charter fisherman's Association

It is our mission to ensure American public access to fishing, to engage and represent
the Charter for Hire industry, and to ensure long-term sustainability of our fisheries.

2018 Officers and Board Members

Board of Directors:

Capt. Michael Jennings, President

Capt. Jim Green, Vice-president

Capt. Bobby Kelly, Secretary

 Susan Boggs, Treasurer

Capt. Scott Hickman

Capt. Steve Tomeny

Capt. Clarence Seymour 

Capt. Billy Archer

Capt. Gary Bryant

Capt. Brad Gorst

Capt. Abby Webster, Executive Director

Board of Advisors:

Capt. Bill Butler

Capt. Dan Green

Capt. Bill Staff

Capt. Randy Boggs

Capt. Skipper Thierry

Capt. Mike Thierry

Capt. Tom Ard 

Capt. Gary Jarvis

Capt. Mike Colby

Buddy Guindon

Get to know our Board Members!

President - Captain Mike Jennings

Cowboy Charters- Freeport, Texas                                                  
Mike Jennings is a USCG licensed Captain with over 25 years of experience fishing the Texas Gulf coast. He is known locally for his willingness to run further and target the larger species that lurk in our Gulf waters. He is a native of Brazoria County and grew up fishing the inshore and offshore waters from Galveston to Matagorda. Along with fishing, Captain Mike is an experienced dog trainer and waterfowl guide, hunting the prairies and marshes from Anahuac to Rockport. Captain Mike also runs Gulf Coast Marina in Surfside. 

Captain Mike is also an accomplished Writer and Magazine Columnist, formerly on staff with Texas Saltwater Fishing Magazine.                                                                                        

Executive Director - Shane Cantrell
Galveston Sea Ventures -  Galveston, Texas

As one of the youngest members of the Charter Fisherman's Association and charter captains in Galveston, Texas he is proud to provide a voice in fishery management for charter customers and the recreational fishermen of America aboard their boats. 

Shane has a degree in Marine Fisheries from Texas A&M at Galveston, experience as a NOAA Fishery observer, and involvement with the BP Deepwater Horizon Incident. This unique background gives him a great perspective on fishery issues and fishery management from many different perspectives.

Susan Boggs
Reel Surprise Charters - Orange Beach, AL

Raised in north central Texas, Susan Boggs moved to lower Alabama in 1998.  Susan began working as a charter agent at a local marina in Orange Beach, AL where she met her husband of 10 years.  She and her husband, Randy, own two headboats, Reel Surprise and Gulf Winds II, two charter boats Sea Reaper and Wishbone, as well as own and operate the charter office and the dock store at SanRoc Cay Mar

Susan is in charge of the day to day ope
rations of B&D Maritime, Inc. while also raising hers and Randy’s daughter who is too an avid fisherman and hunter.


Gary Bryant

Fort Morgan, Alabama

Gary Bryant was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1965, but was raised in Rome, Georgia. He spent started his fishing early on rivers, lakes and ponds fishing with his grandfather. I was not until his college days that Gary got the opportunity to fish in Salt Water. Once exposed to fishing the big pond there was no turning back. Finishing College and working as an Industrial Engineer, every off Vacation and holiday was spent going to fish in the Gulf. Gary continued to pursue his fishing passion and became a licensed 50 ton Captain in 1997. He immediately started Red Eye Charters in Fort Morgan, Alabama operating on weekends and Holidays. It soon became apparent that a decision on which career path to take needed to be made. So Gary gave up his shot at the Corporate Ladder for a position in the Helm Chairs. He continues to this day as CEO, CFO, Captain, Deckhand and Head Flunky of Red Eye Charters.

Captain Gary Bryant has been active in Fishery Management Issues 2010. He is a Gulf Council Meeting regular and has actively served on the Alabama Charter Fishing Association board of director since 2010, serving as Vice President in 2015, 2016 and 2017. He served as President in 2018. Gary is also a member of the Charter for Hire Ad-Hoc Committee.

Steve Tomeny

Port Fourchon, Louisiana

A freshwater and saltwater fisherman in Louisiana and Mississippi since childhood, and an avid scuba diver since his days at LSU, Steve has more than 35 years of experience in Gulf of Mexico fisheries. He started out building and operating a six passenger dive charter boat out of Port Fourchon, LA. Subsequently, Steve bought a 65-foot bare hull, towed it from Montgomery, Al to Baton Rouge, and within a year, launched the f/v Southerner. A few years later, he added the f/v Louisiana, f/v Gulf of Mexico, and the f/v Caribbean Sea, all 65-footers built on the same style hull for mixing charter and commercial fishing. Steve is on the board of the Charter Fisherman’s Association, which consists of charter operators and captains working to advance new ideas in the charter-for-hire industry. A separate fisheries management plan for the   charter-for-hire fleet is one of CFA’s more immediate goals.

Captain Bobby Kelly
Orange Beach, Alabama

Being born but not raised on the coast, Captain Bobby Kelly knew at the age of 12 when his father took him on his first deep sea fish trip that this is what he wanted to do with his life. Captain at 19, and purchased his boat the Miss Brianna in 2011. Captain Bobby Kelly became interested in fisheries management after his son was born in 2013 as a way to secure fish for his future which is what brought him to CFA.

Captain Scott Hickman
Circle H Outfitters -  Galveston, Texas
Owner/Operator Circle H Outfitters and Charters Full time hunting and fishing guide out of Galveston, Texas 29 years specializing in Cobia, Snapper, Amberjack and King Mackerel trips. Scott is married to wife Shannon and has two daughters Allison and Lauren. He is actively involved on Gulf Fisheries Management Council Migratory Pelagic Advisory Panel and Reef fish Advisory Panel with finding solutions for a better charter business plan in the Gulf a top priority. Capt Scott also holds the Recreational seat on the Flower Gardens Banks National Marine Sanctuary Council. He attended both Texas Tech University and Sam Houston State University studying Wildlife Management and Criminal Justice.  Capt. Hickman also served in the United States Marine Corps and Texas National Guard.


Captain Dan Green
Fishin Addiction Charters -  Galveston, Texas

Captain Dan Green h
as been fishing the gulf coast and offshore for over 15 years.  He  prides himself on his   eagerness to put his customers on the fish that he has grown to love  and respect. "I love chartering because it gives me the opportunity  to show people a little  piece of what our beautiful coast has to offer. A beautiful scenery, good fishing, and  good southern hospitality! This is why we at Fishin Addiction Charters are addicted to what  we do!"

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