Mike Of MIKE's OUTdoor adventures
I grew up in Raleigh, N. C. and attended UNC Chapel Hill. Choosing to participate in ROTC there, I was commissioned and served in the US Navy for three years as a communications officer on two ships. After release, I attended graduate school at the University of Georgia receiving an MBA. Acquiring a job in 1974 was difficult but I was successful. I worked with First Union National Bank in Charlotte and Asheville and enjoyed the work and its challenges. After that I tried my hand at selling IT equipment and working for a start-up company as its Chief Financial Officer, but neither worked out well for me. I returned to Banking at BB&T and then Wachovia, working for them in Atlanta for 24 years. I retired in 2011 and spent part of a season in Alaska. I received my Captainís license in 2012 and guided for a lodge on the Kenai River there from May through September seeking salmon and trout. The salmon season was very poor that year and with operating and living costs so high I lost money and chose not to return the following year. As it turned out, the following year for salmon runs was even worse.
In November 2011 I moved to Cape Coral. Having never even visited I moved here based upon the advice of a friend. We both were long time members of the Atlanta Fly Fishing Club and I happened to see Scott at an annual fishing show in Atlanta. He moved to Pine Island in 2005, being happy with his move, and indicated that one can fish 12 months each year. That did it for me! I purchased a boat in February 2012 and started learning the waters of Pine Island Sound and Matlacha Pass. My guiding here started in early 2014.
I am an active member of the Cape Coral Tarpon Hunterís Club, one of the oldest of its kind in the US. I maintain my membership with the Atlanta Fly Fishing Club where I am one of the folks with the most longevity there. Here I am a member of Captains for Clean Water and BullSugar.com. Both of these organizations are working hard to protect our waters from the deadly runoff from Lake Okeechobee, fighting against the strong sugar industry here that shows indifference to the harm it is creating. My parents both died just after my college graduation, so I set up a scholarship fund at UNC-CH in their names. One or two students, with financial needs, receive monies each year. Giving back is important to me and an expression of gratitude for all of the opportunities I have enjoyed.
I was fortunate to find a gated community like Sandoval; there are so many activities in which I might participate. I play Bocce once or twice each week, poker, join in for menís breakfasts and luncheons and exercise a little less than I should. Iím also active in my church, Grace United Methodist Church. Right now Iím helping young people with drug offenses obtain their GED, meeting twice each week with them.
When taking out clients my goals are as follows: 1. their safety, 2. helping them to find the charter as enjoyable as possible, and 3. educating them on topics where they ask questions. If we are fishing, catching fish of a size or a quantity that provides them with a thrill is important too. I particularly enjoy seeing children catch fish and sometimes I will hook a fish first and hand them the rod if they are unable to catch one without assistance.
I love fishing, enjoy meeting clients and sharing some of the knowledge I have about many kinds of fishing. At this time, I canít imagine me doing anything else.
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