Hometown: Orlando, FL
Profession: Inshore Fishing Director for Salt Strong
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I began my inshore fishing journey in April 2015 after I purchased my first kayak. I had been an avid bass fisherman for as long as I can remember and was looking to expand my fishing knowledge into the saltwater realm. my first inshore species caught from the kayak were spotted seatrout and I was on a mission to catch redfish, as I had never caught one before. After about 5 weekends of just about catching my limits of trout, I finally hooked into my first red, and it was a monster! Being new to inshore and this being the biggest fish I’ve ever caught on basically my old bass fishing gear, she took me for a ride for about 20 minutes till I was blown into an island from the wind and finished the fight from shore. This fish measured 42″ and was the beginning of my inshore kayak fishing addiction. You can see this fish on my Instagram page – SaltyDawg117 (I have camo shorts, white shirt and blue life jacket on, oh and a beast of a redfish in the pic haha) Shortly after this catch, I found Salt Strong while browsing the Internet, took Luke’s online “Inshore Slammer” course, signed up for the first Strong Angler Challenge (which was for redfish spots) and started catching more fish! Everything took off from that moment forward. Every day on the water is a new learning experience and only builds from there. Get out there and get you some!
Aside from my fishing background, I’m from Orlando, Florida and been here pretty much my whole life. Graduated from the University of Central Florida with a BS in Criminal Justice and spend a lot of my time on the water. Fish on!