Fishing USA, Florida's Big Bend/Nature Coast:
Capt Erik’s being raised on the water in a family of commercial fisherman it’s no wonder his desire in life is to operate and maintain sport fishing vessels locally and or worldwide, targeting any and all types of sport fish he could. As long as he is on the water he is at home. His high seas experience gained from navigating and fishing many foreign waters with many diverse clients and private owners, has allowed him to acquire a professional understanding of handling the day-to-day challenges of charter and private fishing. Including conquering the language challenges presented in foreign destinations. He is Fluent in English, Spanish, and Norwegian. Erik’s experiences include working with Light Tackle anglers; Fly fisherman, TV personalities, Tournament fisherman, Research for conservation and World Record seekers.
Capt Erik started his fishing career like most on the docks and jumping on when given the chance as a second mate. His skills in the cockpit proved he had great talent and he moved quickly through the dock boats: “Chula Vista”, 46’ Hatteras and “Awesome”, 55’ Ocean, both with Capt. Cliff Galante, “Happy Day Today”, Capt. Rick Brady-Tom Zack, the “Heavy Hitter”, 42’ Bertram, Capt. Joe Kane, “Islander”, 65’ Hatteras, Capt. John Denembaum, “Moonraker”, 50’ Hatteras, Capt. Rick Brady.
His love for fishing and being on the water then took Capt Erik to commercial fishing on a Commercial Sword fishing boat “Miss Lisa”, Merritt, out of Honolulu, Hawaii. Which to this day was his most memorable commercial experience; he spent 7 months sword fishing with my longest trip at sea lasting 55 days. While on the vessel he passed through the eye of Hurricane John with 85 knot sustained winds on the 42nd day of the trip; August 11, 1994. One can only wish never to have to gone through, but proven to be huge in seamanship experience for him. Erik moved on in the commercial fishing to 30-foot commercial Cod fishing boat in Andoy, North Norway. (North of Arctic Circle) then on a 36-foot commercial Lobster fishing boat in the Florida Keys for two seasons during which time I learned boat handling and gained experience in Navigation. These experiences would then lead him to Captaining.
He moved into Central America where he was most notarized in his captaining career. The winter 1996 – 1997 he would captain aboard the “Albatross” a 31’ Palm Beach. “Aguila de Osa Inn” Drakes Bay, Costa Rica. Only to move quickly in the summer of 1997 to Guatemala where Tim Choate, owner of Artmarina, would set him as first mate and captain at the famous “Fins ‘n Feathers Inn”
This move would put him in the U of M Rosentiel Project. He had become part of a huge conservation experiment that would lead today to the most advocated hooks in sport fishing industry. In an effort to conserve our fishery he along with others started experimenting with circle hooks. Keeping records of hook location and release condition of fish caught on circle hooks opposed to fish caught with J hooks; to his amazement the hookup ratios increased. Due to our exploits of circle hooks in Guatemala. Circle hooks have become the norm for Billfish across the globe, a little piece of fishing history Capt Erik is very proud to have been a part of University of Miami’s Rosentiel School of Oceanography. Later through the years working with Choate, Erik moved to the boat “Intensity” (37’DCN). Where he would go down in history with such release titles as 1651 billfish releases on 20# test conventional of which 357 of those releases were caught on fly January 2004 to January 2005. Since that time Erik had specialized in light tackle catch & release fishing.
In 2007, Erik would find himself returning to Guatemala to Casa Vieja Lodge, writing fishing reports for Puerto Quetzal and captaining 40’ Whiticar “Finest Kind”, then to the 37’ Merritt “Release” and eventually assisting on bringing the 36’ Rybovich, “Pelagian” back to it’s original waters
His clients have released over 12,000 Billfish, including 80 sails released on 20# conventional tackle in one day, and 25 sails on the fly rod. All of which were I.G.F.A legally released fish. Only numbers like this can be caught in Guatemala where he acclaims conservation is the key to success. He currently owns and operates his own charting services out of Florida’s Nature Coast and keeps well intoned of the Big Bend and Panhandle waters of Gulf of Mexico where he still fishes professionally in tournaments and enjoys the life with his daughter Audrey.