Captain Rich is a U.S. Army Vet, a former Paramedic, holds a OUPV Captains licensed issued by the USCG, and a Charter Captain Permit issued through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He is married with one son whom has his own passion for hockey and fishing.
Captain Rich started fishing piers and breakwaters in Southern California at the age of 8. At the age of 14 he joined Sea Explorers which not only taught him seamanship and boat handling skills but afforded him the opportunity to serve as a deckhand on weekly fundraising charters to support the 38ft Chris Craft he was assigned to. This is where he found his passion for the ocean and fishing. The Southern California waters, along with the waters off the coast of Catalina Island, San Clemente Island and Baja Mexico offered a wide and diverse fishery. In the summers he would work as a small motorboat instructor and would do harbor cruises throughout Newport Beach Harbor. At the age of 16 he started working summers as a paid deckhand on the fishing barges in the harbor of Long Beach, California.
After moving to Clearwater Florida in 2015, Capt. Rich decided to fulfill his dream of becoming a Charter Boat Captain. Capt. Rich quickly found the fishery in the Gulf of Mexico unique and differed greatly from the waters of Southern California where he had grown up fishing. The four years prior to opening Scott J’s, Capt. Rich would fish every possible opportunity, in all types of weather. He would also speak with several very successful Captain’s about species, tactics, and equipment every chance he had. He would then go out and apply that knowledge. Even though Scotty J’s could have been opened over 2 years ago, Capt. Rich wanted to be sure he had the proper knowledge, boat, and equipment for the wide variety of species and the local waters.
We look Forward to having you join us on the water!