Captain Lenny Simmons

Based in Pasadena, MD, Team Simonizer is the flagship of our Hawgfin Pro-Staff. Captained by Lenny Simmons, the Simonizer strives to be one of the top boats on the Chesapeake Bay.

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Heather Smith

Discovery Channel's “Castaways" and "Naked and Afraid" star, Heather Smith, is a true angler, adventurist and an outdoor media personality on various platforms from tv, digital streaming, magazines, radio and social media.
Heather is a a single mother of three beautiful children and a granddaughter. She also owns Heather Smith Outdoors in the Lake Sam Rayburn area.

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Ashley "Dead Eye" Jones

Ashley "Dead Eye" Jones - History Channel's “Swamp People." Ashley is the mother of 3 amazing kids and a professional hunter. She is also the wife of an amazing husband. Her hunting skills landed her on the History Channel's 'Swamp People' and she debuted on the show in 2018. Her time in the Atchafalaya Basin has increased her love for hunting and sealed her name among the greatest hunters of our time!       


Michael Duarte

Michael Duarte is from Middle River Maryland and has been bass fishing ever since he was little kid. Michael is very thankful to have his dad and brother to share the passion with. His dream is to one day make a living at Professional Bass Fishing. Michael is currently a MLF Toyota and BFL Angler and grinding every day to achieve his goal one day is to be on the top stage.

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Timothy Reams

Tim Reams spent his formative years in Western Maryland, where his deep appreciation for the outdoors and family values took root. Over the past three years, Tim have immersed himself in the world of competitive fishing as a dedicated member of The National Professional Fishing League (NPFL). The thrill of angling and the camaraderie within the NPFL have become integral parts of his life. As Tim eagerly anticipates the challenges and opportunities that 2024 holds with the league, his passion for both the natural world and competitive fishing continues to shape his journey.

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Carly Watkins

Carly Watkins is a true born n' bred Marylander native. The annual family vacation to Ocean City included a stop at the weigh ins for the White
Marlin Open, and she was awestruck with the anglers and vessels lined up waiting to show off their catch. She and her dad would go fishing off the piers and she wouldn't ever let him leave until she caught the biggest fish. Once she moved to Pasadena, the first purchase was a 25' center console with one goal in mind, getting out there and chasing hawgs. Once she met the Hawgfin team, it was game over. After landing her first Northern Snakehead on a friend's kayak, she was hooked. She went out and bought a HooDoo pedal kayak, hooked up a fish finder. Her goal is to inspire others to get outside and find their passion. She has found her people and her family. Till the hands bleed.  

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Captain Kayla Haile

Captain Kayla Haile is a United States Coast Guard Licensed and fully insured Owner and Guide for River Queen Guide Service.

Captain Kayla specializes in light tackle fishing in the Upper Chesapeake Bay and Pennsylvania. She grew up fishing the upper bay with her father and brother learning different light tackle techniques for all species including Striped Bass, Smallmouth Bass, and newly introduced Northern Snakeheads.

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Captain Ron and Jaime Buffington

Captain Ron and Jaime Buffington aka Jaime Lynn, currently own and operate JLS Rods LLC. and JLS Light Tackle Charters. They also own and operate the Light Tackle Ladies fishing team.
JLS Rods has a great brand name in the Chesapeake Bay region and our rods have become a staple of serious angler with in the region.

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Captain Jamie Clough

Captain Jamie Clough is a light tackle charter captain for Eastern Shore Light Tackle Charters since 2018. He is well known for catching some serious hawgs in the bay.
Jamie is a huge advocate for spreading the conservation word and how to appreciate and conserve our beautiful Chesapeake Bay.

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Captain Tyler Williams

Captain Tyler Williams of Finnaholic Charters out of Middle River has deep family roots in the Chesapeake Bay. One side of his are boat builders and the other side hardcore fishermen. The Finnaholic vessel is a Markley 35 powered by a 435hp CAT that was built by his grandfather at Markley’s Marina.

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Kevin Cook

Kevin Cook is the CEO of Outdoor Pro Shop, LLC in Pasadena, MD. Kevin is a class III firearms dealer and sporting goods retailer. Kevin enjoys hunting, shooting, fishing and just being outdoors.

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Melody Renée

During camping trips in Pennsylvania and day trips to parks like Centennial Lake, Melody’s mom taught her how to fish with a hook and bobber using night crawlers. Melody fishes on a HooDoo Impulse 105 fishing kayak easily recognized on the water in her little purple boat.

Melody promotes fishing through social media as a way to find peace and balance in our lives. She believes that one of the secrets to finding happiness as grown ups is connecting with our childhood selves. Melody became known for catching Northern Snakeheads, but she prides herself on always adding new species to her list of catches.

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Eddie Weber

Eddie's species to target are Northern Snakehead,
Pickerel and Rockfish in the Chesapeake Bay region. Red Drum and Bullseye Snakehead are knocking on the door of his top 3 favorite species. Eddie is the owner of High Octane Custom Baits. We produce extra strong, dependable and innovative lures, designed to catch Snakehead.

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Captain Lonnie Johnson

Captain Lonnie Johnson is a fellow veteran who served 25 years, active duty, in the U.S. Army as a Special Bandsman in the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps performing all over the world for some very special events.

Lonnie's passion for fishing brought him to Chesapeake Beach in 1998, because it's centrally located to the DC metro area.

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Captain Philip Demaria

Captain Philip DeMaria originally from New York now home ported in Dunedin Florida. Phil first started fishing professionally as a commercial fisherman at the age of nine with his father and best friend who supplemented his salary as a Lieutenant in the New York City Fire Department by “pin hooking” the waters of Long Island Sound. By the age of eleven he made me a full share partner in the business where he continued to work and learn until leaving for Marine Corps boot camp at the age of nineteen. Phil's passion grew and I immediately returned to the business after serving in the Gulf War and earning his Honorable Discharge.

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Captain Thomas Raley

Captain Thomas Raley, from Loos Knot Charters, and his fishing team have been running Rockfish/Snakehead Bowfishing Charters for the last two years. During the summer, this fishing team spends most of their time competing in offshore tournaments chasing them hawgs.

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Captain Travis Long

Captain Travis Long from Schooled Up Guide Services is a fully licensed fishing guide in Maryland. Fishing out of fully equiped 27' judge, Travis follows the fish up and down the Bay chasing the biggest species available at any given time of the year. Captain Travis is well known for chasing down some of the largest hawgs.

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Captain Scott Barmby

Captain Scott Barmby from Rock On Charter Fishing is a family business that takes pride in what they do. Scott fishes all over the Middle and Lower Bay for Striped Bass(AKA Rockfish), Perch, and Bluefish. He disappears in the shallows to cast a fly at Bull Redfish or Cobia, sight fish the Eastern Shore’s islands for a mixed bag. Capt Scott & his family have fished the Chesapeake Bay area for most of their lives and have a combined experience of over 26 years.

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Chelley Molinaro

Chelley from SeaChell Fishing is a single mother of a 6 year old boy with special needs.
On her free time, you can find her on the Eastern Shore attempting to catch northern snakeheads in my Vibe kayak.
Fishing has quickly become my home away from home no matter what the weather may be.

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Chayson Barnes

Chayson is a Freshman at Old Mill H.S. He is a MD native who loves fishing the Chesapeake Bay with his friends and family targeting Striped Bass, Spanish Mackerel, White Perch Channel Catfish, and coastal waters in NC and Ocean City. Chayson loves the excitement of fishing when he hears the drag take off or see a rod bend over with his heart pumping. Chayson's dream is to make it possible for the less fortunate to get out on the water and experience this at least one time in their life.

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Jr. Captain Luke Helfenbein

Jr. Captain Luke Helfenbein is an avid fisherman along the Atlantic Coast and Chesapeake waters. Born and raised on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, Luke has been fishing since early childhood. With a passion for tight lines and screaming reels, he has traveled all over in search of that catch of a lifetime. The sport of fishing has taken him to Cabo San Lucas, landing roosterfish on spinning tackle to 150lb striped marlin on 40lb drag reels. It has brought him to the windy island of Aruba, landing countless wahoo, large mahi to a variety of reef dwellers.

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We are excited to expand our Pro-Staff Family by building a business relationship! We want to support you as you expand your business, chase incredible fish and an exciting life on the water. From inshore to offshore, in the USA and abroad, we want to support your passion!

Being a member of our Pro-Staff family comes with its perks. You will receive:

  • Hawgfin professional videography service free of charge for your advertisement.
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