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: 18’ Xplor Technical Poling Skiff; 24’ Lake & Bay Back Country Tower Boat
Having lived and fished the Anna Maria Island area for over 30 years now, Captain James has a plethroa of knowledge about the area and loves to share it with others! Originally hailing from the midwest, Captain James grew up traveling the country chasing as many fish as he possibly could. From targeting trout in Montana to steelhead in Washington to Snook in Florida, it's safe to say that fishing is his passion. But even more than that, he loves teaching those who are new to saltwater fishing--especially kids!
With a background in deisel mechanics, carpentry, and fiberglass work, you'd be hard hard pressed to find a captain who knows as much about boats as Captain James. When he's not on the water, you will almost certainly find Captain James spending time with his family of 6 (comprised of 4 teenagers) and their German short-haired pointer. They love to make weekend trips to Busch Gardens, longboarding and skating around the island, and are involved with their local church in the area.
Whether you'd like to try and fill the cooler with some fish or do some sightfishing for snook in the shallows, Captain James relishes each and every opportunity he gets to teach others and see their smiles after a fun day on the water!