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Okeechobee Alligator: 8’-8’11"

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7-9' Central Florida Gator Hunt

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Hog Hunting Guides Near Lakeland, Fl

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Duck Hunting Guides Near Lakeland, Fl

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Hunting in Poinciana
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trip description for Thermal Hog Hunts / Dog Hog Hunts in Poinciana

Escape to the enchanting wilderness of South Florida with Colton's Thermal Hog Hunts and Dog Hog Hunts, an experience that promises an adrenaline-fueled adventure under the cloak of the night sky. As the sun sets and darkness descends, the hunt begins, stretching from dusk until you decide to bring the curtain down on the excitement. Colton's guarantees an immersive, all-inclusive package that elevates your hog-hunting expedition to unprecedented heights. Picture yourself equipped with top-of-the-line guns and cutting-edge thermal gear, standing at the edge of the Florida wilds. Colton's commitment to excellence extends beyond weaponry, ensuring that you're supplied with ample ammo for every exhilarating encounter. But the experience doesn't end there—two side-by-sides stand ready, providing seamless mobility through the rugged terrain. Colton's anticipates your every need, offering a level of convenience that allows you to focus solely on the thrill of the hunt. What sets Colton's apart is the meticulous attention to detail, extending even to the creature comforts. Coolers stocked with refreshing drinks ensure that, amidst the pursuit, you can take a moment to relax and relish the unique ambiance of the Florida night. This isn't just a hunt; it's a curated journey, where every aspect is tailored to provide enthusiasts with an extraordinary encounter. Colton's transforms hog hunting into a comprehensive, hassle-free experience, allowing you to immerse yourself fully in the magic of the South Florida wilderness. In the heart of this untamed landscape, Colton's promises more than just unlimited hogs; it delivers an unforgettable escapade. Whether you're a seasoned hunter or a newcomer to the thrill of the chase, Colton's Thermal Hog Hunts beckons, inviting you to be a part of an adventure of a lifetime. It's not just about the trophies; it's about the journey, and with Colton's, that journey promises to be nothing short of extraordinary. Read More

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Thermal Hog Hunts / Dog Hog Hunts

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Hunting in Crystal River
Hunting in Crystal River
Hunting in Crystal River
trip description for Duck Hunts in Crystal River

Embark on an Unforgettable FL Duck Hunting Expedition with Captain Janot! Attention all avid waterfowl hunters! Get ready for an extraordinary duck hunting adventure amidst the stunning landscapes of Crystal River the nature coast and all of central Florida Led by the seasoned expert, Captain Janot. This hunting trip promises to be an experience like no other! Crystal River and Central Florida is renowned for its abundant waterfowl population, and you'll have the opportunity to hunt several prized duck species – Redheads, Canvasbacks, Ringnecks, Teal, Black belly whistling Ducks, Wood Ducks, and Mottled Duck. With Captain Janot's extensive knowledge of the area and expert guidance, you'll be in the best hands to maximize your hunting success. Imagine the thrill as you watch majestic ducks soar overhead, their calls echoing through the air. With Captain Janot's keen eye and strategic approach, you'll be led to the prime hunting spots, ensuring your hunt is both challenging and rewarding. Read More

Duck Hunting Trip near Lakeland

Duck Hunts

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Hunting in Okeechobee
Hunting in Okeechobee
Hunting in Okeechobee
trip description for Okeechobee Trophy Hog Harvest in Okeechobee

*This trip is for up to 7 people, but its really priced per hog. Must pay for two hogs to go. For example, if 1 person wants to shoot 3 hogs then you need to select the 3 person option or if 2 people want to shoot 7 hogs select 7 people* Our incredible package includes the opportunity to bag a large trophy hog with 2" minimum tusks, or 175 lbs. and bigger – an experience not to be missed for any hunting enthusiast! Whether you prefer the precision of a bow or the power of a rifle, our hunting stands cater to every hunter's preference. Choose your weapon of choice and feel the rush as you patiently wait for the perfect moment to strike. For those seeking a more active approach, our spot and stalk method and swamp buggy hunts provide an exhilarating challenge. Step into the wild, stalking your prey with stealth and skill, or venture through the rugged terrain on our specialized swamp buggies, enhancing the excitement of the chase. To make your hunting journey seamless and stress-free, we've taken care of the essentials. Once the hunt is done, our team will expertly clean and quarter the hog, ensuring you leave with your cooler fully packed, ready to savor the rewards of your successful adventure. Beyond the thrill of the hunt, hog hunts complement any combination adventure. Embrace the opportunity to explore and immerse yourself in the natural beauty surrounding you, creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime. Don't miss out on this exceptional opportunity to test your hunting skills, connect with nature, and indulge in the spirit of adventure. Book your hog hunt today and let the adrenaline flow! For those in pursuit of meat hogs check out Ian's Okeechobee Hog Harvest trip listings below. After an adrenaline-filled day on the hunt, why rush back? Extend your adventure with an overnight stay at our comfortable lodge. You'll enjoy a cozy retreat, complete with a delicious dinner and a satisfying continental breakfast to fuel you for the next day's adventures (for options with lodging checkout the trip listings below) Optionally change this trip into a thermal hog hunt for $50 (contact us!).Experience the excitement of hunting under the cover of darkness, using cutting-edge thermal technology to track your prey. This thrilling nighttime experience is bound to be etched in your memory forever. Read More

Hog Hunting Trip near Lakeland

Okeechobee Trophy Hog Harvest

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Hunting in Okeechobee
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trip description for Okeechobee Alligator: 6’-6’11" in Okeechobee

*This trip includes one 6'-6'11" Gator!* Alligator hunting in Florida is not for the timid or faint of heart! Here we provide you with a safe, fun, and exciting alligator hunt year-round. We offer both private and public land alligator hunts. On our private land hunts, we either hunt nuisance gators that are a threat to people or animals on close or surrounding ranches or in our private hunting preserve - which guarantees a harvest. Our private land hunts are “spot and stalk” on a pond or canal. If we find a gator laying on a bank, we will try to sneak up as closely as possible to get a brain kill shot. The size of a gator’s brain is about the size of a golf ball. If we do not see one on a bank but in one of the ponds or canals, then it becomes alligator fishing. At that time the hunter will try to snag the gator and fight it on rod and reel until it tires out and surfaces. At that time, the hunter will take the shot at the gator on the surface. You can use rifle, handgun, bang stick or bow to harvest your alligator. With our public land hunts, the hunter is required to either apply and draw a tag via a state lottery system or purchase a state public land tag from one of our guides when available and in season. These hunts take place on either an air boat or a flats boat with a seasoned gator hunting guide. If you are successful and harvest your gator then we will be able to arrange for the processing of your meat and taxidermy service by a local licensed processor/taxidermist if desired. Read More

Alligator Hunting Trip near Lakeland

Okeechobee Alligator: 6’-6’11"

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Hunting in Lake Panasoffkee
Hunting in Lake Panasoffkee
Hunting in Lake Panasoffkee
trip description for Osceola Turkey Whack in Lake Panasoffkee

Welcome to your thrilling turkey hunting adventure near Sumter County, guided by the experienced Leon. Prepare yourself for an unforgettable experience chasing 100% true Osceola turkeys on pristine public lands. This two-day excursion promises an immersive journey into the heart of Florida's wilderness, where you'll have the opportunity to bag one (1) of these majestic birds. With Leon's expert guidance, you'll navigate the terrain and hone your hunting skills amidst the natural beauty of the Crystal River area. Before embarking on this adventure, make sure you have the following essentials: Florida Hunting License: Ensure you have a valid Florida hunting license to participate in this exciting hunt. Management Area Permit: Obtain the necessary permit for hunting on the designated management areas. Turkey Stamp: Don't forget to secure your turkey stamp, a requirement for turkey hunting in Florida. Shotgun & Ammo: Bring along your trusted shotgun and an ample supply of ammunition for a successful hunt. While you come prepared with your hunting gear, Leon will provide essential equipment including decoys and calls, essential tools for luring in these elusive Osceola turkeys. Get ready to immerse yourself in the thrill of the hunt, surrounded by the sights and sounds of Florida's wilderness. Leon's expertise combined with the natural beauty of Crystal River sets the stage for an unforgettable turkey hunting experience. So gear up, pack your enthusiasm, and get ready to make memories that will last a lifetime on this exciting turkey hunting trip. Read More

Turkey Hunting Trip near Lakeland

Osceola Turkey Whack

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Hunting in Crystal River
Hunting in Crystal River
Hunting in Crystal River
trip description for Good Ol' Gator Hunting in Crystal River

Embark on an adrenaline-fueled Gator Hunt like no other in Crystal River, FL! With only 4 tags available and just 3 left, this exclusive opportunity is not to be missed. Led by the fearless Captain Leon, a true expert in alligator hunts, get ready to experience the thrill of a lifetime from August 15th through November 1. Sumnter County is the prime location for this unforgettable adventure, boasting a remarkable 90% success rate. Captain Leon's exceptional skills and knowledge will ensure you have the best chance of a successful hunt, making this a truly rewarding experience. The main game plan is to sneak up on these incredible creatures, throwing a treble hook in their back, and skillfully bringing them to the boat before dispatching them with precision. It's a thrilling challenge that only the most skilled hunters can conquer. But that's not all—Captain Leon's wild technique for handling sketchy alligators is a sight to behold! Instead of creeping up, he'll rig up a beef lung on a rod, open the bail, and haul ass at the gator, going max speed. He plans so that his lower unit is out of the water, and he'll watch the gator go down, dropping the bait on him as he flies past. Most of the time, the gator pops right back up where he was, finds the beef lungs, and chomps. If the gator pops up a ways off, i.e., doesn't see the lung, he tugs on the line to make a splash in the water, and it's almost always game over. Whether you're a seasoned hunter looking for the ultimate challenge or a thrill-seeker eager to experience the heart-pounding rush of a Gator Hunt, Captain Leon has you covered. Spaces are limited, and the remaining tags are disappearing fast, so secure your spot now for an adrenaline-pumping expedition like no other. Prepare for an exhilarating hunt, create memories to last a lifetime, and embrace the untamed beauty of Crystal River's Gator Country! Read More

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Good Ol' Gator Hunting

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Everything to Know About Booking a Hunting Guide in Lakeland

What are the best hunting trips in Lakeland?

Why should I book a hunting trip in Lakeland with Captain Experiences?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 8 trip in Lakeland: Takin' Down Turkeys in FL! guided by Richard.

Our guides in Lakeland are rated a 4.96 out of 5 based on 3254 verified reviews on Captain Experiences.

All guides on Captain Experiences are licensed, insured, and vetted by our team. You can access their reviews, click through trip photos, read bios to get to know them, and preview trip details like species, techniques, group sizes, and more.

Looking for kid friendly guides in Lakeland? Check out our beginner and family friendly guides in Lakeland.

What types of hunting trips are common in Lakeland?

Alligator hunting is the most popular type of hunting in Lakeland as well as hog hunting, duck hunting, and turkey hunting.

The most commonly sought after species in Lakeland are: 1. alligator, 2. hog, 3. mallard, 4. blue-winged teal, and 5. wood duck.

How much do Lakeland hunting trips cost?

Prices in Lakeland can range anywhere from about $475 to $2,285, but the average price for a half day trip in Lakeland is $836. The average price for a full day trip in Lakeland is $1,391.

Is booking a hunting guide worth the money?

Hiring a guide provides a number of benefits and many choose to book a hunting guide for a combination of experience, local knowledge, convenience, and cost-effectiveness.

Working with experienced hunting guides who know the best local spots and techniques can dramatically increase your odds of a great day. Having someone who is outside every day and knows the area like the back of their hand is going to give you the best chances of success.

Booking a guide is also more cost effective, especially if you only get out a handful of times per year. When you consider all of the costs you would incur on your own such as the price of a boat, maintenance, insurance, gas, high-quality gear, repairs, and more, you’ll find that DIY is sometimes not worth the expense.

Even if you’ve got a great setup already in your backyard, booking a guide also provides a great opportunity to experience new techniques, new locations, or even a chance at a new target species to knock off the bucket list.

What month is best for hunting in Lakeland?

The most popular season for hunting in Lakeland is spring, and most hunters book their trips 3 days in advance.

Where can I look through all Captain Experiences trips?

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What is fishing in Lakeland all about?

In Lakeland, Florida, fishing enthusiasts are greeted with a diverse array of opportunities to indulge in their favorite pastime. The city is surrounded by numerous lakes, rivers, and ponds, offering ample fishing spots for anglers of all skill levels. One of the most popular destinations is Lake Hollingsworth, a 350-acre freshwater lake known for its abundant bass populations. Anglers can cast their lines from the shore, launch a boat, or kayak out onto the lake to pursue largemouth bass, bluegill, and crappie. With its convenient location and picturesque scenery, Lake Hollingsworth provides an ideal setting for a day of fishing enjoyment.

Additionally, Lakeland is home to other renowned fishing spots, including Lake Parker, Lake Mirror, and Lake Gibson, each offering its own unique angling experience. Lake Parker, one of the largest lakes in the area, boasts a variety of freshwater species, including bass, catfish, and sunfish, making it a favorite destination for anglers seeking a diverse fishing experience. Lake Mirror, located in downtown Lakeland, offers urban fishing opportunities amidst a scenic park setting, providing anglers with the chance to catch bass, tilapia, and carp while enjoying the city's vibrant atmosphere.

Furthermore, Lakeland's proximity to the Peace River and numerous canals provides anglers with additional options for exploring different fishing environments. The Peace River offers opportunities for freshwater and saltwater fishing, with species such as snook, tarpon, and redfish inhabiting its brackish waters. Anglers can also explore the city's canal systems, which are home to a variety of freshwater species, including largemouth bass, bluegill, and catfish. Whether fishing from the shore, a boat, or kayak, anglers in Lakeland can look forward to memorable fishing experiences and bountiful catches in this vibrant Florida city.

What are the most popular months to fish in Lakeland?

Fishing seasons in Lakeland, Florida, offer anglers a dynamic and rewarding experience throughout the year, with each season presenting its own unique advantages. Spring marks the beginning of prime fishing conditions as temperatures warm up, triggering increased activity among freshwater species. Anglers can expect excellent opportunities for targeting largemouth bass, bluegill, and crappie as they move into shallow waters to spawn. With the lakes and rivers teeming with life, spring offers anglers the chance to reel in trophy-sized catches and enjoy the natural beauty of Lakeland's waterways.

As summer arrives, fishing in Lakeland reaches its peak, with longer days and warmer temperatures creating ideal conditions for anglers. Lakes, rivers, and ponds remain productive, providing anglers with ample opportunities to target a variety of freshwater species. Whether casting from the shore, drifting along in a boat, or kayak fishing, anglers can enjoy the thrill of battling big bass, feisty bluegill, and slab-sized crappie in the warm summer sun. Additionally, summer nights offer a unique fishing experience, as anglers can enjoy the cooler temperatures and tranquil surroundings while pursuing their favorite catches under the stars.

In the fall, Lakeland's fishing season transitions into a period of abundance and excitement as temperatures begin to cool down. Cooling waters trigger a feeding frenzy among freshwater species, making it an ideal time for anglers to hook into big bass and crappie. Additionally, the changing seasons bring the return of migratory species to the area's waterways, offering anglers the opportunity to target a wider variety of fish. Whether casting into the crisp autumn air or drifting along in the tranquil waters, fall fishing in Lakeland promises a bounty of catches and memorable moments for anglers to cherish.

What types of fishing are popular in Lakeland?

In Lakeland, Florida, anglers have the opportunity to engage in a variety of fishing styles, each offering its own unique challenges and rewards. One popular method is freshwater bass fishing, which allows anglers to target the iconic largemouth bass that inhabit the area's lakes, rivers, and ponds. Anglers can employ a variety of techniques, such as casting topwater lures, flipping and pitching soft plastics, or trolling crankbaits, to entice these powerful predators. Whether fishing from the shore, a boat, or a kayak, bass fishing in Lakeland promises thrilling battles and the chance to hook into trophy-sized bass.

Additionally, Lakeland offers excellent opportunities for panfishing, with a variety of species such as bluegill, crappie, and catfish abundant in its freshwater habitats. Panfish provide anglers of all ages and skill levels with plenty of action and excitement, making them a favorite target for families and novice anglers. Anglers can use a variety of baits and techniques, from live bait to artificial lures, to target panfish and enjoy memorable catches that are sure to delight.

Furthermore, for those seeking a more relaxed and leisurely fishing experience, Lakeland boasts numerous ponds, lakes, and canals that offer prime fishing opportunities. These hidden gems provide anglers with the chance to escape the crowds and immerse themselves in the natural beauty of Florida's countryside while pursuing a variety of freshwater species. Whether casting a line from the shore, drifting along in a canoe, or simply enjoying the peaceful serenity of the surroundings, fishing in Lakeland promises relaxation and excitement for anglers of all ages.

What species are popular in Lakeland?

In Lakeland, Florida, anglers have the opportunity to target a diverse array of fishing species, making it an enticing destination for fishing enthusiasts of all levels. One of the most prized catches in the area is the largemouth bass, a formidable predator known for its aggressive strikes and powerful fights. Largemouth bass inhabit the local lakes, rivers, and ponds, providing anglers with ample opportunities to hook into these prized game fish. Whether casting from the shore, drifting along in a boat, or kayak fishing, anglers can use a variety of techniques and baits to entice these bass and enjoy thrilling battles on the water.

Additionally, Lakeland offers excellent opportunities for targeting panfish, such as bluegill, crappie, and catfish, among others. These feisty fish are abundant in the area's freshwater habitats, offering anglers of all ages and skill levels plenty of action and excitement. Whether fishing from the shore, a boat, or a dock, anglers can use a variety of baits and techniques to target panfish and enjoy memorable catches that are sure to delight.

Furthermore, Lakeland's waterways are also home to a variety of other freshwater species, including carp, gar, and bowfin, among others. These fish offer anglers additional opportunities for excitement and adventure, with the chance to reel in impressive catches and create lasting memories on the water. Whether targeting bass, panfish, or other freshwater species, anglers in Lakeland can look forward to memorable fishing experiences and bountiful catches in this vibrant Florida city.

What are the best places to fish in Lakeland?

In Lakeland, Florida, anglers are spoiled for choice when it comes to finding the best places to fish, thanks to the city's abundance of lakes, rivers, and ponds. One standout location is Lake Hollingsworth, a 350-acre freshwater lake known for its excellent bass fishing opportunities. Anglers can cast their lines from the shore, launch a boat, or paddle out onto the lake in a kayak to pursue largemouth bass, bluegill, and crappie. With its convenient location and picturesque scenery, Lake Hollingsworth is a favorite spot among local anglers and visitors alike.

Another popular fishing destination in Lakeland is Lake Parker, one of the largest lakes in the area and home to a variety of freshwater species. Anglers can explore its expansive waters by boat or kayak, casting their lines along the shoreline or targeting submerged structures to hook into bass, catfish, and sunfish. Additionally, Lake Parker boasts several fishing piers and docks, providing anglers with convenient access to prime fishing spots and opportunities for catching trophy-sized fish.

Furthermore, anglers in Lakeland can also enjoy fishing along the city's network of canals and waterways, which are home to a variety of freshwater species. These canals offer convenient and accessible fishing opportunities, with plenty of spots to cast a line and reel in catches such as bass, bluegill, and catfish. Whether fishing from the shore, a boat, or a dock, anglers in Lakeland can look forward to memorable fishing experiences and bountiful catches in this vibrant Florida city.

Other things to do in Lakeland

Aside from fishing, Lakeland, Florida, offers a plethora of activities and attractions to explore, ensuring there's something for everyone to enjoy. One notable destination is the Polk Museum of Art, which showcases a diverse collection of artwork spanning various periods and styles. Visitors can admire paintings, sculptures, and other forms of visual art from both local and international artists. The museum also hosts rotating exhibitions, educational programs, and special events, providing opportunities for cultural enrichment and artistic inspiration.

For outdoor enthusiasts, Lakeland boasts several beautiful parks and gardens where visitors can enjoy leisurely strolls, picnics, and recreational activities. Lake Mirror Park, located in downtown Lakeland, features scenic walking paths, lush green spaces, and the iconic Hollis Garden, a botanical showcase with vibrant flowers and ornamental plants. Additionally, the Circle B Bar Reserve offers miles of hiking trails, wildlife viewing opportunities, and birdwatching, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the natural beauty of Florida's countryside.

Furthermore, history buffs can explore Lakeland's rich heritage by visiting historic sites and landmarks scattered throughout the city. The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Florida Southern College campus, with its distinctive architecture and beautiful grounds, offers guided tours and educational programs for visitors interested in architecture and history. Additionally, the Lake Mirror Historic District features charming historic homes, museums, and cultural institutions that provide insights into Lakeland's past and present. Whether admiring art, enjoying nature, or delving into history, Lakeland offers a wealth of experiences beyond the fishing waters.

Does Lakeland have good fishing?

Lakeland, situated in central Florida, boasts a variety of fishing opportunities that make it a desirable destination for anglers of all skill levels. The city is surrounded by numerous lakes, ponds, and rivers, offering ample fishing spots that cater to both freshwater and inshore saltwater fishing preferences. Lakes such as Lake Hollingsworth, Lake Parker, and Lake Mirror are well-known for their populations of Largemouth Bass, Bluegill, and Crappie, providing anglers with plenty of options for productive fishing outings.

In addition to its natural freshwater resources, Lakeland is close to coastal areas that offer saltwater fishing opportunities in nearby estuaries, bays, and the Gulf of Mexico. Anglers can target a variety of saltwater species, including Redfish, Snook, Trout, and Flounder, depending on the season and location. Whether fishing from the shore, a boat, or a kayak, Lakeland provides diverse settings that accommodate different fishing styles and preferences.

Lakeland's mild climate and year-round fishing potential make it an ideal destination for anglers seeking consistent fishing opportunities throughout the seasons. Local fishing regulations help maintain sustainable fish populations and ensure that fishing remains an enjoyable and rewarding activity for residents and visitors alike. Whether casting a line for relaxation or aiming for a trophy catch, Lakeland offers a welcoming environment and plentiful fishing options amidst its picturesque lakes and waterways.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

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    Had a great time out in the water!

    Salvador G. with Antonio E. of Key West, Florida

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    Heather, we feel you are very fortunate to have people like DJ and Tyler working with you. They were absolutely amazing and instrumental in making this fishing trip with our granddaughters a "REEL SUCCESS"! These guys went about their business with true dedication and diligence, all while keeping things easy going and friendly for us. Cool, cool deal. Also, we were very happy to go out on the REEL DEAL. It worked well for us. Many thanks.

    Ricky M. with Heather H. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Heather sent my wife and I and our two granddaughters out for a 6 hour combination trolling and bottom fishing trip with Captain DJ and Tyler. We can't say enough about how enjoyable it was. Both DJ and Tyler were fantastic guys to be around and put us on plenty of fish, both trolling and bottom fishing. It was very impressive to watch them as a team work to keep our granddaughters busy reeling in fish. They made every aspect of the trip friendly, comfortable and fun. It was all we had hoped to experience. Many thanks to Heather, DJ, Tyler and Captain Experiences.

    Ricky M. with Heather H. of Clearwater, Florida

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    Captain Greg put us on the fish all day and we had a great time!

    Adrian W. with Greg M. of St. Petersburg, Florida

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    On time and very helpful

    Joshua J. with Justin R. of Crystal River, Florida

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    Captain Ike is a first class person very polite very nice guy me and my son had a great time will do it again when we come back.

    Chris H. with Ike C. of Tampa, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Absolutely will be back. Super day out catching fish. Great crew, great boat. The day went way too fast!

    Brian M. with Brad D. of Clearwater, Florida

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    We had 2 adults and 4 kids (2x11 and 2x16) and had a great day with Captain Teddy. We caught huge redfish and several black drum. He took us to a spot where we could pull a bunch of little guys up as well. The kids all rated it an A+.

    Michael R. with Teddy S. of Crystal River, Florida

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    We had a great fishing trip with Captain Wade. I booked our trip for my boyfriend’s 40th birthday for us, and 3 of his friends. Wade had everything we needed and more and provided a fun and laid back experience. We all caught a handful of fish, myself included, who had never fished before. I highly recommend!!

    Rachel B. with Wade O. of St. Petersburg, Florida

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    If you want to catch fish, better call and get on board. Hardest working captain I’ve ever seen in my 20 years of offshore fishing. Not only did we limit out in multiple species captain Tommy gave us a great experience and let us do what we wanted to. captain Tommy has the go to spots for big snapper,grouper, and sport fish as well.

    Zachery A. with Tommy L. of Clearwater, Florida

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    Our captain was very intune with our group. He worked very hard to make it a successful trip

    Jake J. with Tommy L. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great morning on the water with Captain George. He put us over fish right away. First cast went into the cooler! He was very knowledgeable and courteous. We enjoyed our time on his boat!

    Lindy K. with George H. of St. Petersburg, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had the opportunity to take our four kids on their first fishing charter while visiting Sarasota. We booked with Ultimate Fishing Adventures and Henry was our guide. I don’t think we could have asked for a better experience. Henry was amazing with the kids. He put them on fish right away and our son landed a snook on the first cast. Henry even got us up close to some manatees which was so cool. I absolutely recommend this group for your charter.

    Sonya A. with Taylor R. of Holmes Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    We had a great time with our guides. They were easy going and very accommodating. We caught a variety of different fish. I would for sure go out with these guys again.

    Tori S. with Brad D. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    He put us on the Best Fishing Day of our Life's... Hi and his Dad And His Son TONY #15. He was so Great and the day was Perfect 🥰. Now my whole family has caught a Mahi or Rainbow 🌈 Runner .

    Hugh H. with Antonio E. of Key West, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Please send our photos.

    William J. with Michael J. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Jayson is amazing!!!! Can’t wait to book again. He did so much more than just scallop… He made it a treasure hunt and showed us the beauty of the water around Crystal River… 🥰

    April H. with Jayson P. of Crystal River, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Greatest experience we could ask for. Caught a good amount and captain Adam was very knowledgeable on where to go for best fishing and Is very respectful. Would highly recommend captain Adam to anyone looking for a fun fishing trip.

    Landan L. with Adam H. of St. Petersburg, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Definitely a very fun trip! Will definitely recommend to friends/families. Caught almost 50 fish and was a blast! Two takeaways for myself: Red Snapper fishing can only happen with the 10-12 hour trips, not the 4 hour trips.

    Luis M. with Heather H. of Clearwater, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Capt Mikey and Josh were great. Brought us out the fish quickly and were knowledgeable friendly and enthusiastic. Look forward to going out with them again

    Theo M. with Michael J. of Clearwater, Florida

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