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 freshwater 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 to pursue my true passion for fishing. 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. In addition to my USCG License, I am a guide member of the Lower Keys Guides Association – a guide member of the Florida Coastal Conservation Association, and an accredited captain of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary & Blue Star operator. I am also fully insured to operate as a for hire charter/guide service. I also believe in giving back to our country service men and women so I do donate trips to the Wounded Warrior Foundation.
Techniques
My preferred style of fishing is the back-country shallows, flats and near shore reefs and wrecks of the lower Florida Keys from Big Pine Key to Key West. The species I typically target depending on time of year and season is Tarpon-Bonefish-Permit-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 artificial lures. I have the option of using three different vessels depending on the type of fishing the client wants to do or the weather conditions permit: 16' Hewes Bonefisher with a 90 HP Yamaha 22' center console Panga with a 115 HP Evinrude

Hey, I'm Captain Jim Loftus

Ramrod Key, United States
Background
I've basically been fishing my entire life. I started out as a freshwater 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 to pursue my true passion for fishing. 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. In addition to my USCG License, I am a guide member of the Lower Keys Guides Association – a guide member of the Florida Coastal Conservation Association, and an accredited captain of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary & Blue Star operator. I am also fully insured to operate as a for hire charter/guide service. I also believe in giving back to our country service men and women so I do donate trips to the Wounded Warrior Foundation.
Techniques
My preferred style of fishing is the back-country shallows, flats and near shore reefs and wrecks of the lower Florida Keys from Big Pine Key to Key West. The species I typically target depending on time of year and season is Tarpon-Bonefish-Permit-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 artificial lures. I have the option of using three different vessels depending on the type of fishing the client wants to do or the weather conditions permit: 16' Hewes Bonefisher with a 90 HP Yamaha 22' center console Panga with a 115 HP Evinrude

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Matt T.
Talleyville, DE
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Great 1/2+ day with Captain Jim

VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Backcountry on December 27, 2020
My 21 year old daughter and I booked a 1/2 day with Jim on the 3rd day of a 3 day cold front. Water was in the low 60s in the...
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Thomas B.
Key West, Florida
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Backcountry on December 31, 2020
The day started with a grim briefing of wind, waves and lack of fish, but Captain Jim knew exactly where to go. It was my father...
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Jimmie W.
San Antonio, FL
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Half day trip with Captain Jim Loftus

VERIFIED   NEW  Half Day Trip – Backcountry on May 6, 2021
What a great day on the water with Captain Jim! He made us feel so comfortable.  Boat was immaculate and the...
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Dale G.
Crossville, TN
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VERIFIED   Full Day Trip – Backcountry on March 28, 2021
We were scheduled to go on a Sunday. Captain Jim txt’d that morning to see if we could go the next day instead because of...
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Marie W.
Brighton, Colorado
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VERIFIED   Half Day Trip – Backcountry on December 30, 2020
While the weather did not cooperate with us we still had a wonderful time!
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