Captain Ryan Taylor

My Fishing Roots

Captain Ryan is a fourth generation Floridian from the Bradenton and Sarasota area. Captain Ryan is also third generation fisherman. Captain Ryan has a dedicated passion for fishing and the local waters surrounding Anna Maria Island. His love for fishing started when he was a young boy and continued to grow and develop as a teenager and then his enthusiasm for fishing matured as an adult.

 Captain Ryan grandfather, Joe Dorman, fished the areas of Sarasota Bay, Anna Maria Island, and Lower Tampa Bay since he was a teenager in the 1940’s. Joe fished for mullet and loved catching Snook in the winter time near the rivers and creeks of Sarasota Bay. Captain Ryan’s mother, Cindy, would help her father catch mullet on local bridges in the Bradenton and Sarasota areas in the winter time.

 Captain Ryan’s father, Jim, took on the same passion for fishing. He fished Sarasota Bay, Anna Maria Island, and Lower Tampa Bay when he was growing up. Jim took Captain Ryan and his brother kyle out when they were around three year’s old fishing for bass and bluegill. When both Captain Ryan and his brother grew up their father took them every weekend fishing in Lower Tampa Bay and around Anna Maria Island.

 Teenage Fishing Anna Maria Island

As a teenager, Captain Ryan would fish from he could saving his money to go out with other charter captains to learn the business. Captain Ryan would also fish from shore around the Bradenton Beach or along Anna Maria Sound. When Captain Ryan was not in school he was fishing. By the age of sixteen he was fishing Terra Ceia Bay, Anna Maria Island, Palma Sola Bay, Lower Tampa Bay, and Sarasota Bay on a regular basis.

 At the age of 27 Captain Ryan had won, with friends, all the local fishing tournaments and decided to make his passion a career. Captain Ryan still fishes most the fishing tournaments while my career is still my passion and he loves the competitive nature of the sport I always am trying new things to catch to most and biggest fish.   

Becoming a Charter Fishing Guide

In 2008, Captain Ryan got my USCG Captains License.  began charter fishing full time and have been devoted to taking people out fishing ever since. Around this same time Captain Ryan and his brother began commercial fishing in the months of late November through February for Mullet.

 Every time Captain Ryan is on the water he is learning new techniques, fish patterns, or new areas which have never been fished before. Captain Ryan says, “When you are fishing for a living and making memories for clients you always have to be learning. If you are not learning or wanting to learning every time you go out fishing you need to find something new to do. Things are always changing and fish are always moving, you better be able to move with the fish”. Whether beginner, novice, expert, young, or old Captain Ryan truly enjoys what he does and loves taking people out to enjoy the local waters which he grew up on and has a passion for.

 Captain Ryan has a vast network of other local Captains that he works with in order to always find and stay on the fish. His network of Captains stretches from Sarasota, Longboat Key, Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, and Lower Tampa Bay.  Captain Ryan is usually booked throughout the year and if you can’t book a fishing charter with Captain Ryan, due to no vacancy, he can provide you with the names of other quality and reputable local Captains that will put you on the fish.

       Captain Ryan is a registered and licensed Captain through the Untied States Coast Guard (USCG). He is also carries a charter licensed through the Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC) which covers clients so they do not have to obtain a fishing license while on a fishing charter with Captain Ryan. He is also fully insured through Charter Lakes Marine Insurance Company. Captain Ryan is also a Florida licensed and registered Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) and is certified in providing CPR through the American Heart Association.   

The Captain’s Family

Captain Ryan Taylor and his wife Brooke have three boys “future fisherman” Derrick, Chase and Luke. Captain Ryan and his family love the outdoors when they are not out on the water they can be found in the woods riding 4-wheelers, exercising “working out” in their home gym or just jogging outside.

Captain Ryan and his family also attend Bayside Community Church, our family loves God, love others, pursues excellence and enjoys life.