F.A.Q.

Here are some common questions about taking a fishing trip.

Trip Related Questions?

When is the best time of the year to go fishing?

Whenever you can go, is always the best time! The fish have to eat every three days, so at least every three days is a good day.
We fish year round for largemouth bass, panfish, snakehead, Clown Knife fish and peacock bass. Smallmouth bass are more limited and not available in the winter months. For largemouth most people consider the late January through June to be the big fish time of the year. Panfish, Crappie are more winter months and bluegill are May, June. Many species are good during the summer also, especially the exotic species. As for the peacock bass and snake-heads, they are great all year long except during the cold fronts which are typically January and beginning of February. Always call your favorite guide or contact 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 fishing trip.

Do I need a fishing license?

You are required to have a freshwater fishing license in all states, even if fishing from the bank. So you have three different options to choose from to get one and all this information will be on your itinerary as well that is emailed to you. The good news for most states residents, ages under 16 and over 65 are not required to have one! While license can be gotten at retailers, they also can be obtained online and the actual license does not need to be present, just your receive or conformation that you do purchase 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.
The 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.

What is your cancellation policy?

There is a $ deposit for each day required to confirm you reservation date or dates. The deposit is based on the price of the overall trip. It’s also 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 (Captain) and/or the main office and become sick, have a family emergency there will be a full refund for your cancellation. If inclement weather conditions causes the trip to be postpone or canceled then if we can not reschedule you, we will refund the deposit.

All cancellations need to be made with your guide (captain) 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 (captain).

If you do not communicate with your guide (captain) or our office and the guide drive to boat ramp, the deposit forfeited.

Whats the best start time?

We prefer to begin the majority of our trips round daybreak or at daybreak because this tipically is the best fishing. But, we can schedule your fishing trip to begin at times that fit around your family, freinds and work schedule upon your request. Expect to be on the water for at least the length of your scheduled trip, we do not cut it short unless you request too.  We do not count time only fish!  If were meeting at a specific location, be sure to have your itinerary on your phone 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.

Your guide (captain) will verify all this with a phone call prior to meeting!

Do you do afternoon trips?
Yes, on a daily bases the PM can be as good as the AM. Always check the online availability or the office for the latest fishing report. Most after trips are set online from 2pm to 6pm, this can be adjusted after booking based on guides availability and your desired times. We will do our best to accommodate your schedule when possible. To see a complete list of type of fishing charters chick here!
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 and/or children and instructing them on various fishing techniques, so all family members are welcome.
Where will meet for the charter?

When reserving your reservation your guide or office staff will find the most convenient location for you. Once reservation is confirmed, you will receive address, directions and captains contact information via email or text which ever is more convenient. All itineraries have a live link clickable to meeting location via Google maps. If you do struggle the morning of to find meeting location, click on itineray captains phone number and they will be happy to give you turn by turn instructions.

Where should I stay?

Check out our lodging page for package trips that include fishing and accomendations. Also if you reachout to us, via phone, chat, messenger we can provide area reccommendations. In most all areas there adequate hotels and AirBNB rentals available.

Does it get rough? "Because I get Seasick!"

No, you will never have to worry about sea sickness with us in freshwater. Remember, there are plenty of places to hide from the wind and weather. Over 20 years, we have never had someone get seasick, and generally the fishing is so good you really won’t notice those conditions. But if you do happen to feel uncomfortable, we are happy to move or return at anytime.

How many and what age children can you take on the boat?
Children of all ages are welcome, maximum of three children on each boat. If you have more then three, in many locations we have pontoon boats that can accommodate up to eight.
What are the start times?

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 the entire time of your scheduled trip. We do not count time only fish! If were meeting at a specific location, be sure to have your itinerary 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.

Were a group, how do we handle 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 US, 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!

You can read here more on what we offer and past clients we have serviced.

What are the rates?

All rates are posted online, know the rates are based on the length of the trip. Also the number of anglers attending for one up to four. For a complete list of our rates please click here!

Do I bring food and drinks?

We have a cooler onboard all boats and supply ice and bottled water on trips. We recommend you bring your favorite drink (soda, beer, energy drink) and a snack. Yes, what’s a fishing trip with out a cold beer, but try to bring cans instead of bottles. So, you are permitted if so desired. All boats have room for whatever you would like to bring.

Questions for the Guide?
May I bring my own gear?
Yes, you can bring your own quipment, but we do provide you with everything. 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. We have right-handed and left-handed reels in both spinning and bait-caster models. Also we have a cooler on-board with iced and bottled spring waters.
What will I need to bring on the boat?

You should consider bringing sunglasses, polarized glasses are preferred but not necessary. In some locations when site fishing, polarized glasses can be very helpful. In some cases our guides will have extra pair for you to use.
If you wear hats, a hat or a cap is suggested as the sun can be strong on the water. Deck shoes, tennis shoes or sandals are the most comfortable, high heels are not recommended. Sunscreen in most cases is also suggested, because of sensitive skins we suggest you bring your own. Again, in most cases the guide does have it on the boat.
Everything else is provided, there are more detail on our what to expect page.

What waters will we be fishing?

We have many great fisheries located near all the popular locations destinations. We even have lots of private lakes throughout the each state. We also service over 350+ bodies of water, so we have something for everyone. Each location is really good during it’s peak time, 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. But again, if you would like to discuss your options with one of our guides we are happy to connect you in advance.

If your wanting to fish a certain location…thats wounderful. If your not certain, we can help you narrow down all the great choices and look forward to discussing it with you.

How many can go on the boat with the captain?

On most freshwater bass fishing trips, the preferred and most comfortable is 1 or 2 persons on standard charters not counting the captain. Although most of the boats take 3 people per boat quite often. In many locations, we have boats that can accomendate 4 people plus the captain, this can be determined by looking at the trip capacity or the captains profile page. You can also contact us via Facebook messenger, Whats App, Chat or calling the main office (888) 629-2277. Understand, the number of anglers and weight capacity is set by the United States Coast Guard and is limited.

Does the guide fish?

No, unless you ask he or she to do so. Our job is to put you on the fish and give you the information you need to hook, fight and land your own 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 full-time fishing guides here and your protected by our award winning No fish, No Pay policy!

What about tipping? Is gratuity included?

Gratuity is not included in the cost of the trip or is it required by our fishing guides. But it is greatly appreciated and common practice to tip your captain a gratuity of 10% to 20% on his/her service, ability and hospitality. This can be added to credit card at end of trip for your convenience.

How do I make a deposit to confirm my trip?
Simply use our online booking system for your reservation day or night, you will immediately be emailed a confirmation of your fishing trip. If you prefer not to use the online system you can call the main office at (888) 629.2277 and it can be confirmed over the phone.
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 at end of the experience to pay balance.

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