a trophy bass, or a catch of a lifetime for many.
With many options for catching these trophy bass ranging from wild shiners to crank baits, one thing is for sure, the possibilities are endless, the fun and excitement has no boundaries. Tournament anglers flock from around the country to fish tournaments here. Whether it be a B.A.S.S tournament, FLW, Extreme Bass or local club tournaments, these directors hold their tournaments here for a very good reason, BIG BASS!
Depending on what time of year you wish to fish Lake Toho can play a role on the numbers, or the quality of the bass you will catch. Now everyone knows the summer months for bass fishing can be tough with the extreme heat, many anglers feel that the bass just won’t bite. This is very far from the truth. Generally the summer months the bass fishing will still be productive in the early morning hours and late afternoon. Many will say “the big gals bite early or late” but I can assure you they will bite all day long. Most of my biggest bass, 7 to 10 pounds have come between the hours of 11am and 3 pm, right in the heat of the day!
Fall and winter are probably some of the best times to bass fish on Lake Toho. Cold fronts will roll into Central Florida, lowering our air temperatures and also dropping our water temperatures. This will trigger bait fish, shad and shiners to bunch up in pods making them an easy target for largemouth bass to ambush. This will trigger the bass feeding frenzy as they fatten up for the spawn, which typically starts early January and will last sometimes into May.
Spawn season is typically our busiest time of year, as this is generally one of the best times for people to get a chance at catching that trophy bass from Lake Toho. Many anglers, even the most experienced, will request live wild shiners as their bait of choice just to increase the chances of them catching that Trophy Bass that many anglers may spend many years trying to catch.
Spring can be just absolutely off the hook bass fishing! Trophy bass have finished their spawn, and what are they looking to do? Well this is the time that trophy bass once again go on a major feeding frenzy! They have laid their eggs and for the most part remained dormant, as they remain close to the bed, watching over the buck bass guarding the nest. Now if the buck has been caught and not released, the female bass will return to guard the nest. Once the spawn is complete for her, she will start feeding up to regain strength, and these gals can be very aggressive when they feed. This will make for some seriously fun bass fishing.
There is good reason these bass make it to 10 pounds or better, they are smart! We know the waters we fish, but remember, they know the waters they live in. Many may find that statement laughable, but think about it. Many big bass are not caught in wide open waters. They are usually caught from beds, which can be close to or even under docks. Close to or in openings in grass beds, or in and around sunken timber. Now when you hook one of these gals, they will make a run for cover, Hitting that dock, trying to get to thick cover, or tangling you up in that timber. That to me, and many other pro anglers says these bass are smart. It’s not just a matter of setting a hook, and reeling her in.
We must always remember when you do catch a spawning bass to handle her with extreme care. Please take that picture fast, supporting her belly and gently releasing her back into the waters. These trophy bass are also our “breeding stock” as we like to call them. It’s their gene that helps map our future in the bass fishing industry, and when these trophy bass are released alive and well it will increase the next bass anglers’ chances at also catching that bass of a lifetime, and who knows, that next angler could be your own son or daughter.
The Orlando area is well known for having some of the best Trophy Bass fishing action in the state of Florida. There is a variety of lakes to choose from to include Lake Kissimmee, the Butler Chain, Johns Lake, and the World Famous Lake Toho. With over 20 years of experience on these, and several other lakes in the area, we feel we can offer you the best options, and the best chances possible of getting that 10 pound bass, and make your dreams come true.
For the months of October 2009 thru February 2010, we will be offering two different bass fishing packages. This time span promises to be once again, THE best portion of the fishing season as the bass feed up for the spawn, and hit the beds.
3 DAY SPECIAL
2 people – $975.00
3 days of trophy bass fishing on 3 different lakes in Central Florida
This will definitely give you the best chance for catching that 10 pound bass.
2 DY SPECIAL
2 people – $650.00
2 Days of Trophy Bass Fishing
You will be fishing 2 different lakes
Still giving you the same chance at catching that 10 pound bass.
A third person can be added for a $50.00 fee per day. All the tackle you will be needing is supplied. Live bait can be used, but there is an extra charge.
There will be a required $75.00 deposit per day to secure your trip dates. All deposits are non refundable.
These were very popular packages last year, so book soon to secure your dates, as they fill up fast.
Capt Tim Fey