About Your Captain
Captain Jeff is a family man making him the perfect Captain for your family fishing trip!
Captain Jeff has been fishing the Florida Keys for over 25 years. The Florida Keys are his home and he is most passionate about two things, his family and fishing. Captain Jeff is fun to fish with because he has a great sense of humor and a clear understanding on the importance of having a fun and safe trip. He knows how to target a wide variety of species so your trip is both interesting and also educational.
Captain Jeff is dedicated to his craft and has a strong work ethic, which is why when he isn’t fishing he will be cleaning his boat to keep it spotless, maintaining his pristine tackle, or out catching fresh, feisty live bait for his next trip.
Give Captain Jeff a call at (305) 481-4568 and talk to him about what you want to get out of your Florida Keys Fishing adventure so he can put together the perfect charter for you, your friends, and family.
About The Boat
The “Catch ‘Em All” Florida Charter Fishing Machine
The Catch ‘Em All is a fast, fish catching 2006 custom Stamas 290 tarpon. In 2020 Captain Jeff re-powered the vessel with twin Suzuki 300hp 4 stroke engines which provide a quiet, quick, reliable, smoke free ride to the Marathon Keys fishing grounds.
She is an extremely versatile and reliable vessel, which is exactly what you need for Florida Keys fishing. Whether we’re fishing offshore, backcountry, or tarpon, she is the perfect vessel for your next fishing adventure.
“When we go offshore sportfishing for some dolphin (Mahi-Mahi), we’re not putting along, waiting and hoping for something to come along and bite, we go looking for the action! Our boat is new and fast and built for fishing. Being able to fish both the ocean and bay successfully sets Catch ‘Em All apart from 99% of all the other Florida Keys charter boats out there! So, if you want the ultimate fun and action-packed fishing day, Call and talk to me, Capt. Jeff Shelar. I look forward to hearing from you.” – Capt. Jeff
Navigating the Florida Keys takes a nimble craft that can navigate through shallow waters, yet have the speed and range of an offshore vessel. The Catch ‘Em All bases much of its fishing in the waters around Marathon and Islamorada but has the capability of fishing as far out as Key West. This flexibility gives the Catch ‘Em All a serious advantage over many other Florida charter fishing boats.
When you go fishing on my boat, we have the ability to fish all gamefish species in the entire Florida Keys region any day of the week. From Tarpon to Sailfish, from Goliath Groupers to Blue Marlin, the Catch ‘Em All is properly equipped to handle them all.Capt. Jeff Shelar
Outsmart the Fish
All tackle and rigs are top of the line lures and terminal gear. We are continuously testing cutting edge lure and tackle technology to stay ahead of the sportfishing game and outsmart the fish.
High Rate Of Success
With more than 20 years of running Florida Keys Fishing Charters Captain Jeff knows how to catch fish.
We use only top of the line Shimano rods and reels for the best wear and tear that the ocean salt and fish can deliver. Our fishing line of choice is Sufix, and it is strung on every reel on the Catch ‘Em All.
Four large live wells so that you can fish with lots of bait and several types of bait all at once. Top of the line EZ anchor puller for fast moves from one fishing spot to the next.
A nice smooth ride and ample seating for up to six people.
Top of the line Garmin chart plotter and Sirius satellite radio for great music everywhere we go!
Caught about 50 fish 11 different species captain Jeff filleted them for us and advised Franks grill to take them to be cooked which we are doing tonight. Very patient with two novices even when I crossed my line. If you want a great fishing experience Captain Jeff is your man.
Frequently Ask Questions
I usually tell people that I provide pretty much everything but the food and drinks. Obviously there might be a few other things you want to bring such as sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, etc. If you have a long drive home bring a cooler to ice up and travel with your catch.
There are many different types of bait to use depending on what type of fish we are going to try to catch. Many of these baits I actually catch on my own time and keep pinned up in the cages next to my boat. On a very rare occasion do we have to go and actually catch the bait we will be using that day for fishing. So 95% of the time when we leave the dock we are headed out to go fishing, not to catch bait.
There are several restaurants here in town that are more than happy to cook your catch. While we are in the boat fishing feel free to ask about any special recommendations. Then all you have to do is take them to the restaurant and eat them!
I will clean, fillet, and if needed vacuum pack your fish fillets for you to take home and eat at a later date.
Yes, my boat has a bathroom right under the center console. It is a fully functioning toilet, not a porta potty. I am even so fancy I have toilet paper!
Well my first real teacher was my grandmother. She knew enough about fishing as a small town Kansas girl to get me started. As I got older my wonderful cousin Roger taught me a lot of the ins and outs and subtleties of fishing for the various species in Kansas. Growing up and fishing with very subtle bites helped me a lot for saltwater fishing. Fishing with several different captains in the Florida Keys, Costa Rica, and Mexico really helped me hone my skills. Unfortunately there are just too many to name but one of my best teachers was Robert Ross in Cabo San Lucas. He really taught me how to look for the little things that make a difference in the ocean. Plus he had the eyes of a hawk and could spot a tailing striped marlin from half a mile away!
Well, I’ve been fishing pretty much all my life. My first memories of fishing are when I was four years old and my grandmother taking me out to go fishing in the family farm pond in Williamsburg Kansas. My official fishing career started in 1995 here in Marathon. I started working for a marina while learning the ropes of being a mate on a charter boat. I mated it on several boats for about four years here in Marathon, Costa Rica, and a few places in Mexico. Then I finally had the confidence to start my own business.
Well obviously I am partial, but when it comes to my family they are incredibly patient and supportive with my business. They will come down to my boat and help me clean the boat, or get ice, or hang out with the charter. So we may not always have a ton of quantity time, but we really do try to make the most of our quality time.
Unfortunately bad weather is one of the few things I have no control over. If there is bad weather for your schedule day then hopefully I have another day open that we can reschedule for while you are here. If this is not possible then you get a full refund back on your deposit and hopefully you can make it down another time and we can go fishing then.
Yes, I really do still love to fish and take people fishing. I get comments from people all of the time who say how I get more excited then them, especially when it comes to big fish. For me nothing beats watching a big tarpon come up and slam a Mullet on the surface. Or live baiting in the winter for sailfish and watching it chase down a bait and then before you know watching the line start disappear off of the reel as it free jumps across the ocean. The day these things get old is the day I quit. You just cannot do all of the daily ins and outs of this business if it is not something you love!
By law, I am allowed to take out up to six people not including myself. I would say my typical charter is 2 to 4 people. I fish a lot of families of four people who just want to go out and catch lots of fish and lots of different species.
I try to make fishing with me as easy and stress-free as possible. So everything for the price we speak about is included. The only other thing that is not included monetarily is if you give a traditional tip. Most people will tip me the same as though they are in a restaurant. 15 to 20% is probably the norm. Hopefully you have a great time and want to come back to be one of my regulars!
Bring beverages and food you want to consume. A cooler will be on the boat with ice for these items. However, we suggest you bring a cooler to put your fillets in for the ride home.
The 125 mile long stretch of 1700 islands that make up the Florida Keys creates an extremely unique fishing environment. With warm weather year round and over 600 species of fish to catch, the Florida Keys provides excellent fishing year round .
The keys offer back-country fishing that features Bonefish, Tarpon, Permit, Redfish and Snook. Reef & wreck fishing is also very good in the keys including many different types of Snapper, Grouper, Jacks and of course the adrenaline pumping excitement of offshore fishing where anglers target Blue and White Marlin, Sailfish, Swordfish, Tuna and Dolphin.
Whatever you are looking to catch I am ready to be your guide. Just give him me a call or email and let me know your needs and I will book your fishing adventure for you!