Fishing Guide & Eco Tour Guide
Born and raised along the coast of Jacksonville Captain Matt is a Florida Boy to his core. As a child “Chip” explored the marshes, intracoastal waterways and beaches of St. Augustine and Jacksonville. He gained a unique understanding of aquatic systems and the opportunities available for sport fishing in North Florida. He taught himself how to fish, how to surf and developed into a lifetime waterman and angler.
After earning a degree in marine/ environmental science at Eckerd College, Matt broadened his skill and knowledge of saltwater angling. He learned how to sight fish, how to stalk fish in the shallows, how to pole a flat and how to saltwater fly fish. Captain Matt returned to the First Coast and applied his experiences to the local fishery. He began competing in kayak fishing tournaments on his stand up paddle board and won the Jacksonville Kayak Classic, beating 300 anglers and breaking two records in the process. After cementing himself as an elite angler he began guiding paddle charters, purchased a flats boat and earned his captain’s license.
Captain Matt now specializes in shallow water fly fishing/light tackle poling charters with an emphasis on targeting trophy trout and flood tide redfish. He is a patient, determined, passionate captain with an outgoing disposition. This allows him to guide anyone from novice children to veteran record hunters. He understands the science behind the sport and routinely educates his clients about the biology of fish and the intricacies of the marine environment.
KAYAK GUIDE AND INSTRUCTOR
Ben offers three types of kayak experiences: Eco Adventures, Kayak Fitness and Conditioning classes, plus rescue and stroke training for personal enrichment as well as Instructor Development and Certification Courses.
Ben is an ACA Certified Level Two Coastal Kayaking Instructor with Level Three Coastal Trip Leader endorsement. What’s that mean? You get to focus on having your paddling and Eco experience, Ben makes sure you remain, safe, on course, and well taken care in case of accident or other First Aid and CPR emergencies which may arise on the water.
Ben’s Eco Adventures includes the Rivers, Lakes, and Lagoons of the Intracoastal waterways and Tidal Creeks, Middle and Lower St Johns River, Lakes, and its Spring Runs and tributaries. He’s even willing to go out to sea off the First Coast with experienced kayakers.
Adventure awaits when you tour with Ben. Growing up in Northeast Florida, Ben is familiar with the waterways of Flagler, St. John’s and Duval Counties. He also has spent significant time as a kayaking professional leading trips in many of Florida’s most iconic springs and waterways in Brevard, Seminole, Marion, and Osceola counties.
SUP Instructor & Eco Tour Guide
Dalton was born and raised in Ponte Vedra Florida, and grew up a surfer at heart. Dalton has been paddle boarding for 5 years, and has been SUP surfing for almost 4. He enjoys any kind of surfing, hiking, camping, and outdoor work. Dalton is an Eagle Scout, and loves to apply his knowledge to the outdoor world. He achieved his ACA level 1 Paddle board Instructor certification in the spring of 2016, and is currently working on his level 2 certification. He is enrolled at the University of Florida majoring in Interdisciplinary Marine Science, and is the Vice President of the UF Surf Club. Dalton's favorite part of being a guide is teaching people how to ride waves and have fun on the water.