Team Nitro Ken Pro Guide Services

If you want to explore the plentiful waters of Lake Sam Rayburn alongside a friendly and knowledgable guide, then join Team Nitro Ken Pro Guide Services and get ready to reel in anything from Largemouth Bass to Catfish. Captain Kenneth Cates has over 28 years of professional guiding and tournament fishing experience, and he loves educating his guests about these fishing grounds – as well as providing a fun and productive day on the water! You can also get a training in Lowrance electronics since Capt. Ken is an expert.

Capt. Ken lives on Lake Sam Rayburn, so it’s fair to say that he really does know it as if it was his own backyard! When he’s not exploring these waters with guests, he likes taking part in fishing tournaments. Whether you’re looking to take your family on a memorable vacation, or want to brush up on your skills in preparation for a big tournament, he’s your man. He’s happy to accommodate children aged 4 and above.

You’ll be heading out to the lake onboard a 22’ Nitro Z21 bass boat. Her name says it all – she’s perfect for chasing Bass and other lake-loving species! She can accommodate up to 3 anglers. She’s decked out with top-of-the-line gear, including GPS, Lowrance electronics, life jackets for all ages, and an ice box.

Capt. Ken is extremely knowledgable when it comes to Lake Sam Rayburn – he knows these waters like the back of his hand, from the the top river at the north end, to mid-lake areas such as Veech, Indian, and Black Forest, to the south end areas including Buck Bay and Needmore. If there’s a certain species you want to go after, he’ll know the best place in the lake to target! Expect to bottom fish and jig for Largemouth Bass, Crappie, and Catfish.

Your trip includes top-quality branded rods and reels, light and heavy tackle, and live and artificial bait. You can request for your catch to be cleaned and filleted, too. Grab a fishing license and join Team Nitro Ken Pro Guide Services for a fun and educational adventure!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    8 Hr Trip – Pro Bass Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $450
    What could be better than spending a full day cruising the hottest fishing spots of Lake Sam Rayburn alongside a friendly and knowledgable captain? You'll head up to 30 miles, where you'll have the chance to reel in Largemouth Bass, Catfish, and Crappie. Capt. Ken will help you use a variety of techniques, including light and heavy tackle, as well as bottom fishing and jigging. You'll be provided with top-notch rods and reels, and bait. All you need is a valid fishing license!
  • Private trip
    Pontoon Crappie Trips
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    $450
    "Special" Crappie Fishing Pontoon Trips, on the 24 ft Party Kraft, 115 HP 4 Stroke Yamaha, A 6 hour Trip,, 400 per trip for 4 persons, 50 per person above 4, up to 8 persons max. Kids are very welcome. Please check with the captain if there is an extra fuel surcharge for offshore trips.
  • Private trip
    4 Hr Trip – Pro Bass Fishing (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 6:30 AM
    $350
    If you're looking for a fun and educational morning on the water, then join Capt. Ken for this half day trip. He'll meet you at the dock and run through the equipment you'll be using and safety precautions, so you'll be fully prepared and ready to enjoy the water! You'll head out onto Lake Sam Rayburn, where you'll have the opportunity to reel in Largemouth Bass, Crappie, and Catfish. Your trip includes top-quality rods and reels, tackle, and bait. All you need is a valid fishing license!
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About the Captain

Kenneth Cates
Zavalla, Texas, United States
5 Fishing Reports
ID & License verified
10 Customer Reviews
Response time 4 hours
Member since September 2018
"I have 28 years experience of working as a professional guide and professional tournament fishing on Lake Sam Rayburn. I provide professional fishing services from Bass fishing to Crappie fishing as well as fun, simple boating trips. My expertise an love of the lake is helping in tournament preparation and electronics training. I take my guests fishing out of a huge 2017 Nitro Z21 Bass Rig, fully loaded with modern Lowrance Electronics. Come and enjoy the beautiful Lake Sam Rayburn, rated the #1 Bass lake in the USA, alongside a friendly and experienced guide!" Good luck out there and happy fishing! Ken

About this listing

Targeted Species

Catfish Catfish
Crappie Crappie

Boat Specs

Nitro Z21 (Bass boat) originally built in 2017. Powered by a 250HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 74 knots.

Length
22 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of Fishing

Lake Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Jigging

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks

Cancellation Policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

Customers can cancel or modify their booking up to 7 days before the trip date free of charge. If the trip is canceled or modified later, or in the event of a no-show, 100% of the deposit will be charged.

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
No Alcohol
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed

Payment

Book with 10% deposit
When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% deposit to guarantee your reservation.
Pay remaining balance to captain
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
Checks
Bank Transfer

Customer Reviews

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Friendly captain
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Appropriate for children
90%
Satisfied with the boat
90%
Catch intended fish
78%
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Tanya B. D.
Montgomery, TX
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December fishing trip

VERIFIED   Special 8 hours trip for Tanya Blenden Devries on December 23, 2020
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Keith K.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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Fishing with Kenneth

VERIFIED   Pontoon Crappie Trips on October 26, 2020
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Mike R.
Houston, TX
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8 hour trip with Capt. Ken

VERIFIED   8 Hr Trip – Pro Bass Fishing on April 25, 2020
Very well done. Ken had everything ready and it was a great trip.  He worked hard to put us on fish in rough conditions. Overall...
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Lee B.
Canyon Lake, Texas
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Captain Ken

VERIFIED   8 Hr Trip – Pro Bass Fishing on October 12, 2019
Outstanding guide and very knowledgeable and friendly. Had a GREAT time out in the water. Plan on doing it again next year!
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Vincent D.
Houston, TX
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Half day Crappie Trip w/ Captain

VERIFIED   4 Hr Trip – Pro Bass Fishing (AM) on August 31, 2019
We really enjoyed our trip with Capt. Ken. He put us on some quality fish. I highly recommended and will definitely be back.
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FAQs about Team Nitro Ken Pro Guide Services

Team Nitro Ken Pro Guide Services offers the following trips to customers:
  • $350 per group, additional $50 per person after 2 guests - 4 Hr Trip – Pro Bass Fishing (AM) (4 hours)
  • $450 per group, additional $5 per person after 2 guests - 8 Hr Trip – Pro Bass Fishing (8 hours)
  • $450 per group - Pontoon Crappie Trips (8 hours)

When you book a trip with Team Nitro Ken Pro Guide Services, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder (Lowrance 12 an 9)
  • Live Bait Well
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with Team Nitro Ken Pro Guide Services include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle
  • Live Bait
  • Lures (For Bass)
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks

Team Nitro Ken Pro Guide Services offers the following types of fishing:
  • Lake Fishing
  • Offshore Fishing (Up to 30 miles out onto the lake)
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

Team Nitro Ken Pro Guide Services offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Heavy Tackle
  • Bottom Fishing
  • Jigging

Top targeted fish species with Team Nitro Ken Pro Guide Services include:
  • Catfish
  • Crappie