20 JVX Does it all for Saltwater Captain, TV Host

 

20 JVX Does it all for Saltwater Captain, TV Host

By Craig Lamb

Capt. Don Dingman has spent the past 30 years plying his trade in the coastal waters of Florida. About half of that time he’s fished from Alaska to Costa Rica and points in between, hosting his 15-season strong TV series.

Dingman, who guides clients and hosts Hook the Future TV on Sportsman Channel (and soon WFN and FOX Sports South), also knows a thing or two about boats.

His choice is the 20 JVX CC from Carolina Skiff. Dingman can fish from any boat he chooses and what follows is the top reason the 20 JVX is his choice.

“Versatility is what comes to mind over and over,” he said. “For one boat that can do it all in coastal waters, this is the one.”

Dingman has traversed oyster bars in 6 inches of water with a full load of tackle, anglers, and fuel. He’s enjoyed the Carolina-Skiff’s maneuverability and tight steering through mangroves to catch snook in the southwest Florida. He’s fished shallow inlets for big redfish along the Palm Coast, on the Atlantic side of the state. While fishing for spotted seatrout, the boat handled with ease the chop of Tampa Bay.

You just can’t beat it for an all around coastal boat,” he added. “The ride is just great and especially with a load.”

That load ranges from his fishing clients to the young guests of his show. The load also includes a cameraman and all of his gear when producing a TV show.

“With four people aboard, and all that gear, it still has the same top performance,” he said.

Dingman’s 20 JVX is rigged with a 75 h.p. Mercury FourStroke. Up front is a MotorGuide Great White 82 [owered by Odyssey Batteries. For anchoring in shallow water, he uses 8-foot Power-Pole Blades.

Dingman and discriminating coastal anglers and boaters choose the JVX Series for the same reasons. Those are dependability, reliability, performance and the tradition that goes with owning a Carolina Skiff.

A lightweight hull and modified V-hull design combine for a boat that will carry more, go further and faster with less horsepower.

You get excellent maneuverability and handling with the positive tracking keels. Patented splash guards provide the smooth, dry ride that Carolina Skiff has been known for after 30 years and counting in the business.

The biggest of the series is the 20 JVX. With a length overall of 20 feet and a beam of 78 inches, this boat can handle open water chop with tight maneuverability for running winding channels and backwaters. Weight overall is 1,230 pounds, and with a draft of about 4 inches, the 20 JVX is made for accessing shallow flats. A maximum horsepower rating of 90 H.P. makes the perfect setup for matching fuel economy with performance.

Contact Dingman at (904) 509-0026, or email captdon@hookthefuture.com.

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com 

Hook the Future TV Means What It Says

 

Hook the Future TV Means What It Says

By Craig Lamb

Capt. Don Dingman’s idea of hosting a TV fishing show with kids as guests were met with skepticism by a producer.

“He wanted me to follow a script, say all the right things, do this and do that,” recalled Dingman. “I wanted to be me, not someone else.”

Fifteen seasons later, and counting, Hook the Future is a mainstay of TV fishing shows.

Taking kids fishing is the fundamental theme. There is much more to the message conveyed by the hosts and guests. Youths play the starring role, and the fish are the co-stars. Dingman is somewhere in between, mentoring and instilling confidence in his guests.

“I am blessed to pass that on to the kids,” said Dingman.

Dingman and his guests fish all over the world, from Alaska to Guatemala. Skills range from first timers to avid anglers. The kids are front and center of everything from gearing up to landing the fish.

Not long after the show came on the air, Dingman experienced a life-changing event. That happened after the death of his son, Brian, who was 22 years old.

“My whole life changed, and I had to ask myself what I wanted to do with it,” he said.

The show theme remained the same with a renewed focus. Helping kids in need through the meaning of fishing became the angle.

“In this fast paced world you don’t stop to take in and appreciate what really matters,” he said. “After I lost Brian, I really developed a better sense of what is important, and it’s what I try to convey on the show.”

A result of what really mattered became the Hook the Future Foundation. It has helped Guatemalan children learn English, make improvements to schools there and more.

Dingman also spreads the good will of fishing at clinics sponsored by Carolina Skiff. This year about a dozen clinics are being held at boat and outdoor shows.

“Teaching the fundamentals of fishing and about tackle selection is a given,” said Dingman.

“What else we do is teach parents and guardians about getting involved in fishing, how it can instill confidence in kids, and make a lifelong connection between adults and children.”

Carolina Skiff is providing motivation for all of the above. Attend a clinic and sign up for the chance to win a 15 JV CC. The boat will include a tilt trailer and 25 h.p. Mercury FourStroke outboard.

Through it, all Dingman stays true to the core idea of the show. Taking kids fishing and instilling confidence in them.

“It’s not so much about the fish as it is the experience,” he explained. “It’s always about experiencing things, wildlife and nature, they’ve never before experienced.”

“Soaking in that moment, when you share it with someone like a kid still gives me chill bumps.”

There will be plenty of those moments coming up this season.

On Sportsman Channel, the show airs at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, 6 a.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. on Sunday. All times EDT. Hook the Future premieres in July on World Fishing Network (WFN) and FOX Sports South in September.

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Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com