Guides and Pro Staff

Pro Staff


Don Dingman

Jacksonville charter captain Don Dingman's “Hook the Future” program revolves around fishing – but it’s about a lot more than landing lunkers. It’s also about empowering your children. The show is hosted by Don Dingman, an expert angler who lost his 22-year old son, Brian, in 2004. This inspired Don to produce this program to show other parents how important it is to spend quality time with their own kids. Going out fishing 3 times a month with his own dad, Don learned how precious that parent/child connection is, and how the best way to teach a kid to do something, is to simply let him do it.
Each week, Captain Don takes a fresh crew to a new adventure. Among last years episodes was a trip out of Jacksonville, Florida for giant bull reds, a trip to Homer, Alaska for halibut, salmon and lingcod and a journey to exotic Guatemala to battle rooster fish and big pacific sails. In each episode, the kids are the prime movers – from piloting the boat to landing fish as big as they are. From marlin to panfish and everything in between, wherever there are kids and a hot bite, Hook the Future is there.



Marty Simmons

Martin Simmons has been fishing saltwater since the age of 14 and has been a professional fisherman for 9 years running. Marty loves the competition and representing his sponsors in a professional manner. He has cherished the relationships he has made along the way with his competitors and sponsors - Fishbites, Sunset Grille Pro Redfish Team, Mercury Outboards, Motorguide Trolling Motors, Beavertail Skiffs, Powerpole, S&A Leisures, T Allen Rod, ATM Solutions, Oceanwaves Sunglasses, Salty Crew, Bass Assassin Lures, and Eagle Claw/Trokar Hooks.


Fishing Guides

Jason Keating

Jason Keating

Captain Jason of Red Line Charters is a native of St. Augustine with roots tracing back to the first settlers. His 25 years of local knowledge and experience will assure you a memorable day on the water. Born and raised fishing the pristine waters of northeast Florida, Captain Jason is a second generation local guide and while aboard you will be treated to the most productive light tackle, backcountry fishing that Northeast Florida has to offer. He has been fishing as a tournament professional for the past 9 years on the major Redfish Trails. This season he is an angler on the HT Professional Redfish Series which is nationally televised on the Sportsman channel.


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Shawn Mistovich

Owner of PM3 Fishing Charters, Shawn Mistovich has been in the back bays chasing Redfish, Speckled Trout and Flounder, to the Gulf of Mexico in pursuit of Red Snapper, King Mackerel and anything in between, Captain Shawn is dedicated to making your experience on the water awesome and enjoyable! He has over 20 years of experience fishing the local waterways of Pensacola and Northwest Florida. He is an accomplished Redfish Tournament angler and avid outdoorsman. Captain Shawn takes great pride in teaching and sharing his local knowledge in God’s great outdoors!



Zach Timmons

Captain Zach Timmons, owner/operator of First City Fishing Charters located in St. Augustine, Florida has spent most of his life on the water. He’s a St. Augustine native, and a 5th generation boat captain. In the early 80's his father started the well known Sea Love Deep Sea Fishing business. Growing up working and captaining for his family business is where Zach started his passion for fishing and dedication to being one of the finest fishing captains in the area here in St. Augustine. Capt Zach takes pride in his job and loves seeing guests catch the fish of a lifetime.



Rob Klein

Captain Rob Klein of Port A Big Catch Charters based out of Port Aransas Texas, was taught at a young age of 4 to be an angler. Being the son of a local tournament fisherman, Capt Rob followed suit. At the age of 17 Capt Rob purchased his first boat, and has never looked back. Throughout the years Capt Rob has tasted success in both freshwater and saltwater tournaments, and currently participates in the Texas billfish tournaments held on the Texas. Capt Rob spends countless days on the water to ensure his clients catch fish. On a typical day, he focuses on a wide array of species, any where from ling, kings, snapper, mahi-mahi, grouper, to billfish. It all depends on the customers! He currently runs a fully equipped 2015 34 ft Freeman powered by twin 350 yamaha outboards.


Cpt. Von

Von Hall

Captain Von found out at an early age how doing a simple thing, such as going fishing, can calm the troubled soul of one who was all over the map. When he was 16, it was recommended he write down three or four things he would like to accomplish before he turned the age of 30. Not in this order, but close. He wrote down, become a US. Army Paratrooper at Ft. Bragg (1986-1989), Drive racecars, (Mid 80's), Work on a oil rig (early 80's), Have a son (Adam) and find a way to help people. He has always found fishing to be one of the ultimate outlets to help get refocused. So one day, in the summer of 2010, he met a young Soldier and his wife at an outdoor function in Carolina Beach NC and invited them to go fishing. As he boated them up the waterway to Wrightsville Beach, he noticed the young man was dealing with things that he himself had experienced in war. Von wanted to help the young man visualize that the past is the past, and that he has a bright future ahead of him. As they were going through Masonboro Inlet, Von stepped to the side of the center console to work the throttle and keep a safe course. He asked the young man to put his hands on the steering wheel and look back from where they had just came. Von then asked him to "look back and visualize the past and all the bad things that had happened as just that- the past and leave it behind." The moment they were heading out the inlet, to a huge wide open ocean, Von had the young man turn around and look at this, as the young man's future. Von told him, "You are the Captain of your future and since you are doing the steering, you can set a course in any direction and you will be successful." Sure enough, he caught plenty of fish that afternoon. Later at a restaurant on the water, the young man excused himself to wash his hands. As soon as he was out of sight, his wife broke down in tears, crying at the table. She couldn't control her emotions when she told Von that he had to do this for other Veterans. She had witnessed firsthand, how time on the water fishing had helped to bring back to earth, the man she once knew before he had left for war. Since that moment in 2010, Captain Von has worked tirelessly to ensure that he has done his very best to accommodate those who have served in the military on a one-on-one basis. Since obtaining his Captain's license, a portion of his public Charters go to sponsor Veterans and their families at no charge. Our Intruder 21 By Dream Boats Global Inc. is the same designed flats boat that holds 4 World Records. It will go in 3-4 inches of water, but yet is seaworthy enough to cross the Atlantic Ocean.


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Noah Lynk

My name is Noah Michael Lynk. I am the owner/operator of Noah's Ark Fishing Charters, based out of Harkers Island, NC. My specialty is light tackle inshore/nearshore fishing for Trout, Red Fish, Flounder, Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, and all other inshore species. My love and dedication to fishing began at a young age on the shores of Molokai, Hawaii, where I lived until my early teens. Once my family moved to North Carolina, I found that the waters here provided the same type of joy and recreation as I had come to love as a young boy. After a short career in the Coast Guard, I started my charter business, and professional fishing career. During this time, X I have found that showing others how and where to catch fish is very rewarding. I fish most of the local tournaments for Cobia, Red Fish and Spanish Mackerel, and I am currently fishing the Carolina Red Fish Series. I also hold monthly seminars for local tackle shops and fishing clubs, as well as doing all seminars for West Marine stores within traveling distance. I travel with the ( circuit every winter as a featured seminar speaker, which includes several in NC and VA. I also attend the Big Rock Sports buyers show each year working for Star fishing Tackle, Sea Striker and Calcutta gear. I attend the ICAST (International Convention of Allied SportFishing Trades) show held in Orlando Fla. doing interviews for new products coming out for my sponsors as well as working in their booths helping buyers choose the right products. I also teach classes in several area fishing schools including the Fishermans Post Fishing schools in eastern NC and the Get Hooked Fishing school hosted by the NC aquariums. I am regularly featured in the NC Sportsman Magazine several times a year. I currently write monthly articles for the Coastal Angler Magazine for the Harkers Island/Cape Lookout area of NC. I currently do several on line radio talk shows for during the year. You can visit my web site ( for more info.


John Prather

John Prather

Captain John Prather, Owner operator of Ocean city Guide service is a Maryland native born to fish. His Career started at a early age fishing up and down the east coast, by the age of twenty he was accomplished captain and mate that lead his travels across the world. Captain John Has numerous Big game tournaments wins under his belt some of which include the White Marlin Open, Mid Atlantic 500 and the Ocean City Tuna Tournament just to mention a few. John also holds a recording setting catch of 57 white marlins in one day. Captain John logs over thousand hours a Season on his Inshore charter boat. Tallying well over Three hundred trips, He takes pride in teaching and upholding the stewardship of this great sport. You can visit my web site for more info.



Steve Bent

I have been fishing the South Jersey area since 1963 and I have been chartering in these waters since 1978. I truly love what I do. Heck, I get up in the morning and get paid to go fishing! How can you beat that? I love to catch fish and I get great joy out of watching the faces of people of all ages when they catch perhaps the biggest fish they have ever caught. My boat is 34’ long and 13’ wide. That’s a load of fishing room and stability that makes it easy and comfortable for you to fish for whatever you would like.



Marc Kerns

Captain Marc Kerns of Outer Banks, NC owns and operates “Rock on Charters” Kid Adventures. He has run the Kid Adventures for the last 10 years and loves what he does and the impact he has on the next generation of children. Like all, he started at the bottom and worked his way up the ranks in the Bass fishing world, as well as the Saltwater tournament scene. He has taken those experiences and found his home working with the anglers of tomorrow. The Outer Banks offers such a wide variety of fishing for all levels, from the kids, up to the seasoned pros. We have Speckled trout, Redfish, Flounder, Cobia, Amberjacks and all the bottom feeders that love to keep the kids busy. As they become better fishermen over the years, there is nothing better than watching them advance to the next level of catching even bigger fish and seeing the excitement on their faces when they figure out how to fish alone and listen to their stories of what they have caught since their last trip.


Capt. Andy Hernandez

Capt. Andy Hernandez

Captain Andy Hernandez is a USCG licensed Capt and Texas Parks & Wildlife licensed and insured Saltwater Fishing Guide on the central Texas coast in Rockport, Texas.

I began my outdoor experience hunting and fishing at a young age. As time passed, fishing became my focus. My experiences in fishing have taken me across Texas, Louisiana, the Florida Keys, Colorado, Washington State, California, Oregon, Alaska, The Bahamas, Costa Rica, Belize and the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico in Costa Maya. I have fished in all these locations and continue to add new locales every year!

As a full-time resident of Rockport, Texas I have the opportunity to spend numerous days on the water. By spending time on the water I have the ability to establish fishing patterns based on tidal movement, weather, and wind conditions. I am a member of the Coastal Bend Guides Association, CCA, GRTU (Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited) and The Rockport Fly Fishers and the Rockport Chamber of Commerce.

I have been fishing on the Texas Coast all of my life and about 25 years ago, fly fishing caught my attention. I decided to fly fish the saltwater in and around Rockport TX. Fly fishing and wading the shallow flats and bays have become my passion. While I still use conventional techniques to fish the Texas Coast, I love to educate and expose people to my favorite sport of fly fishing. The idea of wade fishing and getting away from the confines of the boat is remarkable. Stepping into nature and putting yourself one-on-one with the fish is exhilarating!


Cptn Tom Banja

Capt. Tom "Bunja" Goodrich

Captain Tom "Bunja" Goodrich of Cast Above Charters has 25 years experience of fishing on Lake Erie and its tributaries. His journey began with a love for fishing from his Father before he could walk. He progressed into a competitive bass angler at a young age. He has appeared multiple times on Cabela's Outfitter Journal TV show. As his experience grew so did his friends on the water. Now he has transformed into a highly competitive and passionate multi-species Charter Captain on Lake Erie. Captain Bunja is about catching fish, having fun, laughs and making lasting memories for his crew on the water. "Trolling, Casting, Catchin 'em Everday" is what flows through his veins and drives his fishing success. Captain Bunja has 3 children of his own. He enjoys showing kids how to fish as they are the future of the sport. His 12yr old son Logan is learning to become first mate and striving to be a Captain like Dad!! People enjoy his enthusiastic personality and his ability to teach on and off the water. Every trip, his crew takes away with them great techniques to catch more fish on their home waters.


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Capt. Paul Sperco

"Capt. Paul" is a transplanted inshore and offshore fisherman from New Jersey. He relocated to Port St Lucie five years ago after having vacationed in that area for over 25 years. His northern pursuit of sea bass, fluke, bluefish, and striped bass on the inshore scene to yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, mako and thresher sharks in the northern canyons was replaced by targeting the fantastic surf fishing opportunities that are available along the Treasure Coast. Permit, pompano, whiting, croaker, snook, tarpon, spanish mackerel, bluefish, and jack crevalle are just some of the species that he personally targets and guides his surf fishing charters to along this stretch of southeast Florida. A Bass Pro Shop associate, Paul is also a member of the Penn Pro Staff and affiliated with the area’s biggest bait and tackle shop on Hutchinson Island - the Snook Nook in Jensen Beach. He conducts How To Seminars at Bass Pro Shops on a regular schedule. Capt. Paul also conducts other off-site seminars for civic groups and fishing clubs from Fort Pierce to West Palm Beach. You can hear Paul's South Florida Surf Fishing Report on Saturday morning on 94.3/WZZR. As far as print and online, you can read his Surf Fishing Reports on a regular basis in all of the TC Palm publications, Stuart News, St. Lucie News, St. Lucie Tribune, Indian River Press, and on, in the fishing report columns that are headed by the widely known and respected outdoor sports writer, Ed Killer. Paul spends an average of four to five days a week on the beach along the Treasure Coast guiding and personally fishing for the multitude of fish that are available along this great section of the Florida coast. One of the best aspects of surf fishing is that it is the perfect sport for everyone from children to grandparents." Anyone can do it and it’s a much fun watching my grandson and granddaughters reel in a 12 inch whiting as it is watching a charter customer land his first pompano or snook", says Paul.


Anthony Lombardo

Anthony Lombardo

Anthony has been fishing the salt water of Cape Cod, Massachusetts since he was old enough to hold a fishing rod. Actively perusing Striped Bass, Scup, Fluke, Black Sea Bass, Tautog and anything else that can be caught on a hook and line in The Bay State. Lately, fly fishing has been fueling his passion on the water. Anthony is always developing new techniques and with the help of Fishbites has been successfully pursuing numerous species of bottom fish with the fly rod that were once thought uncatchable with fly tackle.



Captain Gary Sacks

Captain Gary Sacks has been fishing the Chesapeake Bay for over 30 years. He is a Licensed U.S. Coast Guard Marine Officer, maintains a 100 Ton Master's License, a Maryland Commercial Tidal Fish License, Chesapeake Bay Resident Fishing Guide License, Potomac River Commercial Charter Boat License, and a Virginia Chesapeake Bay Striped bass permit. Capt. Gary also holds a General Class amateur radio license, WA3BOP as well as a Private Pilot's License.

As a retired Elementary and Middle School teacher/administrator he has the patience and understanding of children as well as adults. "Once a teacher, always a teacher", he enjoys talking to his clients about Chesapeake Bay history, marine life, waterfowl, and environmental issues. Capt. Sacks has also turned his knowledge and enjoyment of fishing toward teaching others techniques so they can get the most from angling on the Chesapeake Bay.

Capt. Gary maintains that since his clients pay hard earned money to fish, not watch someone fish for them. You are welcome to assist the mate in as many chores as you would like such as preparing baits, baiting lines, setting out trolling lures and netting fish. It's your charter and we will let you become as involved as you want to be.

While striped bass is our most frequent target, we also chase bluefish, Spanish mackerel, Red drum, Cobia, Norfolk spot, whiting, Atlantic croakers, white perch, Northern puffers and grey trout.



Captain Carl Center

Captain Carl Center, Owner of Get Wet Fishing, a guide and charter service is a Texas native, born and raised fishing the pristine waters of South Texas. His fishing career began at a very young age, Capt. Carl has spent countless days wade fishing with his dad and perfecting his skills with a rod and reel in hand. He has always had a passion for fishing, teaching others, is an avid outdoorsman, and has been heavily involved in the hunting and fishing industry. As a fishing guide, he specializes in wade and drift fishing the famed waters of the Laguna Madre and Baffin Bay, for trophy sized speckled trout and redfish. Capt. Carl also regularly participates in many local and national fishing tournaments throughout the year in TX, and is an outdoor conservationist.


Capt Chad Davis, Fishbits

Captain Chad Davis

Hello, I’m Capt. Chad Davis owner of Lucky Dawg Guide Service in Topsail Island NC. I have been fishing the coastal waters of Eastern NC since I was a old enough to hold a fishing rod. Whether its fishing from the surf to trolling offshore I love spending time on the water catching fish. My passion as a guide is the inshore waters chasing red drum, trout and flounder with light tackle. In addition, I also provide opportunities to introduce kids to fishing thru my family day charters. On this trip I spend one on one time with the kids teaching them the fundamentals to fishing. Since kids are the future to fishing it is an honor to be able to work with them to show them the importance of taking care of the resource and environment. Plus nothing beats the smile on a kids face when they just caught their first fish. I have been a guide since 2013 and I offer Inshore, Nearshore, and Shark fishing charters. As the local legend Mr. Frank White would say, “Do yourself a favor, and take a kid fishing”.



Captain Dave Sipler

Life long fisherman from freshwater to salt. Offshore 50 miles, to a foot of water in a back creek.
Capt Dave has done a lot in his 21 year fishing career. From hosting a Saturday morning fishing radio talk show in Jacksonville, to producing two of his own instructional 40 minute how-to tapes on fishing for inshore species. He participated in promoting/selling Carolina Skiff bay boats, for a local dealership. And is a long time member of the Jacksonville Offshore Sport Fishing Club, serving on the board of directors for many years.
Capt Dave's charter fishing business is centered around his first love. Fishing the St. Johns River Inlet. After fishing numerous size and style boats through out the years, in 1996 he put in his order to have his present charter boat built. A boat that would be the ultimate "family friendly", but tough as nails, charter boat. One that would never shy away from the big water of the Mayport Jetties, but was equally at home fishing the St. Johns River, Nassau River and Intracoastal waterway. So, it's easy to say, he's probably most known for his boat the "Jettywolf". In this area, it's quite unique. Being a custom built all welded aluminum plate 26 foot center console, fitted with a mega-sized top and "square dancing space" to fish from. Capt Dave's Sport Fishing targets all inshore species 12 months a year, 7 days a week, that are seasonally sought after. His specialty is Speckled Sea Trout, and big ones! Capt. Dave has a extensive Youtube channel, highlighting his customers, techniques, various species, how-to's, and his addiction to fine tackle.


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Captain Matthew Isbell

Matthew Isbell with Bama Beach Bum Fishing has dreamed of being a professional angler since the age of 12. He grew up bass and crappie fishing on the lakes and rivers of central Alabama and wished to become part of the Bassmasters tour. When his career in life insurance relocated him to the Alabama Gulf Coast in 2012 he began exploring all the amazing saltwater fishing coastal Alabama had to offer. He was drawn mostly to surf fishing because of the quick, easy, daily access it provides and the numerous species available to target such as whiting, pompano, red fish, black drum, speckled trout, bluefish and many more! Pompano is his favorite species to target and can be targeted most months of the year along the Alabama coast. In 2017 he began a YouTube channel and Facebook Page where he uploads videos weekly teaching others the basics of surf fishing. His social media grew to over 3000 followers in just a few months where he continues to provide useful content, answer questions, and give up to date fishing reports. Matthew started offering guide services from the social media platforms because of the overwhelming interest in guided trips. Fishbites is an important piece of his success and with its application to surf fishing and capability of catching multiple species it’s the only bait he will not fish the beach without



Captain Mike Patterson

Born in Baltimore Maryland and raised in Westminster, Mike began fishing in a small stream behind his house at the age of 4. Growing up in Maryland gave him many opportunities to fish in ponds, streams, lakes, the Atlantic Ocean, and let’s not forget the Chesapeake Bay.

In his early teens and early 20s he shot many firearms. Mike would hunt for anything that gave him a challenge and also became an avid archer for hunting and tournaments. He became a State Champion many times over and won The National Title at the age of 23.

Mike’s career choice was an electrician but at the age of 24 Mike had a terrible accident. He fell through a roof that was up 30 feet and broke his neck. His break was the same kind as Christopher Reeve’s (Superman). After a lot of luck and rehab, Mike realized that the time he had had left in this big beautiful world was now on borrowed time and wanted to live his life to the fullest each and every day forward. Mike was still limited as to the things he could do, so with his love for the water Mike changed his career and learned to scuba dive and soon became a dive instructor. With his knowledge for fishing, diving and love for the water he moved to Islamorada “The Sportfishing Capitol of the World”, in the Florida Keys, and ran a dive shop and soon after bought an offshore boat and started a Fishing Charter business. Mike realized he really enjoys sharing his knowledge and passion of fishing with others, he loves meeting new and exciting friends, and besides, it’s not so bad to have your office under the big blue sky and nothing but water all around you.

Sailfish became his fish of choice. Mike competed in every tournament in town and won 1st, 2ndor 3rd place in almost every tournament that he competed in. So then it was time to try backcountry and flats fishing. After 1 year, Mike sold his off shore boat and became a full time Backcountry Fishing Guide, winning many backcountry tournaments and is still backcountry fishing today.

Mike has had the opportunity to be a Fishing Guide for a past President, sports heroes, actors, senators and some very interesting fishermen and enjoys every minute of it. You could sit for hours and hear all the interesting stories that Mike has to offer about events, people, and some pretty interesting situations he has come to find himself in. This is what led Mike to The American Outdoorsman and is very honored to be a member of the “Pro Staff”. He is looking forward to bringing his passion and knowledge of fishing to The American Outdoorsman

Mike has been a fishing guide for about 38 years now. He made a full recovery from his near death accident and by looking at him today you would never know that it even happened. He continues to live his life to the fullest and is thankful for every day he has.

Blake Hunter

Captain Blake Hunter

Capt. Blake Hunter is from Mobile, AL and grew up along the Alabama Gulf Coast fishing for everything from Speckled Trout to offshore fishing for Yellowfin Tuna. He's been fishing for 27 years, and now he runs a Surf Fishing Charter and Rod N Reel Rental business located in Santa Rosa Beach FL, called REEL 30A. He primarily fishes the well-known tourist destination of 30A. The Rod N Reel business is unique because he offers his customers packages to fish off the beach, and the bait of choice is Fishbites. Primarily he targets Pompano, Redfish, and whiting, but sometimes an occasional Cobia will come close to the beach during the spring migration.

Blake is very excited to be part of the Fishbites team and he looks forward to great relationship with us.

If you are visiting the Santa Rosa Beach area or 30A for vacation, visit him here.

Joel Luteran

Captain Joel Luteran

Joel Luteran is our youngest guide in the program at just fourteen years old! Joel was born and raised in St. Augustine, FL and has been fishing the backwaters here since the age of 7. By the time Joel turned 12, it wasn’t an Xbox or Playstation he was interested in, it was a 16 foot Stumpknocker with a 25hp motor which he’s been running on his own since. When Joel’s not fishing he’s walking the woods during hunting season or riding the surf, which he learned to do when he was still in diapers at the age of 3. Joel’s favorite species to target is the red fish. “There’s nothing more exciting than landing a big red on light tackle and a loose drag for a long, challenging fight”. Joel’s dream is to make a living fishing one day. We here at Fishbites have no doubt he’ll make that dream come true and are proud to be a part of it. This kid knows what he’s doing!