Bruce Butler - Florida Gulf Coast Kayak Fishing Guide and Author

Kayak Fishing Guide Service


Bruce Butler Indian Bay Outfitters

Indian Bay Outfitters is the premiere kayak fishing charter and eco guide service on Florida’s Nature Coast.


Hernando County and Citrus County offer some of the best fishing for snook, redfish, trout, black drum, and even tarpon. This part of Florida is known as the “Nature Coast” and it offers some of Florida’s last unspoiled estuaries.

We offer kayak fishing and kayak eco tours. Full and half day rates are available. We are conveniently located approximately 90 minutes from the Orlando theme parks, so on your next vacation be sure to schedule an excursion with us to unwind and see what Florida is really like. Our gulf coast kayak fishing charter destinations include Ozello, Chassowitzka, Pine Island, Bayport, and Aripeka Florida.

With our thorough kayak fishing instruction you’ll learn how to read the water and where to find the fish. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a novice to the sport we have something for you. You will learn kayak fishing from one of the best.

Our kayak of choice is the Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120, probably the best designed fishing kayak on the planet. They are safe, stable and highly maneuverable; an awesome platform to learn kayaking and kayak fishing.

There is a lot of great fishing and natural beauty on Florida’s Nature Coast. Depending on your destination it’s possible to see osprey catch mullet and majestic eagles soar above, while manatee and dolphin swim right up to your kayak. Fish the back country in search of redfish, trout, snook, cobia, black drum, sheep head, snapper, and flounder. All trips are available as eco-tours or guided fishing adventures.



Ozello, Florida: Ozello was recently ranked the number 2 spot in the state with miles of pristine flats and creeks with beautiful crystal clear water and turtle grass. Ozello is a manatee playground and has some of the biggest redfish on the Florida’s west coast. It’s teeming with trout and other target species. Located approximately 90 minutes from Orlando, this is a spot that should not be missed.

Chassowitzka River, Florida: Recommended for intermediate to advanced paddlers. There will be quite a lot of paddling on this trip but it’s well worth it. The start of the journey is freshwater where you’ll fish for Florida’s legendary bass. Further into the journey we’ll target salt water species like redfish, trout and snook. The “Chaz’ is a state wildlife sanctuary where all types of egrets, heron and other bird life thrive. This trip is like taking a step back in time and great for the fisherman or the sightseer. Huge trees and ferns and many crystal clear springs make this a truly memorable adventure.

Pine Island, Florida: Miles of creeks and bayou’s make this one of my favorites. Located in Hernando County this is a great location to target reds, trout, snook, and cobia. On this trip we’ll visit my “secret” 100 foot deep spring which is a great spot to limit out on black drum, snapper, and reds. This is an easy paddle that provides a beautiful look at unspoiled Florida. Pine Island also offers a great spots for a kayak camping experience. Island camping on the edge of the Chassowitzka Nature Preserve provides gorgeous views and an in-depth fishing experience for a lifetime of memories. Night fishing is a real treat and there is nothing better than fresh fish cooked over a wood fire by an excellent camp chef.

Bayport, Florida: This trip starts at the site of a historic Civil War port that was the embarkation point for Union soldiers marching towards Brooksville, Florida. Bayport was the original county seat for Hernando County. Located at the mouth of the Weeki Wachee River, the Mud River and Jenkins Creek this spot is a crossroads for fish and fisherman alike.

Aripeka, Florida: Baseball great Babe Ruth once had a fishing cabin in Aripeka where he would come to fish. The reason Babe came still exists today, Aripeka is still old Florida at it’s best. Located on Indian Bay, Aripeka is a small fishing village and an easy paddle to some great trout, redfish, and snook fishing. Dolphins and manatee are usually around and are known to come right up to your kayak to say hello. This trip is a true fisherman’s dream.

???: If you have another spot you’d like to try or it you just got your kayak and would like one on one instruction on paddling and kayak fishing techniques contact Indian Bay Outfitters.

What To Bring

We’ll provide you with pretty much everything you’ll need on your adventure, but you will need to bring a few items of your own:

Sunglasses – Polarized sunglasses help you see the fish, you can use regular sunglasses but Polarized work better.

Shoes – Water shoes or old tennis shoes that you don’t mind getting wet. We’ll occasionally need to portage through very shallow water. Flip flops and sandals do not work well for this.

Sunscreen – High SPF for maximum protection from the Florida sun.

Fishing License – A one day Florida fishing license can be bought from WalMart or your local sporting goods store.

Food and Beverages in a Small Cooler – Bring lots to drink, it’s important to stay hydrated.


Full Day (8 hr) $220 for 1 person, $110 for 1 additional person

Half Day (4 hr) $120 for 1 person, $60 for 1 additional person

Schedule Your Trip

The fish are waiting. Call today to schedule an adventure you’ll never forget.

For more information please contact:

Indian Bay Outfitters

Bruce Butler