The Reel Talk Pro Staff consists of some of the finest Captains and Fishermen in the area. Each week the members of the Pro Staff call in with reports, tips and hints to help you land the big one!
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Captain Rob Modys: Rob, the host of Reel Talk, is a retired spin and fly fishing guide still holding a USCG 100 Ton Master's License. He currently owns SoulMate Communications and is available for speaking engagements about fishing and the great outdoors for your club or organization. Capt. Rob is endorsed by Bass Pro Shops, the Coastal Conservation Association and is a past president of the Lee County Professional Guide's Association. Capt. Rob is also an avid sport and destination writer and is the President of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association. He has been fishing the waters of Southwest Florida since boyhood.
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Captain Kevin Bellington: Kevin was raised in Colorado where as a teenager he began guiding fishing and hunting trips in the Rocky Mountains. An avid angler, he shifted his focus to southwest Florida when he moved here about ten years ago, began studying and learning the art of saltwater fishing and soon realized that this is his passion. Now he and his wife Capt. Lisa operate Sea Gone Fishing out of the beautiful waters of Marco Island. They specialize in trips for the entire family whether backwater or off shore fishing, a simple day of shelling and sightseeing, or a combination of any of the above. They want their customers to experience southwest Florida as it should be, from the water.
Kevin holds a U.S. Coast Guard 100 Ton Masters License and has accumulated many awards and trophies for his exceptional boat handling skills.
Captain Brad Brown: Brad has been fishing the local waters of southwest Florida for the past 20 years. He has local knowledge of Pine Island Sound, Matlacha Pass and is most at home on Estero Bay. As a matter of fact, he lives on the Estero River. Brad specializes in light tackle spin fishing with live bait and artificial lures for snook, redfish, seatrout and anything else that will bite. He loves to fish tournaments and was the grand champion of the Redfish Cup and has won many local events. He also encourages families with children to join him on the water.
Captain Jon Fetter: Jon has spent 25 years fishing with experience ranging from farm ponds in Ohio to bonefishing in the Abaco Islands of the Bahamas. He now calls southwest Florida home where he hunts the flats and mangroves in search of snook, redfish, and tarpon. Captain Jon has over 11 years of experience fishing the saltwater regions of the Gulf of Mexico and specializes in flats fishing in Estero Bay.
Debbie Hanson: Debbie is an outdoor writer, blogger, and avid angler who writes articles for publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine and USA Today Hunt & Fish. A native of the Midwest, she spent endless hours fishing freshwater lakes in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan with her grandfather before moving to Southwest Florida in 1999. Debbie is currently a member of the Montauk Tackle Company Ambassador Team and is a Mercury Marine Pro Staffer. She is also a member of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association. Check out her weekly blog posts at TakeMeFishing.org and visit her personal blog at Shefishes2.com.
Captain Greg Hood: Greg was raised in Ohio where he bass fished as a boy. He moved to Florida in 1980 and discovered a passion for saltwater fishing after catching snook and tarpon. After years on the water and with the encouragement of family, Capt. Greg received his captains license and founded "Tarpoons". His passion for fishing is evident with each and every client that he guides on the water. Capt. Greg is a Pro Staff member of the Southwest Florida Outdoors Television Show, and a Guide Staff for Sterling boats and Fort Myers Marine.
Captain Mark King: Mark has been guiding on Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades for over seven years out of the world famous Roland Martin's Marina and Resort in Clewiston, Florida. Mark grew up hunting and fishing in Ohio and then made the move out of the cold weather to sunny South Florida. He has experience fishing bass tournaments from Lake Erie to Lake Okeechobee and everywhere in between. Mark is a board member for the Florida Guides Association and holds a USCG license. He is also an IGFA certified guide, a member of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association and is also on the Florida Freshwater Fishing Coalition. Along with his wife Diane, they operate Reel Dreams Fishing Charters and several websites. Mark works with several charities including Operation Open Arms, ChildsWish, and Give Kids the World. As a pro-staff member and consultant for various companies you always get to fish with the very best products when on an outing with Captain Mark. Mark has been featured on various TV shows fishing Lake Okeechobee and the Everglades for bass.
Joe Mahler: Joe Mahler is a fly fishing author, illustrator and casting instructor. He is the author of "Essential Knots and Rigs for Trout", Essential Knots and Rigs for Salt Water", and is one of today's most popular magazine writers on the subject of fly casting. Joe is the creator of the popular fly pattern "The Strawboss" for use in both fresh and salt water. He lives in southwest Florida and is currently a member of the Sage Ambassador Team, and a Regal Vise and Nucanoe Pro Staffer. If you are new to fly fishing or are an experienced angler looking to hone your fly fishing skills, Joe is the guy to see!
Captain Greg Stamper: Greg is a full time spin and fly fishing guide fishing the waters of Pine Island, Captiva, Sanibel, Estero, Bonita, the Caloosahatchee River and adjacent nearshore waters. Growing up in Miami, Greg caught the fishing bug early. Beginning in the early 80’s he fished Biscayne Bay, Everglades National Park and the Florida Keys and then moved to the Fort Myers area in 2004. Greg fishes the backcountry and nearshore waters for snook, redfish, trout, tripletail and tarpon as well as doing shelling and eco-tours.
Captain Rob Modys
Captain Kevin Bellington
Captain Brad Brown
Captain Jon Fetter
Captain Greg Hood
Captain Mark King
Captain Greg Stamper