Experts Here to Help You

Bob Martin

Bob Martin is the original proprietor of the Dogfish Tackle Company. In 1985, he took his passion for fishing and opened a store to help others foster their passion as well. Bob designed our original Dogfish Stik, which has become a favorite rod of many professional and recreational anglers alike. He is truly a tackle pioneer!


Dave Bayes

Dave Bayes has led Team Dogfish for over 20 years. As the managing partner, he has grown the store and its team to be the best on the West Coast of Florida! Dave has also been successful on the water as a perennial contender in the Kingfish tournament scene. He offers local anglers expert advice and fishing knowledge, and is well known for his custom Kingfish Rigs. But, it's Dave’s genuine personality and special ability to make every customer important that are his greatest assets to Dogfish. Dave has created our amazing customer service based business with a premium inventory selection.

Joe Georgia

As the store manager at Dogfish Tackle, Joe offers every customer knowledge based on personal on-the-water experience.  He began fishing in grade school, plucking Pompano from the water off the piers at Ft. Desoto. What started as a boyhood obsession has become his life's passion. He is now an accomplished inshore and offshore angler, as well as a respected diver and spear fisherman. His friendly and helpful approach is the Dogfish way!

Rob Winkelman

Rob has a definite passion for the great outdoors. He began fishing as a kid, catching bass in lakes all across the state of Florida. As he grew, so did the fish he caught! He developed a knack for catching big snook and tarpon using heavy spinning tackle. Now, he is great at throwing jigs in passes around bridges. Come meet Rob and learn all that he has to teach!

Ben Johnson

Ben began fishing at a young age.  He often caught grouper, cobia, and snapper offshore. As he got older, he ventured into flats fishing and fishing residential docks and dock lights. Ben also began to do his own DIY projects on his personal boats. He started off with simple tasks, such as replacing pumps and switches, and then ventured into more and more complicated projects including everything from fiber glass repair to a full rewire. Ben is also a very accomplished diver with many dives under his belt. So, come see Ben with any questions from inshore fishing techniques to fixing electrical gremlins!

Tyler Lovett

Tyler's passion for fishing started at a young age while being raised in a fishing family.  Despite his already numerous years of fishing experience, he still constantly strives to gain more knowledge about every aspect of the sport as possible.  So, stop in and see Tyler to learn some tips and techniques about fishing in Pinellas County and acrross the state of Florida.  He is also a perfectionist at rigging gear, so he will set you up properly there, too!

Kris Stein

Kris started fishing with his dad at a very young age.  They mainly fished at the Redington Long Pier (right across the street from the original Dogfish Tackle Co!)  He grew up primarily fishing for kingfish and tarpon, but as he got older, he learned everything about everything our fishery has to offer.  From wade fishing, kayak fishing, offshore fishing, to freshwater bass fishing, Kris knows about it all.  He is constantly on the water furthering his knowledge and experience to help educate our customers about all things fishing! 

Danny Gibbs

Danny began fishing as a kid for snook, tarpon, and redfish along the local seawalls and at Weedon Island.  When he could get in some offshore fishing, he would target gag groupers and snapper. As he grew, he began to use the pier and beaches as his main focus to hunt big snook and table fare. Now, that focus has progressed to include running bridges, islands, passes, and any area with great water flow by skiff or by land.  He is an experienced and diverse fisherman with lots of knowledge to share, and we welcome him to our team!