We would like to introduce Meghan Lorraine as our next BD Fishin Chick. She sat down with us and shared her past, present and future and how fishing plays a huge part of it all.
BD: Where do you live?
Meghan Lorraine: A Florida girl born and bred, I’m on an extended vacation living up in Norfolk, Virginia while fishing mainly the Chesapeake Bay area where although the conditions aren’t as pretty, the fish we target tend to be much larger.
BD: What is your occupation?
Meghan Lorraine: Having graduated UF with a B.S. in Public Relations, I’m one of the rare few that eight years later, is still working in the same field I went to school for. With a passion for public relations, media outreach, grassroots marketing and digital engagement, I’ve developed and executed strategic communications initiatives across a variety of industries.
I’m currently a Senior Communications Specialist with Moroch Partners based out of Dallas, leading the development and direct execution of strategic brand strategy and consumer engagement initiatives, in alignment with integrated communications campaigns for all consumer segments on behalf of my client – specifically a Co-Op of 92 locally owned and operated McDonald’s franchisee restaurants in Southeastern Virginia and Northeast North Carolina.
BD: What are your other hobbies?
Meghan Lorraine: There are hobbies outside of fishing? Hmmmm…With the demands of my career and my passion for fishing, my other joys in life revolve around good friends, good food, good times and all things fluffy – mainly my two crazy pups.
BD: Who or what got you into fishing?
Meghan Lorraine: I didn’t really start fishing until about 10 years ago when I started getting on the water most weekends in the boondocks of Suwannee, Florida. Although I was always interested in learning to fish, it wasn’t until I started spending time on the water that I fell in love with the feeling of a fish on the end of the line. I’ve been hooked ever since – pun intended.
BD: What types of fishing have you done and where?
Meghan Lorraine: I’ve stuck mainly to saltwater fishing since I started out targeting trout, reds and anything inshore on the flats and oyster beds. But since then, I’ve spent time on the water from South Florida up to Charleston, South Carolina and the majority of the last few years braving the Chesapeake Bay area for monster reds and cobia thanks to my equally addicted fishing partner Jay Brooks.
Since we’ve now moved to our new house on the lake, I’ve also taken up freshwater fishing, landing some large crappie and nice size bass from our backyard, and a 22” lunker on a recent trip to a nearby lake.
I’m lucky to have a fishing partner who is well known in the kayak fishing world, so it was only a matter of time until I started getting out on the kayak myself. It’s definitely been a learning experience, but the versatility and ease of access is a definite plus for certain situations.
Not to limit ourselves to one kind of fishing, we also are starting our offshore adventures in search of white marlin and tuna in the newest addition to our fishing fleet, a gorgeous 30’ Contender.
I guess you could say I do a little bit of every kind of fishing – inshore, offshore, salt and fresh. Why settle for one thing when you can have it all?
BD: What is your favorite kind of fishing so far?
Meghan Lorraine: Although I love the excitement and absolute euphoria from landing a monster fish out on open water, that type of fishing can wear you out after a while. It’s nice just to have a break and do some “easy fishing” for slot reds or trout on the backwaters or flats. I’m also game for fishing artificials or soaking some bait, it doesn’t matter to me as long as I’m catching fish. Just don’t ask me to use a popping cork.
BD: What are some future goals or plans pertaining to fishing?
Meghan Lorraine: Like everyone that loves fishing, my dream would be to one day leave my “real-world” job and be able to fish all-day, every day. I dream big, but live small and take one day at a time. I’m just happy getting a line in the water, but I wouldn’t say no to my own fishing show…HA
BD: What part of fishing do you like the most?
Meghan Lorraine: The moment you feel a tug on your line. Sometimes even feeling the little nibble of crabs or bait fish can bring a little excitement, but that first run after a big bite is the feeling I live for.
BD: Please tell us a few memory highlights that stand out for you?
Meghan Lorraine: Most recently, thanks to Wilderness System Kayaks and Jay, I had the opportunity to sight, cast to, hook and land my first bonefish with the help of Capt. Bo Sellers of Shallow Minded Charter Company in Summerland Key, Florida. It wasn’t just a check on my bucket list, but the experience of a lifetime.
Virginia and North Carolina are known for their monster redfish, averaging in the 40-50″ range on a consistent basis. Although you would think that managing to land my first bull red on the kayak after it broke my rod in two places and pulled me over into the water would be the highlight of redfishing, you’d be wrong – I’ve got better. We learned our lesson on not having an IGFA regulation measuring device on the boat when I landed what would have been a new world record at 57.5” of pure red muscle. That big girl was almost bigger than me, but she was well worth the fight!
Cobia fishing the pilings on the Chesapeake Bay is an experience like none other. A lot of time (blood), effort (sweat) and determination (tears) went into sighting the big log, casting to it from the tower (with a live eel), hooking it as the boat pulls away from the pilings and fighting one powerful fish from swimming back to the piling and snapping the line. Doing it as a three or four-person team is hard enough, but as just a two-person duo, it can give you some gray hairs. It may not have been my largest cobia to date, but it’s the one I’m most proud of.
While offshore kayak fishing for my first time with Jay and Rob Valderrey, I landed my first big kingfish in South Florida. While the boys were off talking fishing and not actually fishing, I began trolling a weed line looking for anything willing to bite. Once I hooked into the kingfish, I muscled it up quickly and yelled for the guys to come bring me the gaff. They didn’t hear me nor notice I was hooked up for a bit, meanwhile I’m cursing them because I wasn’t about to lose this fish to a shark. Luckily it all worked out okay, and we were able to work as a team to get it in my boat before it became shark bait.
Being on a pro-staff, especially as a female, can sometimes be looked at as a joke by others in the industry. I’ve been very selective of who I’ve worked with, and for good reason. But I am beyond proud of the amazing group of people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing as part of the Lucid Fishing Grips team. We’re truly a (dysfunctional) fishing family.
BD: What other “aspects of you” would you like to portray if any?
Meghan Lorraine: Always up for a new challenge, professional or personal, you can find me either in the woods or on the water, in the pursuit of the next big adventure and bragging rights at the weigh-in table.