The 2018 season marks 11 seasons of kayak guiding on the Outer Banks.
I’ve loved every moment of it and I’ve enjoyed my growth in the sport and business.
In April of 2016, I ruptured a disc in my neck that lead to me being down almost the entire season and I only made a few big drum runs and a handful of backwater runs late in the season.
In 2017 I rebounded, within reason, as I still needed another surgery and I took a gamble to try and make it until November to have the procedure. I won on the gamble and ran trips throughout the season, although I did limit what I was doing to lessen the chance of injury.
Almost 3 months post surgery and I finally feel great again. I’ve begun to lift weights and train for this year.
I’m super stoked as I’m going to expand my trips slightly.
I will continue to offer all of my fishing adventures except for the Extreme Offshore, as I am having difficulty retaining a reasonable insurance premium, because I offer it. The premium is double currently and two other companies let me go because of it, although there has never been an issue with injury. This is the most exhilarating trip one could take and I hope to bring them back in the future.
Although I’m eliminating one of my fishing trips, I am adding two non-fishing trips.
I’ve had enough inquiries over the years asking about trips to get families out to enjoy the water and the sights that I decided this year to give it a whirl.
I will now be offering SMALL GROUP (up to 8 people) Sunset and Full Moon tours.
With a plethora of launch sites along the Outer Banks, taking advantage of these two amazing sights on the water is well worth it. Offering small size groups will allow couples, families or friends to see these sights in their own way. I’ll also be offering a 15% discount to groups of four or more on these guided tours.
My IT guy and I are currently hammering away at making the necessary updates to this site for all the information on the services I will offer for the 2018 season.
Please check back February 5th to see what’s going on.
ALso, please feel free to contact me via phone or email with any questions you may have pertaining to this year, as I can answer them for you.
I’m also very stoked to announce that this season I have joined the new Bonafide Kayaks Fishing Team. After an entire fishing career spent in Wilderness System boats, I have made a major move. I love Wilderness and this is no reflection on them, but Bonafide has been founded by Luther Cifers, the owner of YakAttack and a friend, who has been an unstoppable force and innovator in the kayak fishing industry. The opportunity to take part in a new and upcoming kayak company was one I couldn’t pass up.
I’ll be running a fleet of their new SS107 boats that my clients will find to be ridiculously stable for any level of kayaker. Standing and fishing will be a breeze, even if it’s your 1st time. The boats track and maneuver like no other in its class. The boats will be fully rigged and include pliers, dry packs for your phones and additional gear you want to keep dry, landing nets and more.
Check back in February as I’ll have a video walk through of what you can expect on your fishing or guided tour with my kayaks.
You can also see more about Bonafide Kayks by clicking on the following pic.
I’m also thankful to be a part of the Bending Branches National Pro-Team, The YakAttack Regional Pro-Team, Seigler Reels Pro-Team and a part of the Ambassador Team for Ugly Stik and Pure Fishing.
Thanks for reading and don’t forget to check back in a few weeks for the updates.
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Here’s a video of the 1st time I ever knocked a reel out of gear, while fighting a stud. However, I recover and make it happen.