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    Capt Grady - Central Florida Bass ChartersCentral Florida Bass Charters services Orlando and Lake County including The Villages, Leesburg, Mount Dora, Tavares and Clermont. Captain Grady Maynard, the owner and operator, is a US Coast Guard Certified Captain and multiple award winning professional fisherman. Our bass fishing charters offer 4 and 8-hour fresh water bass fishing trips in Central Florida. We specialize in the Harris Chain of lakes which is well known for its trophy largemouth bass, plentiful black crappie and panfish. Bass fishing is great year round on the Harris Chain. As a result, there is always a hot bite to be found somewhere on the largest chain of lakes in the state of Florida.

    Big tournaments are held here year round. As a result, it has proven every time how great the fishery really is with all the big stringers locals or professionals bring to the scales. These world class bass fisheries are a short drive from Orlando and the Lake County cities of Leesburg, Clermont, Mount Dora, Tavares and The Villages. There are also some great fisheries nearby that are not connected to the chain of lakes. Furthermore, lakes like Lake Yale in Eustis Florida or Johns lake in Clermont Florida are fertile lakes with amazing game fishing. Even the beautiful cypress-dotted chain of lakes known as the Butler chain located just outside of Orlando is hopping with fish. If you’re looking for a great day of fishing with a seasoned Orlando bass fishing guide, join Capt. Grady Maynard on the Harris chain of lakes.

    Bass Fishing Charters for All Ages and All Skill Levels

    Family Friendly Central Florida Bass ChartersCentral Florida Bass Charters gladly takes anglers of all skill levels. From the lifelong serious angler to the first time angler, all are welcomed. As a result, we customize all of our bass fishing charters to the skill level and desires of our customers. Captain Grady loves to teach and assist new fisherman on the best tactics as well as the gear to get them fishing and to put them on the fish of a lifetime! We welcome the opportunity to share our love of fishing with kids.  And, most importantly, watching them get hooked on fishing for life. It doesn’t matter if you have held a rod since you were in diapers or if you have never held a fishing rod in your life, you’re sure to enjoy an unforgettable fishing experience.

    An Outdoor Adventure and Experience

    Blue Heron encounter on outing with The Villages Fishing Guide, Capt. Grady MaynardCatching that trophy bass is our top priority. However, we set out to make every trip an outdoor adventure and experience. Take in the beautiful scenery and encounter unique creatures in their natural habitat during your experience. For example, see a bald eagle dive down towards the water to catch a fish. Or, see a 10ft gator swimming through the vegetation. Observe how these animals live up close and personal. Glimpse the beauty that nature has to offer and that we take for granted in this technological age. There is plentiful fun to be had for anyone that you would like to share this adventure with!

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    A Bass Pro!

    My dad and I took a half day trip with Grady on the Harris Chain and absolutely had a blast. When it comes to bass fishing in Florida Grady is as knowledgeable as they come for his young age. Grady is a very experienced angler for age with his tournament fishing experience from the Bassmaster Open Series! Grady was able to cater us with his nice Bass Cat Boat and great fishing rods and reels. Looking for size or numbers Grady is the man to go with. In a half day trip we caught around 20 largemouth with our best 5 totaling 25lbs. Book your trip with Grady soon! The only thing you have to do is give him a call, show up and he provides a great boat, equipment, and bait and be ready to set the hook because Grady will put you on some fish!!

    Barry S

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    Three English men go Largemouth bass fishing

    We were on our holidays from UK and have so enjoyed our afternoon fishing with Grady. His experience of the local lakes and his bespoke bass boat, tackle, bait, took us were to fish and very soon got us into catching the largemouth bass rod bending fish. Grady’s personality made our time such a memorable time in Florida…so recommended!


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    Great Fishing!

    If you’re looking for a good day of fishing with a very knowledgeable and experienced charter captain then pick Grady at Central Florida Bass Charters. He knew where the fish were and put us on both some decently sized bass and crappie. Definitely recommend him and will use him in the future for all my freshwater fishing trips.

    Daniel W

    Central Florida Bass Charters 5-Star Review

    Bass Fishing on the Harris Chain of Lakes

    Had a great day of Bass fishing with Capt. Grady on the Harris Chain of lakes. Not a far drive from Clermont Fl, We caught lots of Bass and even some Crappie. One of the best experiences I have had fishing in Central Florida, Highly recommended!!

    Matt J

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  • February Fishing Report

    February  2020 Harris Chain Fishing Report

    Fishing in the Orlando, Clermont and Mount Dora area is producing giant largemouth bass! The first stop for all the major pro tours are coming to Florida right now! The Harris Chain of lakes is the destination for the F.L.W pro tour, Bass Pro shops Big Bass, the F.L.W. collegiate national championship and the F.L.W. High school national championship. The Harris Chain is a no brainer for big bass this time of year. All of the Orlando Fishing guides come to Lake Harris to catch the elusive 10 pound largemouth bass we all seek. The Bassmasters are scheduled to fish the St.Johns River this month as well.

    I am here to share with you the knowledge I have on the local chain of lakes including Lake Harris, Lake Eustis, Lake Griffin and Lake Dora. Each of these lakes hold giant Largemouth Bass and techniques only differ slightly from lake to lake. The Bass are spawning! Well some of them anyways! The big female largemouth bass can be found spawning in lily pad fields, spring fed canals, arrow head vegetation and cattails. Not every area spawns The same time it all depends on temperature preferably 65 degrees Fahrenheit or warmer with hard sand bottom. These spawning largemouth bass can be caught sight fishing with white colors in creature bait style worms. Flipping the vegetation up shallow with zoom speed worms or Zoom trick worms in dark colors and a 1/4 ounce weight produces the best success for catching trophy size largemouth bass. Now with spawning bass comes pre and post spawn! I choose to target these patterns more often because the fish will be more heavily concentrated in certain areas! My weapon of choice is a bill Lewis RATL-TRAP in gold colors. I look for vegetation near or at the mouths of canals or deep drop offs. Eelgrass and Hydrilla are your friend. Find these grasses in 6 to 8ft of water and fish it slow and thoroughly and I guarantee you see results! We boated almost 20lbs in the Lake County Sheriff’s Office 7th annual bass tournament for 6th place with these patterns! Our big fish was an 8 pound female largemouth bass caught on a rattle trap. Wild shiners are my catch all for fishing charters! I get the shiners from local bait stores in the mount dora area! Fished under a bobber or with just a hook letting them swim deeper. The Lake county area is heating up for giant fish and I suggest you get a line in the water ASAP! Call me today and we here at will put you on that trophy catch largemouth here on the Harris Chain of lakes! Thank you for tuning into my spring time fishing report for the Harris Chain of Lakes!

    Captain -Grady Maynard of Central Florida Bass Charters