Capt. Bouncer Smith has been taking people fishing for more than 50 years. He runs his 33 foot boat, Bouncer’s Dusky, out of Miami, FL. His awards and accolades are lengthy, highlighted by a lifetime achievement award from The Billfish Foundation. In 2014, Bouncer was inducted into the International Game Fish Association’s (IGFA) Legendary Captain and Crew Hall of Fame. He has guided anglers to more than 70 IGFA world records and helped popularize kite fishing and the use of down riggers in South Florida. He is one of the most versatile guides there is as he can consistently catch Swordfish in 1,000 feet of water, run to the reef to rack up pelagics, then sneak in-shore and catch monster Tarpon and Snook. This man can do it all.
Bouncer is a gentle giant. I’ve always cherished being in his presence. In this episode, we talk about the abundance of Sharks in South Florida, thoughts on killing fish, and Bouncer’s longtime struggle with his weight.