We are just now coming into Spring here on Lake Toho and I'm happy to say it's been a great season to this point. Almost every guide in the area left Lake Toho for the entire Winter Season to guide on smaller, lesser known lakes forcing clients to miss out on all of the great things Lake Toho has to offer. Overall, Winter for us in Florida was mild just like most of the country but wet would best describe the past few months. Lake levels are up throughout the chain making chasing big bass a daily adventure. But with the mild winter comes excellent opportunities to see some things that we may not normally see.
The beauty of being on Lake Toho is the wildlife that you can enjoy and the lack of homes that can keep you from seeing it. As we get deeper into Spring and approach Summer more of the wildlife will be active throughout the lake making it even better to see something you can't see anywhere else. A bass fishing trip should encompass everything a client comes to believe bass fishing in Florida should be which is why I choose to stay here year round.
Adding to the great wildlife to experience is of course the bass fishing which Lake Toho is famous for. At Florida Bass Adventures Lake Toho Guide Service we specialize in targeting trophy bass that clients come to the area in search of. Our guide trips are exciting and fun but with a serious approach knowing that clients have expectations and Lake Toho is capable of fulfilling them.
Clients bass fishing on Lake Toho have had some amazing trips with many catching multiple big bass. Live bait has accounted for almost all big bass but that would be common for bass fishing on Lake Toho during the Winter months. Live wild shiners to target trophy bass are not a tool that is available to client who live outside of Florida which makes shiner fishing a unique experience for clients coming to the area.
But clients should know in advance that fishing us using live bait on bobbers isn't the same as going fishing with your Grandfather. You wont be staring at a bobber for hours hoping for a bite. Knowing bass behavior, being able to make on the water decisions and not needing to pick up the phone to call other guides for help is what clients can expect when fishing with us. It is a major separating factor between us and other guides and is what you are paying for.
Anyone can guide if they own a boat and have friends they can call for help. They can even have clients catch some fish and tell stories to fill their time. But at the end of the day, the experience of fishing with a true Professional can mean a fish of a lifetime rather than a bunch of small fish and listening to a guide tell the same stories they do with every client all of which isn't worth paying for.
I bring this up because live bait fishing too often becomes a guides way of getting paid while the clients fulfill their obligation of a no fish no pay policy but don't meet any expectations of catching trophy bass. The standard for using live bait in the Winter Months when lure fishing can be more difficult should be in pursuit of trophy bass only. It's what my standard has been from day one of creating my guide service.
For more on what our services offer and what our clients catch visit my site www.laketohoguide.com where you can see past big bass photos as well as live updates via twitter and facebook. Other sites do the same and its a great way to see what they believe is a fun trip vs a trophy trip!
Hope to see you out there,
Steve Boyd - Owner