Billy Rotne is a Florida native with over 20 years experience fishing
inshore in the east central Florida area. He was born and raised
in a house on the water in Port Orange and had his first boat at
10 years of age. Fishing occupied most of his free time and when
he was old enough to drive he was fishing Mosquito Lagoon and the
Indian River every time he got the chance. He became an avid fly
fisherman and soon grew a passion for showing others what this special
estuary had to offer. This passion led to Billy starting his guiding
career. He still lives on the water and fishes daily, the coastal
lifestyle is all Capt. Billy has ever known.
As a child Billy caught his first Redfish at 6 years of age, and
they soon became his favorite fish to target. Not much has changed
as Billy still favors these shallow water copper predators. They
provide a constant challenge for the fly fisherman and when targeting
single fish, each and every fish has its own approach and style.
He believes these are special fish and hopes to show as many as
possible these fish in shallow water and help protect their future.
Capt. Billy is an advocate of "Catch, Photo, Release",
and provides professional digital photography with Nikon DSLR cameras,
because their is nothing worse than a bad picture of a fish of a
After guiding Mosquito Lagoon for nearly 10 years, Capt. Billy enjoys
his career more than ever. Guiding more than 200 days a year, the
vast majority of his customers are repeat clients and have become
good friends. He always welcomes new clients and truly enjoys sharing