BD is excited to introduce you to Brittany McCurdy who took a time out from life on the blue to share her Fishing Chick experience with us.
BD:Where do you live?
Brittany McCurdy:I live on the Big Island of Hawaii in Kona Kailua. I fish out of the Honokohau Harbor and I love that I get to call this place home.
BD:What is your occupation?
Brittany McCurdy:I feel super lucky that I get to call fishing my occupation. I work as a first mate and am currently working on my 100-ton captain’s license.
BD:What are your other hobbies?
Brittany McCurdy:Some other hobbies of mine besides everything fishing would be backpacking through the mountains, hunting on land, cooking, yoga, and of course going to the beach and searching for sea treasures.
BD:Who or what got you into fishing?
Brittany McCurdy:I actually got into fishing during my time in culinary school. Being a chef, it was always about getting the freshest, quality ingredients and what better way than growing them, catching it or hunting them yourself. I started fishing on the rivers for salmon and steelhead and was instantly hooked and a new passion was found.
BD:How long have you been fishing?
Brittany McCurdy:Unlike many, I have not been fishing my whole life. I have only been doing it for the last 11 years and only deep-sea fishing for offshore fish for the last 3 years.
BD:What types of fishing have you done and where?
Brittany McCurdy:I have been very lucky to have gotten the opportunity to explore different fisheries but there are so many more I can’t wait to see. I have been fishing for salmon out of Humboldt Bay, California, sailfish out of Los Suenos, Costa Rica and chasing sea unicorns (500+ lbs. blue marlin) out of Kona, Hawaii. I’ve caught countless wahoo, mahi-mahi, yellowfin tuna, giant trevally, spearfish, striped marlin and a few black marlin; basically if it bites, it’s mine!
BD:What is your favorite kind of fish so far?
Brittany McCurdy:It is hard for me to pick a favorite fish. But I have a few on the list, that’s for sure. I love the elegance of sailfish. How majestic they are as they jump through the water. Watching a 500+ pound blue marlin climb on lure 30-feet behind the back of the boat and continue to grey hound as they dump your reel. Holding a live bait and having a 40-pound wahoo explode 15-feet out of the water and not letting him chop your bait in half; then getting it to the boat is being a “water ninja” at its finest.
BD:What are some future goals or plans pertaining to fishing?
Brittany McCurdy:It’s definitely hard for me to articulate my future goals and plans pertaining to fishing because my list is so huge and my plans are so big. I want to catch and see everything that is out there. I can’t wait to get my shot on the leader with a grander in Kona, I’ve gotten close to the mark and I know it’s only a matter of time. Seeing huge black marlin on the Reef is something I have to see. I know many people have caught them, but I have always had an infatuation with roosterfish and I cannot wait to go and target them and get one on the line.
BD:What part of fishing do you like most?
Brittany McCurdy:The part of fishing that I like the most is EVERYTHING! I love that the learning never stops, every bite is different, every fish will act a little different and learning how to adapt to those situations is what sets you apart. I love all the patience and work that goes into getting the bite starting with changing oil, preparing tackle and rigging bait. It all matters when the chips are down and every step counts.
BD:Tell us about some of your proudest moments in fishing?
Brittany McCurdy:I have a few moments in my fishing career that stand out for me for sure, but I know there will be many more since I’m really just getting started. Getting the opportunity to be part of the all-women Costa Sunglasses fishing team in the Los Suenos Triple Crown has definitely been a highlight. We were the only all women’s team out of 52 teams competing and the first time an all-women’s team had competed at this tournament. Being able to be the mate of the team was a huge honor. Being able to say that I was the leader woman for 4 out of the 9 fish for my good friend Amanda Sabin’s Royal Slam is a huge honor. Jumping into the water with her to release her spearfish was a moment that is hard to articulate and put into words. It’s a moment I will hold onto forever and feel so blessed to be part of making others peoples dreams a reality. I will always remember the first billfish that I got to pitch a bait to, leader and then gaff; the moment was priceless.
BD:What other “aspects of you” would you like to portray if any?
Brittany McCurdy:I would like to portray that just because I am a female in a man’s industry does not me I can’t hang with the boys and other women can too. I love working around the clock and getting my hands dirty to get the job done. There is something very rewarding about working hard and seeing the smile on people’s faces that makes it all worth it. Experiencing the bite and spending time on the ocean is something so beautiful. It is part of the world that not many people get to see or take the time to shut off all the noise and embrace those parts of life. The more connected you can be with things, not in a social media way, the more rewarding your life can be.
You just have to charge on and see what’s out there.