Captain Dan (Slammer) Colander
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
Capt Jeff Davis returns to the Yes Bay staff for his fourth year in 2017! Be sure to ask him how he got the name "Lucky"...
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 Andrew (Racky) Gardner
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 Andrew (Gabby) Reschke
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 Rick (Gator) Griffis
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 Troy (Eclipse) Roecker
I am a forty-seven year old fishing Captain from Palm Bay, FL. I was blessed to marry my high school sweetheart and have two fantastic kids a 26 year old son (Tyler) serving in the United States Air Force and a beautiful and enthusiastic 16 year old daughter (Maddison) whom spends her days after school cheerleading, dancing and riding her horse. As a father and husband I have provided for my family as a boat and automotive mechanic but, have always imagined myself making a living on the water. With the encouragement of my loving family, and through determination, motivation and ambition I am accomplishing my lifelong dream. Looking forward to another great season at Yes Bay Lodge and pounding the bottom!
Captain Chad (Packrat) Seabrooke
His home is in Islamorada Florida, "the sport fishing capital of the world." When he's not fishing or hunting, he's dreaming about it. In the keys he works as a freelance captain or mate, offshore and backcountry. There's no one that loves fishing more, or has as many nicknames.
Captain Steve (Springer) Spring
My name is Stephen Spring. Born in Alaska but lived most of my life in WA state. Fished most of my life not only in Alaska but other "dream" fishing locations throughout the world. Besides fishing I love history and historical subjects, the environment, And the pursuit of better lives for everyone through implementation of "sound" policies and fair and consistent political agendas. I love to live and learn in Alaska and strive to be a true sportsman by respecting the environment and always treating the fish and wildlife with great respect. With all the world's problems concerning the oceans (fukushima, over fishing, chemical pollution ect.) it is up to the people to create as much as possible a clean environment so that along with sustainable management fish and wildlife will always be in abundance in the "Last Frontier" and beyond.
Captain Dave (Batman) Noble
Captain Dave will return for the 2017 season at Yes Bay this year for his seventh season in Alaska. Dave will only be at the Lodge in the month of July at the beginning of the season to help with a few large groups. Dave had a great seasons in 2009 and 2010, 2011 and 2012, catching the largest halibut of the season with a guest, of 141 pounds in 2009! He also personally caught a real nice 90 pounder. We look forward to having Dave "Batman" back for another year!
Dave has spent the last 12 years fishing and guiding in the SW corner of Florida, known as the 10 Thousand Island area. Catching big snook, trout, redfish and tarpon. A full time guide, he brings a wealth of fishing experience and the desire to learn and fish Alaska. Dave was born in Ohio and moved to Florida in 1972. He has a 27 year old son, attending college in Central Florida. Dave graduated with a degree in Business from the University of South Florida with a major in Accounting. Still does some computer and accounting work from time to time, but guides full time. You can check out his website for more information on his Florida fishing at : www.2barangler.com
Captain Mark (Otter) Titus
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
Captain 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!