Our reputation and history of successful guided fishing trips for individuals and business clients speak for themselves. We pride ourselves in not only guaranteeing that we will put you on fish, but that you will be waited on, hand-and-foot, you will be entertained between catches with fishing stories, and you will go away with a memorable experience.
Our guide service serves a wide range of clientele, and every customer relationship, no matter the age, is valued greatly. Each engagement benefits from the depth and breadth of our expertise. Not only will you go largemouth bass fishing, but you will learn the how and why of Central Florida fishing so you can do this on your own, if you so desire.
Our guide service has been leading the way in customer service and satisfaction since 1989. With ever changing fish patterns, you need someone who knows how to navigate the various waters and fishing resources that Central Florida has to offer in the form of rivers, chains of lakes, and individual bodies of water.
Just like many of you, I first learned bass fishing from my Dad, and to respect the outdoors and what it has to offer. You may recall seeing me host the Southern Outdoorsman TV fishing show in the late 1980's. Then and now I am known as "The Happy Fisherman" . I specialize in trophy largemouth bass fishing in Central Florida.
Being an avid outdoorsman since childhood, I recognized the special needs and desires of others seeking their great outdoor adventure. I love teaching others about nature and watching the joy on the faces of children and adults alike when they catch their first Florida largemouth black bass!
We are a Christian-based business and we love to focus on families with children, which is why we offer largemouth bass fishing trips aboard pontoon boats. This is just another way to help keep families together, and to teach the youth how to be good stewards of the land and waters.
It also gives everyone (up to 4) the chance to fish at the same time. Plus, there are amenities aboard a pontoon boat, such as a port-a-potty and a sun deck.
We also have a Ranger bassboat for individual anglers.
No one can truly guarantee that you will catch a trophy largemouth bass ... or any fish, for that matter. There are too many variables involved, such as: not setting the hook strong enough; not keeping enough tension on the fish; the fish jumps and throws the hook; the hook turns into the bait; or you might catch another species of fish that frequent the same areas as the bass.
But we do guarantee that we will put you on fish, which means you are extremely likely to get several opportunities to catch largemouth bass. And we guarantee that we will teach you and/or help you do whatever it takes to get your catch into the boat.
4 Hours Fishing - 1 or 2 people $300.00, each additional person is $50.00 [Plus Bait*]
Included with Fee: Boat (bass or pontoon), motor, fuel, rods, reels, terminal tackle, life jackets, bottled water, cooler w/ice, qualified guide, instructions (if needed).
Not included with Fee: Cost of live bait. We use live shiners (wild or domestic). They run anywhere between $12 - $24 per dozen (seasonal). We usually take 3-4 dozen (or more for larger groups).
Advance reservation is preferred. We require a debit/credit card (or a deposit of $100 per boat/per day) to secure the date. Actual payment/balance due is paid at the conclusion of your trip.
Please note that there is a 4% convenience fee for payments made by credit/debit cards.
*All non-US residents must pay by cash (USD) or by Paypal. So sorry for any inconvenience.
Deposits are fully refundable up until one week prior. Within 4-7 days prior, a 50% is refundable. No refunds are available if notice is given in less than 4 days .
The reason for this is:
1) trips may have been refused due to already being booked, and
2) bait is purchased in advance and is non-returnable.
I wanted to let you know how much Paul and I enjoyed our day fishing with you on March 16, 2013. Not just because we caught some GIANT largemouth but we also appreciated your enthusiasm, excitement and knowledge of bass fishing. Paul and I have fished with a lot of guides on many different bodies of water over the years and you are right at the top of the list. I’m glad we found you as our day with you made the trip very special. We enjoyed it so much that we have decided to come down next year, late March, early April and spend four days fishing with you. We will fish two days, take a day break and fish two more days. Should give us a chance to maybe fish a couple of lakes if the fish are on. I will get in touch with you to find out which days in late March, early April will be the best days, moon cycle wise, to book. I’ve attached a couple of pictures to this email of fish we caught with you. Great fish, great time, great guide!
Thanks Dick - Rod Smith, Paul Dix, Wiconsin
*Fished with us every year since
Hi Captain Dick, It's Captain Matt here! Sorry I didn't email you sooner, it's been a whirlwind since I got back. I just wanted to thank you again for a great fishing trip and a super fun time. We really enjoyed spending the morning on board with you and Dominique and Bailey couldn't stop talking about how much fun they had. They told my wife how cool and funny you were and had a blast. I've attached a few pictures. We will definitely see you again and I'll give you a call when we're up your way and ready to slay 'em!
All the best, Matt Ploof
My brother and I took a group of 4 kids (ages 8-10), including two boys and two girls, fishing with Dick. God bless him. He kept those kids busy and engaged. We caught around 40 bass, with several over 5 pounds. Dick even took the opportunity to share fishing techniques with the kids, and his fishing stories are great.
We had a group of 9 families staying at River Ranch, and boy were they jealous when we brought back fish and pictures. Next time, we will certainly have a larger group for fishing. And all enjoyed a few bass on the grill for dinner. Thanks Dick for showing the kids (and me and my brother) a great time.
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
This is just a sample of some of the bucketmouths, hawgs, donkeys, trophy largemouth bass that Southern Outdoorsman Guide Service has put customers on. We don't guarantee you will catch fish, but we do guarantee to put you on good fish. The rest is up to how well you follow direction, fate, and God's will.
If you contact us to make a reservation, please add an alternative date, just in case your preferred date isn't available, but making your reservation early will definitely help, especially during our busy season, which is December thru May.
PO Box 7718, Indian Lake Est., FL 33855
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