Pro Guide 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.
Pro Guide 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.Read more...
Other Florida Fishing Guides
Captain Caleb Couture
Caleb Couture is a Commercial Fisherman as well as the top Surf Fishing Guide in Brevard County, Florida!
His roots run through two generation of fishermen and has grown up fishing these waters his whole life!
He’s the owner and operator of “Tradewinds Surf Fishing Charters” & “Pompano Riggs by Couture”.
You can find him fishing along the beautiful beaches of Florida’s East coast October-May targeting Migratory Pompano, Permit, Black Drum, Blue Fish, Mackerel, Red Fish, Whiting and Croakers!
Caleb does the weekly fishing reports for both Spacefish.com and Florida Today Newspaper. You can catch him doing one of his surf fishing seminars around the Space Coast including, Nautical Flea Market and Boat Show, Sebastain Fishing Club,Boaters Exchange, West Marine and Strike Zone.
“I’ve been blessed to have some of the best sponsors in the industry backing me up!” He is currently backed by FishBites, Tsunami Tackle, Strike Zone, Mount This Fish Co, Bimini Bay Outfitters and Ande Monofilament Fishing Line.
Caleb is dedicated to targeting Pompano and has a passion for teaching people how to catch these prize fish we all love to eat here in Florida! He has really broken down a good surf fishing tip when rigging his FishBites onto his Pompano Rigg to better stack your odds! “I’ve out fished live bait countless times using my FishBites!” With 5 star reviews from both Google and Social media , Caleb has returning customers and provides an all inclusive Surf Fishing Charter that’s licensed & insured with the state of Florida that allows his clients to have a “stress free” time while here on vacation! He provides everything you need to have a great day fishing on the beach! Including Cold water, FishBites, tackle, chairs, umbrella, fish license, sunscreen and a great time!
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.
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.Read more...
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!
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!Read more...
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.
Captain Dale Reed
I am Captain Dale Reed and I am very excited to be part of the FishBites team!! I grew up in Saint Petersburg, Florida but have been living in Gainesville for many years. I am an avid fisherman who fishes both inshore and offshore. I am president of the Gainesville offshore fishing club and also a board member of the Gainesville chapter of the CCA. I will be covering part of the Gulf Coast Florida that ranges from Steinhatchee down to Homosassa. I currently have a 24 foot Proline boat for offshore use and a 20 foot Hewes light tackle tower boat for inshore. I enjoyed catching grouper, snapper, redfish, trout, triple tail and all species. I also enjoy spearfishing and fish in the St. Petersburg area as well as the keys. You can find me at ReelSpearit Fishing Charters on Facebook.
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.
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 TCPalm.com, 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.
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.Read more...
Captain Robert Wroblewski
Owner of Big League Outfitters, Robert Wroblewski has been a local guide since 2016 in SWFL. By spending time on the water I have the ability to establish fishing patterns based on tidal movement, weather, and wind conditions. My specialty is light tackle inshore/nearshore fishing will normally include Snook, Redfish, Tarpon, Seatrout, Sheepshead, Pompano, Jack, Tripletail and others species. If I’m not running any charters you can find me at Lake Okeechobee where I fish local and FLW related tournaments throughout the year.