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Updated: 03/14/2014 08:00:03AM

A fish of a lifetime

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Capt. Mikes Fish of a lifetime caught in Ft. Leonard Wood Mo. with daughter U.S. Army Pvt. Allison Myers MP

By Capt. Mike Myers

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As a fishing charter captain, my main goal is to get you, the consumer, to want, and to buy, my product. What I’m peddling is basically the same thing that every other captain out there is selling — not so much fish, but the chance to catch fish. So why, with hundreds of charter captains in Southwest Florida, would you pick me? I’m glad you asked.

Now, in order to be a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain, one must log a ton of hours, on an actual boat, out on some sort of large body of fresh or salty water. One must also take a USCG-approved training course and pass the Coast Guard’s written test. Doing this gives the person the right to put the title Capt. in front of your name. But here’s a heads-up, guys — just because someone is a captain doesn’t mean they know how to catch fish. They do not teach fishing, of any kind, in captain school. True fishing charter captains have spent a hefty portion of their lives on the water learning how to target and catch their chosen species.

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