Captain Mike Manning is a full time professional Florida fishing guide who was born, raised, and lives his adulthood in Pasco County, Florida. His life long passion for fishing lead him to evolve into a flats fishing, inshore, backcountry, and nearshore fishing guide many years ago. He is on the water over 250 days a year.
Capt. Mike is well known and respected by his peers, the industry, the community and within his strong client base. He has been featured on several television fishing shows, newspaper articles, and is a featured guide writer for the St. Petersburg Times.
In addition to leading successful Florida fishing charters, Capt. Mike serves as a field consultant for Mercury Outboards, Andros Boats, St. Croix Rods, Berkley Fishing Line, Shimano Reels, Motor Guide Trolling Motors, MirrOlures, and 12 Fathom Jigs.
Capt. Mike is knowledgeable and experienced in all aspects of fishing the Florida Gulf Coast has to offer. Considered by many as an expert in everything from speckled seatrout to kingfish, his lust in hunting bull redfish, trophy snook and giant tarpon are undeniable. A specialist with light tackle (live bait, spin, plug and conventional) and fly fishing, Capt. Mike has earned a reputation as one of the finest guides on the Gulf Coast.
Capt. Mike runs an impeccably kept 24′ Avenger. The boat features a “tuna tower” for the advantage of spotting fish on the shallow flats from great distances. The boat is powered by a “state of the art” current year model, Yamaha 300. The boat is specifically and uniquely designed to fish the backwaters to the near shore reefs of the Gulf Coast. The “hi tech wonder” draws just inches of water, yet offers a full transom and adequate freeboard to safely fish in most any condition. A high thrust electric trolling motor is utilized in stalking wary tarpon and a push poll is used to creep up on tailing fish in shallow water. She comfortably and safely fishes 1 to 4 people. The boat is equipped beyond all Coast Guard standards. A VHF radio and cellular telephone are always on board. For these reasons, Capt. Mike’s Avenger 24′ is one of the largest, most comfortable, safest, and multifaceted guide boats on the Gulf Coast and perfect for tarpon fishing.
While Capt. Mike is a master of Florida Gulf fishing, his pleasant personality gels his charter fishing experience. He treats everyone from novice to expert in a patient and pleasant manner. No attitudes here! Your good time Action Fishing Adventure and delightful life long memories are his ultimate priority.