About Your Guide

Your Guide, Shane Thombs 
would like to welcome you to a fishing adventure you will never forget.


  • 1988 started fishing Lake Ontario
  • 1994 started in the Charter fishing industry.
  • 1995 started Sales and Consulting for Tackle industry
  • 2008 invited to be on the Fisheries Management Zone 20 Advisory Council and have been on the Council since.
  • 2009 started FINtastic Sportfishing
  • 6 to 8 Seminars on Great Lakes Fishing each year. Speaking at various Sportsmen’s Shows, Salmon Schools, and Local Fishing Club meetings.
  • Featured in various fishing publications including Ontario Out Of Doors magazine.
  • Various Tournament wins on Lake Ontario and Lake Erie.
  • Proudly sponsored by Team CanadaPro product lines. Also supported by Altool Automation and Manufacturing, Wackm’ Tackle, A-TOM-MIK Tournament Flies and Grimsby Tackle.

Captain Qualifications:

  • Small Commercial Vessel Operator Proficiency
  • Marine Emergency Duties A3
  • Basic Marine First Aid St John Ambulance.
  • Radio Operator Certificates for Marine and Aeronautical with Digital Selective Calling (DSC)
  • Canadian Power Squadron Boat Pro Course with Pleasure Craft Operator Card,

Off the Water:

  • A father of two and and a husband
  • Parishioner of  Beamsville’s Trinity United Church
  • Project Management Professional (2020), Project Management Institute
  • Graduate of Geographic Information Systems from Niagara College and also a graduate of Sir Sanford Fleming college from the Aquaculture Technician program.
  • 2002 employed by the City of Hamilton, Public Works Department
  • Toastmaster (Advance Communicator Silver, Advanced Leadership Silver)