How did fishing come into your life? Is it something you grew up with, is it a recent passion?
Pretty much my dad got me started like most people. We did most of our fishing offshore. I was 7-8 years old. Once my parents got divorced, my outlet was fishing because it was the one thing that I could do by myself. I lived in Panama City, Florida, and was constantly on the water whether it was surfing or fishing.
I lived there until I joined the Coast Guard. Then fly-fishing came into my life when I was travelling. I was catching Bonefish in the military in the Bahamas. I had no idea what a Bonefish was. Shortly after my time in the Bahamas, I got my first fly rod.
I was fishing Andros before it was a big bonefish town. We used to walk the flats hunting for bones and barracuda. We were stationed there so it was easy access to one of the (now) most popular fishing destinations in the world.
What else is there in your life that you are passionate about?
My whole family was in the service. I wanted to fish and surf more than anything. I did the Coast Guard for 21 years as a Coast Guard rescue swimmer, which then took me to AK. Military was the one thing that allowed me to fish, access to hunt, and explore the world.
Besides my family and my dog, fly-fishing, and traveling, I am a pretty avid bow hunter. Anything outdoors and water oriented I am passionate about. I mean hell, my job has always been based around water, which I feel pretty lucky about. My wife goes crazy because I can’t sit still but I love experiencing new things; new fishing spots, new countries, new foods, new people, you get the point.
Tell me about the guiding that you do. What is your specialty?
Salt water fishing in my niche. Tailing fish are ridiculous. I would definitely say that it’s a fetish, man. Whether it’s Bones, or Everglades Tarpon, or tailing Redfish here in my home waters. Chasing fish is addicting. The fishing is good year round too which makes Charleston, SC such a solid place to live.
What makes you unique?
I don’t think that anything makes me different than anyone else. I got nothing. I am just a dude who likes to fly fish when it comes down to it. Well, more than that, like, it’s my life.
What is the best day/experience that you have ever had fishing?
Helping people, it’s my thing. Helping people get their stoke on too. You don’t get to fish very much when you are a guide, but watching people catch their first fish on the fly is what gets me going. Watching them hookup gets your blood pumping; high five-ing, getting the stoke up. For me it’s all about getting people fired up and hoping that they will love fishing as much as I do.