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.
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.Read more...
Alabama Fishing Guides
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 withoutRead more...
Captain Dustin Hayes of Orange Beach, AL has become one of the most known charter captains along the Alabama Gulf Coast. He started his passion for fishing in the ponds and lakes of Georgia, and then on to Virginia where he was on the high school fishing team as an eighth-grader winning various local bass tournaments. Upon arriving in the “OBA,” he founded the Gulf Shores High School Fishing Club in 2011, while all the time working at marinas, tackle stores, and deck-handing to further his saltwater experience. At the age of sixteen, he began his journey of serving as a guide in surf fishing, and eventually founded his service known as Shore Thing Fishing. He entered school at the age of eighteen and earned his Captain’s license at the age of nineteen, making him one of the youngest in the area. Since that time, Captain Hayes has taught numerous seminars in the region, been the subject of many interviews and articles, including multiple in Alabama Outdoor News, had his photos featured in saltwater calendars, appeared on various television and radio spots. Currently, he has joined forces and serves as a full-time Captain and guide for on-shore, in-shore, and near-shore trips for Liquid Force Inshore Charters. “My favorite part of being a charter guide is taking kids fishing and teaching them how to fish, the proper ways of handling the fish and respecting the sport for conservation purposes. Captain Hayes has been using Fishbites since he began his guiding career and says that it’s a product that he truly believes in.Read more...