ABOUT THE CAPTAIN
Hi, my name is Max McKinley, and I’m a third generation Floridian and a first generation fishing guide in my family. I moved to Stuart, FL when I was 9 years old from Fort Lauderdale.
I picked up Fishing through some friends almost a decade ago while fishing docks, bridges, and wherever our bikes could take us. Over the next few years, my friends began to get boats so that we could venture out more, mainly targeting snook, trout, redfish, and tarpon.
When I was 15, I met a now good friend, Capt. Marshall Busha. I credit him for teaching me much of what I know today and helping me figure out that guiding is what I ultimately wanted to do with my life. At 17 I got my first boat and really started to hone my skills to prepare so that I was ready for my captain’s license. At 20 years old, after years of guiding plenty of friends and family to many “First’s” and “Biggest’s” for practice, I received my captain’s license and started guiding on the East and West Coasts of Central and South Florida.
The past year has been a roller coaster, continually growing and getting busier day after day, week after week. I can honestly say that I wouldn’t want to do anything else for the rest of my life than be a Captain. I’ve found my place in the world, and it’s nothing but growth from here on out.BOOK A TRIP RATES VIDEOS & MEDIA
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Tampa Bay is a large natural harbor and shallow estuary connected to the Gulf of Mexico on the west central coast of Florida, comprising Hillsborough Bay, McKay Bay, Old Tampa Bay, Middle Tampa Bay, and Lower Tampa Bay. Fishing the Tampa region is a great experience for angler of all levels.
Hopedale is a fishing community located in Saint Bernard Parish, Louisiana. A very popular place for angles and guides from across the world for its amazing fishing opportunities and fishery diversity. Hopedale is located within the metropolitan New Orleans and just a short drive down LA-46 E.
Vero Beach is a small Florida city, with Atlantic-facing beaches on a barrier island across the Indian River Lagoon. South Beach Park offers wide sands and volleyball courts. Downtown’s South Beach Park chronicles the local citrus industry. On the outskirts, McKee Botanical Garden has tropical plants and water lily–filled streams. To the north, Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge shelters brown pelicans.
Fort Pierce is a city on the east coast of Florida. The oceanfront National Navy SEAL Museum displays weapons, vehicles and other naval artifacts. Nearby, Fort Pierce Inlet State Park has a long beach, where swimming and surfing are popular. The A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery houses paintings by the 20th-century painter, a Fort Pierce native. Heathcote Botanical Gardens features a large collection of tropical bonsai.
Stuart is a city on Florida’s Atlantic Coast. The House of Refuge at Gilbert’s Bar is a restored home once used as a haven for shipwrecked sailors in the 1900s. Stuart Heritage Museum has local history displays, including furniture from early pioneer homes. The bird-rich Seabranch Preserve State Park features many trails and a butterfly garden. St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park is a nesting area for sea turtles.
Had a great trip with Captain Max today. Early morning tarpon catch with some big big snook later in the morning. Max did a great job dealing with our relative inexperience, stayed positive, and got us into the fish. Will book again without hesitation.
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