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  • Austin (Hill Country)

    Stacy Holt

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    Bartlett Scout Reservation

    Jim Burton

  • Black Warrior River

    Mike Bennett

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    Brownsville, Texas

    Andres Garcia

  • Brownsville, Texas

    Liana Garcia (Lerma)

  • Bryan, TX

    Amanda Yates

  • Central Texas-Boerne

    Matthew Allen

  • Clinton State Park Chapter

    Sherri Withers

  • Clinton, OH

    Joshua Nelson

  • Clinton, OH

    Sara Nelson

  • Corpus Christi, Texas

    Paul Silva

  • Crappie Stopper Jigs & Flies

    Kim Burnett

  • Dallas – Texas

    Ernie Barlow

  • Dodge City High School

    Dave Foster

  • Edmond, OK

    Joshua W. Stratton

  • El Paso, Texas

    Toni Van De Putte

  • Elberton, GA

    John Drury

  • Emporia, Kansas

    Phil Taunton

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    Emporia, Kansas

    Damon Drake

  • Fort Collins, Colorado

    Brendan Chenoweth

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    Four Corners

    Jeremiah Franco

  • FROG (Fort Riley Outdoorsmen Group)

    Steven R. Wahle

  • Greater St. Louis Area Chapter

    Tad Biggs

  • Greybull, WY

    Danielle Lampman

  • Houston, Texas

    Michael Scherer

  • Hull Valley Scout Reservation

    John Seidel

  • Ingleside, IL

    Steve Klubertanz

  • Johnson County, KS

    Frank Audano, Jr.

  • Junction City, Kansas

    Chris Biggs

  • Kansas Veterans, Topeka, KS

    Lyle Babcock

  • Katy Chapter

    Brenda Shaver

  • Laguna Atascosa NWR First Catch Center

    CindyMae Rucker / Steve Rucker

  • Laguna Atascosa NWR First Catch Center

    Steve Rucker

  • Lake Murray Chapter

    Adam Mosher

  • Leavenworth, Kansas

    Bill Horvath

  • Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

    Jeff Lucas

  • Lubbock, Texas

    Frank Garcia

  • Lytle, Texas

    Connie Petruskevich

  • Maize, Kansas

    Heidi Albin

  • McAllen, Texas

    Paul Trevino

  • McAllen, TX

    Tiffany Kersten

  • Minneapolis, MN

    Jim Edlund

  • Mission, Texas

    Roy Rodriguez

  • Mulvane, Kansas

    Gregory Schott

  • Nevada, MO

    John Copple

  • New Carol McAllen

    Carol Goolsby

  • Newton, Kansas

    Stuart Scott

  • Noblesville, Indiana

    Aaron Wilson

  • Ogden, UT

    Ken Cottle

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    Ogden, UT

    Joel Bass

  • Ogden, Utah

    Robert Matasic

  • Ohio Erie Canal & Tuscarawas River Chapter

    Shelia Adams

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    Olathe, Kansas

    Kristy Estabine

  • Outer Banks Chapter

    Christiane Deaton

  • Plainview, Texas

    Paul Fikes

  • Redding, California

    Eric Ersch

  • Rocky Mount, North Carolina

    Micah Zarse

  • Salina, Kansas

    Kevin Reich

  • South Padre Island, Texas

    Dan Wilson

  • Shane Wilson - Founder of Fishings Future

    South Padre Island, Texas

    Shane Wilson (Founder)

  • Sylvan Grove, KS

    Tommie Berger

  • Tar Heel Chapter

    Dr. Patrick Curley

  • Tom Lang

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    Upper Flat Creek, NC

    Leslie Rosenberg

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    Weatherford, Texas

    Ken Hyde

  • Wichita, Kansas

    Scott Sennett

Austin (Hill Country)

Stacy Holt loves fishing and especially helping others learn to fish, so joining Fishing’s Future was a perfect match. Stacy has volunteered for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Go Fishing programs and held clinics for Boy Scout troops. He enjoys competitive bass fishing and is the secretary for Tonkawa Bass Club here in the Austin, Texas area. Stacy has also boat captained various High School teams in area bass tournaments.

Stacy is a graduate of Texas A&M University. He served in the Marine Corps Reserve. He also retired from IBM after 35 years. He lives in Austin, Texas but covers the surrounding Hill Country lakes and State Parks.

Stacy is very excited to help a great organization like Fishing’s Future grow and help kids and families enjoy the great sport of fishing.

Austin, TX
Fishing's Future heroes

Bartlett Scout Reservation

Brigham City, UT

Black Warrior River

My name is Mike Bennett, I’m very excited to work with Fishing’s Future and share some of the great things that the sport of fishing has brought into my life. I grew up in Northern Ohio, and now study Environmental Engineering and Business Administration at the University of Alabama.

I started working in the fishing industry as soon as I was old enough to drive. I worked as a first mate on the EyeHooker, a Lake Erie charter fishing vessel. Not only was I living out my dream of getting payed to fish, but I was also learning a ton from my boss and mentor about being a fishing guide.

I went on to earn my captain’s license, and am beginning a position as a guide in Alaska this summer. My favorite part of guiding is passing on what I have learned over the years. Fishing’s Future is a phenomenal opportunity to do that, and I’m very excited to work with them.

The Black Warrior River Chapter is run by about 20 hard-working students at the University of Alabama. Our core volunteers come from all over the country, from states including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oklahoma and Tennessee. We’re excited to hold our own seminars and raise money to benefit Fishing’s Future on a national level. Roll Tide!

The Black Warrior River Chapter is run by about 20 hard-working students at the University of Alabama. Our core volunteers come from all over the country, from states including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Ohio, Oklahoma and Tennessee. We’re excited to hold our own seminars and raise money to benefit Fishing’s Future on a national level. Roll Tide!

Tuscaloosa, AL, 35401

Brownsville, Texas

Bryan, TX

Amanda Yates grew up in rural Brazos County, Texas before the days of video games and cell phones and started fishing around the age of 5. Her parents taught her to tie a knot, bait her hook and take her own fish off so she would stay occupied while they finished working cattle. Her first catch was a feisty perch and she has been hooked ever since. Some of her most cherished memories come from spending time with family throughout the years, fishing, camping, off-roading and trail riding. She is still residing in rural Brazos County, Texas and spends as much time as possible fishing all over the Brazos Valley.

Amanda is a graduate of Bryan High School Class of 1994, Blinn Jr. College Class of 2002 and Sam Houston State University Class of 2009. She has an A.A.S in Criminal Justice with Certifications in Corrections and Law Enforcement and a B.S in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology. She is certified through the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department as an Angler Educator and she is the President & Founder of H.O.P.E. (Helping Other People Experience) Redeeming Love/Outdoor Adventures Non Profit Organization.

Faith, Family and Fishing are Amanda’s passions in life. Her faith has carried her through all of life’s trials and drives her desire to give back to her community in ways that strengthen the family unit. Having come from a broken home and her experiences working in Corrections and with at risk youth, she understands that strong, familial bonds and positive, parental involvement are essential in raising confident and successful children. Having a tight knit, supportive family is one of Amanda’s greatest blessings. After losing her best friend and fishing partner unexpectedly in 2015, fishing went from being a hobby to a form of therapy for Amanda. She has learned some of her greatest lessons of grace, forgiveness, love and mercy while in pursuit of her next “catch”.

In January 2018, Amanda met VP of Operations, Michael Scherer, at the TPWD Angler Educator Certification class in Katy, Texas. After hearing the mission of Fishing’s Future and speaking with founder, Shane Wilson, there was no chance she would pass up an opportunity to start a local chapter in her hometown. She is honored to partner with such an amazing organization to bring the gift of “families forever” to her community through education and fishing.

Central Texas-Boerne

Clinton State Park Chapter

I started work at Clinton State Park with Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism (KDWPT) in February of 1999.  KDWPT partners with Fishing’s Future, which is where I was introduced to this great program in 2015.   My official title is Administrative Specialist here at the State Park.  I help the State Park by selling fishing & hunting licenses, deer & turkey tags, boat registrations, paying our bills and remitting the over a half a million in yearly revenue sales that is collected throughout our state park.    In 2004 I also took on the care and interpretive programs for our live Kansas animals that we have on display at the state park office.  (Snakes, Turtles, Lizards, Toads and Scorpions)  Sharing the knowledge and respect that I’ve learned over the years about our Kansas animal friends is what lead me to become a Master Angler with Fishing’s Future.  It’s just another way for me to share my love of “passing it on” to others.

The Clinton Lake Reservoir is near Lawrence, KS where I was born and raised.   I now live a short drive from Lawrence in Baldwin City with my husband Jason of almost 14 years and my two step children, Adam & Olivia.

Some of my earliest memories are fishing with my grandpa, uncles and siblings.    (I have 11 brothers & sisters!)  They are very special times that I can remember very fondly with my family.   Although Adam & Olivia are now almost 19 & 21 and aren’t “children” anymore, Jason and I still love our fishing outings as a family.  Passing along what my grandpa passed down to me and enjoying the outdoors.

The Clinton State Park Fishing’s Future Chapter is fairly new.   We host an annual Outdoor Kids Day the second Saturday in August each year.  In 2017 we will celebrate our 14th annual event.  Since partnering with Fishing’s Future and becoming our own Chapter, we have seen even more attendance to our events. Thanks to Fishing’s Future, 25 volunteers and other sponsors in 2016 we had 125 in attendance with their siblings, parents or grandparents.  When you are near a large city you have to compete with other events, so we were very pleased with the turn out.

We have plans to add 2 or 3 additional events to our event calendars in 2017.   We will post them here on the Fishing’s Future website, our partnering KDWPT Clinton State Park News page and our Facebook Pages.

Clinton, OH

I was born and raised in Northwest Ohio and grew up hunting and fishing. Upon graduating high school, I enlisted in the Army National Guard and also went to college. I began my career as a Police Officer and shortly after was deployed to the Middle East.  After coming home from the Middle East continued with my career as a Police Officer and my children grew older. My father passed away in 2013 and I remembered all of the times my dad and I spent hunting and fishing. I then took up fishing again as a way to try to make memories with my family just as my dad and I shared.

Fishing is an activity that my family and I could do, to spend time together and enjoy the outdoors. My wife Sara and I have decided that we would like to pay back some of the knowledge and experiences we have gained by joining the Fishing’s Future Family.

Port Clinton, OH

Clinton, OH

I was born and raised in Port Clinton, Ohio. I spent my childhood outdoors hunting and fishing on Lake Erie. I graduated from Tiffin University with a bachelors degree in Criminal Justice. I have worked part-time as a juvenile probation officer for the past 15 years. My husband Josh and I have two sons, Andrew (17) and Griffin (10). My husband Josh got me into Bass Fishing two years ago and I have been hooked ever since. As a family we enjoy many outdoor activities; Kayaking, hiking, fishing, bird watching, and hunting for beach glass on the shores of Lake Erie. We are very passionate about fishing and look forward to uniting families and teaching them how to fish.

Port Clinton, OH

Corpus Christi, Texas

Paul obtained a B.S. in Marine Biology from Texas A & M in Galveston in 1982 and after short stints with the National Marine Fisheries Service and the National Park Service, Paul began his career with Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in 1986. Paul started working at the CCA/CPL Marine Development Center producing red drum, spotted seatrout and flounder fingerlings to enhance populations. During his tenure he participated in producing over 500,000,000 fish for stocking into Texas bays.  While at the hatchery he completed his master’s degree at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and wrote his thesis “Operational Methods and Procedures for Production of Red Drum Fingerlings at the Gulf Coast Conservation Association – Central Power & Light Marine Development Center.”  This was used to standardized hatchery procedures and as a training reference for new hatchery employees.  After 22 years at the hatchery Paul transferred to his current position with the Ecosystem Resources Program, with a goal of protecting and enhancing the habitats for the fingerlings that are produced. Paul promotes the conservation, restoration and enhancement of fish, wildlife, and habitats through coordination with federal, state and non-governmental agencies. Paul works with the general public, scientific community and local schools to educate and provide public awareness of protecting Texas’ natural resources. Paul enjoys working with youth and promotes TPWD’s motto “Life is Better Outdoors” by serving as a certified instructor for TPWD’s Angler, Hunter and Boater education programs.  Paul looks forward to continuing his fishing outreach education by starting a Fishing’s Future chapter in Corpus Christi.

Paul is also active in the community and serves as Vice President on Board of Directors for the Coastal Bend Bays Foundation, President for Sea City Work Camp, Trustee for St. Thomas Knights of Columbus, member of St. Thomas Parish Council and is on the Board of Directors for the Corpus Christi Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association.  Paul served on the Executive Board of the inaugural Coastal Brigades summer camp that taught youth about the coastal environment with emphasis in conservation, habitat management, water quality, saltwater fisheries and freshwater inflows.   Paul enjoys sharing his knowledge of biology and conservation with future biologists by serving as an adjunct professor at TAMU-CC for the past 4 years.

Corpus Christi, TX

Crappie Stopper Jigs & Flies

Kim Burnett was first introduced to fishing at the tender age of 3 years old by his mother and father in the city of Olathe, Ks.

Once Kim caught his first fish he was literally hooked for life.

From that moment on Kim and his father would take many trips to lakes, ponds, and rivers to enjoy their time together fishing. Tragically at 15 years old Kim’s father unexpectedly passed away, leaving a young son to figure out the world on his own.

This life changing moment was the unfortunate event that Kim was able to use to propel his gift of fishing to the next level.

Upon discovering this new found motivation for his passion of fishing, he began to study all of the types of fishing there are, from Bass, catfish, trout, and more.

At 18 years old he was introduced to Fly Fishing. Around that same time Kim started a family with his beautiful wife, Carolyn Burnett, and his three children. His life then consisted of working and fishing.

Fast forward to 25, Burnett was about to experience the next life altering moment when he found is groove in Fly-Tying.

Always being a quick learner with a great work ethic, Burnett immediately began creating, assembling and using his own jigs. After a few outings, catching the limits, and sharing his information with the fisherman around him (who were gathering increasingly more at each fishing spot he went to and wondering what he was using) he decided to start his own business. Crappie Stopper Jigs & Flies (1998).

A few classes, a lot of practice, and a lot of fishing later, Burnett, now 50, is one of the most sought after fishermen in his city. He is also an award winning, Traveling Fly-Fishing and Fly-Tying instructor.

You might ask, what is Mr. Burnett doing when he is not serving on the board of the Olathe Fishing derby, giving kids opportunities to learn about and participate in the sport he loves, helping run The Kansas Crappie Club, fishing in crappie tournaments, teaching Fly-Tying at K+K Fly Fishing and Bass Pro Shops, doing fishing expos and seminars for adults and kids all around the midwest, or being an amazing husband, dad and Papa?

Kim Burnett also known as Big Fish, and also known as The Crappie Stopper, is most definitely at an exclusive spot somewhere… still fishing.

He aims to give back to his community by keeping the useful lifeskill of fishing alive, and making a positive impact on the younger and older generations alike by teaching and showing them the art and lifestyle of a true fisherman.

“Give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime.”

He believes if you keep God first, work hard and have fun you will always succeed.

Join the movement. Find him on the water, buy a jig and/or fly and catch the limit!

Olathe, KS

Dodge City High School

Edmond, OK

Red Dirt Chapter

Elberton, GA

My love and passion for fishing started as a small child (4 or 5) fishing off the dock at Lake Lanier, in the clear north Georgia creeks and rivers and the Florida coast near my grand parents’ home in Clearwater.  My brother Harley and I fished the Chattahoochee River from Buford Dam to metro Atlanta from our canoe and mowed lawns to buy a small, used johnboat and Elgin outboard motor when I was 13.  Our camping and fishing adventures were wonderfully supported by our mom and dad.

During the summer between freshman and sophomore years at Emory University, I taught canoeing and fishing at Camp Hiawassee in North Georgia to kids aged 8 to 16.  Fresh trout for breakfast over a campfire is a wonderful lesson.  Here is where I first truly realized the significance of the outdoors and fishing to young peoples’ lives.

Since then, I’ve fished in the Caribbean for Marlin and bonefish; the coast of Florida for tarpon, redfish, trout and other beautiful and tasty species: King Mackerel , Wahoo, Snapper and Grouper… in Alaska for Salmon and Grayling and the Rockies for Rainbow and Cutthroat Trout.

My wife Mollie began fishing with me when we started dating and my 3 daughters have fished with me since they were old enough to hold a rod.  Our friends and their children ask us to take them fishing and we do.  So, they too know the pleasure of tight-lines and squealing drag… and fresh fish on the grill.  But, most of all, we know the wonder and grandeur of the great outdoors; being one with nature watching ospreys soar overhead.

I’m bringing Fishing’s Future to Georgia because I’ve long believed that every kid and family become better stewards of nature and kinder, more loving people if they spend some time relaxing and fishing on any pond, creek, lake or ocean where the stress and noise of the typical day to day is washed away.  I’ve never seen/heard anyone hook, catch and release a fish then say, “I don’t want to do that again.”  Nope, they all say, “Let’s do that again!”  I’m never sure if they realize that – they too are hooked.

Elberton, GA

Emporia, Kansas

Phil is actively involved in getting kids and families outdoors to help combat “nature deficit disorder” through a number of volunteer and conservation organization programs.  He is currently involved in “No Child Left Inside” initiatives and last March was recognized as the National Wildlife Federation’s, 2013 “Volunteer of the Year.”

Phil is a free-lance outdoor adventure writer and host of a weekly radio show called “What’s in Outdoors”.

Phil co-authored an Emporia State University, Kansas School Naturalist publication titled “Last Child on the Prairie”.

Appreciation, history, preservation and education concerning Kansas’ secret treasures, the Flint Hills prairie is one of his passions.

Phil cherished the relationship he had with his father and has passed his father’s love of the outdoors to his own family.

Phil’s love of the outdoors, his appreciation of wildlife and sharing this passion with others keeps him happy, happy, happy!

Pass it on!

Emporia, KS
Fishing's Future heroes

Emporia, Kansas

Fort Collins, Colorado

Ft. Collins, CO

Fishing's Future heroes

Four Corners

Fruitland, NM

FROG (Fort Riley Outdoorsmen Group)

Steve Wahle’s bio is coming soon…….

Ft. Riley, KS

Greater St. Louis Area Chapter

Shrewsbury, MO

“Tad” H.W. Biggs, II is a native of Missouri and enjoys the abundant outdoor opportunities the state has to offer whether fishing or hiking. Tad was named after his father “Froggie” Hubert Biggs He grew up catching bait and fishing alongside his family and friends in the creeks, rivers, ponds and lakes in Missouri. Tad and wife Diane both believe that it is our responsibility to educate children to be responsible stewards of the earth. Tad’s goal is to pass on to the next generation of kids the love of fishing as well as educating them on the joys of the outdoors.

Tad is currently active as a Boy Scouts of America Certified Angling Instructor and the BSA Greater St. Louis Area Council Fishing Committee Chair. He and  son Calvin spend their spare time instructing the youth and adults of the Greater St. Louis area on how to fish. Tad is responsible for creating the Cub Scout Angler Education Day event which is now the sixth module of the Cub Scout Fishing Program.

“Teach a kid only how to fish and they will be back playing on their phone within thirty minutes. Teach a kid to experience nature all around him, how to build their own rod, catch their own bait, read the ripples in the water, know what fish they are fishing for, and how to prepare what they have caught will hook them for life.”  Tad


Shrewsbury, MO

Greybull, WY

I was raised in Basin, Wyoming.  Now I live in Greybull, about 7 miles away from where I was raised. I have my loving husband Jason and we have 3 children combined!  I have two children, Camryn and Ashtyn and Jason’s daughter Summer.

I was raised in the country by my grandparents and was able to attend summer camps, play sports and spend as much time as I wanted outside.   My sister and I would play in the fields, built forts and cool off by jumping into the ditches (if only we had known that it was dirty canal water).  My grandfather was a military man and although he taught me many things and spent lots of time with me, we just didn’t go many places, including fishing.  I didn’t realize how much I really loved to fish until I was a teenager and went with some friends.  Fishing was a self-taught thing for me.  I like to hike and camp and in the winter we ski and snowboard.  Every time we go somewhere we learn something new.

My children love to fish.  My son, Camryn, will get on his bike every day, and ride up to the local raw water pond and sit until dark with his friends and fish.  My best friend and husband, Jason has a daughter, Summer, and we spend most of our time camping and fishing in the summer time.  Jason and I both have concerns of our children relying on electronics, so we want to teach them things they can do outdoors.  We wish for children to learn survival skills as well as enjoying the beauty and serenity that we have right in our back yards.   Jason is careful to have the kids learn and practice everything that he teaches them.  It really is amazing to watch him teach and them learn.

3 years ago, I was approached regarding stocking the raw water pond, and how years ago a fishing event was held there.  I had 3 weeks, but was determined and with Jason’s help and the help of family members and friends, we pulled it off.  We had almost 100 participants!  That is a big turnout for our rural community.    This year I decided to go even bigger and with some basic email contacts I was put in touch with Fishing’s Future.  What an awesome honor to be part of this great organization.  Thank you for this opportunity.   Wyoming embraces you!

UPDATE!!  2016 we had over double the participation at the local pond!

This year, 2017, we did more individual camps and a lot of one on one, as our access to the location of the Town’s Raw Water pond has been denied.  It just makes us stronger and want to work harder!!!  We love what we do and spending time with kids is the ultimate reward.  We are currently looking into a new location to hold an annual event to run for years to come.

Greybull, WY

Houston, Texas

Michael Scherer (Fishing’s Future – VP Operations) A native Texan and enjoys the many water opportunities available in this great diverse area. He truly believes in teaching environmental stewardship and educating families about protecting the wonderful world of water critters.

Wife Elizabeth, son Simon (Eagle Scout), and daughter Katherine (Kat) spend many weekends at various Texas Parks & Wildlife Take Me Fishing events. As a family, they work together to put smiles on children’s faces – one catch at a time.

When not spending time with his family, Michael enjoys learning about Texas aquatic science, building aquatic learning kits for youth, and bug picking the waterways.

Michael is an active leader in the Boy Scouts of America, BSA Certified Angler Instructor & Merit Badge Counselor  , TPWD Area Chief Katy, Outdoor Ethics Instructor, Monofilament Line Collector, and Mentor to Katy ISD  Elem School Green team called the Green Hornets.

Sits on Texas Inland Fisheries Advisory Board & Coastal Brigade / Texas Brigades Board.

As a steward of the land and water, Michael has learned to respect what is around him and to help prepare the youth to also learn how to respect what is around them.

You can contact him by email:  michael.scherer@fishingsfuture.org


Houston, TX

Hull Valley Scout Reservation

John started in the fly fishing industry in 1975 traveling the country with his father T.R. Seidel of “Seidel”  fishing products.  In 1985 he began as a commercial fly tier for several fly shops in Denver Colorado.  In 1989 he started Tite Line fishing as the “rebirth of “Seidel” leader sink and dry fly powder after his father passed away several years earlier.

While operating Tite Line Fishing John had the privilege of working with some of the great names in fly fishing; Will Godfrey, Jack Dennis, John Baily, Orvis, and several over great people in the industry including some larger companies outside the US including CAP’s Corp.

John also was a member on the Board of Director in the West Denver Chapter of F.F.F. there he worked in the education and speaker to help with continuing education and seminars.  He had the opportunity to work with some fantastic names and educators including; Gary Borger, Gary Loomis and Doug Swisher.

Because of his great love of the outdoors and fly fishing he moved to Montana were he started a guide service and later became a premier outfitter and guide featuring gourmet stream side lunches on the bank of the Missouri River, the Madison, the Gallatin and Jefferson.  Because of his success he was given the opportunity to be features on ESPN II with Jim & Kelly Watt several times.  During that period he continued to travel the country and a paid celebrity speaker for ISE, O’Loughlin’s and Eastern Fly Fishing Show.

In 2005 John sold Tite Line Fishing and acts as a business consultant for his old company.  He still attends one or two shows a years as a way of keeping in touch with the industry and old friends.

Preston, ID

Ingleside, IL

Serving families in the Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin areas.  Proudly bringing families out for a great time on the water, making memories, and educating youth and adults alike on the joys of family, friendship, fellowship, and FISHING!!!  See you on the water!!



Ingleside, IL

Johnson County, KS

I was raised a Kansas farm boy around Waverly, KS. After attending ESU, I was an IT and Business/Principal Consultant as I traveled all over the US working various projects from New York City to San Francisco before I finally decided on settling down in Kansas City with my Real Estate Business www.FranksRealty.com . I love helping others and work with various community service oriented programs throughout the year.

As an Eagle Boy Scout, I’m an active volunteer with Boy/Girl Scouts In the Kansas City and surrounding areas.

Fishing’s Future – I am the Johnson County, KS chapter organizer for this Free non-profit service. Fishing’s Future provides opportunities for individuals, groups, and families to learn more about fishing and have FUN while learning. Contact me for more information or if you would like to schedule an event. Fishing is a passion of mine and I love teaching others regardless of their experience. FFJoCo@Gmail.com

Olathe, KS

Junction City, Kansas

Chris Biggs – Kansas born, Tennessee raised. Moved back to KS in 2011. Father of two beautiful girls and one hard working loving wife that supports me to the moon and back! Passionate for family and outdoor life. I am a Board Director at the Geary County Fish and Game. Enjoy a good round of skeet then head to the lake for some fishing. I have hunted deer in Tennessee but not in Kansas yet. I am a certified Hunter Education Instructor and an Angler Educator for the state of Kansas. I am very patient with children as I want them to succeed in every aspect. Being a Master Angler for Fishing’s Future is truly the icing on the cake as I cherish family values and love fishing at the same time. ”

Junction City, KS

Kansas Veterans, Topeka, KS

Katy Chapter

Brenda Shaver enjoys having the opportunity to connect children and their families to the great outdoors by teaching them to fish together. She believes in the importance of teaching children a lifetime sport they can one day pass along to their own families. As a Physical Education teacher, she had the opportunity to help bring fishing to Katy ISD, in 2003-2004, by providing opportunities for Fishing Clubs and Fishing Field trips. In a partnership with Texas Parks & Wildlife, she was a co-founder of Take Me Fishing Hutsell, once known as a pilot program through Texas Parks & Wildlife as Take Me Fishing Houston. Fishing Clubs, Fishing Field trips & Take Me Fishing Hutsell continue to grow and thrive in the Katy community introducing children and their families to fishing.

Brenda’s earliest memories of fishing were those with her Dad, Mom, brother and sisters in South Texas. Many a day were spent fishing in the bays of Port O’Conner and Matagorda.  Her first introduction to fresh water fishing was when her family moved to Arizona where they fished on Lake Powell. It was during this time she grew to love the adventures in the great outdoors.

As a retired teacher, Brenda continues to have an active role in Katy ISD’s, Fishing’s Future and Texas Parks & Wildlife fishing programs, teaching children Angler Education, Boater Safety and respect for our environment. One of her greatest joys is watching a child catch their very first fish. The smiles and excitement are contagious!

Laguna Atascosa NWR First Catch Center

About Us !

You want to know the short version or the long version? Well here is both, you choose!


Here is my short Bio lol,

My Cindy Mae Rucker, and I like to be called by both my first and middle CindyMae!

I was born and raised in Brownsville Texas  in 1965 to Buster and Vivian Harris and I am married to Stephen(Steve) R. Rucker.

I consider myself to be an open book with many pages and a sort of Jack of all trades. My favorite pages are being a mother of 3, grandmother of 7 with another one on the way, a step-mother to 13 and step-grandmother to 18 and last but least the Fishings Future Master Angler of the Laguna Atascosa NWR First Catch Center Chapter. This is a 2 year pilot program and the 1st ever Take Me Fishing First Catch Center.

Being a Fishings Future Master Angler and having the Laguna Atascosa NWR First Catch Center Chapter is my passion and a dream come true. I am honor and proud to be apart of the Fishings Future family and to have a Take Me Fishing First Catch Centers  Chapter.

The best part is bring families together and seeing them make those forever lasting memories like I have.

Many thanks,

CindyMae Rucker (no it is not a typo, remember I like to be called by my first & middle name)

Fishing’s Future Master Angler of Laguna Atascosa NWR First Catch Center Chapter

Long Bio all of the above plus this,

My Dad was a Shrimper and my parents had the largest fleet of Shrimp Boat’s in the Brownsville Shrimp Basin, their own unloading dock and a Seafood Market on Hwy 48 in Brownsville Texas. I was blessed to have 3 sister and 1 brother growing up around the docks and we learned to fish with what ever was available. Fishing was just a part of my and my life. We of course learned how to head shrimp a very young age.

My parents took us every where and we went every where they did and took us to every community event they possibly could.

I have had lots of jobs and several certificates and diplomas. I have work at of all three of my parents places throughout my life as both their secretary and the Manager of their Seafood Market. I got Cosmetology License, worked as Secretary and Bookkeeper for local Trucking company and a car lot, went to work as Sales Distributor for DK Books to Libraries and Schools in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, got a Paraprofessional Teachers License, Homeschooled my Son for 3 years, worked as a Waitress and Bartender, went back to school when my kids grow up, made the Dean’s List and President List for a 4.00 grade average in both Medical Office Specialist and Medical Assistant ( yes I am proud of that) got both diplomas and went to work for a chiropractor, returned to being a stay at home mom which is my favorite job, grew a garden and sold extras at 3 local farmers market, became a grandmother which is the second greatest job of all. I have also had animals from the normal home pets to farm animals of all kinds thought all of the above.

Now I work part time at Peggy’s Cakes and More (the more part has gone out of hand lol), became a State Registered Certified Volunteer and I volunteer for just about anything, I am a Texas Parks and Wildlife Certified Angler Instructor and last but not least as I said above I am the Fishings Future Master Angler of  Laguna Atascosa NWR First Catch Center.

I try to hand down what my parents taught me and what I learned growing up to my kids and grandkids when ever possible.

They are all grown up now but from day one they have been my life. I know I probably drove them crazy, always being involved with everything they did. Especially when it came to school, I was there a lot and their teachers loved….me lol. Well truth be told when I was not there I worried about them. I personally struggled through school with several learning disabilities. I knew how difficulties and painful it could be when you do not understand or can not do certain things as good or fast as others. I struggled but I was blessed to have some great teaches and great family support they ever gave up on me. I even had a teacher (you know who you are) come to my house every day in the summer time to teach me Times-tables.

I raised my kids the same way my parents raise me, like me Fishings Future Camps and several other Community events in my area had a huge impact in their lives. Those are some of the best times I have ever had with my kids and my grandkids.

Come join us and see how “Fishings Future is more than a sport”

Many thanks,

CindyMae Rucker (no its a typo, remember I like to be called by my first & middle name)

Fishing’s Future Master Angler of Laguna Atascosa NWR First Catch Center Chapter


Rio Hondo, TX

Laguna Atascosa NWR First Catch Center

Hello my name is Steve Rucker, I was born in 1957 in Brownsville and raised in Brownsville, Texas. I have fished the Brownsville area since I was a very young child. I have raised 17 some are stepchildren and they all have respect and knowledge of fishing. At this time I have 25 grandkids give or take some are step grandkids also but it doesn’t’ make a difference to me. So Fishings Future was a natural choice for me to participant in with my wife Cindymae. My wife and I hope to further the cause in any way possible and bring families together to enjoy fishing the way I do respectfully.

Rio Hondo, TX

Lake Murray Chapter

P.O. Box 212 Gilbert, SC 29054 United States

Leavenworth, Kansas

As a life-long fisherman, I’m excited by the opportunities I see in the near future as a new chapter of Fishing’s Future. I grew up bank fishing the Ohio Canal and graduated to catching perch and walleye at Lake Erie, even in the winter ice fishing. Because of my military career all around the States, I’ve had the opportunity to wet a line from Ohio to Florida, Virginia to California and even several years in Hawaii catching monster marlin and tuna.

I’m currently a member of the Ft Leavenworth Rod and Gun Club (with over 300 members) and the Secretary and Youth Chairman of the Leavenworth Bass Club (about 40 members). I’m also a certified Fishing merit badge instructor for Boy Scouts and am certified for working Girl  Scouts fishing events. We also support the Northwest Missouri State Fishing Club in Maryville, MO, giving numerous classes throughout the school year, and have supported them with boats during their college level tournaments.

Between the two organizations, I have been involved annually in numerous fishing activities with both adults and kids to include:

  • 2 Kid’s Fishing Derbies on Ft Leavenworth, average 150 kids, 300 adults, 50 volunteers
  • A Kid’s Fishing Derby at the Cabela’s outdoor pond, 200 kids plus family members
  • A Casting Kids event inside Cabela’s, average 100 kids
  • The Special American Fishing Event (SAFE) supporting 40-75 developmentally handicapped folks
  • The Kid’s Festival annually on Ft Leavenworth, teaching pitching and flipping to the youngsters
  • Fishing for Freedom for the past five years. Although not a kid’s event, we take wounded warriors for an all expense paid weekend of bass fishing at Truman Reservoir. This year we had about 140 volunteer boaters and warriors with us.
  • Seminars to newly arrived service members about local area fishing opportunities.

In the near future, we will be hosting several seminars with the Northwest Missouri State University Fishing Club in Maryville, MO. It’s great being able to work with so many young folks helping them to get involved in the great sport of fishing.

Leavenworth, KS

Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

Jeff was born and raised in Catawissa, Pennsylvania (near Bloomsburg) and currently resides in Allentown Pennsylvania.  He has a beautiful wife, daughter and a handsome son.  Growing up in the country in Catawissa, it was easy to have a great passion for the outdoors.  At about the age of 5 Jeff still remembers his first fish (a Rainbow Trout) he ever caught and how excited he was on the opening day of trout fishing with his father and older brothers.  With his first fish in hand, he remembers running over to show his dad and almost tripping over fishing poles along the way.

For about 25 years after his first fish, Jeff enjoyed fishing with live bait until fishing with artificial lures became another of his challenges .  It was not long after fishing with artificial lures and sitting in on several professional bass fishing seminars, that Jeff found himself in a local bass fishing club fishing tournaments.  In 2005, he became the club’s Youth & Conservation Director organizing and facilitating local youth events.  Besides fishing, Jeff enjoys taking his family camping, hiking, biking, boating and simply cooking hotdogs over a fire in the backyard.  He also enjoys scuba diving to get a different perspective of life under the water.

Jeff is a middle school science teacher who enjoys teaching and getting his students excited about science.  He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Ed. (Biology) at Kutztown University.  He then attained his Master’s in Technology in the Classroom through Wilkes University and continues to improve his professional career.

In 2008, Jeff combined his love for science and his passion for fishing and created Lucas Lures (www.LucasLures.com), a small business making “custom” soft plastic fishing lures.  Jeff is excited to be a part of Fishing’s Future’s Mission to share his passion for fishing and the outdoors with the youth of today.

Allentown, PA

Maize, Kansas

Heidi Albin is the science teacher and character education coordinator at Complete High School Maize, a small alternative high school in Maize, KS that focuses heavily on character development and life skills.    Heidi is passionate about teaching character and life skills through experiences, and Fishing’s Future is the perfect program for this.  Many of Heidi’s students come from difficult backgrounds and have missed out on the opportunities that are normally associated with childhood; the Maize Fishing’s Future Chapter that Heidi established for her students has made it possible for them to experience the outdoors and learn the visceral object lessons that nature provides.

 “When students catch a fish, a smile radiates across their face and their eyes light up.  In that moment, they have forgotten their past hurts and their present struggles; all of that is replaced by a sense of pride and accomplishment that encourages them to strive for more.”  – Heidi Albin

Heidi has also established a Kansas Wild chapter at CHSM to enhance outdoor learning and created a garden classroom through a grant she was awarded through Kansas Association for Conservation and Environmental Education.  Heidi went through Paws For Freedom training to bring a facility therapy dog, Kinsey, to CHSM in order to provide emotional support to her students.  Kinsey enjoys fishing and exploring with Heidi and her students.  Heidi was also recognized as a 2017 National Milken Educator.

Maize, KS

McAllen, TX

Minneapolis, MN

Mission, Texas

Roy is a lifelong Texan, hunter and fisherman employed by Texas Parks & Wildlife Department as Park Naturalist for Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park & World Birding Center.  For over fifteen years, Roy J. Rodriguez has also been a Natural Resource Interpreter, consultant and environmental educator involved in numerous conservation endeavors.

A self-taught birder, Roy’s thorough knowledge and passion for teaching have transformed him into one of the Valley’s most sought-after bird watching guides.  His experience as a professional birding guide has taken him across the U.S. & Mexico and from the Arctic Circle to the shores of the Yellow Sea.  He is a TPW Master Interpreter, a charter member of the Lower Rio Grande Valley Chapter of Texas Master Naturalists, lead instructor for the National Hispanic Environmental Council’s Environmental Training Institute Scholarship programs and presenter for the Changing the Face of American Birding Diversity Conferences.

Pharr, TX

Mulvane, Kansas

Gregory’s bio coming soon.

Mulvane, KS

Nevada, MO

Vernon County Missouri Chapter

I am John, a grandfather who enjoys fishing with my two grandsons. My first memories of fishing go back to local trips with my dad and my granddad, both of whom also enjoyed the experience of fishing as much, or more than, the catch.

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism Fisheries Biologist Don George has worked hard to provide great fisheries in Linn County Kansas, where I live. Although there is a wide variety of fish in our local waters, catfish are my favorite catch. With KDWP&T feeders on several area lakes I can pretty quickly pull in a couple of nice catfish for a meal, but I most enjoy the quiet of nature and often spend several hours at a time with a fishing pole just watching the water and the surrounding wildlife.

When I started working with my grandsons I was surprised at how quickly they caught onto the mechanics of casting as well as the concept of catch and release. My two little guys live in a single parent household and are close by so I can spend plenty of time with them in the outdoors.

I realized over the past couple of years that there are lots of little folks out there who would love the experience of fishing but who for a variety of reasons don’t get the opportunity to fish. That is what brought me to Fishing’s Future, where we help expose youngsters and their families to the fun of fishing. I look forward to each event and the fun that there is in helping adults and children connect with each other and with the hobby of fishing.

Our chapter is involved extensively in after-school programs and area fishing derbies. Fishing’s Future gives me the outlet to make an impact on other lives and in particular to share my love of fishing.

Pleasanton, KS

New Carol McAllen

McAllen, TX

Noblesville, Indiana

Aaron was born and raised in Alexandria, Indiana and currently resides in Fishers, Indiana. He has a beautiful wife and two lovely daughters Ava and Ellie, as well as two spoiled Dachshunds. One of Aaron’s life long passions is the outdoors.  Aaron’s keen interest for fishing began as a small child while fishing local farm ponds with his father.  Aaron recalls learning life lessons during his family’s annual fishing trip to Mesick, Michigan fishing the Mantisee.

Building on the skills learned as a young child, Aaron competed in several amateur fishing events throughout Indiana.   Aaron now spends his spare time fly-fishing the White River for Smallmouth Bass.  During the winter months Aaron pursues his love for the outdoors by ice fishing and hunting white-tailed deer

Aaron earned his Masters in Nursing and a Masters in Business Administration from Anderson University and is currently the Manager of Clinical Operations and Trauma Center for Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital. Developing the Indiana chapter for Fishing’s Future is an important priority to Aaron. “The mission of Fishing’s Future is to introduce and reconnect kids to the outdoors, while creating the unique opportunity for families to strengthen bonds through fishing.  Families today have to compete with technology to connect to each other; our clinics will provide an opportunity for parents to get kids outside while strengthening their relationships with one another.  Teaching children the art of fishing is vital to the preservation, conservation, and restoration of our natural habitats.

The lifelong lessons I’ve learned from fishing include patience, persistence, and respect.  These virtues have shaped my life and encouraged me to make right life decisions.  I encourage parents to come out to a clinic and experience the special bond that fishing can create. It’s about being together.“

Noblesville, IN

Ogden, UT

Fishing has been an interest of Ken’s as long as he can remember.  By age twelve, one could say he was committed (hooked) on the sport of fishing.  Often on summer mornings he would be up and fishing by 6:00 a.m. and home again with a limit of fish for breakfast.  However, this happened perhaps too often so his father encouraged him on the idea of “catch and release”.  As a member of the Boy Scouting program as a young man, most of their scouting camps centered on fishing activities.  His boyhood experiences with fishing were so positive that it influenced his career choice of becoming a Physical Education teacher and guide his students to become anglers.  As a father and grandfather along with support from his wife Belvadean, teaching his children and grandchildren the skills of fishing have always been a part of family activities and vacations.

In the years 1997 through 2002 he was given the opportunity to pioneer fishing classes for The Lifetime Sports program, as part of the Weber High School Physical Education Department.  This one semester State Accredited class was well accepted and included both young men and young women.  This course allowed the students to receive part of their Physical Education requirement for graduation.

From 2001 to 2014 as the lead instructor and volunteer, he served the Ogden City Recreation Department as part of the Utah Urban Youth Fishing Club Programs. He was instrumental in the development of Glassman Pond as a “Community Pond” in the Utah Urban Fisheries state wide program. During that time, he was fortunate to be recognized three times by the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources. Volunteer of the Year in 2005, Outstanding Service Award 2010, and in 2014 he was awarded a Stewardship Award as Community Fisheries Mentor of the Year.  In Scouting in 2016 he was recognized with the William T. Hornaday Gold Badge for teaching conservation within fishing programs.

Ken has been a Merit Badge Councilor for Fishing and Fly Fishing in the Trapper Trails Council since 2003.  He holds Certifications as a Fishing Instructor from The Utah Division of Wildlife Resources Urban Fisheries Program 2000 to present,” Take Me Fishing” Passport to Fishing and Boating 2003 to present, Future Fisherman Foundation “Hooked on Fishing” 2012 to present, and a B.S.A. Certified Angling Instructor 2016.

As chairman of the Trapper Trails Council Fishing Committee he has influenced the development of four chapters of Fishing’s Future, the organization that provides quality fishing equipment and programs so scouts can receive the Fishing and Fly Fish Merit Badges while at summer camp.  The three camps that have FF Chapters are Camp Hull Valley, Camp Bartlett and Camp New Fork.  The fourth FF Chapter provides Cub Scout Day Campers fishing skills of casting and fish identification so they can become better anglers.  For the past six years, he has trained summer camp fishing staffs.  He recently has been appointed as Western Region Area 2 Fishing liaison for the B.S.A. National Fishing Committee.

Ogden, UT
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Ogden, UT

Camp New Fork

Ogden, Utah

Junior Anglers!  For as long as I can remember, I’ve always loved the water and have been fascinated by the challenge and thrill of catching fish! From a very young age, I have been blessed with many opportunities fishing the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans as well as many lakes and streams throughout the Country and Mexico. Regardless if I’m bobber fishing for Bluegill or fishing for shark in a chum line, the thrill and excitement is always present!

I grew up in Phoenix, Arizona and graduated from Northern Arizona University. Shortly after, I moved to Fort Collins, Colorado where I fell in love with the abundant streams, lakes and beautiful country. It is true that Trout live in the prettiest places on earth! Over the last 20 years I have developed a special interest in fly fishing and found I’ve enjoyed sharing, teaching and learning from others this amazing sport.

Most recently, I’ve moved to Ogden, Utah and like Colorado, have abundant resources to fish and enjoy the outdoors. Throughout my life, I have enjoyed serving within my community by teaching and mentoring in various youth programs. I’m excited to join Fishing’s Future as a Master Angler/Instructor and look forward to sharing the joys of fishing with kids and their parents.

Ogden, UT

Ohio Erie Canal & Tuscarawas River Chapter

What does it take to bring total strangers together sometimes with unrelated skills and expectations to work together towards a common goal and in the end, they all believed and felt it was as a team effort? It is not easy as Shelia can tell you, as she is one of those people that is fearless when confronted with challenges and overcoming the obstacles that others may stumble over and lose heart through sheer will and tenacity. Shelia is able to bring together her business coalition building skills with her common sense and human nature/motherly skills that she has acquired over …. years married to the same man, raising 3 children and providing the support and inspiration to 4 grand kids. This experience has allowed for Shelia to bring to the table a variable of different life perspectives to share with others that Shelia has done on multiple community events and sometimes even trying to capitalize on opportunities that others were afraid to try to tackle. A commitment to integrity and fair play, Shelia continually goes that extra mile and encourages and inspires others to join her on that journey of discovery and that is the type of person you want or dream to have on your team.

Canal Fulton, OH
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Olathe, Kansas

Kristy Estabine is a born and raised small town Kansas girl. Her dad taught her how to fish at an early age, along with family camping at the lake and regular Sunday afternoon fishing.  Kristy graduated from Emporia State University with a degree in Elementary Special Education, teaching in both Missouri and Kansas. She later went back to Emporia State to get a degree in Computer Information Systems and is a certified Adult learning instructor with emphasis in the IT arena.  She believes strongly in the strength and support of the family unit and that all children have the ability to contribute to their communities.  That’s why Fishing’s Future’s goals and objectives fit perfectly.
Now, the Fishing’s Future Master Angler for the Olathe JoCo Kansas chapter, enjoys coordinating Angler Education events and Family Fish camps.  In addition, Kristy’s emphasis is to certify and mentor small groups of Junior Ambassadors and youth volunteers; giving them opportunities to learn leadership skills to take with them into adulthood and ensure Fishing’s Future.

Olathe, KS

Outer Banks Chapter

Christiane has traveled the world as a child of an Air Force Colonel but no matter where the family lived there was always a fishing experience.  From west coast to east Christiane has fished with her family.

In 2005, Christiane met her husband, Billy.  Billy came from a rich upbringing on the water and they both bonded over their love of the water.  Whether fishing the warm Atlantic waters, clamming at Oregon Inlet or cast netting near Bogue Inlet, Christiane and Billy fished, laughed and loved.  In 2008, they welcomed son William to the family and the love of the water continues.

Christiane’s life took a wonderful turn when she started to work at Jennette’s Pier.   She was able to help bring fishing and ethical angling to the thousands of visitors who came to the pier each year.  She made it her goal to make sure that every child who caught their first fish would remember the experience and come back to fish again.

Nags Head, NC


Redding, California

Articulate, educated and experienced, Captain Eric Ersch lives with his lovely wife Lana and birddog Alex near Redding California.

He has managed remote sport fishing camps and guided in Alaska for 16 summers, guided for more than a decade in Florida and Texas for redfish, snook, tarpon, and cobia, earned a masters degree in visual arts and a masters degree in teaching.

Eric taught high school art classes for 10 years in Oregon, explored rivers in Russia while guiding for atlantic salmon, guided fly rod anglers for tuna, sailfish, tripletail, roosterfish, cubera snapper, dorado, and many other species and continues to learn from guides, captains and anglers while traveling and fishing in remote locations with his friends.



Redding, CA

Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Micah was born and raised in Alexandria, Indiana but now lives in Rocky Mount, North Carolina where he serves as Fishing’s Future Master Angler.  He has two beautiful females in his life; his wife of 10 years and his daughter, Riley. One of Micah’s life long passions is the outdoors.

Micah was fortunate—he was taught to fish and fly fish at a very young age by his father, Richard Zarse.  His interest for fishing began and grew as a small child while fishing in local ponds with his father; he affectionately recalls a long family fishing trip to Canada where he caught lots of huge small mouth and making a huge positive impact on his love of fishing.

The lifelong lessons he’s learned from fishing include patience and persistence.  These virtues have shaped his life and encouraged him to make right life decisions.  He believes fishing is about being together, more than catching “the big one.” Micah knows first hand of the strong bonds that time with family creates.

Micah realizes there are a number of people who would love the experience of fishing, but whom, for a variety of reasons, are not afforded the opportunity. It is because of this that Micah has become passionate about “paying it forward” and exposing people of all ages to the exciting world of fishing. Further, he is excited to be a part of Fishing’s Future’s Mission; to share his passion for fishing and the outdoors with the youth of today.

Rocky Mount, NC

Salina, Kansas

As a  Master Angler I enjoy sharing my passion of fishing to families all over. I am also a Merit badge counselor for Angling for the Boy Scouts of America. I have enjoyed Angling since I was a small kid and was fortunate to have had the talent passed down to me by my dad.

Getting families out doors and getting a rod in their hands is my goal. Along with this goal I can get that adult/child to have some family time together and most of all enjoy each other. “The plus to this is catching fish.”

As a former Angler Education instructor of Texas I have returned to my home state to share my skills in Angling.  For the last four years I have been teaching individuals how to enjoy the fun and relaxation of Angling for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and held a Chapter with Fishing’s Future in Texas.  I am also a Merit badge Counselor for the Boy Scouts of America. I have joined in with Kansas Parks, Wildlife and Tourism to show folks a fantastic sport in the great outdoors.

Raised on Cheney Lake here in Kansas I spent many weekends “soaking a line”.  I was lucky to have a father who passed down his love of the sport.  I can remember night’s Dad coming home from a fishing trip with buckets of White Bass spending hours cleaning fish.

Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism has a large number of both large and small lakes for Anglers to enjoy fishing and nature as a whole by doing just what I got to do as a child, which was to “soak a line” by catching some of the many species of fish native to this great state.

Serving as Vice President of Product and Procurement for Fishing’s Future I have opened this Chapter here in Salina KS.

Please join in with me at a Family Fish Camp (FFC) in your area.  Contact me with your thoughts and ideas for a FFC in your area.

Fishing’s Future is 100% committed to supporting the tremendous efforts Kansas is pursuing towards it’s “Angler Education” program.

The best part of my day is that smile on that child’s face when they catch that first, second or tenth fish. When the child smiles the adults are right behind them with excitement. That is the pay back that I enjoy and receive.

Please allow me to pass on the passion of Angling to your family and give you the gift of spending time together outdoors in GOD’s great surroundings.”

Media article from KSALLink.

Salina, KS

South Padre Island, Texas

Dan was born with a fishing rod in his hand.  He lives to fish and share the joys found outside.

Daniel “Dan” Wilson graduated from high school and immediately began his life of serving by spending the next 4 years as a Marine serving two tours of duty in Iraq. Serving as a Marine, Dan used his free time to fight another quarry, FISH!

Returning home, he entered college and joined the National Guard.  Now he has joined Fishing’s Future and runs the West Fork White River Chapter in Alexandria, Indiana.

Dan spends as much time on the water as allowable.  He currently works on an off shore fishing boat aiding many customers land their first big fish. He continues to work on his education studying Environmental Science and Outdoor recreation.  “I believe that every kid should have the opportunity to fish, and I am going to see to it that they have the skills necessary to do so.”   “Fishing’s Future provides the opportunity for me to share my love of fishing.  Helping someone catch their first fish is more fun than actually catching one myself.”

Port Isabel, TX
Shane Wilson - Founder of Fishings Future

South Padre Island, Texas

Sylvan Grove, KS

Tar Heel Chapter

I am a retired US Marine and currently work at the NC State University Center for Marine Sciences and Technology in Morehead City. I am a certified NCDENR Environmental Educator and avid fisherman.  My volunteer capacities are Boy Scouts of America, Southern Region Area 7, Fishing Programs Support Chair, Certified Angling Instructor Course Coordinator, Deputy Regional Coordinator, Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, President, Crystal Coast/Camp Lejeune Chapter FFI, and Master Angler Tarheel Chapter Fishings Future.  I am dedicated to promoting environmental and outdoor education to both young people and veterans.

Stella, NC

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.

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Upper Flat Creek, NC

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Weatherford, Texas