Born and raised in the great state of Louisiana, I grew up on the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain just 25 miles outside New Orleans. There I had access to both freshwater fishing in the river and coastal fishing in the lake, which is actually an estuary. I first learned to fish at the age of 4 with my trusty Snoopy pole on the bayou behind my grandparents house, but it wasn’t until my uncle introduced me to fly fishing at age 12 that I found my true love. As I grew older, I began fishing further and further away from home, and I finally made it to the Hopedale/Delacroix area around age 17. Although the marshes were very intimidating to a young fisherman like me, I gradually gained confidence with experience in these waters.
After high school, I attended the University of Alabama, graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management. I then worked for 3 years as a laboratory technician at Inspectorate New Orleans, a third party petroleum testing company. Although I had to work 12-hour shifts and many long nights, this job also allowed me plenty of free time to fish and master Louisiana’s waterways. I also began to devote more time to tournament fishing. Three years later, I have built up a decent resume of several top ten finishes, a few top five finishes, and an IFA win, after which I was awarded IFA Team of the Year for the Louisiana Division 2010. Now that I am fishing full-time, I spend my days hunting down redfish, fishing tournaments in the summer, and putting my clients on fish of a lifetime.