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Fishing's Future

We’re on a mission to connect Kids and Family with Nature through fishing adventures that strengthen family relationships, build stewardship of the environment and provide positive outdoor angling education for families with children between the ages of 5-16.

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  • Shane Wilson - Founder of Fishings Future

    Shane Wilson

    Founder

    Shane Wilson founded Fishing’s Future out of a need he recognized while working with at-risk students. “Our society is slowly declining in family values as more and more families “kids” are experiencing the effects of broken homes or disjointedness from today’s technological devices.”

  • Paul Trevino

    Paul Trevino, a native South Texan, brings a diverse mix of business and public service.…

  • Tom Lang

    Tom Lang is a resident of Wichita Falls, Texas where he serves as a Fisheries…

  • Andrew Marks

    “With over 17 years of experience with Pure Fishing and in the recreational fishing industry,…

  • Michael Carter

    Michael Carter is the Accountant for the Point Isabel Independent School District. He is in charge…

  • Ken Duke

    Managing Editor of Fishing Tackle Retailer Magazine, “The Business Magazine for the Sportfishing industry”. He…

  • Matt Fletcher

    I have been very blessed in my life.  My Dad took time with me, taught…

  • Catarino Lopez

    Catarino “Cat” Lopez is the owner of Machete Creative and a grizzled advertising veteran with…

  • Chris Moorman

    As an avid fisherman I have seen firsthand, the power of the outdoors to unplug…

  • Christiana Dijkman

    Christiana “Chrissy” Dijkman was born in the Netherlands and lived in several countries as a…

Shane Wilson

Founder

Shane Wilson founded Fishing’s Future out of a need he recognized while working with at-risk students. “Our society is slowly declining in family values as more and more families “kids” are experiencing the effects of broken homes or disjointedness from today’s technological devices.” Growing up, Shane shared quality time with his parents, as most of America did, eating dinner together around the kitchen table and discussing the day’s activities. Today, families have little time to spend together as social media, digital gaming, and other social pressures consume every waking moment. Wilson decided to use his educational background to create an organization dedicated to reconnecting families via an educational angling experience. The vision in bringing Fishing’s Future to life is testament to Shane’s desire to make his world a better place.

As a child, Shane began delivering TV Guides to local neighbors for .15 cents a copy per week. He rode his bike up and down country roads in central Indiana each Saturday morning for three years until he turned his attention to sports and gave his Saturday’s to practice. Being a competitive individual, Shane learned the importance of hard work and realized that persistence, integrity, and long hours eventually lead to success. Later, in his teens, he begin honing his leadership skills as captain of his high school baseball team and President of the Student Council. He was voted by his classmates as the one “most likely to succeed and be happy at the same time.” Shane attended Indiana State University later transferring to Ball State University where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Elementary Education and shortly thereafter began a Masters Degree in Adult Leadership specializing in the corporate environment. Utilizing his education and his work ethic, he worled his way up the latter to become plant superintendent for the Foural Corporation which provided out sourcing services to Navistat International and General Motors. Shane left that employment for a position within Indiana State Technical College as their Economic Development Coordinator overseeing the educational programs of five General Motors plants. In the mid 90’s, Wilson to moved his family to South Padre Island, TX and currently serves his community as a 1st grade teacher within the Point Isabel Independent School District. He is also Chairman of the South Padre Island Ethics Board, past President and current Vice President of Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, Chairman of the Board for South Padre Island’s Sea Turtle Inc. and Property Owners Who Cares – SPI.

Shane Wilson is a proven decision maker who understands the importance of listening when leading. He has a keen sense of human nature and an innate ability to call others into action. His drive to make a positive difference is seen in his teaching, his public service and in his unique ability to share a vision and bring others along. Shane recognized the need for stronger parental involvement, and an ever-increasing need for kids to simply get outside and play. In 2009, Shane was recognized on the Floor of the Texas State Senate and in 2013 was inducted into the Rio Grande Valley “Walk of Fame” for his works within his community.

Shane has appeared on television, in magazines, on radio talk shows and periodically gives motivational talks. He is married to Stephanie and they share their home on South Padre Island, Texas with two rescue dogs: “Austin” an Old English Sheep Dog mix and a Bearded Collie named, “Benny”.

Paul Trevino

Paul Trevino, a native South Texan, brings a diverse mix of business and public service. While having attended the University of Texas Pan American in Edinburg, Texas he was hired in the manufacturing sector for a NAFTA-based twin-plant corporation servicing both the U.S and Mexico. During this time, Paul’s public service was primarily focused in sports as a Youth Soccer Coach with the U.S Soccer Federation in the early 1990’s. Paul would later change career paths into the medical field in order to service occupational injuries for local manufacturers.

He has worked in medical administration over the past 17 years in the McAllen, Texas, area. In this time, he would help build one of the most comprehensive multi-disciplinary and multi-specialty occupational medical facilities in South Texas. He has received National Business Advisory and Leadership awards, and later accepted an internship program to become a Board certified Orthopedic Physician Assistant in 2009. His love for soccer would turn to fishing.

His fishing career started when a renowned fisherman instructed him in the art of fly fishing in the gust-filled salt flats of South Texas. While primarily a saltwater fly fishing enthusiast, Paul also competes in fishing tournaments. He has notable 1st place tournament wins in various Fly Fishing Tournaments throughout Central and South Texas as well as a top three finish at the Texas International Fishing Tournament (TIFT).

These days, he serves on Fishing Tournament Boards for the University of Texas-Pan American Bronc Athletic Department as well as the Edinburg Children’s Hospital Foundation. He pursues a crusade for fishing conservation and loves bringing the sport of fishing to kids and parents throughout Texas.

Additionally, Paul is the McAllen, TX Fishing’s Future Master Angler.

Tom Lang

Tom Lang is a resident of Wichita Falls, Texas where he serves as a Fisheries Scientist for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. Tom spent his formative years in Louisville Kentucky where the majestic Ohio River and nearby Rough River Reservoir began his fascination with fishing and fisheries resources. Tom is a graduate of Purdue University where he majored in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, minoring in both Communication and History and he is also a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) where he earned a Master of Science in Aquaculture/Fisheries. Tom’s research at UAPB focused on evaluating the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s Family and Community Fishing Program and aquatic education Fishing Derby Program.

Tom is an accomplished author in the fisheries field having written numerous manuscripts and contributed to multiple book projects including, most notably, co-editing the American Fisheries Society book “Urban and Community Fisheries Programs; Development, Management, and Evaluation.” He is currently co-editing a book on the future of angling participation. Further, Tom routinely organizes symposia and delivers conference presentations on a host of pertinent topics in the fisheries field.

He has been tremendously active in serving the largest and oldest society of professional fisheries scientists in the world, the American Fisheries Society. He is currently in his fifth year as a member of the Society’s Governing Board, he has served on and chaired numerous Society level committees, is a past-President of the AFS Socioeconomics Section and is the current President of the AFS Fish Habitat Section. Tom is a past-President of a national organization, the Aquatic Resources Education Association. Finally, he is a current member of the National Fish Habitat Partnership Board.

He has been the recipient of many honors including being selected for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Employee Recognition Award in Conservation, the Texas Chapter of the American Fisheries Society Outstanding Fisheries Worker award, was recognized for Exceptional Support of the Aquatic Resources Education Association, two of the programs he coordinated while serving the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks were recognized with Outstanding Sportfish Restoration Program awards during his tenure, and most notably he was named the inaugural National Friend of Reservoirs by the Reservoir Fish Habitat Partnership. However, Tom says that his greatest and most rewarding accomplishments are being a good husband to his wife and a good father to his four amazing children; Hunter, River, Fisher, and Meadow.

Andrew Marks

“With over 17 years of experience with Pure Fishing and in the recreational fishing industry, Andrew Marks is an individual known for his tireless dedication and creative approach to introducing fishing to America,” says Shane Wilson, President and Founder of Fishing’s Future.

Michael Carter

Michael Carter is the Accountant for the Point Isabel Independent School District. He is in charge of overseeing the School District’s $45 Million budget and all accounting and reporting.

Ken Duke

Managing Editor of Fishing Tackle Retailer Magazine, “The Business Magazine for the Sportfishing industry”.

He is the former senior editor of B.A.S.S. Publications (2005-14), former senior publicist of B.A.S.S. (2004-05) and former publications editor of Game & Fish Publications (1999-2004).

He sees himself as the multi-tool of outdoors media and the fishing industry — writer, editor, radio and podcast host/guest, historian, consultant, advisor, liaison, etc.

Ken has been in the outdoors publishing field since he was 19 years old, having sold his first manuscript to a national publication while a freshman in college.
Bass fishing is his passion, and he’s worked hard through the decades to know and understand more about the sport’s history than anyone else in the world.

He is a graduate of the University of Georgia (Political Science and English) and University of Georgia School of Law.
Ken is also the author of two books on bass fishing and has been published in more than 50 regional and national outdoor magazines.

Matt Fletcher

I have been very blessed in my life.  My Dad took time with me, taught me to fish, and taught me about the resource.  I remember fishing with both of my Grandads when I was growing up.  We moved to South Carolina when I was five.  My Dad bought a green fiberglass boat so we could fish on nearby Lake Marion (the upper Santee Cooper lake).  That is where I learned to fish and where I caught my first fish, a bluegill.  I now live on the Cooper River, just below Lake Moultrie (the lower Santee Cooper lake).  My life brought me back to this area and I think I am supposed to be here.

In my career, I have been very blessed to have worked for extended periods with two great fishing companies – Shakespeare (13 years) and Zebco for (10 years and counting).  I felt a connection with Shane and the great things Fishing’s Future is doing.  My son is 5 years old now and loves to fish.  I want other people and kids to have the same experiences and excitement I am trying to provide for him.

Enjoying the natural resources, reconnecting with old friends, time with your kids, are all great parts of the sport I would like more people to experience.  Fishing is a great activity that means something different to so many people.  When I tell people I work for Zebco, so many people say that must be an awesome job.  So many people have a story about their first Zebco reel.  The goodwill and heritage so many people feel with the sport of fishing is tremendous.

I really connected with Shane’s story on helping kids.  I have wanted to give my time to help people.

 

Catarino Lopez

Catarino “Cat” Lopez is the owner of Machete Creative and a grizzled advertising veteran with 20 years experience working on numerous blue chip General Market and Hispanic accounts. He oversees all marketing for Fishing’s Future and ensures that the mission and values of the brand are adhered to rigorously. When he’s not conjuring up new ad campaigns, you can find him on the waters of the Lower Laguna Madre in search of Redfish and Speckled Trout. He shares and instills his passion for fishing and the outdoors with his wife Leslie and two young boys Daniel and Benjamin and anyone else he can get on the water.

Chris Moorman

As an avid fisherman I have seen firsthand, the power of the outdoors to unplug from an ephemeral digital world. As we continue to see the powerful negative effects in the younger generation, increased depression, attention deficit disorder and social isolation, I believe that it is more important than ever before to engage our youth in the physical and natural world.

My path to Fishing’s Future was an organic one. As I went fishing one Saturday in Indianapolis, there were two neighborhood kids fishing off the dock with some busted equipment. After talking to them a little bit, I quickly ascertained that neither of them had ever been fishing with an adult. They walk from the projects about 1.5 miles most days to that boat ramp, just to have somewhere to go. Charles, the more talkative, is the middle of 7 kids to unmarried parents. His father has not worked in Charles’ memory, and his mother is trying to make ends meet with a job as a nursing assistant.

This boy just wants someone to take him fishing.

I got a lump in my throat as soon as I realized the determination of these two boys to stay out of trouble by keeping a line in the water. I quickly reached out to Shane Wilson, an old family friend, and realized that I had seen first hand the need for an organization like Fishing’s Future. Shane had a couple of poles in the mail almost immediately, and the sincere gratitude that those boys showed me was incredible.

The last two weekends, I have done that. We talked about gear ratios and canals, what he was doing in school and his plans for the future. All with a pole in hand.

When Shane mentioned the ability to take a more active role in the organization, he had me immediately, hook, line and sinker. I think that this organization is an incredibly worthy one, and I am happy to devote my time and talents to further Fishing Future’s mission.

Christiana Dijkman

Christiana “Chrissy” Dijkman was born in the Netherlands and lived in several countries as a child including Germany, Belgium, Libya, and Venezuela before settling in the US for high school. Chrissy attended Texas A & M University and obtained her law degree from the University of Houston (J.D., magna cum laude with honors, 1992).

She is a Partner in the Houston based law firm of Phillips & Akers and practices Civil Trial Law in the Rio Grande Valley.

Chrissy has always been concerned about the aquatic environment and when her daughter was born in 2007, she became more concerned about the legacy we are leaving behind for our children. When Shane Wilson introduced her to Fishing’s Future, Chrissy was honored to join an organization whose mission includes introducing and connecting kids to nature; and increasing awareness for the protection and conservation of our precious natural aquatic world.

Chrissy resides on the island paradise of South Padre Island, Texas and is an avid scuba diver and surfer (she and her husband, Kerry Schwartz, own Island Native Surf House on SPI). Chrissy, Kerry and their daughter Kenna share their Island home with two resident rescued dogs, a rescued cat, and various foster dogs and cats.

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