Florida Bass Adventures Orlando Bass Fishing Guide Service forecasts are for West Lake Toho, the Kissimmee Chain and the St. Johns River which are all located just a short drive from the theme parks. These are trophy bass fisheries that offers clients the best opportunity to catch big Florida Bass while on their vacation.
A majority of clients are booking weeks or even months out so a fishing forecast can be much more useful than what I'm currently catching for those clients. For anyone needing a current idea of what I am catching feel free to view the Twitter link below.
Every trip that I do starts with the same goal - catch my clients a trophy bass and hopefully more than one. For prospective clients wondering which guide to spend their day with, this page can really come in handy because it is all about what we have done lately.
Here you can find our latest photo fishing report that is more of what clients are looking for, actual proof of what I can provide as a guide during your trip. I have also provided an additional source of on the water reporting via my twitter feed which is updated daily while out on the water.
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.
If your first thought of bass fishing during this time of year is that it is too hot to go fishing then you are missing out on the great fishing we have during this time of year. Sure, it's hot but only for those of us above the water! Our big fish don't leave and they don't stop biting. During the Summer months everthing is possible from great artificial fishing to live bait fishing. Most trips are 4 or 6 hours starting in the morning but this is when the evening bite really starts to pick up. This summer has been great with clients catching 25 bass per day using live bait and up to 15 bass per day using artificial lures. Even though we are still in summer the morning temperatures have been very comfortable and almost on the nippy side.
The fall months for us here in Orlando is where Florida Bass Adventures clients get to see the action really turn on with fish transitioning from their Summer pattern to a Fall pattern. What changes? Overall not much but just what big bass need. The weather gets cooler as cold fronts start to make their way down thus bringing the water temperatures down. Bass that were working hard to maintain their body mass now find it easier to eat and increase their weight. So, the fish that we were catching in the summer that were 6 to 7 pounds will now be 8 to 9 pounds feeding aggressively for longer periods of the day.
Numbers and size - While we do catch numbers of fish this time of year it is also when we start focusing on just catching big bass that are 5lbs and up. Size is always the goal but this time of year our bass eating more and maintaining their body weight consistently. Average size for this time of year would be 4 lbs on live bait and 2 lbs using artificials. Big bass per day would be one at least over 7lbs just about each day. Cold fronts begin making their way down but actually help the fishing in the Fall months.
Weather - As a client you really can't beat this time of year with excellent weather, aggressive bass looking to get big with live bait and artificial lures working equally well.
While many in Florida believe the spawn only happens in January and February I am here to tell you that I have seen bass spawning as early as November and as late as July. For the most part though December through June is the length of our spawning season but can be cut short by warmer than normal winters. During this time of year our bass can be extremely aggressive as they move from pre spawn stages to full blown spawning. It is this time of year that Florida became famous for using live bait because the shiners we use are the primary food choice for big bass looking to get ready for the spawn. Our live bait will range from 5 inches to as much as 12 inches which can be rather entertaining to watch when a bass is exploding on a bait this size.
Numbers and - While we do catch numbers of fish this time of year it can fluctuate from year to year. My high number during this time frame is 80 bass which happened the first week of January. Overall I would say the average is 25 bass per trip. Size is always the goal but this time of year our bass carry more weight therefore will be larger than other times of year. Average size for this time of year would be 5 lbs on live bait and 4 lbs using artificials. Big bass per day would be one at least over 7lbs just about each day. Cold fronts can affect this result depending on the severity.
Weather - As with most everyone this time of year cold fronts are a constant with the weather changing daily. In Florida you can expect anything from 26 degrees during our worst winter to highs of 75 degrees. Every year is a little different so it is best to come prepared. Unfortunately, catching big bass does not make you feel any warmer so appropriate attire makes the day much more enjoyable.