I grew up in Clearwater, Florida and started fishing the beaches there in 1959. I spent six years in the US Coast Guard in the early 70’s, and later owned and operated a business or two in Kentucky. I eventually made my way back to Florida’s east coast in the early 90’s.
I started a charter fishing business in 2000 and fished Biscayne Bay, the upper Florida Keys and then migrated to Florida’s Southwest coast where I charter fished from Boca Grande south to the Ten Thousand Islands, focusing mainly on Pine Island Sound, Matlacha Pass and Estero Bay.
During my time on the southwest coast I taught fishing classes for Collier County Adult Education and Bass Pro Shops. I also hosted my own fishing radio show, Reel Talk Radio, for a little over ten years on ESPN Southwest Florida radio. I fished tournaments and worked the fishing seminar trail, but was finally forced to throw in the towel and retire a few years ago to fight a persistent case of cancer. I’m doing much better, but the fight continues.
I currently reside in the fabulous Florida Keys with my wife, JoNell, and a couple of cats we refer to as our fuzzy kids. We fish, kayak, bike and hike, and continue to promote the outdoor wonders of Florida.