As a fourth generation South Floridian born and raised in the Upper Keys, I’ve been fortunate enough to grow up fishing the surrounding deep and shallow waters. After acquiring my captain’s license at the age of 17, I decided to kickoff my guiding career while attending Florida Gulf Coast University. After four years of continuously guiding in the Keys and attending classes, I earned a degree in Marine Science. Somewhere along the way, I met my wife, Brooke (who also grew up on the waters of Florida Bay, is a USCG captain, has professional experience in catch-and-release fisheries science, and now runs trips for BlackFly Charters).
Many times my customers ask: “What do you do on your days off?” My answer: “Go fishing.” I love being on the water, so when I’m not guiding, I’m still out fishing with my family and it’s usually with our young daughter, who already has a salty heart. That’s the great thing about fishing the Keys- there’s always something to fish for.