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Capt. Stephen Szczepanik

Biography

Capt. Stephen has spent his life on the water. While he has been fishing since the age of 3, it has been the quiet rivers and creeks of NE Florida and the depths of the nearby Atlantic Ocean that have provided him with nearly 20 yrs of fishing and boating experiences. From his early childhood surfing and fishing days, the ocean has shared with him her secrets of tide and time, the ebb and flow of her undulating currents, and lured him into his lifelong passion for the sea.

 

For Capt. Stephen, this passion continues to propel his drive to stay on top of the ever changing elements of the ocean, rivers, creeks, and peaceful estuaries in beautiful NE Florida. In addition to his deep knowledge of the water, Capt. Stephen also carries a USCG Captain’s license, a Paramedic’s license, and is a fully certified firefighter/engineer. When your fishing and boating adventure begins with Capt. Stephen, you can be assured you are in excellent hands to make the memories that will last a lifetime.

 

Experience

Charter experience, offshore and inshore, both as a Mate and Captain from 1998 to present.

 

Competitive salt water angling since 1993 in both offshore and inshore tournaments with multiple top placements, including First Place Aggregate in the 2006 Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament.

 

Featured twice in Florida Sportsman magazine for a sailfish catch during the 1996 Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament and in the June 1999 issue for a Wahoo catch.

 

Two years of retail experience specializing in inshore and offshore fishing tackle.

 

Accolades

  • Jacksonville Offshore Sport Fishing Club Light Tackle Tournament Champions 1994-97 and Light Tackle Kingfish Division Winners 1994, 96-97. Ten years of consistent top ten finishes for Captain of the Year in the Jacksonville Offshore Sport Fishing Club with second place overall in 1998/1999 season and first place overall in 2001/2002 season.
  • Winning team out of 300 entries in the 38th annual "2738" Sailfish Pot Party.
  • Multiple top finishes in the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament (event hosting 1,000 boats), including Sixth Place Aggregate 1997, Sixth Place Big Fish 2004, and First Place Aggregate 2006.
  • Florida Lure Anglers (FLA) - Twenty two top ten, eleven top five and five 1st place finishes between 2005-2010. First Place Overall Points Champions in the FLA 2005/2006 season.
  • Six top ten and two 1st place finishes competing in the Inshore Fishing Association (IFA) Redfish Tour 2007-10.
  • Tenth Place finish in IFA 2005/2006 Championship in Panama City, FL.
  • Northeast Florida Kingfish Shootout 2013 - Second place overall, 4th Place largest fish