Tony Cicero was born and raised on a dairy farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He grew up less than a mile from the Susquehanna River and fished whenever he could. He spent his summers on Beech Island while growing up and now owns his own retreat there.
This house serves as his summer residence and allows Tony to constantly monitor the river conditions and fish activity. This helps to make Tony and invaluable asset to "Koinonia Guide Service," sharing his fishing information with our other guides. Tony is exploring the idea of putting fishing cabins on the island and offering our clients one or multiple day fishing adventures on the Susquehanna River. Tony now lives in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, with his wife Denise, children and grandchildren.
Tony is an accomplished guide and bass tournament angler, and has been blessed to have been able to fish tournaments with all three of his children. Not only have they all fished tournaments with their dad, but they have been in the winner’s circle on many occasions. It won’t be long until his remaining children and grandsons will be fishing and winning tournaments with Tony as well.
Tony has fished from Maine to Florida and from the Mid-Atlantic states to the West Coast and Alaska. It does not matter to Tony if he is fishing salt water or fresh water, he just enjoys catching fish. Although Tony has fished all over the United States, his favorite place to fish is the Susquehanna River for his beloved Smallmouth Bass, particularly in the stretch of the river form Marietta to North of Danville.
Tony owns his own specialty contracting company, which allows him to be very flexible and able to run guide trips seven-days-a-week for us. Tony runs an 18 foot “"Rivertrail" aluminum river rig, powered by a 115 horsepower Yamaha Jet Drive outboard. This boat provides a comfortable and safe ride for our clients and has plenty of room to fish one, two or even three anglers. Tony’s boat will handle the roughest 2 foot chop with ease and will travel and maneuver in inches of water. This rig, and Tony’s extensive knowledge of and experience on the river, allows Tony to get his clients into shallow water areas where most other anglers fear to travel. Tony specializes in putting his clients onto "BIG FISH," and every season accounts for many citation size "Smallies" for his clients. Tony observes, "Numbers of small fish can always be caught, but those 17 to 20 inch "Hawgs" are much more of a challenge to catch."
Many years ago, before I stated "Koinonia Guide Service," my wife hired Tony to take she and I on a guided fishing trip on the Susquehanna River. I appreciated Tony’s teaching ability and the fact that he got us on quality fish. This experience was the beginning of a long and steadfast friendship which has now evolved into a business relationship, as we welcome Tony to our "Koinonia Family." Tony has demonstrated the knowledge, skill, personality and temperament that we require of all our guides and we are pleased that Tony has agreed to accept a "Pro Staff" position with us here at "Koinonia Guide Service." We are confident you will have an enjoyable, productive and memorable experience fishing with and being guided by Tony.