Frequently Asked Questions about light tackle and fly fishing charters with fishing guide Capt.
What is flats and backcountry
We fish the calm shallow bays,
along beaches and
barrier islands with light tackle. The endless maze of tidal creeks and mangrove
islands holds a host of large game fish.
Tarpon, snook and redfish are
just a few of the species that we encounter.
Are you the
guy in the gray boat?
Where do you
go out of?
I live in Englewood,
near Boca Grande. I keep both of my boats on the
trailer. This way I can launch at any of our local
ramps. I like to launch at the ramp closest to our
Where are you located?
Boca Grande/Englewood area is about one hour
south of St. Petersburg/Tampa. Two hours southwest of Orlando and one hour
north of Ft. Myers. We usually depart out of Boca Grande. Usually at
Eldred's Marina at the base of the Boca Grande Causeway. We also launch at several other locations, in order to be closer
to the fish.
I see you fish for tarpon in
the Boca Grande/Charlotte Harbor area as well as the
Everglades. Which location is better?
Tarpon are a migratory species.
The peak times for each location are different. I
fish the peak season in both locations. Here
in the Boca Grande area May-August is the peak
season. Down in the Everglades March, October
and November is the peak season. Having said
that, the fishing is very different in both
locations. So different in fact I use different
boats and even different tackle.
In the Boca Grande area I use my
bigger boat. It can handle up to 4 people. We are
usually fishing large (40-100 fish avg.) pods along
the beaches and back in the bays. Generally we ramp
close to where we are fishing. Runs are shorter.
Definitely more accessible.
Fishing in the Everglades area I
use my skiff/flats boat. I can take 1 or 2
passengers maximum. Here we launch right square in
the middle of nowhere. We fish in the back bays,
jungle rivers and shallow flats. A true fishing
adventure. You might as well leave your phone
behind, it won't work here anyway.
I love both places.
So it really is up to you.
Depending on the type of trip you want and the time
of year you want to go.
more information on my Everglades fishing.
What are your prices?
Why not put them on your website?
My prices vary depending on the
time of year, species we are targeting and number of anglers.
They are not on my site because I
would like the chance to talk to all of my prospective clients on the phone or
email before they book their charter. Although my prices are right in line
with other full time professionals in my area, I do not want to be dismissed
solely because my prices are higher than the average part timer you find on the
There are a lot of clowns in this business.
If we book you for a day's fishing are we guaranteed
to catch fish?
trips fishing for snook, trout and redfish are
100% guaranteed fishing. No
Fish No Pay!!! If you book a full day trip with me
and do not catch a game fish, (snook, redfish, trout
etc.) you do not pay a dime.
Tarpon fishing, like
any other big game fishing, can be unpredictable.
Weather, moon phase, tides all factor into the
equation. Once hooked there are lot of factors
that come in to play whether the fish is landed or
not. Tarpon are notorious for throwing the
hooks. Over the last 26 years I have made a
full time living as a guide. I have found over 100
different ways to lose a tarpon. I am sure
there are several I haven't seen yet. I can
not guarantee you will catch/land a tarpon when you fish
Fly fishing for
tarpon, if you can not cast an 11 or 12wt rod
adequately there is not a lot I can do for you.
If we book a trip are you
the guide that will be taking us fishing?
Yes. I am not a booking or
referral service. I am a fishing guide. I will be the one taking you
Are tarpon the only species of fish you
Absolutely not! I make a living year round
fishing for all of the species of game fish this area has to offer. Snook,
redfish, cobia, tripletail and seatrout just to name a few. A day fishing
and exploring the vast backcountry of Charlotte Harbor in a skiff is not easily
during prime tarpon season (May- August) I do not fish for anything but tarpon. Unless windy/rough conditions keep us from tarpon fishing (and that
rarely ever happens).
Do you have restroom facilities on your boat?
I do have a real nice bucket...
I am undecided on a 1/2 day
or a full day trip?
Well to answer the first question
it depends on how long you want to fish or how many fish do you want to catch.
A 1/2 day trip is only 4 hours dock to dock. Figure anywhere from 15-30 minutes
to get to the first spot and the same to get home. Then you are looking at
about 3 to 3 1/2 hours left to fish. If we have to catch bait add another
hour. So in the better/warmer months when we are catching and using live
bait we might only get 2 to 2 1/2 hours to actually fish. The first spot can't be
too far from where we catch bait. Hopefully the tide will be moving and
the fish in our first spot are ready to bite.
I don't know about you, but I want
more time than that when I go fishing by myself.
Can we book a 1/2 day then
if it is good just stay out?
Yes and no. If I have a 1/2
day trip booked, I always try to book the afternoon with another 1/2 day.
If the afternoon is open we can do that, but depending on when you might
decide to stay, it can hinder our trip. If I am planning on fishing a
full day, I catch more bait and plan my day accordingly. I might run a
little further or end up a little farther away from the dock by mid-day.
If we only have a 1/2 day to fish I have to stay closer to home. Otherwise
we are spending too much of the 4 hours running.
Full days are the way to go
Period. (nuff said!)
"A 1/2 day doesn't mean we will
catch a full day's worth of fish in half the time. It means we get 1/2 the
time to fish.", Capt. Mark Bennett
We want to fish for tarpon,
but we are undecided on a 1/2 or a full day trip?
Wait a minute...are you
reading this or just looking at the pictures?
Can we book a full day,
catch a couple tarpon then go target another species?
If it were only that easy.
The differences are just too many to be able to target tarpon and snook (or
other species) in one day. Different bait, locations, different tackle and
mindset. I feel to do either one correctly you need to spend the day doing
it. There is not enough hours in a day to do both effectively.
What if the tarpon fishing is slow? Do you
change it up and target other species?
during peak season. The only way to catch a
tarpon is to fish for them.
We (or people in our group)
don't have a lot of experience fishing. Can we still catch a tarpon?
I have always considered myself a
coach as much as a guide. To me, it doesn't matter if you
have never fished before or have for over 50 years. Tarpon fishing is
different in almost every aspect from any other kind of fishing I have ever
experienced. Over the last 26+ years I have developed a proven method of
teaching the techniques and skills necessary to land one of these giant fish on
I feel like I can teach anyone to be a skilled tarpon fisherman (or
We don't fly fish, can we
still fish with you? (I am
not sure why I get asked this question so often.)
Absolutely, as a matter of fact,
fishing with spinning tackle can be even more productive.
When is the best time/What is
the best day (week, month) to catch a tarpon?
This is the number one question I
am asked... The best time to catch a tarpon is when the water is calm, the
fish are right in front of you and are really hungry...
In all seriousness, the peak season
in the Boca Grande/Charlotte Harbor area
is May-August. That is when the most tarpon are in our area. The
absolute best month changes every season. Some years it is July, some
June, some May. A couple years ago in August we caught more tarpon than
the entire rest of the season put together.
two to three months a year fishing for tarpon exclusively
in the Florida Everglades. March, October and
November are the peak months of the migration
through that area.
more information on my Everglades fishing.
I heard that May and June
are the best months to catch a tarpon. Is that true?
Absolutely not. May and June
are great months to fish, but we have lots of tarpon here in South Florida March thru
I am coming down in February( or insert any other month the tarpon are not always here).
Will the tarpon be in the around by then?
They might be. I know it
would be a lot easier right now and I definitely would book more trips if I lied
and just said they would be, but that is not me.
No, I can't make them show up any
earlier just for you. If I could, I would make them stay year round.
Unfortunately it is not my decision. I have tried prayer and it is hit or
miss at best.
Know this, if anyone in my area is
catching tarpon consistently it will be me. There is no other fish I
would rather chase.
We know it is not the right season, but we are
coming anyway. Won't there still be a few tarpon
The large tarpon are migratory. Meaning they migrate
here to spawn and then they leave.
Is it ok to bring kids and
small children on your charters?
My childhood was (and still is...)
all about fishing.
Absolutely. Kids are the
future of our sport. I don't have a set age limit for any of my charters.
Tarpon fishing the days are long
and the fish are huge. Often times adults have a hard time hooking and
landing one of these giants on their own, much less a small child.
No one knows your children better
than you. You need to use your own judgment.
Backcountry/inshore trips are
perfect for kids. I like to tailor the trips to keep them interested as
well as get them excited about the sport we love. I enjoy teaching kids
how to fish and about the fish.
The best part for you: Finally you can
relax, sit back and actually fish for a change!
Why do mullet jump?
Mullet jump because they are happy.
What do we need for the trip?
Whatever you might eat and drink. We
supply top notch tackle, fishing license, bait and a cooler full of ice. Polarized
sunglasses and sunscreen are recommended but not necessary.
What shouldn't we bring?
No black soled shoes, alcohol/beer, aerosol/spray
sunscreen or bananas.
BANANAS ALLOWED ON BOAT DURING TARPON SEASON!
This also means banana muffins,
banana trail mix, etc.
This is no joke. I am not kidding!
Is alcohol allowed on board?
I am in this business to take people fishing, not to babysit a
boatload of drunks. If you are looking for a "Booze Cruise", please
Snook/redfish/backcountry trips, I
am ok with a couple beers, but no liquor.
Do you do sunset cruises, bird watching or shelling
That would be a no... Seriously?... no.
What type of tackle do you use, do I need to
bring my own?
All of my tackle is state of the
art. I use St. Croix Rods and Penn Reels,
absolutely the finest saltwater tackle on the planet. We use mostly
spinning reels, but I do use a few conventional reels for certain applications.
Whatever the species we are after we
will be rigged to the hilt for them. If you want to bring your favorite
rod talk to me and I will tell you what you need as far as type, line size etc.
How do we book a trip?
Give me a call or email. We can discuss and
recommend best dates/seasons or check availability for your dates. We can
also recommend lodging in Englewood or waterfront on Boca Grande island.
How do we reserve a date or dates?
I take a deposit to reserve a date.
On multiple day trips, the balance of the charter fee is due on the morning of
the first day.
All deposits are 100%
refundable for cancellations due to bad weather or rough seas at my discretion.
For customer cancellations, if I can re-book the dates with someone else I will
refund your deposit in full.
minute cancellations will be charged in full unless
I can re-book the date with someone else.
Really, I hate to take deposits
and have cancellation policies, but unfortunately a few bad apples over the
years have forced me to.
Please do not book a date unless you are planning to
fish that day.
Do you take credit cards?
Yes, I do. However there is a small
fee to use this service. I charge you exactly what they charge me. 4% over
the phone and 3% with the card in hand.
and credit cards will only be accepted for final
payment. If you need to pay with a check talk
to me about it at the time of booking.
Who builds your website?
Actually I do. After being
ripped off $350 by a website company over 20 years ago, I decided to teach
myself. I have no formal schooling in web design or writing.
it went so well with my wife Jenni's photography.
I really loved learning how to do it right from the
After looking over the myriad of
guides/outfitters websites out there, I knew my website had to be different.
I didn't need the fancy junk or hyped up sales pitches. I just needed to
be honest with the content and have lots of photos of what we do.
Definitely a what you see is what
you get/no bullshit philosophy.
Why do you have so many websites?
Tarponsnook.com, has been online for over 22 years
now. Long before the internet was cool...lol Old school, old software but it still
gets my point across. GladesTarpon.com is all
about our fishing trips in the Florida Everglades.
I wanted to dedicate a site our adventures in the Everglades.
I figured it is best to keep the sites/locations
separate. FloridaTarponSportfishing.com I
think is a great name and it gives me a platform to
learn the newest website software without
experimenting with what I have established online
You might have noticed I
like to update my sites often. When the
weather gets bad I am usually tinkering with at
least one of
The Photography on your site is great, how do you get so
many great shots?
That is easy, for me anyway. My wife
Jenni, along with just being awesome, is a professional photographer. The best tarpon photos you have seen
for over the last 21+ years in Sport Fishing Magazine, Saltwater Sportsman,
Texas Fish and Game and Florida Sportsman are hers. (yes I am biased)
Being on the water during tarpon season with me full time since 1996
and several hundred hookups a season means lots of opportunities. Jenni
averages well over 4000 photos per season. The hardest part of building
this website is choosing
from the hundreds of unbelievable shots Jenni gets every season.
Do we need to
tip the 1st Mate?
Proper etiquette on
charter boats is at least 15-20%. Jenni has
over 22 years experience fishing professionally.
She does it all. There is not a mate in this
area that even comes close.
Can we get
copies of the photos Jenni takes on our trip?
See the previous
Why don't you fish for tarpon in Boca Grande
Crowds, crowds and crowds. During the daytime hours
the pass has 150+ boats crowded together all racing around trying to fish
one spot. Fighting between boats is common. Plus the tarpon fishing
in Boca Grande Pass is highly overrated at best. The picture to the right
is Boca Grande Pass in June. It looks like these guys are waiting for a
shotgun start for a tournament, but believe
it or not these guys are actually "fishing"
(term used loosely).
I prefer to fish for tarpon in their natural state, as far away from boat traffic
and fishing pressure as possible.
Do you work with a network of
No, I don't. I do my own thing. The
same thing I have been doing for well over 26 years. There is a problem working with a bunch of other guides or a "network", as some like to call it.
Whenever you are on fish you will have the whole "network" there as well.
Personally I have never ever thought, "Wow there is
just too many fish here for just me. I better call all of my buddies
Yes, this school of thought is entirely different than
all of the other
My worst nightmare is to be
just like everyone else.
Do you fish any of the tarpon tournaments?
No, I do not fish the tarpon tournaments,
because the tarpon tournaments are all held in Boca Grande Pass (see photo above right).
Why do other guides say that Boca Grande Pass
and "The Hill" are the best bet to
catch a tarpon?
Because that is where they like to fish.
The pass and now the hill is the most insane cluster of boats you have ever
seen. Zero ethics or consideration of other anglers. Just a mess
Don't take the "Boca Grande bait and switch"!
Most all tarpon guides advertise "sight fishing", "fishing the
flats and beaches" etc. When in reality they only fish in Boca Grande Pass
and the mess of boats nearby.
they mention fishing the pass or the Hill, that is where you will end up. Trust me some
things never change.
We talked to another Captain, he said that the beaches and
just as crowded as Boca Grande Pass and "The Hill". Is this true?
How brain dead is that statement? Or that Captain for
that matter? This shows you first hand the dangers of breathing excessive
outboard exhaust fumes, caused by fishing in and around over crowded Boca Grande Pass.
One look at any of my
or Video Page will answer that question over and over again.
I was told that the largest tarpon only live in Boca Grande
pass, and the fish on the flats and beaches are much smaller and less abundant.
Another false statement, in fact they are the same fish. Weeks
before the tarpon start to gather in Boca Grande pass I am catching them all
along the way. Giant pods of tarpon rolling and feeding on the surface is a
sight to see. Once fish start to show up in Boca Grande pass that is the
time to fish along the beaches. Casting to pods of tarpon finning, rolling
on the surface and daisy chaining in the clear water is awesome for sure.
Something you won't forget. The fish along the beaches are all coming and
going from the big pass and other places. They have to get to the pass
somehow, don't they? When they start to leave the big pass is even better.
Overall boat traffic subsides, the fish are "happier" and so am I.
As far as numbers go, anyone
can talk a good game.
Can they prove it?
I have state verified proof.
Check out the Tarpon Research page
on this site:
I noticed there are a couple guides that
make many of the same claims you do on their website. Parts of their
website are almost word for word the same as yours. What's up with that?
Yes there is. There are several that have
copied my website, it's content and even stolen our copyrighted photos to use on
There is one guide that has tried (key word) to
emulate my every move for over 20 years. Website, advertising, fishing
spots, boats, hobbies... everything...
If I took up ballet he would go buy a tutu,
Other guides tell me that they fish where the "bite" is
best whether it is in the pass, on the beach or the flats. What if the
fish are only in the pass?
There are two kinds of tarpon guides in our area, ones who
fish the pass and ones who don't. There are only a few guides that fish the
flats and beaches everyday. I don't know any guides that fish the pass who also fish
the flats and beaches on a regular basis, no matter what you hear.
With miles of coastline, beautiful beaches,
mangrove lined islands, grass flats, shoals and rivers, why would all of the
fish be in a 2 acre hole. While sitting in the pass everyday, unless these guys
are psychic, how would they know anyway? Tarpon
roam throughout our area, to think that all of the fish will be in one spot is
What if we want to fish in Boca Grande Pass or get involved
in the many tournaments held there? Are you telling us it is a bad place
to fish for tarpon?
No, not at all. The point I am trying to make, fishing
in the pass is not my cup of tea. I mean no disrespect to the many guides
who make a living fishing there. If you want to fish the pass or get
involved in the many tournaments held there call or email me anytime and I will
try to point you in the right direction. There are lots of guides that
fish the pass everyday and I know some of the ones that have proven the test of
time. I will be more than happy to refer you to one of them.
Also, if you are thinking of trying tarpon fishing on your own
in your boat. Boca Grande Pass is the place to start. It is easy to
find and doesn't require a lot of the specialized tackle and equipment
(specialty boats, trolling motors etc.) to get started.
There are so many fishing guides
advertising "Tarpon Fishing"
and "Tarpon fishing in Boca Grande", how do we choose?
Notice most of them don't even live in this area code.
Just on the internet alone there are
hundreds to choose from, but when you cut through the BS there are only a few. Here are a few
things to help narrow your search.
Question #1 when hiring a guide for
anything, especially tarpon. Ask them: How long has it been since you have
caught a tarpon yourself?
The answer is VERY important. They can
say they have a fully booked season so they don't have time etc. etc. blah,
blah, blah... That is BS.
Out of a whole season (5-6 months) you will
always have a cancellation at some point or time early or late in the season to
get after them yourself. I always make time if I have to. I try to,
at the very least, catch a dozen or more every year myself. I think it is imperative
to remember what the client is going through on the other end of the boat
fighting the fish of their lifetime.
In my opinion, if you don't absolutely love it
to your heart and soul how can you be good at it. If you have a passion
for anything you make time. Just writing this gets me excited about it.
Do you really want to go fishing with a guide
that just drives you around and goes through the motions??? Or even worse
one that spends all day on the phone booking trips and talking about other
things not related to your trip? Somebody that would rather be doing
Why would you want to fish with anyone who
doesn't love it?
I have been in this business for over 24 years.
My seasons are fully booked. If you think I treat this just like a regular
job you are sadly mistaken. Tarpon fishing has very long hours, I get very
little sleep, but it is so worth the reward.
It is in my soul. I
don't have much left in the tank after 8pm, but at 4am I am on fire!
You know the saying, family first. That
doesn't apply in my house during tarpon season...lol
YES, it is that
This business is not regulated by anyone.
Anybody can get a captains license and a website. They can make any claim
So many outright lie
to people just to book trips.
If the guide seems arrogant or drunk on the phone or
email, imagine how it will be to spend the day with them. How will they
treat your wife or kids?
Never hire a guide that works for a resort,
another guide or booking service. That is the #1 best way to end up with a
second rate captain. If any of these guys could make it on their own they
would. Otherwise why would you give a large percentage of your daily fee
to someone else? With the stream of new clients coming from the resort or
they don't need to rely on repeat business to make a living. No need to
work too hard or get out of bed too early.
Believe it or not, there are a some guides that get
a signed contract when you book a trip with them. You think they
have had a few problems in the past? Maybe?
If you notice everyone advertises tarpon
fishing, but very few have up to date photos of tarpon or anything else.
Think about it, if you made a living catching fish wouldn't you snap a few
photos once in a while? Notice how many have the exact same jumping tarpon photo
on their site. Most just steal them off the internet and decorate their
site with them. That is why so many have the same photos. They
steal them off my website all of the time. Every winter I track down 4 or
5 and get them to quit using our photos. I am actually thinking of
starting a new page called the "Wall of Shame". Featuring everything and
everyone that steals content and photos off this website.
A lot of guides book
tarpon trips only to switch last minute to another species because the
bite is supposedly "off". This is VERY common.
There are very few guides that actually catch tarpon
on a regular/daily basis.
Many of them claim to hook 10 or 20 tarpon a
day, but in reality don't catch that many all season.
Beware of prices below the going rate.
There are a lot of part-timers in this business.
These guys are just looking for someone to make their boat payment this month.
pay a cut-rate price for a guide that is exactly what you will get, expect cut-rate
service as well.
There are several guides in this area claiming lots of
experience, the best in the area etc., that were themselves clients of mine or
other established guides in the area just a few years ago.
Over the years there have also been several guides in the area
that are all over the internet, they come off as legit only to run off with
people's money and even worse ruin their vacation. Either by not showing up at
all or sending some new idiot guide in their place when it is time to fish.
Be extra careful of
ANY website advertising more than one guide.
This is a sure way to end up hiring a part timer.
It is very common for a group of part time guides to
get together and split advertising costs. It
can also be a sign of a booking service. There are many booking services on the internet
posing as fishing guides. Some are fishing TV show hosts that claim to be the best in the area or to have
the best guides in the area. Actually, they just make a finders fee and
then look to pawn off the clients to the lowest bidder.
Almost every one of them claims
to be a full time guide, 20+ years of fishing/guiding
experience and/or claiming to be the best in the area.
How many of those years were spent as a
professional captain, actually guiding clients for money? Most didn't even
live in the state of Florida that long. I know one that claims over
30 years full time
guiding experience that hasn't even owned a boat that long. I can count on
one hand the guys that have guided 20+ years around here. That list gets
shorter every year.
Most all of them claim to be a full time guide,
very few (almost none) actually
make a living at it.
I get a kick out of reading the BS on their
websites. Like: Capt. Zero graduated from so and so university then
heard his calling so he
went on to travel the world in search of giant fish...right after winning
Olympic Gold in the summer games...then decided to be a fishing guide because he
was drawn to the water by God...and you should feel privileged to fish with
him...lol In reality it should say: Capt. Zero went
to school, got a great job, retired to SW Florida and decided it would be best
to have you make his boat payments...plus then he can write off all of his
fishing vacations...lol... Or Capt. Zero was born rich, went to so and so
university, spent all of his summers traveling to exotic destinations to fish
and thought being a guide would be fun after his trust fund kicked in.
What does any of that crap have to do with
catching you a fish anyway? Last time I checked tarpon and trophy snook
don't give a crap...lol
Me?... I have two degrees. I graduated from the School of Hard Knocks
at a very young age. More recently a Masters from YouTube University.
I have lived along the west coast of Florida my whole life
and haven't done much of anything except fish. I have spent the last 26
years making a full time living guiding. Shit, other than being a fishing
never had a real job. (OK, you got me...I do hunt,
ride mountain bikes and
shoot all kinds of guns too...)
A lot claim to be I.G.F.A.* certified or holder or breaker of multiple
*I.G.F.A: International Game Fish Association
Ask them these questions:
What does it take to be I.G.F.A. certified?
(answer: $150 a year).
What records? Which
According to the I.G.F.A, none of the guides that fish this area
holds or guided someone to a I.G.F.A World Record tarpon, snook or redfish.
The only World Records taken in this area were a
couple hammerhead sharks over 10 years ago and two women's record snook back in the 80's.
There are no guides that fish my area that actually have "I.G.F.A. World Records"
for any desirable species. A lot of them go for open categories (records that
no one has wanted to claim or brand new line classes) and Junior records (made
for kids) of undesirable species (such as Spanish Mackerel or ladyfish)
just to say they have a "World Record".
Notice a lot of them claim to hold world
records, but none have listed which species or even have that species listed as a
targeted species on their website.
A lot of them claim tournament wins as a
reason to hire them.
Unfortunately for them, tournament wins only
show who was the best for one day in the limited area and time frame that the
tournament was held.
"PTTS" events were snagging tournaments.
Believe it or not.
There are two or more tarpon tournaments in
Boca Grande Pass every weekend in May and June and an inshore snook/redfish
tournament every weekend all year round.
Even a blind squirrel finds a nut once in a
Photos don't lie. You can tell when they
are old, new, good or bad. How big and how many.
They might say they
don't take many photos these days or don't have the time, right...
How many people do you know that
catch 100#+ fish daily and don't take photos?
The horror stories I have heard from past and present
clients actually is what prompted me to write the above section.
In 2009, a gentleman and his two sons came over from
Texas. He told me that this trip was a once in a lifetime trip for them.
He booked two days in May, the first one with a new inexperienced guide (with a
nice website) in the area and the
second with me. He called me the night before our scheduled trip and asked
what were we going to fish for the next day. I was caught off guard at the
question. I said we would be going after tarpon of course. He
sounded worried. He said the previous day his guide brought them in
early because there were no tarpon around to fish for and kindly offered to take
them out in the afternoon bottom fishing for grouper. Overflowing with confidence I
had from the outstanding fishing that day, I told him to make sure he and his
boys ate their Wheaties and were at the ramp at 5:30 am sharp. The
following are pictures from their trip the following morning.
Unfortunately I could fill several pages with stories just
like this one.
The guide who this was about is
not even in the business anymore.
Many come into this business
with a big mouth, fancy boat and website.
You will see them all over the
TV, magazines and newspapers.
After a couple years they go away just as
suddenly as they showed up.
There is no substitute for experience.
I have been saltwater fishing my whole life.
I am a full time guide.
Fishing is how I have made a living for over 26 years.
I am not a booking service.
When you hire me, I will be
the guide taking you fishing.
I can promise you this, there
is not a person on this planet that loves tarpon fishing as much as I do.
I am often asked what I think
separates my charters from all of the rest.
The biggest difference...WE
It is easy to talk the talk,
but to walk the walk...tough for most.
One day out will let you know,
I live for this!!
(I really do!!!)
Still not convinced?
Check out my testimonials
page and the video page on this website.
Please feel free to call or
email and ask questions.
I am always available to
discuss your trip.
For Information and reservations:
Capt. Mark Bennett
Boca Grande - Charlotte Harbor - Englewood - Port Charlotte
- Venice - Sarasota - Punta Gorda