Capt. Matt caught his first Tarpon in SW Florida in the Summer of 1979 and has been hooked on the pursuit of the “Silver Kings” ever since. He spent the next 25 years fishing up and down the East Coast and in Lake Ontario in both Fresh and Saltwater catching every thing that swims. Captain Matt Ponzio became a Fishing Guide in Southwest Florida after moving here over 10 years ago.
Tarpon are his favorite fish to pursue but a close second are Billfish it doesn’t matter where in the world he travels if Tarpon aren’t available then the search is on for Marlin and Sailfish.
Conservation- Capt. Matt is well aware that we need to take care of our fishing resources. Most of the Fish we pursue are catch and release with limited exceptions for Potential World Records. We follow IGFA Rules when pursuing Trophy fish, most which can be released and still count towards records. Capt. Matt is a IGFA Captain/ Guide a Bonefish and Tarpon Trust Conservation Captain, a Member of the Coastal Conservation Association of Florida, past president of The Ft. Myers Beach Tarpon Hunters Club and the Sec/Tres. of the Florida Guides Association. He is also on the Pro-Staff for Mercury Marine, Penn Fishing, DOA Lures and others.
If your looking to go fishing in SW Florida Capt. Matt’s years of experience surely will not disappoint. We fish Fort Myers, Sanibel, Cape Coral, Boca Grande, Pine Island and the Caloosahatchee river. We fish mostly near shore (out to 9 miles), besides targeting Tarpon we also fish for Sharks, Grouper, Snapper, Kingfish, Snook, Redfish and trout.
We feature high quality fishing gear, Penn Reels and Rods are our standard with Nautilus reels and G.Loomis rods for Fly fishing we fish with live bait, dead bait and artificial baits, we fish on anchor, trolling and when chasing Tarpon we will be hunting them on the beaches and in the passes.
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