I’ve been fortunate to be able to take a couple of trips with Captain Ortego out to Mosquito Lagoon and every trip was a unique memory. Not only is Captain Ortego very dedicated to providing a great fishing experience but he is also very knowledgeable about the waters he works in and the different species of game fish that are in them. From the moment you meet him at the dock, to the very end of your day Captain Ortego always gives everything he has to make each trip an excellent experience. With Captain Mike as my guide I've been able to catch and release tarpon, large gator trout and some of the biggest redfish I've caught to date. Thanks for the many bent rods and I'm looking forward to my next charter.
- Michael Schwartz

Hands down the biggest Red I've ever caught. I love fishing and usually fare pretty well, but it's so sweet going out with a guide like Captain Mike who takes the guess work out of fishing! If you want to catch big fish and lots of 'em, bring your "A" game and call Capt. Ortego.
- Andrew Cupicha
I had the chance to go out with Captain Mike twice over the last 2 months and we have always been right on the fish. Sneeking up on them in stealth mode in a foot or two of water, sometimes seeing them tailing and other times seeing their shadows in the water. Captain Mike Ortego has extensive knowledge of Mosquito Lagoon and we were all over many huge Reds and Black Drum! I personally caught my largest Black Drum of my life which I was thrilled about last month. We were all over numerous slot and oversized Reds as well and even had a doulbe hook up while bringing some of the those lunkers in. You can bet you will get the best service, tackle, and based on his knowledge of saltwater will be sure to "reel em in" on his watch! Thanks Captain Mike for my best experience on the Lagoon and finding the fish!
- David Keller
I had the pleasure of fishing with Capt. Ortego last week in Key Largo and Whitewater Bay in the Everglades. He has a great personality and demeanor! Whether you are a novice or knowledgeable... being on his boat will be a great time. I guess I should mention that he put me on six different species of fish in one day! Thanks for a great time Capt. Ortego!
-David Rubin

I have fished with Captain Mike Ortego before. It was an unforgettable experience. “The Florida Fisherman” knows the Mosquito Lagoon like the back of his hand. He can take you to countless spots that all produce not only quantity, but quality fish as well. He teaches you first hand the thrills of stalking tailing redfish, to pitching crabs to schools of 500+ fish (not sarcasm, it’s unbelievable). He’s not only a great guide who knows and loves what he’s doing but he’s a very entertaining guy as well. You’ll be reeling in redfish all day while hysterically laughing and having the time of your life. See for yourself, it’s a great experience and a great trip.
– AJ Pereira

Mike, Just wanted to take a second to say thanks for the trip the other day and how pleased I was with our trip and the out comes.. It was a great day and just plain fun to be back on the water in the lagoon again its been way too long.. There isn’t... anything like it. Thanks again bro…
- Bennie Lafferty
I've gone out with Captain Mike many times now and whether were trolling for dolphin in the Keys or hitting the flats for reds, he always puts us on the fish. He's got a great instinct and the knowledge of fish habits that together give him a really high success rate. Everytime out is a blast and I always leave having learned something new. I'll use Mike for all my Florida fishing trips in the future.
- Kevin Maines
Best flats fishing day I’ve ever had! Before my trip with Capt. Mike Ortego, I had never caught an over slot Redfish and by the end of our trip had had caught three of them. If I wasn’t so over eager on the hook set, I probably would have had two ore three more. Can’t wait for my next trip!
- Bryan Irish
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