Captain Rush Maltz
Capt. Rush Maltz is a full time fishing guide in his home town of Key West, FL. Rush began fishing the waters surrounding the Keys as a young child, and has since turned his passion into a full time career. Rush specializes in light tackle live bait fishing including reef and wreck fishing for Grouper, Snapper, Tarpon and Permit. He fishes off-shore for Sailfish, Tuna, Dolphin and Wahoo.
32-foot Andros Boatworks boat • Twin Evinrude 300 motors • Garmin electronics
Captain Ryon Logan
Captain Ryon Logan has been a top professional guide in Key West and a team member of Key West Pro Guides for fifteen years plus. From Sailfish, Dolphin, Tuna and Wahoo to the elusive Permit and Cobia, Captain Ryon does it all!
Custom Conch 27 • Twin Mercury 200 hp • Furuno Electronics
Captain Jared Cyr
Grey Ghost Charters
Captain Jared Cyr is one of the truly exceptional shallow water guides in Key West. Jared’s knowledge of the ‘skinny’ waters here in the backcountry of Key West is unequalled. Growing up as a fourth generation native to the Keys and the son of a very accomplished Key West captain gave Jared an advantage most can only dream of having.
“Growing up watching Jose on TV helped me appreciate how fortunate I am to have grown up in the Florida Keys. Jose’s versatility of being able to fish inshore and offshore inspired me to increase my knowledge of all waters around the keys. I truly enjoy teaching people about our beautiful piece of paradise and all the unique experiences it has to offer, just like Jose did.”
16ft. Maverick Mirage • 90 hp Yamaha
Reel Shallow Charters
For four generations Brandon’s family has lived in the Keys. He followed in his father’s footsteps of being a guide just like his brother (Jared). Jared, and Brandon shared their first boat at the age of six, and started fly-fishing by eight. Now Brandon too operates a successful guiding business.
“It was so cool to watch someone share with the world the passion and respect of the ocean that my family lived by. Most TV shows, the host would just go to a spot and fish. Jose would explain everything, not just the basics but would go into detail to help the viewer understand why it was happening. Why the fish were in that particular spot, and would most of the time include the entire ecosystem that led up to fish being in that area. It was inspiring. Almost reassuring that I was noticing the right things when I was out there. I’ll never forget when I was in 4th grade my father was tired of guiding and thought that he would be happier in the woods. We moved to North Carolina. After 6 months of snow and quite the scenery changed on saltwater Saturdays, we were watching Jose catch sailfish off Key West like we had been doing our entire childhood. Watching him made us some homesick that my father looked and me and my brother and asked if we wanted to go home. Two weeks later we were back in Key West.
Capt. Robert “RT” Trosset is a light tackle guide based in Key West, Florida. In a career that has spanned more than 40 years, Trosset has fished in six of the world’s seven oceans, both inshore and off. In 1994, he became the first captain to lead clients to 100 International Game Fish Association world records, a feat that was recognized by the IGFA with a lifetime achievement award in 2006. He currently has 207 IGFA World records.
34 Yellowfin • Twin 300-hp Suzuki 4-stroke
Captain Shelby Bentley
Captain Shelby Bentley has been fishing in the lower keys since 1994 and guides year around full time. Shelby is a well-rounded Captain that fish offshore and inshore, along with fishing many tournaments. Flats fishing is Shelby’s passion and to place clients on fish is what drives him to wake up early every morning.
31 ft Contender • Twin 300 Yamahas
Captain David Moloney
Captain David Moloney has had a passion for fishing since he could walk. He joined the Navy when he was 19, and was lucky enough to be stationed at NAS Key West for his second duty station. When he met his future wife Krissy Wejebe ,(Jose’s daughter), and got into saltwater fishing 2009. They will joke about if David fell in love with Krissy or fishing first. Either way he knew that he wasn’t going anywhere… Call it a passion, a sickness, or an addiction. David has it. He specializes in inshore fishing, and will keep you on the fish and laughing all day.
“When I first started dating Krissy I had no idea that her father was on TV. The first time we met he was filming an interview about the sinking of the Vanderburg. Big guy, firm handshake, and pretty intimidating. I mentioned to my uncle that I had met her father while he was doing an interview, and that he was a fisherman. My uncle informed me on who he was, and to be careful. It’s a big ocean out there. I didn’t fish with Jose until about a year of dating Krissy, and when I did I saw why he was better than the rest. Most of our time was spent together on land. He would come back from some crazy location, and just wanted to chill out. I would help him unload his gear (or load it if he was leaving), and ask a thousand questions. His response was never just yes or no. He would go into detail on why. We spent a lot of time watching new episodes of South Park, or Dexter, cook offs on who could make a better steak, and of course dinners at the Square Grouper. I was in the Navy for nine years. Krissy now my wife says “I would like to think that Dave got out of the military and stayed in the Keys for me, but its hard to compete with fishing.” Lucky for me Jose raised her to have the love for the ocean, which we now share.”
Hells Bay Biscayne • 60hp Mercury • Raymarine Electronics
Captain Kevin Rowley
Growing up on Big Pine Key Kevin has spent his life learning how to catch the variety of different species that come with the seasons. He is also a spearfisherman, scuba diver and fly fisherman. If it lives here he knows how to catch it.
Captain Scott Keller
Captain Scott Keller has fished the keys for over 25 years in the Ocean and Back Country.
24 Shearwater • 300 Mercury Verado
Captain Rob Harris
Easy Rider Charters
Captain Rob Harris has been living and fishing in the Lower Keys and Key West since 1999. He has more than 10 years’ experience aboard Easy Rider as an Angler, Owner/Operator and Captain. Fishing the waters off the Lower Keys and Key West for Marlin, Swordfish, Sailfish, Dolphin, Wahoo and Tuna are a personal passion of his. He is also a specialist in the Deep Water species such as Snowy Grouper, Golden Tilefish, Blueline Tilefish and Rose Fish.
Captain Greg Poland
Greg is a native of South Florida and has guided many anglers to championships in some of the most prestigious flats fishing tournaments in the world. Greg has helped in the designs of two popular flats skiffs, including the Dolphin Superskiff, and most recently the Hell’s Bay Whipray. Greg is at home with the beginner as well as the tournament angler.
2014 Sea Hunter 24.6ft • Yamaha 300hp Four Stroke
Islamorada 18 “Chittum Skiff” • Yamaha 70hp Four Stroke
Captain Marty Lewis
Main Attraction Charters
The Main Attraction Fishing Charter Team knows the right conditions and what types of fish are hitting. Depending on the season and whether you are fishing offshore, reef, wrecks, night or tournament, we can put you on an abundance of game fish.
The Main Attraction Fishing Team operates 6 different boats for you to choose from. We can customize your fishing trip to meet your specific fishing needs. The Main Attraction offers Offshore, Reef, Wreck, Backcountry and Night fishing excursions.
Captain Jim Sharpe
Sea Boots Charters
Seaboots Charters Captain Jim Sharpe has fished the waters of the Florida Keys and Bahamas for more than 50 years. He has written seven books on fishing including the best seller “Dolphin: the Perfect Gamefish”. From Blue Marlin over 850 pounds to Wahoo, Tuna, and Mahi. Sea Boots is a 43-foot Torres sport fisherman with tuna tower, designed for sight casting to Cobia, Mahi and Sailfish. Located in Key West area on Summerland Key just 20 miles north of Key West.
43 foot Torres sport fisherman with tuna tower
Captain Mike Weinhofer
Compass Rose Charters
Captain Mike Weinhofer has been charter fishing in Key West for over 25 years. Fishing with Captain Mike is a learning experience, all about how to have fun fishing.
37 Sea Hunter • Twin V-8 Yamahas
Sea Hunter 24 Bay Boat • 300 Hp Yamaha
Captain AJ Halley
Into the Blue Charters
Born and raised in the Keys AJ has spent most of his life on the water, and being an accomplished spearfisherman is has been able to observe fish and their natural behavior.
Captain Travis Holeman
Travis has a diverse background in all things fishing. From guiding to numerous IGFA world records, to tournament angling, his goal has been to help others achieve their dreams. Travis’ goal is to leave everything he touches a little better than when he found it.
Captain Bear Holeman
Capt. Bryan “Bear” Holeman is fun loving and super fishy, like his brother Travis. His larger than life personality and jovial attitude make him a blast to fish with, as evidenced by his numerous repeat anglers. If you’re looking for a guide that doesn’t ooze the super serious “Keys guide” mentality, he’s your man.
Captain Griff Helwig
Capt. Grif is a native Floridian from Jacksonville. He grew up fishing in Northeast Florida. His grandfather, Colonel Crosby, put a fly rod in his hand at an early age, artfully dodging Grif’s casts. Years later Grif has fished in Alaska, the Caribbean, and Central America before making a home in the Keys. Capt Grif’s on the water philosophy is simple. Safety, fun, fish. Come to Key West and enjoy a relaxed fun- filled day on the water.
“Like many of us the Spanish Fly TV show was a big inspiration for me. His willingness to share his knowledge, and help others really shined through. When I moved to Key West I occasionally ran into him at his favorite sushi bar. He would bring fish he had caught and share it with whoever was there. He was easily approachable and engaging with all who he talked with.
Later as I traveled the show was always a part of our limited TV time. I was in Isla Mujeres when I heard of his passing. It was truly a sad day for all of us. I only hope I can help a and inspire a fraction of the people Jose has”
Captain Chris Mendola
Captain Chris Mendola has over 25 years of experience fishing and diving in the waters off the Florida Keys. He’s won multiple offshore tournaments in Key West, and the Bahamas. Daytime Sword fishing is one of Chris’s specialties. He’s also a very experienced free diver and scuba diver. Spearfishing is his favorite thing to do on the water so be sure to ask him about a spearfishing trip! It would be his pleasure to take you out on a fishing adventure of a lifetime!
“Growing up as a kid fishing with my dad out of Murray’s Marina. I always saw Jose and the Spanish Fly boat. I would see his catches and be so envious. Growing up I always aspired to be as good as him. His passion for the ocean was endless, and I feel the same way. I loved watching the show and hoped to fish with him one day. Unfortunately that day never came. His legacy will always live on.”
Captain Robbie Delph
Robbie Delph is a Captain out of Key West. He started guiding at the age of 19 following in his father’s (Ralph Delph) footsteps. Twenty five years later setting his own path fishing from South Florida to Cape Cod, as well as field testing for many companies, Captain Robbie has earned great respect from other captains on the water.
“For 25 years I have fished from Key West to Cape Cod just like Jose.”
“Jose had a vision at a young age to take the fishing world by storm. He set his mind and set goals to achieve what he earned. His goal was to teach and educate other people that liked to fish and explore the world as he did. Jose had always treated me as a friend. People love Jose because he didn’t expect their respect he earned it.”
Captain Shane Smith
Skinny Water Angling
+1 (970) 333-3474
Often times you wonder why someone with obvious talent, enthusiasm, and wit becomes a fishing guide? It’s for the love of the sport, the art of guiding and the joy in sharing with others a passion for the outdoors. He guided in the high mountains of Colorado, big game fished the Central American Pacific, waded the watery haunts of the Caribbean, and somehow landed in the Keys. ” I’ve spent most of my life fishing. The rest was just wasted!”
“Jose inspired me with his amazing ability to balance his worldwide popularity with just being one of the bro’s. It was almost as if he was embarrassed by his own fame. Before I knew him, he inspired me with his on camera talent of making me believe I was right there with him during his fishing conquests. He taught me that no matter what situation fishing puts us in, that it’s still “only fishing” and to not get too overwhelmed or serious about it. We always laughed first, and then worried about the fish. The sidesplitting laughter we shared on board was always equally as memorable as what we caught.”
“Jose and I had a very similar appreciation, love, and awareness of our stewardship for our waters and all of the creatures in it. “