Captain Dave "Big D" Atkinson
Whale Harbor Marina
- Captain Dave Atkinson is one of the most consistent fishing guides in the Florida Keys -
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Catch the Excitement !
"Just imagine sitting in
18" of water as a bonefish tails in front of you with his fins glistening
in the sunlight. The tide is falling and he is heading your way. Youíre
transfixed as he and three other fish tail up near your bait. Will he eat
it? Not always, but sooner or later the rod bends over, the fish feels
the hook and off he goes at speeds approaching 40mph. As he charges the
boat, the gray ghost senses your presence as he heads out to sea or toward
a bayside channel. The line slices through the water, like a knife
cutting butter sometimes you can even hear the line hissing as it
disappears from your spool at an alarmingly fast rate. Everyone,
including the captain, wonders if he will ever stop. Yet, slowly the wild
surge subsides as the fish turns toward the boat. Eventually you get
some line back on your reel, but whoops off he goes again, not quite as
far but equally as fast.
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Captain Dave Atkinson was raised in the Tidewater area of Virginia and from those early days in the waters of Virginia, Dave became addicted to fishing. At the age of 16 Captain Dave began his career in Sport Fishing. After some seven summers working as a mate, the warm Florida sun led Captain Dave to Islamorada in 1974.
Since that time Captain Dave has pursued light tackle backcountry fishing with an enthusiasm that is evident as soon as you step aboard the No Politics. This addiction has made Captain Dave into the patient, and caring Captain that he is today. The No Politics is all about consistency. Our catch ratio on Bonefish is more than 90% and over 80% on Tarpon. Captain Dave is known around town as a "Bonefish Specialist" as evidenced by the pictures on this page. The No Politics catches and releases more bonefish than any other fishing operation in the Florida Keys.
Captain Dave keeps track of the fish caught aboard his boat. Looking back over the 2000 season, Captain Dave's anglers caught and released 458 Bonefish during 144 fishing trips. During the Florida Keys Tarpon season, which runs from Mid-March through late August, anglers caught and released 115 Tarpon ranging from 20 all the way up to 160 pounds aboard the No Politics. Consistency. Clearly the way that a fishing Guide is measured, and Captain Dave ranks with the best.
The No Politics is available for 1/2 day and Full day charters. During the Spring and Summer months, Captain Dave likes to break his tarpon trips up into early Morning trips and Evening trips which are the prime times for the Silver King. Bonefish are susceptible to to the midday sun during the summer, so Captain Dave likes to fish the hours of 7am to 11:30 am. During the winter months, the whole day and evenings are available for fishing. Call Captain Dave to discuss your options.
What to bring:
During the Winter months, you will need sunscreen and a light to medium weight jacket and hat. In the Spring, Fall and Summer months you might consider wearing a long sleeve shirt to better protect you from the intense sun. We supply all bait and tackle as well as ice and a cooler for your food and drinks.
Call today to book your trip as prime
months fill up fast.
Number one in Florida Keys fishing
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