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Hopefully after reading these often asked questions we have answer most of your questions about your next Florida bass fishing trip.

Whenever you can go, is always the best! The fish have to eat every three days, so at least every three days.

In Florida We fish year round for largemouth bass, panfish, snakehead and peacock bass. For largemouth most people consider the late November through May to be the big fish time of the year. Panfish are simulate, but many species are good during the summer also. As for the peacock bass and snake-heads, they are great all year long except during the cold fronts which are typically January and February. Always call your favorite guide or the main office for the most current fishing report.

Hopefully after reading these frequently asked questions we have answer most of your questions regarding your next Florida bass fishing trip.

Yes, you can bring your own tackle, but we do provide you with all equipment. Fly fishing anglers should bring there own equipment, although if arranged at the point of your reservation everything can also be provided. We provided fishing leaders, lures, and tackle, also we have a cooler on-board with iced and spring waters.

You will need to bring sunglasses, polarized glasses are preferred but not nessary. in some locations when site fishing they can be very helpful, in some cases our guides will have extra for you to use.
If you wear hats, a hat or a cap is suggested. Deck shoes, tennis shoes or sandals are the most comfortable, high heels are not recommended. Sunscreen in most cases is also needed, because of sensitive skins we suggest you bring your own. In most cases the guide does have it on the boat. [ Read More…]

We have many great fisheries located near all the popular locations in Florida. We even have lots of private lakes throughout the state of Florida. We also service 354 bodies of water in the state. Each are really good during there peak times, the moon phase and weather are all things that should be consider when choosing the right location. Our staff has many, many, many years of data to help you choose the location for you.

If your wanting to fish a certain locations…thats great. If your not certain, we can help you narrow down all the great choices.

When reserving your reservation your guide or office staff will find the most convenient location for you. Directions will be emailed or they can also be faxed and text-ed to for your convenience. In a case where you have a GPS, we can also provide you with coordinates to the meeting location ia Google maps.

Children of all ages are welcome, maxium of three children on each boat.

The preferred and most comfortable is 1 or 2 persons on standard charters. Although 3 people per boat are often taken. In some locations, we have boats that can accomendate 4 people, this can be arranged by calling the main office (888) 629-2277. Understand, the number of anglers and overal weight capacity is set by the United States Coast Guard.

There is a $100 deposit for each day required to confirm you reservation date or dates. The deposit is not charged unless the customer does not show. It’s considered as a “No Show” fee for your Captain, his down time, missing of a days work and fuel driving to the meeting location.

Our standard policy for cancellation without a fee is 48 hours from the time of your reserved date. If you are communicating with your guide and/or the main office and become sick, have a family emergency there will be no deposit charged for cancellation. If inclement weather conditions causes the trip to be postpone or canceled then there is no deposit charge. All cancellations need to be made with your guide or main office 48 hours prior to your schedule trip. Voice mails and emails are NOT excepted for cancellations. When dealing with inclement weather cancellations, this can only be decided and agreed apon with your guide.

Gratuity is not included in the trip rates or is it expected by our fishing guides…But is greatly appreciated and common to tip your Captain a gratuity of 10% to 20% on his service, ability and hospitality.

Simple call the main office at (888) 629.2277, if you preffer to send deposit they can provide you with mailing address. Otherwise no deposit is needs, the trip is reserved with your credit card at the day of booking. We use the same system as your favorite hotel.

All charters and tours require a credit card to reserve your reservation.
We expect Cash, Checks and take all major credit cards. Visa, M/C, Discover and AMX.

To book a charter, lesson, or tour, you have four conveint ways. Just contact one of our agents on the Live Chat on the lower righ of the website. Two, just send anemail request using our handy form. Three, use out conveint super reliable and fast online reservation app online 24 hours a day. Lastly, call the main office between 8am – 8pm EST for fastest response at (888) 629-2277.

Yes, on a daily bases the PM can be as good as the AM. Always check with the office for the latest fishing report or your guide as to what time of the day is the best bite. To see a complete list of fishing charters chick here!

We prefer to begin the majority of our trips round daybreak or at daybreak. But, we will schedule your fishing trip to begin at times that fit around your schedule upon your request. Expect to be on the water for at least an hour longer than your scheduled trip. We do not count time only fish! If were meeting at a specific location, be sure to have your itinerary emailed or faxed in advance. We will recommend a start time, it generally is between 6 & 7am. To be picked upped at the dock or your hotel please allow for extra time.

All rates are for one or two people per boat, a third person can be added. For a complete list of our rates please click here!

No, unless you ask us to. Our job is to put you on the fish and give you the information you need to hook, fight and land your trophy fish. We have done these thousands of times, we know were the fish are, there is no need for us to “locate” them on your time. You can read more about our fishing guides here!

Absolutely, freshwater fishing is perfect for kids. The action is consistent, the fish are plentiful. There are alligators, birds, snakes, and other exotic species that hang around the boats to keep them interested. Restroom facilities are usually close by most fishing areas. We have no problem taking restroom breaks when needed. We enjoy working with women and/or children and instructing them on various fishing techniques, so all family members are welcome.

Check out our lodging page for that info. Be sure to know what city is closest to you or more important closest to the fish!

We supply ice and bottled water on guided trips. We recommend you bring your favorite drink (soda) and a snack. Yes, what’s a fishing trip with out a cold beer. So, you are permitted if so desired. All boats have coolers built-in and ice waiting on you!

You are required to have a freshwater fishing license, so you have three different options to choose from to get one. The good news for Florida residents is ages under 16 and over 65 are not required to have one!
Once you have arrived: – Licenses can be purchased at Bass Pro Shops, Wal-Mart or local tackle shop..
At the boat ramp or before: – Dial (888) FISH-FLORIDA and they will provide you with an authorization # over the phone.
Our most convenient, on the internet at Florida fishing license.

Fishing License: Non-Resident – 3day $17.00 or 1 year $34.00
Resident – 1year $17.00 Is it hot, will it rain?
In the summer it is hot and it can rain almost any day, but mostly in the afternoon. Be prepared. Put sunscreen on first thing in the morning and bring rain gear if you have it, if not we usually do.

No, you will never have to worry about sea sickness with us. Remember, there are plenty of places to hide on Lake Okeechobee from the weather and the fish generally eat really well in those conditions.

YES, if you fill more comfortable with your own, please bring it. We will always have plenty for those that don’t. We supply spinning and baitcasting, right and left handed. If you need flyfishing equipment or some other style do hesitate to ask.

We don’t have to arrange for multiple boats/guides, we have them already waiting for you. We can arrange as many days as you’d like to fish. Remember, we are the largest provider of charter fishing trips in Florida, so you will get professional bass fishing guides every time. We offer big fish tournaments with a weigh-in for your group, it all can be arranged. We have accommodations, provide meals, BBQ’s you name it, we can arrange it!

Of coarse, fish as many days as you can. The more time on the water, the more opportunities you will have. If fishing three days or more, possibly break up the days with a day off in between so you don’t fish everyday. That protects you against the outdoor elements, weather and makes it much more enjoyable if you are not use to fishing everyday.

We service over 354 location in the state of Florida, in almost every HOT fishing location in North, Central or South Florida we have local guides waiting for you. Yes, we have guides at each of the great fisheries and are all specialized in those locations. Whether your in Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Ft Myers, Okeechobee, Palm Beach, Ft Lauderdale, Naples, Miami and many others.

What we suggest you search the website by City or call our helpful office staff and simply tell them where you would like to fish or tell them where you are located and they will provide you with the best fisheries in the area. We are truly the most versatile guide service in Florida to fish the entire state!

Watch the weather and be assured it is cooler on the water than land. During the summer it genneral warner on the water, so we always suggest dressing in layers. Bring any medications, polarized fishing glasses, hat, long and short sleeve shirt and rain gear if you prefer.

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