Captain
Jim Loftus

Member since January 2016

Ramrod Key, United States

Background
I've basically been fishing my entire life. I started out as a fresh water fisherman fishing rivers and lakes and then when I moved to Florida I began fishing the saltwater flats, reefs and wrecks. After a successful career in the business world I began exploring the idea of becoming a charter captain / guide and started the process of obtaining my US Coast Guard license. I've been a licensed captain for the past 10 years and I am a full time guide in the lower Florida Keys where I reside.
Techniques
My preferred style of fishing is the backcountry shallows, flats and near shore reefs and wrecks of the lower Florida Keys from Big Pne Key to Key West. The species I typically target depending on time of year and season is Tarpon-Bonefish-Pernit-Sharks and Snappers. I prefer to fish live bait when possible but I am not opposed to fly and other techniques such as dead baiting and artificials.

Hey, I'm Captain Jim Loftus

Ramrod Key, United States
Background
I've basically been fishing my entire life. I started out as a fresh water fisherman fishing rivers and lakes and then when I moved to Florida I began fishing the saltwater flats, reefs and wrecks. After a successful career in the business world I began exploring the idea of becoming a charter captain / guide and started the process of obtaining my US Coast Guard license. I've been a licensed captain for the past 10 years and I am a full time guide in the lower Florida Keys where I reside.
Techniques
My preferred style of fishing is the backcountry shallows, flats and near shore reefs and wrecks of the lower Florida Keys from Big Pne Key to Key West. The species I typically target depending on time of year and season is Tarpon-Bonefish-Pernit-Sharks and Snappers. I prefer to fish live bait when possible but I am not opposed to fly and other techniques such as dead baiting and artificials.

My Charter Listings

Ramrod Key
trips from
US$ 450

Fishing Reports

Fishing report for the lower Key's

July 19, 2016

Well the unusual July winds are blowing here in the keys and all along the east coast of Florida. Our typical weather pattern is light winds with calm seas but the high pressure that's been sitting off Florida's east… Read Full Report →


Lower Keys Yellowtail Fishing is on Fire

July 30, 2016

Well the weather was perfect and the wind was calm so we headed out to the reef to do some Yellowtail Snapper fishing and it didn't take long. Once we got the chum slick going the fish boiled up… Read Full Report →


Reef fishing the lower Florida Keys

September 28, 2016

With calm winds and flat seas we headed out to the reef today to see what we could chum up and the usual suspects (yellowtail snapper) were more than cooperative. We landed 50+ fish in 3 hours. The yellowtails… Read Full Report →

Customer Reviews

4.75 out of 5 stars from 4 reviews

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Went fishing on Saturday, July 30, 2016

Best reef Yellowtail fishing I have done !! Captain Jim worked with me , been I’m a bass fisherman !! And kept pulling the hook but a little quick lesson I was reeling them in after every cast .. It was a great experience and great dinner also .. I will definitely return !! Thanks Captain Jim !!

Fished July 2016

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Went fishing on Wednesday, May 18, 2016

I’m retired Air Force and have fished my entire life. I’ve had charters all over the world. From the South Pacific, Carribbean, Atlantic, Pacific Northwest, Texas, Carolinas, Great Lakes, Florida, Europe and the Floida Keys, I’ve caught many thousand fish of many species. I booked Fin-a-key with Capt. Jim Loftus for Tarpon.  It was the Best charter I’ve ever had. I had 15 Tarpon hookups in 3 days and I missed 10 more. The fish included a 6 foot 140 pound and 7 foot 180 pound Tarpon. Oh by the way, I also caught grouper, shark, yellowtail and a half dozen other species. What was incredible is that we fished water that nobody else was fishing in peak season. We also fished with live bait that nobody else was using. I’m not going to tell you where we were or what we used, because I am already booked to go back twice next year.

Capt. Jim Loftus knows the keys and fishing with him was like fishing with an old friend. His knowledge, experience and advice was dead-on-balls everytime! He worked like crazy, ran down fish and knew exactly where to go and when to go everytime!  We fished out of immaculate, Skiffs, Panga’s and Mako’s.  His boats and equipment is the very best and he knows tackle better than anybody I’ve ever fished with!

Book this guy!  Solid, no BS fishing experience. Take your friends, family, kids!

Fished May 2016

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Went fishing on Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Nice boat, good equipment and even better Captain.  Captain Jim put me on the fish all day..what a great experience. Definitely worth doing again!!!!!

Fished March 2016

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Went fishing on Sunday, May 29, 2016

Awesome day fishing out with my wife!!!! Capt. Jim is awesome, we were catching yellowtail snappers in no time. Definitely the most fun fishing in a long time.

Thanks Captain Jim!!!!!!

Fished May 2016

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