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  • Austin (Hill Country)

    Stacy Holt

  • Black Warrior River

    Mike Bennett

  • Brownsville, Texas

    Andres Garcia

  • Brownsville, Texas

    Liana Garcia (Lerma)

  • Bryan, TX

    Amanda Yates

  • Central Texas Chapter

    Francesca Filippone

  • Central Texas-Boerne

    Matthew Allen

  • Clinton, OH

    Joshua Nelson

  • Clinton, OH

    Sara Nelson

  • Corpus Christi, Texas

    Paul Silva

  • Courage To Overcome

    Stephanie Berry

  • Crappie Stopper Jigs & Flies

    Kim Burnett

  • Dallas – Texas

    Ernie Barlow

  • Desert Outdoors

    Rene Atkinson

  • Dodge City High School

    Dave Foster

  • Douglas County Chapter

    Sherri Withers

  • Edmond, OK

    Joshua W. Stratton

  • El Paso, Texas

    Toni Van De Putte

  • Elberton, GA

    John Drury

  • Emporia, Kansas

    Damon Drake

  • Emporia, Kansas

    Phil Taunton

  • FCC – USFWS – Laguna Atascoas National Wildlfe Refruge


  • Fort Collins, Colorado

    Brendan Chenoweth

  • Fishing's Future heroes

    Four Corners

    Jeremiah Franco

  • FROG (Fort Riley Outdoorsmen Group)

    Steven R. Wahle

  • Greater St. Louis Area Chapter

    Tad Biggs

  • Greenbush Chapter

    Sydney Hale, Emily Joy Roth, Arnie Beggs

  • Greybull, WY

    Danielle Lampman

  • Houston, Texas

    Michael Scherer

  • Hull Valley Scout Reservation

    John Seidel

  • Johnson County, KS

    Frank Audano, Jr.

  • Fishings Future Junction City Kansas Chapter Chris Biggs

    Junction City, Kansas

    Chris Biggs

  • Kansas Veterans, Topeka, KS

    Lyle Babcock

  • Katy Chapter

    Brenda Shaver

  • Kingsport, TENNESSEE

    Micah Zarse

  • Lake Murray Chapter

    Adam Mosher

  • Leavenworth, Kansas

    Bill Horvath

  • Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania

    Jeff Lucas

  • Lubbock, Texas

    Frank Garcia

  • Lytle Texas Chapter

    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-Old School Fishing Chapter

    CindyMae Rucker

  • Newton, Kansas

    Stuart Scott

  • Noblesville Fishers Chapter

    Aaron Wilson

  • Fishing's Future heroes

    Ogden, UT

    Joel Bass

  • Ogden, UT

    Ken Cottle

  • Ogden, Utah

    Robert Matasic

  • Ohio Erie Canal & Tuscarawas River Chapter

    Shelia Adams

  • Olathe JoCo KS Chapter

    Kristy Estabine

  • Outer Banks Chapter

    Christiane Deaton

  • Redding, California

    Eric Ersch

  • Salina, Kansas

    Kevin Reich

  • Salisbury Chapter

    Nathan Lang

  • Shane Wilson - Founder of Fishings Future

    Shane Wilson

    Founder / CEO

  • South Padre Island, Texas

    Dan Wilson

  • Sylvan Grove, KS

    Tommie Berger

  • Tar Heel Chapter

    Dr. Patrick Curley

  • Tom Lang

  • Fishing's Future heroes

    Upper Flat Creek, NC

    Leslie Rosenberg

  • 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

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

Brownsville, Texas

Brownsville, Texas

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 Chapter

Francesca Filippone is a native Texan who was raised on the water. Her father grew up fishing the Great Lakes and her mother’s childhood was spent at the Texas coast. Early in life her parents taught her the importance of environmental conservation. Her fishing abilities were inherited from her father and her interest in aquatic life and research is accredited to her mother. This passion for the water shaped her future similar to the way her faith has.

She is currently attending Texas State University pursuing a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography with a concentration in Water Resources. Her interest of study includes laws pertaining to the environment, aquatic species, and the conservation of water resources. She is passionate about teaching families about environmental stewardship and preserving the adventurous spirit of fishing through youthful hearts.

She currently holds the title of Secretary for the Texas State Chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon, an international honor society in geography. She is also apart of the Texas State Chapter of Youthmappers, an online international mapping data program that aids undeveloped countries with disaster response resources.

This young lady is an avid angler, master scuba diver, surfer and wake boarder. She spends the majority of her free time in and on the water with family and friends.

Francesca’s mother and father volunteer alongside her in the Central Texas Chapter of Fishing’s Future. Together they advocate the importance of “families forever”.

Central Texas-Boerne

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

Courage To Overcome

Stephanie Guillory Berry is a wife, mother of three (3), and community activist.  Learning and teaching is the must in her life. She has fond memories of being inspired by her dad to live on the land and explore nature.   Her family incorporated frequent camping, picnics, gardening and fishing trips as a planned monthly event. Being outdoors and seeding the togetherness and teamwork while her family wade and walked in the woods was joyous.  Although exposed, she was never taught the skills or developed an understanding of the importance.

Somehow life and her careers led her into the jungle of cement, forgetting how being in nature was so relaxing.  Without the outdoors life can become stressful.  While volunteering with her daughters’ school Science Club she joined Texas Parks & Wildlife.   She received various certifications which gave her the confidence to live out her passion and became her way back to a life of sustainability and peace.   Her goal is to strengthen the family structure and connecting communities and schools through outdoors experiences while applying life skills.

Fishing Future’s was the perfect fit.  Their mission and vision were an exact alignment to her purpose.

Stephanie receives fulfillment in bringing back something that is almost extinct, the use and knowledge of being outdoors. She believes that it releases stress and can help ignite our youth’s natural creative ability to think outside the box. She is piloting the Be Me Curriculum she created that applies life skills to certain outdoor activities.

Her goal is to eliminate stereotypes and fears of the unknown creating the best first experience for those that have not been exposed to fishing and outdoor activities.

Abdul’s joy of fishing (her husband) and support for her dreams encouraged her pursue greater ventures of the outdoors.  Doing these events has strengthened their family bond and the relationship with her 3 daughters (ages 8, 12 and 15 yrs.)  It has given them a new outlook on life and a brighter future.  This has now turned into a family and friend’s connection where her nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends come out to help with set up while enjoying the outdoors.

Stephanie’s passion has led her to become a candidate for Texas Parks & Wildlife Area Chief in less than two years with over 200 volunteer hours.

Houston, 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

Desert Outdoors

BIO Coming Soon

El Paso, Texas

Dodge City High School

Douglas County Chapter

I was introduced to Fishing’s Future in 2015.  I was impressed with their mission.   I decided to take the course and become a certified Angler Instructor.   A few months later I opened my own chapter and became a Master Angler.  Now I have my own equipment on hand to spread my love of fishing with others.

Lawrence, KS is where I was born and raised.   My husband Jason and I have been married for over 16 years now.  I have two awesome step “kids”, Adam and 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 21 & 23 (in 2019) 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 Douglas County Fishing’s Future Chapter will be out helping at other events and holding our own Family Fish Camps close to home.   We will be posting them here on the Fishing’s Future website and our Facebook Page.

Please like Fishing’s Future on Facebook!

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

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

FCC – USFWS – Laguna Atascoas National Wildlfe Refruge

Take Me Fishing First Catch Centers to Cultivate the Next Generation of Anglers


On-the-water experience hubs will bring fishing and boating experiences to urban audiences


ALEXANDRIA, VA (October 31, 2017) – The Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation today announced the launch of its Take Me Fishing™ First Catch Centers in Pennsylvania and Texas. These First Catch Centers will bring fishing and boating experiences and learning opportunities to urban areas, fostering the next generation of anglers and boaters.

“Baseball, football and golf all have iconic youth development programs,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. “Fishing has relied mostly on parents and grandparents to pass along the fishing tradition, but as the country becomes more urbanized, we’re slowly losing this pipeline of participants. Our First Catch Centers are here to fill that void, and secure the future of fishing and boating participation.”

Starting this year, Take Me Fishing-endorsed programs in Pennsylvania and Texas will bring fishing and boating experiences to youth and families.

  • Fishing’s Future, (Texas)
    • 60+ pre-existing chapters across the country
    • Will open an additional 8 chapters in the Houston, Dallas, and New Jersey area, as well as work with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge in Texas and local fish hatcheries.
  • Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission (PFBC) (greater Philadelphia)
    • Mobile #FirstCatch Center will bring fishing and boating experiences to consumers
    • In 2018, a second mobile unit will be added to increase the program’s reach
    • PFBC will also be working with and hosting events at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia.

With research showing that multiple touchpoints are needed to foster continued participation, each program will be evaluated on its ability to collect participant data and ensure repeat visits. Ultimately, this will create lifelong anglers and boaters, providing critical funding for conservation programs and boosting the economy for years to come.

As RBFF grows the Take Me Fishing First Catch Centers, increased support from the industry will be needed. If your organization is interested in sponsoring the First Catch Centers or providing equipment, please contact Kendra Lee (klee@rbff.org).

About the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF)

RBFF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating, thereby protecting and restoring the nation’s aquatic natural resources. RBFF developed the award-winning Take Me Fishing™ and Vamos A Pescar™ campaigns to create awareness around boating, fishing and conservation, and educate people about the benefits of participation. Take Me Fishing and Vamos A Pescar help boaters and anglers of all ages and experience levels learn, plan and equip for a day on the water. The campaign websites, TakeMeFishing.org, and VamosAPescar.org, feature how-to videos, information on how to get a fishing license and boat registration, and an interactive state-by-state map that allows visitors to find local boating and fishing spots.

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

Greenbush Chapter

We work for Greenbush Southeast Kansas Education Service Center, a facility whose goal is to provide unique and equal educational opportunities for youth throughout the state. Emily Joy Roth is our Summer Camp and Enrichment Coordinator, Amie Beggs is our Team- Building and Leadership Coordinator, and Sydney Hale is our Horticulture and Outdoor Education Coordinator.  With three separate programs we come together frequently to organize educational events for students in all subjects, with the goal of getting kids outdoors and active! Our activities include everything from fishing, archery, and canoeing, to team-building on the ropes course, classroom lessons, and much more. We host events for school districts, organizations, and the community!

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

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
Fishings Future Junction City Kansas Chapter Chris Biggs

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!

Kingsport, TENNESSEE

Micah was born and raised in Alexandria, Indiana but now lives in Kingsport, TN where he serves as Fishing’s Future Master Angler.  He has two beautiful females in his life; his wife of 17 years and his daughter, Riley. Micah also has a four-year-old son who keeps him very active in 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.

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

Lytle Texas Chapter

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 been recognized for the following:

2017 National Milken Educator (https://www.milkeneducatorawards.org/educators/view/heidi-albin)

2019 National Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching  (https://www.paemst.org/finalist_profile/4898)

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 Copple, a grandfather who enjoys sharing my love of fishing with kids. My first memories of fishing go back to small rural lakes with my dad and my granddad, both of whom also enjoyed the experience of fishing as much, or more than, the catch.

Although there is a wide variety of fish in our local waters, catfish are my favorites. I’m starting to fish for bass as well. But I most enjoy the quiet of nature. I can spend several hours at a time with a fishing pole just watching the water and the surrounding wildlife.

I started working with my grandsons when they were four and five years old. I was surprised at how quickly they caught onto the mechanics of casting as well as the concept of catch and release.

I learned that there are lots of little folks out there who would love to fish but who for a variety of reasons don’t get the opportunity to fish. Fishing’s Future came along with the equipment and instruction to connect youngsters and their families with the outdoors and the fun of fishing. Several years ago I established the second Fishing’s Future Chapter in the State of Kansas. I was blessed to work with elementary school children in an after-school program there for several years.

Now that I’m in Missouri I am honored to have the second Fishing’s Future Chapter in this state. My home base is Nevada, Missouri. We have a partnership with the City of Nevada. We are planning several annual events under the Fishing’s Future banner. Please check the “Events” link on this website to find our schedule of events.

New-Old School Fishing Chapter

Born and raised in Brownsville Texas. My parents were shrimpers and had 13 Shrimp Boat’s in the Shrimp Basin of Brownsville. 10 were wooden hall and my dad built 3 steel-haul ones himself. We also had an unloading dock and Seafood Market. I was blessed to have 3 sister and 1 brother growing up with me around the docks and we learned to fish with what ever was available. At 12 I got to earn money heading shrimp and by time I was 19 I was working in my parents Seafood Market on Hwy 48 across from the Shrimp Basin where I worked and raised my kids for many years.

I am now honored to be the Master Angler of one of Fishing’s Future many Family Fish Camp Chapters which I named “New-Old School Fishing” in honor of my Family and Fishing’s Future for the many years of fishing fun.  They allow me to enjoy fishing and learning more and more about Angler Education along side my husband Steve Rucker.

“Fishing’s Future is more than a sport”

Everyone associated with Fishing’s Future cares deeply about humanity and about the joys found in fishing. We are all committed to sharing our passion for fishing and we want to give you the knowledge and skills we were taught so you can experience the same level of joy and satisfaction we gain through fishing.

If you are Interested in coming to one of our Family Fish Camps or learning more, feel free to contact me.

Cindymae Rucker


Noblesville Fishers Chapter

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
Fishing's Future heroes

Ogden, UT

Camp New Fork

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

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

Olathe JoCo KS Chapter

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

Salina, Kansas

As a resident of Kansas, I was raised on the waters of Cheney Lake west of Wichita.  Almost every weekend our family spent time on the water fishing or in a camp ground sitting around a fire soaking bank lines.  My older days found me working in West Texas for awhile where I took up teaching Angler Education to other families at TPWD parks.

I was able to be reassigned back to Kansas where I brought the Fishing’s Future program to KDWPT and shared with them the great things we were doing in other states.  A partnership was formed and off to the races we went.

Today I enjoy teaching other adults the Angler Instructor Program for Kansas.  I also get to spend time teaching others the great experience of fishing during a Family Fish Camp.  The joy to see a young angler when they get that first fish ever makes every minute worth the effort.

I work as the state coordinator for Fishing’s Future and would love the opportunity to talk or teach you and your family the fundamentals of fishing.  Please join us in a Family Fish Camp at a Chapter in your local area of Kansas.

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.”


Salina, KS

Salisbury Chapter

My name is Nathan Lang and I grew up in Woodbine, Maryland. I am attending Salisbury University, majoring in Geographic Information Systems and minoring in Outdoor Education Leadership.   I grew up spending time on the farm, fishing the pond every chance I could get. My dad introduced me to fishing when I was young and we still spend time fishing the local waters in our area.

Right after high school, I got a job working as a first mate on an offshore fishing boat named Fish Finder out of Ocean City, Maryland. There is a variety of services we offer from catching and tagging mako sharks with satellite tracking devices, to catching sea bass, to trolling for blue fish.

My captain, Mark Sampson, has been a major influence for me, not just regarding fishing, but in life as well. He is one of the best in the business and I could not be more blessed to be working and learning from him. Working for him has really made me fall in love with educating others about fishing.

Being a part of Fishing Future provides the opportunity to educate others about fishing and, more importantly, about life. In the Delmarva area, there are various types of fishing opportunities for families to experience. It is a privilege to bring the community together through fishing so that families can not only reconnect with the area around them, but with each other as well.


Salisbury, MD

Shane Wilson - Founder of Fishings Future

Shane Wilson

The Shane Wilson Story

Dec 14 2019 (UPDATED)

Shane Wilson has spent over 40 plus years teaching the art of fishing. Taking you back to the golden days of the seventies, in the year 1975, Shane began guiding and teaching fishing when he started Big Bass Expeditions in Central Indiana. Fast forward to present day, Shane continues to do what he does best – Sharing the sport of fishing with others all over the globe. Not only did Shane achieve a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Arts degree from Ball State University he also obtaining a Principals Certificate from the University of Texas at Brownsville is a certified Angling Education Instructor in three different states and an Area Chief for Texas Parks and Wildlife Aquatic program.

Shane’s leadership skills have not only been present in his personal endeavors but also throughout his professional life. Shane diligently dedicated his time to serving as a Plant Manager of a small 60 employee operation that did 150 million annually. During his time in Indiana he served as the Director of the Industrial Education and Economic Development Program for a Vocational and Technical College. Serving more than 37,000 UAW and GM employees, Shane took on the responsibility of overseeing all educational programs within 5 of those GM facilities. For more than 35 years Shane has served in public education in multiple positions, ranging from District level Administration to his current position as a First Grade Classroom School Teacher. In addition to molding and shaping young children Shane has patented, marketed and sold products within the recreational fishing industry.

When Shane moved to Texas, has devoted his time by becoming involved with numerous affiliations. Some of these affiliations are as follows; Shane is the Chairman of the Board with Sea Turtle Inc for the last 17 years. He is the past President and Chairman of the Board of Property Owners who Care, serving 12 years, a Board Director for the Laguna Madre Humane Society, past President of Friends of Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge, past President of the Laguna Madre Fly Fishing Association, and an Environmental Committee Member of Cameron County Coastal Issues. Shane was nominated by the City of South Padre Island to be one of five chosen to serve on the Board of Ethics and assisted in drafting the Code of Ethics for the City of South Padre Island.

To say Shane is an avid fisherman would be an understatement, he has fished in 49 of the 50 U.S States, as well as 9 Canadian Provinces. In the year 1996 he set an IGFA Fly Fishing World Record, which he still holds present day. In addition, with setting the Fly-Fishing World Record, Shane holds two Guinness Book of

World Records for hosting the World’s largest Surf Fishing Tournament. Fishing’s Future a 501-c3 Corporation was founded by Shane Wilson in 2007 and just within this time span Fishing’s Future has grown into an International Organization on two continents with more than 70 chapters. In the year 2015, The Kansas Wildlife Federation awarded Fishing’s Future the Conservation Organization of the Year. Just one year later in 2016, Fishing’s Future proudly received the Roland Sigurdsson Outstanding Aquatic Program being recognized as the #1 Aquatic Education Program in the entire Nation by the Aquatic Resources Education Association (AREA) which still stands to this day. Throughout the years Shane has received numerous awards and recognitions. These awards and recognitions are as follows;

  • 1996 – IGFA World Record Holder for Fly Fishing
  • 2008 – Shane received the Conservationist of the Year Award
  • 2009 – Shane received the Outdoor and Wildlife Preservation Award for exemplary contributions, enhancement and promotion of the Laguna Madre
  • 2009 – Shane was called to the Texas State Senate Floor and received Senate Resolution #864
  • 2009 – Shane was a recipient of “Council of the Sagamore of the Wabash” State of Indiana from Governor Otis Bowen
  • 2013- Shane was selected by the City of South Padre Island as the (Citizen of the Year) where he was inducted into the Rio Grande Valley Walk of Fame
  • 2011 – Shane was featured on the South Texas Outdoors magazine cover
  • 2013 – Texas Parks and Wildlife Area Chief where he received the Bronze, Gold and Platinum awards
  • 2017 – Shane was featured in the FYI column of the Brownsville Harold
  • 2018 – Shane was selected by the American Sport Fishing Association to serve on a 4-person panel and present at the 2016 summit on increasing fishing participation in today’s environment
  • 2018 – Shane received the (Service Above Self Award) for outstanding leadership and dedication (Rotary)
  • 2019 – Inducted into the Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame


Not only has Shane been awarded and recognized for his outstanding service to others, he has become a regular centerfold appearing in several popular fishing magazines. If you flip open the Guy Harvey’s fall 2018 quarterly issue you can read about Shane and Fishing’s Future. Shane has received many priceless gifts for his service some of which are, a U.S Flag flown over the Texas Capitol, a Texas ceremonial gavel that was used to open a Texas Legislative Session and he has been gifted two Texas State Senate Proclamations #166 and #275.

Shane Wilson has always been an individual who truly lives to serve. Not only is he active on several committees and active within his community, he has devoted his time to assisting others whenever his schedule permits. Shane is one of those people who is always anxious to lift a hand and help others wherever and whenever help is needed, all while continuing to host Family Fishing Camps and acting as a pillar in his Community. Shane is happily united to his wife, Stephanie Wilson where they reside in South Padre Island, the place they have called home for more than two decades together. It is here on this dreamy Island that Shane and his wife share their couch and their home with two very loved bearded collie. Shane and his wife consider themselves extremely lucky to be able to inhale the salty air every morning, from their front porch just blocks from the beach and enjoy sticking their toes in the sand along South Padres pristine beaches whenever they fancy. Not to mention, the dogs don’t mind either!


Ethics is the core of Shane Wilson. For example, if you are out on the water fishing with Shane and you suddenly get a hankering for a candy bar and you toss the wrapper in the water Shane will fish it out and put it in his pocket. Shane is the environmental steward he wants us all to be. He also never fishes without a fishing license.  Shane teaches what he preaches.  Shane was one of 5 selected by the City of South Padre Island to help draft the City’s first Code of Ethics.

You just won’t find Shane acting differently in the public or when he is completely alone on a stream.  He does the right thing because it is the right thing to do.   Shane believes that one should only keep what they can eat and if it just a little under or a little over the regulations, it must be returned.  He is a staunch advocate of CPR but doesn’t condemn those who like to keep a limit.  As a first-grade teacher, Wilson states, “There is no grey in the first grade.  It is either black or white,” and this is how he lives his life.  What is right is right and what is wrong is wrong…period.  The way Wilson expresses it when asked about how he lives his live pertaining to ethics, he states, “We are who we are and if we cheat, steal, lie, or break the law then we are not true to mankind or ourselves.  I choose to be true to both.”

Leadership and commitment to improving fishing

Shane has a God given talent to be able to envision a dream and bring that dream to fruition.  His ability to be able to confidently communicate that vision to others and encourage them to participate willingly in a way that is natural is one of Shane’s many remarkable leadership qualities. Shane transforms visions into reality. Today, Fishing’s Future spans over 21 states and has reached over a million individuals. The leadership qualities that Shane exudes motivates those around him to reach higher, stand taller, try harder or step out of their comfort zones to achieve what was once considered unachievable.  Shane provides and gives confidence, encouragement, wisdom and patience.  He teaches persistence, allows for mistakes and never finds fault in others.  “Life is full of obstacles and just like floating down a river one needs to look ahead, read the currents, ready himself for the unexpected and be willing to make the difficulty portages necessary to keep moving forward. A river never stops, and neither should we.” It is not surprising he has accomplished much but what is surprising is his humbleness and willingness to give freely of his time to make others successful.

Giving freely of him time, Shane blesses individuals and families with new experiences, he also educates them so that when they walk away, they take with them the knowledge, confidence and most importantly, the encouragement to go forth and try it independently. No family departs from Shane without being confident enough to attempt the sport at their next outing.

Unselfish Contributions to the Sport of Fishing

Shane Wilson is a remarkably dedicated and giving. Shane likes to say, “His entire life has no meaning if he cannot help others.” Not only has Shane received an outstanding number of awards and recognitions throughout the years as a result of his selfless giving. Shane likes to say his wife is the most giving of them all. Shane’s wife, Stephanie gives him to society, she allows him to spend countless hours and exhausting efforts to enrich a community.  He plants values that will remain within these individuals a lifetime. Everything Shane does, he does to promote a better mankind. Shane’s desire is to live a life so inspiring that he leaves a legacy as the guy who gave the gift of fishing. Shane doesn’t do anything he does for material gain. The greatest reward Shane receives is the simple gesture of a hug or a thank you from the families he works with, it floods his heart. Shane sits on many boards and has been President and vice President of many committees and boards. Shane has been recognized in several magazine articles for his unwavering service to mankind. In April of 2016, Fishing’s Future received two out of the five Vamos A Pescar Grants given by RBFF and was personally asked to accompany George Bush SR. while fishing, to which he joyfully accepted.

Scope of Impact

The scope of impact on freshwater fishing in Texas is immense. It spans from the Eastern part of the state all the way over to El Paso, it reaches as far north as Plainview all the way down to Brownsville. Fishing’s Future has chapters in over 20 communities in the State of Texas and has impacted hundreds of thousands of individuals through seminars, educational programs, fish camps and events. The scope of Freshwater fishing that stems from the organization Shane Wilson started, Fishing’s Future, ranges from Great Britain to California, and from Minnesota down to Texas. The impact Fishing’s Future has left on more than a million individuals is hopefully to adopt the lifetime hobby of fishing that will span multiple generations.

Overall Contribution

Present day, Fishing’s Future has left a lasting impact on hundreds of thousands of people within the State of Texas and millions Nationwide.  Because of Shane’s vision, Fishing’s Future has accumulated “28” active chapters in the State of Texas and is embraced by selfless volunteers who contribute thousands of hours to the Texas Angling Education Program over the last thirteen years. Shane has worked tirelessly to build an organization that not only re-connects children to nature, but he has taken great pride and joy into observing the rebirth of a family unit and seeing it grow back together.  Many parents and families seek Fishing’s Future, Shane or other Fishing’s Future chapters out to connect with their children. Fishing’s Future gives these families hope. Fishing’s Future plant the seed in everyone who participates for them to grow and flourish into respectable and successful leaders in society, it also ensures a recreational education for the love of the sport by teaching environmental stewardship and increasing awareness for the protection, conservation and restoration of our Nation’s aquatic natural resources.

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

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.

Fishing's Future heroes

Upper Flat Creek, NC