Captain Mike Puller
Founder and Executive Director

Capt. Mike Puller is regarded by many as an innovator in the art of teaching and training fishing skills to young charter boat mates.
Some of the best mates in the fishing community have gotten their start with him, going on to become very capable captains. Having given many seminars and presentations to youth groups like the Boy Scouts, Boys Club and school fishing clubs, Capt. Mike has a unique ability to teach and inform young people while keeping it fun and interesting. Those of you with teens can attest to the difficulty in that!

As the son of a charter boat captain, Capt. Mike has been fishing since early childhood, and as a teen, worked summers, weekends, and on every vacation, honing his skills alongside some of the best fishermen in the business at Key Biscayne’s Crandon Park Marina. For several years, Capt. Mike captained privately owned boats in the Miami area, guiding anglers to many tournament victories, including the Yamaha/Contender Miami Billfish Tournament, The Cocoplum Billfish Tournament, 4-time winner of the Miami Law Enforcement Tournament, 2-time winner of the Orange Bowl Classic, and the Boat Harbour Billfish Championship, among many others.

Since 1996, Capt. Mike has owned and operated the charter-boat “Lisa L” out of Crandon Marina. On a daily basis, he sees recreational fishermen struggling unsuccessfully to achieve their expectations of a productive day of fishing, armed with nothing but a few magazine articles and the occasional bait shop seminar. He realized the need for a place where young people can learn real fishing skills, just like the pros, so they can enjoy the resources that are so readily available here in South Florida. This is his goal for the Summer School of Fish.