At the age of 48 Richard thought to give fishing a try in his Hobie Mirage Adventure that he had purchased a year earlier. He quickly discovered that fishing from a kayak was a lot different than a power boat and started spending more and more of his spare time on water learning to target several species of freshwater fish that was available to him. Living in the Windsor/Essex County area, a peninsula surrounded by Lake Erie, Detroit River and Lake St. Clair, it didn’t take long for Richard to learn that he had some of the best sport-fishing opportunities within minutes of where he lived. The first few years Richard was happy to catch any fish that would take his presentation, mostly trolling in one of his Hobie Mirage Kayaks. The last couple of years he has started to concentrate on both LM and SM Bass, Walleye, Muskie and will take the odd day trip to target Salmon or Trout on Lake Michigan, Huron or Ontario, all within less than three hours of where he lives.
As one of the founders of the Border City Classic he has taken the roll of tournament director and also started an online series of events in 2015 that he will expand on for 2016. He will also travel to a few out of town Kayak Bass Tournaments each year where he gets the opportunity to compete in unfamiliar lakes, to increase his knowledge and skills of targeting Bass.
If not running or competing in tournaments, Richard spends his weekends, (May-October) with his wife Julie and dog Bailey at their Seasonal Trailer in Mitchell’s Bay, a small community on the Eastern shore of Lake St. Clair, known throughout the mid-west for it’s boating, fishing and camping.