Santa Fe Lake Fishing Charters2019-01-17T13:46:19-05:00

SANTA FE LAKE FISHING CHARTERS

SANTA FE LAKE FISHING BANNER

Lake Santa Fe Bass FishingLake Santa Fe is located in northeastern Alachua County, Florida. Endless of acres of water provide for a sanctuary for trophy largemouth bass fishing. One of the many causes is the spring fed water supply making up this 5,850 acre lake. When you travel further south you will realize that Lake Santa Fe is the headwaters of the Santa Fe River which empties into the Suwanee River. An abundance of wildlife and excellent fishing make this lake the perfect destination for the family. You can also bring your loved ones out to enjoy a wonderful day of recreational boating.

When it comes to Florida Bass Fishing, Lake Santa Fe has everything you need to have a great time. Bass Fishing is strongest during the winter and spring months here in Florida. During these times, the bass spawn the most providing you with the best opportunity to catch a trophy sized bass. One of the other benefits of this lake is that it holds different species of bass that you can catch. While fishing Lake Santa Fe, you can also catch a Hybrid Sunshine bass which was recently stocked in the lake. Shad is the main forage on the Lake and is what the Sunshine Bass love the best. Early morning and late evenings are the best times to catch bass on Lake Santa Fe as the aggressive feeding patterns permit these low light conditions the best. Tie on a variety of different baits and more specifically top waters or minnow imitating lures and hold on for some great action.

Lake Santa Fe has an incredible amount of natural attributes and beauties. The lake was designated by the state of Florida as an outstanding Florida water storage when adding the swamp areas just north of the lake. You can enjoy these natural beauties by exploring the waters on a bass fishing charter.

Don't count of the whole geographic location surrounding Lake Santa Fe for excellent bass fishing. The areas between Gainesville and Melrose are filled with recreational lakes that you can catch bass on. These lakes include the Rodman Reservoir, one of the top trophy bass fishing lakes in the state. Bring your friends and families along to this beautiful lake and set the hook into the largemouth bass of your dreams. Every year and month you can experience all Lake Santa Fe has to offer when bass fishing here in Melrose or Gainesville.

When it comes to Florida Bass Fishing, Lake Santa Fe has everything you need to have a great time. Bass Fishing is strongest during the winter and spring months here in Florida. During these times, the bass spawn the most providing you with the best opportunity to catch a trophy sized bass. One of the other benefits of this lake is that it holds different species of bass that you can catch. While fishing Lake Santa Fe, you can also catch a Hybrid Sunshine bass which was recently stocked in the lake. Shad is the main forage on the Lake and is what the Sunshine Bass love the best. Early morning and late evenings are the best times to catch bass on Lake Santa Fe as the aggressive feeding patterns permit these low light conditions the best. Tie on a variety of different baits and more specifically top waters or minnow imitating lures and hold on for some great action.

Lake Santa Fe has an incredible amount of natural attributes and beauties. The lake was designated by the state of Florida as an outstanding Florida water storage when adding the swamp areas just north of the lake. You can enjoy these natural beauties by exploring the waters on a bass fishing charter.

Don't count of the whole geographic location surrounding Lake Santa Fe for excellent bass fishing. The areas between Gainesville and Melrose are filled with recreational lakes that you can catch bass on. These lakes include the Rodman Reservoir, one of the top trophy bass fishing lakes in the state. Bring your friends and families along to this beautiful lake and set the hook into the largemouth bass of your dreams. Every year and month you can experience all Lake Santa Fe has to offer when bass fishing here in Melrose or Gainesville.

Trip Core Details

What's Included

  • Cooler, Ice and Bottled water
  • Guided fishing trip
  • All Fishing Equipment
  • Boat & Fuel
  • Photos

What's not Included

  • Each participant over age of 16 is required to purchase Florida Fishing License. Approx cost $17.00+ tax
  • Livebait if desired is also additional and is purchased the morning of the trip. (optional)
  • Food, specialty beverages or snacks (Alcohol is permitted)

F.A.Q.

Are reservations necessary?2018-05-29T09:36:06-05:00

Yes, the fishing charters sell out. We only have certain amount of boats set for each day. The captains do not allow passengers on the boat without advance reservation.

Can I pay in cash on the charter?2018-05-29T09:36:31-05:00

Cash is accepted for the balance, you pay the captain after the trip is over. You must have a reservation in advance with a credit or debit card. Captains do also take credit cards for balance. By booking in advance, you are guaranteed a spot.

Is it necessary to print my receipt?2018-05-18T14:28:30-05:00

No, a printed receipt is not required. The captain will have your name and be expecting you.

What if I don’t receive the email confirmation?2018-07-03T12:08:03-05:00

If you don't see the email confirmation in your Inbox, check your Spam or Junk Mail folder. You should also try performing a search in your email account for the phrase: iOutdoor.com. If you still can't find the email, contact us +1 (888) 412-1117 and we will resend the confirmation.

How will I recognize the charter boat?2018-05-21T13:40:22-05:00

Our charter boats are labeled with iOutdoor logos, you will also have the captain's cell phone on your itinerary if you can't find the boat. You will always generally want to meet down by the boat ramps unless otherwise told by captain.

How long does it take before we start fishing?2018-05-21T13:41:11-05:00

The drive takes different times for different locations and styles of charters. Most inshore and freshwater charters take a 5 to 15 minute boat ride before starting to fish. The offshore charters are ones that can vary based on weather and species of fish the captain is fishing for. It could be 15 minutes, but up to 45 minutes. Again refer to your captain on his call with you and he can provide a detailed plan.

Do we stop while we are out on the water?2018-05-21T13:43:01-05:00

It depends on the customer and type of charter. If passengers wish to take a break, we can stop at scenic areas to stop take pictures, use restrooms or get a bite to eat when available. The charter time is yours, you book for 6 hours and want to fish for three hours and sightsee for 3 hours, that's okay with us. We do ask that you communicate that with the captain, they are fishing captains and focused on catching you fish, so that's what they do unless you advise otherwise.

Do you offer Wi-Fi on the fishing charters?2018-05-21T13:45:32-05:00

Many of the boats have hotspots onboard for FREE Wi-Fi. Due to the nature of the technology and locations that the boats travel there are many locations that may have no service during your charter. Please ask your captain about service quality prior to going, we are not responsible for interruptions of service that are beyond our control..

What are some good items to bring on the charter?2018-05-21T13:44:42-05:00

Sunglasses, Hat, Jacket, Wear layers, there's plenty of storage. Cell phone or camera, on trips that permit harvest a cooler to take your catch home is important.

Will you take us back to our hotel after the charter?2018-05-29T09:07:13-05:00

No we do not offer this, we can help you contact a car service on the way in so that you are able to get back to your hotel.

Can I eat on the boat?2018-07-03T12:04:35-05:00

Yes, you may bring food and beverages with you. But do not throw trash in the water, it is against the law and you may get fined. Deposit trash in the wastebasket on the boat, the captain will assist you with this.

Can I take pictures?2018-05-21T13:48:24-05:00

Of course! Photography is encouraged. Our boats have large panoramic windows that are perfect for capturing your catch and sightseeing. We know your vacation photos are important to you because of the way you share them on your favorite platform, when doing so please include @ioutdoor or #ioutdoor and we will be sure to share your pictures with all of our guests as well.

Should I bring an umbrella, what about rain?2018-05-21T13:53:55-05:00
What time do we return from the fishing charter?2018-05-29T09:07:02-05:00

The boat returns to dock at approximately what length time you booked. Departing 4 hour trips at 7AM return approximately 11:00am, departing 6 hour trips at 7AM return approximately 1:00pm, departing 8 hour trips at 7AM return approximately 3:00pm. Please allow extra time if taking fish, as it takes up to 30 to 45 minutes for captain to clean and package your catch. If you are on a tight schedule be sure to inform the Captain and he will work with you to accommodate your schedule.

Will you pick me up from my hotel?2018-05-29T09:36:40-05:00

No, we do not offer courtesy pick-up and drop-off service from hotels as we are pulling the boats and most places we can not turn around. It's most convenient to use Uber or Lyft car service.

How do people dress?2018-05-29T09:40:11-05:00

In layers is best, but fishing is casual. A sundress for ladies with bikini underneath is not uncommon. Khaki shorts for guys is as dressed up as anyone ever gets, long pants work if you're not use to the sun. In the same vein, there are no “styles.” Get comfortable with whatever dress code is norm. But always try to wear light colors as they are cooler.

Where can I park my car at the meeting Location?2018-05-29T09:36:49-05:00

There is parking at most all locations, most are free other places it may be a few dollars, many places are city meter parking. Your captain can tell you the complete cost, if any.

How do I buy fishing charter?2018-05-29T09:38:03-05:00

Book online at iOutdoor.com, or call us at +1 (888) 321-0202. After booking, you will immediately receive an email confirmation containing your receipt for your deposit. It will be followed up with another email with detailed itinerary from office with Captains contact and meeting location. Captain will make contact generally 12 hours prior to your scheduled date.

Does the boat have air conditioning?2018-05-29T09:06:24-05:00

Some do, all the inshore and freshwater charters DO NOT have air condition. Some of these boats do have T-tops or cover, others have no cover. Many of Offshore sportfishing deepsea charters do have air conditioning, although not all. So it's important to ask prior to your departure.

Can I bring luggage on the charter?2018-07-03T12:06:32-05:00

No, but in almost all cases the captain can help you store the luggage while you are out fishing. Please confirm with captain when you talk, how many you will have.

Will you pick us up at the cruise ship port?2018-05-29T09:06:31-05:00

No, we are unable to pick you up at the port. However, it is easy to take a taxi, uber or Lyft to our location and is generally never more than $10.00. Taxis are always available, but cost more than the share-a-ride companies.

What is your hurricane policy?2018-05-29T09:03:35-05:00

If a hurricane or tropical storm threatens to spoil your fishing trip, we promise to secure full refunds for customers with prepaid charters.

Do you offer group rates?2018-05-29T09:03:25-05:00

Yes, for large parties. You can email us at fish@ioutdoor.com with the specifics of your group. If you prefer to speak with us now, call or chat with us (407) 392-4593.

Can I come to your office?2018-07-03T12:07:42-05:00

No, our office is not open to the public. It is strictly a call center, our aim is to give you the best possible prices so it helps. We don't have an expensive office, so we can pass on these savings to you. However, we are available (7 days a week) from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM to discuss your fishing charter. To speak with us, call our Reservation department at (954) 771-3682! Or you can complete our email form and one of our representatives will contact you.

Can I reserve a charter with my hotel concierge?2018-05-29T09:06:04-05:00

Most likely, but if they don't have our contact please connect them with us and we will get them involved for your convenience. Space is almost always limited, therefore, we have a limited amount of last minute charters. You can call us from your hotel +1 (954) 771-3682 , but your hotel will need to make a deposit for a reservation for you.

What languages do you offer?2018-05-29T09:03:17-05:00

The two main languages that are spoken are English and Spanish. But it's not uncommon to use translators which captains have on cell phones!

SANTA FE LAKE FISHING CHOICES

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What You Will Do

  • Santa Fe Lake Fishing on a boat fully loaded with high-quality rods, reels, hooks and artificial baits.
  • Drop a line into the world famous waters of Santa Fe Lake fishing for bass, crappie, bluegill and bowfin.
  • Be guides by local experts, who lead you to the best spots on the lake and share their knowledge and experiences.
  • Take home a souvenir of your big catch with perfect photos taken by your guide and spread on social media.

Targeted Species:

Largemouth Bass
Crappie (Speck)
Bluegill

Come aboard our fully equipped boat with professional safety equipment, rods, reels and tackle to enjoy relaxing day of fishing. Cast away in the waters of Santa Fe Lake in search of that once in a lifetime fish.

Local operator information

Complete Santa Fe Lake Fishing Operator information, including local telephone numbers for your destination, are included on your Confirmation email. Our Trip Managers select only the most experienced and reliable guides in each destination, removing the guesswork for you, and ensuring your peace of mind.


Amenities:

  • Fishing Chairs
  • GPS & Fishfinder
  • Livebait
  • Life Jackets
  • Catch and Release Allowed
  • Keeping Fish Allowed within State Laws
  • Disabled Accessible

About this Tour:

  • Boat Specs: 20+ ft
  • Boat Capacity: 4 People
  • All Fishing Equipment
  • Boat & Fuel
  • Photos

Fishing Techniques:

  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Livebait
  • Fly Fishing
  • Artificial Lures

Additional Information

  • Participants are encouraged to bring comfortable shoes, light colored shirt, a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen.