Central Florida Bass Fishing Expectations – Orlando, FL
Quite often I hear horror stories of clients’ past guide trips. It wasn’t what they expected and were disappointed with their trip even though some of the trips were successful. Whether it was the guide, the boat, hidden costs, not enough fishing time, etc, it gives guided fishing a bad name. I understand that a successful guide service is one that has a high rate of return clients and referrals from those that have fished with me. I don’t want you to be a one time customer. That is why I am dedicated to providing you with the best service possible. From my FREE TRANSPORTATION to my NO FISH NO PAY GUARANTEE, NO REQUIRED DEPOSIT and overall enthusiasm about being on the water; I am here to make sure that your Florida bass fishing experience is a successful, but most importantly a fun and exciting experience for anglers of all ages and experience levels. I understand that clients never know what to expect when booking a guide you know nothing about. With that in mind while building this site, I have tried to include everything I could think of regarding a trip with me to put your mind at ease. Below you will find out exactly what you can expect when you book a trip with me; from the boat you will be fishing out of, to the preferred start time in the mornings. Thank you for checking out my website and I hope to hear from you in the near future.
Boat: I am currently guiding out of a 2019 ZX225 powered by a Yamaha 225 SHO Four Stroke.
Tackle & Equipment: I supply all the tackle, though you’re always welcome to bring your own. I use quality Abu Garcia Rods and Reels. They consist of spinning rods and bait casters (left and right handed). I use Berkley Big Game 20lb on our shiner rods, 15lb on our bait casters and 20lb Power Pro braided line on our spinning rods. I supply all the soft plastics and artificials used on artificial trips.
What to Bring: I provide just about everything that you will need on the water including bottled water, soda, ice, sunscreen, and rain gear. I recommend a hat and sunglasses for those hot Florida afternoons. If you are going to be on the water for more than a half day, you may want to bring snacks or lunches. Usually if I pick you up, I will stop at a convenience store for you if you need anything prior to the trip. I can also run into the marina for burgers, hotdogs, pizzas, etc if you would like something hot for lunch (and we are on Toho). Your own rain gear may be a thought if you would feel more comfortable in your own stuff. And again, any tackle or equipment you want to bring is welcome.
Weather: This is Florida, but it still gets pretty cold in the winter. So, during the colder months be sure to dress in layers. It could be 35 degrees in the mornings and 80 degrees in the afternoons. But the run to the fishing spot in the morning can be painful if you don’t have enough layers on.
Start Time: I prefer to begin the majority of my trips at daybreak. However, I can schedule trips to begin at other times upon request. Many guide services run trips where you pay for time on the water (meaning a half day is 4 hours on the water). If you fish more than one spot, that is less fishing time for you. Expect to be on the water atleast 20 to 30 minutes longer than your scheduled trip when you book a trip with me. I try to make sure that you get four hours of fishing time for a half day and so on.
What to Expect: Expect to have FUN! Everyone wants to catch that once in a lifetime trophy fish. Unfortunately, I don’t catch them all the time. So, just come enjoy yourself and appreciate everything you put in the boat. I promise I will do my best, though, to try and get you that 10 pounder! Your trip is geared solely around you having a fun and successful experience. I feel that I am a little more versatile than other guide services because of my use of artificial lures and knowledge of patterns on the lakes. If we are fishing with shiners I will not pick up a rod. You will be setting every hook unless it is requested that I help out with children that may need it. If we are fishing artificials, I will fish some of the time and will fish for a couple of reasons. The first of which will be to give you confidence in your lure and the area you are fishing. The second being to find a pattern in the area. And third, to see if another bait may produce more action. Expect to be catered to, sit back, relax, and enjoy the fishing.
Women & Children: Restroom facilities are usually close by most fishing areas. I have no problem taking restroom breaks when needed. I enjoy working with children and realize that they are your future fishing partners and the future of the sport. I will do everything I can to get the little ones hooked to give you an excuse to get out on the water. And that goes for the girls too.
Group & Company Trips: I can arrange as many guides as you need for as many days as you’d like to fish. Groups rates are available, and can be negotiated. I am located close to all Orlando attractions and the Orange County Convention Center. Big fish tournaments with a weigh-in can also be arranged. Just let me know what you want to do, and we’ll set it up.
No Fish No Pay Guarantee: My guarantee is not a gimmick as other guide services refer to it. Against what everyone told me, Fish Orlando was the first in the area to offer the true no fish no pay guarantee. Now just about every guide service guarantees you catch fish, but there always seems to be a catch to their promise. Not our promise! It is a promise to you that you will catch at least one BASS (not just any fish) on your trip fishing the location and way we suggest or you don’t have to pay. Some days are better than others and I wish this weren’t the case. Some days its, “you should have been here yesterday”, and other days its “be glad you weren’t here yesterday”. I can’t promise you how many you will catch or what size of fish we will put in the boat. I do promise to do everything I can to make your trip as successful as possible. I can’t bring myself to charge someone for a trip where we were shut out. It would weigh to heavily on my conscience and that is why I put myself in a position to be successful. The only thing you would cover in the event of being shut out would be live bait (if any was purchased for the trip). Some say they have a No Fish No Pay Guarantee, but they don’t give back that $75 to $100 deposit you left them. It would be left up to you if you pay the guide, but you are not obligated to. But just to let you know, I have yet to be shut out on any of my trips! You will catch fish guaranteed!