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December 31, 2019

Bass Challenger Clients Bill and Luke

Bass Challenger Clients Bill and Luke ending 2019 with a couple St Johns River Pigs. Happy New Year.

Sept. 13, 2019
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Florida Bass fishing in the fall of the year is unbelievable. Getting ready for some cool weather and HOT fishing.

April 20, 2019
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The shad spawn is wide open and the Big Bass are eager to eat your baits on the St Johns River.

March 29, 2019

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Another crazy week of weather here in Central Florida with gale force winds and cold
fronts but we managed to make the best of it and landed many nice fish.
The artificial bite should get better as the weather straightens out.

March 23, 2019

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Week of crazy weather here in Central FL but we still managed to drag some good ones over the side of the boat.

March 14, 2019

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It’s been another amazing week of Bass Fishing here on the St Johns River for my clients.
We have done well on both Wild Shiners and Artificial Baits. I am completely booked through
April 3rd but I have plenty of days open in both April and May and this great fishing will
continue through the Early Summer.

March 8, 2019
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Crazy week of weather with rain, wind and a major cold front passing through but we were still about to catch some very nice fish.
I have March 17 and 18 open as of today.

February 28, 2019
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Lots of Trophy Bass caught again this week here on the St Johns River. Had an exciting and special morning with Bob and his wife on Wed. It took a lot of hard work to get
Bob in and out of the boat from his wheel chair. But when you catch a 9.4 and 9 pounder on a 4 hr trip. That’s just hard work paying off.
I have some days open in April and May, the shad have arrived and the shad spawn is just a few short weeks away. Also if your looking for some of the
best fishing products on the market feel free to click the 13 Fishing Direct Link at the top of this fishing report page. You won’t be disappointed.

Thanks From
Captain Eddie Bussard

February 24, 2019
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Another great week of Bass fishing on the St Johns River. We had a couple great artificial days with over 50 fish caught to 8lbs on soft plastics.
I’ve got a couple days open in March and April and May are booking up fast.

February 15, 2019

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Another solid week of bass fishing here on the St Johns River for my clients.
Have a few days open in March. It’s a great time of year to catch that Trophy Bass of a lifetime.

February 10, 2019

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It’s been another unreal week of Bass Fishing here on the St Johns River.
The Trophy Bass are here to be caught by YOU !!
Glad to see the BassMaster Elites here on the St Johns River this week making history.
There’s a reason the St Johns River is called the Bass Fishing Capital Of The World.

February 4, 2019

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Some of the best bass fishing of the year took place the past 3 days here on the St Johns River with the Reitz family in from Denver. Well
over 100 fish caught and some Florida giants to top off the trip. Look forward to seeing you guys again next year.
I have 2 days in late Feb open and 3 days in March open April is filling up fast. It’s time to catch your Trophy Bass of a lifetime.

Thanks Capt Ed Bussard

January 30, 2018

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Double digit lunkersBig fish from the St Johns River

We have been fighting some crazy weather the past week. Cold, Rain and 25 to even 50 mph winds. We have managed to catch some nice fish but it’s been a big disappointment not being able to fish some of the better areas because of the high winds. Glad to see the weather forecast improving over the next week or so.

January 15, 2019

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Starting 2019 off right with our first 10 plus pounder of the year. The big fish are up shallow and and biting. It’s a great time to catch that Trophy Bass of a lifetime here in Florida.

December 5, 2018

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Been dealing with some crazy weather the past couple weeks but we’re managing to stay on some decent fish. We still have some gift certificates available for that special Christmas gift.

Oct. 7, 2018

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The fall shad run has started and the fish are starting to gang up on main river shell beds. As we move forward into fall and our water temps start dropping expect some of the best fishing of the year. The topwater bite is getting better everyday.

Aug. 22, 2018

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Had a great trip this morning with Mark Blakefield. We boated 75 fish in a little over four hours on artificials.

June 30, 2018

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Sorry about the lack of freshwater reports. I’ve been on vacation filling our freezer with the tasty offshore species. Back to Bass Fishing next week vacation is over.

June 2, 2018

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With the recent rains we are seeing higher water levels and more current which equals great summertime Bass fishing. Water temps are hot and the fish are feeding great during the early morning.

May 18, 2018

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One of my regular clients Bill S was here for a five day trip this week and as you can see the fishing was unbelievable each day. I have some days in late May and June open.

May 11, 2018

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Another Amazing Week Of Bass Fishing. My clients this week have all had trips of a lifetime and as Bass Challengers motto has been for decades. Making Memories that last a Lifetime.

May 8, 2018

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It’s that shad spawn time of year. Get out on the water early and reap the benefits. It can be crazy that first hour of the morning. I’m booked through the 21st of May but I do have some days open the end of May and some days open in June.

April 6, 2018

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It’s been another unbelievable week of Trophy Bass Fishing for my clients. If your looking for a guide with over 37 years of experience guiding clients to Trophy Bass in Central Florida please give me a call. Last year we had two of our biggest bass of the year caught in the month of May weighing 11.8 and 12.0 pounds and June was very good also!

March 31, 2018

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The shad spawn has started and the big fish are taking full advantage of it around daylight. Artificial Bite is picking up and great things are getting ready to happen here on the St Johns River. Still have a couple days in April open and a few days in May. With the shad spawn starting late this year I’m expecting a great June and July for Trophy Bass Fishing.

March 26, 2018
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It’s been a crazy week of weather here in Central Florida. Mother Nature have thrown us cold fronts, 25 MPH wind some rain and a little sunshine. We’ve made the best of it and caught some very nice fish each day.  I have a few days still open in April and May.

March 20, 2018

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After a 4 day vacation to S.C. to attend the BassMaster Classic we are back on the water catching some nice fish once again. I have some days in April and May open so if your looking for that Trophy Bass of a lifetime give me a call.

March 9, 2018

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Well it’s been one crazy week. We’ve had to deal with 30 mph winds and Major Cold Fronts changing water temps from the high 70’s to mid 50’s in a matter of a few days. My clients have done well on big fish but the numbers of fish did drop off a bit this week. We were met this morning Friday March 9th 2018 with 37 degrees temps and a good breeze from the west. My Client Nick and I made a run up the St Johns River and found the honey hole. Before 9 am Nick had 5 fish in the boat weighing 45.8 pounds and topped off with a Beautiful and Healthy 13.2 pounder measuring 30 1/2 inches in length and 21 1/2 inches in girth. She was released and is ready to do battle again. We will have some single pictures of Nicks fish posted on the front page of the website soon. This picture doesn’t do the 13.2 pound fish justice but it does makes the 9 pounder on the left look little.  I have days open in April and May so if your looking for some great Trophy Bass Fishing Please Give Me A Call.

March 2, 2018
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My clients have had a blast the past few days catching some great Trophy Bass between 8 and 11 1/4 lbs. Clients Tommy and Bill chose to fish artificial baits an had a 5 fish limit that weighed 37 pounds topped off with a 9 3/4 and 8 1/2 pounder. My good client Kirk came close to his personal best of 12 lbs with a beautiful 11 1/4 pounder caught on a Big Wild Shiner.

Febuary 26, 2018

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It’s been another good week of Bass Fishing here on the St Johns River. I have March 6th 19th and 21st open and a few days in April and May still open. As you can see the Big Bass are biting even though our weather is very hot for this time of year.

Febuary 16, 2018

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Been another great week and also a special week of Trophy Bass Fishing here on the St Johns River. I actually got to spend today Friday 2/16/2018 with one of my favorite teachers from Lakeview Middle School in the early 70’s some 45 years ago Coach Steele.  The warm weather seems to have the fish wanting to bite early so get out there and get em before that sun gets up.

Febuary 09, 2018

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Waters heating up with all this warm crazy Feb weather, but if you get out there before the sun gets up great things can happen on your trip. Another week of big fish and happy clients.

Febuary 2, 2018

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Another great week of Trophy Bass Fishing.  After coming off one of the best fishing yet coldest January’s I can remember in my 37 years guiding here in Central Florida February has started off unbelievably well also here on the St Johns River. I really don’t know if the fishing can get any better then it’s been the past month but what I can tell you is, we’re fixing to find out. I have a couple days in Feb open and a few days in March. April and May are booking up fast also. Water temps have been cold and we have been using Large Wild Shiners to catch these St Johns River Bass Trophy Bass. Remember we are only minutes away from Orlando, Disney World, Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach and Cocoa Beach Florida.

Remember the St Johns River is only minutes from Orlando, Disney World, Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, and Cocoa Beach FL. Check our Trophy Pages.

Thanks From Capt Ed Bussard and Bass Challenger Guide Service Guiding Clients To Trophy Bass In Central Florida For Over 31 Years

See Ya out there!!!

If you would like to book the bass fishing trip of a lifetime with one of Florida's oldest guide services please call Capt Ed Bussard at Bass Challenger Guide Service.