This is our 10th year working with the Darrell Gwynn Foundation and 4th year fishing at the Daytona International Speedway on Lake Lloyd.
The charity event benefits the Darrell Gwynn Foundation which exists to prevent, provide for and ultimately cure spinal cord injuries and other debilitating illnesses.The Darrell Gwynn Foundation's fishing tournament wheelchair donation program has been providing customized wheelchairs to children and young adults in need across the country since 2002. The program was started to fulfill the Foundation's mission to improve the quality of life for those afflicted with paralysis from injury or illness.
This years event is on Friday February 12th, during Daytona 500 week. Look for a complete story next month including pictures.
*Current Fishing Vacation Packages...
Not sure quite what to do or where to stay on your fishing vacation?This month we are highlighting the Clewiston Inn, located in Clewiston, Florida on world famous Lake Okeechobee.
Discover southern charm and hospitality at the Clewiston Inn. A beautifully restored classical revival, the Inn offers a perfect blend of country elegance and modern comfort. Nestled in the heart of South Florida's sugar cane country and on the shore of Lake Okeechobee, the Clewiston Inn provides visitors with a peaceful setting and welcoming retreat.
You're certain to feel at home in one of our charming 57 guest rooms or suites. There conveniently located just 60 miles west of West Palm Beach and 60 miles east of Ft. Myers.The Clewiston Inn is also great for hosting corporate retreats, meetings, weddings, reunions and other specialty events.
The Everglades Lounge, with its unique wrap-around mural of the Florida Everglades, is an ideal setting for relaxation and conversation after a day of fishing. The Lounge is open every day from 11am to 2pm and 5pm to 10pm except for Sundays when we are only open from 11am to 2pm.The Colonial Dining Room features relaxed and casually elegant dining. Choose from one of the delicious and traditional menu items including steak, seafood and pasta or a delectable Chef’s specials.
Their open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily except for Sundays when we offer breakfast and brunch only. All of our package trips start with a FREE full hot breakfast compliments of the Clewiston Inn, just the way to start your fishing trip.
All RATES include FULL day fishing, Hotel cost and all Resort Fees & Tax's to learn more click here
*Florida Fish & Wildlife - 5 Year License Promotion
Florida Fish & Wildlife Commission has put together a new promotion for all Florida residents that purchase or renew there freshwater fishing license.
With the support of many of the industry companies they have put together a very nice gift package for the first 3000 people that purchase a license.
BASS online Fishing Outfitter and guide service was lucky to be one of the companies participating in this years promotion..
We have offered not only a $25.00 discount to everyone that purchases a 5-year license during the promotion, but we have also donated a FREE guided fishing trip to one lucky winner.
Most of you know the involvement we have with helping protect of fisheries that we all so desperately enjoy, this promotion is simply another way for all of us to give a little back. To get your 5-year licence click this link
To sign-up for the FREE trip once you have purchased your 5 year fishing license just click the banner to the left our this link.
*What's Biting...Fishing Reports
To everyone that has fished Famous Lake Toho with us in the past and/or this year. We thank you and hope you enjoy this video.
For those of you that have not experienced Lake Toho we welcome you to watch this video and see why it's rated one of the top fisheries in the country. If the fishing pictures don't blow you away, the endless things to do while in Orlando should.. To see more pictures click here!
*Kiss My BASS Contest....
Hey everyone's doing it...yes kissing there BASS.
Now when you Kiss your BASS, you have the opportunity to win a FREE day fishing trip. Black (largemouth) bass are the most popular, although this contest is open to peacock bass, crappie, bluegill and even gar if you dare!
So, come on your already doing it. Put a big wet one on that fish and win, win, win!
January's cold fronts brought many different changes to Florida fishing, some not very popular. The freshwater industry seen a welcome change by mother nature, possibly doing her best work in years.
Many of you have experienced the abundant non-native species in Florida, especially in South Florida. Allot of these species have become over populated in areas, while some species were less popular amoug anglers most would agree that overall they were all not very good for the fisheries. The most popular non-native specie is known more specifically as the Peacock bass.
Anglers around the world have come to enjoy this fish and test there skills against the hard fishing amazon native. While this is one of the excepted non-native fish in Florida, that is partly because it was brought here by the Florida Fish & Game Commission. Although they had no intentions of them spreading abundantly throughout the Everglades among other areas. The resent cold fronts in January have hopefully protected the Everglades from the aggressive Peacock bass. The Everglades have been rated one the best largemouth bass fisheries in the country and we would like to keep it that way. On the other hand we have seen that the Peacock bass fisheries that were originally stocked have done well and did not get hurt by the 2010 cold fronts. A combination between the deeper water and being located further east the water stayed warmer and more stable, this many anglers are happy about!
On the flip side, unpopular species like the Blue Tilapia, Brown Hoplo, Spotted Tilapia, Mayan Cichlid , Clown Knifefish , Jaguar Guapote and Oscars took a very hard hit from the cold front. Many of these species were over abundant in our fisheries throughout the state of Florida. Without mother nature stepping in, we were going to be faced with issues concerning the non-natives and how they were affecting the native fish and our fisheries.
So read what you will, but you heard it hear first. The Florida freshwater fishing should only get better in the near future and look for the non-native Peacock bass to make a strong presents in it's original captive areas.
If you have a stakeholder group and would like to be part of devolping a black bass managment plan and participate in the process contact the Florida Freshwater Fishing Coalition.
FLFFC - "If you use it, you should help protect it"
*January Guide Spotlight
We know we have several Mark Shepard supports and followers, so for all of you and all of the new people yet to meet him here's a picture of his new rig you will be fishing from.
Capt Mark is fishing the BASS Masters as well as the FLW Series this year and will be traveling around the country side with his new lok and sponsors "Solution Matrix" Cold Therapy Solutions on his boat, closely accompanied by his BASS Online wrapped truck.
Capt Mark will be available for guide trips between tournaments on world famous Lake Okeechobee. He guides on the lake full time when not fishing tournaments, don't miss the opportunity to fish with a Okeechobee legend.