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.

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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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Maryland Fishing Guides


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.

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CAPT. GARY

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.

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