I was born in Jacksonville FL and grew up between Jacksonville and Ft. Lauderdale FL. I now proudly call Melbourne Beach my home. My first fishing experience was at a local pond catching Bream with a family friend at the age of five. Growing up in Florida and being surrounded by water gave me the ability to fish almost every day and forced me to develop a connection with the water that I will never lose. Now and even in my youth I was an advocate for catch and release to ensure a healthy fishery for our future. I grew up fishing mostly for Largemouth Bass, Snook or Peacocks in the canals and lakes of South Florida, I would spend summers and holidays in Jacksonville FL fishing the St. Johns River for Redfish, Flounder and many other species, in the summers we would cast net buckets of tasty shrimp as they were making their way toward the Atlantic.