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About Guide Derick Burgos

Derick Burgos has been fishing the Florida waterways his whole life. His passion for fishing began with fishing the Miami canals, ditches, and any residential crevice he could find. Later in his teenage years, he moved to Tampa where he was introduced to kayak fishing, which brought Derick’s passion for catching fish to a higher level.

He has been fishing professionally as a tournament angler and kayak fishing guide since. Today, Derick has eight 1st place wins and over 10 top three placings including the Battle for Bella, Kayak Fishing Classics, Hardcore challenge, Stinky Joes Trout Match, and many more.

As an authority in the kayak fishing circle, Derick makes it a point to be involved with his peers, he shares his experience through his blogs, published articles, and seminars. He is also a member of the Hardcore Kayak Anglers, Space coast Kayak Anglers, and CCA. His is also now event coordinator for his newest project the Sweetwater Kayaks 2014 Kayak Fishing Event Series.

Derick’s keen understanding and knowledge of fish, wildlife, tides, and weather patterns is the catalyst for his success. He has been guiding for over three years under his company, Phatfish Kayak Charters based in Tampa Bay and is considered one of the best guides in the area.

He was a co-host of Slot Limit Radio from 2009 to 2012, and is now an active contributor to where he acts as a writer and consultant.

Derick’s articles have been published in Inshore/Offshore Magazine, Kayak Fishing Magazine, Salty Shores, and the Kayak Fishing Classics Tournament Trail Magazine. His work will now also be seen in The Fisherman’s Journal and Yakangling.

Whether it is sight fishing, flats fishing, fishing from shore, fly fishing, and so on… Derick can do it!

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