Now entering their third generation, the Nelson brothers grew
up working with their father, Captain Paul Nelson II as mates
on many of the most recognizable commercial and charter fishing
boats in central Florida.
Captain Paul Nelson II began working in the charter business
back in 1955 as a deck hand aboard the "Skipper" at
Dave's Dock which is now known as Aunt Catfish. In 1964 he began
working on the "Broad Bill" out of Inlet Harbor with
Captain Ray Fulgham and Captain Bob Stone. After returning from
the war in 1967 he began working for the Snow White fleet, which
were the original charter boats out of Ponce Inlet. He eventually
obtained his captains license and continued working aboard the "Snow
White I" and "Snow White II" until 1973 when he
moved to "Fisherman's Paradise" (aka Critter Fleet)
where he still works today.
In 1972 he was joined by the first of four sons, Paul Nelson
III who commercial fished aboard the "Snow White I".
He earned $23.00 which he spent buying himself a new bike. Paul
continued working through his school years aboard the old "Lucky
Strike" with the late Captain "Big Dave" Dresser
and Captain Tad Grubbs on the original "Finest Kind".
In case that name sounds familiar, Captain Tad Grubbs is the
father of Captain David Grubbs of the "Heavy Hitter".
After graduating high school he continued to commercial fish
with the late Captain Dix Harper aboard the "Debbie Harper".
After many years of hands on learning and experience, Paul became
a charter boat captain after receiving his Professional Captains
License in 1984. Now a Captain he continued working aboard the
commercial fishing boat "Amanda K" before moving to
the "Hooker" with Captain Billy Smitherman. In 1985
he began running his first charter boat which was the "Captain
Bligh" out of the Sea Love Marina. After two years, Captain
Paul II bought a boat called "Double Portion" which
Captain Paul III ran with the assistance of his brother Mike
Nelson until the fall of 1988. Mike received his captains license
and took over the business while Captain Paul began assisting
as a relief captain for his father and Captain Bob Stone at the
critter fleet before he started on the Finest Kind II. He eventually
purchased the Finest Kind II from Captain Tad Grubbs.
430 lb Blue Marlin 1988
Since then Captain Paul has fished the waters off the east coast
from the Dry Tortugas and the Caribbean to the Oregon Inlet in
North Carolina. He has competed in many fishing tournaments with
several individual first place finishes in the "Striker" tournament
series including a third place finish in the "2001 Bahamas
Billfish Championship" with a 515 pound Blue Marlin.
When not on the water fishing, Captain Paul and Captain Mike
are serving their community as professionally trained Firefighters
and Paramedics at the local fire departments in South Daytona
Beach and Port Orange. After graduating the University of Central
Florida, Captain David Nelson now teaches at a local middle school
and fills in as the relief captain on weekends and holidays.
Youngest brother Mark fished with the family until he graduated
from high school. He went on to graduate from F.S.U and is currently
employed by the government.
Today Captain Paul Nelson III owns the "Finest Kind II" which
he operates with the assistance of his two brothers Captain Mike
Nelson and Captain David Nelson. The Nelson’s enjoy sharing
their passion for fishing and their love of the ocean with their
guest aboard the Finest Kind II. Spend a day on the water fishing
with the Nelson’s and let them share with you some of the
most productive fishing techniques on the East Coast. Meet new
friends and take home some of your fondest “memories of
A Quote from the Finest Kind Crew.
"Fishing is one of the most enjoyable past times that almost
anyone can enjoy. From the very young to the young at heart,
men and women, and people of all races and religions enjoy the
sport of fishing. The beauty of the ocean and the warmth of the
Florida sunshine make most every trip enjoyable. The mystery
of never knowing what will be caught next draws people back again
and again. On the Finest Kind II your enjoyment is our number
one concern. Whether you are out to enjoy the ocean and catch
a few fish or a lot of fish. We want your trip to be unforgettable."
- The crew of the Finest Kind II.