Over the past twenty eight years I've guided in literally all of the major "all tackle" and fly fishing tournaments throughout the Florida Keys, Biscayne Bay and Everglades. Although my anglers have won or placed in many of these events, I'm quick to point out that tournament fishing can make a much better angler or guide out of you, forcing you to make quicker decisions, maximizing every second on the water. However fishing as a competitive sport is not for everyone and at times it can be too restrictive regarding the tournament rules such as fishing times and geography, taking away from the quality of the fishing experience. Furthermore, I'm not convinced that the ever growing number of tournaments is good for our resource. I think that the essence of the sport is not always to catch greater numbers and bigger fish than the other guy, but to enjoy the experience, the solitude, learning something new, providing opportunities for my anglers and returning to the dock relaxed... without the self imposed stress that accompanies competitive fishing. After all, it’s just fishin!
I was born in Evanston, Illinois, my family moved to South Florida when I was four years old. I grew up here attending Ponce De Leon Junior High and Coral Gables Senior High School. Later at Miami Dade Community College and the University Of Miami, I majored in music while playing with some of the best rock n' roll bands in the City of Miami such as the Rhodes Brothers and the First Impression. However as a young man, a career in music was not to be – at least for the time being.