Mirage Sportfishing Crew
Joe VillarealCaptain / Owner
Captain Joe Villareal has owned the Mirage for over 27 years and has been fishing the Southern California coast for over 40 years.
Ryan's love for fishing began when he was 3 years old, 12 years later he went ocean fishing and has been hooked ever since. He started as a pinhead working his way up to Captain in 2002. As a Captain he has fished from the Northern Channel Islands to San Diego. With Ryan's experience and his passion for fishing, he is dedicated to making sure each person on the Mirage has the best possible experience available that day and a fun time, every time!
Chase HoltCaptain / Second Captain
Captain Chase Holt has been on boats most of his life and has been part of the Mirage family for over 15 years. From pinhead to Captain, he has put in the hard work and dedication on the Mirage and commercial vessels. We are proud to have Chase as one of our Captains as well as our friend and so will you!
Erin is the Manager for all day to day operations, reservations and charter bookings. Be sure to speak with Erin to have your trip customized to suit the needs of your group!
Ryan ConlinSecond Captain / Lead Deckhand
Growing up in Ventura County spending a lot of his childhood living on a boat in Ventura Harbor and an avid surfer, Ryan has always had a love for the ocean and has been a fisherman for 25 years and with the Mirage for over 14. Ryan's fishing expertise combined with his people skills will make you understand why fishing with us is like fishing with family.
Vinny RidgwaySecond Captain
Vinny works part time for us and has been in the industry and fishing the Northern Channel Islands for over 25 years. Vinny also holds an IGFA Record for his 47.7 pound California Halibut caught in 1998.
Victor RamirezLead Deckhand
Some of you may remember Victor from the Mirage many years ago when he and his brother Mike were the deckhands day in and day out. Victor returns to the Mirage with his work ethic, friendly disposition and 25 + years of fishing the Califonia coast knowledge. He is sure to help make your experience the best it can be and we are happy to have him back in the Mirage family and you will be too!
Bryan has many years of experience fishing the Northern Channel Islands and helping passengers make memories on a variety of sport fishing boats. We are confidant that with Bryan's experience and friendly disposition he will help to make your trip memorable too!
Sean Van De PutteDeckhand
With over 25 years of ocean fishing under his belt, Sean brings his vast experience and knowledge of gear and techniques to the Mirage family. An expert in calico bass fishing and plastics, Sean loves sharing his tips and tricks with customers to give them the ultimate fishing experience.
Marissa is a native Califonian who loves surfing, camping, hiking and baking. We welcome her enthusiasm and love for the ocean and cooking as she looks forward to helping make your trip the best it can be!