In 1974 I moved to Lakeland, Florida and discovered fishing. Living within walking distance to “Bill Johnson’s Pro Bass Shops” I spent most of my money and time there when not fishing. Winning the monthly bass, speckled perch, and bluegill competitions numerous times each year I was invited to appear on several episodes of fishing shows filmed in Florida. I moved to NH, however, and turned my energy to whitewater kayaking, making my career as a professional whitewater kayaker which is what lead me to create Jackson Kayak. When, in 2010, I was approached by Drew Gregory to build a fishing kayak that was especially designed to be stellar on rivers… “oh yea baby!” I thought right away. A kayak that would be good on Rivers but meant for fishing would be the coolest fishing kayak ever! Now I am ready to refocus my energies on fishing again!
Today I am “all in” with fishing, as it is my rookie year as an FLW Pro on the Walmart Tour and fish professionally there, while fishing some of the best rivers, ponds, flats, etc.. available out of my kayak.
It is truly a full circle year for me in 2016!