As soon as I could walk, I started fishing the Emerald Coast waters with my grandfather. I towed my first boat on a trailer I built to fit my bike! The waters of the Santa Rosa Sound were my second home. Friends and I would explore deserted islands, swim, and always watch for schools of fish.
Captain Chucks’s teen years brought a love of surfing and windsurfing. After high school, he chased those waves around the world, stopping in Australia, New Zealand, and Indonesia. He imported artifacts to finance my “hobby”, but my dream was always to be a charter captain.
My love for the water continued to take me around the world. I caught waves and fish, and most of all forged lifetime friendships with people who love that simple, honest life. We made incredible memories in Fiji, New Guinea, Costa Rica, Mexico…and in Maui, Hawaii, where I lived for 22 years. My kids were born on Maui, and a part of my heart will always live there.
Many friends still work the boats in Hawaii and Mexico. We swap stories, and it feels like time stands still… just like it does when we launch an early morning trip on the Sound in Navarre.
Tournament fishing was a thrill, catching Marlin, Ahi, Wahoo, Mahi-Mahi and other gamefish with some of the best fishermen in the world. It is a true challenge of wills as you fight a majestic fish, sometimes for hours and hours. You wonder who will give up first, you or the fish? Some tourneys have big prize money, but the experience of going one-on-one with a giant gamefish is a reward of its own. I learned so much, including an even deeper respect for the nature and the creatures of the deep.
Now my journey has come full circle, fishing my home waters of Navarre, Pensacola, and Destin, and sharing my passion with visitors from all over the world. It’s about the fishing, and so much more. It’s taking a step away from everyday life and slowing down to the rhythm of nature. It’s about the smile on a child’s face when catching that first fish, sharing time with friends and family, telling stories and hearing some new ones. Join me on our fishing charter for a true local fishing experience, with Aloha!
Join me on the boat for a true local fishing experience, with Aloha!