Second-generation guide leads fishing clinics
November 13, 2019
ISLAMORADA — “I thought about doing a million different things, but I always knew I was going to be a fisherman,” says Drew Nobregas, a second-generation Florida Keys guide.
“My fishing obsession came from fishing with my father, Tony, who was a guide for 15 years,” Nobregas said. “Nothing got me more excited after kindergarten than running down the dock to see what Dad and his angler caught that day.”
Now a guide in his own right working out of the World Wide Sportsman’s Bayside Marina, Nobregas will lead the next two instructional clinics at the mile marker 81.6 fishing mecca. Both events are free and open to all.
At 4 p.m. Nov. 16, Nobregas will outline techniques on “How to Fish Patch Reefs.”
“We’ll talk about maneuvering around the reef, positioning the boat, types of bait and bait presentation,” Nobregas said. “Things like what to look for when conditions are ideal and what to do when they’re not so ideal.”
At 4 p.m. Dec. 7, he leads a seminar on sailfishing as the winter offshore season gets active.
“I specialize in snook and tarpon and family fun fishing,” Nobregas said with a smile, “but I think I was the first kid to win the Islamorada Junior Sailfish Tournament three years in a row.”
World Wide Sportsman fishing seminars typically run about 45 minutes, followed by a question-and-answer session.
“We try to have a seminar every month with experts like Drew,” World Wide Sportsman events director Phil Stanley said. “We also have activities like the WWS Fly Club.”
Nobregas, turning 28 in two weeks, captains a 22-foot Pathfinder skiff for his Fishy Business Islamorada operation.
“I remember catching crabs under the dock and selling them to my father for 25 cents each,” he laughed. “My passion for offshore started when I was 12, working as a dolphin-fishing mate out of Bud N’ Mary’s Marina for $20 a day.”
At age 15, he had a tryout as a mate on the Challenger, a well-known Islamorada charter boat.
“After we caught our limit of kingfish, we hit a 40-pound wahoo,” he recounted. “The captain said if I could stick it and bring it in, I was hired. If not, I’m fired. I stuck this big wahoo on the first shot and brought it over the side. So I got the job.”
Nobregas graduated from Florida State University with a major in writing that he uses for World Wide Sportsman’s weekly fishing reports posted on Facebook and on his webpage, fishybusinessislamorada.com.
His major fishing sponsors include Bass Pro Shops, Pathfinder boats and the Islamorada Tackle Center.
“Basically I’m a full-time fishing guide,” he said, “so let’s go fishing.”
For more information on World Wide Sportsman seminars and events, call 305-664-4615.