Reel Love Sport Fishing Charters, Maine/Florida

After a lifetime on the water, and fishing, I acquired my Master Captain License, and my Registered Maine Guide License and began chartering. I captained the Reel Love, a 33' Century Center Console, with twin 250 hp Yamaha Outboards, outfitted with the latest gear and electronics.

In St. Augustine, in addition to chartering, I did on-the-water demos for Glacier Bay Catamarans, fished tournaments, and even did some tours.

Producer/Host, Hooked-Up Radio

I produced Hooked-Up Radio to promote Reel Love Sport Fishing my charter business in St. Augustine, Florida.  The show featured news of interest to fishermen and boaters.  Guest included Wardens from the FWC, boat manufacturers, marinas, local businesses, and speakers from environmental groups.  I sold the sponsorships, wrote and produced the commercials, wrote the show, booked the guest, and hosted the show.

Maine Sportsman Magazine, Maine

Mako sharkAs a monthly columnist, I first covered the Lewiston, Auburn Region, and after moving to Falmouth, covered Portland, and Casco Bay.  It didn't pay much.  It was just the kind of thing one does out of enthusiasm and all the fame. Much of the content was where, when, and what focused, but it was still fun showing up at hot fishing and hunting spots to interview people and maybe get their picture in the magazine.

I also enjoyed illustrating and taking photos for my stories.  It was great fun, but eventually, after many years, other endeavors demanded my time.

South Shore Skate Shop, Hingham, Massachusetts

4S-LogoI owned South Shore Skate Shop for three years.  I guess I was reliving my childhood.  When moving to Hingham from Florida, I noticed there were all these "longboards" all over town.  Even the schools had racks for kids who rode them.  The town was also just completing construction of a new skate park, so the timing seemed right.  I knew I wouldn't make as much money as I had, but it was a chance to get involved in the new town I was living in, meet my kids' friends and their parents.

I did the design and build out for the store, and it turned out pretty good.  I started producing custom boards so that was a good creative outlet for me, and working with the kids was rewarding, too. I was able to organize a skate team and book them to host parties for kids.  There isn't any money in local competitions and this was a way to help them earn some money.