Below are reservation questions and answers regarding making a fishing reservation or the process of reserving a fishing trip.
Can we make online reservations?
Yes, Bass Online has a 24 hour online reservation system for your convenience, you can choose the location, lake, length of trip and even your fishing guide or less us do it for you. Go to Online Fishing Reservations page for a complete list of fishing locations and to start your reservation.
What will I need to bring?
You will need to bring sunglasses, polarized glasses are preferred but not necessary. 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 ball-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 extra on the boat.
Watch the weather and be assured it is cooler on the water then land. Bring short and long sleeve shirt if your not sure and rain gear if you prefer. We have extra storage on the boats and it is always best to to be prepared. Last but not least, don't forget your your medications...this we do not have extra on board!
Where do you fish?
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 is you 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!
How many days should I fish?
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. Look at our multiple day package trips for more ideas!
Can you handle group & company trips?
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, trophies with a professional weigh-in for your group, it can all be arranged. We have accommodations, provide meals, BBQ's, you name it, we can arrange it!
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Can I use my own tackle?
YES, if you fill more comfortable with your own, please bring it. We will always have plenty for those that don't.
Is the water rough out there? "Because, I get sea sick."
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.
Do I need a license?
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 - 3 day $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.
Do I bring food and water?
We supply water and some soft drinks on regular trips. We recommend you bring your favorite drink 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!
Where should I stay?
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!
Can I bring my kids?
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 or children and instructing them on various fishing techniques, so all family members are welcome.
Does the guide fish?
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.
What are your rates?
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!
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.
Do you do afternoon trips?
Yes, on a daily bases the PM can be as good as the AM. Always check with your guide as to what time of the day is the best bite.
How do I book a fishing charter, fly casting lesson, fishing lesson or eco tour?
To book a charter, lesson, or tour, just send email request or call the main office for fastest response at (888) 629-2277.
What is the preferred payment?
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.
Where do I send my deposit?
Simple call the main office at (888) 629.2277, if you prefer 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 at your favorite hotel.
What about tipping? Is Gratuity Included? Gratuity is not included or expected...But is greatly appreciated. The common gratuity is 10% to 20%.
What is your cancellation policy?
There is a $100 deposit for each day required to confirm you reservation date or dates. The deposit is not charged are less the customer does not show. It's considered as a "No Show" fee for the Captain, his down time and missing of a days work.
Our standard policy 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 by your guide or main office prior to your schedule trip. On inclement weather cancellations, can only be decided by your guide.
How many can go on fishing a charter?
The preferred and most comfortable is 1 or 2 persons, although 3 people per boat are often taken. In some locations, 4 people can be put on one boat this can arranged by calling the main office(888) 629-2277. Understand, this is set by the United States Coast Guard
How many and what age child can you take fishing on your boat? Children of all ages are welcome, maximum of three children on each boat.
Where will I meet my Captain for my fishing charter?
When reserving your reservation your guide or office staff will find the most convenient location for you. Directions can be faxed, emailed or text-ed to for your convenience. In a case where you have a GPS, we can provide you with coordinates to the meeting location.
What waters will we be fishing?
We have lots of private lake location 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.
When is the best time of year to go fishing? 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 large-mouth bass, pan-fish, snake-head and peacock bass. For largemouth most people consider the late November through May to be the big fish time of the year. Pan fish 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.