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The Orlando Bass Guide - Trophy Bass Fishing Specialist For Lake Toho, Kissimmee Chain
The Orlando Bass Guide - Trophy Bass Fishing Specialist For Lake Toho, Kissimmee Chain

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Found this 12lb Lake Toho Gorilla thinking it was safe to hide under my boat this morning so I did what Big Fat Fatty Catchers do!
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Today I had Shawn Gudauskus out for an 8 hour combo trip.

Our first two spots didn't pan out very well so I did what I do best. Execute an Amphibious Assault in search of the elusive Big Fat Fatty!

Not just any fish can be a Big Fat Fatty without meeting certain requirements. First and foremost it must be a female and this is the really important part...have a lot of junk in the trunk!

And if she happens to take a big ol' dump on your carpet while taking her photo, you've got a winner!

Once the Big Fat Fatties location was determined Shawn commenced to whacking that ass and the photos below tell the rest of the story.

Big fish weighed in at 9.4lbs
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Catch and release is great for maintaining a fisheries trophy bass population but it's also great for sharing fish! We've now caught the same fish 5 times and named it Frankenstein. That's 5 different people who have gotten to catch and experience catching this pig.

Today it was Sam and Michael fishing on Lake Toho and the first fish is my buddy! Training fish is a guides secret job!

Of course it helps that each time we catch Frankenstein I feed it two shiners! Yeah, I'm nice like that! http://www.orlandobassguide.com
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12/2/16
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Our clients have been having excellent fishing trips throughout the Fall Season in Orlando with the bass feed leading up to the first wave of spawning. Late September brought the first cold fronts of the year but unlike most years, the cold weather continued into October and November. It's not cold by Northern standards but anytime morning temps stay in the low 60's in Florida it's considered chilly.

Each wave of cold fronts gradually brought water temps on Lake Toho and Orlando Lakes down allowing bass to acclimate to changing temperatures rather than shock them for a time. This has grouped up numbers of bass into areas that have large amounts of bait fish and they have not been shy about eating.

Today's trip, November 18 was with Al Weilacher And his son Brian for 4 hours of fishing on Lake Toho. Having both fished in Florida before on the St Johns River they had experience using live bait and were looking forward to a fun morning of fishing.

I was a bit more skeptical because for the last week after a strong front we had been catching high numbers of bass (20-30) on 4 hour trips, the larger fish were inconsistent.

So, for this outing we started out on what I considered my best big fish spot and went to work. What happened can only be described as one of those days as a guide you wish every client could have. With water temps in the high 60's they proceeded to catch 20 bass with their best 5 going for 29lbs. Of course one of those catches can't really be counted twice. Dad caught the second largest of the day, a 6.2 lb bass that could have weighed 8lbs but it was skinny early and then 30 minutes later his son caught the same fish. 

One unbreakable rule on my boat, I don't post photos of the same fish with multiple clients holding it. Unless, it was caught again after we released it. Then, it's just unbelievable luck that has to count!

Anyway, here are there photos from the trip with Al's 8.2 as the biggest. If you would like to see yourself on this page with a story like this, pick up the phone and book a trip! It's the only way it can happen.
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Proper Rod Postion For Increased Hook Ups When Bass Fishing

Today's tip is one that is designed to increased your percentage of bass landed after the hook set. If you are a tournament angler or trophy bass hunter this tip is important because landed bass or missed bass can make the difference between a tournament win or trophy catch of a lifetime.

Wherever you live more than likely, you have been taught to keep the rod down especially for anglers that predominantly fish for smallmouth bass to keep them from jumping. Unfortunately, what has been passed down from generation to generation has been inaccurate with no ability to prove that it works. Like most of my tips I will emphasize the understanding of physics and the use of our senses to help determine the correct choice for the best outcome. 

From my observations of clients there is a strong belief that keeping the rod tip down can prevent a bass from jumping, but the reality is nothing can keep a bass from coming to the surface. Bass use the path of least resistance to determine what response is best once they have been hooked so you don't have to have a physics degree to know that if we are pulling down, the easiest path for them is up. This is true whether you are in deep water or shallow water but shallow water fish have less of a choice so they are more inclined to seek the surface. Smallmouth bass are nomadic type bass that leads to them being a stronger fish with more endurance than a largemouth meaning surface jumping to attempt to shake a hook is always a possibility. 

So, if pulling down isn't the best option, what is? First, lets start at the hook set and what you can do immediately after. Once you set the hook the most important thing you can do is hold there for a second and feel what direction the fish is headed, the size of the fish and consider any obstacles that might be in the way. I would call this assessing the situation and it allows time to slow things down and make correct decisions and adjustments to what the bass is doing. The other benefit to taking that second is calming yourself down and in turn not begin to reel too fast or horse the fish into the boat. I can't begin to tell you how many clients I have shown that when you stop yanking the fish to the boat they actually calm down and will swim towards the boat rather than fight for their lives. It's why clients sometimes call me the "Fish Whisperer". 

How I found out that a fish will follow like a dog on a leash was while I was fishing a lake here at home in about 16 feet of water. I had pulled up some line during a cast and felt it would be a good idea to get it out of the lake. As I pulled on the line I felt a slight tug and new there was a fish on. As I slowly pulled up the line I could see it was a big bass. It swam almost all the way to the surface only trying to swim away at the last minute as I began to lip it. From that moment on I knew bringing fish to the boat became more of a process of staying in the moment and not getting carried away. 

Now, as I said earlier bass will attempt to surface regardless of what angle you pull. The benefit of keeping the rod up is having the ability to see the line and as it begins to go horizontal, you can bring the rod down and pull the fish back into the water forcing it to swim. Then bring the rod tip back up to once again have visibility on the line. This is the action/response that should happen between the angler and fish once hooked. The fish will make a choice and it is up to us to respond accordingly. Just remember there is always more than one option to the action.

 One last thought. It is always good to consider what we lose by keeping the rod tip down and what is gained from keeping it up. The first thing we lose when holding the rod tip down is our ability to see the line and one of our senses, vision. If you are setting the hook upward, by going down with the rod, you immediately take away line sight. Being able to see the line tells us what direction the fish is going and allows the opportunity to make adjustments to what they are doing.

Getting a bass to bite your lure in my opinion is the hardest part of catching them. After learning that once on the hook my response and actions to what the fish is doing will be the ultimate factor in whether or not I end up holding them has meant more catching and less fishing. Give it a try and hopefully you will too.

Thanks for reading,
                                Steve Boyd
    Owner - Florida Bass Adventures Guide Service
                  http://www.orlandobassguide.com

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Tis the season to whack on #bigfatfatties! Clients are catching high numbers and their personal best each trip thanks to the great weather we are having in the Orlando area. http://www.orlandobassguide.com 
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Fall Fishing is in full effect on all Orlando area lakes with clients catching 20-30 on 4 hour fishing trips.
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10/28/16
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While the double whammy of a hurricane and a cold front have made things interesting the big bass are coming around.

The fishing should continue to get better as we move closer to fall so these recent catches are a good representation of what to look forward to.

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Hurricanes are great for our lakes as they clean out vegetation and oxygenate the water along with increasing water levels to give fish new habitat for a while. Looking forward to getting back out there as fishing was pretty good before #Mathew arrived. http://www.orlandobassguide.com
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