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Cortez, Florida


The Eddy Lee Z is a 62’ US Coast Guard Inspected fishing vessel.

The Eddy Lee Z is equipped with all the state of the art marine electronics to ensure a safe voyage.  Our vessel can safely accommodate 57 Passengers; however we limit our charter excursions to 35 anglers. This ensures less crowding and a trouble free fishing experience. We’ve found from experience that our clients have the freedom of movement throughout the vessel and the ultimate fishing adventure. No tangled lines and more fish to be caught per person.


 We keep our boat in top condition and are sure that you will find the Eddy Lee Z  to be the perfect boat for your deep sea fishing experience! We promise you a safe and fun filled day on the Gulf of Mexico.


Gary F. Zink


Captain Gary Zink has more than 35 years experience operating and maintaining vessels on the water. Holding USCG Masters of Towing Unlimited License, 200/500 Ton Master near Coastal Waters, The Great Lakes and Western Rivers, Radar Observer Unlimited & TWIC Card. Captain Gary Zink’s navigational experience includes the entire east coast of the US, Erie Canal System, Great Lakes, east coast of Canada, Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean including the US Virgin Islands. Captain Gary Zink has logged over 250,000 nautical miles at sea as a Tug Captain, Yacht Captain & owner operator of Cortez Deep Sea Fishing.

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Lance Plowman (Green shirt)

Captain – Eddy Lee Z

Kevin (Red shirt)

First Mate

Experienced mate on each trip to assist with all aspects of your fishing experience. Our dedicated crew love what they do, whether you are an experienced angler or a first time fisherman, our mates Kevin & Tom work extremely hard to ensure a fun & safe day of fishing. 15-20% gratuity is customary on all charters.


Our crew is certified for CPR and First Aid. All crew are compliant with USCG mandatory drug testing regulations as contained in 46 CFR Part 16.