HOW I GOT HERE
I have always loved the water. I grew up in Biloxi, Ms. and Ft Walton Beach, Florida. I started fishing with my brother n law when I was 6 years old. We started out on a pier then advanced to off shore on our own boat.
I have been visiting the Florida Keys since I was teenager and it quickly became my favorite place. About 15 years ago I decided I wanted to try something new. LOBSTERING. I began looking at YOUTUBE videos and I knew I had to try this so I booked a trip. I had my boat, my gps, my net and my tickle stick and my first mate Kevin. NOW WHAT? Many locals gave us advice such as "go about 3 miles out and you can't miss them" or "pull Kevin behind the boat with a ski rope while snorkeling, you will find them" So I pulled Kevin behind the boat at 3 knots for HOURS and HOURS for 5 days straight. We didn't find them. On the 6 th day we found our first hole. We named it Rex Hole (after my dog) we caught a few lobster there and even speared a grouper.
I soon began planning my next trip.
Kevin and I stayed on a small rocky Island known as Pretty Joe Rock. I snorkeled around and around the island trying to catch lobster. I caught a few. We finally decided to take a charter and that was the game changer. Suddenly we were looking at holes full of lobster and also learned how to find the spots ourselves.
The next trip was a fantastic month, we caught lots of lobster. Since then we have acquired 3000 gps locations for fish and lobster.
I love to lobster so much that I wanted to share the experience with whomever would join us. I just love it when a friend or relative would surface with a huge smile catching their first lobster.
I decided I wanted to do this even more so I got my captains license and masters and opened Island Girl Charters LLC.
I have spent many years in the waters surrounding Marathon and I have over 4000 gps spots to deliver whats expected. Each spot is different and ever changing . We will take the time to train you if needed.
Our charters are fully insured and licensed. Our captain (Captain Lori) is a USCG approved captain and also holds a masters captains license endorsement.