Captain Jim Ross is a United States Coast Guard licensed captain and owner of Fineline Fishing Charters based out of Rockledge, Florida just west of Cocoa Beach for almost 20 years. Jim is a second generation native and full time fishing guide who is on the productive waters of East Central Florida near Orlando roughly 250 days a year. Captain Jim’s understanding of the feeding habits and migratory patterns of the fish he pursues in the Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River, and other surrounding waters throughout the year has made him one of the most respected fishing guides in Florida.
Fineline Fishing Charters is a full time fishing charter service near Orlando, Daytona Beach, and Cocoa Beach, Florida. Fishing on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, Indian and Banana Rivers, and the world famous Mosquito Lagoon for just about every species of gamefish available with light tackle and fly.
Because of his angling knowledge, Captain Jim Ross was hired by Florida Sportsman Magazine in 1997 as the host of their live weekly radio show covering the fishing action in the Orlando, Cocoa Beach and Daytona Beach areas along Central Florida’s East Coast. Jim hosted this fishing show called “Florida Sportsman Magazine Live” which transmitted from the Orlando area for two years and then from the Cocoa Beach area for another ten. Over that twelve year period Captain Jim helped to educate and influenced hundreds of thousands of anglers fishing the waters east of the Orlando area. Fisherman from Daytona Beach, Orlando and Cocoa Beach listened each week to hear the latest fishing information on the Mosquito Lagoon, Indian River, and surrounding waters.
In 2010, Captain Jim started his own radio show called “Catch A Memory Outdoors”. This new show transmits on WMEL 1510 AM from Cocoa, and is more reflective of the outdoor lifestyle of many of show’s listeners in Central Florida. Catch a Memory Outdoors is a talk formatted show which airs live and covers the fishing and hunting action in the Daytona Beach, Orlando, and Cocoa Beach areas. Thousands of anglers and hunters tune in to hear Captain Jim Ross, his co-host Rodney Sahr, and other special guests each Saturday morning from 7:00 to 9:00 am as they talk about their weeks fishing and hunting adventures. The “Catch A Memory Outdoors” radio show is also available each week on the live internet streaming feed on www.1510wmel.com. Fisherman and hunters who have smart phones can hear the show while on the water fishing or traveling outside of the AM broadcast area. This year the show is also being simulcasted on three low power FM stations in the Central and south Brevard county area. The 94.7, 99.9, and 100.7 FM frequencies are allowing more listeners than ever to find out where to go and what to use the next time they want to enjoy some time in the outdoors. Podcasts of archived Catch A Memory Outdoors shows are also available by searching for the Catch A Memory show on the WMEL 1510 AM web site under the “Archive” tab.
For the 2016 television season, Captain Jim will again join Capt. Rick Murphy and a host of other top professional guides from across the state of Florida on the “Chevy Florida Insider Fishing Report” television show. Captain Jim returns as the Central East region expert, and will continue to cover all of the fishing action in the Cocoa Beach, Daytona Beach, and Orlando areas. Captain Jim will give live fishing reports for the show each week covering the Mosquito Lagoon, Indian and Banana Rivers, and the Atlantic Ocean waters located due East of the Orlando area. The waters outside of Daytona Beach, Cocoa Beach, and Sebastian Inlet are unique and have an immense amount of bio-diversity. Viewers of this show will get up to date information on how and where to fish in this portion of the state. Captain Jim will also give periodic audio fishing reports on the television shows web site www.floridainsiderfishingreport.com.
In 2008 Skeeter Boat Company celebrated its 60th year of boat building. This same year Captain Jim was named to the Yamaha Outboard Skeeter Boats National Fishing Team. With this accomplishment he joins a very impressive and exclusive list of professional fresh and saltwater anglers. Captain Jim was the first charter fishing guide, and tournament angler in the Orlando area to achieve this prestigious invitation. Captain Jim helps to promote these two brands though his various fishing endeavors, television and Radio shows plus articles- both in-print and online in the Daytona Beach, Orlando, and Cocoa Beach areas. Capt. Jim is proud to be associated with these industry leading companies. Jim’s 2017 Skeeter fishing boat, the amazing SX-240 bay version, is powered by a Yamaha 300 horsepower 4-stroke engine. This performance fishing boat is his preferred vessel for running charter clients to the fish, because it is comfortable, dry, and really fast.
Captain Jim competes in various tournaments when he has time. He has multiple top 25 finishes in the Southern Kingfish Association (SKA), Inshore Fishing Association (IFA), and FLW redfish series professional tournament trails over the past 11 years including being part of the SKA First ever National championship team in the under 23’ Class.
Captain Jim is currently sponsored by Skeeter boats, Yamaha Motors, EZ Loader trailers, Lowrance electronics, Tru-Turn Industries, Saltwater Assassin Lures, Carroll Distributing (Bud Light Beer), Memory Stix fishing Rods, Rapala, Williamson, Storm and Luhr Jensen fishing Lures, Sufix Super lines, Hook Up lures, Pro-Cure bait Scents, Minn Kota trolling motors, and Costa Del Mar sun glasses.
In 2002 Captain Jim Ross developed the first fishing school in the state of Florida called the Indian River Fishing Academy. After teaching thousands of angling enthusiast over the past decade, captain Jim wanted to revamp his curriculum and renamed his new comprehensive training course the Inshore Fishing Academy. This school’s curriculum and fishing concepts continue to evolve with time, and for 2016 Capt. Jim remains one of the industry leading captains when it comes to teaching light tackle techniques and strategies for the various sport fish in Florida’s coastal waters. Orlando, Daytona Beach and Cocoa Beach area anglers who want to catch more and larger fish in the Mosquito Lagoon or Indian and Banana River Lagoons will find this to be an extremely educational fishing school. No matter what your skill level the Inshore Fishing Academy will make you a better angler. Captain Jim has also expanded upon the original class curriculum to give anglers continuing education classes on certain fish species. The new Inshore Fishing Academy offers “species specific” courses for redfish, cobia, tarpon, trout, and other desirable fish that call the waters near Orlando, Daytona, and Cocoa Beach home. These new in-depth courses are designed to help anglers learn how to specifically target these species. With several individual classes to choose from after completing class 1 and class 2, the new Inshore Fishing Academy courses will help anglers learn at a faster pace than any of Capt. Jim’s previous fishing schools. The Inshore Fishing Academy is now bigger, better and more informative than ever. Please follow the hyperlink to the Inshore Fishing Academy web site http://www.inshorefishingacademy.com to learn more about this opportunity to make your time on the water even more productive.