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Florida Fishing: Tips for Hiring the Best Fishing Guide


Florida is considered as the fishing capital of the world. With more than 7,700 lakes, 10,550 miles of rivers, 2,276 miles of shoreline and more world records than any other state or country, there are rich and varied opportunities in this wonderful state. Having a guide is an important part of the fishing experience in Florida. If you are planning a trip to the Sunshine State, here are some of the most important considerations to keep in mind to ensure that you hire the best fishing guide there.




Most guide also provide passengers with rods, reels, and tackle. There is typically no need to bring your own gear unless you are very particular or superstitious. Most guides permit their passengers to take home the fish they catch. Some of them, however, are strictly catch and release. Make sure that you clarify your intentions with him before you leave the dock. If you do want to take home a fish, ask your guide if he can fillet it for you on the dock. Most of them will have plastic bags with them, but you should also consider bringing some with you just in case. Another important thing to remember is the cooler. With Florida's tropical climate, fish tends to spoil quickly.


Type of Fishing


Think about which style of fishing you want to try. Do you have a preference for the species of fish to catch - is it of the freshwater or saltwater variety? Homosassa Inshore Fishing Charters captain specialize in a certain style of fishing or in particular locations in Florida waters.


Some fishing charters can also specialize in fish species. Make sure that you take all these things into consideration before you hire a charter boat captain or guide. Check out for more details about fishing.




The prices for hiring Southern Slam guide will vary, but you should expect to pay at least $200 for half a day of inshore or freshwater charter. If you plan to book the captain for the entire day, expect a much higher price. During slow season, many boats are just sitting idly at the dock. You can probably negotiate a lower price for a few hours of fishing. Most of the charter boat operations in Florida, such as Homosassa Inshore Fishing Charters, have websites that allow you to book online. This is great, especially for well-known locations where you need to have a reservation months in advance before you can fish.