A Lifelong Passion for Fishing

Hop in Rich Adler's charter boat - Tuna Wahoo and explore the surrounding waters of Florida!

A Lifelong Passion for Fishing
A Lifelong Passion for Fishing
Rich Adler

April 7, 2022, 6 min read

Updated on August 31, 2022

A Lifelong Passion for Fishing
Rich Adler

April 7, 2022, 6 min read

Updated on August 31, 2022

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A Little Something About Me

man on a boat holding a giant white fish

I am Captain Rich Adler, and I have been fishing for over 46 years. It has been my whole life, and I plan to do it in the many years to come. My passion for fishing started when my father first took me out when I was four years old. I couldn’t remember what we caught that time, but I still remember the feeling of curiosity, thrill, and excitement. Since then, I got the salt-water disease. I can’t bring myself not to see the waters. 

I had this picture of me in the lake by the time I was five. When I turned seven, my father and I caught an 8-pound largemouth bass. As it emerged to the surface, I saw its huge bucket mouth and told my Dad that it was a monster. Many thought that it was just a phase, and they never knew that it would turn out to be my lifelong passion. Well, who can say- I just fell in love with fishing the first time I experienced it. 

I now have my Charter Boat- Tuna Wahoo, and I offer a full-service Florida charter fishing operation. I brave the tides every day, taking families, friends, and kids fishing. I do this not just for a living but because I am happy to see them smile and get excited when they catch a fish. That is all that’s worth it. 

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Operating my Charter Boat is all I do 24/7, every single day. It’s already my life, you know. From October to July, I run my charter boat in Palm Beach, Florida. For the rest of the year, I run charter and party boats in Belmar and Point Pleasant, New Jersey. To pass the time, I fish both inshore and offshore, and my favorite catches are fluke, sea bass, bluefish, tuna, and mahi. 

The Excitement Fuels Me

Maybe you wonder if I ever get fed up from doing this my whole life. Fishing for 24 hours a day for over 46 years- who’s crazy enough to do that, right? But, let me share with you the things that make me keep going: excitement and passion. 

man holding a fishing rod and parrot fish

The waters are vast. I can’t even contain the whole thing in my eyes, and I know that that vastness holds something great. It may be something that I don’t know yet, haven’t seen yet, and haven’t heard of yet. You see, that’s what I’m curious and excited about, and I am on a journey to find that- to discover new things. 

I wake up every day, board my boat, and sail to the sea, and what fuels me to do that my whole life is that I never know who is going to show up at the dock. I never know what surprises we are going to catch each trip. Every day is a new experience. That’s what makes it so much fun and exciting; it makes my life worth it. 

Another thing that keeps me going each day is the kids I board in Tuna Wahoo with me.  All of my favorite guide experiences involve young kids. They light up when we start catching fish, the questions don’t end, and I know I am lighting a spark to keep the fishing tradition going. That’s the other thing that’s important to me. It makes me feel that I have a greater purpose for being a guide and a fisherman, and that purpose is to keep the fire of fishing tradition alive and burning. 

My Favorite Fishing Destinations and Species that I Love to Catch

I love fishing in the Pacific off of Costa Rica and Panama. The many types of fish available in those waters and their size stir me up every time. Aside from that, fishing in this fishing destination reminds me of South Florida. The experience is very similar in many ways, and it feels like I have never been away from my comfort zone. 

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Moreover, the waters are crystal clear and enchanting. It is very relaxing just looking at them. The destination also has a lot of embayments that provide shelter from winds and waves. 

I love catching sailfish, Mahi, and tuna- they are my favorite fish species. Sailfish is available from December to April, and I usually utilize live bait and kite fishing to get a bite from this fish. What I love the most about catching Mahi is the excellent visual fight with them. It’s as if I’m dancing with them on the surface. 

On the other hand, Mahi is great in numbers from September to June. I usually snag this fish using trolling and live bait fishing. They are very enticing because of their striking and vibrant colors. Plus, they are good to eat: they have this lovely texture and taste. 

Lastly, snappers are available all year long, making them one of my favorite catches. They are a bit challenging to snag, and I usually use bottom drift fishing. But, they are 100% worth it as they are the best fish to eat!

Sharing My Best Tips and Techniques in Fishing and Cooking

My favorite fishing technique is kite fishing. It may be challenging and complex, but it's fun, unconventional, and exciting. I use conventional light rods with 30-sized reels when utilizing this method. Besides that, I also like flat-lining live or dead baits. To do this, I’ll use spinning rods. Lastly, I tend to utilize bottom fishing, too, and I love using conventional rods and reels. 

When it comes to cooking, I take any white meat fish fillet and cover it with mayonnaise, gray Poupon mustard, and horseradish. I ensure to make the mixture good and tangy or spicy, and then I cover it with sliced kalamata olives, sliced marinated artichoke hearts, and capers. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes and when done, get ready to dig in.

What It’s Like Fishing with The Sportsfish Master

man wearing a bucket hat holding a medium-sized triggerfish

I am fun to be with and very curious. I like to be with kids because I love to see their excitement and thirst to learn more. 

When you board my boat, I will provide you with all your angling needs, such as rods, hooks, baits, and ice for your catch. Tuna Wahoo is also equipped with the latest equipment, tackle, fish preservation live well, and safety gear. Rest assured, you will have a fascinating and safe adventure with me.

I am only strict about the size limits. If the fish is illegal, it must go back to the water. We’ll catch it next year when it’s bigger. I do this because I value their life too, and we must take part in preserving that most valuable thing in the world. 

I will also teach you everything you need to know to make your fishing trip more enjoyable and stimulating. As I like to tell people, keep learning new techniques, new knots, and new technology- they all make this hobby better.

To learn more about me and my Charter boat, Tuna Wahoo, you may visit my website or Facebook page. Book a trip with me, and let us target big game fish and tropicals while exploring the beautiful water surrounding Florida!