Wellness & Recreation


Join our professional guides on an exciting angling excursion for Florida strain largemouth bass in one of our private, 11 stocked and managed, lakes and ponds. Ranging in size from a few acres to our mile long, remote 48 acre Shingle Lake, guests can choose to fish aboard a Hyde drift boat or explore the resort's angling options from shore in a specially designed Outfitter's all-terrain golf cart. The very best in spinning tackle or fly rods are provided as well as all artificial lures and flies. No license is required for this exciting catch and release trophy bass fishing adventure where you never leave the resort!

Fishing Excursions
Fish from the shore or board Hyde Drift boats alongside a guide in the private waters of Shingle Pond.

By Boat: $70 per hour adults; $35 per hour children 12 and under (with an adult). Limit 2 anglers.
From Shore: $60 per hour adults; $30 per hour children 12 and under (with an adult). Limit 5 anglers.
Based on availability. Guests 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Children ages 12 and under are 1/2 price rate with an accompanying, paying adult angler.

Fly Casting Instruction with Capt. Mark Benson
Professional fishing guide, USCG Licensed Captain and FFF Certified Casting Instructor, Mark Benson has over 40 years of fly fishing experience and shares his passion through fly casting instruction for beginner, intermediate or advanced casters. For those new to the sport, Mark introduces the fundamentals and principles of rod loading, line control and tip path in an easy to understand style. Intermediate instruction focuses on double hauling, windy day techniques, fish fighting philosophies and more. Advanced casters can learn to increase distance, practice specialty casts such as curve, roll, mends and spey or speed casting for moving targets.

Whether it's fishing for New Zealand brown trout, Appalachian brookies, Keys tarpon, Bahamian bonefish or Florida redfish, snook and largemouth bass, Mark has been there and knows the techniques to make you a more successful fly angler.

As a pro-staffer for G.Loomis, Ross reels and Rio fly lines you'll be provided the very best in equipment if you choose to not bring your own.

$75 per hour adults; $50 per hour children 12 and under (with an adult)
Maximum five guests per session. Based on availability

Outdoor clothing and footwear required. All excursions depart from The Ritz-Carlton Golf Clubhouse. For more information and reservations, please call the Grande Lakes Adventure Experience desk at (407) 393-4900.

Ultimate Fishing Adventure
This four-hour journey appeals to those who seek adventure, sportsmanship, and the chance to experience nature in the heart of Florida’s iconic fly-fishing country. Anglers can cast their line for largemouth bass, bluegill, crappie, and American shad (Alosa sapidissima) — a light spinning tackle and fly rod favorite. The adventure also provides a wonderful opportunity to see Florida wildlife, from some of the state’s largest alligators to wild hogs and a variety of birds including the American bald eagle, Roseate spoonbills, and ibis.

As part of the Ultimate Fishing Adventure, participants will take a 30-minute flight on The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes resort’s private floatplane to the upper reaches of the historic St. John’s River, Florida’s longest freshwater river and a region accessible primarily by airboat. Once there, they will enjoy three hours of guided fishing from shore for up to two guests before being flown back to the resort.

Along for the adventure will be the resort’s Director of Fly Fishing, Capt. Mark Benson, who will instruct participants in the angling techniques to help first timers learn how to fish the river. It is recommended that guests partaking in this excursion know how to cast reasonably well to receive ultimate enjoyment. A U.S.C.G. Master Licensed Captain since 1999 as well as a Certified Casting Instructor (CCI), Mr. Benson brings a lifetime of worldwide angling experiences together with his knowledge of the local flora and fauna to enrich outdoor adventures for resort guests. He currently leads the guided fishing program on the 500 acre resorts' 11 private lakes and ponds as well as excursions on the adjacent Shingle Creek, headwaters to the Florida Everglades.

As part of the package, Fly or ultralight spinning tackle, flies/lures, and a cooler with beverages will be provided. Participants will need to bring their own seasonally-appropriate clothing, footwear suitable for walking the shoreline, a camera, Florida freshwater fishing license and a thirst for adventure. The Ultimate Fishing Adventure is strictly a catch and release program and suitable for novices as well as experienced anglers. It is one of the most unique fishing journeys in the lower 48 states and a Ritz-Carlton exclusive.

This package is priced at $1,995 for up to two persons and advanced reservations and a deposit are required. To make a reservation, please call (407) 393-4900.