Meet the Captains

Captain Mike Zeleny
U.S.C.G Master Captain and Owner of SWFL Charters
Captain Michal Mike Zeleny Southwest Florida Charters

Captain Mike Zeleny first came to Fort Myers in the summer of 1999 at the age of 7. As a kid, he spent virtually all of his free time fishing. Some of his favorite spots were surf fishing on Sanibel & Captiva and kayak fishing the winding mangrove trails.

Before he got into the charter business industry, he moved to Pittsburgh for 4 years to completed his undergraduate degree at Carnegie Mellon University and ultimately decided to come back to Fort Myers to pursue his career on the water. 

Captain Mike took sometime to gather experience on the water and after many hours, he received his captain's license in the summer of 2016. 

He feels privileged to be able to offer custom excursions in such a diverse area. He is excited to now have the opportunity to share his experiences.

Captain Matt Trottier
U.S.C.G Captain

Captain Matt was born and raised in Southwest Florida, growing up in Cape Coral. As a child, he spent a lot of time on the water with friends and family. This instilled a passion for fishing and conservation at a young age.


Captain Matt got his captain's license back in 2018 and has been actively captaining ever since. Growing up in the area allowed Matt to learn the waters of Sanibel and Pine Island like the back of his had. He holds a lot of information on the history of the area and the local wildlife. Captain Matt is a walking almanac! 


In his free time he enjoys diving, fly fishing the flats of Pine Island, and bow hunting the lowlands of Southwest Florida. 

Captain Michal Zeleny Gag Grouper
Lemon Shark
Captain Michal Mike Zeleny with Trigger Fish