Fishing for me came at a very young age thanks to my Dad. Who was, and still is, the best fisherman I know. From the very first trip he took me on it was apparent that he showed me something that I would spend the rest of my life trying to master. He told me,
“You used to just sit there not moving or saying a word in the boat for hours on end, sometimes even taking a nap but NEVER would you put your rod down or in a holder EVER!”
Funny thing is I now have twin daughters and a son who all do that…Go figure. Well, my first saltwater experience was at age 10 with my Grandpa who ran a small commercial salmon boat out of Newport, OR. I don’t really know how to explain it but something about that fresh ocean breeze on my face and all those fish hitting the deck just did something to me. I’ll never forget that trip. I loved being in the ocean and, mostly, I was at the helm while my Grandpa was working the gear. It didn’t matter to me what I was doing as long as I was, or a part of, catching fish. He sold his commercial boat a few years later and bought a sport fishing boat and still took the grand kids sport fishing any and every time he could. I have fished for just about everything this state has to offer and my two favorites are the great Tuna and Halibut fishery off the Oregon Coast. I also spend a lot of time in the Winter and Spring chasing Steelhead, Salmon and Trout with my family and friends here in the valley where I live. April is when I start to get really excited though because I know that the ocean season is about to kick off! Fishing is my life long passion and I have cried, bled and sweat to be a successful and respectable fisherman. I’m an easy going, respectful person and I love the opportunity to pass any knowledge I can to anyone that will listen. I also do not have the word quit in me. I was raised to work for what I wanted and that is what I have done. Nobody handed me a boat and successful business. I started from the ground up and have worked hard to buy a boat and develop a business from nothing with just a dream and passion to do what I love.