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
I wanted to thank you Wade for another terrific day of memories for my family on the water under your guidance last week. The kids really enjoy the time and talk fondly of all of the fish that they catch. Griffin talked about the one that got away and how he is sure that he would have made the snook album on the website if he had landed that one. Something to bring him back for more is what I told him. I even think Vanessa had a good time catching some fish, since she has never fished before.
I would also like to thank you for working with Kinley on her casting. She wants to do everything by herself and was happy that you took the time to help her achieve that. Once again I hope the fishing is strong this month since you are booked solid. Cole and Kinley have been checking the website to see if the family picture made the site. The photo on our camera turned out well. I would love for you to send me your copy when you get a chance. I almost forgot that the trout tasted amazing when we had them cooked up at The Wharf that Wednesday night.
Geoff Mahan, Indianapolis, IN
April 6, 2010
Having tried numerous guides along the gulf, Wade is by far the most professional I have used and always works hard to achieve success. I’ve been coming to St. Petersburg from the UK for 15 years now and would not look elsewhere. Great value for money and I would highly recommend his services to anyone from beginner to expert.
Bob Edgar, Security Manager, Ravenstone, UK
May 23, 2009
Hi Wade, Thanks again for putting up with us and the poor weather. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the trip and we were talking, and laughing, about it for the rest of the weekend. We will completely recommend you to anyone that asks and I will be in touch to schedule a trip the next chance I get.
Matthew Gusmer, St. Petersburg, FL
March 22, 2009
Wade, Yesterday was the best fishing experience of my life! You were right on with your weather report and picking the best spot for us to fish. Justice and I thank you for a memorable fishing day.
Marshall Berle, Tampa, FL.
January 29, 2009
Wow! Fishing this weekend was indescribable. I have never caught such a variety and so many 24-32” redfish and been so pumped and so tired at the same time. It is incredible the way you know where to go and how to fish the areas. You pull in right into an area and we start pulling in fish one right after another while other boats near you catch nothing and leave.
Wade, you are a working maniac. Don’t expect me to tell everyone about you, I’ll have a hard time booking my own charters then. You are the best kept secret in the Tampa Bay area.
Thanks for the wild ride.
John Marrinucci, Philadelphia, PA
October 8, 2008
Wade, Jason and I want to thank you for a fantastic day on the water yesterday. You made our introduction to the Tampa Bay waters a memorable one, and we have most certainly never caught more redfish. It was a bonus for Jason to catch a 33″ red and a 31″ for myself.
Your fun personality, stories, and hard work ethic really allowed us to have a super time. We only wish we could go out with you once more before leaving town. Perhaps next summer. Take care, and thanks again for showing us a great time.
Kayla Paulk, Albuquerque, NM.
July 15, 2008
Ron Holt sent this email out to his clients as a referral.
Roger and I went out again with Wade Osborne (www.afishionado.com) and had a spectacular fishing trip. We caught 24 redfish (and a few other fish too) most of which were more than 27 inches long (too big to keep)!
It was awesome and Wade worked hard to keep track of the fish and keep us in the water catching more. We did manage to catch two that were just within the slot so we had fish to eat that night. It was the greatest fishing trip I have ever been on. Wade even tried to convince me to give up Bass fishing, but to no avail.
If anyone wants to do a guided trip, go to Wade’s web site and take a look. There is no guarantee that you will catch 24 reds, but you won’t find a guide that will work harder for you. Roger Ubehagen (L) with a 32.5” and Ron Holt (R) with a 31.5” redfish.
Another satisfied customer!
Ron Holt, Tampa, FL
October 30, 2007
Just wanted to drop you a line to let you know that I had a great time fishing yesterday. I appreciate the fishing tips. Not many guides teach, and put you on fish and I think that is what made the trip for me. I’ll get with Jack and see when we can go out again.
Robert Collier, Tampa, FL.
July 14, 2007
Captain Wade, I wanted to take the time today to let you know how wonderful our fishing trip we booked with you was. Out of all the trips I have chartered over the years living here in Florida, this trip was the best I have ever been on! I still can’t believe we caught over 100 fish. It was amazing.
I am challenged due to my partial blindness and the service that you provide your customers is top-notch to say the very least. I will recommend that anyone vacationing in Tampa or just looking to have a wonderful fishing experience should book a trip with you. Please e-mail me some pictures of our catch when you get a chance. Thank you so much. I hope to book another trip in April.
Scott Turner, Senior Partner, Quality One Wireless, LLC. Orlando, FL
January 30, 2005