All of our guides are passionate, experienced and knowledgeable about angling.
They take pride in their work and ensure that every trip is a lasting memory.
MEET THE PEOPLE
Tony NootebosOwner and Guide
Tony is the proud owner of BC Sport Fishing Group Ltd. After 30 plus years of experience and passion, having grown up fishing with his brother John and father Gerry on most lakes, rivers and streams in the area, he formed Harrison Bay Guided Services in 1996. Thanks to his extensive knowledge the business quickly grew to see twenty fully insured and licensed fishing guides join his team. When he isn’t guiding Tony can be found in the guide shop, on the golf course or fishing with his family who he lives with in Harrison Hot Springs.
Dan HartlenFishing Guide
Danny grew up in the area and has been fishing the Fraser River and its tributaries for over 40 years, 25 of which have been spent guiding with the BC Sport Fishing Group team! Always looking for the next “hot spot,” there are not many spots in the Valley that haven’t been fished by Dan. In his spare time, Dan enjoys hockey, swimming, golf, and hiking – though most of his hikes are around water, checking out new fishing locations! Dan’s good humor and constant pranks along with his great ability to find fish consistently make for a great day on the water.
Anthony "Merr" SprangersFishing Guide
Growing up in the area, Merr has been fishing the rivers of the Fraser Valley, as well as local and interior lakes, with Tony and his dad since he was a kid. An original team member of BC Sport Fishing Group’s opening in 1996, he describes himself as optimistic, patient and always ready to fish, even under hard conditions. Merr enjoys helping our clients to catch fish as much as he enjoys catching them himself – he isn’t satisfied until his clients are busy battling fish!
Patrick ViditoFishing Guide
Pat began fishing in Chilliwack with his dad when he was a teenager and still remembers the “good old days” when they would fish at Nicola Lake. With 20 years experience fishing and guiding all around beautiful British Columbia Pat joined BC Sportfishing Group in 2006. Spending the fall months teaching our clients to fish Pat guides in the Queen Charlotte Islands in the summer months. He currently lives in the area with his wife and their two dogs.
Jeff SayewichFishing Guide
Fishing all his life, Jeff joined the BC Sport Fishing Group in 2007 and has no plans of stopping. Patient and open-minded, Jeff is happy showing our clients why he loves fishing so much and helping them to experience an unforgettable day. In his spare time, Jeff continues to improve his fishing skills around the Province and spends time with his wife.
Ted SwaineFishing Guide
Frank KozelOperations Manager
Frank Kozel – Frank has lived in the Fraser Valley most of his life and is our Operations manager and guide for BC Sportfishing Group. Over his many years of sport fishing Frank has learned the art of fly fishing, spent countless hours Sturgeon fishing, bait fishing and spoon fishing. He really takes his fishing seriously! When not working for BCSFG, sport fishing or running the tour boat he is pursuing his other passion as a professional musician playing guitar and singing in a few local bands. You will also find Frank helping in the office, making sales calls, doing boat maintenance / repairs, or he might even be your shuttle driver for the day. Whatever it is, he’s committed to help make your experience with BC Sportfishing Group the best it could possibly be.
Chris BurdekinFishing Guide
Chris was raised on Vancouver island in Sayward, British Columbia. Chris spent his childhood fishing the salt chuck with his father and grandfather. He later moved to Mission, where he spent every spare moment spay fishing the Harrison River, and local tributaries of the Fraser River for salmon and steelhead. Chris then had the opportunity to go on a fishing trip with STS Guiding. It was at that moment that he realized his true passion, fishing for sturgeon. When Chris is not on the river guiding or exploring new fishing spots, you will find him spending time with his wife Sarah and their two children.
Tom PearceFishing Guide
Tom was born and raised in nearby White Rock, British Columbia. Tom is a heavy machine operator and electrician by trade but has since decided that fishing for a living is way too much fun. Tom Pearce is now going into his 16th season working for STS . Tom is a well-rounded guide with vast knowledge of local fishing techniques and hot spots. If there is a fish out there Tom will be sure to find it. Tom’s personality is what separates him from the rest. Tom has been our all-time most requested guide which tells you something about his character and fishing ability. I’m am confident that you will thoroughly enjoy your day out on the water with Tom.
Doug EliasFishing Guide
Doug is a local boy who was born and raised in Abbotsford, moved across the bridge to Mission in 1990. Doug is a retired Corrections Officer and has been guiding for STS since 2007. Doug started his fishing career fly fishing local and interior lakes, taking courses from some of British Columbia’s top fly fishing instructors like Kevin Longard, Phil Rowley and Gord Honey. Soon Doug was spending many hours learning the art of tying flies and fishing still waters. Doug is also an accomplished sturgeon and salmon angler so if you’re looking for a great trip Doug is your guide.
John PopowichFishing Guide
John has been fishing with STS for many years. When John mentioned that he was interested in guiding we quickly snapped him up and welcomed him as part of our team. John is a well rounded angler who is passionate for fishing the Fraser. John runs a 20 ft Customweld Cobra which is the perfect boat for fishing the lower Fraser for both salmon and sturgeon. John is an accomplished angler who has been guiding for STS since 2011. If you’re looking for a great guide ask for John.
Matthew PetersFishing Guide
Matt was born and raised in Chilliwack, so he has been a frequent fisher of the Vedder and the Fraser River since he was a kid. Matt enjoys taking others out to have the unique experience of reeling in a big Sturgeon. When he’s not fishing you’ll find him at the golf course or spending time with his family