Captain Joe Gonzalez

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Who better to fish with than a Florida native who grew up fishing the local waters from a tender age. Joe was soon fishing the Keys and Bahamas during summer breaks. His passion for fishing led him naturally to guiding. With 27 years on the poling platform he is the consummate professional and gentleman. Within site of the Miami skyline, Joe can put you on trophy tarpon, permit and bonefish.

Joe is modest about his accomplishments. At Guy Harvey Outpost we know you are looking for more than the average guide. Capt. Joe fits that bill having tagged more bonefish than any other guide in the world at 1500+. He has been the top guide in Bonefish Tarpon Trust’s Project Permit twice. Bonefish Tarpon Trust has also asked Joe to participate on the Expert Bonefish Panel at their Symposium.

In 2014 Joe became the second recipient of the Jose Wejebe Professional Guide Award. The award was particularly moving for Joe as he and Jose were brothers of the water and fished besides each other from early on in their careers.

Capt. Joe Gonzalez is a regular seminar presenter and generously gives back his time teaching in a variety of venues including the IGFA and Saltwater Sportman’s Seminar Series. You can also find Joe on TV on shows like Flats Class TV with CA Richardson, Bass2Bills with Peter Miller and Sportsman’s Adventures with Rick Murphy just to mention a few.

 

Funny Bone Charters

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You can tell a lot about a man by his choice of tools. Joe chooses to fish from a Hell’s Bay Boatworks Marquesa. Hell’s Bay skiffs are serious, hand crafted, and perfectly suited to the shallow water world. Like a fine guitar they are far from cheap but are a real value to someone who works with one regularly.

Fly and light tackle fishing are Joe’s forte. He focuses his efforts on Biscayne Bay, Flamingo and the Florida Keys. On the Funny Bone you will get shots at Tarpon, Bonefish and even the elusive permit. Add snook, redfish, trout and sharks on light tackle and it is “Game On!”

Capt. Joe’s knowledge of the flats, the fish and their behaviors has led him to work with the University of Miami’s Bonefish Research Program. We encourage you to participate in these tagging programs and to learn a bit of the science while you are out on the water.

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Capt. Joe is not just a great fishing guide, he is very sharp. Joe’s straight face belies the tales he tells; so be ready to have your leg pulled. And bring your “A” game if you want a lot of laughs.

Weather you are an accomplished angler or need some tips on your technique; you will enjoy your time on the Funny Bone.

Tournaments, holidays and weekends get booked early so please plan ahead. Mid-week charters are easier to book and give you the added advantage of less competition on the water. Capt. Joe is on the Pro-Staff of AFTCO, Raymarine Electronics, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses and Evinrude Motors.

 

Fishing Calendar

We have resident fish year round but certain months allow you to target species to maximum effect.

SPECIES Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun July Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Tarpon Better Better Best Best Best Best Better Better Better Better
Bonefish Good Good Best Best Best Good Good good Better Better Best Best
Permit Good Good Better Better Best Best Best Best Best Better Good Good
Snook Good Good Better Better Best Best Best Better Better Good Good Good
Redfish Good Good Best Best Best Best Better Better Good Good Good Good
Trout Best Best Best Best Better Better Good Good Good Good Better Better
Shark Good Good Best Best Best Best Best Good Good Good Good Good

 

The Cost

Standard rates are for two angler. For a third person/angler add $150. Rates include bait, tackle, and fuel but do not include lunch or drinks.

  • Half Day : $550 (4 hours)
  • Three-Quarters : $600 (6 hours)
  • Full Day : $660 (8 hours)

Contact the Outpost Travel Desk for more information on flats fishing with Capt. Joe Gonzalez call 800.513.5257 or click here

 

Where To Stay

We may not have an Outpost in Coconut Grove yet! We do have your hotel needs covered at swanky spots or we can save you a few bucks. Great hotels are available within walking distance of the boats. For reservations contact the Outpost Travel Desk 800.513.5257, for reservations click here.