Conservation Captains

Recreational Fishing Guides are of major importance to Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.  Since they are on the water most days of the year, they are the eyes and ears of conservation of bonefish, tarpon, and permit fisheries.  They are the first observers and can be the first line of defense for the resource. Guides are also the ones who interact with recreational anglers the most, giving them the power to set a positive example through good stewardship. Our Conservation Captain Program is reserved for those who support BTT and our mission. If you are considering a trip to fish for one of our beloved flats species, we ask that you please consider the following guides in your search.

If you are a captain and would like to be part of the Conservation Captain Program, click here.

Conservation Captain Of The Month: March 2016

DDenkertThe Conservation Captain for March 2016 is Capt. Dave Denkert out of Islamorada, Florida. Captain Dave has been involved in a number of BTT research projects throughout the years including the Everglades National Park mapping project, bonefish tagging, bonefish genetics sampling and our recent logbook program.

Click here to learn more about Capt. Dave Denkert

For more information on how to book Dave, please click here.




Jamie Allen - Boca Grande, FL

Duane Baker - Upper Florida Keys

Bill Bailey - Key West, FL

Carl Ball - Ft. Lauderdale, Miami & Biscayne Bay

Wes Bedell - Naples, FL

Will Benson - Florida Keys

Richard Black - Florida Keys

Bill Blanton - Everglades, Ten Thousand Islands

Ryan Booth - South Florida

Bob Branham - Key Biscayne

Martin Carranza - Florida Keys

Bruce Chard - Florida Keys

Jesse Cheape - Oahu, Hawaii

Mike Conner - Stuart, FL

Jeffrey Cooke – Western Michigan

Luis Cortes – Florida Keys

Scott Crippen – Fort Pierce, FL

Tim Cutting - Coastal Georgia

Kyle Davidson - Charlotte Harbor, FL

Dave Denkert - Florida Keys

Joel Dickey - Florida Keys

Kenneth Dodd – Darien, GA

Mo Estevez - Biscayne Bay

Cole Fairbanks - Boca Grande, FL

Stephen Fields - Charleston, SC

Peter Frezza - Florida Keys

Steve Friedman - Islamorada, Florida Keys

Mark Giacobba - South Florida

Ron Gibson - Georgia

Rob Gilbert - Bradenton, FL

Joe Gonzalez - Biscayne Bay, Upper Keys

Rick Grassett - Sarasota, FL

Pete Greenan - Boca Grande, FL

Kevin Guerin - Florida Keys

Michael Guerin - Montana

Chance Gulick - Melbourne, FL

John Hand - Everglades City, FL

Steve Hancock - Florida Keys

Mike Hennessy - Oahu, Hawaii

Eric Herstedt - South Florida

Travis Holeman - Florida, Louisiana, Texas

Mike Holliday - Stuart, FL

Kyle Holt - Colorado

Greg Hood - Saint James City, FL

Dave Irwin - Florida Keys

Alan Jackson - Hilton Head, SC

Fred Jeans - New Hartford, CT

Richard Keating - Florida Keys

Ethan Kiburz - Tampa, FL

Rob Kramarz - Lower Keys

Honson Lau - South Florida

Rick Lee - Oahu, Hawaii

Tommy Locke - Boca Grande, FL

David Mangum - Florida Panhandle

Mike Manis - Charlotte Harbor, FL

Blake Matherly - Fort Myers, FL

Chris McCreedy - Lower Florida Keys

Austin McWhorter - Tampa Bay Area

Kevin Mihailoff - Florida Everglades

Raul Montoro - Miami, FL

Rhett Morris - Punta Forda, FL

Chris Morrison - Florida Keys

Jerry Murphy - Upper Keys, Biscayne Bay

Skip Nielsen - Florida Keys

Gabe Nyblad - Lower Florida Keys

Mike O'Brien - Key West, FL

Randy Osteen - Upper Keys, Biscayne Bay

Jordan Pate - Costal South Carolina

Matt Ponzio - Ft. Myers, FL

Ryan Rasberry - South Florida

Paul Ray - Boca Grande, FL

Justin Rea - Key West, FL

Jesse Register - Mosquito Lagoon / Central Florida

Chris Robinson - Apalachicola, FL

Steve Roff - Georgetown, SC

Derek Rust - Florida Keys

Bo Sellers - Lower Florida Keys

Tom Shadley – Naples, FL

Dexter Simmons - Key West, FL

Alan Skrobarcek - Rockport, TX

Joe Skrumbellos - South Florida

Shane Smetak - Boca Grande, FL

Shane Smith - Colorado & Key West, FL

Tucker Strickland - Carrabelle, FL / New Orleans, LA

Jason Sullivan - South Florida

Preston Sutter - Panama City, FL

Scott Taylor - Everglades City, FL

Andy Thompson - Florida Keys

Bruddy Tyson - Vero Beach, FL

Zack Walters - Florida Keys

Earle Waters - Homosassa, FL

Steve Waugh - Ft. Myers, FL

Newman Weaver - Georgetown, SC

Nate Wheeler - Florida Keys

Al White - Boca Grande, FL

Jason White - Crested Butte, CO

Dave Wyss - Northern Michigan & Key Largo, FL

Scott Yetter - Lower Keys

Skip Zink - Boca Grande, FL


The Bahamas

Abaco Fly Fishing Guides Association - Abaco

Jody Albury - Central Abaco

Tom Albury - Abaco

Paul Pinder - Abaco

Buddy Pinder - Abaco

Benry Smith - Andros



Carlos Vega - Cozumel


Turks and Caicos

Will Vallely - Providenciales



Nick Williams - Urlings



Matthieu Cosson - Desroches


St. Croix

Mike Hushek - Christiansted


Cayman Islands

Randy Parchment



Matthieu Gentilhomme