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Fishing in Delray Beach
Fishing in Delray Beach
Fishing in Delray Beach
trip description for Lake Ida Freshwater Slam in Delray Beach

Head out with Skip and prepare for an action-packed day of Florida freshwater fishing! Lake Ida is a perfect sanctuary for freshwater fishing near the beautiful Florida coast. This trip is perfect for families, and kids are welcome! On this trip, Skip will motor you out into Lake Ida where you can expect to target exciting species such as Peacock Bass, Clown Knifefish, and Largemouth Bass. The only method you'll need to catch these distinctive, colorful fish is classic light tackle. Just let Skip know what fish you want to catch and he'll get you set up with whatever's biting that time of year! You'll be fishing aboard a 20’ G3 Deluxe bay boat that can comfortably fit 3 anglers. This do-it-all vessel will have no problem getting you to where the fish are biting! Skip will provide all rods, reels, tackle, and live bait. All you need to bring is sunglasses, sunscreen, any snacks or drinks you might need and a Florida fishing license. He also includes a cooler stocked with ice and water. Book your trip today and get ready for an exciting freshwater trip! Read More

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Lake Ida Freshwater Slam

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Fishing in New Braunfels
Fishing in New Braunfels
Fishing in New Braunfels
trip description for Hill Country Bass & Trout on the Fly in New Braunfels

Fly fishing in the Texas Hill Country is an experience you won't soon forget. The scenery is beautiful, and the fishing is great. Fly fishing is a sport that has been around for centuries and is enjoyed by people of all ages. It's a great way to relax and enjoy the outdoors, and it can be very rewarding. Embark on an unforgettable 4 or 8-hour adventure in the Texas hill country with Captain Chris. He has been fly fishing all over the country for over 30 years, so expect to get some bites! On this fly-fishing trip, you'll be targeting Largemouth Bass, Perch, Rainbow Trout, and Smallmouth Bass on the beautiful Guadalupe River. The Guadalupe River is listed as one of the 100 top trout streams in the United States and is the southernmost trout fishery in the United States. This river is known for its abundance of Rainbow Trout, so expect to find one at the end of your line! You'll be aboard a whitewater raft custom-designed for 2 anglers, complete with casting platforms and lean bars. These rafts are very stable and comfortable and are great for getting through shallow water. Whether you're new to fly fishing or not, Chris is eager to help. Make sure to bring a valid Texas Fishing License, and don't forget your sunscreen! Chris will provide the rods and reels, as well as a tasty lunch. All you need to bring is yourself and a smile. Enjoy your day out on the river! Read More

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Hill Country Bass & Trout On The Fly

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Fishing in Belle Glade
Fishing in Belle Glade
Fishing in Belle Glade
trip description for Lake Okeechobee Trip - 21’ Ranger in Belle Glade

If your looking for monster Large Mouth bass you've come to the right place. Lake Okeechobee bass fishing is considered some of the best freshwater fishing in the United States, and even considered one of the premier fishing destinations in the world. So whether you are a spinner-bait or jig flipping fisherman, your guide JP will teach you the latest tricks to catching Florida bass. Equipment for bass fishing varies from light spinning tackle to heavy-duty flipping rods, and with over 30 years of experience guiding this premier fishery JP knows all the tricks and is excited to share them with you! On the day of your trip you’ll be fishing aboard JP's 21' Storm bass fishing vessel equipped with a 250 HP Mercury Pro XS, live bait well, wireless trolling motor, and an ice box. This boat can accommodate 2 fishermen. Make sure you bring a valid Florida Freshwater fishing license, some food and drinks for the day, sunscreen, and a hat. JP will take care of all rods, reels, tackle, lures, and you can purchase live bait if it’s available in season. You're more than welcome to bring your own gear if you'd like as well! Bring your kids or your angling buddies and head out to a fishing adventure to remember! Read More

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Fishing in Austin
Fishing in Austin
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trip description for Decker Lake Fishing in Austin

Head out with Captain Kevin for an action-packed morning on Decker Lake for Crappie, Hybrid, and Black Bass fishing. Captain Kevin likes to target these species using a variety of soft plastics, jigs, and live bait when available. Will be using Livescope to find brush piles where the big ones like to hide. Up to 4 anglers can fit aboard the 22' Desperado center console, plus the captain. This trip leaves from Deck Lake Ramp. Details will be shared after the trip is booked. Read More

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Decker Lake Fishing

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Fishing in Austin
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trip description for Hill Country Backcountry Bassin' in Austin

If you're looking for an unforgettable adventure in Austin, Texas, look no further than a trip with Captain Carson! Join Captain Carson on a journey through the waters of Austin's Hill Country and learn how to get those adrenaline-pumping tugs. Listen closely to Captain Carson's trips and tricks and you'll be sure to have a successful fishing trip. Captain Carson and you will be targeting largemouth and smallmouth bass, so we'll be using a variety of techniques and baits. You will be fishing around structures and using lures that mimic the forage these fish feed on. You will also be fishing deeper pools and drop-offs with live bait. So whether you're a novice angler or a seasoned pro, we'll have you covered. And of course, you'll be using the best gear available to make sure you're successful. Captain Carson's 18' Bass Boat is the perfect combination of speed and stealth. When fishing for easily spooked creatures, this boat is ideal. On this four-hour (half-day) or eight-hour (full day) adventure, you'll be crushing it. This trip can accommodate up to three people. Captain Carson is a knowledgeable and experienced guide who will help you make the most of your time on the water. Be sure to bring your Texas Freshwater Fishing License, and Carson will provide the rest! He'll have all the rods, reels, and tackle you need for a successful day of fishing, as well as bottled waters. But if you prefer your own snacks and drinks, feel free to bring them along. Most importantly, come ready to have a great time! Read More

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Hill Country Backcountry Bassin'

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Fishing in Saint Bernard
Fishing in Saint Bernard
Fishing in Saint Bernard
trip description for Half Day Fishing Trip in Saint Bernard

Join Captain Jace for an inshore fishing adventure off the coast of St. Bernard, Louisiana! This exciting charter will take you out on the beautiful waterways of the region, where you'll have the opportunity to target some of the most sought-after inshore species, including Redfish, Speckled Trout, and Black Drum. Captain Jace is a seasoned angler who knows the inshore waters of St. Bernard like the back of his hand. He will take you out aboard his 23' Blackjack bay boat, a purpose-built fishing vessel that's perfect for navigating the shallow inshore waters. As you journey out onto the fishing grounds, you'll also have the chance to take in the stunning natural beauty of the area. The crystal clear waters and lush mangroves provide the perfect backdrop for a day of fishing! Once you arrive at the fishing grounds, Captain Jace will provide you with all the necessary gear and tackle, as well as expert instruction to help you land these fun sportfish. Whether you're an experienced angler or a novice, this inshore fishing charter is sure to be an exciting and memorable experience. So come join Captain Jace and experience the thrill of inshore fishing off the coast of St. Bernard, Louisiana! Read More

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Everything to Know About Booking a fishing trip

What are the best largemouth bass fishing trips?

Our Damn Good Guides currently offer 128 largemouth bass trips, and the most popular trips are Central Texas Bass Fishing guided by Jake, Half Day Lake Conroe guided by Richard, and Freshwater Peacock Bass & More guided by Charles.

Our guides are rated a 4.91 out of 5 based on 2676 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, boat specs and more.

Looking for kid friendly largemouth bass guides / fishing lessons? Check out our beginner and family friendly largemouth bass guides.

What types of largemouth bass fishing trips are common?

Deep Sea fishing is the most popular for largemouth bass as well as lake fishing, river fishing, and inshore fishing.

The most common fishing techniques are light tackle fishing, artificial lure fishing, and live bait fishing but sight casting and fly fishing are popular as well.

How much does a largemouth bass fishing trip cost?

for largemouth bass prices can range anywhere from about $350 to $1,050, but the average price for a half day trip for largemouth bass is $471. The average price for a full day trip for largemouth bass is $1,014.

What month is best for largemouth bass fishing?

The most popular season for largemouth bass fishing is spring, and most anglers book their trips 21 days in advance.

Do I need a fishing license for largemouth bass and what are the bag limits for largemouth bass?

See here for more information on largemouth bass fishing licenses, largemouth bass bag limits, and fishing season regulations for largemouth bass. When in doubt, your fishing guide will always know the right largemouth bass rules and regulations.

What is a Largemouth Bass?

Largemouth bass are iconic freshwater fish of the US.

To help you truly understand how ingrained this fish is in the culture of freshwater fishing, the sheer number of nicknames it has will give you an idea of how many people have lived their lives obsessed with this fish: widemouth bass, bigmouth bass, black bass, bayou bass, bucketmouth, largies, Potter's fish, lake bass, line side, marsh bass, slough bass, welchman, Florida bass, Florida largemouth, green bass, bucket mouth, chub, green trout, gilsdorf bass, oswego bass, LMB, southern largemouth, northern largemouth.

And then if you want to add slang for big mommas the list gets even longer: lunker, hog, pig, toad…the list goes on.

The largemouth bass is also the state fish of Georgia and Mississippi and the state freshwater fish of Florida and Alabama.

The largemouth is a carnivorous member of the sunfish family and is native to the eastern and central US, but has spread across the country by being introduced in just about every pond and lake you can find on a map. They are a deep olive-green with black splotches on their midside to flank, sometimes looking like a set of diamonds that form a lateral line. And of course, the largemouth has a jaw that extends back beyond its eye (on smallmouth the corner of their mouth will not extend past the eye).

There are two distinct subspecies of largemouth bass and both have been introduced broadly. The Florida largemouth is the larger of the two, and the northern largemouth is the smaller. The Florida largemouth will also grow faster, and thus is a more sought after fish to stock.

How big do Largemouth Bass get?

The largemouth bass is the largest of the black basses. They can live up to 10 years or so in the wild and a true lunker can reach over 25 inches and over 20 pounds (with bigger sizes rumored to be out there somewhere…), although this is far from common.

An average good largemouth bass might be closer to 15-18 inches and about 3-4 pounds.

Due to sexual dimorphism (when one gender is substantially different from the other), the females are much larger than the males and are much more sought as a gamefish.

 

What's the biggest Largemouth Bass ever caught?

The largemouth bass all-tackle record is one of the most sought after of all fishing prizes. For almost 100 years the record stood still with a fish caught on a day of hooky in Montgomery Lake, GA in 1932. George Perry was trying to avoid work when he caught a 22 pound, 4 ounce largemouth, weighed it just because, and then took it home to eat it for dinner.

The IGFA certified in 2009 a co-record holder - Manabu Kurita, a fishing guide in Japan who caught an identical sized fish in Lake Biwa in Japan.

While Manabu’s bass was slightly bigger by weight, according to the IGFA a fish must be at least 2 ounces bigger by weight to break a record. 


The hunt for a record largemouth bass has occupied the lives of many for years, and for an incredible read on the quest to beat the record (written in 2005, before Manabu caught his tying bass) check out Monte Burke’s Sowbelly which outlines a few lives that have been totally overtaken by the quest for a shot at a record bass.

Where is the best place to catch Largemouth Bass?

Largemouth bass can be found in just about any freshwater body, from lakes and ponds, to creeks and rivers. They are found across the US, in Southeastern Canada, Mexico, in the Carribean (bass fishing in Cuba has become popular, and the fish loves the hot climate), and even in far-flung places such as South Africa and Japan, where the fish has taken on an almost cult quality.

If you want to catch a true beast of a bass, you have a few destinations which are the go-tos: Lake Champlain, Lake Okeechobee, Falcon Lake, Toledo Bend, Lake Sam Rayburn, and Lake Fork. California, Texas, and Florida are consistently where the big bass are held, and states like Texas have even started official lunker programs to breed large bass and release better offspring when stocking lakes in the state.

While these lakes are all notorious for big bass, this also means they have a lot of fishing pressure. This is why many think a new record will come from a smaller lake or even other countries like Mexico or Cuba.

Largemouth bass prefer tons of cover and structure, and will congregate to fallen trees and other debris when available unless they are spawning. As a warm-water fish it is seldom found deeper than 20 or so feet.

When should I catch Largemouth Bass?

Largemouth generally run to deeper waters in the winter and come shallower in the summer, where they can be more easily sight-cast to.

In terms of time-of-day, largemouth bass can be caught often at daybreak and at dusk when they cruise shallower waters to feed and are not hiding under structure, although this is by no means a hard and fast rule.

Largemouth are also great to catch during their spawn, when big females will not only be more visible and available, but also protective of their patch of seabed (will attack anything that comes near, like a lure) and full of eggs (and therefore a heavier fish). The spawn will be earlier in warmer climates, often starting in March in the south and as late as May in the northern US.

How do you catch Largemouth Bass?

With such an iconic fish you are bound to develop a whole world of dedicated gear and lures. Largemouth have entire industries dedicated to finding and catching them. Lures from worms to jigs to plugs to spinners have all been built and customized just for bass.

To this end, there are any number of interesting options to fish with which range not just from picking your lure to even how you rig it (try going wacky).

The most common strategy is trying to entice the fish to bite your lure, sometimes almost out of anger as much as desire. In colder water bass are more lethargic and will need a slower retrieve. Because they love cover, you’ll want to throw to brush and into structure and you’ll want to choose your gear accordingly. 


Largemouth bass are fairly aggressive fish and there is no right way to fish them - everyone will tell you something different. The best strategy is to keep an eye on conditions and try a few methods to figure out what works in your area.

Are Largemouth Bass good to eat? What are the best Largemouth Bass recipes?

You can certainly eat largemouth bass, although they aren’t regarded as a particularly tasty freshwater option. Bass from stagnant ponds or lakes can have a muddy flavor that turns people off as well, and many people regard bass as more fun to catch than eat.

If you do decide you want to keep your catch, the flavor is generally mild, watery, and a little fishy, sometimes with a grassy taste. Try to keep fish from flowing, cleaner waters (as a rule of thumb, the better the water looks, the better your fish will taste) and grill or fry it fresh.

Recent Reviews of Captain Experiences

  • ★★★★★
    Amazing day out in the water with Capt Charles ! He worked hard to give us a superb experience of the Miami peacock bass scene. Look forward to do it again with Charles , so much fan and some incredible fish !!!

    Stefano R. with Charles O. of Miami, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Fantastic morning on the lake with Wyatt. We hit them hard.

    Rick W. with Wyatt R. of Lago Vista, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Roy was one of the best guiding trips I’ve ever been on! Very funny but also super informative and patient if you are a beginner! If you are in Florida you gotta check out this bass fishing guide!

    Brian K. with Roy S. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Roy was an excellent guide. He took me and my 7 year old son all over Lake Osborne. We caught a bunch of Peacock and Striped Bass. He was very patient and extremely knowledgable. Highly recommend this service and will definitely be back the next time I am in Florida.

    Richard A. with Roy S. of Delray Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    5 star Captain!! James is one of the best guides we have ever been out with. He put us on fish all day and worked hard to make sure we always had what we needed- he even shared his ball cap with me when he realized I had forgotten mine. I can not say enough good things about him, great fisherman and a great guy!!!

    Charlie B. with James K. of Slidell, Louisiana

  • ★★★★★
    Bryan got us hooked onto over a dozen Bass! He was knowledgeable of all the fishing holes and techniques. We had a great time and good laughs! Highly recommend.

    Kim H. with Bryan C. of Austin, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Richard was great! Myself being an experience bass fisherman, He was very informative. He put us on some bass even when the bite wasn't great! We will definitely be back!

    Bill J. with Richard T. of Willis, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    We had a spectacular day fishing Lake Bastrop with Captain Aaron. His equipment is state of the art, high-tech and he put us on some nice fish. We had a great time and hope to do it again soon.

    Terry O. with Aaron L. of Bastrop, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Johnny was great. It was the best freshwater fishing trip I had ever been on. I will definitely be going with again. Thank you Johnny for such a wonderful time.

    Steven W. with Johnny S. of Delray Beach, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Capt Carlos was great! Looking forward to the next time.

    Bob C. with Carlos I. of Lantana, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Justin was great!!! He put us on the fish all day. Wide open fishing, we caught 5 different types of fish. Captain Justin did a great job taking photos, sharing information and showing us some wildlife. There were lots of alligators.

    Steve G. with Justin N. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Jace was awesome. Communicated well, was right on time, and took us right to the fish. Definitely recommend.

    Eli P. with Jace O. of Saint Bernard, Louisiana

  • ★★★★★
    Captain Joe was the best! And he knows how to get on them BIGS!!!

    Jaxon H. with Joseph S. of Lewiston, New York

  • ★★★★★
    Very knowledgeable Great job putting us on fish

    Ken L. with Ronald L. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    I have been fishing the keys for 10 years but learned a ton fishing with Captain Troy and first mate James. We caught a 2 man limit of nice sized yellow tail in 1.5 h. Very friendly folks made for a great day ! Highly recommend!

    Thomas J. with Troy W. of Islamorada, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    Great trip thanks

    Ken L. with Ronald L. of Fort Lauderdale, Florida

  • ★★★★★
    jake was fantastic. we caught 16 large mouth and guadalupe bass during our 4 hour trip, and we had a great time doing it. we're novice fishermen (my 19 year old son and i), but jake was patient, positive and super instructional. it was lots of fun all the way around!

    Robert J. with Jake K. of Spicewood, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Great experience, will do another trip soon. We caught a ton & had a real good time.

    Pierre C. with Aaron B. of Sardis, Mississippi

  • ★★★★★
    Great guide and great guy. I definitely recommend Aaron!

    Dan with Aaron L. of Austin, Texas

  • ★★★★★
    Great fishing trip with Skip!

    Wally M. with Skip S. of Delray Beach, Florida

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