Eric Henson - Casting Kayaks LLC Sarasota, Florida
If you like or are interested in kayak fishing and/or fishing the gulf coast and inner waters of Florida, Eric is the Guide for you!
A little about Eric Henson: My love for paddling and fishing began at a very young age. I grew up on a beautiful lake in DeLand, FL. My dad bought a red Old Town Canoe for us to paddle around the lake. My next door neighbor on the lake was a Pro Bass fisherman who regularly stocked our lake with all types of freshwater species. When I was 9 years old, my dad and neighbor bought me my first spinning reel for my birthday. Soon after I picked up my first fly setup. I was blessed to have this great introduction to the water at such a young age. I spent much of my childhood in that shiny red canoe paddling the lake every day, catching Largemouth Bass, Stripe Bass, Speckled Perch, and Blue Gill.
I moved to the west SW coast of Florida when I was 14 years old. I hadn’t ever really done any serious saltwater fishing before that, except off of docks, beaches, and piers. We had left the canoe with the lake house when we moved. I continued fishing from land and from friends’ boats, but I kept thinking about how fun it would be to get back to paddling around catching fish. There were so many places that I wanted to fish that I couldn’t quite get to by boat. As soon as I was old enough to get my first truck, I was ready to get something to paddle! Kayaks were just starting to become popular for fishing, so, I invested in my first kayak. Man, when I got in the water with that thing, I felt invincible—the unlimited places I was able to go with it. I can’t even begin to tell you how many fish that I caught out of that yak.
My favorite type of fish to target in SW Florida are redfish, snook, trout, and tarpon. Once I learned a lot of their behaviors and patterns, I starting thinking about my next step. I have always had a competitive nature so, I started entering kayak fishing tournaments. Kayak fishing tournaments are a true test for an individual angler, strength, skills, and mindset. Organization is key when kayak fishing. Then after having some success in on the kayak side, I decided to buy a small technical poling boat and started doing boat tourneys as well.
Now, over 30 yrs. later I am a Pro Kayak Fishing/ Boat Angler and a fulltime Kayak Fishing Guide. The proud owner of Casting Kayaks, LLC out of Sarasota, FL. One of my greatest enjoyments in life is helping friends and clients experience the beauty and thrill of kayak fishing. Teaching them how to use different types of flies, jigs, lures, (I specialize in artificial baits) that I tied myself and watching them catch the biggest fish of their life! My mission in life is to get anyone and everyone into a kayak on the water and to share my life through their eyes… to bless them as I have been blessed. Experiences like these can be life changing.
To contact Eric or get out on the water with him visit his site www.CastingKayaks.com or call him at 941.504.1349.