CAPT. BEN ALEXANDER
Ben Alexander is a licensed U.S. Coast Guard Charter Boat Captain.
Growing up along the Southern California Coast allowed Captain Ben Alexander to become very familiar with the Pacific Ocean from a very young age. He grew up fishing, diving, and spearfishing the waters along the Orange, Los Angeles, and San Diego County coast. As a certified SCUBA diver he has logged over 500 dives in SoCal as well as exotic places all over the world.
Ben has been running Natalie Ann Sportfishing Charters out of Southern California and Baja Mexico since 1998. If you are looking for an experienced captain to put you on the fish or lobster then look no further.
Favorite Products: Captain Ben’s favorite product is the Promar Ambush XL Hoop Net. The large volume hoop net maximizes catch ratio and provides a versatile approach to lobster charter services. When the lobster are in shallow water the Ambush is light and easy for clients to do multiple pulls without getting fatigued. When we have to make our way to deeper water we simply add weight to the Ambush and have no problem fishing 300+ feet.
CAPT. DAVE HANSEN
Captain Dave Hansen is a 100Ton USCG Master License holder and a self confessed fishing fool. He has his Dad mostly to thank for all of that. He grew up at San Clemente Sport Fishing where his Dad started his 70 year long career in the industry. His earliest memories are not of riding his bike with friends, but instead chasing bait around in the receiver.
Thirty something years later, after Captaining many of the local sport boat’s on the West Coast, Private Yachts, Deliveries to Mexico and beyond, he is still loving what he does and doing what he loves.
All those years of experience have now culminated into Captain Dave’s Saltwater Guide Service. He is a captain for hire as well as runs private charters aboard the Wild In Sac out of Dana Point, Ca. With his captain skills you have access to every bit of his fishing knowledge that he has scrubbed decks for, bowed to his predecessor captain’s for and stayed up night after night to learn.
You can listen to him talk fishing and boating on Let’s Talk Hookup Radio Show every Sunday between 8-8:15am!
Favorite Product: Going out and limiting out on lobster using the Promar Ambush XL hoop net is definitely something Dave looks forward to every year.
ED "MATAME" ZAMORA
Ed “Matame” Zamora has been hooked on fishing since the age of 7. Fishing grew to become a passion as his competitive nature pressed him to always try and out-fish his Dad and brother even as a youngster. Ed’s top 2 favorite target species are Halibut and Dorado. Ed has won first place and placed 3 other times in the Marina Del Halibut Derby and has won numerous Kayak tournaments up and down the West Coast. What Ed enjoys the most today is introducing new anglers to the sport of fishing and sharing the excitement that this sport has blessed him with.
Favorite Products: “I believe and fish with Promar Ambush Hoop Nets and accessories because they outfish and outperform other products I’ve tried before. The full line up of lobster hooping products offered by Promar from the hoop net to all the rigging gets the job done every time.”
Tyrone “Fish Ninja” has been fishing his entire life since he could walk, fishing private boats to local half day all the way to longer multi-day trips. He was mostly saltwater fishing growing up but did a bit of freshwater as well. However, his favorite will always be the ocean. His favorite target species would consist of Yellowtail, Tuna and White Seabass. “There is nothing like hunting offshore with no land in sight or sitting on the anchor at a local island waiting the Seabass or Yellows to swim through.” “The ocean is where I find total peace.”
Favorite Products: Tyrone’s favorite Promar product would be the Promar Ambush Hoop Nets. The hoop nets have proven themselves season after season. They are durable, built to last and significantly increased the catch rate of Lobster and Crab for him.
GILBERT "ROCKIT" HERNANDEZ
Gilbert the “Rockit” Hernandez has been fishing his entire life. From lakes to bays to open water, this team captain started fishing at the age of 10 and has been hooked ever since. This sponsored angler’s main focus has swung to the bays and coastline of Southern California on the Plastic Navy trail from 2007-2010 trying to give anglers a run for their money. Using his freshwater experience, Gilbert has been perfecting his technique in the bays and harbors and open water and when not fishing you will find him hooping for a limit of lobster. From calicos to sand bass to spotties, he is determined to dominate the sport. He is currently fishing the boat series in the saltwater bass series and is ranked a top ten angler in Southern California.
Sponsors: Bass pro Shop, Berkley fishing, Abu Garcia, spider wire, Promar/Ahi, Dana Point Jet Ski and Kayak Center/Pure water sports, Hobie kayaks, Uni-butter, Hough Precious Metals, Lead Masters, Hobie polarized, Ram trucks, Victorville Motors, Rapala.
Former sponsors are: American Eagle Rods, Pinnacle Reels. Okuma, Maxima fishing line, American Eagle rods, Bugz baits, JP baits, Izorline, Ardent reels, Old harbor outfitters.
Gilbert has been representing fishing companies since 2004. Gilbert has been part of many pro-staffs and always represents them in a professional way. Gilbert has been a part of assisting in shows like the Fred Hall Fishing Show and spring classic at Bass pro shop he has done Kayak seminars for large groups. Gilbert has been a guest on Rod and Reel radio and has been asked to speak at different fishing clubs and is a regular speaker at his home store at Bass Pro Shop. Gilbert as also appeared in kayak angler magazine and western out door news and in Hobie fishing around the world video. Gilbert was a writer for pacific coast magazine. Gilbert is currently the team captain of Dana Point Jet ski/Pure water sports and has the privilege to lead a team to meet it’s goals. He is determined to bring the sport of kayak fishing lobster hooping and saltwater bass fishing to another level and to represent any companies that support him in a professional way. Gilbert currently holds the title of 2009 Plastic Navy Angler of the Year and has many top ten finishes. Gilbert prides himself in the fact that God is his influence and all glory is given to him.
Landlocked in his youth, Bryce very much appreciated the times spent at county parks picking away at stocker trout and catfish; getting an invite from his Uncle to fish a ½-day boat out of Newport was just as great as Christmas morning. Drawn toward the ocean, he moved toward the coast during college and soon found sanctuary in the local Kayak fishing community. Learning quickly from his new found community, Bryce found that fishing wasn’t all about hook and line, and quickly fell in love with hooping. ‘Sharing a bounty of freshly caught lobster and crab with friends and family with all of the labor, stories, and smiles involved, drives me to continue to search for the next motherload hoop.’
Favorite Products: Bryce’s favorite product is the Promar Ambush Hoop Net. “Ambush Hoop Nets increase my catch rate and are extremely easy to stack and store, while Seal Proof Bait Cages keep your bait secure from sea lions and other bait raiders. Also, never leave shore without an Ahi Sabiki Rod; they’re great for catching bait for both game fish and crustaceans.”
Vessel: Malibu X-Factor
When she was a little girl, Blanca used to visit the local mountains from time to time to fish for trout. As she grew older the fishing trips stopped and the memories began to fade; however, a couple of years ago she revisited her passion for freshwater fishing and eventually transitioned into saltwater. Just recently, she traveled to Sitka, Alaska to target trophy sized halibut, salmon, and lingcod. After trying several different techniques throughout the years, her favorite technique continues to be fishing for big yellowtail on the iron. “There is nothing like the rush of a big yellow stopping you in your tracks while cranking the jig!,” she mentioned.
Favorite Products: Ahi Rock Cod Squirts. One of her favorite Ahi USA products are the Rock Cod Squirts.”They are easy and quick to set up! The rockfish love them!,” she added.
Gene Gembarowski grew up in Seal Beach California. He has been fishing since the age of 10. While he likes all fishing, salt water fishing is his passion. Lobster Hooping is another hobby. He has fished on many 3 to 21 day fishing trips. His favorite place to fish would be the Clarion Islands. He has caught many 100-200lb tuna and wahoo here. Since starting his family, he mainly fishes Catalina and local halibut spots on his 21 ft. Triumph center console. He is a framing contractor and has been in construction for over 30 years.
Favorite Products: Gene’s favorite Promar product is the Ambush hoop net. However, he uses all of the Promar lobster fishing accessories when hoop netting.
Vessel: 21′ Triumph Center Console
Shawn has been fishing California since coming to the state at the age of 2. While family activities prevent him from getting on the water as much as he would like, his fishing nowadays usually involve being on a kayak somewhere offshore. He has been on the Promar & Ahi staff for about 5 years now, and can rarely be found fishing saltwater without his Ahi sabiki stick or Assault and Deception jigs, which have landed his picture in Western Outdoor News on more than one occasion.
Favorite Product: Ahi Sabiki Stick, Assault Jigs and Live Deception Jigs. Some of the most fun he has had has been playing with Yellowfin Tuna on a Blue Bass Assault jig.
Vessels: Hobie Pro Angler 14, Trident 15, Scrambler
Jeremiah aka Capt’n. Jeremiah has loved fishing ever since I he could walk. He has his grandparents and parents to thank for always taking him fishing and teaching him. He has fished everything from lakes, rivers, ponds, and streams across the lower states and back through the Midwest in search of the next monster fish. He even traveled to the Philippines to try his hand at some over seas fishing, that was a great learning experience. His real passion is the ocean having grown up in Huntington Beach, CA, he never missed a chance to fish. Jeremiah started his commercial lobster career at a very young age working with a small fleet out of mission bay San Diego. Now he spend his days teaching his daughters everything he knows. He doesn’t consider himself picky when it comes to fishing and fishe everything from shore to a float tube, to a rental boat, or his personal boat as well as charters.
Favorite Product: My go to products are as follows: for fishing anything with the Ahi USA stamp never disappoints; for crabbing and lobster I will always use the Ambush Series Hoops with Seal Proof Bait Tubes tied off with lead core line marked by Promar led glow sticks. Why settle for the rest when you can have the best is my motto.
Vessel: 22′ 1983 Reinell Beachcraft