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.

2019 Officers and Board Members

Board of Directors:

Capt. Michael Jennings, President

Capt. Jim Green, Vice-president

Capt. Bobby Kelly, Secretary

Capt. Greg Ball, Treasurer

Capt. Scott Hickman

Capt. Steve Tomeny

Capt. Clarence Seymour 

Capt. Billy Archer

Capt. Gary Bryant

Capt. Tom Ard

Capt. Abby Webster, Executive Director

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.                   

Vice President - Captain Jim Green

American Spirit- Destin, FL        

Capt. Jim Green is the Captain of the American Spirit Party Boat out of Destin, FL. It is the largest party boat in Destin.  He has been a professional fisherman for over 20 years.                                          

His involvement in fisheries management has been very influential and we are proud to have him as a voice for CFA.   


Capt. Tom Ard
Fairwater II Charters- Orange Beach, AL

From the back bays to the deep blue, I have been fishing in the Alabama Gulf Coast area my entire life. For as long as I can remember, I have enjoyed taking people fishing and instilling the same passion I have for the sport in others.


Capt. Billy Archer
Seminole Wind Charters - Panama City Beach, FL

Fishing Captain Billy Archer was born in 1956. Set out to sea in 1969 with his grandfather "Capt Tiny". Born and raised in Bay County Florida Captain Billy knows the Gulf of Mexico like no other fishing charter captain. Come and fish the Gulf of Mexico with the Seminole Wind charter fishing boat out of Panama City Beach Florida.

Capt Billy has been actively involved in helping the fishing industry have a better tomorrow for over a decade.


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, Secretary
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 Greg Ball, Treasurer 
Wave Dancer Charters -  Galveston, Texas

Capt. Greg Ball is a US Coast Guard Master Captain. He was born in Bay Springs, MS in 1964, lived on a farm and fished regularly with his Dad and grandpa in farm ponds and streams. His dad also took him to the coast many times back then fishing offshore on a friend’s charter boat in Biloxi, MS. In 1976 he moved with his family to Orange, TX. He wanted a boat and his dad told him if you buy it, you can have one. He Started a bicycle paper route and in 1978 at 14 years of age, bought his first boat. He began fishing Sabine lake and offshore out of Sabine Pass and Galveston, TX. He developed a love for the Ocean and knew it would one day not only be his hobby, but his career. He owned and operated a new boat dealership for several years in Orange, TX and owned and operated a real-estate development company for 25 years. In 2010 He retired from the Real-estate Development Business and began Wave Dancer Charters in 2011 with his step-son Capt. Taylor Borel. Today they run 4 boats, 2 federally permitted and 2 state water and have a thriving charter for hire business in Galveston, TX. 

Capt. Greg is married to his wife Karen, together they have 5 children and 4 grandchildren. He is a Christian man who loves God, his family, and his country.

He wants a better tomorrow for his son and others in the CFH industry. Since 2014 he has been actively involved in meetings of the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council. He is a graduate of the Marine Resource Education Program (MRIP), Serves as President of the Galveston Professional Boatmen’s Association (GPBA).

Executive Director -Capt. Abby Webster
Freeport, Texas
Captain Abby is a USCG and Texas Sate Licensed captain with a lifetime of experience fishing Not only, the Coastal Bays and marshes from Port Ararnsas to Gaveston , but big Western rivers of Montana and Wyoming. She also severed our local community as the Marine Patrol Officer for 10 years working closely with the US Coast Guard and other local agencies to provide safety and security to our large industrial port.

Captain Abby spends her winters Guiding Hunters and overseeing a Hunting lodge in South Texas.

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