Toho, Butler Chain, Winter Haven Chain, Kissimmee

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

We have been very busy on various lakes. Toho has been typical for this time of year. The bass are on the move, and when you locate areas holding them, the fishing is good. Gar and pickerel have been a casual problem so far, and we have caught a couple of bowfin. Shiners have been the big producer. Some former areas are still not accessible due to weed growth, but the bass are close by and just a little harder to target. The majority of our fishing has been on the north half of the lake.

The Butler Chain has been producing good numbers of bass, but not the lunker size that some people want to catch. This is a fun place to fish with lighter line and tackle while trolling shiners. The lakes on this chain are not over crowded and usually, there are places to get out of the wind. It is always fun to show clients how and where the wealthy have chosen to build.

The Winter Haven chain has been both good or slow, depending on at the weather. The past 3-4 weeks, the activity level has spiked and the bass are very active. Wacky rigged trick worms, Texas rigged creature baits and various crank baits are all working. A day trolling shiners can be very rewarding. Summit and Winterset are good along with some of the northern parts of the chain.

Kissimmee is working and several big fish have been caught in the last month. Shiners are producing, but if you want to fish artificial, fish slow. The mats and grass clumps have been productive. When you get bit, anchor or slow down and fish the area thoroughly.

Good fishing,

Frank

Bassmaster Classic 2014

Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

BASS has hit a grand slam. A special THANK YOU to BASS and especially the anglers for supporting the interviews as they come off the water. The professional way the anglers handle interviews after a tough fishing day will give the average angler renewed confidence to fish hard as they see the best fisherman struggle. This coverage has stripped away the wrapped boats, fancy shirts, and media hype, giving the viewer an opportunity to experience, both, the highs and lows of the competing anglers.
As a footnote, my wife and I, have struggled in the past to get good coverage, and through some additional cable purchases and investigation on how to connect our computer to the television, we had a front row seat for several hours.

Thank you.

Frank and Melody Tennity, Longtime BASS member

Central Florida Bass Fishing Updates

Friday, January 31st, 2014

I have been on several different lakes in the past two weeks, chasing those green fish. Summit and Winterset have been good and tough. The bass were very active on Winterset, taking wacky rigs and creature baits. Summit produced a couple of good fish, but then conditions changed and fishing became difficult.

Fishing on Rochelle and that section of the chain was off for me as the water had cooled. We managed a few keeper bass, but not the quality fish that had been active on a prior visit.

The Butler Chain was good last week, although no big fish were caught. We managed to have a good day trolling shiners. Two other boats, with anglers using artificial baits, reported one bass per boat.

Toho reared her nasty side and only small bass were on an active pattern, however, one of my friend’s customers managed a 7-8 pound toad.

Cold and rain again this week, makes it hard to get excited about guiding on such poor days. Warming trends should get the bass back on track and in a spawning mood.

Frank

Central Florida Bass Fishing Tips

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Lake Toho is in a state of transition, but still producing some good fishing. The bass are moving, and at times it can be difficult to pinpoint their location. Cold nights have dropped the water temperature across the region, slowing the bite. Shiners are the best bait to use in order to have the opportunity for a big fish.

The Winter Haven chain of lakes is similar to Toho. We caught bass using small creature baits on the outside weed edge in six foot of water. Move in and out until you locate the bass and remember to fish slow.

Lake Tarpon, north of Tampa, provided a real challenge. The water temperature was 59 degrees and the wind kept the main lake rolling all day. We managed to catch a few bass with most being on the small side. Weather had a huge impact on the fish activity. Most bass were caught using a wacky rigged Zoom trick worm.

Remember, we are comfortable when fishing, but it is winter to these Florida strain bass. Fish slow, then slow down more. Pick an area where the fish should be, and work every inch of that area, slow and methodical.

Frank

Central Florida Bass Fishing

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

We have spent several days fishing, both, the northern and southern sections of the Winter Haven chain of lakes and Lake Toho. This has been over an extended period of time, so all of the information is not current, but the methods have worked during all of our visits.

The North chain produced fish using creature type baits along the outside edge of weed lines. Baits were rigged Texas style using a light gambler weight and worked slowly along the bottom.

The South chain gave up some nice fish by wacky rigging a Zoom trick worm.

Keep changing baits and fish slow. The water has cooled and the majority of the fish are not aggressive. Last week on Lake Parker, wacky rigged Zoom trick worms produced about a dozen bass, with most being just under legal size. As I tell my clients, the bass are all fun to catch, but some are a little more fun than others. When that big fish hits, it is “FUN”.

Each year when we return to Florida in the fall, one of the most interesting sights is how much Toho has changed from our last fishing trip in April. We have never been disappointed. This presents a challenge and we enjoy being able to try new locations, searching for these cherished green fish. We start by trolling shiners, mark the spot when we get a bite, then return and look the area over and try to determine why the bass chose this spot. Usually we anchor and fish for a while to check for more bass. The next step is to find other similar areas, check for bass, and develop a pattern. Toho has been very good, but recently, with cooling water and spraying of weeds, the fish have started their transition. Challenging. Are you up to the test?

Frank

Central Florida Bass Fishing

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Dec. 2013-April 15,2014 Bass Fishing Trips

 

Melody and I have returned to central Florida for our 10th season. It seems like such a short time ago that we chose this area to become our winter home, plant new roots and make new friends. We will be available from December 15, 2013 through April 15, 2014 to take you on a guided bass fishing trip. Our advice is to leave a message on the recorder or wait until December 10th to book a trip. If you are in need of an excellent guide before Dec. 15th, please call Randy Yager @ 407-744-1350.

 

We have not listed our cell phone number on the web site, so I will post it in the blog for your convenience. My cell is 863-605-1500. I have been fishing several lakes and locating fish for the Fall/Winter season. The water is cooling and new cold fronts will push the temperatures lower. Bass are both active and negative, depending on the daily weather patterns. Crappie fishing is picking up and should really turn on soon.

 

I look forward to spending time on the water with some of my previous clients/friends and making new friends.

 

Frank

My 5 Favorite Bass Fishing Baits

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

In case you were wondering, here are 5 of my favorite bass fishing baits. With a little patience, these baits are sure to catch you some big bass in Central Florida. Come on a fishing trip with me and I’ll tell you more.

  1. Zoom Baits
  2. Spinnerbaits
  3. Topwater Baits
  4. Jig & Pig
  5. Shiners by the dozen