The Complete List: 85 Must Know Florida Saltwater Anglers [WITH VIDEOS]
61. Bud N’ Mary’s Richard Stanczyk
One of the most famous marinas in the state of Florida (and probably the entire world) is Bud N’ Mary’s down in Islamorada, FL.
Almost everyone that passes through Islamorada makes a pit stop at the famous marina to see (and feed) the tarpon, to get a bite to eat, a souvenir, and to see the latest catch to come in for the day.
Well the man behind this famous marina is none other than Richard Stanczyk, and every who’s who angler in the world that has come through Islamorada has paid homage to Richard.
Not only that, he is one heck of an angler, and certainly a “Must Know” angler in Florida.
Here is a great interview of Richard sharing the history of the amazing marina.
62. Capt. Michael Anderson and Capt. Billy Nobles
After multiple recommendations from loyal fans, Capt. Michael Anderson and Capt. Billy Nobles are no-brainers for this “Must Know” Florida fishing list.
Captain Mike Anderson is the Host of “Reel Animals Saturday” on AM970 WFLA radio in Tampa and the Co-Host of the “TA Mahoney Company/Reel Animals Radio Show”.
And Captain Mike and Capt. Billy Nobles are the two co-hosts of the “Reel Animals TV Fishing Show” on the World Fishing Network.
Captain Mike is also currently co-hosting a TV show called “Reel Dream Makers”, and a monthly “Fishing Conversation” at Gator Ford in Tampa which occurs the second Tuesday of every month.
Combined, these two pro anglers have caught just about every fish imaginable in Florida, and even won quite a few fishing tournaments along the way.
Here are the guys talking artificial bait on the “Reel Animals” show.
63. John Brownlee
John Brownlee has served as the editor in chief of Salt Water Sportsman magazine, the editor in chief of Marlin Magazine, and has also had an incredibly successful run as the host of the very popular fishing TV show, “Sport Fishing Television” (SFTV).
Certainly one of the top “Who’s Who” among saltwater anglers nationwide, John Brownlee has educated, influenced, and entertained countless anglers throughout the years both on print and on the tube.
Check out John Brownlee talking about how to fish with a popping cork.
64. Capt. Andy Thompson
Capt. Andy Thompson has been fishing in the Florida Keys since he was a young child (he was born in Miami but
Andy has been featured on many of the most popular saltwater fishing TV shows including Mark Sosin’s Saltwater Journal, where Capt. Andy has guided Mark to a horde of pristine fishing locations and facilitated some magnificent fishing action with bonefish, sharks, permit, tarpon and snook.
In addition to his Mark Sosin’s Saltwater Journal appearances, Andy has appeared on ESPN2’s North American Outdoors fishing for tarpon in Biscayne Bay.
Here is a quick video of one of Andy’s client’s releasing a permit that was caught on the fly.
65. Dr. Martin Arostegui
Dr. Martin (Marty) Arostegui’s might be a medical doctor, but his name is synonymous with world fly-fishing records.
He has over 150 International Game Fish Association records (with a couple pending) to his credit, and will likely add more in the years to come.
Since retiring in 1997 from a medical career that included stints as chief of staff at Cedars Hospital in Miami and as an executive with a healthcare company, Marty now pursues fly-fishing full time.
And with any luck, he could eventually become the most decorated fly-fisherman in the history of the sport, and certainly the most decorated fly-fishing doctor of all time.
Here’s Dr. Martin Arostegui in some freshwater fishing action.
66. Capt. Greg Bogdan
Capt. Greg Bogdan grew up fishing (and chartering his dad’s boat) in New Jersey, but finally realized the best fishing was down in the sunshine state (where he has lived and fishing full time for many years now).
Capt. Greg charters a boat called “Permitted” in West Palm Beach, and he still fishes a few marlin and tuna tournaments up north as well.
Greg is also known for getting clients on some massive sharks, and he made news when he helped his client land a 1,100 pound hammerhead shark near Palm Beach, FL (read about it here)
Here is Capt. Greg Bogdan on an episode of “Reeling Up The Coast” TV
67. The Fishing Florida Radio Team
Meet the 3 anglers behind one of the most popular fishing radio shows (and podcast) in the state of Florida called, “Fishing Florida Radio”.
John “BooDreaux” Baumann was born in Louisiana (probably not a shocker with a name like BooDreaux), and has been an outdoor and fishing radio celebrity since 1994.
Captain Mike Ortego is the born and raised “Florida Fisherman”. He spends a lot of time with clients in the FL Keys (where he grew up), and the rest of the season you can find Captain Mike fishing Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River and nearshore fishing in Cape Canaveral.
Steve Chapmen was born in Michigan, but has been living and fishing in Florida since he was 16. He is one heck of a graphic artist as well as angler.
Here is Fishing Florida’s Steve Chapman interviewing Brandon Palaniuk in a car!
68. Capt. Rick Ryals
If Capt. Rick Ryals looks familiar, it’s probably because he is one of the main faces you see in the Florida Sportsman seminars and reviews.
Capt. Rick has spent numerous decades fishing Florida’s waters, and is considered an incredibly knowledgeable teacher for all kinds of Florida fishing.
Here is Capt. Rick Ryals explaining how to troll hard plastics for pegalic game fish.
69. Capt. Mike Holliday
Capt. Mike Holliday was another angler that had multiple recommendations to be on this “Must Know” saltwater angler list.
He is considered an authority on saltwater fishing in Florida waters, and has been a licensed fishing guide in Florida since 1986.
Capt. Mike has filmed over 30 television shows (including George Povoromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing, Spanish Fly, Sportsman’s Adventures The Reel Guys and Mark Sosin’s Saltwater Journal), and had articles published in most of the regional and national fishing magazines.
Here is Mike Holliday fishing on an episode of FishBuzzTV
70. Mark The Shark
From all of the social media noise, it is pretty clear that you either love or hate Mark the Shark.
But one thing is for sure, this guy knows how to catch fish (especially big sharks), and whether people are following Mark the Shark to see his next catch or to see who is going to tick off in his posts, he is tough to ignore.
And with multiple recommendations to make this “Must Know” saltwater angler list, Mark the Shark was too big of a name to leave off (he’s run the #1 monster shark charter in the world for years now – out of Miami).
Here’s some old school Mark the Shark footage.
71. Capt. Geoff Page
If Capt. Geoff Page looks familiar, it’s probably because he is a regular guest on the Chevy Florida Insider Fishing Report, and has been seen on fishing shows such as “Reel Animals”.
Geoff is a regular on the Professional Redfish circuit fishing in the ESPN Redfish Tour, and he has won first place along with at least 20 top ten finishes in 8 years of professional red fishing.
Capt. Page is also very active in CCA and The Pediatric Cancer Foundation.
Here’s Capt. Geoff Page fishing in Sarasota on Reel Animals Fishing.
72. Capt. Ed Zyak
Capt. Ed Zyak was another name that came in through the comments a couple of times.
He is a veteran light-tackle fishing guide and Tournament Pro fisherman with nearly 20 years guiding experience-targeting trophy Snook, Trout, Tarpon, Permit and Redfish.
And Capt. Zyak fishes Florida’s east coast from Jupiter to Sebastian on the World Famous Indian River Lagoon, St Lucie River and nearshore Atlantic Coast.
Here’s Ed Zyak talking about a Minn Kota trolling motor back at an old ICAST.
73. Dave Pomerleau “The Mad Snooker”
Capt. Dave Pomerleau loves catching snook, and he loves watching his clients catching snook.
So much so that he named himself “The Mad Snooker”.
Capt. Dave (aka The Mad Snooker) has personally caught over 80,000 snook in his career, with 400+ snook over 25 pounds, well over 200 above 30 pounds and 4 over 40 pounds,
Not to mention one snook that was larger than the current recognized Florida State record, an absolute monster of 44 lbs 11 ozs.
And his clients say that he not only gets them on the snook (and some redfish and trout), but that Capt. Dave is a blast to fish with. Never a dull moment.
Here is Capt. Dave Pomerleau getting some clients on snook and redfish.
74. Capt. Paul Tejera
If you want to catch monster fish on the flats using a fly rod near Islamorada, it doesn’t get much better than Capt. Paul Tejera.
Capt. Paul has been fishing south Florida and the Keys for over 25 years, and clearly the Florida fishing community loves him because he was nominated for this list multiple times.
Here is Capt. Paul Tejera getting fly angler Heidi Nute on some nice tarpon!
75. Capt. Krista Tucker
Ever since we played the video of Captain Krista Tucker and Capt. Jamie Glasner (featured later in this Florida fishing list), we have had numerous requests to make sure Capt. Krista is on the list.
And can you blame them?
Krista grew up catching Bass, Snook, and Tarpon in the Everglades, Chokoloskee, and the Ten Thousand Islands, but really fell in love with saltwater fishing when she moved to Charlotte Harbor.
Since then, she has been on the boat every chance she gets and just couldn’t get enough. At 18 years old, she got her Captains license following the inspiration that fishing was her calling.
Here is Capt. Krista Tucker’s awesome “McNugget Redfish” video.
76. Capt. Jamie Glasner
Capt. Jamie Glasner of Fin and Fly Charters is no stranger to being on Salt Strong.
In fact, he has had multiple fishing videos go viral on our site (ironically they all involve redfish).
Jamie grew up fishing in Cocoa Beach, FL where he still guides and puts happy clients on some monster redfish, snook, trout, and tarpon in the Banana River, Indian River, and Mosquito Lagoon.
Here’s Capt. Jamie Glasner tearing up the kingfish off Port Canaveral.
77. Capt. Bill Faulkner
If you want to catch consistent snook, redfish, tarpon, and more in the Everglades or 10,000 Islands, Capt. Bill is your man.
He has been fishing the Everglades for over 25 years, and has put clients on countless southwest Florida fish over that time.
Here’s Captain Bill Faulkner doing what he knows best fishing the Florida Everglades.
78. Capt. Dave Mangum
Although he’s been known to slip over to Louisiana to pluck off a few of their monster redfish, Capt. Dave Mangum was born, raised, and still guides in and around Destin, Florida.
With multiple recommendations to this list, Capt. Dave is known as an incredible angler, an amazing fly fisherman, and also one heck of an oil painter.
You can usually find Dave either out on the water or in his shop painting or trying tarpon flies.
Here is a really awesome video with David Mangum heading over to fish in Louisiana shortly after hurricane Issac came through.
79. Jorge Martinez
Jorge Martinez was another “Must Know Florida Angler” that had a couple nominations to be on this list.
Probably more well-known for his amazing saltwater fishing artwork, Jorge can also catch a fish with the best of them.
Growing up in Miami he has always had a love for the saltwater and all that is in it. And he happened to realize that he was an incredible artist while drawing some of the fish he was catching.
Keep up the great work Jorge!
Here’s a great episode of Wild Instinct Outdoors where Jorge Martinez not only made an appearance, but landed a nice tarpon on the fly.
80. Glen Pla
Glen Pla is a 3rd generation Floridian, and he has been entertaining and educating audiences since the 90’s.
He is a winner of 17 film-making awards, but most of you will probably recognize him for his popular show “Average Angler Adventures”, a fishing TV show that combines comedy with some fishing “how to” (and some how not to do).
Here’s Glen Pla doing some fishing out of his Ocean Kayak.
81. Capt. Jim Huddleston
Capt. Jim Huddleston is a 4th generation Florida fisherman, and his great-grandfather passed down the fishing genes as a commercial fisherman in Pinellas County, Florida.
Capt. Jim Huddleston was nominated two times to be on this must know angler list, and it is clear that his customers love fishing the west coast of Florida with this guy.
Here’s a video from a Tarpon Tournament where Capt. Jim Huddleston was mentioned.
82. Ryan Nitz
If you want to see some of the biggest Snook on Instagram, then you’ve got to check out angler Ryan Nitz (he is a Saltwater Experience Ambassador as well).
Ryan Nitz is certainly one of the younger (up and coming) Florida anglers that you want to keep your eye on. And with over 18,000 followers on Instagram, apparently lots of people love seeing the monster fish he is constantly catching.
Keep up the great work Ryan.
Here’s Ryan Nitz on an episode of Deer Meat For Dinner (who is featured on this list as well)
83. Heidi Nute
If you ask anyone down in the Florida Keys to pick a female fly fishing partner, most of them would say “Heidi Nute”.
Heidi has set multiple records on the fly including a beast of a 152lb tarpon on a 16-pound-test fly tippet.
And if you have seen the awesome Tarpon show called, “Silver Kings”, you will most likely see Heidi doing what she knows best… catching tarpon on the fly.
Here is Heidi Nute trying to land some monster tarpon on the show “Silver Kings”
84. Deer Meat For Dinner
You would probably think that with a name like “Deer Meat For Dinner” this outdoor loving couple would only be into deer hunting.
But some of their most viewed videos on their wildly successful DeerMeatForDinner YouTube Channel (with millions of views and over 120,000 subscribers) are around saltwater fishing.
Robert and Sarah Arrington are the “Must Know” people behind the brand, and it’s tough not to like this amazing couple.
Here is the Deer Meat For Dinner couple putting in some serious spiny lobster work down in the Keys this year.
85. Chris Wittman
You might recognize Capt. Chris Wittman (“Witt”) as the host and executive producer of “Wild Instinct Outdoors”, a nationally televised outdoor show on Discover’s Destination America.
Capt. Chris is the owner of Stillwater Charters, he has been a co-host of ESPN Radio’s “Reel Talk”, and he has appeared on many nationally televised fishing shows.
You can also see Chris catching monster fish in many of the country’s biggest fishing tournaments.
Here is Capt. Chris Wittman on an episode of Addictive Fishing with Blair Wiggins.
Honorary Saltwater Legend – Jose Wejebe
This post is in Honor Of Jose Wejebe “The Spanish Fly”… The fishing legend that my brother and I grew up watching every weekend, and the guy we always wanted to be when we grew up (even though our part Irish skin would never let us tan as well as Jose).
Here’s the man, the myth, the fishing legend Jose Wejebe fishing for permit on the fly.
Did we miss any must know saltwater anglers in Florida?
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