CAPTAIN JAMES WISNER

United States Coast Guard Licensed Master Captain

MERCURY PRO FISHING GUIDE 20 YEARS AND RUNNING!

28 Certified Adult International Game Fish Association World Records

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Tampa - St. Petersburg - Boca Grande - Anna Maria - Sarasota - Clearwater


Giant Tarpon Fishing Charters


Captain's Tarpon Fishing Experience

THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR EXPERIENCE !



Photograph of Captain James Wisner in 1970 with a Tarpon he caught that  won First Place First Week of the 1970 Tampa Tarpon Tournament. Tarpon Fishing Charters,  Photograph of the Trophy that Captain James Wisner won in 1970 for a Tarpon he caught that  won First Place First Week of the 1970 Tampa Tarpon Tournament.

(Captain) James Wisner was the 1970 Tampa Tarpon Tournament First Week First Place Champion.



Photograph of Captain James Wisner in 1971 with a 135 pound Giant Tarpon which won Third Place Champion of the Fifth week of the 1971 Suncoast Tarpon Roundup.

(Captain) James Wisner with 1971 37th Annual Suncoast Tarpon Roundup Fifth Week Third Place Champion 135 pound Giant Tarpon.



Captain James Wisner was the
1972 38th Annual Suncoast Tarpon Roundup Eighth Week Fourth Place Champion (115 pounds)

Photograph of Trophy won by Captain James Wisner for being the 1976 SunCoast Tarpon Roundup
Second Week Third Place Champion with a 111 pound Tarpon.


Capt. James Wisner was the

1976 SunCoast Tarpon Roundup Second Week Third Place Champion with a 111 pound Tarpon.


Photograph of Trophy won by Captain James Wisner for being the 1978 Hillsborough Tarpon Tournament Fourth Week First Place Champion with a 113 pound Tarpon.


Capt. James Wisner was the

1978 Hillsborough Tarpon Tournament Fourth Week First Place Champion with a 113 pound Tarpon


Photograph of Trophy won by Captain James Wisner for being the 1979 SunCoast Tarpon Roundup
First Week Third Place Champion with a 149 pound Tarpon. Photograph of Captain James Wisner with Giant 149 pound Tarpon which was 1979 SunCoast Tarpon Roundup First Week Third Place Champion.

Capt. James Wisner was the 1979 SunCoast Tarpon Roundup First Week Third Place Champion with a 149 pound Giant Tarpon.



Photograph of Trophy won by Captain James Wisner for a 111 pound Tarpon entered in the Hillsborough Tarpon Tournament in 1980.


Captain James Wisner was the

1980 Hillsborough Tarpon Tournament Third Week First Place Champion with a 111 pound Tarpon.


Photograph of Trophy won by Captain James Wisner for a 111 pound Tarpon entered in the Hillsborough Tarpon Tournament in 1980.


Capt. James Wisner was the 1980 Hillsborough Tarpon Tournament 4th of July Independence Day First Place Champion (111 pounds)

Photograph of 148 Pound Giant Tarpon that won the 1982 Hillsborough Tarpon Tournament Overall Division First Place


148 Pound Tarpon

1982 Hillsborough Tarpon Tournament Overall Champion

This Giant Tarpon was caught from one of Captain James' secret Tarpon spots.


Photograph of Trophy for the 1982 Hillsborough Tarpon Tournament Derby Day 2nd Place Champion


139 Pound Tarpon

1982 Hillsborough Tarpon Tournament Derby Day 2nd Place Champion (139 pounds)


Photograph of Trophy won by Captain James Wisner for a 117 pound Tarpon entered in the Hillsborough Tarpon Tournament in 1983.


Capt. James Wisner was the 1983 Hillsborough Tarpon Tournament First Week Third Place Champion with a 117 pound Tarpon.

Photograph of Trophy won by Captain James Wisner for a 117 pound Tarpon entered in the Hillsborough Tarpon Tournament in 1983.


Capt. James Wisner was the

1983 Hillsborough Tarpon Tournament 4th of July Independence Day First Place Champion with a 117 pound Tarpon.


1984 Hillsborough Tarpon Tournament Release Champion
Photograph of Trophy won by Captain James Wisner for a 115 pound Tarpon entered in the Hillsborough Tarpon Tournament in 1984.


Capt. James Wisner was the

1984 Hillsborough Tarpon Tournament Sixth Week Second Place Champion with a 115 pound Tarpon.


1984 Hillsborough Tarpon Tournament Derby Day 4th Place Champion (117 pounds) Photograph of four Giant Tarpon, 117, 131, 134, 141 pounds, Catch and Release tarpon fishing charters

This is a photograph of me on the right with a 117 pound Tarpon which won 4th Place in the 1984 Hillsborough Tarpon Tournament Finale Day. The three other Tarpon weight 131, 134, and 141 pounds.

All Tarpon Charters now are strictly catch and release.



Photograph of Captain James Wisner with 160 pound Giant Tarpon which was runner-up 1st weekly Champion of the 1985 Suncoast Tarpon Roundup. Florida Tarpon Fishing Charters,  Photograph of Trophy that Captain James Wisner won for a 160 pound Giant Tarpon which was runner-up 1st weekly Champion of the 1985 Suncoast Tarpon Roundup.

Captain James Wisner was the
1984 50th Annual Bud Light Suncoast Tarpon Roundup First Week Second Place Champion (160 pounds)



1985 Hillsborough Tarpon Tournament Third Place Release Champion

Photograph of Tarpon Tournament Trophy won by Captain James Wisner


Captain James Wisner was the

1985 51st Annual Bud Light Suncoast Tarpon Roundup Sixth Week Second Place Champion with a 139 pound Giant Tarpon.



Photograph of Tarpon Tournament Trophy won by Captain James Wisner


Captain James Wisner was the

1986 Hillsborough Tarpon Tournament Second Week First Place Champion with a 145 pound Tarpon.



Photograph of Tarpon Tournament Trophy won by Captain James Wisner


Captain James Wisner was the

1986 Miller Lite Hillsborough Tarpon Tournament July 4th Independence Day First Place Champion with a 145 pound Tarpon.



Photograph of Tarpon Tournament Trophy won by Captain James Wisner


Captain James Wisner was the

1986 52nd Annual Bud Light Suncoast Tarpon Roundup Tenth Week Third Place Champion with a 132 pound Tarpon.



In 1987 Captain James Wisner for conservation reasons stopped participating in All Tarpon Tournaments.
Since 1987 Captain James Tarpon Fishing is now strictly catch and release only.


PROFILE


  • Captain James Wisner has over 40 Years Tarpon Angling experience on Florida’s Gulf Coast.

  • Captain James Wisner and Anglers he has guided have set 28 Certified Adult International Game Fishing Association World Records from West Central Florida Area waters.

  • Captain James Wisner guided Tampa Tribune Outdoors Editor Frank Sargeant to Frank's only certified International Game Fish Association World Record.

  • Captain James Wisner has been featured in Florida Sportsman Magazine, Gulf Coast Angler Magazine, Saltwater Sportsman Magazine, Florida Fish and Game Magazine, The Tampa Tribune, The St. Petersburg Times and the Suncoast Anglers Guide, Frank Sargeant's "King Mackerel" Book, Frank Sargeant's "Reef Fish" Book, Frank Sargeant's "Secret Spots of Tampa Bay Book, Time-Warner's Television Show "Hooked on Fishing", NEWS CHANNEL 8 Frank Sargeant's Outdoors Segment.

  • Coast Guard Licensed as Master Captain.

  • Member Mercury Platinum Saltwater Fishing Team.

  • Captain James Wisner is a graduate circa 1975 of the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, with a Baccalaureate degree in Sociology.

  • He is a Cotee Bait Company Master Guide.

  • He is a member of the Dorado Marine Pro Staff and Fishing Team.

  • He provides the Tampa Tribune with a timely weekly fishing report.

  • He has held an International Game Fish Association World Record every year since 1984.

  • He currently holds the Florida State Fly Rod Spanish Mackerel Record.

  • Captain James Wisner caught the First Permit ever recorded for an International Game Fish Association World record in the Men's 2 pound Class category.

  • Captain James caught the second, fourth and fifth Permit certified by the International Game Fish Association in the Men's 2# Line Class.

  • He currently holds the Men's #8 pound Fly Rod Tippet Class International Game Fish Association World Record for Spanish Mackerel.

    He caught a Men's conventional tackle Line Class International Game Fish Association World Record on October 22, 1985 which has not been defeated to this day. It is an 8 pound 7 ounce Spanish Mackerel on 4 pound class line. This World Record has lasted for over 14 years and is still undefeated.

  • He has been featured twice on the Capt. Mel Berman Fishing Show.

  • He has been featured on the Marine Scene, a local Radio Show.

  • He has been featured several times on the television show "Hooked on Fishing".

  • Captain James has also been featured on NEWS Channel 8's Television Segment Outdoors with Frank Sargeant.



Captain James Wisner in 1966 with Snook, Snook Fishing Charters,


(Capt.) James in 1966 with Snook.



Photograph of (Captain) James in 1967 with a Fishing Grand Slam, a Snook, a Redfish and a Trout. Fishing Charter Guide,

(Capt.) James Wisner shown here in 1967 with a Grand Slam ! Snook, Redfish and Trout caught from his 12 foot skiff ! Captain James is a Native of South Florida with 34 years of Florida Fishing Experience as evidence by this Web Site !

Captain James is a FULL-TIME Charter Fishing Guide devoting 365 days a year to his Charters.



Photograph of Captain James in 1968 with Giant 25 pound Snook.



(Capt.) James Wisner shown here in 1968 with a 25 pound Snook.



Photograph of Captain James Wisner in 1969 with Nice 16 pound Snook.

(Capt.) James Wisner shown here in 1969 with a 16 pound Snook.



Photograph

This 100 pound tarpon was landed in 1969 by 17 year old James Wisner and placed in the Tampa Tarpon Tournament.

By this time I had "Tarpon Fever" and would spend the next 30 years learning the habits of this intriguing prehistoric fish.



 Captain James with 30 pound Permit.

Captain James with 30 pound class Permit.

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Fishing Articles Written by Captain James Wisner

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Fishing Articles Featuring Captain James

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[King Mackerel]

[Pompano]

[Spanish Mackerel Fly Fishing]

[Mangrove Snapper]


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