By 1996 my anglers and I won our first celebrity championship in the Redbone tournament here in Key West. Since then in my flats fishing career My anglers and I have won over 26 awards from that series and awards from several others.
In 1998 Dream Catchers was a two boat operation with he purchase of my 28' center console that we would use for dolphin watching, sight seeing and light fishing. The numbers grew both in popularity of Dream Catcher but also in people wanting more in a charter service. I was consistently raising the bar with new boats and the latest technology from Mercury outboards.
In 2003 my wife Gennifer (Island Genn) and I tried to form an organization of local fishing guides that would be like minded in their approach to guiding. A standard of sorts. We called it the Lower Keys Guides Association. At that time we were bringing over 2000 fishing charters to Key West from our web sites and promotional efforts. We wanted to make sure the guides we were promoting were offering the same level of service that I was offering to my clients. The idea was also to gain membership to increase our voice, get group health insurance and market ourselves as a group. This failed miserably not by lack of participation but by lack of desire to run a better charter service. So I chose to take on apprentices.
In 2003 I started to mentor fishing guides for flats fishing. A notion that did not sit well with the local guide population. I learned that if a fishing guide does not have to worry about marketing, boat payments, insurance or the headaches of break downs - he could focus on his customer service, his fishing skills and become the best guide out there un-distracted A real job of sorts without all the burn out syndromes that come with being an independent.
Today I still own Dream Catcher Charters and it is bigger than life. 2011 was our biggest year ever and we doubled our schedule out to other fishing guides that keep to our standards. The fishing guides that work for Dream Catchers are amazing men that I respect as colleagues. A full time guide here fishes over 300 trips a year. We encourage our fishing guides to go on their own after a few years with us. We have many alumni that we use for our overflow because we know they are up to the standards.
We have made many friends along the way using our time on the water, credibility and visibility to promote and improve their products. Mercury Marine, Mercury Racing, Yellowfin Yachts, Daiwa, Calcutta, Owner Hooks and MirroLure.
I Still Run Fishing Charters.....
My competitors like to share with clients that are shopping for a fishing charter that I, (Capt. Steven) do not run fishing charters anymore.. They will tell them, "If you book with Steve you will get one of his guides and not him".. Well, that's true if you want to fish with one of the talented fishing guides of Dream Catcher Charters. But.. If the confirmation that we send to you to sign for your reservations with us has MY name on it, I guarantee you will get my smiling face on the boat, Like it or not... There is no bait and switch here. We tell it like it is and we don't want a surprise at the dock any more than you do.
I don't fish every day anymore. In fact I take most Saturdays and Sundays off with a few exceptions keeping my schedule to about 3 -5 trips a week, weather permitting. I stay in the loop by working with the guys that fish for Dream Catchers. They are out there two trips a day finding fish. We communicate..
If I am not available AND you don't want to fish with the guides of Dream Catcher Charters.. Tell US>.. we will hook you up with any of the other talented independent fishing guides of Key West that are offering a fishing charter that you can and will enjoy.
Just call my office and speak to Gennifer. She will help you out.. 305-292-7212
People I would Like to thank.
For every person there are the people who saw their potential and helped them along the way. These folks helped me with my journey, they either taught me something or helped me in some way or another with nothing asked in return. In order of appearance.
- My Dad and Mom
- My Grandfather RIP
- Uncle Richard RIP
- Robert Elliason RIP
- Joe Sisson
- Capt. Jimmy Able
- Capt. Bob Shroeder
- Capt. Gary Wheeler
- BM1 McKowen
- BMC Pittman RIP
- BM1 Strike
- Capt. John Weitz
- Capt. Cary Gamble
- Capt. Hunter Donaldson Sr. RIP
- Capt. Bob Prado
- Capt. Bob Montgomery RIP
- Capt. Vaughn Cockran
- Capt. Jeff Segallos
- Guy On The Plane
- Dan Shaad RIP
- Tony Esposito
- Steve Flemming
- Gennifer Oman / Lamp
- Capt. Ralph Delph
- Steve Miller
- Capt. Rob Hammer
- Capt. Mark Johnson
- Capt. Matt Bellinger
- Indiana Bones
- Capt. Rob Harris
For Those that want to Know...
Captain since 1986
- Currently a 100 Ton
- Served in the United
States Coast Guard Specializing In Heavy Weather
Search and Rescue Cape Hatteras Operating the 44
- I.G.F.A. Certified
- Highest Possible
- Gulf Federal Reef and
Pelagic Species Permit Holder
- South Atlantic Reef,
HMS, Coastal, and Pelagic Federal Permits Holder.
- Board Member Florida Guides Association
Redbone Key West S.L.A.M.
- 1998 Guide To
Celebrity Grand Champion
- 1198 Guide To Top Rod Angler Day 2
- 1998 Guide To Most Permit Releases
- 2002 Guide To Celebrity Grand Champion
- 2002 Guide To Top Rod Celebrity Angler
- 2002 Guide To Fly
- 2003 Guide To Pro
Celebrity Grand Champ Angler
- 2003 Guide To Spin Plug Division
Guide To First Runner Up Celebrity
- 2005 Guide To Largest Tarpon
- 2005 Guide To Largest Permit
- 2007 Guide To Celebrity Grand Champion
Redbone Little Palm Island
- 2003 Guide To Spin
Plug Division Champion
- 2004 Guide To Spin
Plug Division Champion
- 2005 Guide To Most
have been dedicated in supporting The Mercury
Redbone series of Tournaments to find the cure
for Cystic Fibrosis Since 1996. Not only is it a
great event here in Key West but also a fun time
to get together with some of the best fishing
guides in the world.
Hogs Breath Kingfish Tournament
- 1998 Guide To 2nd
- 2005 Guide To 6th