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Matt's Bio..

Matt & HarryHi, I’m Capt. Matthew Pribyl. I’ve lived here in the Florida keys all of my life. I’ve been guiding since 1985. Being the son of a fishing guide allowed me to learn an awful lot about fishing and diving at a very early age.

My family owned a small resort on Long Key until the mid 70's. My dad ran his guiding business out of there for many years. He had a Backcountry skiff and an Offshore boat as well. I got stuck doing all the fish and boat cleaning. But, I did get to work as mate on the Offshore boat a lot as well.

My real passion however, was sight fishing in shallow water. My Dad and I fished quite a few tournaments in those days. We were lucky enough to win some. The first one was the Marathon International Bonefish Tournament when I was only ten. We won the junior division as well as the heaviest bonefish overall for two consecutive years. We did well with large fish because we would fish near Islamorada, where I currently live. Each year this area produces more large bonefish than any other fishing destination in the world.

In 1998 I caught my personal best Bonefish on fly. It was a fourteen pound eight ounce monster. A fish of a lifetime. I was humbled only a few short weeks later by a fourteen twelve and then a fifteen two. Oh well, that’s fishing in the Keys.

I now do some fun fishing with my wife of seventeen years, Debbie. We went to College together in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. She was into Physical Education while I went into sport management. I guess that’s sort of what fishing is.

Our two sons, Corey and Garrett, like to fish as well. Though, their real idea of fun is skiing, wake boarding and diving. They also do some camping on the islands in Florida Bay. They typically catch their dinner. I think they eat a lot of potato chips on the slow days though.Then there’s our dog Booker. He’s an Australian Shepard. His constant source fun and frustration are the squirrels that live in our yard..




I believe first and foremost that fishing is supposed to be fun. Whether it be fly-fishing for huge tarpon, bonefish or just fun fishing in the backcountry with your child.



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