Hailing from the “Sportsman’s Paradise” that is Louisiana, I was bound to grow up loving the outdoors. From playing outside as kids, to exploring the swamps, crabbing at Marsh Island, and kayaking/canoeing the Atchafalaya Basin… I enjoyed it all. This love for the outdoors also brought a love for documenting it’s beauty through sketches, then photography, and then writing.
It wasn’t until my early twenties that fishing entered my bloodstream in a big way. It started with catfish along the banks of the Atchafalaya River and occasional bass fishing with my to-be father-in-law. Then came inshore saltwater.
On our first trips to Cocodrie, you only find us bank fishing. Trekking through the marsh to try to find reds and specks. The addiction was starting.
In early 2012 I began to entertain the idea of purchasing a kayak to fish from, since I couldn’t afford a boat. Little did I know that kayak fishing was an actual thing! A quick Google search for fishing kayaks soon caught me up to speed. The promotional video for a boat called the Jackson Coosa all but sealed the deal for me. With the help of my family (and permission from my wife), I purchased my first kayak, the original Coosa, in June of that year. The rest is history!
Kayak fishing has given me many opportunities that I never thought I’d have. Ten years ago I never would’ve thought that I’d be obsessed with chasing redfish out of a plastic boat, but here we are. I get to share this obsession not only with friends, but with newcomers to the sport through my job as a floor associate, media coordinator, and fishing guide at Pack & Paddle.
Away from fishing, I’m a lucky guy to have landed a beautiful wife, Tracey. Together, we have two beautiful children – a boy and a girl – River and Wren. Like a good dad, I’m working hard to pass on an appreciation for the world outside of a TV, computer, or cell phone.
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