Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens Blog

Start to a big bass day at Big Toho Marina

6:52 am EST, Jan 23, 2014

Morning Joe

6:30 am EST, Jan 23, 2014

Co-anglers wake up to morning coffee inside a toasty Big Toho Marina.

Charlie Hartley's tacklebox

6:30 am EST, Jan 23, 2014

Ohio pro Charlie Hartley has been in Florida since October "fun fishing." Here's a look inside his tacklebox. Today the fun is over and the work begins to qualify for the 2015 Bassmaster Classic.

Chilly start on Toho

5:59 am EST, Jan 23, 2014

While the rest of America is locked in a deep freeze, we in Florida are basking in a temperature of 38 degrees. That's the take-off temp for Day One of the Bass Pro Shops Southern Open presented by Allstate.


One piece of the puzzle for today will be how many boats lock through Toho into Kissimmee. Line time will be crucial. The time it takes -- and number of boats that lock through -- could put the crunch on the pros who choose to fish in both lakes.


Stay tuned. We've got to go put on gloves, parka, hat. You know, all those things you people up north will be wearing this morning.

Ludwig and lunker

11:04 pm EST, Jan 22, 2014

"Bigworm" Ludwig and a 7.5-pounder caught on the second day of practice on Toho.

Florida bass? Noe sweat.

10:05 pm EST, Jan 22, 2014

Tom Noe's first Florida largemouth bass, and he makes it look easy.

Short day of practice

9:49 pm EST, Jan 22, 2014

Today was a short practice day to check on patterns and rig up rods and lures. Angler registration and pairings meeting starts at 1pm.


The habitat in the Kissimmee Chain is as varied as the angler styles of fishing.  Cold weather has made the playing field even for locals and out of town anglers.  My fish seem to still be where I found them yesterday, so hopefully they will stay put one more day. Photos by Jeff Holland

First bass on Toho

5:53 pm EST, Jan 22, 2014

This was my first Bass on Lake Toho during the practice, hope I can find a few of these tomorrow! 

Another Florida rainbow

3:45 pm EST, Jan 22, 2014

Need a few of these girls tomorrow!!!

3:43 pm EST, Jan 22, 2014