A San Diego, California native and certified fish and game licensed guide, Jim Sammons is recognized worldwide as a pioneer of big game kayak fishing. He owns and runs La Jolla Kayak Fishing guide service and works closely with kayak manufacturers on the development of new kayak designs, and with manufacturers on a variety of kayak fishing products.
With his trademark fedora and his numerous special appearances on a variety of national fishing shows, Jim has become the most recognizable kayak angler in North America. But it’s his infectious enthusiasm for the sport, his lively personality and his passion for sharing the sport with others that has made him the most popular kayak angler in the world, and an ideal host of The Kayak Fishing Show.
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His distinct voice has been heard in over 100 cartoons, films, television shows, and radio commercials. Ottawa based voice over actor, writer, photographer, and director, Will Richardson has been behind the scenes in Canadian Television and stage for over 20 years. Most of his success can be attributed to a long partnership with Heliconia. Together with producer Ken Whiting and a team of amazing artists, Will has been involved in four award winning films and has been the eye behind the camera on the most successful, longest running, kayak fishing television show.
Called ‘the hardest working guy in kayak fishing’ and ‘the unicorn of television production’—sometimes also called lazy bugger, giant nerd and Kermit—we hear he very rarely wears pants. You can call him Will. He is cool with that.
Will’s passion is stories. In that pursuit he has traveled the world to bring us the people and the places that fishermen dream of. His goal is to bring you closer to each person he meets, and to leave you feeling like you have traveled with him on his adventures. Will’s goal is to keep reaching further out to tell the stories that matter. To open our eyes to the world outside our ever shrinking world view.
With the future of the groundbreaking Kayak Fishing Show shining bright, there is no limit to how long the adventure will go.
Esteban Gutierrez is a 10-year Navy veteran who separated from the service in 2008. Since then he has been fishing the waters of northeast, southwest Florida, and the keys. During his military tenure, he was able to fish in some prime fishing spots in the South Pacific and Caribbean only to fuel his passion for the sport.
Fishing has been Esteban’s obsession since he was a little boy growing up in Costa Rica. He is now a senior member of the Southwest Florida Kayak Anglers Association and Coordinator of the Southwest Florida Heroes on the Water chapter where he is in charge of organizing special events and fishing adventures.
Eric Jackson has been world freestyle champion four times (1993, 2001, 2005, 2007) and achieved second place at the freestyle kayak world championships in Thun, Switzerland in 2011. Eric has been a member of the United States of America Kayaking Team, either in freestyle or in slalom, every year since 1989. In 1992, Jackson competed in Barcelona as part of the U.S. Olympic team, finishing 13th in the K-1 event. He is a two-time winner of the Everest award. He is the author of several instructional books and videos teaching many aspects of whitewater kayaking, including river running, playboating, rolling and bracing. His children Emily and Dane are also competitive kayakers.
After spending many years designing kayaks for various manufacturers, Eric founded Jackson Kayak in October 2003. An avid kayak angler, Eric expanded the Jackson Kayak line to include one of the first purpose built fishing kayaks, the Day Tripper, in 2007.
Raised by a Newfy with water in the veins, James has been fishing and kayaking all his life. Calling Almonte, Ontario his home, he has been on all types of water in kayaks from the burly rapids of Eastern Ontario, to the coast of Newfoundland, and the deep lakes in central Canada. James prides himself on big freshwater catches as his local haunts offer up large muskie and pike along with unlimited river bass and walleye. James combines his skills in whitewater kayaking with fishing to get to some of North America’s most unfished areas!
James recently won the 2012 Musky Fly Fishing World Championships in Tennessee and can be seen on JKTV as the ever crazed Indiana James.
Damon loves kayaking because of the constant challenges, experiencing new and incredible places, and meeting new people. He believes that there are lessons in kayaking that apply throughout life—problem solving, concentration, dedication, commitment and responsibility for your decisions. He also advocates for the need for conservation of our wilderness areas and waterways. There’s something about being connected to the water that makes people smile.
For Jameson, nothing compares to the anticipation of getting that first bite of the day. He recalls losing sleep as a child in anticipation of what the following day on the water would bring. Thirty years later, nothing has changed. After spending several years on the Florida Gulf Coast, his love for fishing turned into a lifelong passion. Residing in the foothills of North Carolina, Jameson can be found chasing the elusive bronze back and traveling to the coast for reds and speckled trout by kayak.