John “BooDreaux” Baumann John was born and
raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he spent most
of his free time primarily fishing ponds and lakes in
the area until his mid teens when his fishing began to
expand to other areas of the state, from Toledo Bend to
the Atchafalaya Basin, the oxbow lakes off the Mississippi
River to the marshes along the Louisiana coast, and going
out brackish and blue water fishing out of arguably one
of the finest areas is the world, Venice Louisiana. He
has been fishing continuously for over 40 years in many
parts of the country.
John, long before being known as “BooDreaux”
began his outdoor radio career in 1994 in Baton Rouge,
Louisiana on small 5000 Watt AM station WIBR at the urging
of owner Don Nelson. John was then serving
on the Board of Directors of Louisiana Bass Hatchery formed
after the devastation of the bass fishery by the effects
of Hurricane Andrew. The focus of the group was
to restore, by the cultivating of Florida Bass to repopulate
the Atchafalaya Basin and other areas after the massive
fish kill, estimated to be in excess of 10 million fish.
The show titled, Louisiana Outdoor Report which
aired on Friday afternoons, after a successful year
the show then moved to the number one country/western
station in the state, WYNK FM, where it ran for 2 years
on Sunday mornings from 5a to 7a.
In 1998, John moved to Central Florida where he hosted
“Bubba and BooDreaux’s Adventures in the Big
Backyard” on 540 AM on Saturdays, moving to
740 AM where the show aired on Thursday afternoons
along with co-host Clay Townsend as “The Sportsman’s
Almanac” from early 1999 through early 2000. The
show then was picked up by WHTQ 96.5 FM on Sunday mornings
where it aired until the end of 2001 after the devastating
effects of the tragedy of 9/11.
Beginning in August of 2006 BooDreaux’s BoonDocques:
Florida Fishing and Hunting Adventures began airing on
740 the Team and remained there until the opportunity
came to move to ESPN Radio which began in October of 2007,
every Saturday morning.
He is also the host of the “Reel Outdoor’s
with BooDreaux” TV show which is a Bright House
Networks of Central Florida production.
BooDreaux is also the author of “Cajun-Creole Seafood
Delights” cookbook and the creator of BooDreaux’s
Cajun Rocket Fuel Hot Sauce.
Captain Mike Ortego
Captain Mike Ortego is the Florida Fisherman, and brings
to the show an extensive knowledge of inshore and nearshore
fisherman. During the summer, Captain Mike takes anglers
fishing in the Florida Keys, where he grew up. The rest
of the season, Captain Mike fishes Mosquito Lagoon, Indian
River and nearshore fishing in Cape Canaveral.
Captain Mike is the inventor of TackleWebs
Suspension Storage System and a huge part of Fishing
Florida Radio. He is a fishing guide during the week,
father and great husband, and also enjoys giving back
to the community. Captain Mike was the main reason why
Fishing Florida Radio held it's first annual Kids Fishing
Festival with Devereux.
Check out Captain Mike The
Florida Fisherman here.
Steve was born and raised in Michigan, where he spent
many summers in Algonac. He would get up early, ride his
bike to pick up bait (worms) and then fish for Perch at
the end of the dock that belonged to neighbors. His father,
David Chapman, also enjoyed fishing, and the two would
go fishing for Bass, Walleye and anything that would hit
his bait when he was younger.
Around the age of 16, Steve's family moved to Central
Florida and a couple years later the fishing bug hit him
in full force. He went from fishing retention ponds in
Lake Mary for Bass, to wading many of the inshore waters
on the East Coast. Steve's passion for fishing led him
to taking private fly fishing lessons from renowned fly
Cave. In the last several years, Steve has been fly
fishing out West numerous times, the Florida Keys to many
times to count, North Georgia, British Columbia, and learning
the Mosquito Lagoon and Indian River in his 16' Waterman.
Steve believes in CPR. (Catch, Photo and Release)
Steve's graphic design is seen on many fishing guides
sites all over the country, and does advertisements, web
sites and many other things for numerous marine related
companies. He will also be the first person to tell you
where he thinks you should try fishing, either on a boat,
or wading. His knowledge of the area, and it's fishing