Tournament anglers looking for an intensely competitive guide to put them in the winner’s circle call upon Osborne. He knows that preparation, determination and the will to win defines tournament champions.

Florida Surveying and Mapping Society Fishing Tournament in Tampa Bay

FSMS Fishing Tournament – August 19, 2016
On August 19, I had the privilege to help organize for the second time, the 61st Annual Florida Surveying and Mapping Society Fishing Tournament.

First place snook went to Dean Cole, 32.5″. First place redfish went to Joe Shatto, 34″. Dean and Joe fished with me aboard Afishionado.

TAMCO Foundation Fishing Tournament – April 20, 2012

First Place Inshore Slam, Wounded Warrior Division

Austin Burchard caught this trout early last Friday during the TAMCO Foundation 2012 Grand Slam Fishing Tournament and went on to catch a snook and redfish to win the Wounded Warrior Grand Slam division.

I always enjoy fishing with active and retired military personnel, but I especially value the time I get to spend with our country’s wounded warriors. These individuals are true heroes and have sacrificed so much so we can have the freedoms afforded us today.

Freedom is not free! Austin suffered a spinal cord injury due to a sniper’s bullet while serving in Afghanistan. And though he has lost the use of his legs, he hasn’t lost his lust for life and fishing. With a little help from tournament volunteers and Austin’s wife Donna, we positioned Austin in his wheelchair on the aft deck of my spacious Sheaffer Boat and headed out for a day of fishing.

My first stop was an area I never fish, but since it was on my way and looked like a good place for trout, I dropped anchor. Many times we pass right by fishy spots to go to the tried and true, but next time you may want to stop. The very first cast Austin made, landed him a trout over 20 inches. With the trout out of the way, we moved on to pursue snook and redfish.

As fishing goes, sometimes we hit a lull. For the next couple of hours we didn’t catch much, but I had no worries. I knew that when the tide was high enough, we could go to an oyster bed across the bay and finish our grand slam.

Once we arrived at the oyster bed, I began chumming with live bait and Austin cast to the edge of the oysters and a snook responded. Austin reeled in a 25-inch snook, not huge, but it was another piece of the puzzle and it added to our total inch count. Now all we needed was a redfish.

Knowing redfish frequent this oyster bed as well, I started live bait chumming even more. Austin’s next couple of cast landed him more snook and then, bam, redfish on! Keep in mind, I’m anchored from the bow and Austin has to fight the fish around my boats motor and trim tabs, so until I had the fish in the landing net there was no celebration. Once we landed the fish, photographed and released it, we stuck around and enjoyed a couple of hours of catching snook and redfish so everyone else on board could catch a grand slam.

The weigh-in cut off was at 4 p.m., so we headed back to tournament headquarters and with 30 minutes to spare, I turned in the photos and waited for the results. Out of 74 boats participating in the tournament Austin Burchard won the Wounded Warrior Grand Slam division. It was an honor for me to be recognized as Austin’s winning captain, however, he deserves all of the recognition for being a true American Hero.

SEEA Tournament Fishing Tournament – March 11, 2010

Second Place on largest and most fish caught.

Hi Wade,

I wanted to tell you thanks for the great day on Thursday. Both Ed and I had a great time.

We did not win the prize – two boats beat us. One had 15 fish and one had two redfish bigger than my trout. I think they were 28 inches and weight was 7.5 and 8 lbs. Doesn’t matter, we had a blast. If it is any consolation, we were second on most and on biggest. Some boats did not even catch a fish.

Thanks again for a great day. Next time I am in Tampa and I need a good boat, I will be calling.

Jack Moeding

Hooked Fishing Tournament with Fishing Charter Guide Captain Wade Osborne aboard the Afishionado

Hooked On Education Fishing Tournament – April 18, 2008

Morganti Group’s, Gerrie Bolink takes second place in the snook division aboard Afishionado.

Hooked on Education Fishing Tournament – June 23, 2006

Third Place Trout

Fishing Tournament Charter Fishing Boat

John Tortorella Celebrity Fishing Tournament – September 1, 2005

3rd place redfish, Celebrity Division, Nolan Pratt-Tampa Bay Lightning

The Fishing Challenge TV Show – July 28, 2004

2nd place, 181 points out of 12 competing captains.

Charles Head-Orcas Marine Products

Gordon Peters-Orcas Marine Products

5th Annual Tampa Bay Builders Association Fishing Tournament – May 14, 2004

1st place most inches of trout, Steve Brady-Suarez Housing

Chuck LaMar’s Mercury Grand Slam Celebrity Fishing Tournament – November 12, 2000

Largest spotted sea-trout, Celebrity Division, Von Hayes-Philadelphia Phillies

3rd Annual CREW Tampa Bay Go Fish Tournament – November 5, 1999

1st and 3rd place, spotted sea-trout

Corporate Tournament Fishing in Tampa Bay with Captain Wade Osborne aboard the Afishionado

Corporate Tournament – December 11, 2014

Largest Fish, Most Fish

Saints Get Hooked Tournament – June 8, 2013

Inshore Slam, Largest Fish

Kevin Cool and Team Fish Slaying Motards display their tournament winning medals for the Grand Slam and longest overall fish divisions.

Trey Curry Foundation Fishing Tournament – November 5, 2010

First Place, Inshore Slam


I just wanted to send out a thank you to everyone that endured the uncomfortable conditions last Friday. I appreciate you guys being troopers and getting the job done. There were a lot of fish caught and congrats go out to Wade, T.J. and Woody for finishing with the top three slams. Wade had the biggest snook, C.A. had the biggest redfish, and Billy had the biggest trout.

Thanks again, take care and tight lines.

Ric, Trey Curry Foundation Tournament Organizer

Clark Cares Fishing Tournament – September 23, 2010

First Place Trout

Virginia angler catches the largest sea trout to take the first place trophy on tournament day.

Redfish Tampa Bay

Corporate Fishing Tournament – November 14, 2009

First and second place redfish.

What’s up wade?

I wanted to say thanks for the great experience on Saturday! My red came in first place and Jordan’s came in second so we were pretty siked about that. I was just wondering if you could send me some of the pics when you get a chance. Hope to hear from you soon. I’ll let the boss man know how much fun we had, so hopefully we can get a repeat.


Kingfish Fishing Tournament with Captain Wade Osborne in Tampa Bay Waters

“Weigh Too Much Fun” Kingfish Tournament – November 18, 2007

Second Place

Michael Lins shows off his second place kingfish.

1st Annual Skanska USA Building Fishing Tournament with Captain Wade Osborne | Fishing Tour Guide in Tampa Bay

1st Annual Skanska USA Building Fishing Tournament – September 30, 2005

3rd place redfish, Denise Muth-Skanska USA

FSECC 6th Annual Charity Fishing Tournament – April 29, 2005

Most redfish, James Stevens-Parsons Brinckerhoff

Tampa Bay Federal Credit Union – October 29, 2004

Largest trout, Ben Sheaffer-Sheaffer Boats

Largest redfish, Douglas Frayne-Sheaffer Boats

Most species, Sean Coniglio-Hill, Coniglio, Polins & Associates

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3rd Annual Tampa Chamber of Commerce Fishing Classic – October 15, 2004

1st place largest redfish, Roger Lavender-Alltel

2nd place redfish, Danny McGuire-Alltel