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Don Norton


Bass fisherman, custom rod builder, fly tyer, lure maker, outdoor writer, philosopher, mental health therapist, political pundit and sex therapist, Don Norton is the ultimate fishing companion, conversationalist and guide. If the fish aren't biting, he'll entertain, educate and or debate any subject you wish to discuss.

An avid fisherman for 60+ years, his knowledge and expertise is only exceeded by his passion for finding and catching his targeted fish. Honing his experience over the years in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Missouri, South and North Carolina, Virginia, Montana and even Canadian waters, Don has tested his abilities catching largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, steelhead, muskies, great northerns, catfish, bluegills and crappies, as well as many saltwater species including speckeled trout, redfish, snook, spanish mackerel, ladyfish, tarpon and flounder.

Relocating from Ohio to Florida in 1990, Don has not only provided bass fishing guide trips on Okeechobee, Istokpoga and Walk-in-Water, but he's been a top-ranked professional bass tournament angler, winning and placing in many of the tournaments held in Ohio, Florida, Texas and Missouri.

Writing a weekly fishing column for the Tampa Tribune Highlands Today newspaper in the past, he currently writes a column every Friday for his hometown newspaper, the News Sun. Catch his column weekly as he features his most recent guide trips or experiences fishing the many lakes in Highlands Florida.

As a custom rod builder for the past 35 years, Don is considered a master at the craft offering innovative designs and color combinations. Building by hand hundreds of rods, he can assist you in individualizing your own flyrod, spinning, casting, trolling or flippin' and pitchin' stik. His specialty is a 7 1/2' medium heavy flippin' stick.

So if you're looking for a bass fishing guide who will not only put you on the fish but entertain you with his past exploits, or if you're looking for that one-of-a-kind fishing rod, give Don a call. You can reach him at 863-273-4998 or email at You can also check out his facebook page to see who and what's being caught weekly at The American Fisherman.

Call or write anytime. Happy to provide samples of work performed, answer questions or just provide solutions to everyday fishing situations.



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