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Trout

redfish

snook

  • Spend the day fishing with "Wader Dave", Tampa Bay's premier wade fishing guide.

  • Discover a simple and effective way to fish while wading the shores of Florida's central gulf coast.

  • No boats, no live bait and no headaches.

  • Beginners will learn when, where and how to catch fish.

  • Experienced anglers will learn advanced techniques and strategies to catch more and bigger fish.

  • Pick a species to target and/or a specific area to fish.

  • Confirm available dates and/or dates that provide the best chance for success.

  • We will plan your trip together to make sure the experience meets your expectations.

  • Bring your own gear or allow me to provide tackle tailored to your skill level and experience.

 
Wader Dave

​Dave Ulgenalp, aka Wader Dave, has more than 40 years of experience wade fishing the flats, beaches and bays of Florida's central gulf coast and has been teaching wade fishermen where, when and how to catch fish since 2001. He specializes in using artificial lures in pursuit of sea trout, redfish, snook, pompano and flounder. 

  • Fishing Coach and regular contributor to SaltStrong.com.

  • Featured instructor on Salt Strong's "Wade Fishing Mastery" video course.

  • MirrOlure Pro Staff Member

  • Contributor to "Onshore - Offshore Magazine"

  • Creator/author of Wader's Guide Fishing Maps.

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a day with wader dave

A typical guided wade fishing trip is six hours from greeting to goodbye. Starting times will vary depending upon the location, season, weather, tides and other conditions that will affect fish activity. The first 30 to 60 minutes will include a review of the strategy and tactics to be used to locate and catch the day's targeted species and rigging up. We will fish for four hours and likely cover from one to two miles of shoreline. Breaks will be taken as necessary. After fishing, we will take another 30 to 60 minutes to discuss the day's results, clean any fish that you keep (bring a cooler and ice to transport fillets home) and break down our gear.

 

I will provide top quality rods and reels but feel free to use your own if you prefer. I will provide, all lures, leader, pliers, fish grip and a wading bag for your use during the trip. You will need to provide your own waders (if necessary), booties and wade fishing attire appropriate for the expected weather conditions.  It is highly recommended that you bring a hat, polarized sunglasses and sunscreen as well. I will bring snacks, fruit and cold water.

fees & information

You must bring along your Florida Saltwater Fishing License, unless you qualify for an exemption. A Shoreline Saltwater Fishing License does not cover wade fishing as we will likely be fishing while in the water as well as from the shore. Click on the following link to review current Florida fishing license requirements and fishing regulations on the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) website.

Every fisherman must sign a Wader's Guide Liability Waiver prior to the start of their trip. You can review the waiver by clicking on the following link - Wader's Guide Liability Waiver.

The standard trip rate for a single fisherman is $250. In most cases you can bring an additional fisherman for an additional fee of $50.  Fee will be payable upon completion of trip in cash or personal check.

 

contact form

Interested in booking a trip? Please fill in the form below and be sure to indicate the date or dates you are considering. I'll be in touch within 48 hours, usually sooner. Thank you for your interest!