Guides

Captain Dan (Slammer) Colander

Dan (Slammer) ColanderSlammer returns for his 17th season as a guide at Yes Bay Lodge. His first year was in 1999!

Dan spends his winters in upstate New York. Dan spent many years fishing in the Keys.

Be very careful when you see Dan on the dock, make sure you say good morning, but NOT Good Luck as it will surely ruin his day. No Bananas allowed on Dan's Boat, you see they are considered bad luck on a fishing boat and Dan is the superstitious one on our group.

Something happened to Slammer in 2009, for some reason he now loves bananas and also it is now alright to wish him "Good Luck"...we think someone changed his medication! This was a big change for Slammer, he gave up on all superstition stuff and still had a fantastic year of fishing!

His Slammer handle comes from Bill Hack, Kevin's brother who ran the Lodge when Slammer first started. Seems on his first guest charter he Kicked a rod and reel overboard and Bill said he was like a bull in a china shop, slamming into everything! Sounds like a good story. Maybe you can get him to tell the whole story!


Captain Jeff (Lucky) Davis

Jeff (Lucky) DavisCapt Jeff Davis returns to the Yes Bay staff for his third year in 2016! Jeff had a fantastic first year in 2014!

After a lengthy detour in the Telecommunications industry and guiding all around Florida part time, (mainly friends and business clients) I decided two years ago to leave the "normal job" behind me and start working towards a lifelong goal as a full time Captain & Guide.

I grew up in South Georgia and have been on the water ever since I can remember. Either fresh or salt water, if I had the chance to fish, I never turned it down. I moved to Tallahassee after high school (87') and soon after began traveling and living all around Florida giving me the chance to experience and learn all types of fishing both inshore and offshore. I have always enjoyed passing along the things I have learned in my years and am always eager to learn new ways to fish. I currently guide in the 10,000 Islands / Everglades area of Southwest Florida and am looking forward to the opportunity to fish and learn in Alaska.


Captain Sean (Snowman) Falconer

Sean (Snowman) FalconerCaptain Sean will return for his fourth season at Yes bay Lodge for the 2016 season.

Sean "Snowman" Falconer will be returning for the 2016 season after a 2 year sabbatical to care for his family in Northern California, where in his youth, he learned the art of Salmon and Halibut fishing from such legendary Captains as Frank Matthews, and Rick Powers. He then spent 16 years in San Diego on world famous long range boats Q105, Red Rooster III, and the Independence,

mastering the techniques which have made him a tackle rigging legend. The Snowman has missed his Alaskan family here at Yes Bay very much, and he's very excited to come home, and take you on your Alaskan adventure!!

Sean is a seasoned guide with experience all over the West Coast  and several areas of Alaska, including Craig. With his Alaska Experience he will be a fine addition to the Yes Bay staff!


Captain Andy Reschke

Andy ReschkeCaptain Andy joins the Yes Bay Guide Staff for his second year in 2016.

I was born and raised in Naples, FL and grew up spending countless hours fishing Naples and the surrounding areas.

In 2013 I graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies. I have been lucky to have some great experiences interning as an Environmental Specialist at Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve in Ft. Myers, FL and most recently in Mote Marine Laboratory's Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program in Sarasota, FL.

After college, I decided to follow my passion and start my own charter fishing business. I currently fish and guide out of Goodland, FL in the 10,000 Islands area. If I am not fishing, I spend all of my time outdoors boating, kayaking, and diving. I love learning both new fisheries and new fishing techniques. I am looking forward to a great fishing season at Yes Bay Lodge!


Captain Andrew (Racky) Gardner

Andrew (Racky) GardnerAndrew will return to join the Yes Bay guide staff for his third year in 2016.

I was born and raised in the Florida Keys. I started fishing with my father as soon as I could walk. I got my first boat at the age of 12 and started taking my friends out fishing. As I got older I started expanding how I fished and what I was fishing for. I enjoy teaching people how to fish and also being taught how to fish a different way. I fly fish, troll, live bait, sight cast, and spear fish.

I have my own charter fishing business in the Fl Keys, but usually I end up running trips for my father or fishing on someone else's boat. I normally target snapper, grouper, mahi mahi, wahoo, tuna, and many other species that we catch in the Keys, but I always looking to expand my knowledge about different areas and fish species.

 

 


Captain John Leiter

John LeiterAs a Native Floridian and a second generation boat captain you could say fishing is in my blood. Growing up fishing in the waters surrounding South Florida it has always been my passion, and in the 12 years I have been guiding professionally I think that passion still shines through. I now reside in Siesta Key where I operate both inshore and offshore guide services but my specialty is offshore grouper and snapper fishing. I'm hoping all my years of learning how to really read the bottom to find the targeted species will help me to put you on the fish. I am looking forward to putting my skills to the test and putting Y'all on some BIG FISH.

 

 

 


Captain Rick Griffis

Rick GriffisCapt. Rick joins the team this 2016 season!

Capt. Rick Griffis is known as the Grouper Man, a guide who specializes in catching the bottomdwelling species that live well out in the Gulf of Mexico. But he certainly took a circuitous route to get to this point. His fishing career began as a youngster working as a mate on the Helen S, an 87 foot party boat that specialized in bluewater trips out of Hillsborough Inlet in South Florida. From there, Griffis spent 14 years fishing for bass on the Bassmaster and FLW professional circuits. Two years ago, he bought the Christy Lyn, a 30 foot Chris Craft Sport Fisher and began guiding deepsea trips out of Gulfstream Marina in Steinhatchee. His experience in both fresh and saltwater fishing has shaped him into a different kind of creature from most Gulf guides. He is excited for a new experience at Yes Bay and ready to apply his fishing knowledge to his guiding at the lodge!

 


Captain Mark (Otter) Titus

Mark (Otter) TitusMark will return to join the Yes Bay guide staff for the 2016 King season.

It will be great having Otter back at Yes Bay. Mark has a long history with Yes Bay, Mark worked at the Lodge many years ago as a guide and more recently as the creator of our video. Mark is the owner of August Island Productions and an award winning director.

Mark recently produced the award winning documentary titled "The Breach" it is about the plight of the wild salmon and has won numerous awards, perhaps he will give you a run down while you are out fishing.

Otter is an accomplished guide and spends as much time as possible fishing here at Yes Bay or back home in the Seattle area.

Good to have Mark back at Home at Yes Bay!


Captain Kevin (Blackfly) Hack

Kevin (Blackfly) HackCaptain Kevin, shown here with a couple of the best catches he has ever made, is the owner of Yes Bay Lodge. Kevin started his career here as a guide many years ago and has been fishing the area ever since. His family has owned the Lodge for over 39 years!

Kevin took over running the Lodge full time about11 years ago. Kevin lives with his family at the Lodge the majority of the year, the remainder of his time is spent at his home in Ketchikan or traveling for Lodge business during the off season.

Kevin's daughter Nicky is the chef at the Lodge. Daughters Michaela and Saylor (pictured) and wife Dee also live and work on property at the Lodge.

We hope to get Kevin out fishing more this year, so we can finally get a picture of him with a fish!