Brooks Fishing Club

2017-2018 Member Meeting Speakers

Speakers for 2018 and 2019 season


9 October 2018

Joy Hazell Sea Grant Agent Lee County University of Florida

Joy will give us updates on management, catch and release practices and the state of a few fisheries (red drum, snook, gag grouper etc.).


13 November 2018   Introduction by Bob Guetzlaff

Gulf Coast Charters—Bill Russell

Bill specializes in light tackle fishing for Snook, Tarpon, Redfish, Sea Trout, Sharks and a variety of variety of other species.  As a native of Pine Island Bill has spent his entire life fishing and learning the waters surrounding Pine Island and as a professional fishing guide for the past 18 years.


11 December 2018

Chad Gillis New Press Reporter

Chad will present the 100-mile canoe trip he and photojournalist Andrew West took in early February exploring the norther everglades and the rivers that effect the water quality of Lake Okeechobee.


8 January 2019

Capt. Debbie Hanson

Debbie Hanson is an award-winning outdoor writer, women’s sport fishing advocate, IGFA world record holder, and USCG licensed freshwater charter captain living in Estero, Florida. Hanson’s written work has appeared in publications such as Florida Game & Fish Magazine, BoatUS Magazine, and USA Today Hunt & Fish. She is also a weekly contract blogger for

Debbie will be talking about “Spring Bass Fishing Strategies for Southwest Florida” and will plan on bringing several lures, rods, etc. to use as visual aids. Speaking points will be as follows:

*Why you should be using solunar tables.

*Which baits to use in which water conditions.

*Reasons you’re not catching and how to change your luck.

*Components of a good fishing spot.

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12 February 2019    Introduction Bill Rhodes

Rob Moher  President and CEO, The Conservancy of Southwest Florida


12 March 2019

Gordon Kreth working on outside program


9 April 2019

James Evans is the Director of Natural Resources for the City of Sanibel

James has worked as a biologist and resource manager for the past 18 years. He has a B.A. in Environmental Studies and a M.S. in Environmental Science from Florida Gulf Coast University. As part of his graduate research, James investigated the influence of freshwater inflow on fish and invertebrates in Estero Bay. Prior to working with the City of Sanibel, James was employed by the Center for Environmental Studies where he monitored tape grass, oysters, and water quality in the Caloosahatchee River and estuary as part of the South Florida Water Management District’s Valued Ecosystem Component Study. Most recently, he authored the Caloosahatchee Watershed Regional Water Management Issues white paper, a document outlining short-and long-term strategies to address the freshwater discharges from Lake Okeechobee and the Caloosahatchee watershed.