been fishing my whole life. I caught my first fish with my father,
at the age of 18 months. That first 2lb flounder was the start of
it all. I am a
fourth generation fisherman, and fishing rod builder. Although, I am
the first in my family to take fishing from an avocation to their
primary vocation. My great grandfather was a rod builder, and I still
have a few of his hand made split bamboo rods. Every fishing rod on the
boat was built by myself.
My first paid fishing job was at the age of 13 as a second
mate on the New Popeye, an 85 foot "party fishing boat".
Now at 40,
I can honestly say that I have been fishing professionally for more than 27
years. I worked charter fishing boats throughout college in New Orleans. I
then began grad school in Miami, first as a mate, then as a captain on charter boats.
At that time I also spent a lot of time tournament fishing, both in the Gulf of Mexico
(out of New Orleans) in the Bahamas, and out of Miami . My first charter boat
was a 24foot Topaz "Sweet Gina". It had a single diesel engine, tuna
tower, and ran daily trips for up to 3 anglers.
As an avid
fisherman my most memorable job fishing came at the the age of 21. With a new
captains license in my hand, I landed a job as captain of a 90 foot "party"
fishing boat which ran three-day, and two-day long-range fishing trips, deep in
the Bahamas. In charge of a five man crew, and up to 40 passengers, this job
was a great learning experience. I stayed on that boat for seven seasons,
and had the opportunity to catch just about very great fish available in the
From a 9lb Yellow tail Snapper to a 90lb Black grouper, a 600+lbs Giant Blue Fin Tuna,
to an 800+lbs Blue Marlin.
Bahamian fishing season was only from the Spring to the Fall, so I spent most
winters running charter fishing boats and commercial fishing in Miami. My second boat was a partnership in a
44 Striker named, " A Quit All". After running that boat
for more than four years out of the Haulover Park
Marina, I acquired sole ownership of my first full size charter fishing boat the
Now the next chapter of
my life has begun, we spent more than two years researching, designing,
and finally building a fully custom ultimate Sports Fisherman Charter
Boat! With the amazingly talented crew at Newton Boats we have built a
one of a kind charter boat built solely for fishing ability and comfort
of our customers. Come fish with us on the ALL NEW 57' Spellbound, she
is built to the high standards of the USCG and is fully inspected and
licensed by the USCG. This means that we are one of the few
charter boats that can legally take charters over six (6) passengers.
greatest accomplishments are some tournament wins like the first place fun fish
boat in the Miami Billfish Tournament. Although possessing a few I.G.F.A.
records, METT Tournament wins, and guiding customers to their own I.G.F.A. records,
my favorite accomplishment was the discovery of a new species of Tile
Fish. Experiencing the process
of the research, and realization I had received the great honor of
discovering an unknown fish. The icing on the cake was when I was given the
privilege to name it (Bahama Tiger Tile). If you fish with us you can see
that Tile Fish mounted on board. Another mile stone is my
relationship with SIMRAD marine electronics. We have become one of their
new equipment testing platforms and may have a small part in influencing how
their equipment evolves.
Having fished many tournaments, wining several, and placing in many, it
is charter fishing that I truly enjoy. Being able to help anglers catch there first Sailfish, break their own personal records, I.G.F.A. records, or the best of all catching a child or adult their
That's the greatest part of professional fishing. But to me the most important part
of charter fishing is to have fun !
Too be continued.....