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Meet Tampa Bay Fishing Guide, Captain Matt Ercoli

Captain Matt Ercoli has been running Tamp Bay fishing charters full time for 20+ years and is U.S. Coastguard licensed and commercially insured Florida charter boat captain. Matt dreamed that some day he would be a professional fisherman. At age 20 he had already laid solid ground work and had made charter fishing his first and only job to this day. As a premier Florida fishing guide Matt lives, eats and breaths Florida fishing. Five years into his career Matt had already won the Saltwater National Championships on top of racking up 5 world records. Now this Tampa Bay fishing captain’s skills are sharper than ever.

Captain Matt embarks from his home on the waters of Tampa Bay for each day of fishing. He is strategically located on Anna Maria Island, perfect for Tampa Bay fishing and a very short run to some great Sarasota fishing. From the Captain’s dock you can be in Tampa Bay’s most undeveloped clear water flats, some of Florida’s best tarpon passes or offshore in less than 10 minutes.

Everyday Matt leaves from his home in search, of tarpon, snook, redfish, trout, kingfish, permit, grouper, snapper, tuna, giant sharks and the massive goliath grouper. Captain Matt is a true professional fishing guide who is deliberate, confident, and most importantly patient. He believes that the fish bite every day. It’s his job to locate, adapt and make the tactical changes it takes for his clients to catch fish. Captain Matt admits he enjoys the challenging days more than the easy ones; it’s what distinguishes the good from the great in the fishing charter industry.

Captain Matt Takes Pride in Being a Tampa Bay Fishing Guide

Tampa bay fishing guide Captain Matt takes pride in being the best Florida fishing charter captain he can be each day. He is an expert at inshore, offshore, light tackle, heavy tackle and fly fishing the Tampa Bay area. He runs the finest quality custom tower Sheaffer bay boat that is made to run shallow and deep so he can go where the fish go. Matt is prepared for any and every kind of fishing the Tampa and Sarasota area has to offer. So whether you are a beginner, expert, first timer, conventional tackle enthusiast or fly fisherman, Captain Matt is your fishing guide.

There is no doubt as Florida’s largest estuary, Tampa Bay fishing is some of the best in the world, and Captain Matt takes full advantage of it. So if you are looking for a great Florida fishing trip, the captain’s dock is an easy drive from Tampa, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Lakeland, Longboat Key, and Siesta Key to Anna Maria Island. Many fishermen even come from as far as Orlando for the day.

Captain Matt has made his passion his career. He still loves to catch fish himself, but says there is nothing like the smile he gets from a gratified customer fighting a fish. Matt finds enjoyment teaching first time fisherman and children just as much as he enjoys the challenge of helping fulfill the dreams of a seasoned expert. Matt’s motto is there are no excuses, as long as it’s safe and comfortable to be on the water. If someone is having a killer day catching fish, it might as well be Captain Matt and his charter fishermen.

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