Sent by: Roger Perra &
Eddie, Bob and I want to thank you again for the fantastic charter on the St. Johns River on 4/12/16. As you know Bob and I charter once a year when he visits Florida and we have favored the Everglades and South Florida off shore trips but there is no comparison to the trip we took with you. 15 large size bass including one 8 lbs. and one 11.75 lbs. in two hours....all we can say is wow. The pictures have been sent all over the country.
Sent by: Jim Hartung
Eddie, Thanks for a wonderfull two days of fishing and fellowship. Your demeanor and patients are in a class by its self. I have waited for 50 years to catch that 11 lb Bass. Thanks for making it happen. You have made three new friends.
Sent by: Brad Myers
Good morning from Kentucky.
I'm Brad Myers of Lexington and I'm the small business owner of Backwater Outfitters.
In the last couple of years, I've had the utmost pleasure of meeting Capt. Ed on The St Johns River. Threw my many years of fishing I have had the pleasure of meeting some of the greatest guides and been on some trips to the most beautiful angling areas in all of the United States. However, every year I only look forward to one trip year after year.
I met Captain Ed threw a mutual friend that has used his services an superior expertise for many years to catch multiple trophy bass. This year Captain Ed proved to us again that he was the guide for anyone wanting the opportunity to catch the big ones. In January 2015, Captain Ed contacted my friend Mark on a Saturday night an told us that he had an unexpected opening on a Sunday morning. Since he is extremely booked an busy in January, we leaped at the chance to have a day in the water with him.
As usual, he was already at the ramp well before we got there the next morning with a sarcastic grin on his face, knowing that it was going to be the day for a big one. As I sat down in his emasculate Skeeter I ask him if he can put us on a big one today. "That's all I want. One over 10!" He looked over again with a sarcastic grin an said if you girls can sit still long enough I'll make it happen. (Captain Eds a jokester so be ready to laugh)
So away we went to his big fish hole. We arrived a few minutes later and after taking off our blindfolds, he told us where to cast an it was underway. Shortly thereafter a giant boil came from under the hyacinth mat an the
fight was on. For several minutes I fought what I thought was a massive catfish, but then to my surprise a giant largemouth appeared to spit my hook back at me. Captain Eddie just looked up at me again an smiled. "Ha haha huh. That was a biggen bud!" He said. To my dismay, I lost the biggest fish of my life. But he made a memory that I'll never forget for the rest of my life. Captain Ed put me on the fish that I ask him to an even though I didn't catch that one, we still caught a ton of other giants that day. We laughed, we learned, an we had an experience that no one can put a price tag on.
If your looking for a guide with experience, a clean boat, and a lot of laughs, you owe it to yourself to call this guy.
Thanks Eddie for the 2015 season.
Sent by: Mike Gill
Hey Ed, I fished with you last sunday morning with my son mike and wife trish. By far the best guide experience I have ever had. The memories you gave my son for the rest of his life are undescribable. I will forever be thankful to you for your professionalism and most all of amicable, friendly demeanor. Thank you from the bottom of my heart and God bless.. Mike Gill
Sent by: Clay Williams
Just wanted to say thanks again for the two days of out of this world bass fishing on the the St. John's River. Thursday 2/21 was the best 8 hours I've ever spent on the water. I finally broke the 10 lb. mark, with an 11 lb. bass. I'll have a replica mount made of her. I set the hook so many times Thursday, and fought and landed so many big fish, (I lost count at 30) I was sore all over my upper arms and shoulders. That cost some Friday as you know, as I lost snap in my hookset. I still managed about 15, with 2 more trophy largemouth. What a trip! I have had so many great trips with you over the years, in 2002 with my daughter and her 2 trophy fish, the Toho drawdown, and the cold rainy day on the river in Feb. 2010, but this one was the best one date. Thanks again my partner, I'll see again soon!!
Sent by: Don & Yvonne Cicero
Hey Eddie, I just wanted to let you know how much we enjoyed our trip fishing with you on the Saint Johns. My wife, being a beginner to bass fishing was really concerned about how she would be able to handle all three days of fishing, she felt that 6 hours on a boat each day would be too much. She brought books to read and music to listen to in hopes that it would pass the time when she got bored. Well she never even opened a book the entire trip. She never got bored once. She and I were both in good company and having a great time. The sights, sounds and serenity of the water were just what we needed. Catching bass was fun too. An occasional good fish was just icing on the cake.
Eddie you're a top-notch guy, don't change and keep in touch.
Sent by: Chuck and Chris Waldron of KY
Subject: Trip to remember
Comment: Just a note to say thanks again for a trip to remember for me and especially my wife Chris. She will never forget catching that 8.8 lb'er and whoopin' me like an ugly stepchild. She enjoyed your help and expertise greatly. Always a pleasure spending time on the water with you. Just wish I could do it much more. Want to adopt me? lol.
Best of luck in all you do, thanks again,
Sent by: Devin Ranck
I called Eddie on May 5th and booked a last
minute trip for my sons birthday on the 7th.
In the past we have always fished with Eddie
on the St. Johns but, this time he suggested
Lake Toho. After Catching 10 fish over 8 pounds (two
over 10lb) on the river with Eddie in
the past, I was a little hesitant to try
somewhere new but, Eddie quickly put my mind
at ease once we got to the lake. Shortly
after setting the anchors around 06:30am,
we begin catching some nice size schoolers
and then at around 08:15, my 8yr old son
set the hook on what seemed like just another
fish. After he was fighting it for around
a minute, the fish brought my son from the
11 o'clock position in the front of
the boat all the way to the 7 o'clock
in the rear and that's when Eddie and I looked
at each other and decided we better
at least start coaching and or at
least cheering him on because my son
was in for the fight of his life. This fish
never really came to the surface
and about three minutes later my son struggled
to raised the rod next to the boat (now at
the 3-o'clock position next to the drivers
seat) and Eddie lipped the huge bass into
the boat. The fish measured 28 3/4" x 22
1/8" and weighed 12lbs even on Eddie's certified
boga grip scale. We caught and released a
total of 11 bass in 4 hours. We will be getting
a replica mount made of the 12 pounder accompanied
by a 'Caught and Released' plaque and
with his picture next to it to not only fully
document the catch but to also
document the recognition he deserves for his
catch and release stewardship.
Besides always putting us on the really BIG fish, Eddie is very good with
kids and provides them with great technical fishing instruction too. There was
plenty of room in the boat for all of us and the equipment he
provided us with was top of the line. This was our 3rd great trip with
Eddie since March of last year and each time we take away so many incredible
memories and pictures that will never be forgotten. I have been
fishing Florida's lakes and rivers for 20 years and have seen some big fish.
This was our first time on Toho and the first time I have ever seen a fish
that big in the boat with me. Watching my 8yr old son catch this monster
12lb Bass from start to finish, was the icing on the cake for me.
Thanks again Eddie
Sent by: Frank S. Ioppolo, Jr.
Comments: - (2010-11-03)
I can’t thank you enough for a terrific
trip. Trey and I had a great time. He has
told everyone who will listen about his “fish
story”. The story’s posed on
the FinTalk and Reel Reports were great.
His Teacher showed his whole class and last
night at the Republican Victory celebration
Trey was a bigger rock star than Marco Rubio.
We both look forward to another trip with
I contacted Bill Burns and am having the
replica made for his room.
Frank S. Ioppolo, Jr.
Ioppolo Law Group, PLLC
Lake Mary, FL 32746
Sent by: Stan Lippian
Comments: - (2010-05-30)
"I had the opportunity to fish with Eddie
Brussard on Wednesday, May 26
and I can say that this was a really great fishing trip and one to
remember for a long time. My brother and I had the opportunity to pick Eddie's
brain on fishing in Florida because it is different from Ohio
fishing. We both felt that he took us to some of his best spots and
anytime one can say that the total weight of their 5 best fish was
between 28 and 30 pounds, with a 9+ lb kicker fish is great. Plus yours
truly lost a bigger fish than the 9 pounder.
The fishing equipment and tackle were excellent, Eddie does a masterful
job on positioning the boat so that you can cast, pitch or flip to your
I look forward to fishing with again, so that I can learn how to fish
Florida weed beds and hydrilla.
Thanks again, Eddie"
Hopefully, I can return the favor sometime with some big Lake Erie
Dir. of MIS
Phone 330-867-8443 ext. 212
Sent by: Damon Dettmering
Comments: - (2010-04-14)
I just wanted to thank you for taking
Derrick and I out on Friday. You really
came through in a big way. He hasn’t
stopped talking about the quality of fishing
ever since we got off the water. It was
EXACTLY how I wanted the day to go, I couldn’t
have asked for more.
When you charter a captain you obviously
want to catch fish, but in my opinion,
it is equally important to have a guide
with a good personality and fun to spend
the day fishing with. You fit the bill
Damon C. Dettmering
Seminole Produce Dist.
407-322-7785 - Office
Sent by: Devin
Comments: - (2010-03-23)
Being almost a native
Floridian by having spent most of my life
all over the state of Florida, I have fished
Okeechobee, St. Johns, Stick Marsh, Suwannee,
Orange, Talquin, Seminole, and dozens of
other private Florida Lakes. I have
been fortunate to catch big Florida bass
all my life but for one reason or another
I had never caught a true ten pounder until
my March 18 guide trip with Capt. Ed. Not
only did I catch my fist 10lb fish but
I ended up catching two of them along with
eight other fish in the 8-9lb class. I
was running from the back of the boat to
the front of the boat landing fish as fast
as I could for what seemed like a solid
4 hours. The remaining 2 hours and for
lack of a better word, it ‘slowed’ down
a bit to where I was landing fish about
every 15 minutes. Neither Ed nor I have
any clue as to how many total fish we caught
that day but I am guessing the total was
around 20-25. The fish we did weigh and
photograph were as follows: 10.8 , 10.0,
9.12, 9.8, 9.8, 9.4 8.12, 8.8, 8.8 8.4
and I don’t think we caught anything
less than 3 pounds all day.
Because my work takes me out of the country
frequently, I don’t have time
to take myself fishing these days and Ed’s Bass fishing business model
fits my schedule well. We met at 7:00am and I was landing fish 15 minutes later.
At the end of the day, I caught and released well over 100lbs of fish in 6 hours.
I actually laughed myself to sleep that night because that many giant fish in
one day just seemed silly to me. If I had not been on the business end of the
rod and taken the proper photo documentation, I myself would have had trouble
believing it was possible to catch that many big fish in 6hrs. I can’t’ begin
to explain how thankful I am for Ed taking me on this historic trip. I always
looked at those old photos of giant Florida bass stringers from the 60’s
and 70’s and thinking “man I was born about 20yrs too late” but,
after my day with Ed, I feel like a part of St. Johns bass fishing history. Needless
to say I am already planning to book my next trip with Ed in May and this time
I am going to bring my two boys along so they don’t have to wait as long
as I did for a 10 pounder.
Equipment: rods, reels, line, and hooks are all top-notch and rigged for landing
Boat: Fast, clean, and rigged to fish comfortably.
Bait: Perfect size shiners. No small bait and not lazy slab shiners either. These
shiners were beautiful and swimming strong all day.
Customer service: 5 Stars
Comments: - (2010-03-16)
WOW!!l Eddie you really
know how to spoil your clients. Pat and
I have been coming to Florida for many
year. We’ve gathered some pretty
good memories but this trip takes the
cake. I’m am so grateful to have
had a chance to experience such a perfect
trip. You were the perfect host to a
wonderful lake and river system. I will
never forget reeling in all of those
memories! Thanks so Much!!!
Owner / Business Development
Sent by: Patrick
Comments: - (2010-03-16)
Wow, what an amazing
trip! Just returned from a 2 ½ day
trip wherein we caught 85 bass, with
several over 8 and 2, 10 lbs. Clearly,
this was the best shiner trip we have
had since fishing the Toho drawdown.
Eddie’s knowledge of the area,
as well as his professionalism, promptness
and personality (the 3 “P’s” that
all fishing guides need) are second to
none. Thanks Eddie, look forward to next
Ramsey & Skiles
Attorneys at Law
Morgan City, Louisiana
Sent by: Robert
Comments: - (2010-03-30 )
I'm writing this, to
let you know how much I appreciate the
Generosity that you gave to me and my
group. It was incredible! We work hard,
and want to play hard. You made the entire
Trip to FL worthwhile. Your kindness
and ability to deal with us Yankees,
was much Appreciated. You went well and
above, what most Guide Services in FL
have to offer. We will, and have, Highly
recommended your Services to other Guests,Groups,
We had to return North,
but the Memories of that Great Trip,
will be forever etched into our brains.
I can't thank you enough for your Hospitality,
and your Services. Did I say it was incredible?
Those few days are still being talked
about, now that's a Vacation! We're highly
awaiting in Great Anticipation, on our
next Trip with your Bass Challenger Services
1600 N.High St.
Hillsboro, Ohio 45133
Comments: - (2010-03-01)
I have fished with Ed
a good many times over the past 9 years,
and I've never had a bad trip. This past
weekend was no exception. Saturday with
cold water (49) and colder air (45) and
rain, we fished for 4 hours and i caught
20 good bass, most in the 4-6 lb range,
with a 91/2, an 81/2, and a 71/2 in the
mix. Sunday the water was 46 when we
started, the air about 39. High bluebird
skies, and a northwest wind at 20 mph.
I figured we'd be in trouble on this
cold front, but while it was tough, I
still caught 15 nice bass, in 8 hrs.
with an 8 lb, and 7 lb fish in the mix.
I had the fish of lifetime come unbuttoned
at the boat. I tried to tire him a little
to long instead of just bringing him
to the boat! I've fished Texas with a
few top guides for trophy bass and it
is nowhere nearly as good as fishing
the St. Johns River with Ed.
Thanks Ed, I'll see you again soon!
Sent by: Gary
Comments: - (2010-02-24)
Dan Basore and I are
closer than brothers and we have been
fishing together for almost 40 years.
Our annual February tradition is to hire
Capt. Eddie for 3 days of shiner fishing
for giant bass and while I don't remember
a "bad" trip, they all keep getting better
and better. This year's just concluded
outing was simply unreal. Over three
days, we put 50 bass in the boat that
went like this: 3 over 8 pounds, 2 at
9 pounds each, and the monster of a lifetime
at 13 pounds on the nose! She was less
than 28" long, but was almost 2 feet
around in girth. I just kept muttering, "What
a fish! What a fish!" as I watched her
swim away to spawn more just like her.
The replica mount is already on order!
Our five largest weighed 48 pounds, obviously
very close to the ten pound average that
all bass fishermen lust after. Dan and
I simply lost count of the ones that
weighed 4 to 6 pounds, and we kept saying, "Capt.
Eddie you are spoiled!" We have both
had the good fortune to fish around the
globe and to fish with some of the best
guides in those various locations. No
one---that's no one---surpasses Capt.
Eddie's talent and passion for putting
clients on monster Florida bass. Just
like the Tina Turner song---he's "Simply
the Best!" If you too want to catch the
bass of a lifetime (or have your kids
experience this sport we all love so
much), be sure to give him a call. Just
don't interfere with the dates that Dan
and I will be back in the boat with him
Bass wishes, Gary Clark
Sent by: Megan
Comments: - (2009-12-19)
I want to thank you for the amazing experience my dad and I had while out fishing
with you. Neither of us ever expected to have an opportunity like this to catch
Florida bass. You have no idea how long I've waited to catch a prize fish to
be able to hang on the wall and with you I was able to do so. We are working
on getting a replica of my 10.8 monster. Thanks again for the great 2 days
of fishing and showing us what Florida fishing is really about! Hope to see
you again some day and catch my bass' older brother!
Saint James, Minnesota
Sent by: Mike Dusek
Comments: - (2009-10-12)
Just arrived back home
in Texas after catching my biggest bass
ever. Eddie is an excellent guide that
knows every hot spot on his lake and
river. After 3 days of Mickey Mouse and
riding the Tea Cups at Disney World it
sure was nice to get away and catch one
of these giant Florida bass I have read
about all my life and Eddie is the man
to see. Thanks again Eddie and I am now
looking forward to my next trip to Disney
Springtown ,Texas ( HOOK EM HORNS )
Sent by: Ed Makovec
Comments: - (2009-03-14
Thanks for a great day on the water,
I'm still reeling from the entire experience.
Brian and I have hired several fishing
guides in the Central Florida area over
the past years and by far the trip with
you was the most professional and productive.
Your concern, energies and experience
directed to our success was evident the
entire day. As veteran bass fishermen
we asked to be put on big fish. Not only
did you put us on "BIG FISH" but
you put us on "BIG FISH ALL DAY ".
Thanks again and we will be back.
Sent by: Brian
Comments: - (2009-03-13
I just wanted to let you know how much
Ed and I enjoyed our trip with you last
Monday (3-09-09). You were at once professional
and personable and really worked hard
to put us on big fish. And you succeeded.
Catching 5lb.+ fish after fish after
fish in such a
short time was quite a thrill for me.
Those big Florida Bass pull so hard!
And Ed fulfilled his
lifelong ambition to catch his ten pounder,
I know you can appreciate what that means
Ed and I have fished the St. Johns and
its associated lakes for over 10 years.
on quite a few guided trips, and we agreed
yours was the best so far. We look forward
spending more time on the water with
Sent by: Scott
Comments: - (2008-10-14
six years ago shortly after I had started
fishing in Florida for the first time
I had the extreme good fortune of finding
Ed Bussards web page and arranging
a trip with my buddy on short notice.
I have fished a long time in many parts
of the country with too many guides
to count, and I will tell you in that
one day I knew that I had finally found
someone who was a true professional
in their trade. In my opinion no one
works harder to put you on fish than
Eddie. There is no one regardless of
your skill level that can teach you
more than Eddie, and there is no one
I’d rather spend time in a boat
I am unfortunately involved in
the securities business as a profession
so I do not get a lot of time off and
like to maximize the time I do get.
As we all know fishing can be good
and bad, I have caught big fish, and
big numbers with him, and I have had
a few slow days, but if you are looking
for a pro that knows what he is doing
and focuses 100% on putting you in
the best position to be successful
I would strong suggest you call Ed.
Sent by: Chip
Comments: - (2007-08-12
While I can't always get it done,
I try to travel to fish with Eddie as
often as I can. Seems like the
year isn't complete unless I get
down there to catch some fish. This
trip was great as usual. I asked
Eddie to target flipping fish. We
fished some absolutely beautiful parts
of the St. Johns and wrestled in several
nice fish including a beautiful, certified
10 pounder under tough fishing conditions. Eddie
also seemed to know when the hot Florida
weather was getting to me and he'd
take me out into the river proper and
we'd throw to schooling bass to
cool off a little bit. As usual
Eddie taught me a lot and this time was
no exception. I left Eddie
after this trip knowing much more about
flipping in heavy cover.
What a great trip! Thanks Eddie!
Executive Vice President
Partner, FC Partners Group, LLC
Sent by:Kate Zbinden
Comments: - (2007-01-26
wanted to let you know that my husband
and I loved the trip. Doug was great.
Had us on the water before the Sun
was fully up. Had us reeling them in
at the first stop. Caught fish all
morning... (caught some lillypads and
weeds too....) Fish ranged from 2-7
pounds... Would, and will, recommend
your guide service without hesitation.
(below see my Hubby with a 22" 7lb
Large Mouth) He is still smiling and
telling anyone who will listen his "fish
stories". Thank you again.
Sent by: Chip
Comments: - (2004-12-12
I just had to write about my son Ryan’s
and my trip to Florida for our 3 day
fishing trip with Eddie. It started out
as a typical fishing trip with Eddie.
We fished the St. John’s River
and caught some nice bass with Carolina
rigs, shiners, and flukes. The second
day we decided to fish a lake south of
the river and so we met early to drive
to the lake. Eddie was in front of us
pulling his rig and Ryan and I were in
a rental car following him. On the way
to the lake, an early morning, dozing
driver ran a red light and slammed into
Eddie's boat. It was a violent
collision and totale d Eddie's
boat. Thank the Good Lord that none of
us were hurt. I wanted to post this comment
because it will tell you a lot about
Eddie. Most guides would have just said
to Ryan and me that’s too bad – I
can’t take care of you now, I have
problems of my own. Not Eddie. Eddie
immediately worked within his contacts
to make sure that we had a guide to take
us fishing for the rest of our trip as
he dealt with the excruciating process
of dealing with the accident. So while
we didn’t get to fish the whole
trip with Eddie, we did still get to
fish – all because Eddie takes
care of his clients. You’re a good
man Eddie. Thank you for saving
Senior Vice President
Chicago Board of Trade
Sent by: Kevin Heard
Comments: - (2003-12-22)
I am a co-sponsor with the National
Teen Anglers in Polk County. I have
never fished with Ed, but I feel like
I have. Our Teens have tournaments
around the State of Florida yearly
and being they are students, they usually
have no time to pre-fish, they just
get to fish on tournament day. Ed has
helped these kids out beyond belief.
He offers up advise and direction that
no other guides have been willing to
do. If you have kids and want to fish
with a "kid person", Ed is the guide
you want. He has a great heart and
love for kids beyond just being a guide.
We just fished Okeechobee two weeks
ago and with Ed's advise the kids took
all five top places in the tournament.
Ed, we thank you very much. Fish with
Ed and bring your kids, you want regret
Sent by: Keiju&Yuka
Comments: - (2003-11-10)
Hello,Eddie!How are you?About one year
has passed since we went to fishing
with you. Thank you for memories of
very exciting and fun fishing.It was
greatest fishing in our life.We want
to go to Orland again.Please go fishing
Post by: mike
Comments: - (2003-11-06)
I would just like to say thanks to
Eddie. My dad and I went on a shiner
trip on lake toho 3 weeks ago. we had
about 23 fish all over 3lbs. the biggest
was 8.5 lbs. about 8 of the 23 were
over 6. Me and my dad had a great time
and will be returning for a 3rd trip
with Eddie. If you have any doubt in
his abilities take it from us that
he knows what hes doing.
Sent by: Roger
Comments: - (2003-09-02)
Looking forward to using you next time
we are out.
Sent by: Wallis
Comments: - (2003-07-27)
Took an extended “Whole family
Central Florida Trip” on 21 Jun…wife,
2 daughters, 2 sons-in-law, 4 grandchildren,
2 cars 1 truck and 1 boat. Taking them
all was the only way I could get to
do any fishing! Rented a 5 bedroom
villa (house) in Kissimmee. I first
considered driving to the Stick Marsh
every day but decided that would be
too much road time. Decided to try
Toho for the first time. So…I
Ed for a full day guide. Turned out
to be the best money I spent on the
entire trip! On Sunday, 22 Jun, Ed
took out myself and number one grandson
(Zach – age 15). Because I’m
far too old to throw a spinner bait
all day, we were going to stick to
shiner fishing with a little top water
and/or worm tossin’ in between.
Ed put us on the fish. Zach had a nice
bass over 9 pounds and several smaller
4 to 6 pounders. I more or less watched.
Weather ran us off the water about
1:30. Ed has pictures posted on his
web site. The rest of this attests
to his ability to put us on fish…for
the rest of the week!!!! 23 Jun. Time
to take my boat out. But… Dang
nab outboard would not start. Turned
out switch that says “I’m
in neutral…I’ll start”.
24 Jun. Took Kevin (son-in-law) out
to “Ed’s spot”. Hot
day. Some wind but not bad. No big
numbers but some real nice fish. One
9.5 pounder and several 6 and 7 pounds.
Guess we had about 25 total for the
day. I did pick up a 6 pounder and
couple of 4 pounders on Pop-R from
breaking schools that came up close
enough to the boat to cast to. 25 Jun.
Took Chip (son-in-law)…right
back to Ed’s place! Big numbers
without any real big fish. At least
40 fish up to 6.5 pounds, with most
over 4 pounds. Like to wore him out!
Everyone in camp wanting to know where
we were finding the fish! Boats running
all over the place but no one other
than Ed fishing the area. 26 Jun. Stayed
in bed late and had the pleasure of
going shopping with the wife. Did not
get on the water until 3 PM. Took daughter
and two grandsons (William – age
12, and Mitchell – age 11). I
was stuck doing all the “hooking
and casting” (felt like a guide
with a bunch of snow-birds). On the
first shiner in the water, Mitchell
got a pull. Doing what I told him,
he reeled in the slack and set the
hook like a pro. Round and round he
went. Tangled with all the other lines
but (somehow) managed to avoid the
anchor ropes. I did not realize he
had something large….just thought
he was having “first bass” fun.
Daughter and other grandson jumping
up and down hollering and Mitchell
saying “I can’t hold him”.
When he came up beside the boat I nearly
passed out. After netting it turned
out to be 12.17 pounds. 27 inches long
with 20 inch girth. Head like a basketball.
William did not catch anything that
big but he did have 4 or 5 nice bass.
27 Jun – last day. Took Kevin
back. Was strange day. Hot-Hot. About
9 the weather just went dead. No wind,
nothing moving. Just cooking. I think
we caught 8 bass, with only 1 a borderline
5 pounds. The rest smaller. Was a fantastic
trip. All credit to the guide - Ed
Bussard. Because it's his area,
I'll not reveal where we were
fishing, even if I could. We got all
our shiners and kept the boat stalled
at Richardson Camp. All first class
people. I got good pictures of all
fish which I will forward on request
(firstname.lastname@example.org). None of the trophy
size fish were gut hooked and ALL were
Sent by: Jeff
Comments: - (2003-07-07)
I forgot to say that the catch and
release of all those big bass was definitely
something new and it was really nice
feeling to put them back to be caught
again. Before this, I couldn't imagine
releasing two seven pounders, in one
day especially! But knowing there are
bigger ones to catch in the winter,
hopefully a mounter. Can't say thanks
enough also for sacrificing some of
your vacation time to take this trip.
Sent by: Chip Bennett
Comments: - (2002-02-12
I’ve fished with Eddie many times
and always have a great time and catch
good fish. Eddie knows area waters like
the back of his hand including Toho and
the St. John’s River. Scott Hootman
and I had a great trip and caught solid
bass anchored by a 7.5 lb bucketmouth
on the St. John’s River - beautiful
fish that hit a fast running rattletrap.
Schooling bass were really active and
we had a ball throwing flukes and surface
lures to the boiling water. Great time
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Sent by: Chip
Comments: - (2000-12-30
I wanted to take my son Ryan bass fishing
in Florida and so I naturally set up
a fishing date with Eddie. The weather
was cold – it was in December -
but we were sure Eddie would find the
bass for us. And he did. Ryan sat in
the boat and practically wore out Eddie
(and the bass!) as he caught bass after
bass with shiners. This was the first
time that Ryan had fished with shiners
and the first time he had fished with
Eddie. Eddie does a great job helping
all people catch fish and does a great
job with kids. I would recommend him
for veteran and rookie fishermen alike.
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