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...
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Capt. Tom "Bunja" Goodrich
Captain Tom "Bunja" Goodrich of Cast Above Charters has 25 years experience of fishing on Lake Erie and its tributaries. His journey began with a love for fishing from his Father before he could walk. He progressed into a competitive bass angler at a young age. He has appeared multiple times on Cabela's Outfitter Journal TV show. As his experience grew so did his friends on the water. Now he has transformed into a highly competitive and passionate multi-species Charter Captain on Lake Erie. Captain Bunja is about catching fish, having fun, laughs and making lasting memories for his crew on the water. "Trolling, Casting, Catchin 'em Everday" is what flows through his veins and drives his fishing success. Captain Bunja has 3 children of his own. He enjoys showing kids how to fish as they are the future of the sport. His 12yr old son Logan is learning to become first mate and striving to be a Captain like Dad!! People enjoy his enthusiastic personality and his ability to teach on and off the water. Every trip, his crew takes away with them great techniques to catch more fish on their home waters.