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Since 1985…

Ron’s Guide Service is a family owned Florida fishing, hunting, and tour guide service with over 30 years of experience.

Captain Ron

Captain Ron on Lake Okeechobee, 1985

How It All Started

Captain Ron is a native New Yorker who first discovered Lake Okeechobee in 1976. Mesmerized by the serene environment and the abundance of fish and wildlife, Captain Ron had a vision to share his love of the outdoors with people from around the world and make experiencing Lake Okeechobee an affordable dream. In 1985 Ron’s Guide Service was established. Captain Ron’s first venture was bass fishing. He began with one boat and a few rods and reels. Okeechobee townsfolk were surprised at this “city slickers” fishing skills and Ron began receiving media attention from newspaper publications throughout the state. Once Ron proved himself to the locals he began advertising in magazines and sending out mailings. Business began growing and by 1990 Ron’s Guide Service dominated Lake Okeechobee.

Ron’s next venture was frog gigging. Many people felt there was no success in frog gigging but Ron proved them wrong and became the number one frog gigging service in Florida. With the success from frog gigging, Ron began exploring other hunting experiences such as duck hunting, wild boar hunting, and alligator hunting. When ronsguideservice.com was created  in 1996 it was one of the first guide service websites on the internet. More than 30 years later Ron’s Guide Service is still a one stop service for outdoor enthusiasts offering affordable adventures and memories that last a lifetime.

Our Job

Ron’s ultimate goal is to provide a reliable guide service. Okeechobee and the surrounding areas are very rural. Country folks are kind but they can be a bit slippery when it comes to doing business. Ron would hear countless stories about guides not showing up for trips, leaving their clients stranded in the backwoods of Okeechobee, or taking advantage of them with “special rates”. Being from New York, Ron approaches his business with a street smart and professional attitude. We offer upfront pricing without hidden fees, a wealth of screened guides and properties, and the promise that if something isn’t going right during your experience, Ron’s Guide Service will be there for you.

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