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At Reel Animals, we always only list and promote guides that we recognize as the best of the best! We want our followers & fans to know that the guides listed below are top-of-the-line and are among the elite in their profession. Of course...we'd like to have you fish with us, but if we are not available for your preferred date, we highly recommend you contact one of the captains below that services the area you are targeting!

New Port Richey

Captain Artie PriceFor over a decade Captain Artie Price has competed successfully at the highest levels of professional tournament fishing, including the FLW Tour, BassMasters, ESPN Oh Boy Oberto! Redfish Cup, IFA Redfish Tour and the Professional Tarpon Tournament Series.

Starting with his victory at the 1999 Catch the King Tarpon Tournament, Artie has amassed a record of consistent top 10 finishes and tournament championship appearances. In 2009, fresh off his victory at the IFA Redfish Tournament in Bay St. Louis, Artie landed a tournament record 217 pound tarpon that resulted in his record seventh Professional Tarpon Tournament Series win and ultimately his fourth Professional Tarpon Tournaments Series "Team of the Year" title. In 2010, Artie secured his fifth record breaking Professional Tarpon Tournaments Series "Team of the Year" title, another record, and one that may never be broken.

When Artie gets a break from fishing the tournament trails, he heads home to New Port Richey, where he is the owner of the largest vehicle and vessel graphic wrap business on the central west coast of Florida. Artie proudly lends his support to organizations that support our troops and their families.

Captain Artie Price
Cell: 727-639-7805


Captain Shawn CrawfordCaptain Shawn Crawford is a 5th generation Florida native who has been fishing salt water for most of his life. Guiding since the age of 22 he has over 18 years of guiding experience. Fishing the beautiful waters of lower Tampa Bay down to Sarasota Bay as well off shore for just about everything that swims in our waters. Whether you are looking for your first big snook or if you want to head off shore to fill the fish box Capt. Shawn can arrange a trip for you. Whether you have a big party or you are by yourself give us a call for your trip of a life time. Capt. Shawn is a 100% full time fishing guide and is endorsed by some of the fishing industries top names like Shimano, Andros Boat Works, and many more. Check out for more info. or to book your next trip. Make sure to only fish with a 100% full time fishing guide when making your plans.

Captain Shawn Crawford
941-747-3856 or 888-647-2381


Captain Ben MarshallCaptain Ben Marshall has been the backup Host for Mike Anderson on Reel Animals Saturday radio show on 970 WFLA. Over fifteen years as a licensed captain in the Tampa Bay area. Grew up living on the water all over the Tampa Bay area including Ellenton, the Manatee River and Ana Maria Island. Seven years fishing the IFA Redfish Tour, finishing in the top ten for Team of the Year two years in a row with partner James Goodwin. There are not many nooks and crannies in all parts of Tampa Bay that hold fish that he has not either intentionally targeted or stumbled into at some time or another. Close Professional and Personal friends with many of the guys on this page and proud to be associated with them and the Reel Animals Fishing Team.

Mosquito Lagoon

Captain Brian PoundsCaptain Brian Pounds is a native of Florida and has fished the waters of his home state, his whole life. He spent his days growing up fishing the Butler Chain of Central Florida with his Grandfather to the west coast of Homosassa. To say he was born to fish is an understatement! Brian's passion for fishing had him leave the family business and dedicate himself full time to chartering fishing trips. He spends his days now on his home waters, The Indian River Lagoon and Mosquito Lagoon in Titusville. He has 38 years fishing experience and 12 years as a professional guide. Captain Pounds loves to share his expertise and skills with his clients of all ages. You can also catch Brian on 101.1 WJRR The Rock Station on Friday mornings with Lynch and Taco for the Central Florida Fishing Report. He has also done reports with Fishing Florida Radio, can be seen on Rodney Rogers Outdoors, and The Reel Animals with Captain Michael Anderson. Besides the views of NASA and the wildlife of Canaveral National Seashore, clients can expect to catch Redfish, Black Drum, Trout, Tarpon, and Snook out of a 2015 Sterling TR7 tunnel skiff. When booking a trip with Southern Fishing Charters and Captain Brian Pounds, you will receive a first class outdoor fishing adventure! We are always ready to bend some rods and stick some fish when you are!

Captain Brian Pounds
Southern Fishing Charters LLC

Captain Dave RogersCaptain David Rogers is a native Floridian and has fished the waters of Florida for 40 years. He begin fishing the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River Lagoon in 1993. He specializes in light tackle and fly fishing on the flats. Captain David focuses on catching giant 'Slobber knocker' redfish. There are many schools of giant redfish in the lagoon system. The lagoon also is known for large gator trout and black drum. There are other species to catch, but these are the main three. Captain David is sponsored by on on pro staff for many fine companies such as Quantum, Daiichi, Rip Ride, Hell's Bay Boats, Optima Batteries and MirrOlure.

Captain David Rogers
AAA Hawgwild Saltwater Charters, LLC
Guiding the World Famous Mosquito Lagoon since 1993

Central East Coast Florida

Captain Jim RossCaptain Jim Ross is a United States Coast Guard licensed captain and full time fishing guide. Jim is the owner of Fineline Fishing Charters and he’s on the water over 250 days a year. Because of his numerous angling accomplishment including tournament titles and an IGFA world record on fly tackle, Jim is one of the most respected fishing guides in Florida. For the past decade and a half Captain Jim has been teaching his clients these techniques, creating memorable fishing adventures whenever possible. Captain Jim also has his own Saturday morning radio show Called “Catch A Memory! Outdoors” and is the featured guide for the Chevy Florida Insider Fishing Report TV show for the Central East region of the state. Book your trip with Captain Jim today and you too can catch a memory.

Captain Jim Ross
Fineline Fishing Charters

Tampa Bay Area

Captain Jeff HagamanAs a Florida Gulf Coast light tackle charter fishing guide Captain Jeff Hagaman is at the top of his game. Capt Jeff's enthusiasm for fishing is contagious. It is a joy to be with someone who has discovered and is living their niche in life. Capt Jeff's fascination with fishing started about as soon as he could walk and has continued to grow and deepen over the years. He has a vast amount of fishing experience.

Jeff started fishing the waters of Tampa Bay, Clearwater, and Florida's Gulf Coast at the age of eight. Before he was out of elementary school he had already caught a great variety of saltwater game fish. As a teenager he appeared in an article in Florida Sportsman Magazine. His love of fishing led him to his first job, where else but in a tackle shop. After graduation Jeff worked as a mate on a charter boat. This job represented a transition for Jeff from catching fish himself to helping others catch fish and he took great pleasure in their fishing success. In 1997 Jeff got his captain's license and started his career as a fishing guide with his charter service business, “Reel Adventures Fishing Charter Service". He shares his passion for tarpon fishing, especially tarpon fishing at Boca Grande, and light tackle flats and back country fishing with his customers on the West Coast of Florida.

Captain Jeff Hagaman
Business Phone: 813-920-6308
Cell Phone: 727-639-2492

Captain Jamie GoodwinAward winning U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain James Goodwin was born in and grew up fishing in the Tampa Bay area. For him, every single one of the flats and reefs of Tampa Bay. St. Petersburg Bay, Tarpon Springs, Clearwater and Boca Grande Pass are as familiar to him as his own home. For the past nine years, he has owned and operated Go Florida Fishing out of Palm Harbor, Florida. His experience, passion and skill make him one of the most sought-after charter captains in the area. Therefore, he is on the water more than 300 days a year. Novice or an expert, one angler to one hundred, Captain James is ready to show you a day of excitement to remember! He knows where the fish are and he knows how to find them. Snook in July, August and September; Redfish in March, April, September and October; Tarpon and Permit fish in May and June; Trout in November, December, January and February. Day or night, near shore or off-shore, Captain James Goodwin will head straight to the best fishing spot!

Captain James operates a fleet of three impeccable vessels a 17' Maverick HPX Tunnel, a 23' Dorado, and a 2202 Century Bay Boat. Highly professional, personable and easygoing, Captain James and his crew are committed to deliver the best possible customer service, comfort and safety. "This is our livelihood," he explains. "We're in this to make our customers happy.

Toll Free: 866-490-3521
Local: 727-781-5339
Cell: 727-639-7715

Captain Woody GoreBorn and raised in Tampa, Captain Woody Gore developed a passion for fishing at a very young age. Now years later, he’s still expanding his fishing knowledge and skill levels. With over 50 years of worldwide fishing experience he does everything possible to create an unforgettable and world class fishing adventure.

As a military veteran, college graduate and business executive in the construction equipment industry for over twenty years; Woody’s learned how to market and manage a successful business. When asked what one thing contributes most to his business success, he responds, “It’s very simple, Customer Service”. Woody is also a member of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association (FOWA) and Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA), Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA), National Association of Charter Boat Operators (NACO), American Sport Fishing Association (ASA) Hillsborough County Marine Law Enforcement Advisory Committee.

Cell: 813-477-3814

Captain Chad ManningFounded and skippered by Captain Chad Manning, Fish & Grits Charters Inc. is a culmination of a lifetime of local fishing pleasure and the desire to share the experience with others. Captain Chad, a sixth generation Floridian, grew up in the Tampa Bay area and has been fishing its bay and flats from his early youth. He prepared for his captain's status through his teenage years by working for the marine industry rigging boats, continuing his education to become a certified marine mechanic and earning additional professional experience serving as a mate for local charter captains.

With proud encouragement from family, employers and peers he licensed as a full United States Coast Guard Captain and now shares his skills and enthusiasm with his charter clients. Through commitment, experience, and expertise Fish & Grits Charters Inc. is establishing a growing business relationship with its customers that will last a lifetime!

Fish & Grits Charters Inc.
Apollo Beach, FL
(813) 966-FISH

Captain Dan BarryCaptain Dan Barry - Fishing has always been a passion of mine. Charter fishing, however, is an addiction. Jawbreaker Fishing Charters Inc. was started as a direct result of this "fishing addiction". To me, there is nothing better than making people smile, except perhaps when teaching someone how to fish.

Bring your kids, bring your parents, bring your grandparents...we cater to all, and take pride in it! Besides offering a fun, family oriented atmosphere, Jawbreaker Fishing Charters also has decades of fishing experience and knowledge to share with our clients. Book a fishing charter with us and rest assured that you will be in good hands. Our list of repeat customers can't be wrong, and the list keeps getting longer.

Jawbreaker Fishing Charters Inc. has been a top quality, full-time charter service since 2003. We are dedicated to making great memories with new friends. Call today and come live the dream with us!

Jawbreaker Fishing Inc.
St. Petersburg Beach, FL. 33706
Phone: (727) 432-0422

Captain Will ShookCaptain Will Shook has fished the waters of Tampa and St Petersburg ever since his parents moved the family to Tampa when he was six months old. Some of his earliest memories are of being out on the water with his father and older brothers. 30 years later, Captain Will is a fulltime professional fishing guide.

When Will was not fishing as a youngster, he was playing football, and he was a three-year letterman at Brandon High School. His hard work and dedication earned him a scholarship to the University of Central Arkansas, where he was again a three-year letterman in football. Thirteen years of football, four at the collegiate level, have taught Will the great values of hard work, dedication, team work, and respect, and those values come into play every time he is on the water.

He is hard working and is dedicated to making your fishing experience unforgettable. Being a fishing guide has been Captain Will’s lifelong dream and passion; as he says, " What more could you ask for than for your office to be Tampa Bay!"

So come join me for a fun, relaxing day of fishing or for a rod bending, drag screaming, FISH ON! Adventure of a lifetime.

Captain Will Shook
Riverview, FL 33579
Phone: 813-732-5971

Captain Jason PrietoCaptain Jason Prieto was born and raised in the Tampa area, spending most of his childhood involved in all types of sports. Jason grew up on the baseball and football fields as a kid and the days that he did not have practice or games he had a rod in my hand fishing.

I have spent most of my life on the flats of Tampa Bay fishing for the most sought after species. One of my many dreams growing up was to be a professional guide; In 2004 I took the first step towards that goal by get my captains license and started Steady Action Fishing Charters Inc.

Since then I have become an outdoor writer to share my knowledge with others through monthly articles. I have always had a competitive edge in me that relates back to my days as a child playing sports. This has carried with me through the years by fishing and placing on the top of the leader boards in numerous tournaments. I have participated in Pro staff programs for top companies like Daiwa, Canyon Bay boats, Daiichi Hooks and Power Pole. In 2006 we started our radio show Outdoor Fishing Adventures. This was another way to share my knowledge and fishing experiences on a weekly basis. Fishing has been a big part of my life, so come share the experience.

Captain Jason Prieto
Steady Action Fishing Charters
Cell: 813-727-9890

Captain Will ShookCaptain Rick Grassett, owner of Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service, Inc., is a full time fishing guide based in Sarasota, FL. Specializing in fishing with flies and lures on light spinning tackle, he fishes the bays, back country and coastal gulf waters of Sarasota Bay, lower Tampa Bay and Charlotte Harbor in his 17’ Action Craft flats skiff.

He has been guiding since 1990 and is an Orvis-Endorsed fly fishing guide at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, Orvis Outfitter of the Year for 2011, on Siesta Key in Sarasota. He is a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Instructor and the instructor for the Orvis-Endorsed Fly Fishing School at CB’s Saltwater Outfitters. Capt. Rick is also a fly tier and designer with 3 fly patterns currently being sold by Orvis.

Captain Rick Grassett
Snook Fin-Addict Guide Service


Captain Danny AllenCaptain Marrio Castello is a USCG licensed and insured captain and has been fishing the waters of Crystal River and Yankeetown his entire life. With fishing on the brain at all times, even while working in the construction business, it became common sense to him that he needed to make a living in the industry.  

Spreading the bug, Captain Marrio takes his kids out fishing on a regular basis. He primarily targets Redfish Snook and Trout, but depending upon the season, will target a variety of different species. During the summer, Captain Marrio always makes some time to swim and scallop in the crystal clear water on the flats.

Some  of Captain Marrio's achievements in the fishing community include being on the  Reel Time Florida Sportsman show and having multiple pictures shown on the Florida Insider Fishing Report and the front pages on the Florida Sportsman website.

Captain Marrio plans on showing his clients a good time in the pristine nature around  Crystal River every time he is on his boat. Whether it is fishing, scalloping, or whatever you plan, call up Captain Marrio to book a great time in the beautiful waters of the Big Bend.  

Tall Tales Charters
Phone: 352-454-7719

Cedar Key

Captain Danny AllenSouthern Salt Charters is owned and operated by Cedar Key Native, Capt. Danny Allen. With 11 years of service, Southern Salt Charters has provided fishing charters to both locals and visiting anglers from all around. To fulfill growing demand, Capt. Nick Allen, younger brother to Capt. Danny,  has jumped aboard to help cover busy weekends and corporate groups!
Both Captains have grown up in beautiful Cedar Key, Florida, enjoying the surrounding waters from a very young age. Capt. Danny and Nick were raised in a commercial fishing family and owe their love for fishing to their father, uncles, and older brother. The Allen family consists of three generations of  Cedar Key heritage. The passion for fishing Cedar Key waters was  embedded in their souls in early childhood years. Capt. Danny has owned his own boat since he was a child and has spent as much time as possible fishing the back country and flats of the cedar key area ever since.  
Capt. Danny and Nick are experienced saltwater professionals with over thirty-five years combined fishing experience in Cedar Key waters. Southern Salt Charters’ personal goal is to embed the same passion for the sport of saltwater fishing into every client’s soul. Southern Salt Charters welcomes the entire family to join in the fun! The Captains have fished with  first time anglers to professionals; all levels of experience are welcome!  Southern Salt Charters wants to help you find the experience of landing that  big catch, learning something new, or just enjoying the day on the  water in beautiful Cedar Key, Florida.
When the captains are not running charters they participate in both local and national fishing shows and tournaments. Southern Salt Charters has aired nationally on the "Reel Animals" fishing show, "Hooked on Fishing" with Bill Miller, "Fishing the Nature Coast" with William Toney, and "One More Cast" with Shaw Grigsby and "Sportsfishing TV" with John  Brownlee. Southern Salt Charters also does weekly reports for fishing magazines and newspapers. Capt. Danny owns and operates the Elite  Redfish Challenge. It is a Pro style redfish tournament series that  works our areas waters and has a great deal of involvement with the  anglers and business owners from the area. With the Mission Statement designed  to help both through these tuff economical times.   
Capt. Danny Allen
(352) 215_3686
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Captain Danny AllenCaptain Will Geraghty is a full-time lighttackle fishing guide, professional tournament anglers and freelance writer based in Naples, Florida. Angling, adventure, the outdoors and writing are his passions. Captain Will considers himself fortunate to have forged a profession from something he truly enjoys!

A lifelong resident of Southwest Florida, Will has been “HOOKED” on fishing from the moment he could handle his own rod and reel. Plying Florida’s coastal waters and freshwater lakes as youth with his family provided Captain Will with fond memories as well as a solid base of angling fundamentals, sportsmanship and conservation values. Establishing his guide service in 1996, Will has had the great pleasure of guiding thousands of satisfied clients from around the world to memorable light tackle catches! Employing the finest tackle and proven techniques, Captain Will aims to passionately guide you on your search for hard charging gamefish such as Tarpon, Snook Permit and Redfish on the inshore and offshore waters. It is paramount to Will that your day on the water is an experience filled with fun, excitement and catching success rather than just another guided trip!

While not on the water proudly guiding, Will keeps active in the Southwest Florida community supporting and volunteering with several environmental initiatives, charity-fishing events and proudly serves on the Collier County Sea Grant Advisory Board. Extensive travel, guiding and angling competition has also fueled Captain Will’s passions for writing and conducting tutorial seminars through out the seasons. Will’s bylines can be found in several print/Internet media publications to include: Florida Sportsman, Florida Sportfishing Magazine, SKA Angler Magazine, Naples Sun Times and Gulf Coast Times.

Co-Captain of the 2009 Southern Kingfish Association Yamaha Pro Tour Championship Team, Captain Will guides out of a clean and spacious 25-Foot Custom Built Privateer Renegade center console fishing machine. Outfitted for serious Southwest Florida Light Tackle Sportfishing, The Grand Slam is the perfect blend of comfort and versatility for the dynamic Southwest Florida Fishery.

“Hook Up, Hold On And Have Fun!”

Captain Will Geraghty
Grand Slam Light Tackle Sportfishing
Office: 239-793-0969
Boat: 239-571-2878

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