Captain TJ

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I have been fishing and diving in the Gulf of Mexico since moving to Florida at the age of 5 from Wildwood, New Jersey.  Working my way from mate on my dad’s charter boat, to captain, to a business owner of 2 Shea Charters today is exhilarating…as it’s known as one of the most respected charter operations around in fishing, scuba diving and spearfishing on the West Coast of Florida.  To compliment my love of fishing, I’m also an avid, experienced diver and spearfisherman. After being certified to dive at 10,  I have been fortunate to dive in some of the world’s most beautiful places from the Great Barrier Reef and Port Lincoln, Australia (with a few Great Whites), to the Wall in Grand Cayman, across the Bahamas, and off of the west coast of Mexico.  Being a diver is a huge asset to how I operate fishing charters. I drop in on all of my fishing spots to check out where the fish sit on certain wrecks and where the backdoor holes are on the ledges that line our coast. I have the experience to challenge the most serious anglers and the understanding to help the most novice get hooked.

I get the greatest thrills from watching clients bring in the catch of a lifetime — their first or their fiftieth. I’m passionate about what I do, the value of a great day on or in the water brings to a person, and about the quality of equipment I use.  My enthusiasm comes through on all my charters – unlike many captains that sit in a fly bridge all day and have a mate, I am very hands on with my clients and work hard to make the most out of each charter.

In 2005,  2 Shea Charters was brand new to the Tampa Bay area running a single 24 foot center console.  With consistency and integrity, I’ve grown my passion to now offer experiences on three boats, including a custom 42 foot Dorado luxury sport fish along with a 31 foot Southport center console and a 30 foot Island Hopper.  I received local and regional recognition in a variety of magazines, internet information boards, and television appearances in addition to the greatest credential – repeat clients from all over the world. When I’m not helping clients reel in a great catch or explore the depths, I can be found looking through my mask for my next super secret spot or hooking my two children on their next biggest catches (now if I could only get my lovely bride to bait her own hook!).