Pro Staff


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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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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.

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Texas Fishing Guides


Captain Carl Center

Captain Carl Center, Owner of Get Wet Fishing, a guide and charter service is a Texas native, born and raised fishing the pristine waters of South Texas. His fishing career began at a very young age, Capt. Carl has spent countless days wade fishing with his dad and perfecting his skills with a rod and reel in hand. He has always had a passion for fishing, teaching others, is an avid outdoorsman, and has been heavily involved in the hunting and fishing industry. As a fishing guide, he specializes in wade and drift fishing the famed waters of the Laguna Madre and Baffin Bay, for trophy sized speckled trout and redfish. Capt. Carl also regularly participates in many local and national fishing tournaments throughout the year in TX, and is an outdoor conservationist.

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Capt. Andy Hernandez

Capt. Andy Hernandez

Captain Andy Hernandez is a USCG licensed Capt and Texas Parks & Wildlife licensed and insured Saltwater Fishing Guide on the central Texas coast in Rockport, Texas.

I began my outdoor experience hunting and fishing at a young age. As time passed, fishing became my focus. My experiences in fishing have taken me across Texas, Louisiana, the Florida Keys, Colorado, Washington State, California, Oregon, Alaska, The Bahamas, Costa Rica, Belize and the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico in Costa Maya. I have fished in all these locations and continue to add new locales every year!

As a full-time resident of Rockport, Texas I have the opportunity to spend numerous days on the water. By spending time on the water I have the ability to establish fishing patterns based on tidal movement, weather, and wind conditions. I am a member of the Coastal Bend Guides Association, CCA, GRTU (Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited) and The Rockport Fly Fishers and the Rockport Chamber of Commerce.

I have been fishing on the Texas Coast all of my life and about 25 years ago, fly fishing caught my attention. I decided to fly fish the saltwater in and around Rockport TX. Fly fishing and wading the shallow flats and bays have become my passion. While I still use conventional techniques to fish the Texas Coast, I love to educate and expose people to my favorite sport of fly fishing. The idea of wade fishing and getting away from the confines of the boat is remarkable. Stepping into nature and putting yourself one-on-one with the fish is exhilarating!

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Rob Klein

Captain Rob Klein of Port A Big Catch Charters based out of Port Aransas Texas, was taught at a young age of 4 to be an angler. Being the son of a local tournament fisherman, Capt Rob followed suit. At the age of 17 Capt Rob purchased his first boat, and has never looked back. Throughout the years Capt Rob has tasted success in both freshwater and saltwater tournaments, and currently participates in the Texas billfish tournaments held on the Texas. Capt Rob spends countless days on the water to ensure his clients catch fish. On a typical day, he focuses on a wide array of species, any where from ling, kings, snapper, mahi-mahi, grouper, to billfish. It all depends on the customers! He currently runs a fully equipped 2015 34 ft Freeman powered by twin 350 yamaha outboards.

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