The Captain

My Fishing Roots

Captain Kyle Taylor is a fourth generation Floridian from the Bradenton and Sarasota area. Captain Kyle is also third generation fisherman. Captain Kyle has a dedicated passion for fishing and the local waters surrounding Anna Maria Island. His love for fishing started when he was a young boy and continued to grow and develop as a teenager and then his enthusiasm for fishing matured as an adult.


Captain Kyle’s grandfather, Joe Dorman, fished the areas of Sarasota Bay, Anna Maria Island, and Lower Tampa Bay since he was a teenager in the 1940’s. Joe fished for mullet and loved catching Snook in the winter time near the rivers and creeks of Sarasota Bay. Captain Kyle’s mother, Cindy, would help her father catch mullet on local bridges in the Bradenton and Sarasota areas in the winter time.


Captain Kyle’s father, Jim, took on the same passion for fishing. He fished Sarasota Bay, Anna Maria Island, and Lower Tampa Bay when he was growing up. Jim took Captain Kyle and his brother Captain Ryan out when they were around three year’s old fishing for bass and bluegill. When both Captain Kyle and his brother grew up their father took them every weekend fishing in Lower Tampa Bay and around Anna Maria Island.


Teenage Fishing Anna Maria Island

As a teenager, Captain Kyle would spend his nights and weekends fishing with friends. He would climb down the Longboat Key Bridge in the middle of the night fishing for big Snook off the fenders of the bridge. Captain Kyle would also fish from shore around the Bradenton Beach or along Anna Maria Sound. When Captain Kyle was not in school he was fishing. By the age of fourteen he was fishing Terra Ceia Bay, Anna Maria Island, Palma Sola Bay, Lower Tampa Bay, and Sarasota Bay on a regular basis.


Captain Kyle saved his money and bought his first boat when he was fifteen for $800. The boat was a 14 foot john boat with a 9.9 hp motor. At sixteen Captain Kyle was able to drive and was taking his boat out to explore and fish new areas of Anna Maria Island and Lower Tampa Bay. He was hooked on catching Tarpon, Redfish, Trout, and Snook. By the time Captain Kyle was nineteen he bought a 19ft Carolina Skiff and began fishing whenever he was not working. By his early twenties he bought his third boat, 21ft Aquasport, and started fishing local tournaments with success. At the age of thirty Captain Kyle had won, with friends, all of the local fishing tournaments and decided to make his passion a career.    

Becoming a Charter Fishing Guide

In 2010, Captain Kyle and his brother, Captain Ryan, took a leap from working on land and they both got their USCG Captains License. They both began charter fishing full time and have been devoted to taking people out fishing ever since. Around this same time Captain Kyle and his brother began commercial fishing in the months of late November through February for Mullet.


Every time Captain Kyle is on the water he is learning new techniques, fish patterns, or new areas which have never been fished before. Captain Kyle says, “When you are fishing for a living and making memories for clients you always have to be learning. If you are not learning or wanting to learning every time you go out fishing you need to find something new to do. Things are always changing and fish are always moving, you better be able to move with the fish”. Whether beginner, novice, expert, young, or old Captain Kyle truly enjoys what he does and loves taking people out to enjoy the local waters which he grew up on and has a passion for.


Captain Kyle has a vast network of other local Captains that he works with in order to always find and stay on the fish. His network of Captains stretches from Sarasota, Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, and Lower Tampa Bay.  Captain Kyle is usually booked throughout the year and if you can’t book a fishing charter with Captain Kyle, due to no vacancy, he can provide you with the names of other quality and reputable local Captains that will put you on the fish.


Captain Kyle is a registered and licensed Captain through the Untied States Coast Guard (USCG). He is also carries a charter licensed through the Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC) which covers clients so they do not have to obtain a fishing license while on a fishing charter with Captain Kyle. He is also fully insured through Charter Lakes Marine Insurance Company. Captain Kyle is also a Florida licensed and registered Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) and is certified in providing CPR through the American Heart Association.   

The Captain's Family

Captain Kyle is married to his wife, Amber, and together they have a daughter, Addison. When Captain Kyle is not on the water taking people on fishing charters he loves spending time with his family. Captain Kyle also spends time working on boats and does mostly all his own maintenance on his custom boats for charter fishing and commercial fishing. Captain Kyle was born and raised as a hard working charter captain that will do whatever it takes to put you on the fish.