Join our professional guides on an exciting angling excursion for Florida strain largemouth bass in one of our private, 11 stocked and managed, lakes and ponds. Ranging in size from a few acres to our mile long, remote 48 acre Shingle Lake, guests can choose to fish aboard a Hyde drift boat or explore the resort's angling options from shore in a specially designed Outfitter's all-terrain golf cart. The very best in spinning tackle or fly rods are provided as well as all artificial lures and flies. No license is required for this exciting catch and release trophy bass fishing adventure where you never leave the resort!
Guided Fishing Excursions
By boat: $70 per hour adults; $35 per hour juniors 12 years old and under (with paying adult) Limit 2 anglers
By shore: $60 per hour adults; $30 per hour junior 12 years old and under (with paying adult) Limit 5 anglers
Based on availability. Guest 17 years old and under must be accompanied ny an adult.
Fly Casting Instruction with Capt. Mark Benson
Professional fishing guide, USCG Licensed Captain and FFF Certified Casting Instructor, Mark Benson has over 40 years of fly fishing experience and shares his passion through fly casting instruction for beginner, intermediate or advanced casters. For those new to the sport, Mark introduces the fundamentals and principles of rod loading, line control and tip path in an easy to understand style. Intermediate instruction focuses on double hauling, windy day techniques, fish fighting philosophies and more. Advanced casters can learn to increase distance, practice specialty casts such as curve, roll, mends and spey or speed casting for moving targets.
Whether it's fishing for New Zealand brown trout, Appalachian brookies, Keys tarpon, Bahamian bonefish or Florida redfish, snook and largemouth bass, Mark has been there and knows the techniques to make you a more successful fly angler.
As a pro-staffer for G.Loomis, Ross reels and Rio fly lines you'll be provided the very best in equipment if you choose to not bring your own.
Private instruction: $75 per hour adults; $50 per hour juniors 12 years old and under (with paying adult student)
Based on availability
Four Hour Fly Fishing Course
This is a great class for anyone wanting to get started in the exciting and rewarding sport of fly fishing. Capt. Mark will provide an overview of everything from A-Z in the world of fly fishing. Learn about rods, reels, fly lines and the basic gear, knot tying, fish identification and their habits, biology and the fundamentals of fly casting.
Classes are by appointment only and limited to six students at a time. You will be provided the best in equipment if you choose to not bring your own.
$300 per person includes lunch.
Outdoor clothing and footwear required. All excursions depart from The Ritz-Carlton Golf Clubhouse. For more information and reservations, please call Grande Lakes Sports at (407) 393-4531.