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“This Week in Fishing”: One of the longest running fishing shows in the Keys. Find out what’s hot, where to find them, and how to catch them.
CAPTAIN JIM SHARPE
Captain Jim Sharpe began fishing with his father in Miami at the age of eight. At 12 years old he guided his first fishing charter, catching and releasing his first Sailfish. During his 30 year carrier as a fire fighter and paramedic with Miami Dade Fire and Rescue Captain Jim continued his charter and commercial fishing business at Sea Boots Charters in Summerland Key. He is considered a leading authority in all types of salt water fishing from the Bahamas to the Straights of Florida.
After Captain Jim retired from the Fire Department in 1993 he formed is own Publishing company, Fisherman’s Int. Publishing House and wrote and published four books, created 10 DVD’s on fishing and marine mammals and a fishing calculator. In addition to his books and videos he has written more than one hundred articles for fishing magazines. Captain Jim and his family owned and operated a Pro Fly Shop, Sea Boots Outfitters on Big Pine Key for ten years. Captain Jim did a live 30 minute TV show on TCI Channel Five in Key West called Fishing in the Florida Keys for over ten years. He has been doing a weekly radio show “This Week in Fishing in the Florida Keys” since 1987 on US # 1 radio here in Big Pine Key.
Key West fishing guide, Captain Mike Weinhofer is originally from Flemington, New Jersey. He ran fishing charters for 18 years with his father John E Weinhofer out of Brielle, New Jersey. Captain Mike fished the original Jack Tar in tournaments from Cape May White Marlin Open to top Maryland and North Carolina tournaments. He moved to Key West in 1990 and became a full time Key West fishing guide. Besides running charters in Key West he also fishes the top tournaments in the Key West fishing region including the Bahamas, Cuba, Mexico, and all of the Florida keys.
Captain Mike once owned the Jack Tar 2 sport fishing charter boat which is a 52′ Buddy Cannady Custom Carolina. Now as a Key West guide he specializes in Key West light tackle fishing with a 27′ Conch center console.Captain Mike has been fishing in Key West for over 20 years now and has become one of the foremost experts in local fish habits and tendencies making him one of the most requested Key West fishing guides.
Captain Mike fishes the Key West reefs, wrecks, offshore, and inshore waters including the Key West Harbor which is inshore. His qualifications in these areas are above reproach and for Key West fishing there aren’t many as knowledgeable as Captain Mike. When you spend money to have a great time fishing you most certainly want to catch fish and Captain Mike is the fishing guide that will always deliver results.
But there is something else you should know about Captain Mike. Besides his fishing skills he is also just an all around great guy. He works well with the anglers and customers on his boat. Whether you are a seasoned Key West angler or a novice just enjoying a Vaction in the Keys Captain Mike will take the time to help. If you feel you don’t know something just ask Capt Mike as he has the patience for the job. Patience to work with his clients, patience to find the fish, and the all around good nature to make your Key West fishing trip an enjoyable one that you will remember for a long time. Oh and you will catch fish too!