My name is James, I grew up in Florida and have been a life long fishermen and boater. I have a strong passion for the ocean and outdoors. I have spent the last ten years bouncing around the Bahamas, Florida Keys, Caribbean and South Florida. I'm looking to transition from full time employment with a single private owner to a freelance captain so that I can choose who I work for and when. The reason for this transition is due to a change in my family situation. My skills vary from tournament fishing to family operations with high profile clients. I commercial fish out of Key West and charters.
I started off working on charter boat row in Key West in 2002. I have been in the private sector since. I have done a bunch of deliveries and guided trips to the Keys, Bahamas and Caribbean. I have been a captain for ten years now, and love nothing more then to still get dirty in the cockpit. My past experience has helped me evolve into a well rounded captain that can be more then comfortable in any situation, wether it be a family with young kids or the CEO of a major corporation. I treat every client with respect and a positive attitude. My previous experiences have taken me to so many islands that most people will never see. I have been to almost every port in the Bahamas, Caribbean, Cayman Islands and Florida. I hope that my future experiences will take me to all of them. Do to my past experience, I am able to be confident in operation of any vessel at any location.
Sport fish: "Luke's Ride" 55' Viking, Captain (January 2015-August 2015) Managed full time Captain duties on the Viking and managed deck duties on the mother ship "Finish Line" 120' Trinity. Boats were based out of South Florida and spent several months in the Bahamas. Sport fish: "Reel Life" 48' Viking, Captain (April 2012-January 2015) In charge of a full time fishing, diving, traveling operation. Based out of Key West and spent the Spring and Summer months bouncing around the Bahamas. Responsible for a 36' invincible that was kept behind the owners house and was used several times a week. Sport fish: "Pier Pressure" 81' Sea Force IX, Only Mate (September 2008-April 2012) In charge of maintance, fishing, and diving. This was a fishing operation with many motor yacht activities. Based out of South Florida but traveled a lot to the Caribbean, Bahamas, and Florida Keys. Towed a 31' Jupiter to all destinations. Sport fish: "T/T Mia Elise" 39' Out Island Express, Captain (November 2007-September 2008) Performed fishing duties as Captain and was responsible for deck duties on the mothership (Mia Elise 128' Palmer Johnson). Fishing boat was based out of Harbour Island, Bahamas. Owner and guest fished each weekend, with a few charters inbetween. Motor yacht: "Jali" 75' Hatteras, Captain (October 2005-November 2007) Responsible for a fleet of boats, 45' Hatteras sport fish, 39' Midnight Express, and a 23' Albury. This was an owner operater program that spent 8 months out of the year traveling the Bahamas. Fishing and diving activities were performed every day.