Nickname
echkayak
Current city
Sarasota, FL
Favorite paddle
Angler Pro Kayak Fishing Paddle
Favorite fishing spot
Florida West Coast: Sarasota Bay & FL East Coast: Mosquito Lagoon
Eric's love for paddling and fishing began at a very young age. He grew up on a beautiful lake in DeLand , FL where luckily his next door neighbor just happened to be a Pro bass Fisherman who stocked the lake. So, he was very fortunate to have someone so experienced to teach him to fish at a very young age. When he was 7 his dad bought a red Old Town Canoe and he got his first taste of fishing while paddling. He started serious saltwater fishing when he moved to Sarasota, FL as he turned 14. It was like moving to paradise. The waters were different-- so rich and beautiful, like no where else in the world. This is where he picked up the sport of kayak fishing. Now, over 30 yrs later he is still in Sarasota working as a full-time Kayak Fishing Guide, the proud owner of Casting Kayaks, LLC and a Pro Kayak fishing angler. One of his greatest enjoyments in life is helping friends/clients experience the beauty and thrill of paddling and kayak fishing. Teaching them how to use different types of lures (Eric specializes in artificial baits) and watching them catch the biggest fish of their life! Eric's mission in life is to get anyone and everyone onto the water to paddle a kayak with their lines out and to share his life through their eyes… to bless them as he has been blessed. Experiences like these can be life changing.
Specialty
Fishing
Accomplishments/Experience
- Avid Tournament Angler... Fishing well over 20 tournaments per calendar year. I had an exceptional last year with over 10 top ten finishes, with a few 1st places, and a few top 3 in tournaments including: Kayak fishing Classics, IFA Kayak Tour, Florida Sportsman Kayak Challenge, Hardcore, Kayak Fishing Club.

- Full-time Kayak Fishing Guide out of Sarasota, FL

- Published in: Florida Sportsman, Kayak Angler, KFC Tournament Trail, Rapid Media

- Pro Staff and/or Ambassador to many of the best fishing companies including Bending Branches, Johnson Outdoors, Old Town / Ocean Kayak, Yak- Gear,Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, Mister Twister Exude,Yo-Zuri Lures, Mirro Lure, Paul Browns, St. Croix Rods, Ross Reels, Buff USA