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“Hook The Future” takes young anglers on educational and exciting fishing excursions 

Salt Life team member and TV host Captain Don Dingman takes young anglers on new adventures on his popular The Sportsman Channel series “Hook The Future.” From piloting the boat to landing the catch, the kids are in control in each episode. This season premiered on Monday, March 29th at 10:00 am ET. For more information on the show, please visit the popular YouTube channel and

The Jacksonville, Florida native was raised living the Salt Life. “My life has always revolved around the ocean. I grew up fishing, surfing and diving, as well as working as a charter captain for many years,” says Captain Don. “I am blessed to be able to share my experiences with the next generation every day.”

“Hook The Future” offers a world-class fishing experience for up-and-coming anglers who join Captain Don on once-in-a-lifetime expeditions. The kids battle drag-screaming king mackerel, hard-pulling Goliath grouper, high-flying pacific tails, blackfin tuna and yellowfin tuna. The viewer will be able to cheer on the kids as they reel them in.

Captain Don travels to one-of-a-kind destinations in season 18. He adventures to Nosara in Costa Rica where guests of the show live out their fishing dreams landing billfish all day. He also travels to the Hawks Cay Resort in the middle of the beautiful Florida Keys where the kids catch every tasty fish the reefs have to offer.

The ultimate purpose of the show is to instill the values of being a good steward of the environment while building confidence, skills and friendships along the way.

“We love what Captain Don is doing for today’s youth with this popular show and beyond. It has been a pleasure to have him as a longstanding Salt Life team member,” says Salt Life President Jeff Stillwell. “We can all learn something from his techniques, but more importantly his passion for educating the future leaders and having a lot of fun while doing so.”

Showtimes on The Sportsman Channel: Season 18 premiered – March 29

Eastern Time:
Monday – 10:00 am
Tuesday – 6:00 am
Sunday – 3:00 pm

About Captain Don
Captain Don Dingman is a long-time Charter Captain and Jacksonville, Florida native. He has fished all over the world, catching all types of species in the most exotic locations on earth. While he loves the thrill of adventure, his true passion is creating lifelong memories for the next generation of anglers. In 2003, Don launched “Hook the Future TV” which he hosts to this day, taking kids fishing all over the world. Additionally, Don hosts Hook the Future Kids Fishing Clinics at major boat shows and events across the Southeast. There he teaches kids the fundamentals of fishing, and sends them home with a rod, reel and the tools they need to be successful. According to Don, “It doesn’t matter how old you are, we all feel like a kid when a big fish is on. Kids can catch anything adults can, the fish doesn’t know who’s holding the rod!”

About Salt Life
Salt Life is an authentic, aspirational, and lifestyle brand that embraces those who love the ocean, and everything associated with living the “Salt Life.” Founded in 2003 by four avid watermen from Jacksonville Beach, Florida, the Salt Life brand has widespread appeal with ocean enthusiasts worldwide. From fishing, diving, and surfing, to beach fun and sun-soaked relaxation, the Salt Life brand says, “I live the Salt Life.” Numerous professional athletes, sportsmen, and other ambassadors in the fishing, surfing, diving, rock, pop, and country music worlds have an alliance with the brand through cross-marketing partnerships (

The brand is visible in areas across the media, sports, and popular culture landscapes, including music videos, national tour sponsorships, fishing, and outdoors-related television shows, professional auto-racing events, and Salt Life’s popular YouTube channel. From its first merchandise offerings in 2006, Salt Life has grown with distribution in surf shops, specialty stores, department stores, and sporting goods retailers. Salt Life products are also available to consumers at and at Salt Life’s various branded retail stores, including locations in Huntington Beach and San Clemente, California; Daytona Beach, Tampa, Key West, and Orlando, Florida; and Columbus, Georgia. The brand’s flagship store is located in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, where the term “Salt Life” was coined over 15 years ago.

About Delta Apparel, Inc.
Delta Apparel, Inc., along with its operating subsidiaries, DTG2Go, LLC, Salt Life, LLC, and M.J. Soffe, LLC, is a vertically-integrated, international apparel company that designs, manufactures, sources, and markets a diverse portfolio of core activewear and lifestyle apparel products under the primary brands of Salt Life®, COAST®, Soffe®, and Delta. The Company is a market leader in the direct-to-garment digital print and fulfillment industry, bringing DTG2Go technology and innovation to the supply chain of its customers. The Company specializes in selling casual and athletic products through a variety of distribution channels and tiers, including outdoor and sporting goods retailers, independent and specialty stores, better department stores, and mid-tier retailers, mass merchants, and e-retailers, the U.S. military, and through its business-to-business e-commerce sites. The Company’s products are also made available direct-to-consumer on its websites at,,, and as well as through its branded retail stores. The Company’s operations are located throughout the United States, Honduras, El Salvador, and Mexico, and it employs approximately 8,400 people worldwide. Additional information about the Company is available at

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