First, when you fish the North Florida backcountry with Capt. Tony Bozzella, expect to catch fish, possibly lots of them -- redfish, trout, flounder and many others. North Florida estuaries are some of the most productive fisheries in the state. Here's what you'll find:
Redfish (red bass, red drum, channel bass, and puppy drum)
Spotted seatrout (speckled trout, specks, spotted weakfish)
Flounder (Southern flounder)
Bluefish (blues, snappers)
Jack Crevalle (jacks)
Pompano (Florida pompano)
Ladyfish (poor man's tarpon)
Tarpon (silver kings)
and many others . . .
All trips can be customized to meet the anglers needs. Example: before or after work, night trips, multi-boat, corporate charters, tournaments, special needs.
Half Day (4 hrs) --------- 2 anglers - $550
Additional angler ------------ $50
*Gratuity not included, but appreciated!
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What Can I Expect When Chartering a N. Florida Backcountry Fishing Trip?
I like to talk with my fishing clients before we fish, so we'll have a phone conversation about fishing North Florida's best kept secret -- the estuarial backcountry fishery. I'll give you as much information as you need to be comfortable.
Where Do We Meet?
We'll discuss boat ramps and times when we talk, then we'll meet at the prearranged time and place and load my 18’ Skiff
What Should I bring?
You should bring the following items: polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, lunch or other foods, a good camera and film or storage media, a good rain jacket, favorite rods, any medications or special-needs items you require.
Do you have a cooler or do I bring one?
I keep a cooler on board with drinks and light snacks.
How will we fish?
We'll run to the first fishing spot. It can be cool, so keep your jacket handy. Where we fish is driven by the tides, weather, season, and targeted fish. Trout and redfish are the most-often targeted species. We might start out throwing lures on 7’ spin cast gear or maybe anchor along side an oyster bar to fish with jigs & shrimp. If you're a fly fisher, we may locate cruising fish or have you blind cast in productive areas.
Will you teach me how to fish the area?
Absolutely! I'll give you the knowledge, you supply the desire. That's what I'm best known for. I will show and teach you how to be a better lure fisherman. I've helped thousands of fishermen and fisherwomen learn the ropes.
Where will we fish?
Depending on species, weather, season, and tide, we could fish the Intracoastal Waterway, the St. Johns River, tidal creeks, or mud flats.
What species will we target?
It could be up to you. Again, depending on season, tides, etc, we could fish for reds, trout, flounder, jacks, bluefish, ladyfish, pompano, or any of the many fish that live in the North Florida back country. Each species is fun and exciting in its own way. Whether sight casting to a backing red or taking a ladyfish on fly, its all challenging and fun!
I'm on a tight schedule. Do you offer half-day fishing trips, too?
You bet! I offer trips starting at 4 hours, up to 8 hours, or I can customize one just for you. Just call me and we'll work make a plan.
Can I keep my fish to eat? Will you clean them?
Yes -- and I'll clean them for you. I would like to point out that we try to release fish as often as we can, but we keep and eat fish ourselves.
I'm buying a boat soon. Can I book you to teach me the area?
Yes absolutely. I've done that happily for many clients. You hired a professional. and I will help you with tackle as well as areas to fish.
I have younger children who I want to teach to fish. Can I bring them along?
I book lots of parents and their kids. Bring them along. If they can't cast, we'll anchor and drop bait for some fun action.
Is there a bathroom onboard?
No bathroom, but there are places between fishing spots that we can stop.
I'm experienced, but don't bait fish. Can we throw artificial lures and have good shots at fish?
Yes absolutely, our biggest trout and most of the best trophies have come from artificial lures.
I can’t stand up long, my balance is off, or I have other medical issues Can I still fish?
Sure. I've guided blind people and persons with limited mobility. Call me and we'll discuss customizing a trip for you.
Will we eat up quality fishing time trying to catch bait?
No, I'll have all the baits, lures, etc. that we need already on board.
Are you available for lectures, seminars, and classes?
Absolutely! Just call for details and topics.