Dear Captain TJ,
I just wanted to thank you for a lot of great fishing trips. As you know I often
entertain clients by taking them fishing. I've done this for many years and used
several different charter guides.
you I have been pleased not only by the ability to actually catch a large variety
of fish but your work ethic. You show up at the dock when you say you will, you
always have great equipment and are ready to go. More importantly - you are polite
and entertaining to my clients. I have told many of my friends and clients that
with you I can take a group of grouchy old men or even my Grandmother and know
that they would be treated with respect and have a good time.
One of my favorite trips was when we took a CPA friend of mine fishing who had
not caught a fish in 25 years. We started catching red fish and landed so many
we lost count. My friend actually landed a 35 inch long red that has its picture
sitting on his wife's desk to this day. It took 2 days to wipe the smile off of
Captain TJ - since I met you I have not used another guide and will continue to
suggest your services to all my friends and clients!
First Vice President - Investments
Dear Captain TJ,
can't thank you enough for the best fishing trip I've experienced! It was a tremendous
thrill for me. Even better is the peace of mind I have knowing that I can take
anyone, including my children, after experiencing your extremely professional
guide services. My oldest son had the best fishing trip yet and that says a lot.
He doesn't like to fish; he likes to catch and he got exactly that!
As you might recall, I finally decided that I needed to go for myself after
hearing time and again of my husband's catches while fishing with you. I was so
discouraged at not being able to catch any decent fish. I've never caught anything
like I did even after our charter. I was so amazed at the number of fish I was
actually able to catch after months of frustration trying on my own. It was the
best gift I have ever given to myself!
I have told so many of my friends about my charter fishing on your boat. I
still can't get over being handed rod after rod already baited and cast out in
the perfect spot. Not only that, but I didn't have to untangle my own messes,
or even bait my hooks, though I did appreciate you teaching me different ways
to hook a shiner. You took care of everything and it was incredible! I still talk
about my "Ritz Carlton" fishing experience.
It's great to have a charter captain like you who I feel perfectly comfortable
with and know we will have great fishing memories! We will see you again sometime
in April as it's my youngest son's turn to go next.
Michelle (Missy) Plum
January 21, 2008
a participant in the Pediatric Cancer Mercury Grand Slam I recently had the privilege
of fishing with Captain TJ Stewart. It was an amazing 2 days of charity, camaraderie,
and fish... lots of BIG fish. TJ knew the inland waters, the temps, and the feeding
habits like no one I've ever fished with before. He continually took us to hot
spots for the Snook, Redfish, and Trout we needed to have a shot at winning the
tournament. As much as I considered myself an avid and skilled angler, the two
days I spent on his boat were as much fun as they were a learning experience.
It is obvious that he truly enjoys what he does. I would highly recommend TJ to
anyone, from beginner to skilled angler, out-of-town visitors to locals, and especially
anyone with a boat that wants to learn their area fishing from the best in the
Comedian/Host of Studio 10-CBS Tampa
January 4, 2005
Captain T.J. Stewart from David, Melissa, Haley & Dawson Stark. We were just
reminiscing about our fishing with you so I pulled up your web sight and saw my
dad's tarpon, Earls tarpon, Melissa's tarpon, (Jeff's not pictured, ha ha) and
the kids got me all excited about fishing again.
I still remember the first day we met (I saw one old picture of the green barge)
my Dad, Earl and I standing on the sea wall as you pulled up and we thought what
a big f-ing boat and look at the kid driving it, we're screwed we thought! That
was April 4th 2001!! As I recall you put me on my first tarpon within one hour
and an hour after that I landed my first tarpon about 150lbs, boy were we wrong.
And the rest is history and many, many fun memories every single time we come.
I always have so many fun fishing stories with you and everyone we take has
wonderful memories that you have helped us create. From Jeff snagging two tarpon
in the side and his expert skills at stingray fishing, or us having to push the
boat out of the very shallow and muddy water at 5:00a.m.(if we wanted to fish).
My daughter Haley getting bored because she was tired of catching so many fish
that all had black lines on them. I remember taking the banker and his wife "Mrs.
I'm melting". My dad's first tarpon off Boca Grande beach while dodging the
thunder storms. Earls tarpon taking three hours to land (what a sissy).
you remember the rock pile? The day we all sat and watched the old guys in the
40 ft. yacht using florescent green line and the giant bobbers, we thought that
was so funny until the poor dude actually had the big one hit and strip his reel,
break his rod, and sent him sailing into the cabin. I still think we asked if
he was o.k. before we decided to follow the huge bobber screaming across the surface
like a jaws movie. I tell everyone this story and it never gets old, how the other
guides looked at us as we picked up the anchor and took off after the giant bobber,
us stripping the line off my reel in seconds, you grabbing the bobber while earl
took the wheel at 25mph, the banker in total disbelief calling us "fish whores",
you threading the line on my rod and tying a knot and us yelling the famous "fish
on". I still remember someone on another boat saying "that's not right".
We fought the fish for about 45 minutes landed it(a 130lb tarpon) and I still
have the picture to prove it with the florescent green line still on my reel as
a reminder that fishing is fun but catching is way better.
We do catch a lot of fish with you, every time but more importantly I have
made a great friend who has taught me so much, thank you T.J. you truly are a
great guide!! and you could be even better if you would start packing us a lunch
in 2005! I am Looking forward to another great year of fishing.
August 17, 2004
TJ, thanks again for an awesome day. We caught a TON of fish. Attached are
the photos of my dad. He would be floored if one got on the website. Thanks again.
We’ll try to get out again very soon.
Eric C. Hoening
June 25, 2004
Hooked at 630a, landed at 920a - 2 hours, 50 minutes.
trips around the boat
- hit bait runner TWICE
- removed grass algae TWICE
- all bait died
- almost fell out of boat (what's a gunnal?)
- 4 under boat Saves (2 over bow, 2 over stern and engine)
- gill hooked
- 1 crab point caught and uncaught
- 1 captain knocked on his ass after fish changes direction
- 2 miles on the GPS pulled
- HUGE jump after 1 hour of fight!!!
- and one completely untied shoe... tied professionally and quickly by the
Best time I have ever had in my life!!!
Earl M. Furfine
June 18, 2004
Thanks again for a great day of fishing. I am officially hooked on Tarpon fishing.
Hopefully next time I will actually land the fish. You told me to drop you my
email address because you might be able to send me whatever you took for photos
on your digital camera. Talk to you soon.
June 10, 2004
I just wanted to write and thank you for giving Mark and Doug such a good time
last week. They really enjoyed their fishing trip. Too bad that Mark lost the
"big one," but that just means he'll be back again to fish with you.
We come to Florida almost every summer, so you can bet that we'll use your
services again. And Mark is giving your cards to a couple of his friends who come
to Sarasota often.
Thanks again. It was a good time for all.
June 8, 2004
just wanted to "thank you" again for the incredible time I had fishing
with you on 6/8/04 (w/ Kyle Cummings and friends.) I have been on a many charters
before, but yours by far has been the best experience ever. Not only because I
was able to catch a "monster"tarpon (@ roughly 150lbs and brought in
the boat in 15 minutes.... ha ha ) But because your professionalism and friendly
character made it even more pleasurable. Since it was my first time tarpon fishing,
your guidance and patience were very much appreciated.
You have great skill and knowledge of fishing and have great people relations.You
are a natural!
I thoroughly enjoyed my day of fishing and relaxing on your charter.
Thank you again
And I will definitely pass you name and card around to those who would like
to have and incredible day of fishing...
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