Discover the inshore riches of The Sunshine State with South Florida Fishing Charters! Captain Johnny Stabile knows the waters of Lake Ida like the back of his hand and he makes it his business to take his customers where fish are.

Lake Ida is famous for its ample fishing opportunities, especially when it comes to Peacock Bass fishing. Both Largemouth and Sunshine Bass are abundant here as well and they’re always hungry! This is also the playground of Clown Knife Fish that are peculiar looking good fighters that can weigh up to 12 pounds. They pull hard and are very acrobatic, so it’s a joy getting them into the boat.

Not only does Capt. Johnny know all the tricks and hideouts of the fish, he has a reliable boat to take you to your prey. His 22’ Pathfinder is well-suited for different fishing conditions and can fit up to 4 people on board. The vessel sports excellent electronics that will show you where the fish are, a live bait well, and a trolling motor to keep you quiet while sneaking up to your catch.

You’ll be using premium Penn, Shimano, and Daiwa tackle for your angling endeavors, and your guide will also provide live bait and lures as necessary. If fly fishing is your game, make sure to mention it to Johnny in advance, and he’ll prepare the fly equipment for you. Of course, you’re welcome to bring your own gear if you prefer.

If you’d like to come with your kids, they should be at least 6 years old, and you should bring their favorite life jackets. To prepare for your Lake Ida exploration, you’ll also need a freshwater fishing license, drinks, food, and sunscreen.

Let new fishing adventures begin with South Florida Fishing Charters!



Select date to see available trips and rates:

  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Lake Ida (AM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $399
    This 4-hour trip is very fun for all levels of anglers. Lake Ida is one of the very few out there where Capt. Johnny can guarantee to catch Peacock Bass. This is also home to the very unique Clown Knife Fish, so if you never caught one, this is your chance. You'll need a freshwater fishing license, drinks, snacks, and sunscreen.
  • Private trip
    Half Day Trip – Lake Ida (PM)
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    4 Hour Trip, starts at 1:00 PM
    Seasonal trip (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri)
    $399
    This 4-hour trip is very fun for all levels of anglers. Lake Ida is one of the very few out there where Capt. Johnny can guarantee to catch Peacock Bass. This is also home to the very unique Clown Knife Fish, so if you never caught one, this is your chance. You'll need a freshwater fishing license, drinks, snacks, and sunscreen.
  • Private trip
    3/4 Day Trip – Lake Ida
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    6 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $599
    When you book this trip, you get a bit more time on the water and more opportunities to land a beautiful fish! Capt. Johnny will take you to most productive holes on the lake to target Peacock Bass, Clown Knife Fish, Largemouth bass, and Sunshine Bass. You'll have all the necessary tackle on board, all you should think about is bringing a freshwater fishing license and some refreshments.
  • Private trip
    Full Day Trip – lake ida
    FREE Cancellation 7 days notice
    8 Hour Trip, starts at 8:00 AM
    $750
    Spend a day on the productive waters of Lake Ida and chase all the favorite local species for 8 hours. Capt. Johnny will make it his mission to take you to the best fish hangouts, where you can fish for Knife Clown Fish as well as various Bass species. Everything fishing-related is covered, so you can just show up with plenty of sunscreen, food, drinks, and a freshwater fishing license.
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About the Captain

Johnny Stabile
Delray Beach, Florida, United States
ID & License verified
22 Customer Reviews
Response time within an hour
Member since December 2019
Captain Johnny grew up in South Florida and has always had a passion for fishing, so he decided to share this love and knowledge with the world. He got a captain's license when he was 19, and after some time, decided to run charters in Florida. He's also had great success in tournament fishing, but most of the time, he's just happy to share his angling passion with other people.

About this listing

Targeted Species

Bass (Largemouth) Largemouth Bass
Bass (Peacock) Peacock Bass
Clown Knife Fish Clown Knife Fish
Hybrid Striped Bass Hybrid Striped Bass

Boat Specs

Pathfinder (Bay boat) originally built in 2019. Powered by a 250HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 50 knots.

Length
23 ft
Capacity
4 persons

Types of Fishing

River Fishing
Lake Fishing
Inshore Fishing
Flats Fishing
Backcountry Fishing

Fishing Techniques

Light Tackle
Spinning
Fly Fishing

Amenities

GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box
GPS
Fishfinder
Live Bait Well
Wireless Trolling Motor
Ice Box

Trip Includes

Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Lures
Catch cleaning & filleting
Drinks
Fishing License
Fly Fishing Equipment

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 not included
Transfer to/from departure site is not included in trip rates.
Child Friendly
Catch and Release Mandatory

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
PayPal
Bank Transfer
When paying the remaining balance with a credit card, an additional 3.5% charge will apply.

Customer Reviews

Rating Summary
Excellent
5.0 / 5
out of 5 stars from 21 reviews
Boat
Excellent
4.9 / 5
Crew
Excellent
5.0 / 5
Experience
Excellent
5.0 / 5
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Perfect Half Day with Johnny
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Angler Rating
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Anglers Claimed
Good experience
94%
Friendly captain
100%
Recommend this charter
86%
Appropriate for children
100%
Satisfied with the boat
100%
Catch intended fish
100%
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The captain canceled

VERIFIED   NEW  June 13, 2022
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Michael C.
Nesconset, NY
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Simply Amazing

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Lake Ida (AM) on February 23, 2022
What a great day! Capt Johnny was awesome. I have two young boys 10 and 12 and they took to him immediately. He knew where...
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Laura B.
Wellington, Florida
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Can I rate over 5 stars?

VERIFIED   Early Bird Palm Beach Peacock Bass on January 18, 2022
Today was a blast! If I could rate over 5 stars I would. I caught what Captain Johnny called a “Lake Ida slam” and it was...
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Rachel C.
Old Mill Creek, IL
Excellent
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Perfect Half Day with Johnny

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Lake Ida (AM) on March 28, 2022
Johnny made our charter an amazing experience. He communicated ahead of time to make sure we had a solid plan to head to a...
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Connor J.
Darien, CT
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Great day on Lake Ida

VERIFIED   Early Bird Palm Beach Peacock Bass on January 27, 2022
Great day on the water and the guide was everything that you hope for when you book a guided trip, he was very knowledgeable,...
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FAQs about South Florida Fishing Charters

South Florida Fishing Charters offers the following trips to customers:
  • $399 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip – Lake Ida (AM) (4 hours)
  • $399 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - Half Day Trip – Lake Ida (PM) (4 hours)
  • $599 per group, additional $75 per person after 2 guests - 3/4 Day Trip – Lake Ida (6 hours)
  • $750 per group, additional $100 per person after 2 guests - Full Day Trip – lake ida (8 hours)

When you book a trip with South Florida Fishing Charters, you can expect the following amenities onboard:
  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Live Bait Well (Live bait included)
  • Wireless Trolling Motor
  • Ice Box

Trips booked with South Florida Fishing Charters include:
  • Rods, reels & tackle (Shimano, Daiwa, Pe)
  • Live Bait (Live bait available if in season )
  • Lures
  • Catch cleaning & filleting
  • Drinks (Water )
  • Fishing License (Saltwater only. Freshwater must purchase their own.)
  • Fly Fishing Equipment (Available on request)

South Florida Fishing Charters offers the following types of fishing:
  • River Fishing
  • Lake Fishing
  • Inshore Fishing
  • Flats Fishing
  • Backcountry Fishing

South Florida Fishing Charters offers the following fishing techniques:
  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning
  • Fly Fishing (Please notify prior to trip if you want to flyfish)

Top targeted fish species with South Florida Fishing Charters include:
  • Bass (Largemouth)
  • Bass (Peacock)
  • Clown Knife Fish
  • Hybrid Striped Bass