About Us

Why A Foundation

On April 6, 2012, the fishing community lost a great angler, icon, and friend, Jose Wejebe, host of the immensely popular saltwater fishing television show, Spanish Fly. Through his show and his adventures, Jose shared his passion for fishing and a lifestyle that touched and inspired anglers around the world. At the same time, Jose encouraged conservation, leading his viewers by example to take better care of the environment they so enjoy.

Jose Wejebe never forgot his humble beginnings or those others that helped him find success. Throughout his life and career, Jose unselfishly donated his time, money and equipment to support countless charities including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The Marc House, Wounded Warriors, Big Brothers and Big Sisters and many others. The charitable work seen on his television series, “Spanish Fly”, documented only a small portion of his generosity. Behind the scenes, he quietly assisted with many more charities throughout the world. He did so out of compassion and kindness, and was humbled by those who expressed their appreciation.

In order to continue Jose’s passion for the marine environment, and dedication to support those who face life-impacting challenges, The Jose Wejebe Memorial Foundation was founded in April 2012. The Foundation will honor Jose’s legacy by continuing his charitable efforts.

Our Mission

Jose Wejebe Memorial Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization under the tax-exempt code, and headquartered in the Florida Keys. The mission of the Jose Wejebe Memorial Foundation is to honor Jose’s legacy by matching his passion for conservation, education, and making fishing dreams come true.

“The Spanish Fly spirit lives in all of us.”

Current Projects

The Foundation has worked with multiple organizations to refer individuals that can benefit from a day on the water. Those include Make A Wish, the Outdoor Dream Foundation, the VA Hospital of Miami, and Wesley House.

Staying true to Jose’s mindset of helping those that need it most at that point in time we continue to support those during times of crisis. We have assisted fishing communities after major hurricanes, and our locals during the height of the pandemic.

The foundation does take applications directly, so if you know someone that is faced with a life impacting challenge please refer them. We are focused on providing a trip that will not only boast moral, and make memories, but educate the individuals with the same passion for conservation that Jose had.

We have brought over 380 individuals on the water and will continue our relief, conservation, and education efforts. With your support we have been able to make a difference!