Fishing has always been a big part of my life. As a kid, my grandparents use to say it was the only thing that could get me to sit still. As my wife can now attest, that fact still remains true today. Being born in the state of Kentucky, I soon found myself moving around the country. In fact, I had moved 11 times by my 13th birthday. Through this travel, my passion for fishing expanded. I was no longer limited to the farm ponds of the Bluegrass State. Moving allowed me to target species I had only dreamed about while reading In-Fisherman magazines as a kid. As I grew older, I found myself jigging for crappie on the rocky banks of Lake of the Ozarks, fighting King Salmon on the Kenai, targeting sturgeon on the Sacramento Delta and working long-range tuna boats in Southern California. By the time I finished high school, I had fished more water than I once thought existed, met countless new friends and figured out a way to monetize my passion. The experiences I had in my younger years laid the path for the addiction that still fuels me today.
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