I have been very blessed in my life. My Dad took time with me, taught me to fish, and taught me about the resource. I remember fishing with both of my Grandads when I was growing up. We moved to South Carolina when I was five. My Dad bought a green fiberglass boat so we could fish on nearby Lake Marion (the upper Santee Cooper lake). That is where I learned to fish and where I caught my first fish, a bluegill. I now live on the Cooper River, just below Lake Moultrie (the lower Santee Cooper lake). My life brought me back to this area and I think I am supposed to be here.
In my career, I have been very blessed to have worked for extended periods with two great fishing companies – Shakespeare (13 years) and Zebco for (10 years and counting). I felt a connection with Shane and the great things Fishing’s Future is doing. My son is 5 years old now and loves to fish. I want other people and kids to have the same experiences and excitement I am trying to provide for him.
Enjoying the natural resources, reconnecting with old friends, time with your kids, are all great parts of the sport I would like more people to experience. Fishing is a great activity that means something different to so many people. When I tell people I work for Zebco, so many people say that must be an awesome job. So many people have a story about their first Zebco reel. The goodwill and heritage so many people feel with the sport of fishing is tremendous.
I really connected with Shane’s story on helping kids. I have wanted to give my time to help people.