Your Course to a Better Angling Performance

Upcoming 2018 Academy Venues

  • September: St. Augustine
  • October: Camp Mack
  • November: St. Pete Beach
Outpost Academy GUIDES PANEL

The guides panel is designed to provide you an interactive class room format where you can learn from some of the top guides in the Florida Keys. Our classroom format will allow you to not only discuss and learn from tips and techniques as a group, but also interact with them during our break out sessions where you can lean in more detail questions or techniques that can improve your fishing performance. Our guides panel includes

Captain C.A. Richardson – Program Director

Captain C.A.Richardson is the Program Director of the Outpost Academy and the moderator for the class. CA is an accomplished professional angler and popular television host of FlatsClass TV. CA is a very articulate speaker and known for his effective teaching techniques. Upon opening of the class C.A. will provide his skills tune up session and tackle box tips, which is educational no matter what your skill level is as an angler.


Betsy Bullard – Fly Fishing

Betsy Bullard is our fishing guru of our panel. She one of the most respected anglers in the Florida Keys. She is a regular contender in all of the south Florida fly fishing tournaments with a knack for winning. Betsy also is a globe trooper with her fly rod and teaches others interested in the “art of the long rod” the finer points and nuances to success. Let her teach you how to target inshore fish through fly fishing techniques she’s learned over the decades!


Captain Mark Johnson – Flats Fishing & Patch Reef Fishing

Captain Mark Johnson is a well respected guide from Islamorada to Florida Bay and versed in so many styles of fishing including live bait to fly fishing… he is Mr. Versatility. His guide service has several offerings including patch reef fishing, family fishing and traditional Keys flats fishing. Capt. Mark will reveal to you some of his secrets to Keys tarpon & bonefish plus a bonus on catching big sharks!


Captain Bennie Blanco – Everglades Specialist

Captain Benny will teach you everything you need to know about the backcountry of Everglades National Park. Capt. Benny guides out of Flamingo exclusively 250 plus days a year and is one of the most respected guides in South Florida for fly & light tackle. If you want to sharpen your skills on snook, redfish, sea trout or tarpon… he’s your backcountry expert!


Captain Steve Friedman – Sight Fishing

Captain Steve Friedman is a hardcore sight fishing guide who is based out of Islamorada. He also happens to be the President of the Keys Fishing Guides Association and well respected among his peers. Steve’s expertise is fly fishing and light tackle adventures aboard his flats skiff. If sight fishing is a skill you want to perfect then let Capt. Steve teach you his secrets of the flats!


Captain Matt Bellinger

Captain Matt Bellinger runs Bamboo Charters out of Islamorada in the Florida Keys. And just like the company name suggests, Capt. Matt stands tall in the fishing community. Matt is a veteran captain, radio show host and has been a part of several television episodes over the years. Matt’s passion is to promote family fishing and get kids into the outdoors. If you have a young angler interested in getting involved in fishing then you have got to meet Capt.Matt Bellinger!


Captain Nick Castillo

Captain Nick is a young, up & coming backcountry guide. He has a degree in Environmental Science & Marine Conservation which allows him to teach clients more than just fishing. His passion, enthusiasm and skills are hard to measure but you’ll enjoy his love of the flats and backcountry of the Florida Bay. Capt. Nick targets all species from bonefish in the skinny to Barracuda on the wrecks…you’ll learn how to improvise from Capt. Nick!

IGFA Family Fishing Day

Register for Family Fishing Day with the IGFA. Join the IGFA as they host their Passport to Fishing station & activities where the junior and beginning angler learn the basics of fishing in an engaging and hands-on manner. Participants will visit several stations, each of which will provide information on a different subjects such as basic tackle explanation, knot tying, fish handling, de-hooking, fishing safety and environmental stewardship. After completing the activities at the respective station, participants receive a stamp on their fishing passport. Once their passport is completed they are then given a rod and reel (provided by the IGFA), and are free to fish for the duration of the event. During the fishing section, IGFA staff will assist and educate the participants. Space is limited to the first 75 participants.

Class Check In: 8:30am at the Angler House Marina

Class Begins: 9 :00 am

Passport to Fishing: 9 :00 – 11:00 am

Fishing Time: 11:30 – 1:00 pm


Kids Only – $10 Donation to IGFA