Florida Friendly Fishing Guide

Northeast Region

Capt. Jim Britton, Salty Tales Fishing Charter, Palm Coast, FL,  386-931-1547, www.saltytalesfishingcharters.com, Instagram @captjimbritton. Certified Feb 2020.

Capt. Chris Castle, Wide Open Charters and Guide Service, St. Augustine, FL, 904-669-3210, www.wideopencharters.com, FacebookCertified Jan 2021.

Capt. Bill Duane, Playing Hooky Inshore Fishing, Jacksonville, FL, 904-479-6871, playinghookyinshorefishing.com, FacebookCertified Apr 2021.

Capt. Drew A. Hawkins, Bald Eagle Fishing Charters, LLC., Palm Coast, FL, 407-256-1433, email: baldeaglefishingcharters@gmail.com, www.baldeaglefishingcharters.com, FacebookCertified Mar 2020.

Capt. Jacob Hardy, Fishardy Charters, St. Augustine, FL, 904-315-4758, www.fishardy.com, Facebook. Certified Feb 2020.

Capt. Fred Laager, Shallow Water Fishing Company, St. Augustine, 904-429-6558, www.shallowwaterfishingcompany.com, FacebookCertified Apr 2021.

Capt. Al Morris, First Coast Fishing Charters LLC, St. Augustine, FL, 904 655-7035, www.firstcoastfishingcharters.com, Facebook, Instagram @captain_al_morris. Certified Apr 2021.

Capt. Frank Timmons, Jr., Off the Grid Fishing Charters, St. Augustine, FL, 904-669-1475, FacebookCertified Mar 2020.

Indian River Lagoon Region

John R. Caldwell, Adventure Culture Education Inc., New Smyrna Beach, FL, 502-532-1685. Certified Oct 2020.*

Capt. Michael Bundy, Angler Management Fishing Charters and Aquatic Adventures LLC., Port Canaveral and Ponce Inlet, FL, 407-399-5605, AMFishingCharters@aol.com, Facebook. Certified Jun 2020.

Capt Jeff Kraynik, The Coastal Sportsmen, Sebastian Inlet, FL, 321-863-9182, www.coastalsportsmen.com, FacebookCertified Mar 2020.

Capt. Drew Mixon, Grass Flats Mafia, 772-453-3989, Vero Beach, FL, grassflatsmafia.com, Instagram: @grassflatsmafia, Facebook. Certified Apr 2021.*

Capt. Corey Simmons, On The Hook Charters, Daytona Beach, FL, 386-631-8030, www.OnTheHookCharters.com, Instagram @onthehookcharters, FacebookCertified Jan 2020.

Bruce Skerbetz, shore-based charters in Sebastian Inlet, FL, 732-762-1693. Certified Aug 2020.*

Capt. Mark Wood, MWoutdoors Charters, Melbourne Beach, FL, 321-394-1001. Certified May 2020.

Panhandle Region

John Bottcher, 850-728-6097, Monticello, FL. Certified Jan 2021.*

Capt. Cody Clauson, 30A Inshore Charters, Santa Rosa Beach, FL, 850-699-0014, 30ainshorecharters.com, Facebook, Instagram @30ainshorechartersCertified Mar 2021. 

Capt. Lance Moss, Strike Hunter Adventures, Niceville, FL, 850-353-3997, www.strikehunter.com, Instagram @destinstrikehunterCertified Mar 2021.

Capt. Hunter Ray, Florida Boy Adventures, Santa Rosa Beach, FL, 850-499-4473, floridaboyadventures.com, Instagram @floridaboyadv, FacebookCertified Aug 2020.

Capt. Chester Reese, Natural World Charters, LLC, Carrabelle, FL, 850-228-9060, naturalworldcharters.comCertified Jan 2021.

Capt. Larry Shults, Twisted Palms Salty Adventures, 606-416-2716, Pensacola, FL, twplmsaltyadventures@yahoo.com, twistedpalmssaltyadventures.com, Instagram @twistedpalmssaltyadventures, Google, YelpFacebook, Fishing BookerCertified May 2021. 

Capt. Tim Wilder, Bali Hai Charters, Port St. Joe, FL, 850-227-5802, balihaicharters.com, Instagram @balihaicharters, FacebookCertified Feb 2020.

Big Bend Region

Jeff Blanton, Bienville Plantation, White Springs, FL, 229-292-4587. Certified Aug 2020.*

Bob Cut, Bob’s Boats, St. Marks. FL, 850-925-1166. Certified Sept 2020.*

Capt. Bryan Frechette, Fish Hunter Tours, Crystal River, FL, 352-697-2874, www.fishhuntertours.com, Instagram @fish_hunter_tours, Facebook. Certified Oct 2019.

Capt. Andrew Hammond, Big Bite Charters, Homosassa, FL, 404-803-8608, www.BigBiteCharters.com, Instagram @Capt.Andrew_Hammond, FacebookCertified Mar 2020.

Capt. Dave Huston, Huston Outdoor Adventures, Crystal River, FL, 352-427-4814, www.hustonsoutdooradventure.com, Instagram @captaindavehuston, Facebook. Certified May 2020.

Capt. Paul Kolacia, PT Airboat Adventures, Homosassa, FL, 352-262-4490 www.ptairboatadventures.com, Instagram @ptairboat, FacebookCertified Aug 2020.

Capt. David Maki, Finntastick Charters, Homosassa, FL, 352-601-1525, www.finntastick.com, Finntastickcharters@gmail.com, Facebook. Certified Feb 2020.

Capt. Kyle Messier, Reel Florida Fishing Adventures, Crystal River, FL, 352-634-4002, www.crystalriverfishing.com, www.crystalriver-flyfishing.com, Instagram @captkylemessier, Facebook, Facebook 2Certified Aug 2020.

Capt. Michael Neu, Salt Marsh Charters, High Springs, FL, 615-971-9536, Instagram @capt_skippy. Certified Sept 2020. 

Capt. Kyle Skipper, Marker One Flats Charters, Steinhatchee, FL, 352-317-1654,  www.m1fishing.com, Instagram @marker1fishing, FacebookCertified Aug 2020. 

Capt. Kate Spratt, Captain Kate Spratt Charters, Homosassa, FL, 352-400-9747, FacebookCertified Apr 2020.

Brian Stauffer, Fishhead Kayak Charters, Brooksville, FL, 352-442-4311, www.fishheadkayakcharters.com, Instagram @fishheads4. Certified Sept 2019.*

Capt. Houston Thomas, SaltLick Outfitters LLC., Steinhatchee, FL, 813-375-1033, www.teamsaltlick.com, Facebook. Certified Feb 2020.

Capt. Denny Voyles, Voyles Guide Service, Cedar Key, FL, 352-339-2034, voylesguideservice.com, Trip AdvisorCertified Aug 2020.

Capt. Nick Warrington, High Octane Fishing, Crystal River, FL, 352-212-5070, https://highoctanefishing.com, Facebook. Certified Nov 2019.

Capt. Brent Woodard, Reel Native Fishing Charters, Horseshoe Beach, FL, 352-284-5514, Reelnativefishing.com, Instagram @reel_native_fishing, FacebookCertified Aug 2020.

West Central Region

Capt. Christopher Barton, Reel Diversion Charters, Bradenton, FL, 941-405-9689 www.reeldiversioncharters.com, Instagram @reeldiversioncharters, FacebookCertified Sept 2020.

Capt. Josh Bibler, Captain Bibbs Fishing Charters, Palmetto, FL, 941-840-1008, www.captainbibbs.com, Instagram @fishin_bibbs, Facebook. Certified Feb 2020.

Capt. Brandon Csaszar, Anclote Charters, Tarpon Springs, FL, 727-741-3394, www.anclotecharters.com, Instagram @anclotecharters, Facebook, TikTok @anclotecharters. Certified May 2021.

John Cento, Nature Tours USA, Clermont, FL, 352-432-2140, www.naturetoursusa.comCertified Dec 2020.*

Capt. Jeremy Frioud, Frioud Family Charters, Clearwater, FL, 727-492-7362, frioudfamilycharters.com. Certified Apr 2021.

Capt. Jim Galbraith, Florida Memories, St. Petersburg, FL, 813-499-4608, FacebookCertified Sept 2020. 

Buddy Harrison, EcoTrek Family Fishing and Kayak Tours, Tampa, FL, 813-928-3806. Certified Oct 2020.*

Capt. Charlie Howell, Ebb & Flow Charters, Tampa, FL, 813-598-1191, www.ebbandflowcharters.com, Instagram @ebbandflowcharters, FacebookCertified Jun 2020.

Arthur “AJ” Jackson, AJ’s Bass Guides, Orlando, FL, 407-288-9670, www.orlandobass.com, Instagram: @orlandobass1, FacebookCertified Sept 2020.*

Capt. Steve Johnson, Flats Snookin Inshore Charters LLC, Port Richey, FL, 727-207-6067, www.flatssnookin.com, Facebook, Instagram @johnsons_at_the_dockCertified Mar 2021.

Capt. Scott Moore, Moore Fishing, Anna Maria, FL, 941-713-1921, captscottkm@aol.com, Facebook. Certified Aug 2020. 

Capt. Parker Pope, International Sailors, Tampa, FL, 813-382-2216, FacebookCertified Sept 2020.

Capt. Douglas C. Ricciardi, Tearin’ Em Up! Fishing Charters & Nature Tours, Sarasota, FL, 941-587-6150, www.FishingSRQ.com, www.FishingSarasotaFlorida.comwww.TearinEmUpCharters.com, www.SiestaKeySeaTurtle.comCertified Sept 2020.

Capt. Zac Tapp, Niche Fishing Charters, LLC., Bradenton, FL, 561-308-1398, Nichefishingcharters.comCertified Aug 2020.

Capt. Michael B. Yonker, Florida Sailing and Powerboat School and Charters, Sarasota, FL, 941-500-2485, www.floridasailingandpowerboating.com, Facebook. Certified Mar 2020.

Southwest Region

Capt. Bo Bartholomew, In the Loop Fishing Charters, Pineland, FL, 239-357-5104, Fishing BookerCertified Apr 2021.

Capt. Christian Hunter Brown, Hunter Brown Charters, Boca Grande, FL, 941-735-1820, https://www.hunterbrowncharters.com, FacebookCertified Sept 2019.

Corey W. Campbell, Florida National Parks Association (Big Cypress Institute), Ochopee, FL, 239-719-2483, www.bigcypressinstitute.org/, Instagram @bigcypressi, FacebookCertified Sept 2020.*

Capt. Rich Damianos, Reel Rich Fishing, Punta Gorda, FL, 607-327-0221, www.ReelRichFishing.com, FacebookCertified Oct 2019.

Capt. John Dant, Get Some Charters, Everglades City/Naples, FL, 239-331-0209, www.getsomefishingcharters.com, Facebook. Certified Apr 2020. 

Capt. Larry DeHays, DeHays Charters (non-fishing eco-tours), Sanibel, FL, 239-691-7623. Certified Oct 2020.*

Capt. Becca deRosa, Kids’ Needs of Greater Englewood, Englewood, FL, 315-256-6613, bcderosa63@gmail.com. Certified Oct 2020.

Capt. Kenny DiBiase, Florida Freedom Charters, Sanibel, FL, 239-476-2904. Certified Oct 2020.

Capt. Daniel T. Edwards, AmVetCharters, Punta Gorda, FL, 941-268-0810, FacebookCertified Nov 2020.

Capt. Van Hubbard, Family Fun Fishing, Englewood, FL, 941-468-4017, www.captvan.com, FacebookCertified Jul 2020.

Capt. Joe McNichols, Show and Tell Charters, Everglades City, FL, 239-821-3305, www.icdfish.comCertified Aug 2020.

Capt. Chris Newberry, Outcast Charter Company, Ponce de Leon/Punta Gorda Isles, FL, 941-628-0359, www.outcastchartercompany.com, Facebook. Certified Nov 2019.

Capt. Barry Nicholls, Capt. Barry Cuda Charters, Naples, FL, 239-860-7227, www.captbarrycudacharters.comFacebook. Certified Nov 2020.

Capt. Harold Roebuck III, Go on the Water Charters, Venice, FL, 1-863-381-6734, goonthewater.comFacebook. Certified Mar 2021.

Capt. Bill Schwalm, Better Days Charter Service, St. James City, FL, 239-887-1494, www.BetterDaysCharterService.com. Certified Sep 2020.

Capt. William Schwartzmiller, Port of the Islands Charters, Naples, FL, 239-642-8818. Certified Mar 2020.

Capt. Don Taylor, Back Bay Charters, Punta Rassa, FL, 239-850-9569. Certified Oct 2020.

Capt. Scott Wilhelm, Bokeelia, FL, 941-979-0110. Certified Apr 2021.

South Region

Capt. Brian Branigan, Keys Boat Tours, Big Pine Key, FL, 306-699-7166, keysboattours.com, FacebookCertified Aug 2020. 

Capt. Diego Cordova, Flat Out Sportfishing, Marathon, FL, 305-395-1228, www.floridakeysflats.com, Instagram @flatoutsportfishing or @captdiegocordova, FacebookCertified Feb 2020.

Capt. Bob Dorchak, Medicine Man Fishing Charters of the Lower Keys, Summerland Key, FL, 305-900-7488, www.medicinemanfishing.comCertified Jun 2020.

Capt. Charlie Filpes, Key Largo Adventures, Islamorada, FL, 305-975-4885, KeyLargoAdventures.com, Instagram @KeyLargoAdventures, FacebookCertified Apr 2020.

Capt. Steve Friedman, A Fishing Guide LLC, Islamorada, FL, 305-393-3474, www.afishingguide.com, Instagram @captstevefriedmanCertified Oct 2020.

Capt. Chris Gowens, Koko Charters, Key West, FL, 305-992-8517, kokocharters.com, Instagram @Koko_keywest. Certified Nov 2020.

Jim Harmon, School of Fish, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 561-376-0574, Instagram @TheBassStalkerCertified Sept 2020.*

Capt. Dax Hallock, Coast2Coast Charters LLC, 786-760-1006. Certified Sept 2020.

Capt. Willie Howard, Capt. Willie’s Charters, Riviera Beach, FL, 561-307-3047, www.captwillie.com, Instagram @capt.williehoward, Facebook. Certified Mar 2020.

Capt. Clyde Morgan Jewett, Flats Angler, LLC. d/b/a Florida Backcountry Fishing, Islamorada, FL, 305-790-5526, www.floridabackcountryfishing.com, Instagram @floridabackcountryfishing. Certified Jul 2020.

Capt. Kyle Kelso, All Water Charters, Key West, FL, 305-509-2201, https://fishingtripkeywest.com/, Instagram @allwatercharters, FacebookCertified Jun 2020. 

Capt. Ron Lawson, River Keys Fishing, Cudjoe Key, FL, 717-571-0179. Certified Mar 2020.

Capt. John M. Miller, Calypso Charters, Ramrod Key, FL, 305-735-4951, www.calypsochartersfl.com, Instagram @calypsochartersfloridaFacebook. Certified Sept 2020.

Capt. Rich Mitchell, Phase One Backcountry Charters, Islamorada, FL, 305-393-0729. Certified Sept 2020.

Capt. Bill Taylor, Black Dog Fishing Charters, Jupiter, FL, 561-744-5700, https://www.blackdogfishing.com/, Instagram @blackdogfishing, FacebookCertified Jan 2020. 

 

Guides listed here have completed an educational course and pledged that they were clear of resource-related fish and wildlife violations for 3 or more years prior to their certification date. They were also checked for appropriate state licensing at the time of certification. Guides who operate fishing charters from motorized vessels in saltwater are required to have both a valid Merchant Mariner credential from the US Coast Guard as well as hold state fishing charter license(s) issued by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Guides who operate in federal waters might be subject to additional licensing (UF/IFAS does not have the ability to verify federal licensing). If you are ever curious about a guide’s credentials, never be shy about asking.

*Guides who operate fishing trips solely from kayaks, shore, or only on inland freshwater bodies are not required to carry state fishing charter licensing. Similarly, guides who charter tours from motorized vessels that do not involve fishing must hold a Merchant Mariner credential from the US Coast Guard (earning them the title “Capt.”) and operate a vessel that is registered commercially, but are not required to carry a state fishing charter license. Charter vessels carrying more than 12 passengers must undergo inspection by the US Coast Guard. If you are ever curious about a guide’s credentials, never be shy about asking.