Fishing the Florida Keys with Capt. Scott Bannerot
WELCOME TO FISHING THE FLORIDA KEYS WITH CAPT. SCOTT BANNEROT ABOARD THE COMPLETELY REFITTED CLASSIC 20-FOOT SEACRAFT ULTIMATE DREAM.
We aim to create completely unique experiences out in the back country, on the reef or out in blue water, at night fishing the channels, and during our snorkeling and eco-tours. Scott holds a B.S. in biology, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in Marine Biology & Fisheries, all from University of Miami, and has fished professionally for 43 years and counting. His ancestors were some of the early settlers of South Florida.
He has worked extensively above and below the water as a marine biologist, diver, sailor, fisherman, and researcher. His passion and knowledge are infectious, and his ability to make it come alive for all ages and levels of education make it accessible to everyone.
He uses very specific fishing techniques and strategies to target suites of fish species, sharing his specific knowledge over the course of the day with clients. Peter Jenkins wrote in Along the Edge of America, “I felt as though I was on another planet and Scott was my wise interpreter, cracking open a new world just for me.”
Parents have written of their children, as young as four, talking about their trip for months afterwards. Several kids have gotten back to the dock and said “This is the best day of my life.” One family is on their fourth generation fishing with Scott, all on the exact same Seacraft. Scott feels the key is listening to clients, understanding and perceiving what they want, and putting them in a position to succeed.
And most of all, to make it all relaxed, happy, and fun. This is the essence of what we strive to do each day on the water.
Foot Seacraft Ultimate Dream
BEGAN PROFESSIONAL FISHING CAREER
Years in Marine Biology
We target snook, tarpon, redfish, seatrout, permit, bonefish, groupers, sharks, snappers, tripletails, jacks, mackerel, and a host of other species in the back country. Offshore trips focus on dolphin (mahimahi), sailfish, occasional blue and white marlin, swordfish, rarely longbill spearfish, blackfin tuna, amberjacks, and a variety of snappers, groupers, and tilefish.
At the reef edge and deep wrecks and ledges we catch yellowtail snappers, assorted groupers, mutton, lane, mangrove, vermilion and other snappers, sailfish, wahoo, king mackerel, cero mackerel, permit, African pompano, jack crevalle, rainbow runners, and a number of other species. Night trips primarily target tarpon and sharks.
Scott has fished professionally since 1976, called Islamorada home since 1978, and has been taking charters on the Ultimate Dream since 1980, the same year he first operated out of the Holiday Isle & Post Card Inn Marina and Back Country Dock.
Scott’s fishing experience is unique and versatile, encompassing South Florida and the Florida Keys since childhood, expanding to the southeastern Atlantic to South Carolina, around the Gulf of Mexico to south of the Texas border, Belize, the Leeward and Windward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, then to Pacific Central America, equatorial North and South Pacific, New Zealand, Australia, and Papua New Guinea.
Scott Bannerot & The Ultimate Dream
The Ultimate Dream crossed the Pacific twice in a container during the course of a guiding stint along the Great Barrier Reef and eastern Australia.
Scott’s expertise is unique. He earned his masters and doctorate in marine biology and fisheries from University of Miami while guiding, working in this field for 10 years.
His master’s degree involved many hours underwater census counting yellowtail snappers in Islamorada headboat chum slicks, and during that time he also performed extensive underwater fish censuses for Key Largo Marine Sanctuary.
NOAA researchers still employ a census technique invented by and named after Scott and Dr. Jim Bohnsack.
He is equally comfortable fishing in blue water offshore, deep wrecks and seamounts, the reef edge, shallow patch reefs, channels and flats, and the vast waters of Everglades National Park, what people refer to as the “back country”.
Capt. Scott Bannerot
P.O. Box 880
Tavernier, FL 33070
Back Country Dock
84001 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, FL 33036