I caught my first keeper at the ageof 3 on a kid's Mickey Mouse rod. Mydad thought itwas a snag and insisted that I work it out, well I reeled as hard as I could and up came a 24 inch flounder. I can still remember how proud I was of that dinner. I have been hooked ever since!
I fish fresh and salt water, on the East and West coasts of Florida.
When and where did you start SUP ?
I boughtmy first SUP in 2014 togo spear fishing off the South Florida reefs. Itis a per-fect set up, you have a place to store your equipment, you can jump upand take a break so you aren't treading for hours, andin case ofan emergency you have a barrier between you and the other creatures that might be after your catch.
Which sports did you practice before? And now?
Fishing. I surfed before SUP, I still surf now, and I am working on combining the two.
How have the sports you did before helped with SUP?
Surfing helped me with balance and with judgment when reading the ocean conditions; tides, wind, and weather definitely play a role in SUP fishing
What attracts you to SUP?
The SUP is stable enough to cast, cast net, and hook a fish on. Practically, it is lighter than a kayak or a canoe so I can goon solo trips, and I can easily transport itinmytruck bed.
SUP race, SUP surf or something else?
SUP fishing and SUP camping. SUP fishing is a wonderful way to reach the nooks that boats and wading anglers cannot reach. I have used my SUP to find andto fish some ofthe best spots. I also use my SUP to camp. SUP camping allows metogetto the re-mote fishing spots. Itis a perfect size bedon the water.
SUP is booming, do you think this is a fad or a change in attitudes over the long term?
Change in attitudes for sure. Especially living in South Florida, I have definitely seen the growth in SUP use. SUP surfing, SUP yoga, full moon paddles, SUP tours etc. there are so many events that involve the SUP.
Do you participate in competitions
I do not participate in competitions.