If you are looking for a great day on the water, to take home some delicious fish, and to learn about the different species you’ll be targeting, Ricky’s Guide Service is the perfect charter for you. With over 40 years of experience, Captain Ricky Vandergriff will get you on the fish and making memories in no time.

You will be fishing on a 21’ Ranger 520 Bass boat. This beautiful boat can comfortably fit 3 anglers, so grab your friends, partner, or even kids over 4 years old. With outboard engines of 225 HP, you’ll be on the fish fast. Capt. Ricky has been fishing for three decades on Lake Fork, and can comfortably boast catching many Bass over 10 lbs. You are sure to hook your personal best here.

Live bait will be provided, and kept nice and fresh in the bait tank. This will be bought before the trip, which means more time for you to fish. However, it will only be necessary to use when targeting Crappie.

These trips are great for the whole family – Capt. Ricky is fantastic at making these trips as educational as possible. You will learn about the different species that make this lake their home. He will also teach you the various techniques used to catch them, many of which he has honed in his many years of fishing.

You will need to bring along a fishing license for this trip. These can easily be purchased online and at the marina. If you have your own rods and reels, Capt. Ricky suggests bringing your own – you will want the extra edge when going against these big Bass. For those new to fishing, there are Lews rods available. Capt. Ricky is happy to fillet your catch for you at the end of the trip – you only need to decide how to cook this tasty catch!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Shared trip
    Half Day Trip (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $730
    This trip is great for those who have busy schedules. 4 hours is plenty of time to hook a big Bass! Rember to bring your water and plenty of sunscreen.
  • Shared trip
    Half Day Trip (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip Jan 1 - Dec 31
    $730
    Flexible departure times, so plenty of time for a lie-in! You will target big Bass on these trips. Don't forget your water and sunscreen too!
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $465
    This trip is ideal for those that really want to spend some time on the water. You will target big Bass, with Captain Ricky with you every step of the way. You also have the option of buying lunch for this trip. Please remember your sunscreen and plenty of water.
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About the Captain

Ricky Vandergriff
Flint, Texas, United States
3 Fishing Reports
5 Customer reviews
Member since April 2018
"I have had many Bass over 10 lbs by both myself and my clients." Captain Ricky has over four decades of experience. His dad first got him into fishing when he was three years old, and by the time he was 14 he knew he wanted to be a full-time captain. His fascination for angling can also be seen on the fishing TV shows he has been on. He loves passing on his knowledge and teaching people how to fish.

About this listing

Targeted species

Bass (Largemouth) Largemouth Bass
Bass (White) White Bass
Catfish Catfish
Crappie Crappie

Boat specs

Ranger 520 (Bass boat) originally built in 2016. Powered by a 225HP Mercury engine.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
2 persons

Types of fishing

Lake Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle

Amenities

Fighting Chair
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip includes

Rods, reels & tackle
(preferable to bring their own)
Live Bait
Bought before the trip, used for Crappies only
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
First Mate

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 days days before the trip date, free of charge. If you cancel or modify your booking later, or fail to show up, you'll forfeit 100% of what you've paid.

Listing policies

Pickup agreed upon reservation
Transfer to/from departure site may be available and included in price depending on your location and distance from the dock.
Child Friendly
Minimum age is 4, life jackets provided
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 15% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 15% deposit to guarantee your reservation.

The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the charter operator on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods:

Cash
Visa
Mastercard
American Express
PayPal
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 5% charge will apply.

Customer reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
4.4 / 5
out of 5 stars from 5 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.4 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.4 / 5
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
100%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
80%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
75%
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Bradley A.
San Antonio, TX
Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Fishing in the Rain!

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on March 1, 2021
We had a great trip out today and Ricky put me on some nice Bass!  Would highly recommend him to anyone.
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Allyson B.
Longview, TX
Excellent
4.7 / 5
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Very good
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Excellent
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Full day trip with Guide Ricky Vandergriff

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on March 13, 2021
Highly recommend for guided fishing on Lake Palestine. Very knowledgeable and friendly.
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Kathy B.
United States
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience:
Excellent
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Excellent
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Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Fishing With Ricky

Full Day Trip on March 29, 2018
We’ve known Ricky for 20+ years. Fished several lakes with him. Caught lots of big bass and big crappie. Always an awesome...
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David D.
Swanton, OH
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
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Excellent
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Fishing with Ricky

VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on March 18, 2019
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Gary S.
Good
2.3 / 5
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip on March 11, 2021
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FAQs about Ricky's Guide Service

Ricky's Guide Service offers the following trips to customers:
  • $365 per person - Half Day Trip (AM) (4 hours)
  • $365 per person - Half Day Trip (PM) (4 hours)
  • $465 per group - Full Day Trip (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Ricky's Guide Service, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • Fighting Chair
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Ricky's Guide Service include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle ((preferable to bring their own))
  • Live Bait (Bought before the trip, used for Crappies only)
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • First Mate

Ricky's Guide Service offers the following type of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing

Ricky's Guide Service offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle

Top targeted fish species with Ricky's Guide Service include:
  • Bass (Largemouth)
  • Bass (White)
  • Catfish
  • Crappie
  • Hybrid Striped Bass