Born in the “Bayou State,” I was raised loving the outdoors. As a kid I loved exploring the woods and swamps in our region. But even though I grew up in the “sportsman’s paradise” that is Louisiana, it wasn’t until my early twenties that the fishing addiction really infected me. My closest friends and I started bank fishing for catfish and anything else that would bite. We quickly turned our attention to the inshore saltwater marshes and began bank fishing for redfish and speckled trout.
My first experience in a kayak came back in 2008 on the Chatahoochie River, north of Atlanta, GA. It was that trip when I realized how much I truly enjoyed kayaking, but it would be a few more years before we’d pair the two sports together. That came in 2011, as we started noticing outdoor stores selling kayaks with rod holders installed on them. After a little bit of research, we were turned onto the world, and the addiction, of kayak fishing!
I’ve been kayak fishing for a few years now with redfish being my main target species. My kayak of choice is the Cuda 14, and I take it into the shallowest marshes of south Louisiana that I can find. I enjoy creating videos and writing for my blog (www.bayouyakin.com), fishing tournaments and the camaraderie that comes with the local clubs. And I especially enjoy introducing newcomers to the sport of kayak fishing!
Outside of fishing, my life revolves around my beautiful wife, Tracey, and our awesome son, Riv.