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We are back, we are open for business, and we're doing it with a smile because that is who we are & how we do things. We're "Making Memories, One Trip At A Time" just like the ol' days.

Now, I cannot sugar coat what happened here, being directly in the path of Hurricane Irma, we got our butt's whooped bad.  Obviously, "Central Florida" is a large swath but this wicked witch was 400 plus miles wide and the peninsula is only 130 miles across.  From our home in the NE corner of Winter Haven on Lake Hamilton we were right on the edge of the eastern wall of the eye, the last place you want to be.  Period.  We had guardian angels that protected us and our home, which we are blessed and thankful for.  We've since spent most of the last 10 days trying to help others, friends and families, anyone who was not so fortunate.  The best thing is, we are resilient, we come together, we help our neighbors, and we are Florida Strong.

So let's focus on our passion that keeps us going after the long 16-18hr work days of recovery are over... bass fishing.

My understatement of the month here: the water level in the lakes is extremely high whether you are in Winter Haven on the Chain of Lakes, the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes, or ANYWHERE in Florida.

Fortunately, the fishing is going well and the bass don't care about our clean-up, restoration, and rebuilding efforts.  They want to eat!  I can tell you that if you are visiting Central Florida whether at Disney, LEGOLAND, any of the area hotels, we are doing well, and will still provide you a fantastic Florida Bass Fishing Vacation!

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If you are looking for an adventure outside of the theme parks while in Florida, look no further than Capt. Scott Taylor's Central Florida Bass Fishing Guide Service.  It's a short drive down I4 to Winter Haven with over 50 lakes in or on city limits.  If you want to see the real Olde World Florida then join us at Camp Mack's River Resort in Lake Wales to fish and sightsee among the many alligators and eagles.  Either choice offers you the chance to catch a true Trophy Bass.  Call 855-FL-GUIDE (855-354-8433) for more info and to make your reservation, or send an email to Scott@TMCGuideService.com.

Military / Veterans Discounts are always available, $50 off 4hr trips, or $100 off 6hr trips.

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Camp Mack's River Resort Bass Fishing Guide Services

Posted by scott on August 9, 2017

We are extremely happy to announce that Capt. Scott & TMC Guide Services, llc have signed-up with Camp Mack's River Resort to be their official professional bass fishing vacation guide service!  Camp Mack is located on the old Kissimmee River channel and offers a true Old World Florida feel, and they have the proper amenities to make even the most fickle of campers comfortable.  If you prefer hotel rooms over camping while still being out in the country they have the Liar's Lodge next door to the Liar's Lair bar & grill.

Come join us for an excellent camping experience and world-class bass fishing on the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes! Call 855-FL-GUIDE (855-354-8433) for booking information.  We have Military & Veteran's Discounts on all bass fishing trips.

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We finished up July with some great family bass fishing guide trips here in Winter Haven on the South Chain, and over on Lake Kissimmee while fishing out of Camp Mack River Resort.  While visiting Disney, Universal Studios, LEGOLAND Florida, the Space Coast, Tampa, Orlando, Kissimmee, Clearwater, or the Treasure Coast, we are just a short drive away for World Class Trophy Florida Bass Fishing.  Capt. Scott is a full-time professional freshwater bass fishing guide who knows the lakes of Central Florida inside & out, upside-down & backwards by spending over 225 days a year on the water.  Military and veteran's discounts are available. 

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One of the most overlooked techniques for summer bass fishing in Central Florida is fishing with crankbaits.  It is highly effective on lakes all over Central Florida from The Bulter Chain of Lakes in Orlando, to Kissimmee's Lake Toho, on Lake Kissimmee itself, to the many deeper lakes in the Winter Haven Chain of Lakes.

Pictured below is my favorite set-up for the clear spring fed lakes in downtown Winter Haven & near LEGOLAND Florida.  It is a Grandt 7'0" XLH70 Med w/ Reserve Power rod paired with a Lew's Speed Spool 6.4:1 and Trilene XT 10lb green mono.  I'll bet that more than one person rolled their eyes when I mentioned 10# mono but I'll explain why it is so important.  First, I'm fishing clear spring-fed lakes in 10-28 feet of water. Second, I'm fishing over deep hydrilla and eel grass, not timber.  And third, because these fish are so line-shy from the heavy pressure, I'll out catch 95% of those that are using heavier line, even fluorocarbon.  I know first-hand because I used to fish heavier line and was getting schooled big time by an "old-timer" who later told me to downsize like he does... and I immediately started catching as many fish as him.

As for bait selection in these cleaner lakes I really prefer to choose baits in natural colors and patterns.  I'll drop the Minn Kota Ulterra to silently cruise the area and use my Lowrance HDS9 Gen3 Touch with side imaging to find what depth the bait and bass are holding.  Typically, especially in the summer, the bass will be suspended on the bottom half of the bait ball.  Myself, and my clients, have better success when we are running our baits in the upper half of the bait column.  We're essentially making the bass come up to bite as those will be the more aggressive fish, which can often times get the inactive fish to "wake-up" and decide that they don't want to miss out on the action.

Now when I'm over on The Kissimmee Chain - fishing either Lake Toho or Lake Kissimmee - in dirtier water with thicker vegetation I change things up and go with heavier line and tackle.  I use a Grandt 6'6" XC166MH paired with a Lew's Speed Spool 6.4:1, but I'll spool it with Seaguar 15lb fluorocarbon.  I use the heavier rod and line for several reasons.  Most often I'm throwing Rat-L-Traps or Strike King Red Eye Shads over hydrilla and eel grass but normally it's in less than 6 feet of water.  The heavier set-up allows me to both rip the bait cleanly out of the grass, and it also allows me to control a big fish easier.  Plus I have more power to try to keep them from submarining into the thick jungle down below.

My first color of choice for these lipless crankbaits is a gold Tennessee shad pattern which in the darker Florida Black Water can look like a native wild shiner, a brim or a shell cracker.  The next choice would be a chrome blue or black back pattern.

Hopefully, these tips will encourage you to try a crankbait in the summer and enjoy the fantastic summer bass fishing that Central Florida has to offer.

Capt. Scott Taylor - TMC Guide Services, llc Your Florida Bass Fishing Vacation Guide Service 

855-FL-GUIDE (855-354-8433) or Scott@TMCGuideService.com

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