Brook Crist (Brook Crist Outdoors) is a native south Floridian and an avid nature lover. Born into a family that lives for the outdoors, she’s been fishing, freediving and hunting her entire life. She’s passionate about inspiring others to get out in nature and enjoy everything that the wild has to offer.
Viktor Hluben (Landshark Outdoors) loves sharing his passion for catching, cleaning and cooking fish. He graduated from Florida Atlantic University and was accepted into medical school, but he chose to launch a fishing show on YouTube instead. A student of the ocean, he is an advocate for respecting the catch on the water, at the fillet table and most importantly in the kitchen.
Jack Moran (Yakin’ with Jack) grew up in Pensacola fishing a local catfish farm with his grandfather. His love for saltwater fishing began on the piers and bridges of Pensacola, but quickly launched into the Gulf of Mexico when he discovered the adrenaline rush of going for a sleigh ride in a kayak.
Phil Hollandsworth (SALTSQUATCH) is the Salt Water Sportsman Video Producer. He grew up in Pennsylvania and began bass fishing in local ponds in high school. It wasn’t until he moved to Pensacola, Florida, after graduating college that he began to fall in love with saltwater fishing. Now Phil takes every opportunity to chase fish from land, kayak, pier, and boat.
Tony Faggioni (FishGum) is known as the “mad scientist” of fishing for inventing a fishing bait, FishGum, and creating a YouTube channel of the same name. Faggioni challenges anglers to try new things to become better anglers and draws on his experience growing up on the Panhandle of Florida.
Elias Vaisberg (EliasVFishing) started kayak fishing for striped bass in the northeast about 15 years ago. He spent years guiding and fishing in New York waters, launched a line of fishing lures, and now lives in Wilmington, North Carolina, where he shoots content from the surf and inshore waters.
Ryan Morie (@ryanmorie) is a full-time content creator based out of southeast Florida. After graduating from the University of Florida, Ryan served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. During his time on active duty he was able to document some outstanding fisheries near the bases on which he served. He now creates a wide variety of fishing content that documents both local and international adventures.
Sean Lawless (The Lawless Tide) was born and raised in landlocked Tulsa, Oklahoma and started fishing in Florida in 2017. From catching pompano on the beach to blackfin tuna in his kayak and bonita off the jetties, Sean shows his viewers everything Florida’s fishery has to offer.
Aaron Benzrihem (Abenz Fishing) is an avid angler based out of southeast Florida. He grew up snook fishing on Sanibel Island and now writes, shoots, and edits fishing stories and videos that document his efforts to catch the biggest inshore fish Florida has to offer.
At 6 feet 9 inches tall, “Big” John McLean (Big John Shark Fishing) was the tallest goalie to ever play professional hockey. Forced to retire due to injuries in 2017, he founded a guide service, Big John Shark Fishing Adventures. He is very active in shark conservation and tagging sharks through NOAA’s Apex Predator Program.
Brent Schirmer (See Ya Dude) is a content creator based in Tampa Bay, Florida. He graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2018, then moved back to the Tampa Bay Area and began filming his fishing and camping trips. Almost 5 years and over 300 videos on YouTube later, Brent focuses on high quality, educational videos for inshore and offshore saltwater fishing for fishermen of all skill-sets and experience.
Richard Janitschek (Fishaholic) grew up in North Jersey, then spent time living in Montauk NY, where he worked on a charter boat, guided surf casting trips, and ran his own light tackle charter boat. After graduating college in 2017 he loaded his kayak on his truck and started traveling, fishing, and filming along the U.S. east coast, finally settling in Stuart, Florida in 2021.
Nate Matthews is Salt Water Sportsman’s Editor-in-Chief. He grew up fishing on the Great Lakes, but moved to New York in 2005 to work as the first Online Editor for Field & Stream. An adventure travel junkie, he now lives on Long Island with his three kids, fishing the beaches and bays for stripers, fluke, and weakfish.
Joe Albanese grew up along Long Island’s South Shore fishing, clamming and hunting ducks. His previous career in wildlife management took him from the Empire State Building to the remote Alaskan Bush, with experiences as varied as the terrain he covered. These days he can usually be found at the helm of his Maritime Skiff.
Sam Hudson is senior editor at Salt Water Sportsman. He has 15 years’ experience as a staff editor and marketing manager across various fishing brands. Florida born and raised, you can find him fishing the skinniest backwaters the state has to offer. Sam has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and an MBA from UCF.
Jim Hendricks has 45 years of experience as a boat captain and a saltwater angler. He’s been our West Coast and electronics editor for the past 12 of these. Jim has fished across the US and in exotic destinations from Australia to Baja California.