If you’re fishing in the Tampa Bay area, you simply can’t go wrong booking Wade.
A lot of guides will say they specialize in fly fishing and light tackle. Wade brings the goods. He understands how to position the boat based on the skill of the caster. I’m not an expert fly-flinger but I’m not bad either. Wade watched me, figured out where my comfort zone is, adjusted his positioning and set me up for success all while coaching and tending to a less experienced angler in the boat. How he juggled it all I’m not sure, but it is obvious he has the experience and expertise that makes for a great guide.
Bottom line, Wade does everything a great guide should do: He puts you on fish consistently. He gives you the best opportunity to hook them and he does it every minute you are on his boat. He coaches with a steady, reasonable voice and talks the fish up to the gunwale. He’s easy to get along with.
I’ve fished with guides who take time in the first hour catching bait. Some will add that time to the trip, and some will start the clock when they leave the dock. Wade showed up at the dock both days on time with the live well full, so we didn’t waste time or daylight netting snacks for the predators. When you book a trip for a specified period of time, that’s what you get, no BS and no time wasted. During a total of 12 hours of booked trip, I fished almost 10 of them and caught fish at every spot but one. We didn’t stay there long. Time spent moving from spot to spot to follow the tides are part of the deal and Wade even keeps that to a minimum by planning his routes well. By the end of each day, we had a 10-minute trip from last cast to the dock.
Edward Zaun, Barnegat, New Jersey
What a wonderful time my two sons and I had with Wade. His knowledge and aggressive approach to finding the best fishing spots possible, made our excursion with him that much better. Not only did he act as our guide, but he was our teacher. My sons learned more about fishing in the four hours we were on the boat then they had up to that point in their lives! Thank you Wade for helping us create such great memories. We will be back next Spring. For any of you looking to have a great experience, don’t look any further! Wade is your man, and the Afishionado is your ticket to a lifetime of memories!
Mark Paulissian, Chicago, IL
For anyone thinking about fishing in the Tampa/St Petersburg area, Captain Wade is the man. He’s the real deal. My two sons and I hooked up with Wade and literally from the first cast within 15 minutes of leaving the boat ramp, we were on fish up until the time we left in the afternoon. It was non-stop action.
Top-notch professionalism, first-class is the way Captain Wade fishes! You can’t pick a better fishing guide to give you your money’s worth. I have fished all around Florida and Texas and Afishionado is by far the best guide service we have ever had!
Joe Martin, Bowling Green, KY
August 05, 2017
We have been out with him several times. He arrives at the ramp with the bait well FULL! Wade does not waste the clients time finding bait like many other guides. He is up early and is loaded down with bait and ready to go from the second you step on his boat!
His boat is another thing worth mentioning too. Wade fishes out of a 24 Sheaffer, in my opinion the best custom bay boat money can buy! The boat is pleasure to fish out of for several anglers. HUGE bow and cockpit too with an excellent solid dry ride. Most other guides do not invest in a top shelf boat like a Sheaffer!
As to the fishing we have had AMAZING days with Wade! He works harder to catch you fish than any other guide I have fished with period! One example: On one of our last trips with Wade, we caught 110 snook & 30 reds! That was three anglers and we were going crazy hauling the fish in ALL DAY!
Patrick Barnett, Tampa, FL
May 23, 2017
I have fished with Wade exclusively since 2002, when my two boys were young. Now they’re 22 and 26 and they and their friends charter with Wade.
Dr. Peter Vonu, Plastic Surgery Center Hampton Roads, VA
July 6, 2016
Dear Wade, I just wanted to thank you again for a great day of fishing on Friday. Both Darryl and Randy had a great time. Your professionalism and hard work certainly sets you apart from the majority of local guides we have been out within the past. I believe Randy even commented a few times on how he couldn’t believe you went and got bait first! Randy was also very pleased that you can, as he says, “Take it as well as give it back.” He obviously loves the back and forth banter. Look forward to getting out on the water again with you.
Wes Snapp, St. Petersburg, FL
June 8, 2014
Dear Wade, On behalf of our family we want to thank you again for two wonderful charters this February, 2013. This marks our third year we have committed to Afishionado Guide Services. Your professionalism, knowledge and expertise of the Tampa Bay waters and “seasonal hot spots” are second to none.
We highly suggest any charter prospect to choose Captain Wade and Afishionado Guide Services for their next charter! We look forward to our fourth year in 2014!
Stu Baker and family
March 25, 2013
Kudos to you! It has been a few weeks and still my family is still talking about the fishing trip we had with you. That to me is well worth any expense.
We were looking for family memories and looks like we have a great one. The snappers were a hit back at the condo, very delicious.
Thanks again for your time and the great experience that you gave us. I was worried about Monica, if she would last for the 6 hours, but it went by very fast and she, along with everyone really enjoyed the outing. Can’t wait for the photos, I think my mom is bragging to her neighbors, so she is also more than eager to see them. Next time we are in Tampa, we are definitely calling you for another trip.
Frank Lewinski and Family
July 17, 2012
I’ve fished with guides all around the world. Fishing with Wade is simply the best fishing experience in Florida. If you want to get the big ones, fish with Wade!
John Marrinucci, President and CEO, CleaverBrooks. Dallas, TX
August 18, 2011
I have fished with Capt. Wade for years and he always puts us on the fish. You know it’s been a good trip when everyone says, “My arms are too tired to fish anymore!”
Dr. Jim Rivenbark, Clearwater, FL
April 10, 2011