Guides and Pro Staff

Pro Staff


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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.

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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.

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“Cajun” Phil & Capt. Kevin Broussard

Cajun Phil & Capt. Kevin, This father & son team has been pleasing viewers now going on 50 years. Cajun Phil started the Outdoors & Fishin' Television show back in 1968, then in 1974 at the young age of 7, Kevin joined his dad as the Co-Host of the show, now 50 years later, their still on Sunday Mornings on Fox Sports Southwest.. Capt. Kevin & Ole' Cajun were also know as one of the "Hottest" Redfish tournament teams. For over 15 years they were known as the team to beat. With over 35 top 10 finishes, 29 top 5's, nine 1st place wins, seven 2nd's, two "Team of the Year" titles, & winning the prestigious "Redfish CUP"...
Well now, their both busy running & operating the Popular, Cajun Paradise Lodge & Charters is Southwest Louisiana. Capt. Kevin's 30 plus years experience as a successful guide now finds him busy trying to take care of over 2,500 customers a year. He also has 6 other full time guides helping him handle this task. Success is what this Father & Son Team is all about, and thats why they use, promote, & love Fish Bites.
For more Info on their Lodge in Louisiana, you can call Cajun Phil at 337-540-5530, or e-mail at [email protected], & also follow Phil Broussard on FB each day for up to date photos & reports.
Till Next Time, Happy Fishin' & May God Bless..
“Cajun” Phil & Capt. Kevin

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