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Hailing from the “Sportsman’s Paradise” that is Louisiana, I was bound to grow up loving the outdoors. From playing outside as kids, to exploring the swamps, crabbing at Marsh Island, and kayaking/canoeing the Atchafalaya Basin… I enjoyed it all. This love for the outdoors also brought a love for documenting it’s beauty through sketches, then photography, and then writing.

It wasn’t until my early twenties that fishing entered my bloodstream in a big way. It started with catfish along the banks of the Atchafalaya River and occasional bass fishing with my to-be father-in-law. Then came inshore saltwater.

On our first trips to Cocodrie, you only find us bank fishing. Trekking through the marsh to try to find reds and specks. The addiction was starting.

In early 2012 I began to entertain the idea of purchasing a kayak to fish from, since I couldn’t afford a boat. Little did I know that kayak fishing was an actual thing! A quick Google search for fishing kayaks soon caught me up to speed. The promotional video for a boat called the Jackson Coosa all but sealed the deal for me. With the help of my family (and permission from my wife), I purchased my first kayak, the original Coosa, in June of that year. The rest is history!

Kayak fishing has given me many opportunities that I never thought I’d have. Ten years ago I never would’ve thought that I’d be obsessed with chasing redfish out of a plastic boat, but here we are. I get to share this obsession not only with friends, but with newcomers to the sport through my job as a floor associate, media coordinator, and fishing guide at Pack & Paddle.

Away from fishing, I’m a lucky guy to have landed a beautiful wife, Tracey. Together, we have two beautiful children – a boy and a girl – River and Wren. Like a good dad, I’m working hard to pass on an appreciation for the world outside of a TV, computer, or cell phone.

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7 comments

  • My son and I are looking for a kayak fishing guide in southern Louisiana, in early June. Do you guide? If not, can you recommend someone?

  • Hey I’m looking into getting a fishing kayak and was wondering if you had any suggestions for a beginner on which kayak to get. I plan on fishing the Tchefuncte River, Lake Pontchatrain (when it is calmer), and the marshes out of Lafitte, Louisiana. (Bass, Redfish, and Specks) I have about $400 budget. Any Suggestions? Thanks!

    • Hey Christian! Good to hear you’re wanting to get into kayak fishing!

      I really like to suggest for people who looking to buy a kayak try to get the nicest boat available to them, even if it means having to save a little bit more. The main reason for this is because if you spend more money upfront, you’ll be getting a quality boat that you won’t have to worry about replacing down the line. Also, one of the biggest parts of preparation before buying a new kayak is demoing. Most stores that sell quality boats will allow you to demo the ones you’re interested in and that will give you a chance to actually get in a boat and see how it handles, making it easier for you to find the best one for you.

      I can tell you that a 12 ft. kayak may be the best option for you because 12 ft. is a good all-around size for both freshwater and the marsh. For some nice fishing kayaks closest to your price range, check out Wilderness Systems. The Tarpon series is sleek and allows for you to glide through the water with ease, and the Ride series is designed to be quite stable. Both are still a little better than $400, but in the end you’ll be happier with a quality boat that will last you a long time! Another one you can check out is the Redfish 12 by Native Watercraft. It’s an affordable sit-on-top style that is still very nice!

      If you’d like to find out more or demo some boats, we have a very nice selection at Pack & Paddle and we’d be happy to have you come check them out!

      Hope this helps you out some! Good luck!

  • Fellow Morgan City boy here! A few of my friends and I have been Kayak fishing for some time now, mainly out of Cocodrie and ponds around Baton Rouge and Ascension. We are headed down to PAC in mid August, any suggestions on which direction to paddle from the PAC Marina? I just purchased a Jackson Big Rig and can’t wait to get it in the marsh.

    • Hey Danny, good to see another Morgan City resident picking up a paddle! You oughtta love that Big Rig!

      This time of year, going south from the marina around the point is a good idea. Fish the marsh on the backside of the camps. I was there yesterday. Water was high, but there was a lot of bait activity. When the water is not too high, the submerged grass really cleans up the water making it very pretty and allows you to sight fish! If you wanna know anything else on that area just let me know. If I have an answer I’ll share it!

  • Your baby is so sweet 😉
    I also like kayaking and fishing. Really hope go fishing with you this summer. I will keep your contact and my name is Tony.

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