Reel Love Sport Fishing, Falmouth, Maine, St. Augustine, Florida
I started chartering fishing in Maine after receiving my Master Captain License, and my Registered Maine Guide License. Summers were slow in advertising, and chartering gave me a great way to pay for my hobby and make a little bit of extra money.
After moving to St. Augustine, I committed more effort into developing Reel Love Sport Fishing Charters. The Reel Love was a 33' Century Center Console, with twin 250 hp Yamaha outboards. It was equipped with all the latest electronics and top-of-the-line gear and tackle. In addition to offering private charters, I competed in tournaments, and did on-the-water boat demos for a local marina.
Hooked-Up Radio, St. Augustine, Florida
As a charter captain in St. Augustine, I felt like a local radio show would be a great way to immerse myself in the local community. This wasn't your typical fishing show about how and where to fish, it had a news format, and covered local stories of interest to fishermen and boaters. Regulations, access, environmental issues, weather, sea temperatures, and upcoming events, were all discussed, and yes, once in awhile I would actually give some fishing advice. Guest included representatives from the Florida FWC, tournament promoters, boat manufacturers and members of the local fishing and boating community.
Each week I had to write content for the show, schedule guest, sell sponsorships and produce commercials.
Maine Sportsman Magazine, Maine
As 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
I 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.