John Detmer is a 20 year surf fishing veteran of the Brevard County Beaches. Arriving on Florida’s East Coast in 1985, John worked at Patrick Air Force Base supervising the base’s recreational programs until his retirement in 2006. In John’s words “I was blessed with a job that I wanted, with the Ocean to one side of me and the Banana River Lagoon on the other and a fresh water lake 20 minutes away and fishing was and still is my passion”.
Prior to retirement, in 2002, John created several formalized fishing programs along with guiding surf fishing trips for the active duty military stationed a Patrick Air Force Base. Today John still offers these same instructional classes thru local recreation centers and tackle shops. “Teaching individuals how to fish the surf and guiding is my great pleasure and I get to meet some very interesting people along the way.” Classes include surf fishing, long distance surf casting and river fishing just to name a few. Once retired John turned his love for the beaches and surf fishing into a business that has become known from Cocoa Beach to Sebastian Inlet as simply “J & H Surf Fishing”.