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...
“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
Other Florida Fishing Guides
Kyle Kvartek started fishing the Florida panhandle not long after he started walking. His grandpa was the guy that introduced the sport of fishing to Kyle while taking him to local bridges around Pensacola Florida targeting Flounder and Sheepshead. Before long Kyle was moved on to offshore fishing on his father’s boat targeting red snapper, grouper, triggerfish, cobia, and more. As his love for fishing grew so did his interest in other the types of fishing, which led him into kayak and surf fishing. While Kyle enjoys all fishing, his passion became surf fishing due to how simple and quick it was to get all the gear ready and how relaxing it was. He eventually got hooked on Pompano fishing along the beaches of Pensacola Florida. "I just got addicted to going out to the beach in the morning watching the sun come up while fishing, there's nothing that beats it to me." says Kyle. Kyle’s love for fishing eventually convinced him to start a YouTube Channel called "KyleForAwhile" showing off his fishing videos along the Florida Gulf Coast. Over time his YouTube channel started to build quite a following and his subscribers wanted to learn directly from the man himself. This led Kyle to start a guided surf fishing service that provides his fans from all over the country who are visiting Pensacola Beach a chance to learn the techniques needed to fish the surf. Kyle’s service not only takes the time to teach each client the ins and outs of surf fishing but gives them the opportunity to catch a variety of fish from the surf such as Pompano, Whiting, Black Drum, and Redfish.
Over the years surf fishing along the Florida Gulf Coast Kyle used a variety of baits, but there’s one staple that’s a must have on each trip and that’s Fishbites. Kyle still recalls the first time he heard about the prodcut "I saw a guy next to me catch a pompano on, what appeared to be an orange soft type bait. I asked the guy what he was using and he said Sand Flea scented Fishbites. I thought it was such a cool bait and idea that I decided to buy some for the next fishing trip. The next trip I was catching all kinds of fish on Fishbites and the bait was able to be used more than once! Since then I've been hooked on Fishbites." Since discovering Fishbites Kyle won’t walk the beach without them!
Captain Justin Ambrosio was born and raised on the coast of East Central Fl. He started fishing the Indian River Lagoon when he was 9 years old and his passion for the sports only grew from there. Justin is known as a Swiss Army Knife of fishing as he as just as comfortable and knowledgeable fishing for seatrout on the flats as he is fishing for tuna 130 miles offshore as well as everything in between. While he enjoys all styles of fishing, targeting cobia and dropping for grouper are his absolute favorites.
After mating on the areas top deep sea charter boats on his days off from bartending, Justin decided to pursue being a full time charter captain. He has built up a steady clientele of regulars and new anglers alike. When he is not running charters Justin will be out commercial fishing for Pompano, mackerel, cobia and tripletail so he always knows where the bite is!For more booking information...
Originally from central Missouri, Will Niemann grew up fishing freshwater targeting crappie, bass, bluegill, and catfish with his father and grandfather. At a very young age, he knew all he wanted to do was fish, often times fishing before his homework was done, risking getting a scolding. Will would spend countless hours in his belly boat or canoe, paddling the streams, rivers, and lakes that Missouri has to offer, learning every bend, tree, and hole. He even won a high school science fair testing the difference between a Texas rig and a Carolina rig. Fishing has been a way of life for Will his entire life.
In 2005, he moved to Florida, never seeing saltwater before, he continued to fish his comfort zone and chase his favorite target, the largemouth bass. The Florida strain was a much larger and aggressive strain than he had fished in Missouri, he was in heaven. Then it happened, Will caught his first snook. That fish changed his main focus from freshwater to the all-new saltwater. He was solely focused on learning everything he could about all these new species, snook, redfish, flounder, trout, the list goes on and on. Will hit the water hard and hasn’t stopped.
Fast track 14 years, now Will is the lead kayak guide at St Augustine Paddle Sports and owns St Augustine Kayak Fishing LLC. He is one of the lucky ones that gets to fish over 300 days a year, so he is always on a good bite. He is also Prostaff for Kaku Kayaks, Cajun Custom Rods, Hackney Baits, and St Augustine Paddle Sports. Additionally, he a monthly columnist at The Fishing Connection, so check out his Kayak Fishing St. Augustine article each month. For booking info, go to staugustinepaddlesports.com. He is also found on Instagram @staugustinekayakfishing or Facebook and YouTube at St Augustine Kayak Fishing LLC. If you see Will out on the water, be sure to say hi. Heck, he may even give you a tip or two.
Drake grew up in Baltimore on the Chesapeake Bay, where he and his family had a love for catching striped bass and blue crab. As a teenager, Drake avidly fished the waters of Lake Allatoona in Woodstock, GA, targeting largemouth and spotted bass. At the age of 22 his parents fell in love with Amelia Island, so they sold their home and moved to Florida, which is where he currently resides and runs his charter service - Amelia Island Fishing Guides. After making the move, Drake spent hours studying saltwater fishing, picking the brains of the guides in the area and putting in time on the water until he became dialed in on the saltwater fish he was born to target. Drake and Amelia Island Fishing Guides is the only land-based saltwater and freshwater fishing guide on the island. They specialize in catching redfish, black drum, flounder, blue fish and the occasional tarpon. In addition, Drake teaches people the basics of targeting largemouth bass and 35-lb.+ carp. Once a year, Drake travels down to the canals of South Florida to target peacock bass, snakehead, and freshwater snook. Amelia Island Fishing Guides is huge advocate for keeping their fishery sustainable as they work with the NOAA Apex Predators Program to tag any sharks they land. You can keep up with Drake on Instagram by following @dbordyfishing.
Captain Buzz Brannon
Captain Buzz Brannon is a Northeast Florida native. Growing up around the water ways of this vast beautiful area of the sunshine state. As a young boy he was introduced to saltwater fishing on the shallow grass flats of the gulf where he targeted sea trout and redfish. Around age 10 he moved to Jacksonville Beach where he became an avid surfer and continued his passion for saltwater fishing on the inshore waters of the Jacksonville area. He has been fishing the creeks and flats off the St. John's river and Intracoastal waterway for 20 plus years. He now takes his passion toward full time guiding his clients to the same shallow water game fish that got him hooked many years ago.
Buzz is currently a competitive tournament angler on the IFA and Power Pole Pro Series tournament trails. He currently holds 2 Team of the year titles in the IFA Florida East division and is currently competing for a third!! Buzz has the honor of representing Yamaha Outboards, Beavertail Skiffs, Costa Del Mar Sungasses, Patagonia Clothing and Fishbites as a member of their Pro guide team.For more booking information...
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...
Noel loves all types of fishing but surf fishing is his passion. One of his quotes is “ It doesn’t matter if it’s Bluegill, Bluefish, or Blue Marlin fishing is a blast when you’ve got the tackle matched with the fish your targeting. “ Noel is a native of Jacksonville and has enjoyed surf fishing for the last 40 years.
He is a founding member of the Florida Surfcasters club. Noel is a past President and is currently on the Board of Directors. He has enjoyed the success of winning club tournaments along with open to the public annual tournaments. With that said, what he gets the most pleasure from is teaching people how to fish. He has been the guest speaker at several other fishing clubs where he has sparked the passion in many new surf anglers. Along with that he runs a guide service specializing in surf fishing from Fernandina south to Daytona. He takes great pride in putting his clients in position to slide fish onto the sand and is at the same time a teacher of conservation, sportsmanship, and stewardship of the beach environment.
Two other ways he expands his passion for the surf is teaching long distance casting and building high quality sand spikes. The spikes are built by hand in his garage. The casting lessons are held at a soccer field where his students can let it fly! Noel said “The look on a student’s face when they first crack 300, 400, or 500 feet is priceless.“
When asked to describe a perfect day of surf fishing he said, “Toes in the sand 30 minutes before sunrise. A 10 mph southeast breeze in your face with three foot curls breaking in clean water. Sliding some fat Pompano on to the sand. Next a drag screaming six foot Blacktip going air borne. Then grabbing lunch with fellow surfcasters on the way home. To top it off, dinner that night with my family when I serve them Pompano filets hot off the grill!”
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.