SVOP, MED A3, MARINE FIRST AID, ICE RESCUE TECHNICIAN

Experience: 10+ Years of boat and ice fishing experience on guided waters
Other Related Skills: Certified to Teach English as a Second Language and communicate well with non-native English speakers, Small engine and electric motor repair and diagnostic skills

Early on

I loved fishing from a very young age. I grew up as a small child just north of Napanee then lived in Picton just a block away from the harbour for all of my elementary school years. Then I moved to Kingston where in high school we would get out of school and rush to my friends cottages on Bay of Quinte and Varty Lake to go fishing every chance we’d get. When I was 20 years old I bought my first truck, I knew if I wanted to enjoy the great outdoors it was a necessity, which was immediately followed by me buying my first ATV to get out ice fishing and then shortly after that my first 12ft aluminum boat to get on the water with and it came with quite the name, “The Magic Sleigh Boat”.

I moved into a small cottage in Millhaven on Lake Ontario and which was also a stone throw from Bay of Quinte and every chance I got I would be out casting around or drilling holes in the ice.

Eventually I thought that I should give competitive fishing a try, and joined the Rideau Lakes Bassmasters and fished that club through a full season. It was a great learning experience as these were the first 5 fish live release tournaments I had done. I decided that I really enjoyed the fun side of fishing rather then the competitive side. I still fish some individual events like Big Bass MegaBucks and the 2018 & 2019 Thousand Islands Open, but I really enjoy catching fish and helping other people catch fish.

Current

It was finally time to turn my passion into a career. In 2018, I purchased a brand new Legend Boat, which was the final piece I needed to start Blue Rock Charters. I had already purchased a brand new Arctic Cat Snowmobile just 2 years prior and now have a dependable fleet of all-season transportation to dependably get me around on the ice and water, a full array of equipment from trolling and casting rods to flashers and ice huts necessary to help you target the species offered in comfort with proper equipment.

Shortly after purchasing my boat, I completed my Small Vessel Operator Proficiency, Small Non-Pleasure Domestic Vessel Basic Safety, Marine First Aid and my VHS Restricted operator certificate courses at Georgian College, registered the business and obtained Commercial Insurance for both open water and ice fishing.

I have now done 3 full seasons guiding on the ice and I am in my 3rd season of open water guiding. I would love to take you out and show you a great time fishing in my boat or out on the ice.