Meet your Captain
Captain James Canelos is a United States Coast Guard licensed captain that has been fishing the waters of St Augustine for over 20 years. Specializing in shallow water fly fishing and light spin, Captain James brings a great depth of knowledge about the local habitat, and techniques to help you become a better fisherman or fisherwoman.
When not out with clients, you can often find him fishing the Keys, the Bahamas, and even the occasional trip off the coast of Louisiana. He believes that a good guide never stops learning and refining their skills.
With his clients, his style is laid back, patient, and encouraging. At the end of the day, fishing is meant to be fun!
To get an idea of what to expect, check out Captain James on Instagram
With expansive marshes and creeks, it creates a great habitat for many species of gamefish. Miles and miles of spartina grass provide an abundance of life and prey that redfish, trout, flounder, and drum cannot resist! Oyster lined flats, shell bank drop offs, and dock structure additionally provide the much needed environment for predator fish to thrive.
Winter and early spring offer some great sight fishing opportunities especially for fly fishing as the cool water becomes clear.
Late spring and fall bring some of the most sought after fishing experiences with the arrival of the flood tides.
If you have not experienced this, it is a must! Your hands will be sweaty and your knees shaking as redfish tail just feet away from you!
Fishing flats, banks, oyster bars, and creeks for Redfish, Trout, Flounder, Black Drum, Sheepshead, Jack Crevale, and many, many more incredible species!
Fishing a few miles off the beaches for seasonal, migratory fish. This includes some of the most challenging fish to catch, such as Tarpon, Cobia & Tripletail.
Seasonal lunar phases offer up higher than usual tides leading redfish and sheepshead to forage through the spartina grass making for exceptional sight-fishing and fly fishing.
2007 22ft Pathfinder TRS
Power: Yamaha 150hp
Capacity: 4 passengers
Pathfinder made no sacrifices when they designed this hull. From getting into 12” of water to handling rough seas, this boat can do it all! Equipped with a tower, the boat is ideal for nearshore fly fishing for migratory species or dropping nearshore wrecks. This boat is also used for inshore bait charters consisting of larger parties (up to 4).
2000 Hells Bay Whipray
Power: 50hp Honda
Capacity: 2 persons
The Hells Bay Whipray was the boat that set the standard for shallow water fly fishing. To this day it is often copied for modern hull designs. For stalking the shallow mud flats or flooded grass, there is nothing better. Boat is designed for fly fishing charters up to 2 passengers. Can also be used for artificial spinning charters. In 2018 the boat was fully restored by Jonathan Glasser and Hells Bay Boatworks.