How long have you been guiding in the Keys?
I have been a full-time Keys guide for fifteen years and have over thirty years experience on the water.
Why should I hire you?
You won’t find a harder working guide. I hate the phrase “That’s why they call it fishing”. I know Mother Nature is in charge and fishless days do happen but it never gets any easier to accept. Even on great days I’m content but never satisfied. I’m always looking to do better for my clients.
I’m a straight shooter. If bonefishing stinks I’m not going to tell you it’s great. Unfortunately, there are guides that will tell you what you want to hear and simply take your money.
I love taking people fishing. It’s as simple as that.
When is the best time of year to fish?
Whenever you get the chance! It’s true that there are parts of the year when certain species are more abundant but the weather is always the determining factor. For example, the winter months are not considered prime time for tarpon but get a good spell of weather and the fishing can be amazing.
Should I book more than one day?
I fully understand budgetary restraints when it comes to booking a fishing trip. It’s not cheap. The truth is, booking multiple days only increases your odds. You never know what Mother Nature is going to throw at us and chances are we’re going to be dealing with something: wind, cloud cover or fish with lockjaw. Booking multiple days only increases your chances of success.
Where do you leave from?
I trailer my boat but typically launch at Plantation Yacht Harbor located at Founder’s Park, Islamorada, mile marker 87 bayside.
How can I prepare for my trip?
Stop watching fishing television shows! They’re entertainment, not reality! Too many anglers come to the Keys with unrealistic expectations simply because they saw their favorite fishing TV host do it in a half hour. Trust me, it doesn’t happen that way.
Practice. Practice. Practice. Practice your casting and learn to do it in the wind. Whether throwing a crab to a permit with a spinning rod or chucking a fly at a tarpon, good casting skills are essential to angling success when sight fishing. For fly anglers, casts not only have to be made accurately but with minimal false casts as well. If you don’t know how to double haul, learn it or let me help teach you. Practicing your casting whether with a spinning rod or fly rod before a trip will pay huge dividends in the end. Believe me, you do not want to be facing down a string of one hundred pound tarpon while “getting the rust out” of your casting arm.
How far should I be able to cast a fly?
I get asked this one all the time, especially from trout anglers. For a general rule of thumb, 50 feet under all conditions. If your longest cast is 50 feet with no wind and you’re faced with 10 knots of headwind, you’re simply not going to be able to make the cast. Just as important is having the ability to cast accurately with minimal false casts. If you’ve never sight fished before you’ll be surprised at how fast everything can happen. With less than ideal visibility sometimes we’re not spotting fish until we’re on top of them. Having the ability to make a shot with minimal false casting can mean the difference between catching and not catching.
Do you teach fly casting?
Yes. I’ve been fly fishing for over thirty years and taught fly casting for The Orvis Company. Whether you are a novice or simply want to hone your fly casting skills we can easily customize your trip to include fly casting instruction.
What should I bring?
I supply all tackle, licenses, bait and ice. You should bring polarized sunglasses, sunscreen, hat, camera, food, drinks and appropriate clothing. For the summer months long sleeved fishing shirts and pants will keep the sun off and provide some protection from biting insects. For the winter months a warm jacket is recommended.
Can I bring my own fishing gear?
If you are planning on bringing your own fishing gear let me know as some gear maybe inappropriate.