Frequently Asked Questions
How do I reserve a charter with Afishionado?
If you’re trying to book something in a hurry, the best way is to simply pick up the phone and call me direct at 813-286-3474. I do not use a booking agency so, when you call, you’ll be speaking to me! If you have time for me to respond to an email request, you can reach me through my contact page. Keep in mind most days, I’m on the water so, emails will be answered within 24 hours. You’ll will need to know which type of charter you would like to reserve.
I offer inshore fishing for snook, redfish and sea-trout year-round. Tarpon fishing charters are available April through October and I offer king mackerel fishing in the Gulf of Mexico during the spring and fall migration runs.
I strongly suggest you reserve your charter as far in advance as possible. Afishionado Guide Services requires a 50% deposit to confirm all reservations. I do have last minute openings occasionally, so feel free to call me to see what I may be available.
How can I pay?
Afishionado accepts credit/debit cards and cash only. NO PERSONAL CHECKS! Some charter services charge an additional 3-4% for the privilege of you paying by plastic. I don’t do that because, I consider it the cost of doing business!
How many people can we bring on our charter?
My Sheaffer boat accommodates one to six people comfortably, but in a pinch I can take up to eight.
I would like to book several boats for a large group. Does Afishionado Guide Services offer that?
Yes, I do. The earlier you book for large groups, the greater the chance I will have enough qualified captains and boats available. My associate captains are extremely busy, so reserve early to insure I can accommodate you.
What is included with the charter?
All necessary fishing tackle, ice, bottled water and the required Florida state fishing licenses for all passengers. I also fillet, bag and ice your catch, should you decide to keep some for dinner.
Is Captain Osborne a non-smoker?
Yes, however customers are allowed smoke cigarettes and cigars during their charter. I only ask that you don’t bring anything illegal or throw cigarette butts overboard.
What should I bring?
You should bring a hat, sunglasses and non-aerosol sun screen. You should also wear non-skid sandals or tennis shoes and comfortable clothing. Also bring any food, snacks or additional beverages you would like. If you bring beer, please make it canned beer only. Don’t forget to bring a cooler if you plan on keeping some fish.
Can I take photos or shoot video during the charter?
Absolutely not! Posting to social media isn’t permitted either. I have a strict no photos or video policy aboard Afishionado and here’s why: I’ve been fishing these waters since 1997 and fortunately many of the areas I frequent, remain somewhat a secret. Some locations are surrounded by well-known landmarks, which if included in a photo would reveal my fishing spots. If you use your phone during the excursion, I will politely ask you to turn off your location services and put the phone away to prevent any geotagging.
Don’t worry, your memories will be preserved! Throughout the charter I will be taking high quality photos of you, your fishing party and your catch. Post-charter, I edit, crop, photoshop and send you beautiful images of your experience.
Your understanding and cooperation are appreciated.
What happens if bad weather makes it impossible to go out on the water?
Occasionally, lousy weather may interfere with your charter date. In case of a weather event, I will do my very best to reschedule your charter, if you have the flexibility. I reserve the right cancel your charter at any time due to severe weather or the threat of unsafe conditions. In the rare event that your schedule and mine do not coincide to reschedule, I will refund 100% of your deposit.
Customer safety is my utmost priority!