Captain Billy Rotne prides himself
on being a guide, not just a captain!
After guiding Mosquito Lagoon and it’s headwater Ponce Inlet for almost 15 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 the experience and history of Mosquito Lagoon and the surrounding areas. From history about NASA, the lagoons flora, fauna, pre-Columbian peoples and geology, expect far more than just a fishing charter on your trip.
Capt. Billy Rotne is a Florida native with over 25 years experience fishing inshore and nearshore 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, Ponce Inlet and the Indian River Lagoon every time he got the chance. He became an avid fly fisherman and soon grew a passion for showing others what this special estuary has 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 grade photography, because their is nothing worse than a bad picture of a fish of a lifetime.