Captain Joe Gonzalez of Funny Bone Charters

JoeGonzalezCaptain Joe Gonzalez specializes in fly fishing and light tackle fishing for bonefish, permit, tarpon, redfish, snook, trout, shark, and barracuda in the waters of Miami’s Biscayne Bay, the Upper Keys, and Flamingo in Everglades National Park. Captain Joe has been fishing the South Florida area since his childhood, and for over 25 years his rods of choice have been from Biscayne Rod. While growing up Joe spent his summers in the Florida Keys and The Bahamas perusing his love and passion for fishing, which led to the start of his professional career in 1987.

In 2003, Captain Joe Gonzalez began working with the University of Miami’s Tarpon & Bonefish Research Program as part of his mission to protect the beauty of Florida’s coast and estuaries. He has tagged over 1,500 bonefish, has been influential in acoustic telemetry studies in bonefish movements and migrations, and has been active in the bonefish census taking place in Biscayne Bay and The Florida Keys. In 2014, Captain Joe received the Jose Wejebe Professional Guide Award from Hells Bay for his conservation efforts, education of the sport, and professionalism in the angling community.

Favorite Fishing Story:
“In 1992, just before Hurricane Andrew, I was invited up to Homosassa to help a friend chase a world record tarpon on 12lb test. I was on the poling platform most of the morning and I watched as my friend hooked a half dozen nice fish that he immediately and deliberately broke off exclaiming that the fish were too small. As a young captain, I was only used to tarpon in the 30 lb – 100 lb range and having an angler on the front of boat consistently break off so many nice fish was just heartbreaking. Later in the day it was my turn to fish and it wasn’t long until we found a nice group of fish. I made my cast and set the hook into a fish that easily tipped the scales at over 150lbs. It took off like a rocket, peeling off nearly 175 yards of line before making its first fantastic jump. Being such a green fisherman, it took me nearly 2 hours to land the fish. It wasn’t a world record, but I had never experienced something quite as amazing as that tarpon. It is truly a fish I will never forget.”

Read the full article featuring Captain Joe Gonzalez as Conservation Captain of the Month, Bonefish & Tarpon Trust

Captain Joe Gonzalez has been published in several industry-leading magazines and blogs, featured in numerous nationally and locally televised sport fishing programs, and appeared as an instructor and guest speaker at seminar series and expos throughout Florida. Captain Joe is recognized as a Pro Staff member with the following organizations: Guy Harvey Outpost, IGFA Captain, Conservation Captain with Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, Florida Guides Association, and UM Bonefish & Tarpon Research Center.

Contact Funnybone Charters with Captain Joe Gonzalez today to book a trip by calling (305) 798-0841 or emailing.

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