Dan was raised fishing the southern swamps and lakes in Georgia and Alabama with his Dad and brothers. Once the family settled in New England he turned his passion into an obsession fishing for Stripers and Bluefish in the waters around Cape Cod. While living on the Cape, Dan became a National Park Service ranger, a trained naturalist, public speaker, and guide. As a bonus, he lived on the other side of an enormous marsh from that job and would fish his way to work and home, intimately studying every aspect of fish behavior and habitat! These experiences and working as a mate for Captian Hap Farrel out of Rock Harbor helped cement his understanding of the complexities of fishing and made it so easy for him to understand.
Life would eventually deliver Dan to Vermont, where he honed his fly fishing skills on the wild brooks, peaceful beaver ponds, and cold water rivers flowing down the sides of the mountains. When kayak fishing was in its infancy, he transitioned from a canoe directly into a kayak and never looked back. Dan returned to his southern roots Tiring of northern winters perfecting his skinny water knowledge and deep water fishing that Florida is so famous for. He has spent the last eight years guiding and teaching people to fish for Gulf Coast Kayak in Matlacha, Florida. When he was not fishing, he could be found giving fishing seminars locally and is a current contributing monthly writer for the Coastal Angler Magazine.
Dan’s latest endeavor finds him living in a camper, traveling, exploring, writing, and fishing full time across North America with his wife Vickie and their dog Gator Boy while also representing Vanhunks as their Pro-Staff Angler and Representative.