Keys Weekly is going fishing with the addition of Capt. Matt Bellinger as contributing writer.

Owner and operator of Bamboo Charters in Islamorada, Bellinger has been living in and fishing the Florida Keys waters since 1989. He first discovered the inviting waters of the Keys on Nov. 25, 1981 while scuba diving off Key Largo.

For Bellinger, the fish life and laid-back style in the Keys had him from the get-go. Years passed and in 1989 he came down for a weekend and has since never returned home.

Fishing with family was always as important as the actual fishing itself. His love of fishing, family and the Florida Keys environment is the driving force that influences his life and charter guide service.

To this end, he has a live fishing report that airs daily on three radio shows a day on two stations in the Florida Keys. Bellinger will show you the waters of the Florida Keys and the Everglades National Park on your next trip to south Florida.

“The Weekly is excited to bring on the expertise and the energy that Capt. Bellinger brings,” said Jim McCarthy, Keys Weekly bureau chief. “Our readers will certainly enjoy reading his experiences and his knowledge.”

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