Airboat FAQ

Our playgrounds are the East Central Florida marshes, just outside of Keenansville Lake, Blue Cypress Lake and the world famous Stick Marsh.  

But we jump the dikes and levees, and adventure far beyond the barriers, where the fish are big and wild, and the adventures are the great stories your life is made of.  

  • Do you accept credit cards?

    • Sure.  Cash is king but we take Visa/MC.

  • What time of year do you operate?

    • Florida is a 365 day a year playground.  Each season presents unique and different experiences.  We keep an eye on the fish and the wildlife at every stage of the seasons so we'll have a good handle on what's going on for your trip. 

  • Is any time of year better, or worse?

    • Our favorite months are winter.  The late winter and early spring are when the birds are beginning their mating rituals and the fish are their heaviest.  The late summers are hard on our fish with hot water.  We'll still catch plenty of fish and we'll take care to treat them well so they don't get over stressed.​

  • Shiners!  We want to use live shiners. Can you help with that?

    • Heck yeah.  That's our favorite way to fish.   The bait shops in our area sell them by the dozen, and we don't control that price.   We’ll handle collecting the bait for our trip so there are no extra stops.  There is no 'mark up' for the bait.  

  • With that said, do we need shiners?

    • It’s up to you.  We’ve got the latest artificial bait technology on board. But there is little doubt that a trophy bass will absolutely crush a live shiner pretty much every time.  If you're a purist and want to throw lures, we're happy to make that happen.  If you want to maximize your time on the water and have a shot at a true marsh monster, live bait is usually the way to go.  

  • Do we need to buy fishing license?

    • If you are fishing--even just holding a rod for a minute, sorry to say, yes.  It's a state law thing.  For touring and photography, obviously no license is needed.  

    • Ages 16 to 65, anglers are required to have a fishing license.

    • There is a 3-day license available, or you can get the annual permit.  

    • Visit myfwc.com to get one online.  You don't have to have a paper license as long as you have your e-receipt.  We do recommend you have a photo or 'screen capture' of that electronic license.  Where we are going cell service can be tricky and you might not be able to bring up the email itself.  OWalmart will get you fixed up with a paper license.

  • Food and drinks included?

    • Absolutely.  Bottled water, gatorade and lite snacks.  It's included in our full-service charter.  On shorter trips we provide snacks.  On long days, we bring a nice lunch.

    • If you have a special need or anything, you might want to bring that with you.    If you prefer something bolder than what we’re offering, you are absolutely welcome to bring that along.  It’s your day, enjoy it responsibly how you wish. There’s plenty of room in the Engel coolers for whatever you wish to bring.    And of course ice is included.  The captains need to remain ‘dry’, so please don’t be offended if we decline a beverage.

  • Concierge service?

    • We offer pick up and return automobile service to hotels and resorts.

    • Round trip cost begin at $100, and can be a good option for our adventurers who aren't driving or wish to leave the car with the wife or family.

    • This service is entirely discrete for our private clients

    • We also offer a breakfast pickup service from local restaurants.  ​

  • How many people can come along?

    • The boats are specifically designed and built for running and fishing in the most elaborate back country waters and fish 2 anglers comfortably, similar to the bow of a bass boat.

    • For ecotours we can accommodate 4 adult adventurers comfortably.  We do have multiple boats for large groups.

    • Photography tours depend on your expectations.  Our boats have deck space for 2 full size tripods (we have secure tie-downs).  We will carry up to 4 photographers with the understanding that space is at a premium.  

    • We’ve got PFDs for all sizes. Kids under 6 are required to wear a PFD on the boat, and anyone who wishes to wear theirs the whole time, we've got comfortable vests, and not just those terrible orange horse collar type.  

    • We are also handicapable.

  • OK, weird question, I see kayaks in some of your photos.  What's that all about?

    • We did say we like to adventure, right?  We also offer inshore guided kayak fishing trips for redfish, sea trout and snook as well as guided bass fishing trips. If your adventuring tastes are really diverse, try catching a big redfish from a kayak.  You can learn more about it by visiting the kayak pages.

  • Airboats are loud, right?

    • By nature, airboats are louder than regular boats. Larger, more powerful engines than traditional boats and the actual aircraft propeller are a loud combination.  But we use bluetooth headset communications while we’re running to muffle the sound and still be able to talk.  Once we stop to begin fishing we’ll be running a traditional trolling motor.  Whisper quiet.

  • What do we need to actually bring?​

    • Dress for the weather​​, keeping in mind we'll be scooting along the lake at high speeds.

    • Appropriate clothing--long sleeve performance shirts are awesome.  We wear them every day.   

    • Sunglasses–important for sun protection and from flying bugs.

    • Sunscreen–we wear it every day.

    • Shoes–we prefer close toed shoes, for safety reasons and in the event we have to step out of the boat. It's rare, but we like to be prepared. You can play on the boat in bare feet to tan your toes, just bring the shoes along.  

    • Camera or camera phone–we’ve got USB ports for charging and waterproof storage.

    • Hat or cap–no matter how tough you think you are, the Florida sun is tougher.

  • Can we keep fish?

    • Bass are a catch and release species where we’re going.

  • Pets?

    • Yea, right.  Pretty sure you don’t want little Fifi ending up as a gator snack.

  • So, um, we are way back in the marsh.  What if something happens?  

    • We file a float plan with authorities EVERY trip.  If we aren't back in time, they know.  We also have a community of air boaters we are in constant contact with.  And we also carry PLB--Personal Locator Beacons.  This is a one-touch device that instantly sends an emergency beacon over a satellite signal.  Satellite signal means no matter where on earth we are, the signal goes through. 

    • Captains are USCG registered captains, FWC certified airboat pilots and First Responder and CPR trained.  

   

  • Alligators?  Crocodiles?  What are we going to see?

    • Alligators.  We'er going to see alligators.  There are a few places in Florida where invasive crocodiles live, but there are only a few.  Thank goodness.

  • What about tipping?  How much do I tip?

    • Tipping is never mandatory.  If we provide great service, and meet your expectations in providing you with an experience you will cherish, we humbly accept tips.  If we don’t meet your expectations, please let us know.  
    • Please keep in mind,  we can’t control mother nature, the conditions, or the attitude of the fish on any given day.  But we can take whatever the good Lord gives us each day and create a memory that will last a life time.