I'm Captain Mike Smith, (Smitty), owner and operator of Smitty’s Surf Fishing. I'm a 28-year Air Force Veteran with close to 40 years of fishing experience, and over 20 of that was right here along the Gulf Coast. I grew up fishing the rivers and estuaries of the Chesapeake Bay for trout, flounder and striped bass. As I moved around in the military, I took advantage of all the fishing that was available at each location. Whether I was chasing giant catfish and walleye in North Dakota, largemouth bass in Maryland or elusive trout in the hills of California and South Korea, I was able to locate the fish.
I'm a certified U.S. Coast Guard Captain, fully licensed and insured, and trained in CPR/First Aid. I am also a certified Florida Friendly Fishing Guide. What does that mean? The Florida Friendly Fishing Guide certification recognizes saltwater and freshwater fishing guides who are committed to preserving the future of Florida’s fisheries through sustainable boating and fishing techniques.
My mission is to get you fishing as well as make your charter as memorable and fun-filled as I possibly can. There are many choices when it comes to fishing charters in our area and I'm glad you took the time to consider us on your next adventure.
Whether you are vacationing on our beautiful Gulf Coast or a local trying to learn the ins and outs of fishing, I will make sure your day on the water is one to remember!
We run a 20' Ranger Bay boat, with an open layout and loads of storage, the 2000 Bay Ranger is right at home in the backwaters of the Gulf or running the coast. Our boat is outfitted with all the necessary Coast Guard safety gear.
We provide top-of-the-line fishing gear for our guests. From fishing rods and reels to bait and lures, we have everything you need to catch your dream fish. We also provide safety gear and equipment to ensure your safety on the water.