I chose Florida Native Charters from the excellent reviews here in TripAdvisor. He took me, my 15 year old son and his best friend for a full day charter. First, he took us bait fishing which was a great way to start the kids in learning how to cast and get the general feel of using a fishing rod. Then he took us out to the bay, all the while explaining the area and what to expect to see. He really knows this area so well that he knew exactly where to go. He helped the boys cast to catch permit fish. We were so excited when one took the bait - it took 20 mins to reel in the 20+ pound permit. He looked around some more and spotted a second permit, again he cast out, and we hooked a second permit - a 30+ pound. He then took us to the shark area. At first, there weren't any to be seen. Capt. Tom could have easily given up and taken us back - but he was so persistent that we WERE going to see sharks so he threw out chum and persistently searched for them. They finally started coming around - and we finally hooked a lemon shark. It took three of us (taking turns) reeling in this 180+ pound lemon shark.
It's important to note that Capt. Tom is very ecologically minded. We release the 2 permit fish we caught and the bait fish that weren't the legal size. Oh yea, we released the lemon shark too. :-)
What a great experience for all of us! This is truly a day that the boys will remember for a long time.
Thank you so much Capt. Tom for your patience and hard work in making this day so special.
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