Matt Isbell aka Bama Beach Bum - Alabama
Matt grew up bass and crappie fishing in a town called Wetumpka, AL in central Alabama. He then moved to the gulf coast in his early twenties and began his saltwater fishing journey. Saltwater fishing catapulted Matt’s fishing addiction with the variety of species to catch and eat! The primary focus of Matt’s YouTube channel is to bring you along with him on his journey to continue to discover new techniques and tactics to catch, conserve, cook, and consume the resources available to those living or vacationing on the gulf coast. Matt’s YouTube page has blown up over the past year and he now has nearly 40 thousand subscribers. Even with his YouTube success, Matt continues to provide surf fishing charters along the Alabama Gulf Coast.
Ty Southerland - Texas
Ty Southerland, is the host and producer of the wildly popular YouTube channel “30milesOut Kayak Fishing TV” and has been filming his adventures for over 10 years. Ty is an accomplished angler based out of Rockport, TX and began offering guided kayak fishing trips in 2012. He’s a lifelong angler and great teacher, his trips are a “one of a kind” experience. All his life, as a singer/songwriter, musician and artist Ty Southerland has created a living out of nothing. An avid angler and outdoorsman since he first learned to walk, he always wanted to host a fishing show on television. When told he needed $75,000 in advance and several $10,000 video cameras just to get started, Southerland took a different direction. He added an inexpensive camera to his kayak gear and posted videos for free on YouTube, launching his channel “30milesOut” in 2009. Southerland became an Internet sensation, with fans across the United States and all of the world.
The show’s title comes from one of Ty & The Semiautomatics’ singles, which serves as the theme song and is available on iTunes. He composes at least five short songs for each episode. He produces, hosts, films and edits them all, sometimes tweaking them for a week or more.
“It’s where I do all my forms of creativity in one spot, and I approach it like my drawings and the songs I write. I try to convey a story, try to take people on a journey for that day, get them to feel what I feel when I wake up, smell what I smell at the beach, the anticipation, missing a fish, breaking one off. Then I intensify it more with music and the drama that happens, make it build to a crescendo with a big fish — like a song with a chorus, bridge and hook.”
In 2012 he landed a paddling partner and a wife, Theresa. She appears in episodes, videos Southerland, edits shows and manages all the marketing, website and Social Media pages. She ditched a 15-year corporate career to join Southerland full time after spotting him fishing from her office building overlooking Corpus Christi Bay. “That’s it. I’m done,” she said, recalling that day.
Noel Kuhn – Florida
Surf fishing has been Noel’s passion and hobby for over 45 years and he would love to introduce you to this awesome sport or take your skills to the next level. A Jacksonville native, Noel is not only one of Florida’s most experienced surf fishing guides, he’s the best teacher you can find if you’re looking to get into surf fishing or need a few tips to increase your catch.
Noel is a Guy Harvey endorsed guide and provides seminars throughout the year at the Guy Harvey resort in St. Augustine, FL including several women’s only seminars. He is also a writer for the Coastal Angler magazine and a repeat guest on the “How To Do Florida” TV series. Noel is a founding member of the of the Florida Surf Casters club and a distributor of fine surf fishing tackle including his one of a kind handmade and welded sand spikes.
When he’s not on the beach fishing he spends his down time as a casting coach providing long distance casting lessons for fishing the surf. Noel’s detailed seminars and lessons have changed the lives of hundreds if not thousands of surf fisherman and women across the country.
If you’re in NE Florida and either want to learn or catch fish from the surf this is the guy you want to contact!
Paul Sperco - Florida
Capt. Paul is a transplanted inshore and offshore fisherman from New Jersey. He relocated to Port St Lucie eight 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 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. The days he’s not fishing, Capt. Paul is tying pompano and whiting rigs that you can purchase through Fishbites.
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 as 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 Capt. Paul.
Mark Gibson - Florida
Captain Mark Gibson has been fishing and diving the waters off Daytona Beach for 30 years. Being a diver has helped him to identify certain structures to better understand where and how the fish like to hide. While Mark enjoys all types of fishing one of his favorites is the nearshore flounder, “They start showing up around the month of May and one of my favorite FishBite’s products to use is the 5" Brawler Jerkbait in the Tapout color.” Daytona Beach has one of the best artificial reef programs around and the nearshore bite stays strong almost year round. So if you’re in the Daytona Beach area and want to catch a memory, look him up!
Will Nieman - Florida
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 at the risk of being on the receiving end of a good 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, Will moved to Florida, having never seen the 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 15 years and Will is now 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. As well as being a big part of the Fishbites team Will is also Prostaff for Kaku Kayaks, Cajun Custom Rods, Hackney Baits, Fishbites, Reel Happy Co, and Unfair Lures. Additionally, Will writes a monthly column at The Fishing Connection, you can 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.
Von Hall - North Carolina
I was always taught, do the right thing and you'll never have to worry about your conscience getting the best of you. I've been fishing since old enough to hold a rod and reel in my hands and over the years, have seen a lot of things on the water. Fishing is a great tool to help keep a person focused and out of trouble. The past is the past and always look to the future is one of the best lessons I've learned over the years. I've been blessed and raised to believe in God, Country and family. Always look for the good in people. May not be popular, but there's a lot of truth in choosing your Faith and friends wisely.
My years spent being a paratrooper stationed at Ft. Bragg NC. helped me learn so much about myself and what I can accomplish with good people around me.
About ten years ago, a young soldier and his lovely wife, helped in more ways than one, in getting us to start American Boat Charters out of Wilmington NC. The story is on our website, www.americanboatcharters.com
Taking Veterans fishing is the reason I decided to get my Captains License. Since that time, we have taken over 500 Veterans fishing. Even though we do family and friends fishing Charters that haven't served, we enjoy all the great people we meet.
Every Active Duty and Veteran proudly salutes the Flag and if they don't, we push them in the water, which we have yet to do!
We can't thank our Veterans enough for doing a job majority of people will never understand. It's because of their sacrifices being away from family and putting themselves in harms way that sets them apart from most.
We have been honored to become great friends with some of the very best our Military has to offer from all Branches of Service. We laugh, we cry, we love our Country and we show respect to all.
We can't thank Fishbites and other Charter boat Captains enough for their help and support. I'm a firm believer if we help others reach their goals, then we will reach ours.
Joe Ezell – Louisiana
Joe began fishing farm ponds and local lakes for bass, bream and catfish in grade school while balancing a tackle box and Zebco 33 from the handle bars of a bike. His dad bought an aluminum boat with a 9 horse Johnson tiller steer about the time Joe got his driver’s license and he pulled that boat to every lake within a day’s ride behind an old ‘64 Ford pickup chasing Bass all over South East Mississippi.
After High School, Joe received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from the University of Southern Mississippi. Soon after graduation, he went to work for a manufacturing company as a sales rep, working his way up to Vice President of Sales.
The old 17 foot aluminum boat was replaced with a TR186 Triton bass boat and a 2 stroke 150 Johnson. In 2008 Joe’s better half, Brenda Mayo, booked a inshore charter for us with Captain Chad Dufrene of Dufrene’s Guide Service. After catching the first redfish he told her, “I’m selling my bass stuff”. Two months later all of the bass gear was gone and had been replaced with inshore gear.
Fast forward to 2012 and the first bay boat was purchased. After many trips and several charters Captain Chad had seen enough potential to begin mentoring Joe and showing him the ropes of the charter business. In 2015 Joe and Brenda bought a piece of property in Delacroix, LA with a burned out trailer on pilings and overgrowth so bad it would take a year to clean up. That same year he got his USCG OUPV Captain’s license. It has been a long journey from the kid on that bicycle carrying the Zebco 33 to today, but the grin when Joe sees a cork go down or fish hit the net is the same now as it was then. Joe truly enjoys seeing people catch fish and feels honored to share his passion for the outdoors and fishing with others. If you’re in Delacroix go fishing with Joe!
Buzz Brannon - Florida
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 guiding his clients to the same shallow water game fish that got him hooked many years ago. Come see why Northeast Florida is one of the state’s best kept fishing secrets.
Allison "Reel Love" Stattner - Florida
Allison grew up fishing the jetties and beaches in Avalon, New Jersey. Mostly mud minnows and bloodworms, she first started using Fishbites to catch kingfish off her hometown pier. Moving to Florida to attend graduate school at University of Miami, Allison took every opportunity to fish offshore in South Florida and The Keys, successfully competing in the sailfish tournament circuit. Finding real joy sharing her passion for fishing with others, she began participating in ladies’ events as an offshore seminar speaker and running family trips on local headboats. This eventually led to her “Reel Love” kids fishing camps, a great opportunity to use Fishbites with the next generation of anglers.
Today, Allison continues Reel Love Fishing through classes, small group charters, hosting ladies’ trips, community clubs and volunteerism. When she is not surf fishing the beaches near Palm Beach County, she is an ambassador for the FWC Catch a Florida Memory Angler Recognition Program, chasing species on the Saltwater Life List. Allison is the first angler to reach the 50 Club and working to complete the list and attain Master Angler. Her biography is also included in the recently published hardcover book, titled “50 Women Who Fish” by Wild River Press. She holds a position on the Board of the International Women’s Fishing Association (IWFA) as Membership Chair, a rewarding role which allows her to support and engage with other women who also love to fish.
Conner Smilon – New Jersey
Capt. Connor is the owner of L.B.I Fishing Guides. A native of the New Jersey shore, Connor specializes in fishing for fluke, stripers, and weakfish. Equally at home from the boat or in the surf, Capt. Connor is passionate about teaching people how to fish and has put hundreds of anglers on quality fish. Connor says “I am very passionate about the conservation of our water and our marine species. I believe that the way to save species is through educating the public. I found the best way for me to do this is through my guides. The most enjoyment I get is when I put the younger generation on fish, being able to physically show them the fish and tell them all about it. When they get excited about fishing and catching there is no better feeling in the world; knowing that the next generation will be as passionate about fishing as I am!” When is Connor not fishing he’s busy studying as a Student at Stockton University. He’s in his Junior year with a major in Environmental Science.
Chip “The Sinker Guy” Brundage – Florida
Chip has been fishing and hunting his entire life. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, he set his sights on coaching Track and Field at the NCAA Division 1 level.
While coaching has taken him all over the US, for the last 5 years it has brought him to Jacksonville, FL. Chip fishes the surf from Daytona to Brunswick, GA and targets many species from redfish, pompano, whiting, black drum and trout to the occasional shark. He joined the Florida Surf Casters club and was lucky to meet several local anglers that have become his closest friends.
Chip has devoted a lot of his time learning the local area fishing holes and run outs on the beach. He also currently runs The Sinker Guy YouTube channel and website. Here Chip shares his passion and knowledge of bait, rigs, targeting and his infamous sputnik sinkers. Surf fisherman in the know all agree these are the best sinkers you can buy for surf fishing the east coast. They are handmade in the USA by Chip himself when he’s not on the water fishing.
Chip has never met a stranger and is always willing share his knowledge with other avid anglers on the beach wanting to learn the techniques that makes Chip the fisherman he his.
Dale Reed – Florida
Captain Dale Reed grew up in St. Petersburg, FL but has been living in Gainesville, FL for many years. Dale is an avid fisherman who fishes both inshore and offshore. Dale is the president of the Gainesville Offshore Fishing Club and also a board member of the Gainesville chapter of the CCA and he will be covering Florida’s Gulf Coast from Steinhatchee down to Homosassa.
Dale currently runs a 24-foot Proline when fishing offshore and 20-foot Hewes light tackle tower boat when targeting fish inshore. Captain Reed enjoys catching everything from grouper, snapper, redfish, trout, tripletail and anything else in-between. Dale also spends some time spearfishing anywhere from St. Petersburg to the Keys.
You can find him at ReelSpearit Fishing charters on Facebook.
Jesse Walker – Florida
Jesse is an army brat who grew up fishing with his Dad at their many duty stations. The panhandle of Florida is where he really started getting into saltwater fishing. Like his father, Jesse joined the military and has been to many different great fishing locations throughout his travels as a Naval Aviator.
While in Corpus Christi, Texas Jesse and his two brothers Ethan and Nick started youtube.com/slotcityfishing. The channel started as a way for the three brothers to document their fishing adventures and has grown into something far greater than they could have imagined. SlotCityFishing videos have many different styles of saltwater fishing ranging from kayak, boat, and the surf all the way to the deep south in Texas and all across the gulf and the East Coast.
Two of three bros are currently stationed in Jacksonville, Fl and continue to make great content and their YouTube channel grows.
Carl Hartmann – New Jersey
Carl Hartmann is the owner and President of American Angler LLC, an East Coast surf fishing club based in New Jersey. Carl is also a member of Hudson River Fishermans's Association, Sea Girt Surf Kings, NJBBA and Association of Surf Angling Clubs. Carl started fishing in fresh water as a preschooler hitting the local streams of North Jersey for trout and small/large mouth, bass. As time went on, he eventually switched to saltwater fishing for the abundance of different species, to where he is now...a total love for surf fishing. Through his years of experience, he has won numerous individual and team awards as an extreme competitor including Fisherman of the Year, the President Award and many others. Carl is also known throughout the entire fishing community for creating and promoting the most professionally organized surf fishing tournaments between Boston and Washington D.C. . Over the decades, nearly all of Carl's tournaments have sold out with many teams left sitting on the waiting list. In 2016, he started his own contingent from American Angler for his own surf fishing teams. By 2019, Carl was able to post as many as five teams of six anglers (30 anglers total) in many of the surf fishing tournaments, using and educating his teams with all of the experiences he has attained. With an online following of over 5,000 anglers, he has achieved superstar status on the surf fishing scene. From fishing the Cape Cod Canal to the warm waters off of Florida, Carl, at the age of 53, believes that his best fishing days are in front of him and acknowledges that there is always more to learn. But, he always gives one piece of advice to all anglers.... you have to always remember to "think like a fish to be successful."
Carl started using Fishbites about 20 years, visiting the plant in St. Augustine twice in that time period. The very first time he used Fishbites was in Beach Haven, NJ. Carl landed a Striped Bass, Flounder and Sea Trout within a matter of minutes! Since then, Carl incorporates Fishbites whenever competing in tournaments for Northern Kingfish, Bluefish and more. He actively uses Fishbites in the on and off season for all types of shoreline fishing.
Chip Wingo – Florida
Captain Chip Wingo is the owner and operator of Fishdaflats Inshore Fishing Charters. Chip has been fishing the St. Johns River and back waters of Jacksonville his entire life and specializes in creating a unique fishing experience for all of his clients.
Fishdaflats Inshore Fishing Charters specializes in light tackle and fly fishing the backwaters of Jacksonville, St. Augustine and Fernandina Beach. Redfish, trout and flounder are some the many species targeted while using everything from live bait to artificial lures. Chip supplies all licenses, bait and tackle. All you have to do is show up and enjoy your time on the water catching fish aboard a state of the art 19 foot Hewes flats boat.
Abram “Tarzan” Miller - Florida
Abram Miller aka Tarzan, has been fishing the beaches of Florida with Fishbites for as long as he can remember. When his dad is working, his mom spends her days taking him to the beach to catch dinner.
Abram isn’t your average 11 year old fisherman. From cleaning fish on his own to tying his own surf rigs, this kid can do it all! Abram’s biggest catch to date was a 180 pound Black Tip shark caught on a pompano head after he fileted it for dinner.
Abram is trying to learn everything there is to know about the sport and has built quite the following where he teaches his friends and other young fisherman all he’s learned over the years. It doesn’t matter if it’s freshwater or saltwater, tarpon or pompano, Abram is constantly finding a way to get to the water and pursue his dreams.
In just a year Tarzan has amassed over 3000 Instagram followers and has joined the Pelagic and Engle ambassador programs as well. His goal is to become the best fisherman he can be and is accomplishing that goal by learning new techniques every day. You can follow him on his journey through Instagram and Facebook.
Lukas Brickweg - Florida / Alaska
Captain Lukas is a lifelong fisherman and waterman spending his you dedicated to all the activities the Atlantic Ocean provides in fishing, surfing, shrimping, diving, sailing and much more but more specifically, the Space Coast beaches, rivers, lagoons and inlets that provide an extravagant opportunity to perfect one’s skills in a diversified setting.
Captain Lukas’ understanding of the ocean has translated to fisheries around the world. Possessing a 50-ton United States Coast Guard captain’s license, he spends the summer season capitalizing on the plethora of species that merge into the abundant waterways at Baranof Fishing Excursions, including monster halibut, kind salmon and lingcod by chartering up to six passengers on a 25-foot aluminum fishing vessels out to the deep sea to fish for their trophy catch. Sensing the pulse of the everchanging seasonal swing, the fall signals a change in migrations. It’s back to Florida’s Space Coast to follow the annual fall mullet run from Cocoa Beach to Sebastian Inlet and surf fishing everywhere in-between. This seasonal influence provides an incredible opportunity for an extremely accessible resource for residents and visitors to the Florida coastline.
When Lukas is not fishing, he’s providing informative seminars at Sebastian Inlet and The Boaters Exchange.
Dusty Hayes - Alabama
Captain Dustin Hayes specializes in onshore and nearshore charters in the Orange Beach and Gulf Shores area. Captain Dustin has been fishing the area for 10 years and guiding for 7.
He focuses on expanding his love and passion to other fisheries around the area. Onshore and nearshore fishing allows for a wide variety of species and keeps the fight interesting.
Pompano and Whiting are always a thrill especially when caught onshore says Captain Dustin. Captain Dustin also has an undying love for Bass and Trout caught on a fly reel as well.
Fishing has always been a passion for Captain Dustin and he is constantly looking for new fisheries and new tips to share.
Ben Hervey-Murray - California
Ben is a licensed fishing guide based in Orange County, Southern California, where he specializes in surf fishing for a variety of species including perch, croaker, corbina, sharks and rays.
With extensive experience in the industry, working across a variety of editing and journalistic roles in angling media plus tutoring and guiding services, Ben is well placed to show off the amazing sport the West Coast has to offer, and how to make the most of Fishbites’ product range.
He's happy to help anyone looking to fish on the West Coast for any species, so feel free to message him if you have any questions.
Blake Hunter - Florida
Blake Hunter has fished offshore, inshore and onshore for over 25 years. From targeting pompano and redfish from the beach to triggerfish and beeliners offshore, Blakes love for fishing knows no bounds.
In addition to being the premier surf fishing charter service in the Florida panhandle, Blake’s rod and reel rental service provides everything one needs to successfully fish the surf without the cost of a full guided trip. Along 30A from Destin to Panama City beach, Blake has you covered for all things surf fishing.
If you’re looking for an informative surf fishing charter or just need some fishing gear for your vacation along 30A, Blake is your guy.
Theresa Southerland - Texas
Theresa Southerland is the co-host and producer of the wildly popular YouTube channel “30milesOut kayak fishing Tv” with her husband Ty Southerland. Ty and Theresa have been filming for 7 years and you’re guaranteed to not only learn the techniques necessary to fish from a kayak but will have a lot of laughs along the way.
Born and raised in the Rockport / Corpus Christi area, Theresa has been fishing the Coastal Bend all her life (45 years). Theresa started out surf fishing with her dad for sharks at a very young age. Then in 2012 she jumped in a kayak with Ty and fell in love! Ty and Theresa travel the entire Gulf Coast from South Padre Island Texas to The Florida Keys fishing and filming all of their adventures. You can find Ty and Theresa on the water several times a week looking for the ultimate inshore bite.
Diane Pollock - Georgia
Diane grew up in SE GA and NE FL, spending every spare moment on the water boating, fishing, surfing, and waterskiing. Her addiction to the water began while she was still in diapers. In 2002, Diane became an above knee amputee due to a bone infection. After the initial years of adjusting to a life as an amputee, being on the water was very instrumental in her full recovery back to a “normal” life. Diane has competed in the Fishers of Men National Bass Trail with her brother for 3 years, followed by competing in disabled rowing events both regionally and nationally. The adaptive rowing drastically improved her level of fitness allowing her to pass USCG medical qualifications to become a USCG licensed OUPV charter captain in 2011. Later in 2012, Diane joined the local USCG Auxiliary flotilla, becoming a qualified boat crew member in 2013. In 2015, she became a USCG Auxiliary Coxswain in surface operations involved in marine safety patrols and events, and she still currently serves in this capacity.
Diane thoroughly enjoys all things on the water. Sharing SE Georgia’s and NE Florida’s area waters with charter guests whether it’s fishing, sightseeing, or a combo is her passion. Diane maintains her FL and GA guide license, and cover both SE GA and NE FL waters. She likes to target the Cumberland Island area due to its fertile fishing grounds and sheer beauty. Some of the species Diane targets are sea trout, redfish, and flounder. In the summer when the conditions are calm, she also enjoys targeting kingfish just off of the beach and the occasional tarpon.
Captain Sid Little - Florida
Captain Sidney Little was born and raised in the prolific fishing grounds of the Republic of Panama in Central America. Captain Sid has always been out on a boat and a student of fishing all of his life. In fact he was instrumental in the design of the 21 foot fishing boat that his father built exclusively to take them out in the Pacific Ocean while he was growing up. He was fortunate enough to be invited upon the boats of the very best fisherman of Panama, and from this gained lots of inside knowledge pertaining to the mastery of fishing.
Captain Sid also spent three seasons working as Dock master and Captain at the world famous “Tropic Star Fishing Lodge” and The “Cebaco Bay Fishing Lodge” in the Republic of Panama.
He then relocated to the Pan Handle of Florida in 1999 and has spent all of his spare time learning the local tricks and habits of The Choctawhatchee Bay and The Gulf of Mexico.
Captain Sid is the Sole owner/operator of the “Lil’ Lucky of Destin” charter fishing company. He operates out of and is located in Baytowne Marina of the World famous “Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort” of Destin, Florida.
Captain Jennifer Diaz Deleon - Texas
Captain Jennifer originally from Burleson, TX, moved to Rockport when she was 13. At age 16 she started working for one of south Texas' largest known female fishing guides – Capt. Sally Black – at her fly fishing and kayak shop. Jennifer started doing kayak tours of light house lakes and immediately fell in love with the local fisheries and habitat. In her time on the water she has become very knowledgeable with the bay system and whereabouts of fish. Jennifer can manage large corporate groups down to one-on-one trips (KIDS ARE ALWAYS WELCOME) – expert to beginner.
Captain Anthony Diaz De Leon - Texas
Captain Anthony was born and raised in Rockport, Tx. At just 11 years old Anthony owned his first and became very familiar with the local waters to say the least. With 20 years of experience, Captain Anthony has always enjoyed being on the water and does not consider this to be a job. He looks at his work as an opportunity to take what he has learned over the years to teach both young and old how to catch fish off the Texas coast. Anthony says “There is nothing more enjoyable than watching a young child reel in his or her own fish or someone making their 1st cast by themselves.”
Captain Mike Wilson - Alabama
Captain Mike Wilson, a professional guide with Bama Slam Inshore Adventures, LLC, grew up in Gulf Shores, AL and has been fishing the inshore, nearshore and offshore waters of the Alabama Gulf Coast for almost 50 years. Both his father and father in law owned and operated bait & tackle shops in Gulf Shores and recreational fishing became a passion for Capt. Mike early in life. He earned his USCG Captain’s License in 2015 and, after a lifelong career in the construction industry, “retired” to his dream job and offers guided fishing trips to visitors and residents of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Fairhope and Fort Morgan targeting Speckled Trout, Redfish and Flounder (the “Bama Inshore Slam”), as well as White Trout, Sheepshead, Tripletail, Black Drum and other inshore & nearshore species.
Capt. Mike truly enjoys the competitive nature of tournament fishing and participants on his boat have placed in or won several local and regional events. He carries that “gotta catch fish” attitude on every trip and, at the end of the day, prepares his boat and tackle as “tournament ready” for the next. Making sure plenty of Fishbites products are on board is always included in these preparations.
Capt. Mike caters to those with little or no fishing experience to the very skilled and experienced. All ages are welcome and nothing satisfies him more than to help youngsters catch fish and then proudly hold them for photos. He takes pride in helping families to have memories that will last lifetimes.
Fishbites products make Capt. Mike’s job easier, as they have proven trip after trip, and can turn a good day fishing into a great day catching. He never goes fishing without them.”
Ibrahim Wadi – Trinidad & Tobago
Ibra is native to Trinidad & Tobago, an island located in the Caribbean. His love for fishing was birthed when he was about 6 years old. He caught his first fish on a first attempt using a line attached to a bamboo pole with a tiny hook at the end. His mom cooked it for him. Ibra found that cooking his own catch was the best feeling! Since then his dream was to become a fisherman. He continued to explore this passion on the surf and from the rocks, catching fish and bringing it home to eat. After moving to West Virginia for college on a soccer scholarship, and spending 5 years away from his home, with only visits from time to time, he realized what a privilege it was to live in the Caribbean and have a mini vacation every weekend and in his free time. In 2018, after accomplishing a B.A. in Information Technology and Mathematics, he moved back home! He started his fishing YouTube channel “Ibra’s Catch” where he posts a new video every Sunday in a series called “Hooked On Sunday.” Ibra’s mission is to create joy and share his fishing adventures for people to experience vicariously through him in his videos.
Ibra’s dream is to travel to different countries, meet new people and go on fishing adventures with while capturing every moment of it to share with the world.
Brant Peacher - Florida
Brant grew up in Pensacola Florida and began fishing as a junior angler on one of the top tournament king mackerel teams on the gulf coast when he was 7 years old. The experience he gained as a young kid led him to a full time career in the outdoor industry. After graduating from Florida State University he started AnglerUp Charters which quickly became one of the most successful guide businesses in Pensacola Florida. Brant guided full time from 2009 until 2016 when he started the now extremely popular AnglerUp with Brant YouTube channel. Between Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube Brant has grown his personal social media to over 500,000 followers and is now one of the top outdoor influencers in the state of Florida. This allowed Brant to stop guiding and become a full time video creator in the fishing industry. Brant now travels the state of Florida monthly making videos targeting every kind of species of fish you can catch from land.
Nick Heid - California
Nick is a San Diego-based surf fishing guide, content creator, and writer at Surf Fishing In So Cal. Having a strong passion for fishing and limited local options (or so he thought), he eventually discovered surf fishing and never turned back.
Since 2015, Nick has been fishing the surf atleast 60 days out of the year with the vast majority of those days in the summer months. What intrigues him the most is the possibility of catching literally anything at any given time. “It’s just so exciting” he says, “it’s a mystery every time... you literally never know for certain what you might catch”.
The first time this concept really resonated with him was during his first year fishing the surf. Using a standard Carolina-rig for light tackle surf fishing, Nick hooked a leopard shark in the 5 foot range. After fighting it for nearly 35 minutes, he caught a glimpse just before it snapped off.
That fish had a lasting impact on him. He became a student of the surf, learning new pieces of knowledge and gaining valuable experience every session. He modified his set ups accordingly and since then, has been continuously dialing in both light-tackle and heavy-tackle surf fishing. He is now local guide helping other students of the surf to follow in his passion.
Even after half a decade of pounding the surf, the concept still rings true today. On a recent guided session, one of Nick’s clients landed an unofficial record yellowtail from the surf at 53.5 lbs! Just goes to show, whether it’s light-line or not, you never know what you’re going to get."