Team Salt Life

 

 

Captain Cameron Kirkconnell

Captain Cameron Kirkconnell

Captain Cameron Kirkconnell's family is from the Cayman Islands and diving, fishing and ships have been at the center of their lives for almost as long as the islands have been on the map.

He's 33 years old and works as a Captain on huge ships getting paid to travel around the world and with a four months on and off schedule he has been able to spend months at a time in the best known dive spots in the world. Even better, he's been able to travel with his friends and family and discover the newer and better dive spots that have been the envy of the rest of spearfishing world.

They are always looking for that which hasn’t been done, specializing their gear and finding the perfect recipe for every location and fish they pursue. To read more about Cameron Kirkconnell, please visit his blog spearblog.com and his Facebook page.


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Captain Jimmy Nelson

Captain Jimmy Nelson

Captain Jimmy Nelson is the host and producer of Extreme Fishing Adventures. Extreme Fishing Adventures is a saltwater fishing show that blends inshore and offshore fishing to create a fast-paced, adrenaline-filled fishing experience. This Florida native is an energetic, young captain who packs the show with action and information guaranteed to land big fish. With a passion to fish as well as to share his experiences, Captain Jimmy explores Florida, the Caribbean, and other highly sought-after saltwater fishing destinations throughout the world. Join Captain Jimmy for less dock talk and more big fish-fighting action on Extreme Fishing Adventures.


 

Peter Miller

Peter Miller

Peter began his fishing career in Tappan, New York. After cutting his teeth on bass, carp, catfish, bream and trout at the age of 3, soon it was onto bigger and better things. His dad began taking him saltwater fishing off the coast of Long Island and New Jersey where his interests quickly turned to striped bass and tuna. His first striped bass was within eyeshot of the World Trade Center in downtown Manhattan.

At the age of 10 Peter's family began vacationing on Miami Beach, where his obsession with billfish was kindled after catching his first sailfish and a hammerhead shark on the same day. He couldn't get enough of the sunshine state, so when it came time to go off to college in 1985, he chose the University of Miami where he built his classroom studies around an aggressive "blue water" schedule. Throwing a cast net on live bait and catching sailfish before class was routine and usually happened 2 times per week. The rest is history!


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Colin McPhillips

Colin McPhillips

Colin was born April 18, 1975 in Santa Monica, CA. His Salt Life began at age 5, with the support of his parents, when he started surfing the beautiful beaches of his hometown, San Clemente. After a stellar amateur surfing career, he turned pro at 18, right out of high school. The next year in 1994 he won his first major event in Huntington Beach at the US Open of Surfing. He would later go on to repeat that win in 2007. He was the 4X winner of the high profile Toes on the Nose Rabbit Kekai Classic at Boca Barranca, Costa Rica. Although Colin has won a number of prestigious surfing competitions, he is best known for claiming 3 ASP World Longboard titles. His first title came in 1999 in Australia. He later repeated this feat in 2001at Jeffreys Bay, South Africa, in and 2002 in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. He has been lucky enough to travel the world surfing longboards, shortboards and SUP to places such as South Africa, Europe, Japan, Brazil, Indonesia, Peru, Fiji, Morocco, Canada, Mexico, New Zealand, Australia, and the Maldives.


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Captain Don Dingman

Captain Don Dingman

I’m a Florida native of Jacksonville, Florida, who grew up living the Salt Life. My life has always revolved around the ocean. I grew up fishing, surfing, and diving and have been a charter captain for years, spending most of my life on the water. As host of the television show Hook the Future, I am blessed to be able to share the Salt Life experience with the next generation on a daily basis. On Hook the Future we take fishing all over the world and let them experience world class fishing at its finest while instilling the values of being good stewards of our environment.

We started the Hook the Future Foundation, helping kids through fishing, in 2009. Our goals are to help kids battling terminal illness to have an opportunity to go out on the water with their family and take a break from their daily fight, to supply rods, reels and tackle to kids so they can have the tools they need to succeed in the sport of fishing, and to build schools in Guatemala delivering hope to so many children who could certainly use it.


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Blake Koch

Blake Koch

Blake Koch has created a major fan base in both the NASCAR community and the faith based market over the past three years. In 2009, with only 20 amateur races under his belt, he was recruited by Steve Portenga to join as the primary driver for the Richard Childress Driver development team in the NASCAR Camping World West Division. Blake achieved an impressive top ten finish in his rookie year by finishing the season 8th in points.
Richard Childress Driver development team resigned Koch for the 2010 NASCAR west division in which Koch was 6th in points with 3 top fives and 7 top ten finishes. In 2011, after only three short years, Koch went full time into the NASCAR Nationwide Series. In his first 10 career NASCAR Nationwide Series races, Blake Koch earned 5 Top-25 finishes. He joined the elite group of three of the most popular and successful drivers in the sport that also had 5 Top-25's in their first 10 NNS races.


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Chuck Wicks

Chuck Wicks

Chuck Wicks hit the Nashville music scene in 2007 with his Top 5 hit, “Stealing Cinderella.” Follow-up singles included “All I Ever Wanted,” “Man of the House,” and “Old School” – the latter of which spent 15 consecutive weeks on the GAC Top 20 Countdown.


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Captain George Chesier

Captain George Chesier

I was born on November 20th 1986. I am from Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida. I currently live in Pompano Beach, Florida, where I am a Captain of the “Hook Me Up.” I am also a commercial fisherman and tournament Captain. My favorite types of fishing are high speed trolling for Wahoo, Sword fishing, and Kite fishing. I enjoy living the SALT LIFE in other ways too, surfing, diving, spear fishing, and doing almost anything else that involves the ocean. In addition to all that I also really like traveling to different countries for surf and fishing. I have been to Nicaragua, Costa Rica, all over the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Barbados, and South Africa.


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Captain Dane Karcher

Captain Dane Karcher

Captain Dane Karcher, free dive expert, born and raised Native Floridian, grew up in and on the water of the Gulf Beaches; surfing, fishing and diving. He first learned how to boat and fish at a very young age on McKay’s Creek, gigging mullet for his Dad’s smoker. His love for the Salt life began! His Dad built an Aquatic Retreat for the family in Key West where he speared and netted fish, selling the catch to the local markets and restaurants.

Capt Dane has perfected his Deep Sea fishing skills by fishing the waters of Florida, Hawaii, Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica and Bahamas as well as many other parts of the world.

He is a highly respected professional athlete in the world of Free Dive Sport Fishing. He has won and placed in the top of many tournaments not to mention being featured on several television shows, magazines and newspaper articles


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Captain John Keizer

Captain John Keizer

Capt. John Keizer, a well known outdoor writer for local fishing magazines, newspapers and national sport fishing publications, is best known in the Northwest as a lecturer at events such as the Seattle International Boat Show, Northwest fishing clubs, International Sportsmen's shows, and as a host/organizer of salmon fishing classes and seminars from Canada to Oregon.

He began his fishing career at age 14 as a deckhand on the Westport charter fleet. Years on the ocean fisheries sparked his love of big game sport fishing. While serving in the Navy, he pursued billfish in exotic locations such as Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Mid Way Island, Tonga, Hawaii and other locations around the South Pacific.

After returning to Washington, John devoted his time to fishing the waters of the Northwest, Alaska and British Columbia.


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Captain Don Combs

Captain Don Combs

Captain Don Combs has fished from coast to coast, the Bahamas, Mexico and Australia and has won over 300 fishing awards. He has won Boat of the Year in North Florida four times and finshed second six more times. He caught 52 Billfish in North Florida in one year, including a new record of nine Swordfish in one night. With his wife, Cynthia Combs, they captured the first Super Grand Slam ever recorded in North Florida. Don is the Founder and managing partner of C&H Lures, Inc. He has written articles for Salt Water Sportsman, Big Game Journal, Marlin Magazine and many other publications. He has been the guest speaker at events from California to New Jersey and traveled with the Saltwater Seminar Series with Captain George Povermo. He also made three instructional videos that were voted some of the best in the inductry. Don competed in the SKA Pro Division and was sponsored by Fountain Power Boats, Mercury Motors, Lowrance Electronics, Sign Zoo, C&H Lures, and Ford Motor Company.


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Austin Tovey

Austin Tovey

Austin Tovey lives in Florida and enjoys kite boarding, surfing, fishing and diving. He spends all of his free time on the water livin' the Salt Life.


 

Brandon Linder

Brandon Linder

Brandon Linder grew up in South Florida fishing and diving. He played college football for the Miami Hurricanes and currently plays in the NFL for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Brandon spends all of his free time on the water livin' the Salt Life.


 

Jeff Schneider

Jeff Schneider

Captain Jeff Schneider was raised on the Texas coast where fishing was a part of life. Growing up the son of a professional bass fisherman, Jeff spent much of his time fishing with his father and learning all he could about fish and how to catch them.


Jeff is a saltwater fishing guide and can be found 100 miles offshore chasing bill fish and tuna to the backwaters fishing from his SUP stalking Redfish. Jeff has the knowledge and equipment to put you on the fish. Doing so with a great attitude and infectious passion for the sport.


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Luiza Barros

Luiza Barros

I was born and raised in the beautiful country of Brazil and lived only one hour away from the ocean my entire life. Since I was a little girl I always enjoyed being on the water swimming, diving & fishing. I still remember the first time my grandparents took me fishing, I didn’t want to leave I was hooked! I blame them for my fishing addiction that’s for sure. As I grew my passion for salt water grew as well. There’s something about the ocean & what’s beneath its surface that mesmerizes me because there’s so much to see, learn and explore. Since moving to Florida I now spend most of my time for work and pleasure fishing, spearfishing and scuba diving around the world. I can truly say that Salt Life is not just a sticker on my car but a way of life for me!

 

Max Fleming

Max Fleming

Max was born October 15. 1998, and lives in Dana Point, California. He started getting salty at the young age of 4. He is currently a freshman at Dana Hills High on the JV Swim Team. During the summer, Max is an assistant at the OC Jr. Lifeguards camp, and teaches children how to become a lifeguard and to save lives. Max has been surfing, fishing, free diving, and spearfishing for almost his entire life, and recently started Standup Paddling. SUP has become his passion. He competes in numerous SUP disciplines and has rapidly earned his place at the top of his age division becoming a junior professional athlete. Max loves the Salt Life and all of the adventures it creates!

 

Ryder Devoe

Ryder Devoe

Ryder Devoe is an avid waterman and lives in Southern California. He is an accomplished spear fisherman and surfer. Ryder spends all of his free time in the ocean livin' the Salt Life.


 

Sarah Jarrett

Sarah Jarrett

I am a born and raised Florida girl that grew up on lakes bass fishing, hunting, kayaking, and bow fishing. Family vacations to the coast or Keys every year gave me my first taste of the salt air. As I grew older I began traveling more toward the Gulf Coast and grew my passion for the salt life. Free diving, spear fishing, and fishing are a lifestyle for me now. I have traveled with an organization called Diving For A Cause to different countries where we spearfish and then give our catch back to the community along with a helping hand with whatever they needed. I have been featured in Spearing Magazine and on the cover of GAFF magazine. Looking forward to many new adventures that the Salt Life brings!