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Capt. Jimmy Hobales

"Tarpon, Light Tackle & Fly-fishing Specialist"


NO FISH NO PAY's that simple!


Capt Jimmy Hobales is a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Charter Fishing Captain, South Florida Met registered Captain, Everglades National Park Permitted Florida Fishing Guide, Redbone Celebrity Tournament Guide and a Professional Angler on the Redfish Tour.


Captain Jim Hobales was born and raised in South Florida and has spent over 30 years in or on the water. In his early years he learned to fish his home waters of Miami's Biscayne Bay and the Florida Keys.  In the early 1980's he was introduced to Flamingo, at Everglades National Park.  It was a life changing experience.


Captain Jim became obsessed with the fishing, in both Florida Bay as well as Whitewater Bay in the backcountry, no matter if it was sight casting on the flats to tailing Redfish, plugging a shoreline for Snook or casting a fly at rolling Tarpon.


Captain Jim earned the title of Master Angler coming up through the ranks of the Miami Sport Fishing Club, a club that is rich in history, tradition and a leader in conservation in South Florida.  As a member in good standing for 16 years, he believes in the clubs roots and conservation measures, usually taking them to an extreme.  Being a competitive angler he has competed in tournaments winning several events over the last ten years.


Captain Jim is an Everglades National Park permitted guide and a Met registered guide, the largest free tournament in the world.  As a past winner, he knows how to target the species it takes to win.  Captain Jim is also well known for Peacock Bass and was quoted in South Florida Peacock Bass by the author Carlos Hidalgo.  A world record Butterfly Peacock Bass weighing 6.7ounces was caught on fly he created.   In 2001, Captain Jim started fishing the Professional Redfish Tour.  In 2002, he made the tour championship.  Jim is also a guide in the Redbone Celebrity series in the search for a cure for Cyctic Fibrosis.


Captain Jim's guests arrive at the fishing grounds in comfort aboard a 19 ft. Hewes Redfisher powered by a Mercury OptiMax 175. Once there, guests can choose to fish Spin, Plug or Fly tackle using live bait or artificial lures. Rods are custom made by Biscayne Rods and are matched to Okuma reels and Billy Pate fly reels.


Coverage Area:  South Florida, Miami, The Upper Keys and Flamingo

Species Targeted:    Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Trout, Bonefish, Permit, Shark, Barracuda, Snapper, Grouper, Jack Crevalle


Please click HERE for a description and pictures of some of the game fish you may catch aboard a Florida Light Tackle Fishing Charter.


Methods:  Capt. Jimmy is an accomplished Fly-Fisherman and can share his techniques and secrets with you.  Behind the poling tower, he can position the Fly Angler to a perfect cast every time.  For those preferring other methods, Capt. Jimmy is equally versed in guiding his Anglers with Spin or Bait Casting tackle.

Tournament Charters:  Available for anywhere in coverage area. Click HERE for more information.

Sight Seeing & Nature Tours:  Available for personalized sightseeing & nature tours. 

Maximum Anglers:  Three. 


Boat:  Capt. Jimmy runs a 19' Maverick Hewes Redfisher Flats Boat, powered by a Mercury Optimax Outboard.


Charter includes:  Rod, reels, fly gear, live, dead & artificial bait, tackle, fishing licenses, sodas & water, ice, fish cleaning & bagging and no fish no pay guarantee.  Our professional and friendly attitude is free of charge.


Capt. Jimmy is an established captain and a personable & friendly guide.  He is a great teacher, and works well with anglers of all ages and skill levels.  His ability to consistently locate hungry fish, will make your next South Florida and Florida Keys Fishing Adventure, one you will never forget!


Reserve  Capt. Jimmy Hobales today for the Absolute Best in South Florida, Miami and Florida Keys Light Tackle Fishing!


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