Preserving The Future of Florida's Fisheries

The Florida Friendly Fishing Guide Certification Program, established by UF/IFAS, Florida Sea Grant and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, recognizes fishing guides who are committed to preserving the future of Florida’s fisheries through sustainable boating and fishing techniques.

This online certification course covers science-based techniques that ensure minimal environmental footprint of fishing. Participation in the Florida Friendly Fishing Guide program is voluntary, and the program involves no regulatory component. The course can be accessed via computer or smart phone and tablet. The course takes approximately four hours to complete and can be taken at your own pace in 20- to 30-minute chunks.

The certification is valid for three years. The $130 fee covers gear for the welcome packages for certified guides, program upkeep and evaluation, and administrative expenses such as web hosting. Once you complete the course, you can display your certification on your website and vessel, letting your customers know that you adhere to the highest environmental standards.

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Course Topics & Benefits
  • Introduction to Fisheries Management
  • Best Practices for Catch and Release Fishing
  • Seafood Safety and Handling
  • Sustainable Waste Management and Fueling
  • Overview of Marine Ecology
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Sustainable On-board Materials
  • Giving Back to Fisheries Management and Research

For a peek into the curriculum, check out Best Practices For Florida Friendly Fishing Guides and Basic Requirements for Florida Fishing Guides.

Following completion of the course, certified guides receive a ‘Welcome Package’ that includes:

  1. Vessel Decals
  2. 5-gallon Caddy Can and Liner
  3. Seaqualizer Descending Device
  4. 100% Cotton Towel
  5. Z-Man Baits
  6. Hurricane Brand Dehooker
  7. Floating Keychain
  8. Listing on the FFFG Directory
  9. Promotional Social Media Post on Florida Sea Grant’s Accounts
  10. Entry into the Florida Friendly Fishing Guide Facebook Group
What Guides Are saying

Scholarships available

A limited number of scholarships for 50% off the course registration fee are available.

Please fill out the short application to be considered. 

Book With A Florida Friendly Fishing Guide

Search our statewide directory of certified Florida Friendly Fishing Guides to book your next outing with an eco-minded guide.

RegionGuideBusinessCity, StatePhoneEmailFacebookInstagramCertified
NortheastCapt. Jim Britton

Salty Tales Fishing Charter

Palm Coast, FL386-931-1547Capt. Jim Britton Instagram Page20-Feb
NortheastCapt. Christ Castle

Wide Open Charters and Guide Service

St. Augustine, FL904-669-3210Wide Open Charters and Guide Service Facebook Page21-Jan
NortheastCapt. Bill Duane

Playing Hooky Inshore Fishing

Jacksonville, FL904-479-6871Playing Hooky Inshore Fishing Facebook Page21-Apr
NortheastCapt. Tony FernandezJacksonville, FL21-Aug
NortheastCapt. Drew A. Hawkins

Bald Eagle Fishing Charters, LLC.

Palm Coast, FL, Bald Eagle Fishing Charters, LLC. Facebook Page20-Mar
NortheastCapt. Jacob Hardy

Fishardy Charters

St. Augustine, FL904-315-4758 Fishardy Charters Facebook Page20-Feb
NortheastCapt. Fred Laager

Shallow Water Fishing Company

St. Augustine, FL904-429-6558 Shallow Water Fishing Company Facebook Page21-Apr
NortheastCapt. Al Morris

First Coast Fishing Charters LLC

St. Augustine, FL904 655-7035 First Coast Fishing Charters LLC Facebook PageCapt. Al Morris Instagram Page21-Apr
NortheastCapt. Frank Timmons, Jr.Off the Grid Fishing ChartersSt. Augustine, FL904-669-1475 Off The Grid Fishing Facebook Page20-Mar
NortheastCapt. Chris BarrGreen Cove Springs, FL904-667-885822-Jun
Indian River Lagoon*John R. CaldwellAdventure Culture Education Inc New Smyrna Beach, FL502-532-168520-Oct
Indian River LagoonCapt. Michael BundyAngler Management Fishing Charters and Aquatic Adventures LLC.Port Canaveral and Ponce Inlet, Angler Management Fishing Charters and Aquatic Adventures LLC. Facebook Page20-Jun
Indian River LagoonCapt Jeff Kraynik

The Coastal Sportsmen

Sebastian Inlet, FL321-863-9182The Coastal Sportsmen Facebook Page20-Mar
Indian River Lagoon*Capt. Drew Mixon

Grass Flats Mafia

Vero Beach, FL772-453-3989Grass Flats Mafia Facebook PageGrass Flats Mafia Instagram Page21-Apr
Indian River LagoonCapt. Corey Simmons

On The Hook Charters

Daytona Beach, FL386-631-8030On The Hook Charters Facebook Page On The Hook Charters Instagram Page20-Jan
Indian River Lagoon*Bruce SkerbetzSebastian Inlet, FL732-762-169320-Aug
Indian River LagoonCapt. Mark WoodMWoutdoors ChartersMelbourne Beach, FL321-394-100120-May
Indian River LagoonCapt. Will Wolfson

Grassroots Guide Service

Melbourne Beach, FL407-620-5263Grassroots Guide Service Instagram Page21-Oct
Panhandle*Patricia LawsonOff the Beatn Path Kayak ChartersMilton FL850-281-3445patriciahryniewicki@gmail.com22-Mar
Panhandle*John BottcherMonticello, FL850-728-609721-Jan
PanhandleCapt. Cody Clauson

30A Inshore Charters

Santa Rosa Beach, FL850-699-001430A Inshore Charters Facebook Page 30A Inshore Charters Instagram Page21-Mar
PanhandleCapt. John EdgarEdgar Environmental, Inc.Pensacola, FL832-784-3038The Reef Commander Facebook Page Edgar Environmental, Inc Instagram Page21-Jun
PanhandleCapt. Lance Moss

Strike Hunter Adventures

Niceville, FL 850-353-3997Strike Hunter Adventures Instagram Page21-Mar
PanhandleCapt. Hunter Ray

Florida Boy Adventures

Santa Rosa Beach, FL850-499-4473Florida Boy Adventures Facebook PageFlorida Boy Adventures Instagram Page20-Aug
PanhandleCapt. Chester Reese

Natural World Charters

Carrabelle, FL850-228-906021-Jan
PanhandleCapt. Larry Shults

Twisted Palms Salty Adventures

Pensacola, FL606-416-2716twplmsaltyadventures@yahoo.comTwisted Palms Salty Adventures Facebook Page Twisted Palms Salty Adventures Instagram Page21-May
Panhandle*Michael Smith

Smitty’s Surf Fishing

Navarre, FL850-529-5405Smitty’s Surf Fishing Facebook PageSmitty’s Surf Fishing Instagram Page21-Jun
PanhandleCapt. Tim Wilder

T-Man’s Charters

Port St. Joe, FL850-227-5802T-Man's Charters Facebook PageBali Hai Charters Instagram Page20-Feb
Panhandle*Mark RobinsonFort Walton Beach, FL937-631-6825markymarko7@yahoo.com22-May
PanhandleCapt. Lee Thompson

Shallow Seas Charters

Port St. Joe, FL850-247-0799shallowseascharters@gmail.comShallow Seas Charters Facebook PageShallow Seas Charters Instagram Page22-Sep
PanhandleCapt. Dwight "Deuce" MinnickEglin Airforce Base, FL850-333-1797ddm1@minnickagency.comMy Best Day Fishing Charters Facebook Page22-Apr
Big Bend*Jeff BlantonBienville PlantationWhite Springs, FL229-292-458720-Aug
Big Bend*Bob CutBob’s BoatsSt. Marks. FL850-925-116620-Sep
Big BendCapt. Katie Jo Davis

KD Outdoors Fishing Charters

Yankeetown, FL772-882-8932 KD Outdoors Fishing Charters Facebook PageKD Outdoors Fishing Charters Instagram Page21-Jun
Big BendCapt. Bryan Frechette

Fish Hunter Tours

Crystal River, FL352-697-2874 Fish Hunter Tours Facebook PageFish Hunter Tours Instagram Page19-Oct
Big BendCapt. Andrew Hammond

Big Bite Charters

Homosassa, FL404-803-8608 Big Bite Charters Facebook PageBig Bite Charters Instagram Page21-Mar
Big BendCapt. Dave Huston

Huston Outdoor Adventures

Crystal River, FL352-427-4814Huston Outdoor Adventures Facebook PageHuston Outdoor Adventures Instagram Page21-Aug
Big BendCapt. Paul Kolacia

PT Airboat Adventures

 Homosassa, FL352-262-4490PT Airboat Adventures Facebook PagePT Airboat Adventures Instagram Page20-Aug
Big BendCapt. David Maki

Finntastick Charters

 Homosassa, FL352-601-1525Finntastickcharters@gmail.comFinntastick Charters Facebook Page20-Feb
Big BendCapt. Kyle Messier

Reel Florida Fishing Adventures

Crystal River, FL352-634-4002 Reel Florida Fishing Adventures Facebook PageReel Florida Fishing Adventures Instagram Page20-Aug
Big BendCapt. Michael NeuSalt Marsh Charters High Springs, FL615-971-9536Salt Marsh Charters Instagram Page20-Sep
Big BendCapt. Kyle Skipper

Marker One Flats Charters

Steinhatchee, FL352-317-1654Marker One Flats Charters Facebook PageMarker One Flats Charters Instagram Page20-Aug
Big BendCapt. Kate SprattCaptain Kate Spratt ChartersHomosassa, FL352-400-9747 Captain Kate Spratt Charters Facebook Page20-Apr
Big Bend*Brian Stauffer

Fishhead Kayak Charters

Homosassa, FL352-442-4311Fishhead Kayak Charters Instagram Page19-Sep
Big BendCapt. Houston Thomas

SaltLick Outfitters LLC.

Steinhatchee, FL813-375-1033SaltLick Outfitters LLC. Facebook Page20-Feb
Big BendCapt. Denny Voyles

Voyles Guide Service

Cedar Key, FL352-339-203420-Aug
Big BendCapt. Nick Warrington

High Octane Fishing

Crystal River, FL352-212-5070 High Octane Fishing Facebook Page19-Nov
Big BendCapt. Brent Woodard

Reel Native Fishing Charters

Horseshoe Beach, FL352-284-5514 Reel Native Fishing Charters Facebook PageReel Native Fishing Charters Instagram Page20-Aug
Big BendHenry “Buz” Bireline

Kingfisher Kayak Adventures

Gainesville, FL 352-448-810121-Dec
Big BendCapt. Memphis Zachry

Fish Crystal River, LLC

Crystal River, FL352-212-8327Fish Crystal River, LLC Facebook PageFish Crystal River, LLC Instagram Page21-Oct
Big BendCapt. Chris Williamson

Williamson Outfitters LLC

Apalachicola, FL850-251-865022-Apr
Big BendCapt. Chris Wagoner

Outdoors with Capt. Chris Wagoner

Ozello to Steinhatchee, FL352-278-1054chris@outdoorswithcw.comOutdoors with Capt. Chris Wagoner Facebook PageOutdoors with Chris Wagoner Instagram Page22-Aug
Big BendCapt. Randy Matheny

Muddy Tail Charters

Eustis, FL352-551-6304muddytailcharters@gmail.comOutdoors with Capt. Chris Wagoner Facebook PageMuddy Tail Charters22-Sep
Big Bend*Patrick Abbott

PJ's Kayak Fishing & Adventures

Williston, FL352-681-0986pjkayaking@gmail.com22-Sep
West CentralCapt. Christopher Barton

Reel Diversion Charters

Bradenton, FL941-405-9689 Reel Diversion Charters Facebook PageReel Diversion Charters Instagram Page20-Sep
West CentralCapt. Josh Bibler

Captain Bibbs Fishing Charters

Palmetto, FL 941-840-1008Captain Bibbs Fishing Charters Facebook PageCaptain Bibbs Fishing Charters Instagram Page20-Feb
West CentralCapt. Brandon Csaszar

Anclote Charters

Tarpon Springs, FL727-741-3394Anclote Charters Facebook Page Anclote Charters Instagram Page21-May
West Central*John Cento

Nature Tours USA

Clermont, FL,352-432-214020-Dec
West CentralCapt. Jeremy Frioud

Frioud Family Charters

Clearwater, FL727-492-736221-Apr
West CentralCapt. Jim GalbraithFlorida MemoriesSt. Petersburg, FL813-499-4608Florida Memories Facebook Page20-Sep
West Central*Buddy HarrisonEcoTrek Family Fishing and Kayak ToursTampa, FL813-928-380620-Oct
West CentralCapt. Charlie Howell

Ebb & Flow Charters

Tampa, FL813-598-1191Ebb & Flow Charters Facebook PageEbb & Flow Charters Instagram Page20-Jun
West Central*Arthur “AJ” Jackson

AJ’s Bass Guides

Orlando, FL407-288-9670AJ’s Bass Guides Facebook PageAJ’s Bass Guides Instagram Page20-Sep
West CentralCapt. Steve Johnson

Flats Snookin Inshore Charters LLC

Port Richey, FL727-207-6067Flats Snookin Inshore Charters Facebook Page Flats Snookin Inshore Charters LLC Instagram Page21-Mar
West CentralCapt. Scott MooreMoore FishingAnna Maria, FL941-713-1921captscottkm@aol.comMoore Fishing Charters Facebook Page20-Aug
West CentralCapt. Kevin MurphyCowboys Trophy ChartersLargo, FL513-507-3726ktmurphy255@gmail.com20-Sep
West CentralCapt. Parker PopeInternational SailorsTampa, FL813-382-2216 International Sailors Facebook Page20-Sep
West CentralCapt. Douglas C. Ricciardi

Tearin’ Em Up! Fishing Charters & Nature Tours

Sarasota, FL941-587-615020-Sep
West CentralCapt. Zac Tapp

Niche Fishing Charters, LLC

Bradenton, FL561-308-139820-Aug
West Central*Joseph UrbinoReel Honor FishingHudson, FL21-Aug
West CentralCapt. Michael B. Yonker

Florida Sailing and Powerboat School and Charters

Sarasota, FL941-500-2485Florida Sailing and Powerboat School and Charters Facebook Page20-Mar
West CentralCapt. Brian Riley

Anclote Adventures

Tarpon Springs, FL813-629-2308brian@ancloteadventures.comAnclote Adventures Facebook PageAnclote Adventures Instagram Page20-Jun
West CentralCapt. Matt KarwoskiMow Fish ChartersBelleair Beach, FL727-331-1700brian@ancloteadventures.com22-Jul
SouthwestCapt. Debbie Hanson


Estero, FL239-233-4930debbie@shefishes2.comSheFishes2SheFishes2 Instagram Page23-Jan
SouthwestCapt. Colin Carpenter

Native Guides

Captiva, FL239-822-3337bigwatercharters@gmail.com23-Jan
SouthwestCapt. Bo Bartholomew

In the Loop Fishing Charters

Pineland, FL239-357-510421-Apr
SouthwestCapt. Christian Hunter Brown

Hunter Brown Charters

Boca Grande, FL941-735-1820Hunter Brown Charters Facebook Page19-Sep
Southwest*Corey W. Campbell

Florida National Parks Association (Big Cypress Institute)

Ochopee, FL239-719-2483Florida National Parks Association (Big Cypress Institute) Facebook Page  Instagram Page20-Sep
SouthwestCapt. Rich Damianos

Reel Rich Fishing

Punta Gorda, FL607-327-0221Reel Rich Fishing Facebook Page19-Oct
SouthwestCapt. John Dant

Get Some Charters

Everglades City/Naples, FL239-331-0209Get Some Charters Facebook Page20-Apr
Southwest*Capt. Larry DeHaysDeHays Charters (non-fishing eco-tours)Sanibel, FL239-691-762320-Oct
SouthwestCapt. Becca deRosaKids’ Needs of Greater EnglewoodEnglewood, FL315-256-6613bcderosa63@gmail.com20-Oct
SouthwestCapt. Kenny DiBiaseFlorida Freedom ChartersSanibel, FL239-476-2904Florida Freedom Charters Facebook Page20-Oct
SouthwestCapt. Daniel T. EdwardsAmVetChartersPunta Gorda, FL941-268-0810AmVetCharters Facebook Page20-Nov
SouthwestCapt. Van Hubbard

Family Fun Fishing

Englewood, FL941-468-4017Family Fun Fishing Facebook Page20-Jul
SouthwestCapt. Jeff JarrPunta Gorda, FL21-Sep
SouthwestCapt. Joe McNichols

Show and Tell Charters

Everglades City, FL239-821-330520-Aug
SouthwestCapt. Chris Newberry

Outcast Charter Company

Ponce de Leon/Punta Gorda Isles, FL941-628-0359Outcast Charter Company Facebook Page19-Nov
SouthwestCapt. Barry Nicholls

Capt. Barry Cuda Charters

Naples, FL239-860-7227Capt. Barry Cuda Charters Facebook Page20-Nov
SouthwestCapt. Harold Roebuck III

Go on the Water Charters

Venice, FL863-381-6734Go on the Water Charters Facebook Page21-Mar
SouthwestCapt. Bill Schwalm

Better Days Charter Service

St. James City, FL239-887-149420-Sep
SouthwestCapt. William SchwartzmillerPort of the Islands ChartersNaples, FL239-642-881820-Mar
SouthwestCapt. Don TaylorBack Bay ChartersPunta Rassa, FL239-850-956920-Oct
SouthwestCapt. Scott WilhelmBokeelia, FL941-979-011021-Apr
SouthwestCapt. Bobby Woodard

Fly ‘Em High Charters

Boca Grande, FL863-224-1418 Fly ‘Em High Charters Facebook Page22-Feb
SouthwestCapt. Joe Savoca

Estero Bay Adventures

Fort Myers FL215-534-0275Estero Bay Adventures Facebook Page22-Apr
SouthwestCapt. Rick Harrison Jr.Gulf and Grove Fly FishingEnglewood, FL941-237-9492bcderosa63@gmail.com21-Jun
SouthwestCapt. Roger Gendron

Drop Your Fly Fishing

Punta Gorda, Drop Your Fly Fishing Facebook Page22-Nov
SouthCapt. Brian Branigan

Keys Boat Tours

 Big Pine Key, FL306-699-7166 Keys Boat Tours Facebook Page20-Aug
SouthCapt. Diego Cordova

Flat Out Sportfishing

Marathon, FL305-395-1228Flat Out Sportfishing Facebook PageFlat Out Sportfishing Instagram Page20-Feb
SouthCapt. Bob Dorchak

Medicine Man Fishing Charters of the Lower Keys

Summerland Key, FL305-900-748820-Jun
SouthCapt. Charlie Filpes

Key Largo Adventures

Islamorada, FL305-975-4885Key Largo Adventures Facebook PageKey Largo Adventures Instagram Page20-Apr
SouthCapt. Steve Friedman

A Fishing Guide LLC

Islamorada, FL305-393-3474A Fishing Guide LLC Instagram Page20-Oct
SouthCapt. Chris Gowens

Koko Charters

Key West, FL305-992-8517Koko Charters Instagram Page20-Nov
South*Jim HarmonSchool of FishFt. Lauderdale, FL561-376-0574School of Fish Instagram Page20-Sep
SouthCapt. Dax HallockCoast2Coast Charters LLC786-760-100620-Sep
SouthCapt. Willie Howard

Capt. Willie’s Charters

Riviera Beach, FL561-307-3047Capt. Willie’s Charters Facebook PageCapt. Willie’s Charters Instagram Page20-Mar
SouthCapt. Clyde Morgan Jewett

Flats Angler, LLC. d/b/a Florida Backcountry Fishing

Islamorada, FL305-790-5526Flats Angler, LLC. Instagram Page20-Jul
SouthCapt. Kyle Kelso

All Water Charters

Key West, FL305-509-2201All Water Charters Facebook PageAll Water Charters Instagram Page20-Jun
SouthCapt. Ron LawsonRiver Keys FishingCudjoe Key, FL717-571-017920-Mar
SouthCapt. John M. Miller

Calypso Charters

Ramrod Key, FL305-735-4951Calypso Charters Facebook PageCalypso Charters Instagram Page20-Sep
SouthCapt. Rich Mitchell Phase One Backcountry Charters Islamorada, FL305-393-072920-Sep
SouthCapt. Bill Taylor

Black Dog Fishing Charters

Jupiter, FL561-744-5700Black Dog Fishing Charters Facebook PageBlack Dog Fishing Charters Instagram Page20-Jan
South*Johann Barata786-715-628221-Oct
SouthCapt. Christopher Lenahan

Oracle Expeditions Fly Fishing And Light Tackle Charters

Riviera Beach FL561-444-6970oracleexpeditions@gmail.comOracle Expeditions Fly Fishing And Light Tackle Charters Facebook Page Oracle Expeditions Fly Fishing And Light Tackle Charters Instagram Page22-Apr
SouthCapt. Scott Ray


Key Largo, Sea2Table - Scott E. Ray22-Sep

Listed guides 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; FSG does not have the ability to verify federal licensing.

*An asterix denotes 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 curious about a guide’s credentials, please do not hesitate to inquire.

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Contact Us

Got questions about the Florida Friendly Fishing Certification Program? Reach out to our regional contacts listed below.