The Captains of The Mr. Z ...
About Captain Jay Miller
Captain Jay Miller owns the Mr.Z and the Outer Limits. From the time he could walk, he grew up fishing the coastal waters off southwest Florida in the town of Englewood Beach, where he was born and raised. While fishing the Gulf of Mexico for a variety of species, from live baiting, to trolling, to bottom fishing, to site fishing, he honed his skills for charter and commercial fishing.
Captain Miller has thousands of days on the ocean. Moving to Key West in 2001, Captain Miller worked full time on many different sport fishing boats out of the famed Charterboat Row, learning from as many Captains as he could, as each of them has a different perspective. Captain Miller obtained his 100 ton Coast Guard issued Captains license in 2004. As a Mate/Captain he spent 4 years working with Captain Bennett Taylor, who previously owned and operated the Outer Limits. He spent 2 years as captain of a 28ft. Whitewater where his skills of light tackle fishing were perfected.
Capatin Miller has worked on such boats as the TripleTime, the Linda D, the Patriot, the Snake Oil, the Reel Appeal, the Outer Limits, and countless others. From Flats skiffs, to Offshore center consoles, to 65ft private Sportfishing yachts, he has run them all. This experience has helped Captain Miller become very successful in the charter fishing industry. With a delightful smile and a charismatic personality Captain Miller has many clients that fish over 20 times a year with him.
Mr.Z. Fishing Team
Over his fishing career Captain Miller has fished many tournaments. Kingfish, Sailfish, Swordfish, Marlin, and Dolphin tournaments are his favorites. He took top honors in the 2010 Dolphin Masters Invitational by winning across the board with largest Dolphin of 60lbs. and highest aggregate weight of 97lbs. He also took largest Blue Marlin honors alongside Capt. Billy Wickers in the 2007 Drambuie Key West Marlin Tournament.
“2012 Drambuie Key West Marlin Tournament 1st Place Dolphin Division”
For information on local tournaments, see our Key West Fishing Tournament Calendar. Be sure to book early with the Mr Z for tournaments.
Captain Steve Liberatore
Born in Fort Pierce, Florida, Captain Steve Liberatore was first introduced to charter fishing at the age of 11 and immediately fell in love with the sport. He admired the charter captains he fished with and dreamed of the day when he could be a captain. In 1995, Captain Steve acquired his Coast Guard 100-ton Captain’s license and began building his first charter boat, “The Big Easy,” out of Port Canaveral, Florida.
In 1998, after determining that Key West was the only place in the United States to be a full-time, everyday charter captain/mate, Captain Steve sold “The Big Easy” (still operating out of Sebastian, Fla.) and moved to the Southernmost City. Steve has worked on some of the top charter boats running out of Key West such as The Miss Gina, The Extreme, The Generation, and since June of 2000, the Mr. Z.
Captain Steve has fished and placed in many tournaments over the years including: