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
    5 hour Crappie Pontoon Fishing
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat)
    US $475
    Professional guided Bass fishing, tournament preparation, electronics efficiency tours. 30 plus years experience on Rayburn, out of the huge Nitro Z21, running on 250 HP Mercury. 24 ft pontoon boat Crappie for up to 7
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Largemouth)
    Largemouth Bass
  • Private trip
    5 Hour Trip – Pro Bass Fishing (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    5 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $475
    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!
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Largemouth)
    Largemouth Bass
    Crappie
    Crappie
    Catfish
    Catfish
  • Private trip
    7 Hour Trip – Pontoon Crappie
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    7 Hour Trip, starts at 7:00 AM
    US $525
    Six to seven-hour professional crappie trips. Mid-lake, brush piles, bridge, ridges, etc.for up to 7 PERSONS
    Targeted fish
    Bass (Largemouth)
    Largemouth Bass
    Crappie
    Crappie
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Customer reviews

Rating summary
Excellent
4.8 / 5
out of 5 stars from 28 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.6 / 5
Crew
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Experience
Excellent
4.8 / 5
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Friendly captain
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Recommend this charter
96%
Appropriate for children
92%
Satisfied with the boat
92%
Caught fish
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Mark C.
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Ton of Bass

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Pro Bass Fishing (AM) on April 2, 2024
Clark Moore took me out as Ken wasn’t available. I’ve fished a lot of other species all over, but never had much experience...
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Randy L.
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Good trip

VERIFIED   NEW  7 Hour Trip – Pontoon Crappie on May 16, 2024
The weather gave us trouble,  but Ken got us on the fish. We had a great time
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William T.
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5.0 / 5
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Great Sam Rayburn Fishing Experience

VERIFIED   7 Hours Full Day Pro Bass Fish on April 6, 2024
Ken did an awesome job as our fishing guide! His knowledge of the lake, what to fish, having all the gear and personality made...
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Tom B.
Houston, TX
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Excellent
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5.0 / 5
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Half Day Trip Capt Ken / Capt Clark

VERIFIED   5 Hour Trip – Pro Bass Fishing (AM) on July 7, 2023
Hope Capt Ken is on the mend, we had to reschedule with Clark Moore who was recommended by Capt Ken.  We had a GREAT (if not...
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Joseph (. N.
Beaumont, TX
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June 3, 2022: Half Day Trip with Captain Kenneth Cates

VERIFIED   8 Hr Trip – Pro Bass Fishing on June 3, 2022
On the morning of June 3, 2022, my son, Logan, and I enjoyed the unique pleasure of celebrating his 21st birthday by joining...
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FAQs about Team Nitro Ken Pro Guide Services

Team Nitro Ken Pro Guide Services offers the following trips to customers:
  • US $475 per group - 5 hour Crappie Pontoon Fishing (5 hours)
  • US $475 per group, additional US $25 per person after 2 guests - 5 Hour Trip – Pro Bass Fishing (AM) (5 hours)
  • US $525 per group - 7 Hour Trip – Pontoon Crappie (7 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
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • 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:
  • River Fishing
  • Lake Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Nearshore 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:
  • Bass (Largemouth)
  • Catfish
  • Crappie

Meet the Charter Operator

Team Nitro Ken Pro Fishing Guide
Zavalla, Texas, United States
5 Fishing Reports
28 Customer reviews
Response time within an hour
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

Bass (Largemouth) Largemouth Bass
Catfish Catfish
Crappie Crappie

Boat specs

Nitro Z20 (Bass boat) originally built in 2022. Powered by a 250HP Mercury engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 74 knots.

Length
21 ft
Capacity
3 persons

Types of fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Nearshore Fishing
Offshore Fishing
Up to 30 miles out onto the lake
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing techniques

Light Tackle
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Jigging

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Lowrance 12 an 9
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip includes

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

Cancellation policy

Free cancellation up to 7 days prior to trip

You can cancel or modify your booking up to 7 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
4 years and above
You Keep Catch
Catch and Release Allowed
Disabled Accessible
We can get most anyone aboard,, call with details

Payment

Book with 10% deposit, pay rest to captain

When the captain confirms your trip, FishingBooker charges your credit card a 10% 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
Checks
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3% charge will apply.