Capt. Jim Britton, Salty Tales Fishing Charter, Palm Coast, FL, 386-931-1547, www.saltytalesfishingcharters.com, Instagram @captjimbritton. Certified Feb 2020.
Capt. Tony Fernandez, Jacksonville, FL. Certified Aug 2021.
Capt. Frank Timmons, Jr., Off the Grid Fishing Charters, St. Augustine, FL, 904-669-1475, Facebook. Certified 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.
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.
John Bottcher, 850-728-6097, Monticello, FL. Certified Jan 2021.*
Capt. Chester Reese, Natural World Charters, LLC, Carrabelle, FL, 850-228-9060, naturalworldcharters.com. Certified Jan 2021.
Capt. Larry Shults, Twisted Palms Salty Adventures, 606-416-2716, Pensacola, FL, firstname.lastname@example.org, twistedpalmssaltyadventures.com, Instagram @twistedpalmssaltyadventures, Google, Yelp, Facebook, Fishing Booker. Certified May 2021.
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. Kyle Messier, Reel Florida Fishing Adventures, Crystal River, FL, 352-634-4002, www.crystalriverfishing.com, www.crystalriver-flyfishing.com, Instagram @captkylemessier, Facebook, Facebook 2. Certified Aug 2020.
Capt. Michael Neu, Salt Marsh Charters, High Springs, FL, 615-971-9536, Instagram @capt_skippy. Certified Sept 2020.
Capt. Kate Spratt, Captain Kate Spratt Charters, Homosassa, FL, 352-400-9747, Facebook. Certified Apr 2020.
Brian Stauffer, Fishhead Kayak Charters, Brooksville, FL, 352-442-4311, www.fishheadkayakcharters.com, Instagram @fishheads4. Certified Sept 2019.*
Capt. Brent Woodard, Reel Native Fishing Charters, Horseshoe Beach, FL, 352-284-5514, Reelnativefishing.com, Instagram @reel_native_fishing, Facebook. Certified Aug 2020.
West Central Region
John Cento, Nature Tours USA, Clermont, FL, 352-432-2140, www.naturetoursusa.com. Certified 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, Facebook. Certified Sept 2020.
Buddy Harrison, EcoTrek Family Fishing and Kayak Tours, Tampa, FL, 813-928-3806. Certified Oct 2020.*
Capt. Parker Pope, International Sailors, Tampa, FL, 813-382-2216, Facebook. Certified Sept 2020.
Capt. Douglas C. Ricciardi, Tearin’ Em Up! Fishing Charters & Nature Tours, Sarasota, FL, 941-587-6150, www.FishingSRQ.com, www.FishingSarasotaFlorida.com, www.TearinEmUpCharters.com, www.SiestaKeySeaTurtle.com. Certified Sept 2020.
Capt. Zac Tapp, Niche Fishing Charters, LLC., Bradenton, FL, 561-308-1398, Nichefishingcharters.com. Certified Aug 2020.
Joseph Urbino, Reel Honor Fishing, shore-based charters out of Hudson, FL. Certified Aug 2021.*
Capt. Bo Bartholomew, In the Loop Fishing Charters, Pineland, FL, 239-357-5104, Fishing Booker. Certified Apr 2021.
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, email@example.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, Facebook. Certified Nov 2020.
Capt. Jeff Jarr, Punta Gorda, FL. Certified Sep 2021.
Capt. Joe McNichols, Show and Tell Charters, Everglades City, FL, 239-821-3305, www.icdfish.com. Certified Aug 2020.
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.
Capt. Bob Dorchak, Medicine Man Fishing Charters of the Lower Keys, Summerland Key, FL, 305-900-7488, www.medicinemanfishing.com. Certified Jun 2020.
Jim Harmon, School of Fish, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, 561-376-0574, Instagram @TheBassStalker. Certified Sept 2020.*
Capt. Dax Hallock, Coast2Coast Charters LLC, 786-760-1006. Certified Sept 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. Ron Lawson, River Keys Fishing, Cudjoe Key, FL, 717-571-0179. Certified Mar 2020.
Capt. Rich Mitchell, Phase One Backcountry Charters, Islamorada, FL, 305-393-0729. Certified Sept 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.