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Frequently asked questions
I only want to catch a giant fish--a trophy--a legend.
If this is your only objective, we urge you to call a guide that only fishes on private, stocked ponds. Prices start at $1,000 a pound and go up from there.
If, however, you'd like to enjoy an entertaining and educational day on a legendary lake, with the chance for any cast to result in a 12 incher, or a 12 pounder, then let's go fishing and see what the day brings. Angling is an adventure and we specialize in that.
What is provided as part of your services?
Our professional service includes state of a state of the art 2020 vessel selected specifically to fish the unique waters this lake exhibits, with more safety features than required including GPS tracking and emergency services location beacons.
Your captain is well trained, certified by the USCG, licensed, insured and has advanced knowledge of not only the lake itself, but the history of the area, the unique wildlife and regional current outdoor events. Your angling adventure will be filled with fishing tips, trivia and facts that hopefully will create an experience that will be remembered for a lifetime.
All fishing tackle--rods, reels, lures are new and in tournament-ready condition.
Ice cold bottled water, sports drinks and plenty of snacks.
Do you supply the fishing license?
No. You'll need a fishing license. This is a Florida state requirement for every single bass fishing guide service on public water.
Here's a link to buy online. You don't have to have the actual paper copy with you, so a screen image of your license is fine.
if a guide says you don't need it, or if they say 'the boat covers it', please beware.
What do I actually need to bring?
Dress for the weather. Consider open water is usually cooler when windy and the sun is hotter than you think.
Any special food or drinks you require. We have sports drinks, water, and snacks.
Bring you GPS. No secrets here.
We have plenty of storage on the boat. If you think you might want to bring something, please do. We have room.
If we choose live bait, how is that handled?
As part of our service, we'll pick up the bait at one of the local shops. We don't charge a premium for this service, it's just a pass-thru charge. Prices for live bait are whatever the market is at that time, but usually ranges from $24 a dozen to $36 a dozen for wild shiners. We recommend up to 1 dozen per angler, per hour of fishing time. As and estimate, 6 dozen for a single angler or 8-10 dozen for a day of fishing is typical. There is no 'buy back' for bait. But if we do run out, we always have premium artificial lures on board.
Tell me more about the rods and reels.
We have professional quality reels and equipment from Shimano.
We have casting reels with both right and left hand retrieve.
We have premier Shimano spinning reels capable of catching snook and redfish, but are simple enough for most anglers.
And because Capt'n Drew has a nostalgic side a mile wide, we have some near-museum quality vintage Zebco 33 push button reels matched to modern bass rods. We pretty much have every experience level covered.
Can I bring my own equipment?
Of course. Just let us know. We've got plenty of storage space and plenty of deck space.
Can you accommodate older anglers or special needs?
Of course. We've got fishing seats for comfort and those seats can be moved to 5 different locations in the boat, including the lower deck area.
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