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: April 2015

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The Conservation Captain for April 2015 is Abaco, Bahamas guide Capt. Buddy Pinder. Buddy, along with his wife Cindy, has been instrumental in helping BTT tag bonefish on Abaco. They have also graciously hosted BTT scientists and volunteers at their home, donated their time and boat, and they have been instrumental in getting other guides involved with BTT. Their efforts have helped gain local community support for BTT's bonefish conservation efforts in the Bahamas.

Click here to learn more about Capt. Buddy Pinder.


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



Jamie Allen - Boca Grande, 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

Mike Conner - Stuart, FL

Jeffrey Cooke – Western Michigan

Luis Cortes – Florida Keys

Scott Crippen – Fort Pierce, FL

Tim Cutting - Coastal Georgia

Dave Denkert - Florida Keys

Kenneth Dodd – Darien, GA

Cole Fairbanks - Boca Grande, FL

Steve Friedman - Islamorada, Florida Keys

Peter Frezza - Florida Keys

Ron Gibson - Georgia

Mark Giacobba - South Florida

Rob Gilbert - Bradenton, FL

Joe Gonzalez - Biscayne Bay, Upper Keys

Rick Grassett - Sarasota, FL

Kevin Guerin - Florida Keys

Michael Guerin - Montana

Steve Hancock - Florida Keys

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

Richard Keating – Florida Keys

Honson Lau - South Florida

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

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

John O'Hearn - Key West, FL

Randy Osteen - Upper Keys, Biscayne Bay

Randy Parchment - Cayman Islands

Matt Ponzio - Ft. Myers, FL

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

Tom Shadley – Naples, FL

Dexter Simmons - Key West, FL

Alan Skrobarcek - Rockport, TX

Joe Skrumbellos - South Florida

Shane Smith - Colorado & Key West, FL

Tucker Strickland - Carrabelle, FL / New Orleans, LA

Jason Sullivan - South Florida

Preston Sutter - Panama City, FL

Andy Thompson - Florida Keys

Bruddy Tyson - Vero Beach, FL

Zack Walters - Florida Keys

Earle Waters - Homosassa, FL

Newman Weaver - Georgetown, SC

Nate Wheeler - Florida Keys

Jason White - Crested Butte, CO

Dave Wyss - Northern Michigan & Key Largo, FL

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



Carlos Vega - Cozumel



Matthieu Cosson - Desroches