Captain Chris Wiggins literally grew up on the waters of Tampa Bay. He was born in St. Petersburg and, although his house was on dry land, the saltwater canals of Tampa Bay were just steps outside his back door, and that was where he was raised.
He began by fishing for snook, trout and redfish with this father and brother on the family boat. When he wasn’t on the boat, you could find him walking along the neighborhood seawalls sight casting to sheepshead.
At twelve, he grabbed the tiller handle of his own skiff and ventured out on his own. Through his teenage years and into his early twenties he graduated into a large flats boat and twin-engine center console.
He fished many tournaments, both inshore and offshore, either winning or placing in most (see photo gallery). His good fortune also allowed him to fish the rivers of Montana and the reefs of the Florida Keys. These adventures, usually twice a year, gave him great experience with both a fly rod and conventional gear.
In 2002, at twenty-one, he became a USCG licensed captain and began running charters on the Tampa Bay waters he knows so well. Chris continues to work full-time guiding people to their trophy fish — running charters approximately 300-days a year gives him a constant knowledge of both where to find the fish and where to find the right bait to catch them.