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
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