Captain Jimbo Thomas

Southeast Region


Professionally Speaking

I like everything about fishing. When people ask what species of fish is my favorite, I say, “The next one I catch!”

I am a full-time charter captain and have owned and operated the 42-foot sportfish, Thomas Flyer, out of Downtown Miami’s Pier 5 with my brother, Rick, since the late ‘80s.

I specialize in offshore and reef fishing for sailfish, mahi, kingfish, tuna, wahoo and any other species that takes my bait!  The Thomas Flyer is a regular on the South Florida Fishing Tournament Circuit and has placed many times over the years.

The Flyer and I have been featured in Sport Fishing, Marlin, Salt Water Sportsman and Florida Sportsman magazines, and I have appeared on numerous TV shows with Captains Rick Murphy, Roland Martin, Jimmy Houston, Buck McNeely and others.

I’ve been filing real-time fishing reports from the Southeast region for Florida Insider Fishing Report since 2012. Working and fishing with Rick is always fun! You never know what to expect!

Many thanks to my sponsors––Admiral Oil, AFTCO, Bass Assassin, Costa del Mar Sunglasses, Daiwa, Hookup Lures, Leeward Rods, Mustad, Rapala and Simrad––for helping me live my dream.


Because conservation is a priority for me, I’m a CCA Life Member. I have tagged the most sailfish of any captain in the Atlantic, and am a top dolphin tagger for the Dolphin Tagging Research Project. In fact, I tagged and released my 2,500th dolphin in 2018. I also serve on the board of the Yamaha Contender Miami Sportfish Tournament.

From a Personal Perspective

I was born in Miami and have lived here all my life. I mean where else can you find natural reefs and spectacular offshore fishing year-round and still be so close to civilization?

I’ve been married to my wonderful wife, Jane, since 1988. We have three amazing children: Erin, Kirsten and Cole. On my days off, Jane and I hop aboard our Contender Bay boat and go fishing. Casa Vieja Lodge in Guatemala is a frequent destination. It’s the sailfish capital of the world––and our daughter, Kirsten, works there. Life is good!