On this, our very first episode, we spend the day fishing with Captain Rob Ottlein. Our journey began at Flagler Beach on the Matanzas river boat ramp. We meet up with Capt Rob at 10am and quickly boarded his flats boat, a very comfortable and capable 17′ vessel. It was a beautiful day, with blue skies and a gentle breeze. The snook were not yet active, as this was the last day of February and the water temperature was still pretty low. We concentrated on fishing the finger canals the abound in this area of the river, targeting speckled trout, blues and mangrove snappers. It was a real pleasure, watching Capt Rob’s fly fishing mastery, with his fly line cutting through the air, like a white serpent and finally landing a tiny white fly just inches from the shore.
We talked for hours, about fishing, life and even politics. His indepth knowledge of the area and decades of experience was self evident. I learned about the history of Flagler Beach, the challenges of being a charter boat captain and his perspective on the state of fishing in this area.
Osprey Fishing Charters
Captain Rob Ottlein
(USCG Licensed & Insured)
Phone: (386) 439-2636
Cell: (386) 451-1213
Music credit: The Mission – Josh Woodward