After my last deployment in 2010, the random urge to want to go fishing for the first time since my childhood--I had not realized at the time--was just the beginning. I had no idea then that I would be as passionate about fishing as I am today.
I would have never discovered jet ski fishing if it weren't for Brian Lockwood. I started out fishing piers for some time, but wanted to get out on the water. I always wanted to own a jet ski instead of renting. When I saw someone combine these two things, I knew very quickly I wanted to do the same. Once I acquired a jet ski and start fishing on the water, my love for the sport grew even more.
Many people have helped me make the experience great. Of course Jet Ski Brian for being kind enough to help me out and letting me come out with him on a couple trips. Tony and Rory at Atlantic Bait and Tackle for always helping me out with answering my questions. I've met plenty of people from the kayaking community as well that have also helped me out, especially Kayak Kevin, Rob Choi and Justin Mayer. The countless people I've met and that gave me tips to better myself as an angler. I also can't forget my amazing girlfriend for being so supportive.
With my busy schedule with the Navy, I was fortunate enough to go out nearly 40 times since May. Caught many “firsts” and managed two citations in my first year on the water. I’m going to absolutely miss it. There’s just something about riding out on the water as the sun is rising and I’m headed towards one of the islands at over 45 mph. It's hard to explain it words, but there's nothing else like it.
Whether I’d be for Spanish Mackerel on a nice summer day in sandals and swimming trunks, or bundled up with survival gear for Stripers in the winter off the oceanfront, jet ski fishing is by far the most fun and rewarding thing I've ever involved myself in. This is a huge transformation for me, as a few years ago I didn’t really have an appreciation of the outdoors and probably would have stayed in and played video games instead.
Tight lines, good luck out there, stay safe, and see you out there later this year.