Southern Outdoorsman Guide Service (largemouth bass fishing Central Florida) is situated right in the heart of Florida, just an hour from Disney/Orlando; about 45-60 minutes from the beaches (Tampa or Vero Beach); minutes from Legoland/Winter Haven; and right down the road from Lake Wales.
You may recall seeing me, Dick Loupe (aka The Happy Fisherman), host the Southern Outdoorsman TV fishing show, which aired out of Knoxville, TN in the late 1980's. I specialize in trophy largemouth bass fishing Central Florida (the fishing capital of the World) where I have made my home since 1989. You may have also read about me, as there have been many articles written about my successful techniques as both a tournament fisherman and a fishing guide in various sporting magazines. Or you may have seen me weighing in fish at tournaments all over the country, such as when I qualified for the 2003 Stratos Boats World Championship. Just like many of you out there, I first learned fishing from my Dad, and to respect the outdoors and what it has to offer. I have been fishing all over the country since 1962, but now make my home on Lake Weohyakapka (Walk-in-Water) employing a network of only the finest Orlando area bass fishing guides.
I have previously fished with such distinguished fishermen as the former president of Abu Garcia, Porter Waggoner, Jerry Reed, Tom Mann, Tom Mann Jr., Neil Bonnet and Davey Allison, just to mention a few. I also worked for Abu Garcia as the Assistant Director of Tournaments and Promotions for several years. This experience taught me everything there is to know about spinning and baitcasting reels. I no longer fishes in tournaments because I prefers teaching others about nature and watching the joy on the faces of children and adults alike when they catch their first Florida largemouth black bass!