Florida Bass Fishing
Trophy Bass Fishing in Florida, Lake Toho Style
Cal simply couldn’t resist
the weedmats that reminded him of the bountiful frog fishing areas back home on
the Delta. Steve moved the boat in tight to get Cal within casting distance and
it didn’t take long before he got a nice blowup on a Snag Proof Bobby Perfect
Frog, unfortunately it didn’t stay pinned on.
The weather on Toho gets nasty
As we worked the edges the
sky turned dark almost as if a switch had been flipped. Lightning could be seen
in the distance, followed by thunder about four seconds afterwards. I’ve never
seen weather change so quickly from clear blue skies to some of the nastiest
storm patterns I have ever seen. It was instantly clear where Toho got it’s name
from, and it was even more clear that we had to get off the lake.
With lightning in the distance and
the storm fast approaching it was time to head for cover
The lightning got closer
and the rain started coming down as we pulled off the lake to take refuge in the
car. “We are going to have to wait this one out, it will blow by,” Steve
predicted. Thirty minutes later the storm was gone it was if it never happened,
the horizon were once again bluebird skies. That’s Toho weather for you, be
Back on the water Steve busts the
gear back out
Back on the water we
fished slightly deeper areas, and by slightly I mean just four feet deeper.
Steve handed me a traditional lipless crankbait to try and I remembered that
Grant Koppers had given me a few Live Target shad to try the day before. I
pulled out one of the baits and showed it to Steve. “Honestly I like that one a
whole lot better, go ahead and throw that,” he said. It didn’t take long before
I boated a few more fish with the Koppers lure, the bass were eating it up!
Zander gets into more schooling
We fished for a few more
hours and caught a few more fish, nothing as big as the beautiful seven pounder
boated earlier that day, but all healthy looking bass. As the sun started to dip
the weather grew dark again and we witnessed two frenzies in which the bass
schooled up tightly and started slamming bait right on the surface much like
stripers often do. A few lunkers shot straight out of the water like dolphins.
Cal and I got our lures into the mix but all we were able to pull out were
modest fish, but they were angry and committed aggressively to our baits. It was
a very nice way to end the day.
As the fish get into a feeding
frenzy we pull out a few modest fish, but the action is excellent
What is Costs:
How confident is Steve that he will put anglers on fish? He has a “No-Fish,
No-Pay Guarantee” on all his guide trips. In the event that anglers do not catch
fish the trip is totally free. This means that Steve actually refunds the
deposit and anglers do not have to pay for the live bait if it was a live bait
Anglers work the open spaces
between vegetation on Toho
Reservations are on a
first come first serve basis and the deposit will go towards the balance of your
trip. As far as bad weather is concerned, lightning or high winds are the only
things that would force a trip cancellation and this is a rare occurrence.
Toho has a lot of quality fish, it
may be tricky at times to get them to bite and going out with a guide like Steve
drastically improves your chances
Steve offers a number of
options ranging from 4 hour morning trips for 1-2 people for $250 to 6 hour
trips for $300 dollars, and full 8 hour trips for $350 dollars. If anglers want
to fish with live bait there is an extra cost between 13-20 dollars depending on
the size and bait shop price for the shiners.
Steve puts the boat back on the
trailer, alas it is time to head home
What to Bring: In addition to a fishing license Steve recommends that
anglers also bring a hat, polarized sunglasses, sunscreen with an SPF of at
least 15, a still camera or a video camera, rain gear. (trust us we learned our
lesson about underestimating the weather on Toho) and any snacks you might want.
Steve provides all the rods, reels, and tackle as well as drinks for the trip.
Steve recently joined the Dobyns prostaff team and now makes use of all the
latest Dobyns rods for clients on his guided trips.
Farewell Orlando, we will be back!
Fishing at Toho was a completely different experience than targeting the
Largemouth we usually fish for here on the West Coast. The combination of the
unique behavior of the Florida fish, the unique attributes of the lake itself
coupled with the awesome weather made for an exciting day on the water. I
eagerly anticipate the next time I have the opportunity to fish in Orlando
again, and while that seven pounder is my best Florida bass for now I know that
bigger fish await in Toho. The Bass in Lake Toho are famous for their quality as
well as being notoriously tricky to catch but with Steve Boyd as our guide we
had a great day on the lake. He has intimate knowledge of the lake and is able
to adapt quickly to give anglers the best opportunity to catch fish, in fact he
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fishing in Orlando and Lake Toho?
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