About The Captain
Welcome to fishing the Florida Keys flats with Captain Todd Ziels.
Captain Ziels lives in Marathon year round with his wife and two children. Todd moved to Marathon immediately after receiving his bachelor’s degree in Business from Florida Atlantic University and has been a professional guide ever since. Captain Todd is equally adept to fishing the expert fly fisherman having guided anglers to trophies in several prestigious fly fishing tournaments, but also enjoys working with a client to realize personal goals as a first tarpon or permit on fly, a permit on spinning tackle or a grand slam helping to make dreams come true. Captain Todd is a full time year round guide who supports his family with his fishing. A lot of guides in the Keys are “part timers” only here for the tarpon season, then going home up north or out west when the big tarpon migration ends. He lives in Marathon, the heart of the Florida Keys, which allows him the ability to easily fish west to Key West or East to Islamorada and Key Largo.
Captain Ziels welcomes anglers of all ages and levels of experience from first time trips to fly tournament anglers. As a father of young children and a person who learned to fish when he himself was young, Captain Ziels particularly enjoys introducing young anglers to the magic of shallow water fishing.
The Captain takes pride in his patience, especially with beginners and strives to make everyday a memorable day. The greatest compliment is seeing the same people come back year after year. Anglers have the opportunity to spin casting or fly tackle when fishing with Captain Ziels.
Todd is also an avid bird hunter. He makes annual trips with his German Shorthair Pointer Lucy, to pheasant hunt out west and north with his father and brothers. He loves to talk dogs and hunting to fellow hunters.