FAQs

Has Captain Osborne been vaccinated for COVID-19?

Yes, he’s fully vaccinated with the Pfizer two dose vaccine. In addition: All boat surfaces, as well as all rods and reels are washed and wiped down daily for your protection also. If you have any underlying health issues and feel more comfortable wearing a mask while aboard Afishionado, please do so. Just don’t expect Osborne to wear one!

How long has Captain Osborne been a fishing guide?

Tampa/St. Petersburg fishing guide, Captain Wade Osborne has been guiding full-time since 1997. The decades he’s spent on the water has given him a solid understanding of tidal conditions and yearly fish patterns which in turn, enables him to provide his customers a superior fishing experience. Very few fishing guides provide Osborne’s level of customer service, expert instruction, and quality equipment to their clients.

How do I book a charter with Afishionado?

CALL/TEXT 813-286-3474 to avoid an online booking fee or you may book online. NOTE: My online booking calendar doesn’t reflect all charter times available. Please contact me direct if a later start time better fits your schedule.

Afishionado offers inshore light tackle spin, fly and plug fishing year-round. I strongly suggest you reserve your charter as far in advance as possible to secure your preferred date. However, occasionally I do have last minute openings, so please don’t hesitate to call or text me to check on availability.

How can I pay?

Afishionado accepts Venmo, Zelle, PayPal, all major credit/debit cards, and cash. A $200 deposit is required to confirm all reservations. Once you make a reservation, you will receive a receipt of deposit and an email confirmation with your charter date, departure time, the boat ramp address and a Google Maps link to your departure location. The remaining balance is due on the morning of your charter, prior to departure. NOTE: If you’re not paying your balance in cash, Venmo or Zelle there will be a 3% surcharge added to your total. An additional $25 fee will be added to your balance if you booked online. NO CHECKS!

How many people can Afishionado accommodate?

Afishionado is a custom built, 24-foot center console Sheaffer boat that accommodates one to six people comfortably. Larger groups can be accommodated with the assistance of some of my guide associates. View Boat Link: About Afishionado Guide Services – Afishionado Guide Services

What’s included with the charter?

A Florida fishing license for all passengers. Quality SPIN/FLY/PLUG fishing tackle such as G-Loomis, Penn, Sage and Tibor. Live-bait, flies, artificial lures, ice, bottled drinking water and non-aerosol sunscreen is also provided. I also fillet, bag, and ice your catch, should you decide to keep some fish for dinner.

What should I bring?

Bring a hat, sunglasses and non-aerosol sunscreen. NOTE: Aerosol spray sunscreen is not allowed aboard Afishionado, because it will stain the boat’s upholstery. You should also wear non-skid sandals or shoes and comfortable clothing. Also bring any food, snacks or additional beverages you would like. If you bring beer, canned beer only. Finally, 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 on social media isn’t permitted during the charter 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 or 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 and your fishing party with the days catch. Post-charter I edit, crop, photoshop and send you beautiful images of your experience.

Your understanding and cooperation is appreciated.

Is Captain Osborne a non-smoker?

Yes he is. However, customers are allowed smoke cigarettes and cigars during their charter. I only ask that you don’t bring anything onboard that’s illegal or throw cigarette butts overboard.

Does Afishionado offer multi-boat and corporate charters?

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. View Link Bottom: About Afishionado Guide Services – Afishionado Guide Services

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!