It doesn't matter whether it's a child's first time cruising alongside dolphins on Anna Maria Island, a gulf sunset shared with good people, or the catch of a lifetime, it's the smiles of others that Captain Scott cherishes most.
Having graduated with a degree in English Literature, Scott has traveled and studied internationally, meeting plenty of amazing people along the way. It's their stories and the laughs shared that defines Scott's passions: constantly learning and making others smile.
Always an avid fisherman, Scott decided to "retire" from the corporate world and chase fish instead. He started guiding out west during the summers in Montana and Wyoming for trout on fly rods before the siren song of saltwater fishing lured him to Anna Maria Island full-time. The thrill of hooking up to a fish of his own is dwarfed only by the thrill he has helping others land one of their own. But before you think he has it made, keep in mind that he's a Cleveland Browns fan--which accounts for most of his stress these days.
Captain Jake grew up in-shore fishing on Florida’s Gulf Coast. He caught his first red when he was 5 and added the silver king (tarpon) to his list when he was just 6. He has enjoyed the thrill of catching bass to sharks and everything in between.
A 6 yr career in the Army with the 1st Ranger Batallion took him to Savannah, GA and his passion for fishing continued. Now he's back home guiding full-time off of the shores of Anna Maria Island for reds, snook, trout, tarpon, sharks, cobia and nearshore reef fish. He also loves bass fishing, in his favorite phosphate pits and private lakes.
His quest to experience the ultimate fishing destinations has taken him to places like LA, FL, GA, WI, MT, AZ, SC, NC, ID, Mexico, South America & Belize where he has learned to fine tune his obsession for fly fishing. There is no fish too big or too small that he doesn't enjoy chasing, but he has to admit that he's an addict for tossing a fly at big redfish. The adrenaline rush he gets when "ole red" boils up on a hand-tied fly never gets old.
It doesn’t matter if you want to fish hard, or just relax with lots of shenanigans...Jake guarantees fun.
As an Army Vet, his dream is to share an experience on the water with others has become a reality and he looks forward to sharing it with you.
Specializing in: back country, in-shore & near shore saltwater fishing. Fly fishing is always welcomed too!
Boats: 24’ Lake & Bay Back Country Tower Boat, 24' Hanson Center Console Tower Boat
Captain Blake was brought up on and around the waters of Anna Maria Island and Tampa Bay and realized early on that his passion was saltwater fishing. After graduating from Roanoke College with a Business/Finance degree and working for a few years in the corporate world, Captain Blake made the decision to pursue a career on the water.
Earning the title of 25-Ton Master Captain, Blake set his sights on running fishing charters full-time. Whether it’s inshore fishing around the Anna Maria Island, fishing lakes in the mountains of Virginia, or the coastal species in the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic, he is always in pursuit of the most well-known game-fish that the waters have to offer.
When he's not on a charter, you can almost always find him out on the water scouting the next honey-hole; on the rare occasion that he's not, you will probably find him at a reggae concert in the area.
Blake will be the first one to tell you that it's no longer catching fish himself that excites him, but rather he loves the thrill that comes when others on his boat are reeling in fish. He would be content with never catching another fish if it meant that he could see his customers happy and catching fish every day.
“For me, the reward is seeing people smile and laughing; that’s what it’s all about. Leave your worries at the dock and lets get after it!”
Boat: 24' T-Craft
Captain Mike, a third-generation fisherman from Bradenton, FL, has dedicated his life to the waters. From an early age, he was drawn to the allure of the ocean, mastering the art of fishing everywhere—from shallow waters to the deep-sea. During his teenage years, Mike's enthusiasm shifted towards guiding clients through the bay and the lush grass flats, specializing in catching snook, redfish, trout, gag grouper, and mangrove snapper. His early foray into competitive fishing saw him vying against Florida's west coast's best anglers, where his unwavering determination led to multiple championship titles. Outside the tournament and charter seasons, Captain Mike diversifies with commercial fishing ventures in the colder months, ranging from cast netting mullet to managing stone crab traps. His deep-seated passion for the sea remains undiminished, making it an integral part of his very essence..
Boat: 24' Hanson Center Console
Captain Justin has been fishing the area since he was a little boy and spends over 200 days a year on the water.
Justin has been a full time local firefighter for over 20 years and loves the water just as much as his career in public safety. He wants to give people the best experience possible and to pass along his knowledge and love of fishing to everyone on the boat.
Whether you’re looking to cruise our local area or fish for snooks, reds, trouts and even the famous tarpon- Captain Justin will be happy to have you aboard the spacious 27ft T-Craft.
Captain Rich Ahrenkiel has been exploring Robinson Preserve for over a decade. The Preserve is an urban oasis of 680 acres of mangrove lined wetlands and wildlife habitat. It boasts 222 species of shorebirds and raptors, otters, numerous small mammals and even manatees.
Captain Rich provides a guided fishing and tour experience to help acquaint visitors with the Preserve and give them an appreciation for all it has to offer. All kayak trips use Old Town pedal kayaks which are safe, stable and get you quickly around the Preserve. His boat trips are run on a new 24' Robablo center console.
Rich specializes is fishing artificial lures which are very effective in the Preserve. All gear is provided as part of the trip. Clients who would like to fish are required to have a Florida fishing license. Snook are the primary Preserve residents, but redfish, speckled trout, jacks, sheepshead and tarpon are there as well. An inshore slam of snook, redfish and speckled trout is possibility any day spent in the Preserve.