The Stansel brothers, Kirk, Guy & Bobby Joe
The “Stansel Boys” as they are known grew up fishing on Lake Calcasieu. Kirk, Guy and Bobby Joe found their passion on the lake and the duck blinds of southwest Louisiana as kids. Founded in 1975 “The Boys” have grown HR&G to be the largest charter and most respected fishing operation on the gulf coast. Their commitment to customer service, quality growth and knowledgeable employees continues to be the driving force each day. Come visit “the boys” soon and experience hunting or fishing trip that you will never forget.
The father and mentor of “The Boys” Buzz is the leader of the pack. At 88 years old he can still out fish, out hunt and out work most everyone here. From his modest home here in Hackberry he manufactures handmade knives. He designed and for a while manufactured the Legendary Hackberry Hustler bait. His master’s degree in bait making has earned him the title of “Master Baiter”
Captain Brett Stansel
Brett is the son of Kirk and Lanette Stansel. He was raised in Hackberry on Lake Calcasieu at the knee of his dad. In 2010 Brett graduated from McNeese St. with a Wildlife Management degree. Since then he has been working fulltime and enjoys what he is doing as much as anyone. Brett is working on getting more involved and furthering his knowledge is the business. He enjoys meeting new people and sharing his knowledge on the outdoors.
Captain Bobby Stansel – Co-Owner HR&G
Bobby began fishing at Hackberry Rod & Gun back in the early days.. At 6’6” Bobby wishes he could play basketball but believe me he is one of the best fishermen on the lake. His dry humor and quick wit will keep you on your toes.
Captain Kirk Stansel – Co-Owner HR&G
Captain Kirk Stansel, co-owner of Hackberry Rod and Gun. Kirk began his career in the fishing industry as a dedicated 20 year old after two years of college at McNeese State University. Captain Kirk is married to Lanette Stansel and has one son Brett who is also an active professional guide at the Lodge. His meticulous attention to detail drives his passion to be productive for his clients.
Captain Guy Stansel Co-Owner HR&G
Captain Guy began his fishing career here at the lodge back in his early days. Guys wife Pauline works here at the lodge and manages everything that goes on at the dock shop. He and his brother Bobby are the tallest of our staff and he can see the fish for miles. Guy is very laid back and reminds you of a person picking out peaches at a produce stand. You can see guy out on the water from time to time mentoring his MANY grandkids.
Captain Zach Mitchell
Zach is one of the best young fishermen on the lake. Learning how to fish at the knee of his dad Cain for many years and Zach has blossomed out big. Zach graduated from McNeese State University with a degree om in business. Zach was an all-everything baseball player at Sulphur high school but he decided on a fishing scholarship at Hackberry Rod & Gun before entering college. Zach is a great asset to our family here at the lodge.
Captain Travis Spicer
Travis Spicer has been fishing since before he could walk. He has been guiding for years and knows every secret hole in big lake. Travis went to the big school of Hackberry. He grew up working in his family’s business at the local Spicer and Hughes Marina. Travis is married to Haley who works in our front office and they have two children. He’s an avid hunter and says he never misses.
Captain Trey Daugereaux
Trey was born and raised in Vinton, LA and graduated from Sulphur High School. He grew up fishing and hunting in the local marshes. Trey spent 14 years as a professional fire fighter. He has been a hunting guide since 1991 and started fishing Calcasieu several years ago. He now lives in hackberry and enjoys working for the lodge. Trey is very patient and enjoys hunting and fishing with kids.
Captain Jeff Vincent
Jeff was born, raised, went to school and worked all his life in legendary Hackberry. He is married with 2 children and can fix almost anything. Make that everything. He is a great fisherman and is very competitive when it comes to putting his customers on fish. He is a welcome addition to our staff here at the lodge.
Captain Aaron Stevens
“Nooks” as he is known in these circles and to his customers is one of our part timers. Raised in Sulphur Louisiana “Nooks” has fished and hunted this area all of his life. One of the really true sportsmen left in the area he will eat ANYTHING. It is rumored that in his younger days he spent 2 weeks in the marsh eating nothing but the eyelids and gums of raccoons he trapped. Personally I don’t believe it. Maybe the eyelids but not the gums.
Captain Buddy Oakes
Known as “Pooh Buddy”. He has his own private beach located in a very remote part of big lake. Buddy has been fishing Lake Calcasieu for over 35 years. He spends most of his time CONFINED TO THE OFFICE but manages to get out on the water from time to time.
Captain Jimmy Deason
Captain Jimmy has been guiding at Hackberry Rod and Gun since 1981. We call him “Paw Paw”. Jimmy is very well respected in the industry and could probably a trout or redfish in a bathtub. You can always tell when Jimmy has had his morning fix of Geritol and a shot of five hour energy! All Systems are going to be pointing on GO!
Captain David Darnsteadt
Captain Darney was born in Westlake, LA and soon moved to Gum Cove. He has been hunting and fishing in the area his whole life. Darney has been guiding here at the lodge for many years. Once Darney steps into the boat he will do whatever it takes to put his people on fish and make each day on the water the best it can be.
Captain Jake Darnsteadt
Jake grew up in the Vinton and Sulphur area. He has been guiding for many years now. As a kid he was raised in the outdoors and is an avid fishermen and duck hunter. He has the ability to fix anything and enjoys using heavy equipment.
Captain Darrell Guidry
Captain Darrell is one of the few long time Hackberry natives that guides for us here at the lodge. He has been fishing and hunting this area since before he can remember. Darrell is as nice and easy going as they come. He is a hard fisherman and has no problems making friends on the boat.
Captain Mike Bares
“Sugar Bares” as we call him because he is so “sweet”. Mike has been guiding with us for several years. This is Mike’s third career. He was an engineer on a submarine in Navy. Mike retired for the Petro Chemical Industry with PPG to become a full time professional fishing guide. His passion for putting people on fish and a smile on their face has made Mike a great asset here at the lodge.
Captain Devon Fontenot
Devon was born and raised in Sulphur Louisiana, and graduated from Sulphur high school. He turned down golf scholarships to pursue a degree in process technology. While working on the Night Stalker last year Devon was able to get his Coast guard license and Captain’s license. Devon is a welcome addition to our family here at the lodge.
Captain Paul Deshotel
They call me the “fireman” that’s my name!! Paul was a full time fire fighter (now retired)and has spent many years guiding part time. His big robust smile will invite you start up a conversation that may take a while to end. Paul loves the water and loves being with the clients he is guiding with. Many clients request Paul if he is not out rescuing someone from a burning building. Paul has an infectious laugh that you won’t soon forget.
Captain Avery Cherry
Avery was born in Houston TX and raised in East Texas and has been fishing since he could walk and hunting from the age of 6. Avery began a bass fishing career at a very young age. Avery was 12years old when he made his first trip to Hackberry Rod and Gun. It was that day that changed his fishing focus. The saltwater entered his veins and has been fishing in hackberry ever since. Avery even used some of his own savings to help build a family camp in Hackberry. It is now like home. Avery’s passions are fishing, duck hunting, deer hunting and sharing it with others especially children, Kids become attached to him quick because of his character, big heart and patience.
Captain Rani Morvan
Raini is one of the young guns here at the lodge. Originally from Deridder Louisiana he spent most of his growing up years fishing with his father who was a commercial fisherman for 30 years. During those formative years fishing with his dad fishing became a passion for Raini and a love for the water. He is fulfilling his dream of being a fishing guide here at the lodge and we are happy to have him as part of our family.