There is a reason millions of trophy bass anglers flock to Central Florida every year. An unbelievable amount of fishable water within a 100 mile radius of Kissimmee. In the Heart of Florida, Kissimmee is known for a lot more reasons than bass fishing. Namely world-class lodging, restraunts and shopping close to the world's most famous theme parks.
Many of the visitors who come to Walt Disney World, Universal and Sea World will tell you that it's easy to find great deals on accommodations in Kissimmee, and that when they find a place to stay outside the friendly confines of the parks, they not only get to experience more of Central Florida, they also save money to do things like go on airboat rides or book a fishing charter.
Bass fisherman are lured to the area by the lore of the record holding Lake Toho. What most people don't realize is that Lake Toho is actually part of the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, a labrynth of lakes, locks and river that flows from Orlando in Central Florida, down to Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades in South Florida.
Year after year the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes kicks out more trophy class largemouth bass than some state's combined fisheries produce in a season. Your best shot at a double digit fish comes with the spring spawn. Florida fish don't typically respond well to cold weather, but when the first warming trend coincides with the first full moon between December and February, you have a great chance to catch a trophy. Elite Series Pro Shaw Grigsby will tell you that being stealthy and making long casts is key to catching giants when they are moody in the spring.
Flipping heavy matted vegetation and top water frog imitations are favorite summer and high sky techniques for Pros like Bobby Lane and Terry Scroggins, but they will also tell you that they employ a variety of tactics including rattle baits and soft plastics to catch them year round in Central Florida. No doubt, the best part about Central Florida fishing is that as long as you can avoid the major cold fronts in Florida, you can catch them all year long.