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Guide Spotlight: Tyler Kapela of Hit and Run Fishing Charters

NAME:

Tyler Kapela

LOCATION:

St. Petersburg, Florida

SPECIALTY:

Tarpon, inshore/nearshore

Florida tarpon fishing

BOAT SPECS:

Contender 25 Bay

AFFILIATIONS/SPONSORS:

Pelagic Gear pro team captain, Contender Boats pro team, BKK Hooks pro staff, Cast Fishing pro staff, Captains for Clean Water ambassador

MEDIA AFFILIATIONS:

Emcee, Pelagic Gear international offshore tournament series; host, North American Fisherman TV (NBC Sports Network 2012-2016); host, Discovering Water TV (Discovery Channel 2018-2019).

HOW DID YOU GET STARTED?

Even though my dad isn’t a fisherman, I grew up obsessed with fishing. Read every magazine/ book and watched every show I could. Grew up idolizing guys like Jose, Flip and Dahlberg. Took a guided trip to the Ten Thousand Islands when I was 15 and decided from that day on I would become a guide and have my own fishing show on TV one day.

South Florida fishing guides

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE:

14+ years

CLAIMS TO FAME:

Caught (and released) the unofficial Florida state record tarpon May 2022; hosted two national TV shows; fished in five of seven continents.

BOAT LOCATION:

Port 32 Marina, Tierra Verde, Florida (Tampa Bay/St. Pete Beach)

SEASONALITY:

Year-round: snook, redfish, trout, flounder, jacks, snapper Warmer months: tarpon, permit, grouper, cobia, kingfish, Goliath grouper

Tyler Kapela of Hit and Run Fishing Charters

GENERAL AVAILABILITY:

Available year-round seven days a week when I’m not traveling to fish internationally

CONTACT INFO & SOCIAL MEDIA:

(727) 421-1051

IG: @captain_tyler_kapela

YouTube channel: Waterman’s Way

WEBSITE / EMAIL:

kapelatd@gmail.com

www.CaptainKapela.com