Captain Tony Pantuso
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Capt.Tony is a professional, full-time angler that has fished in East-Central Florida and the Mosquito Lagoon since 1990. For more than twenty years his passion has been sight fishing the shallow pristine flats of the Mosquito Lagoon.
He fishes close to 300 days a year and loves every minute of it. He would not have it any other way!!!
Ever since hooking up with his first red-fish in 1990 Capt. Tony has been hooked on shallow water fishing.
Red-fish, Sea Trout, Snook, Tarpon and Black Drum are the usual target's for Captain Tony. But, If it bites he will try and catch it!!
Capt. Tony started fishing the Northern California ponds and lakes at a very young age. At 16 years old he started to bow hunt wild hogs and black-tail deer. To him, the rush of having a 300lb Russian boar at 15 yards was just like having 100 20-50lb Bull red-fish tailing 30 feet off the bow of the boat!!!
The spot and stalk technique used in bow hunting crossed over into shallow water fishing perfectly. Poling silently along, looking for subtle signs that a fish was there. He would get buck fever at the sight of a 300 40lb red-fish tailing right in front of the boat unspooked or a Gator trout sitting in a sand spot un-aware of his presence!! But, he would settle down, make the cast and FISH ON!!
For Capt. Tony, it's more than a passion, it's an obsession.
2012 Fishing for Freedom Tournament to benefit the Wounded Warrior project: 1st place Wounded Warrior division and 5th overall out of 51 boats
2009 IFA Redfish tour: 22 place out of 90 boats
2009 Fishstock: 4th place overall and 6th place redfish
2010 Fishstock: 2nd place overall and 1st place redfish team
2011 Fishstock: 4th place overall and
4th place redfish team
2012 Fishstock:6th place redfish
2013 Fishing for Freedom
benefiting The Wounded Warrior Project:
1st place Wounded Warrior division
5th place Overall.