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Captain Jim Hobales

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US Coast Guard Licensed Charter Fishing Captain
South Florida Met Tournament registered Captain
Everglades National Park Permitted Florida fishing Guide
Professional Angler on the Redfish Cup and FLW/
Guide in the I.G.F.A. Inshore Championships and RedBone Trilogy.

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2006 Country Cousin /Yamaha Redfish Team

Captain Jim Hobales was born and raised in South Florida. In the early years he learned to fish his home waters of Miami’s Biscayne Bay and the Florida Keys. In the early 1980’s he was introduced to Flamingo, at Everglades National Park, it was a life changing experience. Captain Jim became obsessed with the fishing in both Florida Bay as well as Whitewater Bay in the backcountry, no matter if it was sight casting on the flats to tailing Redfish, plugging a shoreline for Snook or casting a fly at rolling Tarpon. 

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Captain Jimbo and Partner Captain Tim Shabareck doing seminars in the Yamaha Flats Room during the Miami Boat Show.

Captain Jim earned the title of Master Angler coming up through the ranks of the Miami Sport Fishing Club, a club that is rich in history, tradition and a leader in conservation in South Florida. As a member in good standing for 16 years he believes in the clubs roots and conservation measures, usually taking them to an extreme. Being a competitive angler he has competed in tournaments winning several events over the last ten years.

Captain Jim is an Everglades National Park permitted guide and a Met registered guide, the largest free tournament in the world. As a past winner he knows how to target the species it takes to win. 

Captain Jim is also well known for Peacock Bass and was quoted in,” South Florida Peacock Bass “by the author Carlos Hidalgo. A  world record Butterfly Peacock Bass weighing 6.7ounces was caught on fly he created.


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Team Yamaha/Maverick/Flanigan's Pro "Redfish Team"

The Captain has fished on the professional Redfish Tours since 2001 for team McDonalds, he also has guided in the Redbone trilogy in the Florida keys since 2002. In 2005 Maverick Boat Company and Yamaha offered him and his partner a position on their Redfish team. Keep an eye open on  Fox net's FLW shows or the ESPN Redfish Cup for this team.

  You will arrive at the fishing grounds in comfort aboard a Pathfinder 22 Tournament. Being part of Team Yamaha, I am constantly using different products Once there you can choose to fish Spin, Plug or Fly tackle using live bait or artificial lures. Rods are custom made by Biscayne Rods and are matched to Okuma spinning reels and Billy Pate fly reels. Take advantage of my good fortune and try out some of these fine products. 

Guided Fishing Locations

Flamingo, Everglades National Park

  • Tarpon/Snook
  • Redfish/Trout
  • Sharks
  • Sawfish

Biscayne Bay

  • Bonefish-Permit-Tarpon
  • Snook -Barracuda-Shark-Trout

Florida Keys

  • Bonefish
  • Permit
  • Tarpon
  • Shark 
  • Barracuda


Miami Area

Government Cut and the Inshore Beaches







Contact info: 

Email Captain Jim Hobales @ captjimhobales@gmail.com
 H (305) 362 6460 or C(305)333-8149
7900 n.w. 174 terrace, Miami, Fl. 33015

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