Guides

Captain Dan (Slammer) Colander

Slammer returns for his 18th season as a guide at Yes Bay Lodge. His first year was in 1999!

Dan spends his winters in upstate New York. Dan spent many years fishing in the Keys.

Be very careful when you see Dan on the dock, make sure you say good morning, but NOT Good Luck as it will surely ruin his day. No Bananas allowed on Dan's Boat, you see they are considered bad luck on a fishing boat and Dan is the superstitious one on our group.

Something happened to Slammer in 2009, for some reason he now loves bananas and also it is now alright to wish him "Good Luck"...we think someone changed his medication! This was a big change for Slammer, he gave up on all superstition stuff and still had a fantastic year of fishing!

His Slammer handle comes from Bill Hack, Kevin's brother who ran the Lodge when Slammer first started. Seems on his first guest charter he Kicked a rod and reel overboard and Bill said he was like a bull in a china shop, slamming into everything! Sounds like a good story. Maybe you can get him to tell the whole story!


Captain Jeff (Lucky) Davis

Capt Jeff Davis returns to the Yes Bay staff for his fourth year in 2017! Be sure to ask him how he got the name "Lucky"...

After a lengthy detour in the Telecommunications industry and guiding all around Florida part time, (mainly friends and business clients) I decided two years ago to leave the "normal job" behind me and start working towards a lifelong goal as a full time Captain & Guide.

I grew up in South Georgia and have been on the water ever since I can remember. Either fresh or salt water, if I had the chance to fish, I never turned it down. I moved to Tallahassee after high school (87') and soon after began traveling and living all around Florida giving me the chance to experience and learn all types of fishing both inshore and offshore. I have always enjoyed passing along the things I have learned in my years and am always eager to learn new ways to fish. I currently guide in the 10,000 Islands / Everglades area of Southwest Florida and am looking forward to the opportunity to fish and learn in Alaska.


Captain  Andrew (Gabby) Reschke

Captain Gabby joins the Yes Bay Guide Staff for his third year in 2017!

I was born and raised in Naples, FL and grew up spending countless hours fishing Naples and the surrounding areas.

In 2013 I graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University with a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies. I have been lucky to have some great experiences interning as an Environmental Specialist at Estero Bay Aquatic Preserve in Ft. Myers, FL and most recently in Mote Marine Laboratory's Sea Turtle Conservation and Research Program in Sarasota, FL.

After college, I decided to follow my passion and start my own charter fishing business. I currently fish and guide out of Goodland, FL in the 10,000 Islands area. If I am not fishing, I spend all of my time outdoors boating, kayaking, and diving. I love learning both new fisheries and new fishing techniques. I am looking forward to a great fishing season at Yes Bay Lodge!


Captain Troy (Eclipse) Roecker

Capt. Troy Roecker returns to the Yes Bay staff for his third year in 2017!

I am a forty-seven year old fishing Captain from Palm Bay, FL. I was blessed to marry my high school sweetheart and have two fantastic kids a 26 year old son (Tyler) serving in the United States Air Force and a beautiful and enthusiastic 16 year old daughter (Maddison) whom spends her days after school cheerleading, dancing and riding her horse. As a father and husband I have provided for my family as a boat and automotive mechanic but, have always imagined myself making a living on the water. With the encouragement of my loving family, and through determination, motivation and ambition I am accomplishing my lifelong dream. Looking forward to another great season at Yes Bay Lodge and pounding the bottom!


Captain Chad (Packrat) Seabrooke

This is Chad's second season at Yes Bay this 2017 summer.

His home is in Islamorada Florida, "the sport fishing capital of the world." When he's not fishing or hunting, he's dreaming about it. In the keys he works as a freelance captain or mate, offshore and backcountry. There's no one that loves fishing more, or has as many nicknames.


Captain Kevin (Blackfly) Hack

Kevin (Blackfly) HackCaptain Kevin, shown here with a couple of the best catches he has ever made, is the owner of Yes Bay Lodge. Kevin started his career here as a guide many years ago and has been fishing the area ever since. His family has owned the Lodge for over 39 years!

Kevin took over running the Lodge full time about11 years ago. Kevin lives with his family at the Lodge the majority of the year, the remainder of his time is spent at his home in Ketchikan or traveling for Lodge business during the off season.

Kevin's daughter Nicky is the chef at the Lodge. Daughters Michaela and Saylor (pictured) and wife Dee also live and work on property at the Lodge.

We hope to get Kevin out fishing more this year, so we can finally get a picture of him with a fish!