Captain: Scott Bannerot

Vessel: Ultimate Dream, 20-foot Seacraft Super
Fisherman, center console, fully equipped, Suzuki 140 hp outboard
Phone Number: 305-853-6618

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Scott’s great-grandparents and other family were among the early settlers in South Florida, involved in sport fishing, the Flagler railroad, medicine, and spearfishing and beachcombing. University of Miami’s Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is named after his great uncle. While Scott’s family moved around in his younger years, with stints in Texas, Guam, and Hawaii while his father served as a U.S. Navy aviator, and later back to Texas and then the Northeast, South Florida remained a constant. Scott began spending significant time in Miami and the Keys during 1971 at age 12, and was fortunate to befriend and be mentored by a number of legendary guides and anglers. He got his first big tarpon on fly tackle at Buchanon Bank soon after, an event that influenced the rest of his life. He moved permanently to Miami/Keys addresses at age 17, landing a job as first mate on the charterboat Sea Ray while studying marine biology at University of Miami beginning in 1976. He purchased a Seacraft SF20 in 1980 and by 1982 had earned his 100-ton USCG license and was working part-time captaining the headboat Captain’s Lady out of Holiday Isle and running charters on his own boat. By 1984 he’d earned a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in marine biology/fisheries and worked extensively in research, from Florida and the Gulf of Mexico to the Bahamas and Caribbean, and also worked on high seas swordfish longliners for two years. In 1988 he purchased the 36-foot Breuil Enterprise Man O’ War and began an offshore charter business at Holiday Isle, also running back country charters on that same Seacraft SF20, now the Ultimate Dream. Scott sold the Man O’ War in 1991, leased the Great White II, and finally in early 1995 departed on his 41-foot sloop Elan for the South Pacific. After fishing, guiding, and writing in the Pacific Islands, New Zealand, and Australia, with interludes back guiding in the Keys, Scott returned home in April 2013 and resumed guiding with Ultimate Dream out of the Holiday Isle/Postcard Inn back country dock. Scott’s passion for fishing, diving, marine biology, and adventure is infectious, one of the reasons clients have been fishing with him for as long 35 years.


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