BD would like to introduce George Poveromo and thank him for taking the time to talk to us.
Q:What is your geographic history?
A: I was born in Miami, Florida and grew up on the North side. I now live in Parkland, Florida, which is northern Broward County.
Q:What do you do for a living?
A: I am a fishing writer and TV host.
Q:What are your hobbies?
A: Fishing is my only outlet.(I’m a one-dimensional guy!)
Q:Favorite fish or game to eat?
A: My favorites would have to be swordfish, followed by yellowfin tuna.
Q:Growing up, did you aspire to be doing what you’re doing now?
A: I hadn’t the slightest clue that I would end up with the career I have. My father was a successful dentist in Bay Harbour Islands, FL (Northern Miami Beach area), and he wanted me and my younger brother to follow in his footsteps. My brother did exactly that, but I had no desires to look into human mouths. I ended up graduating from the University of Miami, but with a degree in Communications (broadcast/journalism) – and even then I had no clue as to what I wanted to do for a career. I did know, however, that I wanted to keep fishing as much as possible, and that my easy course load would enable me to do just that!
Looking back, I guess it’s safe to say I majored in fishing.
Q:What would you consider was your “big break” or turning point in your career?
A: Fishing the Mako Owners tournaments from 1980 to 1986 turned out to be my best move – career-wise. Bill Munro, Mako’s then marketing guru, also conducted an annual Mako Outdoors Writers event, where they’d invite 10 or 12 of the country’s top fishing writers for a week of fishing aboard Mako boats – all expenses paid. I was invited by Bill Munro to help him fish some of the writers at their 1981 event in Walker’s Cay, Bahamas. It was here that I met the top fishing writers, including Salt Water Sportsman’s Barry Gibson and Rip Cunningham. Shortly after (1983), I was asked if I would be interested in a field editor position with Salt Water Sportsman, and – naturally – I jumped at the opportunity. And the rest, as it has been said, is history!
Q:Who is your hero?
A: Bobby Brack, Florida’s top late model modified stock car driver. My grandfather took me to Hialeah Speedway nearly every Saturday night from 1968 to around 1977. Brack dominated, and had become my hero early on. We’re still friends today, and we fish together a couple times a year. He’s still my hero.
Q:What is your favorite place on the planet so far? Top three?
A: 1.) Bimini, Bahamas – Love fishing there!
2.) North Miami Beach – My old hometown waters, which I still love to fish; can’t beat the memories.
3.) Florida Keys, with Key Largo, Islamorada and Key West being my favorites down in the Conch Republic.
Q:What styles of music do you like?
A: I’m primarily a classic rock guy, but I do favor some southern rock.
Q:What is your absolute favorite type of fishing? (This is a hard one)
A: Offshore trolling would be my favorite type of fishing. Few things are more exciting than seeing a big dolphin or marlin enter your spread.
Q:Do you have a favorite type of hunting?
A: I’m a Native South Floridian, so I don’t hunt. I just own a gun for its real purpose – protection for my family in case someone breaks into our home 😉
Q:“Money no object”, what is/are your dream boat(s)
A: I’m in my dream boat now – a Mako 284, powered by twin 300hp Mercury Verados with Joy Stick Control; though I’ve been pushing Mako for years to build a trailerable 32 center console. I hear they’re close, so I guess that would be my dream boat. I’ve been a Mako owner going back to when my dad bought our first one in 1977, and I’ve stuck with the brand ever since.
Q:What is the most crucial piece of gear/ equipment that you use at work or play?
A: For fishing, my electronics are crucial. I use Simrad NSS Touch Screens with a Chirp-technology transducer. Between the units’ GPS, mapping, bottom reading and radar (for locating birds), we can really define quality structure as well as both bait- and even game fish concentrations. It makes all the difference in the world.
Q:Describe an accomplishment that you are most proud of in your career and/or personal life.
A: Career-wise, I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished. So much so, that I’m afraid to pinch myself, for fear I’d wake up and realize it had been nothing more than a dream! It’s a ton of hard work with a lot of long days, but when you do something that you love with a passion, it’s really not a job. Fishing-wise, I’m most proud of my very first sailfish, which I caught with my dad, after trying so hard to catch one!
Q:Name a “Pet Peeve” you have.
A: Two Pet Peeves immediately come to mind:
1.) Boaters who have the entire ocean to navigate, but cruise like 30 feet away from you while at anchor, and hit you with a large wake.
2.) When I go into a Starbucks for a regular coffee (Tall Bold, as they dub it) and wait an eternity behind those who have ordered these time-consuming fluff drinks – which they must have at a certain temperature and with a certain amount of air pressure, etc. I don’t think that much effort goes into building a space shuttle. This is followed closely by standing in line to simply add a shot of milk to my regular coffee, while the person in front of me continues to stir their drink for some five minutes; if they kept at it another minute or two, their drink would turn to butter.
Q:What motivates or drives you?
A: My motivation and self-satisfaction come from helping people learn how to catch more fish. And, of course, that very next fishing trip, and what we might catch.
Q:What part of your job do you like the least?
A: Traveling is the hardest part of the job, which keeps me away from my family.
Q:Who do you go to for advice?
A: For any kind of advice, I always seek someone way smarter than me! That includes my friends in the business world and in law – who continue to be very instrumental in my business. For technical points on specific tackle and marine gear – including power, I go to the manufacturers’ design/mechanical teams. And for questions on a highly specific fishing- or rigging technique I’m not up to speed on, I’ll reach out to the most successful person who specializes in that area.
Q:If you had to go on a “talent show” what would you do?
A: If I had to survive on a talent show, I’d have to play the comedy card and try to keep people laughing by telling them about all the odd/colorful/crazy people in our industry, and related bizarre stories.
Q:Describe the scene that brings you the deepest personal satisfaction.
A: When a person tells me how they benefitted from some advice I had given them. That makes what I do all worthwhile.
When I first came to work for Salt Water Sportsman magazine, Rip Cunningham (publisher) told me that I am now in the business to help our readers catch more fish, and not to compete with them.
I continue to follow that mantra to this very day.
Our thanks to George for his time, expertise and commitment to our sport!