Located in the heart of Islamorada, the “Sportfishing Capital of the World”, it’s no surprise that Angler House Marina “Fisherman’s Village” boasts some of the most experienced Backcountry Fishing Guides in the Florida Keys. Our Guides are top tournament-winning Captains, recognized within the angling community as some of the most in-demand. Our Captains have a wide range of expertise, from Technical Fly Fishing to Light Tackle, and are able to provide an incredible experience from the most technical angler to a rod-bending family fun fishing experience for those just looking to catch tonight’s dinner. For visitors who would like to just get out on the water, our Captains are excited to also offer Eco Tours, as well as Snorkeling or Sunset Cruises. You’ll experience the diverse ecosystem of the Florida Keys Backcountry through the eyes of Captains who have been on these waters for decades.
Angler House Marina offers a complete angling experience like no other. Stay in one of our Floating Villas and have your Captain pick you up by boat at your door. It’s that simple.
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meet our captains
Angler House Marina is home to 30+ highly qualified backcountry guides that are excited to make your next fishing adventure a memory of a lifetime.
The tournament winning captains and guides of Angler House Marina will fulfill your fishing adventures whether you have angling know-how, a novice, young or old. Their decades of experience and knowledge of local fisheries and waters will land you fishing stories to last a lifetime. Click below to meet some of the various captains that call Angler House Marina home.
Capt. Jeffrey Bloodworth
As a backcountry and flats guide, Captain Jeffrey Bloodworth specializes in light tackle and fly. His passion of fishing has been his profession since the mid 80’s and enjoys sharing it with his anglers. You can enjoy fishing with Captain Jeff on his 18HPX Maverick and see why he is so passionate about the sport. As Captain Jeff says, “Let’s hook em up”!
Capt. Luis Cortes
Growing up as a young child in South Florida Luis’s dad was an offshore guide so Luis was naturally led to where he is today. His passion for fishing started as soon as he was able to hold a rod. He grew up in Miami fishing offshore and would travel with his family to the Florida Keys almost every weekend which is where he now makes his home. Luis said the first time his father took him sight fishing as a child he was hooked to say the least. He couldn’t get enough of the hunting aspect of sight fishing and still to this day it is his favorite way of catching fish. Luis said,” I will never forget the first fly rod my Dad bought me. Him and I would spend hours in the back yard perfecting the cast.
As a fishing guide, Luis truly enjoys watching his clients pull on a fish that they only dreamt about catching. Luis says I love what I do for a living and know how important it is to show my clients the best possible time on the water whether it be a fly angler getting as many shots as possible at a stringing tarpon or a young child having his rod bent all day. Luis’s passion fishing shows. Luis won the 2014 Herman Lucerne Tournament guide grand champion and team grand champion.
Captain Luis specializes in light tackle and fly fishing for Bonefish, Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Sharks, Trout, and many more.
Capt. Robert Schemmel
Born and raised in South Florida, Captain Robert Schemmel began bass fishing the canals of Fort Lauderdale as a young boy. While others were playing in the streets, Robert was mastering his fishing skills. In 2000, during a chance meeting on a visit to Homestead, he was offered an opportunity to commercial fish with another captain. This is where his love for the ocean truly began. Robert spent all of his available time traveling from Ft. Lauderdale to commercial fish off the coast of the Florida Keys, learning the numerous techniques to catch many different species of fish. After years of dedication to commercial fishing, he relocated to Homestead and decided to acquire his captains license allowing him to share his passion with others. This is where the adventures began.
Captain Robert Schemmel has taken anyone from the experienced fishermen to first timers who have never fished a day in their lives. Each and every time the experience has always been an adventure. His knowledge of fishing allows him to adapt to any situation, making every trip a fun filled-time for everyone involved. The Florida Keys, stretching 120 miles from the mainland of South Florida, are bordered by the Gulf of Mexico with patch reefs on the west, while having the only living coral barrier reef in the United States on the east providing a variety of options for fishing. On a typical day trip off the coast of the Florida Keys, you could be 20 miles offshore in depths of 1000 feet or more catching tuna, dolphin (mahi-mahi), wahoo or various deep-water species. A day spent on the reef located just 5 miles from the coast could result in a great dinner catch of yellow tail, mangrove snapper or grouper, just to name a few. For those looking to pull on something with some weight behind it, there is always the opportunity to catch a shark or even a tarpon.
Capt. Steve Friedman
More than 20 years of guiding in the Florida Keys has prepared Capt. Steve Friedman for any on-the-water encounter. Experienced anglers, beginners and families alike can achieve backcountry success with Captain Steve at the helm. His tools of the trade include an arsenal of saltwater tackle and two boats: a “skinny water” 18-foot Hell’s Bay flats boat, and a 22-foot Pathfinder bay boat.
While Capt. Steve favors the fly rod, he definitely knows his way around spinning rigs and a live bait bucket. Having placed in over a dozen tournaments and logged thousands of hours on the water, he’s prepared to steer you towards a trophy catch or just a fun day away from it all.
Fishing is not just his job it’s his passion. You can find him on the bow on a day off, maybe with his wife and two kids, or just himself and an ocean of possibilities.
Let Capt. Steve Friedman and Angler House Marina share the endless promises on the waters of the Florida Keys.
Capt. Xavier Figueredo
Captains Xavier Figueredo and Elizabeth Jolin provide custom charters for you and the entire family. With them, you can pursue trophy fish in the near shore waters of the Florida Keys and Everglades National Park or they can create a combination trip where you will fish for fun, snorkel, eco-tour and swim at the sandbar. The fun-filled day of the possibilities is endless.
Whether it’s trophy fish, lots of action, calm water, ocean or bay, they will accommodate your interests. Few places in the world have such a diverse coastal ecosystem in such a small area, enabling everyone to pursue so many different species of fish and enjoy other water-based activities.
Capt. Xavier and Capt. Elizabeth have been providing custom fishing charters, guided tours, boating education, and water-based kid’s summer camps in Islamorada since 2001 and are proud to call Angler House Marina their home port.
Capt. Raul Montoro
Capt. Raul is a Florida native, born and raised in Miami Florida. He has been fishing the water from Biscayne Bay to the Lower keys and the Everglades Backcountry since he was a kid. Capt. Raul has been a full time fishing guide since 2003 and offers half day and full day guided fishing trips. He specializes in fly and light tackle fishing on his flats skiff, two anglers max, as well as inshore/near shore fishing on his custom 24′ bay boat, up to 4 anglers.
Trips Offered: Flats Fishing, Reef Fishing, Summer Mahi, Fly Fishing, Bonefish, Permit, Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Shark and Tournament Fishing
Capt. Mike Makowski
Born and raised in Miami Capt. Mike Makowski is a true South Florida native with a deep passion for fishing and a flare for local nature and history. A tournament proven professional, Capt. Mike fishes over 200 days a year aboard one of his two skiffs: an 18ft Hells Bay Marquesa or a Hewes Bonefisher. He offers full day or half day and also evening trips. Capt. Mike specializes in site fishing for bonefish, permit, tarpon, redfish, and snook on light tackle or fly.
In addition to his fishing charters Capt. Mike also offers eco tours that give clients a better understanding of the local biodiversity and how we all play a role in it. Every tour is customized to your desires. Whether fishing or taking an eco-tour to see the dolphin and manatees book a trip with Capt. Mike and see paradise.
Capt. Juan Garcia
Come experience the best fishing Islamorada has to offer with Capt. Juan Garcia and Beats Land Charters. Here at Beats Land Charters we are passionate about what we do and strive to provide our anglers with a Florida Keys Backcountry fishing experience to remember. Located in the heart of Islamorada, the fishing opportunities are endless. Our 22′ Ranger bay boat powered by the new generation Yamaha 250hp four stroke provides a fishing platform like no other. The latest tackle and equipment, combined with our professional techniques, provides our anglers with the best advantage on the water.
Capt. Brett Hagood
Born in Miami, Capt. Brett moved to Islamorada in 1983 and spent his childhood in the shallow waters of Florida Bay and coral reefs off the coast learning the hidden secrets of the Upper Florida Keys. His father, who has been a backcountry fishing guide for the past 30 years, would allow Brett to disappear for hours in his boat, exploring the local waterways and islands and setting the groundwork for what would eventually become his true passion – helping others experience this tropical paradise in the best way possible – from the water.
After high school, Capt. Brett became a State Certified Firefighter / EMT and volunteered with Islamorada Fire Rescue for a few years before moving to central Florida to pursue a career as a professional firefighter in Lakeland. 10 years later, he decided that the islands were drawing him home and made the decision to bring his family back to the place where it all began. Capt. Brett hopes that his daughter will follow in his footsteps and grow up with an appreciation for one of the most amazing places on the planet.
True Island Adventures isn’t just a business for Captain Brett and his family – it’s a lifestyle….
Capt. Mark Johnson
Professional fishing guide Capt. Mark Johnson has been fishing the waters of South Florida for close to 30 years. Based out of Islamorada, The Sport Fishing Capital of the World, he spends most of his days guiding anglers on the spectacular waters of the Florida Keys, Florida Bay, and the Everglades National Park. Operated by Capt. Mark and his wife Kara, Florida Keys Fun Fishing (FKFF) utilizes a group of local Islamorada fishing guides who believe in what we do: provide great service, maintain the nicest boats, use the best equipment possible, have great attitudes and personalities, know how to catch fish, and most importantly, have current licenses and insurance required to work in the charter fishing industry.
Capt. Mark is a member of the I.G.F.A. (International Game Fish Association) C.C.A. (Coastal Conservation Association) and the Florida Keys Guide Association. Florida Keys Fun Fishing is dedicated to being involved with the local fishing community believing that the decisions made today will benefit the future of fishing in the Florida Keys.
For those looking for a great time out on the water, Captain Mark Johnson offers a number of fishing trips to suit your needs. Whether you would like to fish offshore or spend a day inshore with your family, Florida Keys Fun fishing can accommodate your group.
Trips include the following:
- Family Fishing Trips
- Fly Fishing Trips
- Shark Fishing Trips
- Backcountry Fishing Trips
- Offshore Fishing Trip
Capt. Brian Helms
Capt. Brian Helms grew up in Homestead, Florida which is the gateway to The Florida Keys. The Everglades and Biscayne Bay were only a few miles from there as well. It was a youth surrounded by great fishing adventures. Homestead offered a great place for Capt. Brian Helms to hone his skills at targeting the many species that call South Florida home. He began guiding on his Backcountry skiff in 2000 at the age of 18, and his passion has only deepened since. In addition to his flats and Backcountry fishing trips, Brian also began taking clients offshore and to the reef. In 2004, with increasing interest to fish in the Keys Capt. Brian Helms moved to Islamorada, The Sportfishing Capital of the World. he has since made a name for himself in the fishing community, winning numerous tournaments, most notably the 2013 Hawley Tarpon Tournament and the 2013 50th Anniversary of the Gold Cup Tournament.
Here at See Ya Fishing Charters, we are are known for creating memories for anglers young and old, experienced to novice. Some of our adventures include fly-fishing for shallow clear water bonefish, tarpon, and permit; taking a 10 year old to the Everglades for his or her first fishing trip to experience lots of rod bending action; going offshore to fish the reef for snapper and grouper or even further to try for sailfish, mahi and tuna. We also offer short local eco-tours for anyone wishing to just be on the water and explore the rich cultural history that dates back to the 1800’s. We are your one stop shop for all things on the water around the Florida Keys.
Capt. Mike Alfano
My name is Mike Alfano, Im 36 years old , and I live in The Florida Keys. Im married to my wonderful wife Amy , and we have a 10 month old little boy named Jace. I grew up just a short drive North of here in Davie, Fl. I spent my childhood bass fishing Lake Okeechobee and the everglades for Largemouth/peacock bass. I was also fortunate enough to be introduced to the Florida keys at a very young age as my grandparents had a small place in Key Largo. We would venture down often for fishing trips and family gatherings. My first trip sight fishing the flats was about 20 years ago and we caught a dozen or so Redfish. I bought a skiff the next week and I have been obsessed ever since.
Like many other guides, it brings me more joy nowadays to watch others catch fish and enjoy the experience. If I’m fortunate enough to have you aboard my skiff, I look forward to spending some time with you out on the water!
Capt. Brett Greco
Capt. Brett Greco has lived and fished in and around the Florida Keys since 2000. He specializes in sight fishing tarpon, permit, bonefish, snook, and redfish with fly and/or light tackle in Florida Bay & Everglades National Park. He does this from his 17’Maverick Mirage HPX. Capt. Brett Greco also operates an Islamorada 24’ bay boat. This is the perfect boat to get your family out into the beautiful waters of Florida Bay and Everglades National Park. Whether you’re looking to peruse the glamour species of the Florida Keys flats and backcountry or just a fun day filled with bent rods, snorkeling, and sight seeing. Capt. Brett Greco has the boat, hard work ethic, and personality to provide you and your family with a fishing vacation you’ll never forget.
Capt. Andy Downs
If you’re looking for a professional, experienced backcountry fishing guide with a warm and laid-back attitude, then Emerald Water Charters is the way to go. Captain Andy Downs specializes in small groups of all skill levels and ages. He can take out the serious angler to target a bucket list species or load the kids up and get you that photo of them holding their first catch. We fish in the pristine tranquil emerald waters of the Everglades National Park, as well as the Gulf of Mexico and Islamorada’s near shore waters. Our Boat is a 24’ Lake & Bay bay boat powered by a 350HP Mercury Verado outboard engine to get you to our fishing spots comfortably, fast and safely.
Islamorada is the sport fishing capital of the world for a reason. With our temperate climate, and the healthy year-round inshore and backcountry fishery we can get you out on the water any time of the year.
Captain Andy works quite often with repeat clients, many folks deciding to make annual or biannual trips to the keys to get back out on the water with him. He’s especially great with families and is known for being a not-so-salty local guide with patience, skill, deep knowledge of the area waters, and a good attitude.
On the day of your trip, all you need to bring is yourself, some sun protection, polarized sunglasses and any snacks to get you through the day. waters and a large cold cooler are provided. You’re welcome to bring some beers for yourself if you’d like a cold one.