Captain
Bill Willis

Member since December 2015

Pensacola, United States

Background
Captain Bill Willis is an IGFA Certified Captain, and is a member of the Coastal Conservation Association and the Orange Beach Fishing Association, and has fished professionally on the IFA Redfish Tour. Holding a USCG Captain license since 2004, Bill is a native of Pensacola, Florida and has fished the waterways surrounding Perdido Key, Gulf Shores, and Orange Beach for over twenty five years. In addition to his local knowledge, he has fished Key West, Marquesas Islands, Sebastians Inlet, Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River, Apalachicola, Sarasota sound, Indian Pass, Louisiana Marsh, and most lakes and ditches in between. Captain Bill has two boys of his own, and enjoys teaching young anglers how to get the most out of every fishing trip. Bill spends almost everyday on the water following the patterns of this great fishery. Once a general manager for one of the world’s largest retailers, Bill jumped at the opportunity to fulfill his life-long dream of being a full-time fishing guide.
Techniques
Our Mission at Lost Bay Guide Service is to provide a safe, courteous, and enjoyable outdoor adventure while adhering to the general fishing regulations and conservation methods of the Gulf Coast fisheries. Our private fishing charters are geared toward anglers of all ages and experience levels. Our goal is to exceed our client's expectations with a trip they will remember for years to come.

Hey, I'm Captain Bill Willis

Pensacola, United States
Background
Captain Bill Willis is an IGFA Certified Captain, and is a member of the Coastal Conservation Association and the Orange Beach Fishing Association, and has fished professionally on the IFA Redfish Tour. Holding a USCG Captain license since 2004, Bill is a native of Pensacola, Florida and has fished the waterways surrounding Perdido Key, Gulf Shores, and Orange Beach for over twenty five years. In addition to his local knowledge, he has fished Key West, Marquesas Islands, Sebastians Inlet, Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River, Apalachicola, Sarasota sound, Indian Pass, Louisiana Marsh, and most lakes and ditches in between. Captain Bill has two boys of his own, and enjoys teaching young anglers how to get the most out of every fishing trip. Bill spends almost everyday on the water following the patterns of this great fishery. Once a general manager for one of the world’s largest retailers, Bill jumped at the opportunity to fulfill his life-long dream of being a full-time fishing guide.
Techniques
Our Mission at Lost Bay Guide Service is to provide a safe, courteous, and enjoyable outdoor adventure while adhering to the general fishing regulations and conservation methods of the Gulf Coast fisheries. Our private fishing charters are geared toward anglers of all ages and experience levels. Our goal is to exceed our client's expectations with a trip they will remember for years to come.

My Charter Listings

 
Pensacola
trips from
US$ 400
 
Gulf Shores
trips from
US$ 400
Perdido key
trips from
US$ 400

Fishing Reports

Absolutely Insane Fishing!!

December 03, 2016

The last week has been the best Pensacola fishing of the year! More and more Reddish seem to show up each year for the annual spawn. This past week clients have got to experience thousands of Redfish feeding on… Read Full Report →


Best Redfish Season Ever!!

December 02, 2016

This year's warm temperatures and high salinity from lack of rainfall have loads of bait fish sharing the bay with thousands of hungry Redfish. You can imagine the daily frenzy our clients are seeing with those conditions. Acres of… Read Full Report →


Red Snapper Fall Season Starts 9/2!!!

August 27, 2016

Book now!!!!The Fall Snapper season starts September 2nd and will be open on Fridays, Saturday's & Sundays during September and October. To ensure availability and make your families memory book soon. If inshore fishing is more your style there… Read Full Report →


Lots of action both inshore and offshore

May 16, 2016

Recent trips have seen lots of action both inshore and offshore when Mother Nature has acted like a lady. Offshore the story us Red Snapper, Red Snapper, Red Snapper!!! Always my pleasure to watch familys make memorys together. Offshore… Read Full Report →


Red Snapper season approved!!!!!

April 13, 2016

With us also having a licensed boat just minutes from Gulf Shores in Perdido Key this is huge!! Florida state waters Red Snapper season has been approved! Saturdays and Sundays in May starting May 7. On May 28 the… Read Full Report →


Red Snapper season approved!!!!!

April 13, 2016

Florida state waters Red Snapper season has been approved! Saturdays and Sundays in May starting May 7. On May 28 the season will open continuously through July 10. The Fall season will be open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in… Read Full Report →


Pensacola fishing is on fire!!!

February 13, 2016

Joyce and Guy from Illinois got to see what a great fishery we have here in Perdido Key and Pensacola. With Snapper season scheduled to open on weekends starting May 7th the could easily see why so many people… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.81 out of 5 stars from 138 reviews

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Went fishing on Thursday, October 12, 2017

We took 4 young girls out, one for her first time on a boat OR fishing. Capt. Doug made sure they enjoyed themselves, caught fish, laughed, and felt important!! I couldn’t have asked for a better captain for our trip! We brought fish home and ate a fabulous dinner after our excursion! We will definitely call him again!!!

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Went fishing on Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Started day top waterfishing which is what this one wanted.caught a variety of other fish due to capt bills knowledge.

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Went fishing on Friday, September 29, 2017

We had a great half day experience. Great Captain and it was fun that his son was his first mate. We caught lots of fish , but didn’t catch any that we could take home. Some weren’t in season and others were not good eating fish. We didn’t lack for action and our arms were tired when we got home.

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Went fishing on Saturday, September 23, 2017

CPT Bill and Jonathan took us to 5 different spots trying to find fish. Second spot several Spanish mackerel, a couple of blues and a spec. Second spot caught 1 spec. Last spot was targeting reds but there were too many red snapper (unfortunately they were not in season) so we had to leave.
We used several different artifhal baits but no live bait.
I would recommend that if you intend to keep fish let them know. He said they usually throw them back cause most folks don’t want them.
All in all I was satisfied. Fishing could have been better but that’s fishing. CPT Bill worked hard to put us on fish. I would go with him again.

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Went fishing on Friday, September 22, 2017

My son and I enjoyed our trip very much. Captain John worked hard to put us on fish. He did a fantastic job helping a couple of land lubbers and paid special attention making sure my 12 year old had a good experience.

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Went fishing on Friday, September 1, 2017

Cpt Bill put us on fish even though the weather was not cooperative. We highly recommend Cpt. Bill he’s knowledgeable of water and the good fishing holes. He is very personable down to earth kind of guy. We will be lifetime customers!

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Went fishing on Monday, September 4, 2017

Even though we did not go out with the booked captain inshore as planned. Cause inshore was just not happening. He did offer the opportunity to go offshore with captain Doug Adams and we took it. We all caught fish and had a good time . All in all good trip .

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Went fishing on Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Last year my dad and I took a trip with Captain Bill. We had a great time. The weather and the catch made it a perfect day.Captain Bill makes you feel like you’ve known him for years. I’ve recommended lost bay to other family members and there trip was just as memorable.

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Went fishing on Saturday, September 2, 2017

Bill was Great! He k ew the best spots and we were very satisfied…THEN HE CLEANED IT ALL!! Awesome

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Bill Willis (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, September 3, 2017

It was nice meeting you!


Went fishing on Friday, September 1, 2017

We originally booked an offshore trip but mother nature had other plans and we fis he’d inshore. We had an amazing time with Captain Bill. The top water trout & redfish bite was insane! Captain Bill was great with my son and had us laughing the whole trip!

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Went fishing on Friday, August 11, 2017

Wonderful experience. These guys were great. My kids and I had a wonderful time. Will definitely recommend

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Went fishing on Saturday, August 19, 2017

This was, hands down, the best chartered fishing experience I’ve had to date. I’ve been on some good ones and I’ve been on some clunkers, but this one was a blast. Capt. Willis put us on fish from the very start. First cast pulled up a keeper Red Snapper and within a couple of minutes all 3 of us had caught fish.  We were throwing back “keepers” left and right hoping to bring in a great one.  We finished the trip having kept our limit of 2 red snappers each, but we caught and released close to 30 fish, maybe more.

Capt. Willis was professional throughout, but wasn’t afraid to jump in and joke around with us. He broke the “ice” early on and it made for a very fun and hilarious trip.

As for the boat, I’ve been on quite a few center consoles but this one was THE BEST RIDING boat I’ve ever been on. Any time you fish in the gulf, and even protected bays, the water can get choppy real quick. His boat cut through it with zero issues and remained a smooth ride throughout.

All in all, this was the most fun I’ve had on a fishing trip. If you’re looking for a good trip, this is your ticket. Granted, as with what goes with the sport, you may not limit out on Snapper in 15 minutes, but it won’t be because Capt. Willis isn’t trying. It became clear to us, he will do everything in his power to put you on fish…the “catching” is up to you.

Fished August 2017

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Went fishing on Monday, August 7, 2017

They changed the fishing laws after I booked the trip.  When I booked the trip red snapper was in season.  However 2 weeks before the trip, they changed it to where you could only keep the fish if it were Friday-Sunday.  Kinda of a bummer because OI was really hoping to keep some fresh fish.  That being said it was kind of a waste because the Captain put us right on the gish and we caught about 40 nice red snapper.  That would have made for some really good eating.  The kids did not mind because as soon as he baited our hooks, the lines were in the water for about 20 seconds and we were pulling in fish.  He could not bait the hooks fast enough thats how many we were catching.  My kids have not stopped talking about the trip.

Fished August 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, July 12, 2017

We booked a trip for a Wednesday morning inshore trip, well of course a storm came Tuesday night so Captain Doug called us Wed morning and said we could try to go out that afternoon but he had Thursday afternoon available and the tide would be coming in later and he thought it would be a better fishing trip so we agreed.  We arrived at the dock and Captain Doug was waiting and ready, he took us right to the spot and told us what to do, well I’m no fisher but my husband and 2 17 year old boys are bass fisherman so of course they thought they had this, well there was a learning curve.  DON’T SET THE HOOK, lol.  I saw Captain Doug shaking his head at my boys many times.  We were on the fish the entire trip and Captain Doug was so nice and helpful and baited our hooks over and over since we were getting bites like crazy and having our bait stolen almost every time we dropped our lines.  We caught a ton of fish but had to throw back all the snapper because you can only keep red snapper on Fri. Sat. and Sunday, what tha?  We had no idea, we’re from Texas we keep any catfish and bass we want no matter what day.  So that was disappointing but by no means Captain Doug’s fault.  He fileted the fish we caught beautifully and told me how to cook them and we had a great fish dinner that night.  His boat is new and nice and he keeps it immaculate.  Would recommend Captain Doug to anyone looking to catch fish.

Fished July 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, July 19, 2017

My husband and I took our 9 year old daughter out for a half day of fishing with Captain Craig. We had a wonderful time and caught lots of fish. The experience is one my daughter will be talking about for many years to come. I would highly recommend this Lost Bay and Captain Craig to anyone looking to book a fishing trip in Pensacola. Thank you for a wonderful time, and we will definitely do it again!

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Went fishing on Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Great experience!

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Went fishing on Monday, July 17, 2017

This was by far the best guided trip that I have ever been on. Capt Bills years of experience and local knowledge of the water and surrounding area were exceptional. We targeted many species of fish and were successful. I highly recommend Lost Bay Charters if you are looking to go on a guided trip.

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Went fishing on Saturday, July 15, 2017

Highly recommend

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Bill Willis (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Sunday, July 16, 2017

Thanks Mike! Hopefully I can get to Oklahoma for some time in the woods or on the water. Best of luck with the lures and I look forward to hearing how they do.

Went fishing on Monday, July 10, 2017

Capt. Craig did a fantastic job. We started out a little slow but then got on fish and we caught fish until my son, grandson an I were worn out.
Craig has a very nice boat, well equipped, and he is a super Captain. This was my 13 year old grandson’s first ocean fishing trip and he is now very spoiled. Ocean like glass, great boat and Capt., caught tons fish several kinds of snapper, King and Spanish Mackerel, and got treated to a wild dolphin show.

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Went fishing on Monday, July 3, 2017

Had an awesome time!!! Captain Craig and Captain Keith were knowledgable and fun to be around. They gave us an opportunity to make some memories. You aren’t fishing if you’re not fishing with Lost Bay Charters!!! Thanks again guys, see ya next year

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Went fishing on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Everything was great! Captain Craig was very friendly & patient & took us where the fish were birting!

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Went fishing on Monday, July 3, 2017

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Went fishing on Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Had a great trip with Captain Craig, he had us on the fish from the first line in the water. We had great weather, and caught a lot of fish.
Thanks Captain Craig, hope to be able to go again sometime.

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Went fishing on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Captain Craig went above and beyond, he had some technical difficulties with the boat but he made sure we made it out to the water. Captain Craig did a great job taking care of us and he was very friendly.

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Went fishing on Sunday, June 25, 2017

We really wanted to catch a mackerel but we were happy just to catch anything. We caught Red Snapper, triggerfish, and few Bonita ruby lip, so it turned out to be a great day fishing. We had a blast!

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Went fishing on Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Great trip. Caught lots of fish and a good variety. Capt Bill is awesome

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Went fishing on Friday, June 23, 2017

Captain Craig was one of the best captains I have fished with. Great with young anglers and put us on a lot of fish despite some tough weather conditions

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Went fishing on Monday, June 19, 2017

First time fishing in saltwater. Had a fantastic time, and caught a lot of fish. I highly recommend.

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Went fishing on Saturday, June 17, 2017

Cpt Craig Williams is super well equipped, great 24 ft long boat with all the electronics to spot fishes… He helped greatly my 14y old son, showing him how to pull up the fish. He gave us along the way insights on what we could see from a distance. Very nice person, fun and very knowledge !! Thanks Cpt Craig!! Wonderful memories! the boys were talking about the trip all evening!!

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Went fishing on Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Started off great but a giant storm came in and we had to go back my boys all caught a mackerel so I felt like the trip was a success. captain Craig did a great job with the time we had, he was very concerned with our safety and did a great job getting us back to the dock in one piece. Over all a great trip and I would recommend your charter to all my friends.

Fred

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Went fishing on Saturday, June 10, 2017

It was a great trip with Captain Bill . He had to teach us how to catch saltwater fish and did a great job. We caught our limit on red snapper . Captain Bill was nice and personable .I would recommend him to anyone , we caught fish seen some dolphins and had a good time.

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Went fishing on Friday, June 9, 2017

We drove into Pensacola from Gulf Shores which took about 1/2 hour, but Craig was ready to go.  We trolled for a bit and only caught one fish.  We then caught 2 red snapper, 1 trigger (had to throw back for size), 1 mackeral, and 1 tuna. Wish we had caught more fish.  Craig is definitely a great captain and I would highly recommend charting a trip with him.  Hopefully next time we will catch bigger and better fish.

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Went fishing on Monday, June 5, 2017

We had a good time. Captains Bill and Johnathan were very professional and worked hard to keep us catching fish. The boat and his equipment was all really nice. The only bad thing was the weather. We had an unexpected storm pop up that was not in the forecast. We went into a marina to seek shelter while the storm passed. After it passed we went back to catching fish. We will use Lost Bay again. Hopefully with better weather.

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Went fishing on Wednesday, June 7, 2017

The captain booked us with another captain (Craig). Due to weather we were not able to do the half day off shore and instead did a 4 hr inshore trip.  Captain Craig was very personable and very dedicated to giving us the best trip possible.  We ended up catching our limit of bonito.

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Went fishing on Thursday, May 25, 2017

Had a wonderful time. Caught several fish.

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Went fishing on Thursday, May 25, 2017

Captain Craig was great. My two granddaughters had never been in a boat and had never fished but he took them under his wing and they both caught several fish. He was very patient and very accommodating. We’ll be back.

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Went fishing on Friday, May 19, 2017

EVERYTHING WAS FINE, EXCEPT, WE DID NOT CATCH THE TROUT WE WERE TRYING FOR.
IT WAS WINDY, AND A LITTLE ROUGH WATER.

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Went fishing on Monday, May 15, 2017

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Went fishing on Wednesday, May 10, 2017

We had a blast. Caught some huge fish. Captain Bill was an awesome guide. We would definitely do it again.

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Went fishing on Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Great trip. Excellent boat and equipment. Bill was very knowledgeable and friendly. Was the highlight of our vacation. My wife & I both really enjoyed the trip. Will definitely book again and would highly recommend him to anyone.

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Went fishing on Monday, May 8, 2017

Amazing experience!  We all got fish and tried really hard for that shark!

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Went fishing on Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Josh was knowledgeable but not much fun to be around. He did work hard to help us catch our two fish but that was about it.

Ralph Reed does not recommend Lost Bay Charters-No Catch No Pay!!

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Went fishing on Sunday, April 9, 2017

Had a wonderful half day fishing experience with Captain Bill. Lots of red snapper catches, good atmosphere and very friendly and helpful captain. Perfectly organised.

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Went fishing on Wednesday, April 5, 2017

We went on an afternoon trip with a couple clients. We had an absolutely amazing time with Capt Bill. We will be back and will book again. Can’t wait to come down in the fall and put a hurting on the bull reds.

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Went fishing on Monday, April 3, 2017

We just got back from our excursion. There was 2 adults and two 11 year old boys. Captain Bill was awesome!  We had a great time. Capt. Bill moved us several times to make sure we were steadily catching fish. He was very helpful and friendly. The boys had a great time. We caught a ton of red snapper. Unfortunately, they aren’t currently in season so we couldn’t keep them but we did catch a couple of other species that we did bring home. Overall, the experience was excellent and I would highly recommend Captain Bill.

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Went fishing on Saturday, April 1, 2017

Absolutely awesome half day trip! Boat was extremely nice! The captain was awesome, extremely helpful and an all around fun guy to go fish with! Caught a boat load of Red Snappers including one pushing 10 pounds. Can’t wait to go back and do it all again! Highly suggest a trip with Captain Bill, great guy and an extremely fun trip!

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Went fishing on Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Great time on the water . Very nice boat & equipment. Capt Bill was very friendly , knowledgeable, & helpful ! I couldn’t have asked for a better trip !

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Went fishing on Monday, March 27, 2017

Good guide ,good experience even though fishing was a little slow

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Went fishing on Friday, March 17, 2017

Very knowledgeable and seasoned captain. Was impressed with his experience.

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Bill Willis (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, March 18, 2017

Thanks for the review Bill! I look forward to fishing with you in the Fall.

Went fishing on Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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Bill Willis (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Saturday, March 18, 2017

Thank you for the review and I am soooo sorry that the bilge pump was not operating properly the morning we were suppose to head out. Your families safety was my first priority and I would never leave the dock without a working bilge to ensure their safety in the event of an emergency. Thanks again and I’m glad you ended up with a successful trip. Enjoy those Sheepshead!

Went fishing on Monday, March 13, 2017

We had a great day with Captain Craig. He put us on fish right away and was always positive and encouraging.

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Went fishing on Monday, November 16, 2015

Awesome, Awesome, Awesome. Capt. Bill put us on the fish for 2 straight days. Constant action

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Went fishing on Sunday, February 5, 2017

Could not have been better.  Captain Bill is experienced, knowledgeable and professional.  He knew right where to find the fish.  A very pleasant day on the water with my son.

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Went fishing on Sunday, February 5, 2017

Had a great time catching snapper. Hooked some big sharks but the captain didn’t want to tear up the drag on his reels

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Went fishing on Tuesday, January 31, 2017

We had a good time with the captain! I would recommend this trip to everyone!

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Went fishing on Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The fog was thick the morning of the trip which limited our movement and that of the fish. By the time the fog broke and the larger fish started popping, it was time to go back in. We did catch quite a few trout but no keepers.

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Went fishing on Friday, December 2, 2016

Another great trip with Captain Bill Willis at Lost Bay Guide Service. I can’t say enough about this man and his knowledge of fishing! While other boats around us were waiting for the reds to surface, Captain Bill was able to put us on the fish using his years of experience and faultless equipment. We had an amazing trip landing these giant bull reds.

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Went fishing on Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Fishing was slow wind was steady and strong, still able to find supper!! Excellent experience, my son and myself had a great morning fishing and learning about the history of the Orange Beach/Perdido area. Captain Bill has a top self service going here and we will be back next year!!!

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Went fishing on Sunday, October 9, 2016

Captain did a great job, we didn’t catch a lot of fish but Mother Nature was working against us.
Planning another trip in November when the red fish are moving.

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Went fishing on Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Great experience! Kids caught plenty of fish and were able to see dolphins. Well worth it!!
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Spotted Sea Trout
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Spanish Mackerel

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Went fishing on Monday, September 26, 2016

Slow day fishing still had a great time capt bill did a great job

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Went fishing on Friday, August 19, 2016

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Went fishing on Friday, August 19, 2016

We had a great experience. Captain Bill is a very professional and experienced guide.

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Went fishing on Friday, July 29, 2016

We went out with Captain Matt and had a great time.  We weren’t able to bring anything home, but still learned a lot about the area and the fishing.  Matt was very knowledgeable and easy going.  Thanks for a great time!

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Captain Craig was very nice and did very well at getting us to a hot spot to catch fish. The only disappointment of the trip was the weather, causing us to have to stay in shore instead of going off shore where we could have caught something bigger.

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Went fishing on Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The boat and equipment were nice and well taken care of. We had to catch bait, which used some of our fishing time, but we agreed to it and my wife and son had fun jigging for cigar minnows. We also had some close dolphin sightings as they like to steal the bait and my family really liked seeing them so that was a plus also. The only things that detracted from having a 100% great experience was coming back in 30 minutes early and running out of steel leaders on the trip. I had the same thing happen on a trip in Key West last year so I actually had a pack of steel in my pocket, but I really don’t feel it was my responsibility to “save the trip” by having extra leaders. You need leaders to catch Kingfish and that is about all that was in season so it was a necessary part of the equipment for that day. We were suppose to be back at the dock by 10:40 AM but were done cleaning fish and on our way back to the condo by 10:40. All in all the trip was good and we caught probably 10 decent size fish; 3 kings, 5 bonita, a red snapper, and a hardtail. If you go book a trip just make sure you time how long it takes to get to the fishing spot and make sure you dont head back earlier than necessary as each hour costs you about $100. This is my family’s second offshore trip (two different guide companies) and both times steel leaders seem to have been in short supply. If you have any knowledge of the type of fish you will be catching then you may want to tuck a pack of leaders in your pocket just in case.

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Went fishing on Sunday, July 10, 2016

Great time.  We’d do it again.

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Went fishing on Friday, July 15, 2016

For my first salt water fishing trip everything exceeded my expectations ! I will plan on booking another trip in the future.

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Went fishing on Friday, July 8, 2016

First let me say that the captain was a very nice guy. Just seemed to me that when he seen 3 teenage girls, my wife and myself he thought he would just do the minimum. Had a couple other friends down the same day fishing the same waters and the same length trip(4hour) caught the red fish limit-smallest was 20 inches long. I just believe he thought the girls would be satisfied just catching anything, for the amount of money payed for a trip like this I just expected more. I understand it’s fishing but if you’re catching small fish for 30 minutes let’s move on to another spot.

Ken Camp does not recommend Lost Bay Charters-No Catch No Pay!!

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, July 11, 2016

Captain Jim was awesome. He work very hard to help us catch fish, moly is he one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met but went out of his way to make us happy. If I get to come back I will request him as my captain again!

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, July 11, 2016

Capt. Craig Williams was very friendly. Enjoyed the time with him. Was my sons and myself first fishing trip in the bay. We both caught a few fish. Had a lot of hits. It was a good time. The boat was new so this was nice. Would take a trip again.

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Went fishing on Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Captain Craig was awesome. Didn’t make it offshore, but still got to fish.

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Went fishing on Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Captain Jim was very patient with the boys and myself. We had a fantastic experience! He made sure he took us where we could catch fish! We hooked so many and were able to bring a red snapper home for dinner. Best meal of the week!!

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Sunday, June 12, 2016

Had a great day.  we lost the big one but did quite well.
Should plan to bring ziplock bags and to clean the fish before transporting back to the hotel.
only got 1 red snapper but had a blast.

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Sunday, July 3, 2016

Me and the boys had a great time,Capt.had us on fish all afternoon

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Captain Jim was able to take us straight to the fish.  Didn’t catch anything big, but caught a lot of smaller fish but for an inshore trip it was all we expected it to be.  Me and my boys had a good time and felt like Capt Jim really gave it his best effort.  Would recommend these guys to anyone.

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Sunday, June 19, 2016

Thank you for a wonderful time! We’ll do it again next time we in town.

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, June 16, 2016

My trip did not happen.  Noone called as expected the night before.  I called Captain Bill’s number at 8PM the night before and found that the guide who was supposed to take me, my son’s and grandsons was unavailable.  I was offered an unsatisfactory replacement which I refused.  I expect my deposit to be refunded. This has been a major disappointment!

Eldon Mcclain does not recommend Lost Bay Charters-No Catch No Pay!!

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, June 16, 2016

We postponed our trip and moved it to the next evening because of strong winds.  I appreciate Captain Craig’s honesty and concern for our safety.  After rescheduling for the next day, our evening trip had to be cut short due to a severe thunderstorm.  Captain Craig gave us the option of going out or cancelling due to the forecast. We chose to go out and enjoy the limited time.  Captain Craig put us on fish immediately and the action was fast and furious with red snapper.  Even though the storm shortened our trip, my family and I had a great time.  Captain Craig was great at explaining what to do to my son and daughter.  We had a great experience and plan to catch up with Captain Craig next year.  His boat and equipment is top notch. 
I will call again for a trip with Captain Craig.

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, June 11, 2016

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Friday, June 10, 2016

Capt. Craig was great. He discussed options with my daughter and me and then went to work putting us on the fish!  We caught Red Snapper, Amberjack, and King Mackerel, all real rod benders! Capt. Craig was quick to adjust technique(s) to match what the fish wanted. We fished near other boats but were the only boat landing fish.  Capt. Craig kept the boat on the fish and the hooks baited. All we had to do was catch fish.  Can’t say enough about Capt. Craig #goodguy!

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Ron Reddin does not recommend Lost Bay Charters-No Catch No Pay!!

Fished June 2016

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Bill Willis (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Thursday, January 1, 1970

Went fishing on Saturday, June 4, 2016

Caught only about a dozen 6” long red snappers on this 3 hour trip so kids were very disappointed. Was expecting larger fish based on all the great photos.  Guide was friendly and helpful to the kids and boat was new.  Can’t blame him for the tiny fish :(  -see photo-  however, it was a lot of money for fish the size we could have caught in a pond.

Fished June 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, May 30, 2016

Absolutely great trip. Capt. Craig knows where the fish are at and how to catch them.

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, May 25, 2016

We had three grandsons on the boat and everything from catching the bait, seeing Dolphins, a good sized bull shark, and catching king mackerel and Amberjacks was a great experience for the adults, “Papa”, and grandkids alike.  Matt was great!  Thanks so much!

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, May 30, 2016

We had a great time. Took us out to his hot spot, he knew his stuff and did his best to keep us busy all day! Super nice boats also you won’t be disappointed for the price! Thanks Craig!

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, May 26, 2016

Caught several fish. Unfortunately the Snapper wasn’t in season yet and that’s what we caught most of.

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, May 19, 2016

Two really wonderful days fishing with Capt Bill !  Did inland one day and a day of deep sea the next.  What can I say we caught fish!  Capt Bills knowledge of the area and where to fish was an immense benefit that made for a great experience and he made it fun !. 
Already working on plans for another trip !

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, May 21, 2016

It was a great trip. We really enjoyed the trip and the captain was great. Looking forward to eating what we caught. I would recommend this charter to anyone. We could not have had a better trip.

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Week long trip with two days guided fishing with Lost Bay Guide Service. Day one Inland: Weather was sketchy but we pressed on. Fish were temperamental but that’s why we hired the guide and did it pay off. Ran to several spots catching different fish (blue, trout, ect.) looking for “The One” and found it late morning. After a 40 minutes fight landed a beautiful Jack Crevalle thanks to the persistence and knowledge of our guide! Day two Deep Sea: Weather still not wanting to cooperate but headed out to a wreck for the type of fun you can only have deep sea fishing. Beat the bait barge out so caught our own and headed to the site. Fishing was insane and the freezer if full! Amber Jack, Red Snapper, Trigger, and others, they would not stop. Had the kind of trip that will produce stories for years to come. Thanks for the great experience Capt. Bill with Lost Bay Guide Service! Job well done.

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, May 10, 2016

My son Tyler & I were scheduled to go out with Capt. Bill on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. I talked to Bill on Monday night & the weather was supposed to be really rough. He had an opening on Wednesday, so we rescheduled. Ty & I met him at 7:00am & off we went. Unfortunately, the fish were not biting-anywhere!. We must have gone to at least 8-9 different spots, where Bill said they always catch fish! We each caught 1 fish, but it certainly wasn’t what I was hoping for. We did go over to where all the dolphins were hanging out & saw tons of them. It was really fun to get that close to those amazing mammals. It was beautiful out on the water & we had a great time, but just didn’t catch many fish. Capt. Bill is a great guy, knows the area well & I would go out with him again in a heartbeat if we ever get the chance….I think he was more disappointed in the lack of fish than we were!

Fished May 2016

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Bill Willis (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, May 20, 2016

Lynn
Thanks for the review!! I sure hope you and Tyler can make it down for a redemption trip. I has a blast spending the morning with yall and look forward to seeing you again. Like I told you when we parted “I will make good on my guarantee for your next trip”. Take care and stay in touch!!
Capt Bill Willis

Went fishing on Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Great experience for our family. Captain Craig was awesome!

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, May 16, 2016

Weather was windy and couldn’t go offshore so we switched to an inshore excursion. Captain was on his phone a lot and had trouble steering the boat around the docks. We hooked a good redfish but that was the only highlight of the trip. Price did not reflect the experience and we pretty much had a boat ride with less than expected fishing pleasure.

Brian Castillo does not recommend Lost Bay Charters-No Catch No Pay!!

Fished May 2016

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Bill Willis (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Friday, May 20, 2016

Brian
I would like to first apologize that your fishing experience ended up with less action than both of us had anticipated. No one on the boat wants you to catch big fish or a bunch of fish more than the Captain. We can’t provide for our family’s and make a living taking everyone fishing once. When it comes to fishing, our success rate is very high but we dont always fill the cooler. Captain Craig had three trips the day of your charter and two of them went well. So many factors including moon phase, tides, barometer movement and of course the ol’ we’re just not hungry right now can make things tricky. Even though all of those things are out of our control we are the only guide service i know of in this part of the coast that advertises “You’ll catch fish or your next trip is free”.  Our business has been built on exceeding the clients expectation. For the amount of anglers you had and the amount of time you were on the water, harvesting 1 Redfish and 4 Mangrove Snapper doesn’t meet my threshold of “Catching Fish”. If you are ever in the area again we would love another opportunity to show you what a great fishery we have. The next trip is “Free”. If you decide not to give us another opportunity under better conditions, I would understand. If you do decide to reschedule please give me as much notice as possible to ensure availabilty. 
Capt Bill Willis

Went fishing on Monday, May 9, 2016

This is one of the better fishing experiences my son and I have had.  This was intended to be inshore, but we didn’t get much inshore. The captain took us a short distance off shore and we caught some nice ones.  It was a beautiful day and we covered a lot of ground in a very fast boat.

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, May 9, 2016

We didn’t see any cobia but did catch fish to eat and take pic with all in all was a good time fishing

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Went fishing on Thursday, May 5, 2016

This was a first time experience for my boyfriend and myself. Capt craig was absolutly amazing!! We caught SO MANY fish, got to see, feed, and even touch some dolphins. He really made this experience special for us and we will be coming back to see him very soon and bringing the family with!!

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Went fishing on Monday, April 25, 2016

Captain Bill was Great. He explained what to do when a fish was biting and we caught one sapper and triggerfish after another.

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Went fishing on Sunday, April 24, 2016

The trip was for my husbands 46th birthday and it was the best trip he also ever had , the captain was absolutely the best , very knowledgeable,  fun to fish with and professional service too. We will definitely book again with this captain and we will recommend Lost Bay Charters to everyone we know.
Thank you son much Lost Bay Charters for the memorable Birthday experience ever….
Chad and vicki mauldin

Fished April 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, April 7, 2016

Weather caused us to change dates of our excursion.  Captain Bill was kind enough to set us up with Captain Doug as he had bookings on the rescheduled date.  Captain Doug was wonderful.  He had modern equipment and great knowledge of the area.  The weather effected the catch.  We had a few keepers and some out of season snapper we had to throw back but everyone enjoyed the day.  We would book through Captain Bill again as we appreciated his honesty.  He could have just taken us out on the bad weather day just to save the charter but he put us first instead.

Fished April 2016

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Went fishing on Friday, April 15, 2016

Great time, Craig was a true pro.

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Went fishing on Saturday, April 2, 2016

We took our son fishing who was stationed at NAS Pensicola and had a great time with Capt. Craig.  Would have loved it if the weather had cooperated and been able to get off shore but that wasn’t in the cards.  Still enjoyed the fishing inshore and they adjusted the price accordingly for type of fishing we were able to do. My son even caught an unexpected Redfish that put up a great fight.  I would use Lost Bay if ever in the area again.

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Went fishing on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Craig was amazing.

Fished March 2016

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Went fishing on Thursday, March 31, 2016

Capt Craig got us on fish on a very windy day with challenging conditions.  His boat is equipped to hold on good fishing spots.  He was patient with our 8 year-old grandson and make sure he had fun . . . he caught lots of fish and had a blast.  I could not have been more pleased.  I am a lifelong fisherman and I have hired many charters.  I recommend Lost Bay without reservation.

Fished March 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Was a great experience and will definitely do it again

Fished March 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, March 29, 2016

My family fished with Capt. Bill for two days. The wind was tough both days. Bill did everything he could to make sure we caught fish. I have plenty of meat for the freezer. I will make sure I fish with lost bay again. I would recommend them to anyone who wants to have a good trip. Also Capt. Bill was good with my child and making sure he was fishing.

Fished March 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, March 28, 2016

Inshore fishing for sheepshead. Caught 10 or so trout and 3 large sheepshead.  Captain Craig did a great job. Fun day!!

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Went fishing on Friday, March 25, 2016

The day was drab and a little chilly, But captain BILL took us to a spot where the fish were biting.
We got into some nice Sheepshead and we had a great time.
My son in law also caught a nice Grouper, witch we had to release, it was not in season yet.

Fished March 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Our morning with Captain Bill was the highlight of our Spring Break week with our grandkids! He had us up early to “get to the fishing hole at the right time” but it was well worth it! Our baits hit the water and the fish hit our baits! My wife was the first to land a sheetshead. That set the standard! Captain Bill paid great attention to the kids, making sure they each caught a fish to start their morning right! He is very good with kids, patient, encouraging, and interactive. After several successful landings, we set out in search of other fish. The journey hooked us up with a pod of dolphins, which thrilled our grandson. Captain Bill is very knowledgeable about the waters, the surrounding area (such as the Naval Air Station as we watched the jets come and go!), and items of interest. At one point, he showed us a sunken shrimp boat on his sonar, a fascinating thing to “figure out” under the water! We continued to search for, find and catch fish. It was a wonderful way to spend 4 hours and worth every penny! If you want a great time AND catch some fish, “Hook up with Captain Bill!”

Fished March 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

WOW! What a BEAUTIFUL DAY. Good friends and Good fishing.  Well the Sheephead are biting and we enjoyed catching them. Now comes the rest of the fun….....eating them.  As usual Capt. Bill Willis put us on the fish again. He seems always to know when and where we need to be to get on the fish. We will be going again soon with Capt. Bill and I can’t wait. Steve Hammer, Oregon, IL.

Fished March 2016

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Went fishing on Monday, March 14, 2016

Captain Bill was great!! Great with the kids and can find fish. Looking forward to booking our next trip.

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Bill Willis (The Captain)
Replied to this review on Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Thanks Corey!!! I look forward to a November trip in the future.


Went fishing on Monday, March 14, 2016

Great planning for the trip, talked to the Captian a couple weeks ahead of trip. He called me back every time he said he would, that has not been the norm in the past with other charters. They did everything they said they would and knew where the fish were. Thanks Captains for a great fishing trip!! Hope to do it again soon..

Fished March 2016

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Went fishing on Saturday, February 13, 2016

Well Captian Bill ,did it again . He spotted the redfish and away we went. No sooner than our lines were in the water we had fish on.What a great time it was. I have fish with Captian Bill for two years now . I have never been disappointed.Not one time have we went out and not caught fish . From redsapper,trout,trigger,redfish to name a few. Thank Captian Bill .

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