At 70 years young, Charles Perry just might be the best leaderman in the world today. And with good reason; he's been at it since he was 6 years old when his father used to drag him out of church to go fishing on Sundays. "My father was 55 when I was born, so we kind of had a grandfather/grandson relationship; he took me everywhere with him and taught me how to hunt and fish from the very beginning. We didn't catch anything we didn't clean and didn't shoot anything we didn't eat."
Perry caught the sport-fishing bug after spending some R&R time in Australia during his service in Vietnam. "I found out where the fishing was and came back in 1972, riding my unicycle up the highway to Cairns. I missed the season but came back the next year and caught a bunch over 1,000 pounds. That's when I really got into the fishing game. And since I was catching them with throttle jockeys like Capt. Peter Wright, every fish was an adventure. Back then I really fought them on the leader as much as the angler did on rod and reel. But when you're young and strong, you really love that stuff. I'm not any better or any more famous than anybody else; I've just outlived everybody."
Even with all the fish he's seen, Perry says it's the people who really make fishing worthwhile. "The people you meet and make friends with are truly a priceless part of big-game fishing. Don't get me wrong; the fishing is great - and I love to catch them - but the real joy is hanging out with a bunch of people who love the same things that you do."
Capt. Bo Jenyns
Bo Jenyns was born into a fishing family in Brisbane, Australia. His legendary father, Captain Ron Jenyns, won nine consecutive Australian sailing Championships, represented Australia at three Olympic Games, and was one of the pioneers of the Great Barrier Reef black marlin fishery. He took Bo to the Reef for the first time when Bo was 16 and taught him everything he knew about marlin fishing. Bo continued to hone his skills over the next 17 seasons on the Reef including five times as part of Marlin University.
In addition to the Great Barrier Reef, Bo has traveled the world’s big game fishing grounds in such places as Ghana, Madeira, Kona, Bermuda, Mexico, Hatteras, and the Gulf Coast in search of giant marlin. Bo has been fortunate to fish with some of the best captains and crews in the world including Darren Haydon, Clay Hensley, Darren Isaacs, Dean Butler, Bill and Greg Edwards, Jason Holtz, Jarad Boshammer, Frank Kogolegbah, Dave Cassa, Jason Walcott, Billy Fairburn, Ricky Jones, Dana Boardman, Russ Housby, Johnny Uhr, Momi Bean, Joe Crawford, Tim Richardson and Bill Crawford.
During his career Bo has caught over 1,900 marlin, weighed numerous granders, released even more, been involved with 10 World Records, and was recognized as Top Mate of the Year by Marlin magazine in 2008.
Bo moved to South Florida in 2009 to be more centrally located and is available to help those who want to be sure they have the best chance of landing the fish of a lifetime.
Robert 'Fly' Navarro
Despite his relative youth, Fly Navarro has amassed a considerable amount of experience thanks to an unrelenting passion for big-game sportfishing. He’s fished all over the world as both captain and mate and remains just as focused on the sport today as he did as a young dock rat growing up in South Florida. As a longtime deckhand for the world-famous Reel Tight operation, Navarro became intimately knowledgeable with the waters of the Caribbean and especially the North Drop off St. Thomas. Having worked for so long as one of the sport’s top deckhands, he is perhaps the best teacher when the subject turns to the black arts of rigging natural bait (either live or dead), dredges, teasers, lures, knots and terminal tackle.
Never content to remain still for more than a few moments, Navarro currently splits his time as a freelance captain and tournament mate while also serving as the Tournament Director for such notable events as the World Cup Blue Marlin Championship, the Gulf Cup, The Sailfish Tournament and the season-long King of the Hill. He operates Fly Zone Fishing, which continues to expand its reach among the marlin fishing community. In his spare time, he can usually be found beneath a pair of kites off Palm Beach in an attempt to catch just one more sailfish before the sun sets for the day.
Capt. George Sawley
Capt. George Sawley grew up in the Florida Keys. He started fishing commercially for his father while still in elementary school. After school let out each day, Sawley hit the charter docks, washing boats and doing odd jobs for the chance to get offshore. His hard work paid off and soon he was spending his weekends working for local charterboats.
After graduating from high school in 1984, Sawley made the easy transition to full-time mate on a busy charter boat out of Hawks Cay Marina on Duck Key. In 1992, Sawley landed his first captain’s position on a private boat, fishing tournaments and for world records throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America.
Although Sawley now builds advanced-composite skiffs for shallow-water fishing, his last captain’s job was on the 57-foot Spencer Yacht, Stalker. Sawley ran the Stalker for 13 years, racking up over 6,000 billfish releases on light tackle and fly in all the world’s best billfishing hot spots. No captain has caught more Atlantic blue marlin on the fly; he and his crew released 1,736 striped marlin in a single season. With over 10,000 billfish captures to his credit, it’s a safe bet that Capt. George Sawley can teach you a thing or two.
Capt. Pat Dineen
Captain Pat Dineen of Shalimar, Florida, has been a licensed captain for 20 years and his personal guide service “Flyliner Charters” is celebrating its 10th year this year. He is also the captain of “Private Sportfishers” for Campbell Fishing Team for 9 years.
Dineen’s guide service concentrates on the inshore/nearshore waters of Destin and Panama City while my Campbell Fishing Team areas are the offshore blue waters of the northern Gulf, the Bahamas, and Mexico. His expertise is in fly-fishing and sight fishing, and particularly like redfish and tarpon. He is equally comfortable fishing offshore and inshore. Dineen fishes out of three boats: Pathfinder 2200TE with Yamaha F150 and tower, Hells Bay 16 Waterman with Mercury 40 and a 47’ Buddy Davis with Detroit power.
Pat’s tournament experience has been offshore and he has taken prize money several times in varying categories. He feels very fortunate to be able to make a living doing something he enjoys so much in an area with such a variety of fishing opportunities. His focus while charter fishing has always been to help his clients become better anglers and to ensure they have an enjoyable and memorable day on the water.
Every team needs a manager and Barbara has that role at Marlin University. Growing up on the intracoastal waterways of Florida, Barbara's had a passion for fishing and boating since an early age. At Marlin University, Barbara pays attention to every detail of the trip to make sure students have a great fishing adventure. In her 10th year at Marlin University, she's traveled the world on fishing adventures both domestic and internationally, naming the Great Barrier Reef her favorite fishing destination. On the weekends, you can find her on a boat or kayak, with a cold beverage and a dog or two in tow. Contact Barbara at 407-571-4606 or firstname.lastname@example.org.