Great guide, excellent communication leading up to trip. Got our family on to snook in the winter when other guides were not confident, they could do so. Wade was very professional, and our family really enjoyed the charter.
John Diedrich, Alabama
We have chartered a fishing trip with Wade several times now and he never disappoints! He is a fantastic guy and an even better guide; he definitely knows his stuff. He is so helpful and a great teacher so even if you don’t have a lot of fishing experience you will still have a successful day! He will tailor the trip to you and what you want to target. We have always caught a multitude of species, including some we weren’t expecting. He also will clean and fillet your catch for you afterwards so they’re ready to be cooked!
Plus, he is a great conversationalist, we refuse to charter with anyone else!
My son and I scheduled 3.5 days of fishing with Wade. Our first time fishing with Wade and he was a professional from start to finish. Wade was on time to the dock each morning, if not early and he already caught bait and was ready to put us on the fish. Wade was on his game the entire time from maneuvering the boat for best position, to baiting hooks, chumming water, etcetera as we were fishing hard and taking advantage as best we could of our time on the water. Will definitely be fishing with Wade in the near future.
When Captain Wade tells you it’s time to fish “Go”, it means start reeling them in!
My boys and I caught fish all day. The best communication before trip I’ve ever experienced. I even had some time to hook into Snook on a fly rod.
Clean boat, beautiful water, and an experienced captain with over twenty years fishing in the Tampa area.
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