Salty Dog Sportfishing Hawaii
About the show: Salty Dog Sportfishing Hawai'i follows the Lattof family of Kona, Hawai'i and Orange Beach, Alabama in their pursuit of large Pacific Blue Marlin aboard their fishing boat, Salty Dog, in the beautiful waters off the Island of Hawai'i. Each episode of Salty Dog Sportfishing Hawai'i combines exhilarating fishing action with history of the sport, marlin science, proven angling techniques, cutting-edge graphics, Hawaiian culture, the spirit of aloha and ohana (family in Hawaiian), plus the beauty of Hawai'i. Underwater, aerial, chase boat, and multiple on-boat HD cameras capture the fishing action from all angles. Marlin Science segments, hosted by Andrew West, Ph.D., cover topics such as the anatomy, migration, life cycle, behavior and conservation of the Pacific Blue Marlin. Grander Moment segments share the captivating stories of legendary Kona captains who have caught granders (marlin weighing 1000 lbs or more) in Hawaiian waters.
Captain Mitch Lattof III grew up in Orange Beach, Alabama. From an early age his passion for fishing consumed his every thought and action. Spending the summers working on the family's charter boat, Albacore II, Mitch honed his craft. Captain Mitch's love for marlin fishing grew rapidly, fueled by several family trips to Kona and numerous marlin tournament excursions in the Gulf of Mexico (winning several Jr. Angler of the Year Awards with the Mobile Big Game Fishing Club). Eventually – after a 4 year stop off at the University of Alabama – he moved full time to Kona on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Here he spends his time learning from the top big game fisherman in the world. Captain Mitch is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed 100-ton charter boat operator and an International Game Fishing Association Certified Captain. He currently runs the 31' Bertram "Salty Dog" in Kona and is the full time crew member for Captain Steve Epstein on the 42' Merritt "Huntress." When he’s not able to fish for marlin – a truly deplorable situation for him – Captain Mitch enjoys fishing for lesser species, hunting all sorts of wild game and college football.
Ashton Lattof grew up in Orange Beach, Alabama and currently attends the University of Alabama, where she is a member of the Phi Mu sorority and is enrolled in the College of Communications. She has enjoyed deep sea fishing with her family all of her life in Alabama and Hawai’i. Her largest catch to date is the 749lb Pacific Blue Marlin caught with her brother, Captain Mitch aboard the “Salty Dog” in June, 2008 in Kona, Hawai’i. Ashton has also had quite a successful career as a competition dancer, having trained and danced with some of the best choreographers and on some of the top teams in the country, including choreographers involved with the television productions “Dancing With The Stars” and “So You Think You Can Dance”. She has appeared in competitions from Los Angeles to New York and has performed at Radio City Music Hall. In addition to dancing and fishing, Ashton enjoys snorkeling, sunbathing and college football.
Mitch Lattof, Jr, aka “Big Daddy”, grew up on the Alabama Gulf Coast as an avid big game fisherman, working on his grandfather’s charter boat (also named “Salty Dog”) and fishing with his dad on their 31’ Bertram. He attended the University of Alabama undergraduate and law school, and was president of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Since graduation he has practiced law in the firm of Lattof & Lattof, P.C. in Mobile, Alabama. He is also a U.S. Coast Guard licensed charter captain and has been involved in the operation of a marina in Orange Beach, Alabama and various charter fishing boats in Alabama and Hawai'i. Mitch is currently the only International Game Fishing Association Certified Captain in the State of Alabama and won the Top Charter Boat award from the Mobile Big Game Fishing Club for several years in a row. Mitch also enjoys college football, cooking, music and paddle boarding. He’s an active member of Gulf Shores United Methodist Church and on the board of directors for the Community Foundation of South Alabama. “Big Daddy” knows more about fishing than his son, Captain Mitch, but up to this point, Captain Mitch refuses to admit this.
Sissy Lattof grew up in Mobile, Alabama and attended the University of South Alabama, serving as president of the Chi Omega Sorority and being elected as sweetheart of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. For many years, she managed a large marina and charter fishing agency in Orange Beach, Alabama. Sissy is an avid fisherman and her biggest catch to date is a Pacific Blue Marlin with an estimated weight of 850lbs which was tagged and released aboard the Salty Dog in Kona, Hawai’i in 2006. As a breast cancer survivor, Sissy loves to talk with and encourage other breast cancer patients whenever the opportunity arises. Her greatest passion is her love of children and she enjoys working with and spending time with younger children in a variety of settings. Sissy is an active member of Gulf Shores United Methodist Church, where she has been involved in the children’s program, serving as director of vacation Bible school for many years. Sissy’s other interests include gardening, playing with her black labs – Brummy and Gracie, snake hunting - (yes, you read this right) - and of course, college football.