AJ’s Bass Guides

Want to get away from Orlando’s busy streets and experience its most treasured natural resource? You’re in the right place, Lake Toho is the #1 big bass lake in the state and we fish it full time. This beautiful lake is located near Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios, and the Orlando Convention Center.

Year after year, this lake produces more bass over 10 pounds in weight than any other lake in the country. Want proof? Just check out our pictures!  At any moment that one you’re looking for could be on the other end of the line, and with our professional top of the line equipment anyone can fight them in! Just ask Capt. AJ himself who holds the second biggest bass ever caught out of the lake at 15 pounds 8 ounces and his mentor Ed Chancey holds the lake record with a 16 pound 10 ounce bass.

AJ’s Bass Guides has been in business since 1970, and is Orlando’s largest and oldest continuously-operated fishing guide service. Capt. AJ and his guides have also been featured in countless fishing TV shows and magazines. From In-fisherman, ESPN, ABC Sports, CBS Sports, and Bassmasters.

With Capt. AJ you’ll be fishing onboard a 20’ Skeeter bass boat powered by a 225hp Mercury engine. It has all the latest fishing and safety equipment. All fishing gear and lures are provided, but you are also welcome to buy wild shiners as bait before the trip. They are $25 for a dozen and are the most effective big bass bait there is. Depending on the length of your trip, you can buy 3–7 dozen.

Trips of 4 or more people are live bait only trips because of the danger of having that many people throw artificials at the same time. If you would like to fish artificials please book 3 or less people.

There is also lots of wildlife on the lake so make sure you bring a camera to capture stunning sights, from bald eagles, hawks, ospreys, various species of duck, as well as alligators. Be part of the action at AJ’s Bass Guides!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    2 and 1/2 Hour Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 6:45 AM
    $250
    Special 2 and 1/2 hour peak fishing time trip. Fish only the peak first 2 and 1/2 hours of fishing time in the morning. Great if you're short on time. Also great for kids. The best way to catch them is on large golden wild shiners. They're $25 a dozen and we'll pick them up for you prior to the trip. For the 2.5 hour trip we recommend getting 3 dozen. You can fish artificials as well.
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Largemouth)
    Largemouth Bass
  • Private trip
    2 and 1/2 Hour Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    2 Hour Trip, starts at 2:00 PM
    $250
    Fish the last 2 1/2 hours of the day. The bass bite is best in the morning but if you aren't able to go then there is another good bite late in the afternoon. The best way to catch them is on large golden wild shiners. They're $25 a dozen and we'll pick them up for you prior to the trip. For the 2.5 hour trip we recommend getting 3 dozen. You can fish artificials as well.
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Largemouth)
    Largemouth Bass
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (AM)
    Just booked! Last booked: 6 hours ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:45 AM
    $325
    This trip is great during the whole year. Bass tend to feed best in the morning so you'll be out during the peak time. The best way to catch them is on wild shiners that we will pick up for you prior to the trip. They are $25 per dozen. We recommend getting 4 dozen for the 4 hour trip. You can also use artificials if you prefer.
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Largemouth)
    Largemouth Bass
  • Private trip
    4 Hour Trip (PM)
    In demand! Last booked: 3 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    $325
    This is a 4-hour afternoon trip. Fish the last 4 hours of the day. Fishing is best in the morning but if you aren't able to go then there is another good bite in the late afternoon. The best way to catch them is on large golden wild shiners. They're $25 a dozen and we'll pick them up for you prior to the trip. For the 4 hour trip we recommend getting 4 dozen. You can fish artificials as well if you prefer
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 6:45 AM
    $350
    This is a 5-hour trip, that is great year-round. It gives you plenty of time on the water and you'll be our during the peak time. The best way to catch them is on large golden wild shiners. They're $25 a dozen and we'll pick them up for you prior to the trip. For the 5 hour trip we recommend getting 5 dozen. You can fish artificials as well if you prefer.
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Largemouth)
    Largemouth Bass
  • Private trip
    6 Hour Trip
    In demand! Last booked: 2 days ago
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 6:45 AM
    $375
    This trip will allow more time on the water and a few changes in productive spots on Lake Toho. This trip runs year-round and is productive even in the summer months when bass lose interest in feeding around midday due to the heat. The best way to catch them is on wild shiners that we will pick up for you prior to the trip. They are $25 per dozen. We recommend getting 6 dozen for the 6 hour trip. You can also use artificials if you prefer.
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Largemouth)
    Largemouth Bass
  • Private trip
    8 Hour Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:45 AM
    $475
    This trip runs in the fall and winter months, as bass do not enjoy feeding later in the day with the summer heat. The best way to catch them is on wild shiners that we will pick up for you prior to the trip. They are $25 per dozen. We recommend getting 7 dozen for the 8 hour trip. You can also use artificials if you prefer.
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Largemouth)
    Largemouth Bass
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FAQs about AJ’s Bass Guides

AJ’s Bass Guides offers the following trips to customers:
  • $250 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 2 and 1/2 Hour Trip (AM) (2 hours)
  • $250 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 2 and 1/2 Hour Trip (PM) (2 hours)
  • $325 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $325 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hour Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $350 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 5 Hour Trip (5 hours)
  • $375 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 6 Hour Trip (6 hours)
  • $475 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - 8 Hour Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with AJ’s Bass Guides, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with AJ’s Bass Guides include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Lures
  • Drinks

AJ’s Bass Guides offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing (Lake Toho)

AJ’s Bass Guides offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Trolling
  • Drift Fishing

Top targeted fish species with AJ’s Bass Guides include:
  • Bass (Largemouth)

Meet the Captain

Arthur Jackson
Kissimmee, Florida, United States
32 Fishing Reports
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483 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since February 2017
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Arthur Jackson or "Jamie" has been fishing on Lake Toho since 1970. He used to come down from Maryland every year with his father, and they would fish with Captain Ed Chancy or one of his guides. After years repeating this tradition, Jamie was hooked on the idea of guiding and fishing for a living. At the age of 11, he made the decision to work for Captain Ed when he grew up, and he made it a reality at the age of 20. He purchased his own boat and moved to Florida to pursue his dream. After 6 years of guiding he became partners with Captain Ed, who became like a second father to him, teaching him all he knew about fishing. After many years of running the business together, Ed died of a heart attack while on the lake in 1998. Jamie continues to this day to run the business and guide on the lake.

About this listing

Targeted species

Bass (Largemouth) Largemouth Bass

Boat specs

Skeeter (Bass boat) originally built in 1995, and restored in 2016. Powered by a 225HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 70 knots.

Length
20 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of fishing

Lake Fishing
Lake Toho

Fishing techniques

Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Trolling
Drift Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Lures
Drinks

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
No Smoking
Catch and Release Mandatory

Payment

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When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3.5% charge will apply.

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Recent fishing reports

Lake Toho Fall Fishing Report
Lake Toho Fall Fishing Report
November 13, 2023
As the cool weather of fall settles over Lake Toho, the bait throughout the lake have woken up. Mainly the shad, which have begun to spawn in different areas of the lake. This has caused a feeding frenzy of bass schooling up in large numbers. We’re averaging catching 20-30 bass on just our 4 hour trips and as always, when bass are feeding heavily on shad, the topwater bite is on also. The main area’s that this has been going on are shell beds and solid hydrilla and kissimmee grass lines. The shad like to spawn on hard edges and that means even boat ramps. The solid concrete edge of a boat ramp provides excellent space for the shad to spawn. One ramp in particular, Big Toho Marina, is holding large schools of shad with bass chasing them right inside the marina walls. You don’t need to go far to catch them right now. Out in the lake the most consistent areas you can get bit in right now are on the few shell beds the lake has to offer. Bass have been chasing shad nearly everyday in these areas. The other areas have been solid edges of hydrilla and kissimmee grass lines. These have been harder to find because there’s so many of them and not all are holding fish. But when you locate one that’s active, you can really find something special. The best way to find these areas is just to keep moving. It usually doesn’t take long for the bait and bass in the area to show themselves if they’re there. After fishing 20mins if you haven’t seen any bait or bass chasing them, just move. Early the topwater bite has been on. Spook style baits, whopper ploppers, and frogs have all been working. I just recently wrote a blog about The 5 best topwater lures for catching bass in Florida if you would like to check it out. This is one of the best times of year for topwater. But after the morning flurry is over. Flukes, jerkbaits, speedworms, and spinnerbaits have all been producing. And when the morning shad spawn ends late morning to mid day. Flipping the thicker grass back inside where the shad were spawning earlier has been catching fish when nothing else will. Of course as always the biggest bass and the bulk of the numbers we’re catching on our guide trips lately have all been off of large golden shiners. But this can be a particularly fun time of year for artificials with the early topwater bite added in. The fishing on Lake Toho has remained excellent all year and if you’re looking to bass fish Florida’s lake Toho in the fall or in the winter, I would definitely recommend booking now while you still can. Captain AJ
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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4.8 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
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Excellent
4.8 / 5
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Captain Haines was awesome
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Angler rating
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Good experience
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Friendly captain
99%
Recommend this charter
97%
Appropriate for children
97%
Satisfied with the boat
98%
Caught fish
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First ever Bass fishing trip

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on October 1, 2023
Following several trips to Florida over the years we have always said we would try Bass fishing but never got round to it....
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Fishing trip in September

VERIFIED   6 Hour Trip on September 26, 2023
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Fishing with Arthur

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on August 13, 2023
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Robert S.
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Awesome half-day trip with Arthur Jackson

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on June 21, 2023
I went on this trip with my stepdad and brother in law, who have both been on guided trips before, but I hadn’t. We all had...
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BVL, FL
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Chasin' Tails with Cap'n AJ June 2023

VERIFIED   4 Hour Trip (AM) on June 20, 2023
Before I begin, please listen to the captain’s suggestions. Cap’n AJ was very informative since the beginning of...
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