As a native of Florida, Captain Jimmy Daniels was born on the salty waters of the Gulf Coast.
Jimmy grew up in Destin, Florida, where he fell in love with the water, boats, fish and fishing … not necessarily in that order. During his childhood, Jimmy's dad was a diesel mechanic on many of the fishing boats in the fleet. Jimmy learned an appreciation for fine fishing vessels quickly at age six when the owner of a 38' Hatteras, the legendary "Ling King" Frank Helton, first offered to take he and his dad out fishing for Cobia annually.
The family moved to North Carolina where he honed his skills on the banks of the New River near the town of Todd. By 13, he was learning to cast dry flies to brookies and ’bows in the local tributaries while travelling with his dad chasing Stripers on the Outer Banks. Later, during high school, the family moved back to Florida where he often fished largemouth bass on Lake Seminole and worked on head boats during the summertime out of Destin.
After high school graduation, Jimmy moved on to Pensacola to sell boats. Even though he quickly became one of the top salesmen in his territory, he decided to pursue his dreams of fishing and hunting professionally. Over the last few years he could be found in the fields of Kentucky guiding quail/pheasant hunts during the winters and guiding fly fishing on the beautiful Colorado River in the Grand Canyon of Arizona during the summers. Much of his "off time" was spent back home in the Gulf on a center console boat guiding inshore/offshore/blue water trips with his many clients. He loves the Gulf Coast area and its many types of fish. When he isn't working he is still usually "scouting the fish", or doing some blacksmithing work.
meet the captain
How old were you when you went fishing for the first time? And, who was it with?
I was four years old. I was with my dad on the Choctawhatchee bridge from Sand Destin to DeFuniak. I was using a live shrimp on a popping cork. I caught a speckle trout second cast.
What are 3 items you never leave the dock without (fishing rods, reels and tackle are excluded...that's a given)?
My sunglasses, the glare is killer out there and they are essential. I like to have a camera, you never know what you'll see on a trip. I like to have my lucky shirt and hat..... Got to have Lady Luck to catch a fish.
If you could only give one piece of advice to a new angler, what would it be?
Never give up the fight with any fish. Anything that bites can be caught. Hang in there and learn the lessons of life fishing can teach you.
Aside from fishing, what do you enjoy doing with your time?
I enjoy spending time at home with my best friend, and our crew of critters a dog and a cat. We are usually gardening or working on home improvement. Sometimes we get to go hiking, and camping.
What do you get asked the most while out fishing, and what's your answer?
What are we gonna catch, or why can't I keep this fish..... Due to gulf length limits and seasons from time to time fish have to be put back.
licenses / experience
- USCG Licensed Since 2012
- Fishing Charter Guide
- Upland Guide
- Fly Fishing Guide
- Hunting Dog Trainer
- Private Captain of The Duke (40' Cabo Yacht )
- Former Florida Law Enforcement Officer
- Certified Scuba Diver