ALL women who are looking to find their niche in the fishing industry should listen to what Capt Deb has to say about how she found hers! An enlightening and fun conversation with a lady angler I greatly admire!
Deb started fishing in the Florida Keys at the young age of 5 with her parents during summer vacations until she graduated from college. She always had the dream of being a fishing guide in the keys. She fished freshwater at the lakes near her home in Catfish, NC and fished saltwater when she could but after 15 years as a nurse in North Carolina, one day she left to follow her dream of fishing and moved boldly to the Keys on her hopes and dreams of fishing full-time. Determined to follow her dreams, she started slinging bait to feed the tarpon at Robbies in Islamorada and fending off pelicans for a few weeks, then landed a spot in the famous Bud N Mary's Marina, where her first job was towing houseboats from Key Largo, then was offered a full time position in the Tackle Shop where she began to study the history of sportfishing and dive deep in the history of Islamorada fishing. She started fishing with legendary fly fishing guide and mentor, Richard Stanzcyk, who showed her the true meaning of sportfishing for fish that roam the flats, mostly bonefish. Bud N Marys is more than just a marina it is a school, where people that show the real true dedication and passion for the sport go to learn from the best, it's called Bud N Mary's University! Deb was "enrolled" in BnMU for three years and earned her captain's license in Nov 2019. Capt Deb started her own charter business, Blue Water Girl Charters out of the Upper Keys in June 2020. You can find Capt Deb on the flats hunting or in the backcountry or even sight-fishing sailfish on the reef. Capt Deb has a technical flats skiff 16' Chaos Boatwork Bonefish and also runs a 32' Gamefisherman Sportfish named "Gypsy Girl"