OUR CHARTER FISHING CAPTAINS
Capt. James Chappell and Capt. Ross DeMarzo
Capt. James Chappell
Captain James Chappell of Catchalottafish Charters and the Florida Keys Fishing Company has grown up fishing the beautiful waters of the Florida Keys, Dry Tortugas, Gulf of Mexico, and the Bahamas. As a native of the Florida Keys, he has decades of firsthand knowledge of these waters. He is very patient and persistent when it comes to putting his clients on their dream catch, and can pretty much do it all. From the Swordfish grounds out on the deep ledge, or the offshore scene for Mahi-Mahi, to the humps for Tunas and Amberjacks, he can do it all. Whether deep dropping for queen snappers, groupers, and tilefish or Kite fishing for sailfish, Captain James Chappell has the knowledge. He has fished the wrecks and reefs for giant Groupers, Mutton Snappers, Wahoo, and King Mackerel all the way to the reefs edge for Yellowtail and Mangrove Snappers and into the bay for tarpon. Utilizing all of the techniques necessary to catch the biggest and most fish possible! From live chumming to kite fishing, Capt. James has all the equipment and experience to ensure he gets it done! As the owner of the Florida Keys Fishing Company, Capt. James has surrounded himself with Captains that are like minded in both expectations and results. Each and every boat has the tools necessary to ensure your dream catch becomes a reality!
As an avid tournament captain, who often lands in the winner’s circle, he will stop at nothing to make his customers happy. His drive and determination is the reason for the growth of the FLORIDA KEYS FISHING COMPANY. Because Captain James strives to be the best, he partners with brands like PELAGIC, FREEMAN BOATWORKS, YAMAHA OUTBOARDS, SIMRAD YACHTING, SHIMANO FISHING, JL AUDIO, KRISTAL FISHING, DIAMOND FISHING PRODUCTS, MARSH TACKY CARBON, BASS PRO SHOPS, and several others that are arguably the best in the business. James has been featured several times on National and European Networks from the Outdoor Channel, The Sportsman’s Channel, World Fishing Network, ESPN Sports, Fox Sports, Fieldsports Britain, and the SUN network. He has also written the offshore fishing reports for Florida Sportsman Magazine for the past 10 years!
Captain Ross DeMarzo
In addition to Capt. James, Capt. Ross DeMarzo frequently takes the helm. Capt. Ross is considered a “Captain’s Captain”. Capt. Ross has been a Florida Keys resident since his teenage years and has paid his dues working and running boats out of Bud n’ Mary’s marina over 10 years. Capt. Ross has built a strong reputation for himself amongst the local fleet and consistently puts our clients on fish. Capt. Ross was also featured on the TV show “Reel Rivals”, making him something of a “local celebrity”. (don’t let him know we said that)! The bottom line is you get a professional captain every time!
Captain Kieran “KIKI” Ferrer
Captain Kieran “KIKI” Ferrer
Capt. Kieran “KIKI” Ferrer of All Lit Up Charters eats, sleeps, and breathes fishing. His sole purpose in life is to produce the best catch possible. Where most charter boat captains want to go fishing, Capt. Kiki has to go fishing. He is soft spoken, laid back, and easy going and is a true professional captain! His pure dedication to produce the best experience possible for you and your group is bar none. Capt. Kiki wanted to be a charter captain since he was 16. He is making that dream come true everyday here in beautiful Islamorada! You will not have a bad experience with Capt. Kiki, as he has a long background of both charter fishing and commercial fishing. Those who know fishing know that commercial fisherman often make the best charter fisherman as they have learned to catch fish as a way of life. This, of course, comes as a great benefit to you the charter customer! Captain KIKI is thoroughly experienced in all of the techniques needed to catch fish, particularly when conditions get tough. This is a knowledge that benefits our customers on a daily basis.
Islamorada has some of the best fishing available whether on the reef, wrecks, or offshore. From the Snappers and Groupers of the reefs and wrecks, to the Mahi-Mahi, Tunas, Wahoo, sailfish, and swordfish offshore, Capt. Kiki is super knowledgeable of the Florida Keys waters. He brings the best tactics to ensure the best catch on your Islamorada fishing trip. He loves to make his customers feel involved on the trip. So don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty. He’s the type of captain that likes you to be a part of the team. You will be involved from the time the boat leaves the dock at the World Wide Sportsman, until the boat backs in the slip. You will undoubtedly take home memories that will last a lifetime!