Captain Don Dingman is a long-time Charter Captain and Jacksonville, Florida native. He has fished all over the world, catching all types of species in the most exotic locations on earth. While he loves the thrill of adventure, his true passion is creating lifelong memories for the next generation of anglers. In 2003, Don launched “Hook the Future TV” which he hosts to this day, taking kids fishing all over the world. Additionally, Don hosts Hook the Future Kids Fishing Clinics at major boat shows and events across the Southeast. There he teaches kids the fundamentals of fishing, and sends them home with a rod, reel and the tools they need to be successful. According to Don, “It doesn’t matter how old you are, we all feel like a kid when a big fish is on. Kids can catch anything adults can, the fish doesn’t know who’s holding the rod!”
When did you first get involved with Salt Life?
I’m from Jacksonville, Florida where Salt Life originated. Salt Life became an official sponsor of “Hook the Future” in 2007, and I have been blessed to be part of the team ever since.
What is your favorite sea creature? Why?
Dolphins. I’ve witnessed so much amazing behavior from dolphins in different circumstances and locations over the years, they are truly amazing creatures...
What is your favorite category in the Salt Life line?
I love the performance fishing shirts. I fish in Florida where it is hot all the time. The performance shirts by Salt Life keep me feeling cool and protected from the sun all day.
What is your favorite tropical destination?
Costa Rica… I try to visit at least three times a year. Pura Vida!