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Sam Root

Marine and Sportfishing industry since 2008-Present

Photo Sam Root
Biography Born Thailand,  Sam  Root immigrated to Virginia as a child, and caught the fishing bug early. When his family moved to Florida in 1980, Root quickly developed a saltwater fishing obsession.

His passion grew up alongside the flourishing fishing media, and by 2006, Root was a high-profile contributor to several online fishing resources, as well as a Bay-area regional radio program.

As his passion continues, so did his fishing skills. Sam became well versed in conventional, inshore, offshore as well as saltwater fly fishing.  He created the Salty Fly in 2011 and it remains the largest saltwater fly fishing event in existence.

Sam moved on to be a photographer for national fishing TV shows and shot photos for B.A.S.S. events. In 2007, he is an early adapter to what we now call “social media”. He is regarded by many to have started the Florida digital fishing media wave.

Today, his photographic and other media work accompanies journalism and commercial projects in print and digital forms. He has created TV show pilots and has worked with many of today’s fishing show.

“Cover photo by Sam Root” has appeared in a number of titles, including Florida Sportsman Magazine,  Sportfising Magazine, Sport-fishing Magazine, ESPN Saltwater.

His work is also featured in many fishing tackle catalogues as well as being displayed at the IGFA.
Today Sam Root is continues is work as a new media creator and consultant specializing in the marine industry.

He is on staff as an endorser of products as well as creating media for many of today’s most respected brands in the industry.
Owner of:

Sam Root Productions, a media and event company based out of Tampa Florida specializing in marine media.

Event Productions:

Owner of the event “Salty Fly presented by Hell’s boatworks“
Largest Saltwater fly fishing tournament in existence


Member of the Florida Outdoor writers association (FOWA) since 2009-present
ICAST as media since 2009-2015

TV Shows:



Saltwater Experience
Into the blue
Flats Class TV

Guest on show:

Charlie Moore show
A Fishing Story on Discovery


A Fishing Story on Discovery

Published work:

Florida Sportsman Magazine
Saltwater Sportsman
Sport fishing Magazine
Costal Angler
Florida Sportfishing
Bluewater Magazine (AU)

Official contracted prostaff at (2015-Present):

Head of social media Mustad Hooks
Contracted media partner with 13 fishing
Contracted Media partner with Railblaza
Costa Del Mar

Currently works with:



Kayaks, SpoolTek Lures, Power-Pole , Breathe Like A Fish, Wingmaster Boats , Canyon Bay boats, Andros boatworks, Savage Gear USA, Ranger Boats, Rhodan Trolling Motor, Maverick Hewes Pathfinder Cobia boats, Long Island Bonefish lodge, Abacos Beach resort, Sebile lures, Ocean Kayaks

Websites and Social Media presence:

Social media:

Instagram with over 30,000 organic following with 13,000 organic following
Fishing for Sale Page with 27,000 opt in following



Carter Andrews

Photo Carter Andrews
Biography Renowned angler and guide Carter ‘Big Boy’ Andrews is plagued by a single obsession: fishing. He simply cannot remember a time when fishing was not the driving focus of his life.

Growing up in Tennessee farm country, Carter spent countless hours on the local ponds, and fast became a dangerous quantity with a spinning rig and bait-caster. With dreams of becoming a tournament bass angler fixed in his mind, he would likely be on the bass circuit today had a fellow angler not one day put a fly rod in his hand. Carter soon moved West to make his mark on the fly fishing scene. In Wyoming, he started guiding the fabled lakes and rivers of the Rocky Mountains for giant trout and smallmouth bass.

In short order, Carter had a fly-fishing resume that read like a Hall of Famer’s: three wins of the Jackson Hole One Fly, countless video and print references, a keystone spot on the US Fly Fishing Team… but it was a trip to the Bahamas that introduced ‘Big Boy’ to the great big world of destination saltwater angling. For the next decade he would help build fishing lodges, train guides, and lead exploratory fishing expeditions, not only in the Bahamas but across the globe. Carter became the cover shot of nearly every saltwater and fishing magazine in print, and he grew to be a favored guest on fishing shows and videos and is likely best known for his dozen appearances alongside dear friend Jose Wejebe on TV’s Spanish Fly.

Costa Rica Zancudo Lodge13After years in the Bahamas, Carter followed his passion to new waters and new species. Now in his 4th year as Director of Fishing for Islas Secas Resort in Panama, Carter now targets the full spectrum of saltwater game fish, and he does so across the disciplines. Whether trolling bait for Marlin, casting plugs for Dorado, or busting fly tackle on epic Yellowfin, Carter continues to go big. By splitting the year between Panama and his ranch in Jackson, Wyoming, Carter manages nearly 300 days of fishing annually, and he has earned the reputation of being the most ‘complete’ angler on the water today.

Beside him every step of the way are wife Heidi and daughters Payton and Haley, who are enjoying quite an adventure on the bow-wave of their Dad’s sporting prowess. Whether catching snakes and snorkeling in Panama, horseback riding in Wyoming, or exploring the world’s great fisheries, the Andrews girls love where this life is taking them.

Carter has led expeditions with friends and clients to 15 different countries. The moment he returns from one trip, he’s packing for another, and scheduling the one after that. To be obsessed by something you love completely is an affliction Carter is willing to bear.

Fishing Charter Capt. Jamie Glasner

Photo Fishing Charter Capt. Jamie Glasner
Biography Captain Jamie is a native Floridian born in Cocoa Beach where he was raised and still lives today. He grew up fishing the waters of the Banana River for the last ten years where he learned how to catch tailing Redfish. Since he was little Jamie always wanted to be a captain of a charter boat and take people fishing. When he bought his first Jon Boat it opened his eyes to a whole new world of fishing. Having a boat with a reliable motor, Jamie started to explore more of the Banana and Indian Rivers stretching all the way to Mosquito Lagoon. Gaining first hand experience and insight into the feeding patterns and migration of Redfish, Snook, and Trout.

Having the passion for fishing Jamie received his captain’s license at the age of eighteen and started his fishing career in 2007 when he purchased his second boat, the Ranger 168 Phantom. With his second boat he started to explore along the beaches of the Space Coast learning the migration patterns of tarpon and cobia. Since adding this experience to his local fishing knowledge, Jamie loves taking people out to enjoy the near shore fishing, putting them on a variety of saltwater species.

Not only is Jamie a Charter Captain And Fishing Guide but also started to follow the tournament trails of the IFA Redfish Tour, with his friend Willy. Jamie and Willy compete every year and test there skills among other professional anglers on tour.

Captain Todd Monson

Photo Captain Todd Monson
Biography Captain Todd Monson, was born and raised in Florida, and his love for the water and excitement for fishing is his passion. Captain Todd has been fishing since his childhood. In 1994 his family moved to the Keys where he was able to garner experience fishing with the talented elders of the fishing community and learned the techniques and skills that have allowed him to become an expert with his anglers. Growing up in the Keys made for an enormous playground both offshore and back country, extending his knowledge of the terrain as well as an extensive understanding of the fish species that inhabit the areas waters. For Captain Todd, bending the rod continues to hold excitement for him that he enjoys sharing with his visitors.

Captain Todd Monson has also extended his fishing experience to the Bahamas, Mexico's Sea of Cortez, Cabo as well as the northern Great Lakes and Canada's wilderness. Whether you wish to fish for trout, permit, snook or tarpon, or prefer the excitement of capturing a moment with a marlin, sailfish or swordfish, Captain Monson can provide you with the ultimate fishing adventure.

Wild Dakota

Photo Wild Dakota
Biography Wild Dakota is fortunate to have a wide variety of friends and family who support the program and enjoy the outdoors. We may not all be professional but will claim we do what we love and love what we do, and that’s pretty much good enough for us. For we are or all were a weekend warrier at one time or another but, passion is the key. WD has pro-staff members for just about every species of wildlife this state has an open season for, and follows them all year round. Take some time and meet all of our members!

Nathan Reno

Biography Nathan Reno is the Promotional Director at Tennessee fishing association and also a Pro staff at Zipper Worm Company!

According to Nathan, "I let nothing stand in my way of my goals dreams passions and living life to the fullest extent possible. I am currently chasing my lifelong dream to become a professional bass fisherman. When I was 11 years old I killed and still have the record for the 5th largest Corsican Ram in Texas history. I believe solely and truly I am here on this earth to prove that nothing is impossible if you put your mind body heart and soul into it and work for it you can achieve anything!"