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When planning a fishing trip, choosing the right guide is crucial to ensuring a successful and enjoyable experience. While booking agencies like FishingBooker or Bass Online can be convenient, there are many advantages to choosing an independent fishing guide. Here are a few reasons why it's important to consider an independent fishing guide for your next fishing trip.
First, independent fishing guides have more control over your day on the water. When you book with a booking agency, you may not have direct contact with your guide until the day of the trip. This means you have less input into how the day will go and what techniques will be used. With an independent guide, you can discuss your goals and preferences in advance and have more input into how the day will be planned.
Secondly, independent fishing guides tend to be more invested in their business and work harder to ensure customer satisfaction. They often have higher ambitions and goals, and building a reputation of satisfied customers is crucial to their success. Booking agencies, on the other hand, generally do not have the same level of investment in individual guides or guests' experiences. Independent guides rely heavily on word-of-mouth referrals to maintain and grow their business, so they will often go above and beyond to provide a top-notch fishing experience.
Finally, working with an independent guide allows for a more personalized fishing experience. They will tailor the trip to your needs and preferences, rather than trying to fit you into a predetermined schedule or itinerary set by a booking agency. You may also have more flexibility when booking with an independent guide - for example, being able to choose your start time or locations to target specific species of fish.
In conclusion, while booking agencies like FishingBooker and Bass Online can be convenient for booking a fishing trip, there are many advantages to working with an independent guide. Independents offer more control over your day on the water, are more invested in their business and a better fishing experience overall; booking with an independent guide often results in a more personalized and customized experience that is tailored to your needs and preferences. When booking your next fishing trip, consider finding a local independent fishing guide to make the most of your day on the water.
When planning a fishing trip, choosing the right guide is crucial to ensuring a successful and enjoyable experience. 

Large florida clown knifefish caught on boat

Fishing for Florida Exotics: Peacock Bass, Clown Knifefish, and More

The Florida Peacock Bass

The Florida Peacock Bass was introduced into the South Florida freshwater system in 1984. After 10 years of study, Florida officials introduced both the Butterfly Peacock Bass and Speckled Peacock Bass to the southern region of that state to prey on other non-native species. From the beginning local anglers became obsessed with catching these aggressive and amazing looking fish. The current Florida state record is 9.08 pounds, but fish up to 12 pounds have been caught. Globally, the current IGFA all-tackle world record is 12.6 pounds (caught in Venezuela); 13 of the 16 current IGFA world records for Peacock Bass have been caught from Florida waters.

Here are some of the ones the clients at Swamp to Sea Guide Service have caught with their Peacock Bass Fishing Guide:

Young female angler with Peacock Bass

Florida is the Place to Fish for Your Favorite Exotics. Swamp to SEA Is your Local Pro on Fly or Light Tackle.

As you can see, whether looking for Peacock Bass here in Florida or a plethora of other exotics, as well as local favorites such as Largemouth Bass, the Palm Beach area and Swamp to Sea Guide Service is your go to source. 

This part of Florida lends itself to great year round fishing, and the Peacock Bass is a great bucket list fish to get checked off no matter the season. While fishing for Peacock Bass, anglers will find themselves catching a true mixed back of freshwater favorites. What this means is non-stop fishing action and one great day on the water. 

We are running these charters daily, and we really want to get as many people in front of these fish as possible. Join us today!

swamp to sea client with florida clown knifefish

The Florida Clown Knifefish

The Clown Knifefish is Currently only found in Lakes Osborne, Lake Ida, and their associated canals in southeast Florida. Which puts them right in the heart of the Swamp to Sea Guide Service area. This is a species gaining popularity for Florida anglers and visitors alike. Though introduces as a non-native species through improper release from private aquarium collections, this species has flourished in the freshwater systems in the Palm Beach area. As such, Swamp to Sea has put many clients on these elusive and spectacular looking fish. Check out some of our client catches below:

A big Florida Peacock Bass

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angler with florida clown knifefish
palm beach county fisherman on a charter with peacock bass

Capt. Patrick Smith

​​Ph: 561-503-0848

Email: captpatrick@swamptosea.com 

Florida Peacock Bass Fishing

Undoubtedly, one of the most sought after fishing trips in Florida is for the exotic Peacock Bass. Swamp to Sea Guide Service offers Peacock Bass fishing charters here in the Palm Beach Florida area. Capt. Patrick Smith guides these trips several days per week and has the local knowledge, equipment, and expertise to make your Florida Peacock Bass fishing adventure one you will not forget. You can click to Get Started below, or read further for more details & see what other Florida exotics we can target during your fishing charter.


Two Florida anglers with PeacockBass doubles
Peacock Bass in South Florida waters