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Capt Barry poling the skiff in IslamoradaCapt Barry as a boy with a barracudaCaptain Barry Hoffman at Papa Joes Marina, Islamorada circa 1990

A little background on Capt Barry Hoffman

Capt. Barry Hoffman is a native of South Florida having fished the Southeast coast for over 50 years. Growing up in the small town of Dania. Florida, nights and weekends were spent pursuing any and all creatures swimming. After having moved to the Keys in 1982, he operated a 30 passenger dive boat and worked as a N.A.U.I certified Dive Master.

Captain Barry fishing with Chico Fernandez

After obtaining his 50 ton Masters Captain's license, he worked as a Bahamian charter captain while operating an upscale yacht maintenance company at the Ocean Reef Club in North Key Largo. After intervals at the University of Florida, Florida Keys Community College (yes, there is such a school) and Florida International University, Barry settled on guiding (fishing being an ever-present hobby) over thirty years ago. A victim of his love for the Florida Keys, it's gin clear water and a tourism driven economy, it was the right choice. A self-taught fly caster and imaginative fly tier, he has been featured in publications such as Saltwater Sportsman, South Florida Sportfishing Magazine, Fly Fishing America Magazine and in Saltwater Software's Florida Fishing CD-ROM. Capt Barry Hoffman has fished with such notables as Curt Gowdy Sr. (the American Sportsman), Flip Pallot (Walkers Cay Chronicles), Raz Reid (Sage Rods) and Chico Fernandez. Having published numerous articles on bonefish and tarpon, he has written a weekly column for over 30 major fishing web sites and the local fishing guide, the "Weekly Fisherman". Barry has also been featured in a book entitled "Saltwater Fly Fishing from Maine to Texas," and is a field contributor for Water Way Magazine and Fly Fishing America. Capt. Barry prides himself on being an enthusiastic and patient fly casting instructor/guide. Most enjoyable to him? Introducing clients to a part of the world where the fish outnumber the residents in quantity and habitat.

Captain Barry fishing with Flip Pallot

read an
interview conducted w Capt Barry Hoffman for the Florida Keys Guide website


ther programs I'm involved with or have contributed to:
Treasurer / Director for the Florida Keys Fishing Guides Association for 6 years
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary BlueStar Fishing Guide program
Dr. Jennifer Rehage Florida Bay Coastal Lakes Snook research @ FIU
BTU bonefish tagging research project
FWCC Red Tide Monitoring program
Berkley University Herpetologist / professor Ted Papenfuss / Eastern Diamondback Terrapin turtle research