BD would like to introduce April Piland, our next Fishin’ Chick.
BD: First, thanks for being a Fishin’ Chick. Tell us where you live?
April Piland: Hatteras, North Carolina
BD: What do you do for work?
April Piland: Fishing!! Summers I work on a charter boat and then in the Fall/Winter I commercial fish with my dad for king mackerel followed by dog-sharks.
BD: What are your other hobbies?
April Piland: Hunting, sports and pretty much any outdoors activity with my friends. I love laughing and anytime I’m around my buddies, no matter where we are or what we are doing, it’s non-stop banter.
BD: Who or what got you into fishing?
April Piland: I grew up fishing and hunting with my dad and granddad and they passed their passion down to me. I feel like I can’t get enough of it, I always want more. I hope that feeling never goes away.
BD: Tell us about your fishing history?
April Piland: Most of my fishing has been in North Carolina/VA. I grew up fishing the ponds and rivers after school with my granddad for shad, rockfish and bream. On weekends my dad would take me offshore bottom fishing and trolling out of Oregon inlet ever since I could walk and I’ve been in love with fishing ever since. When I was in college I moved to Tampa, Florida for my internship and I did a lot of wade fishing for reds and snook in the bay. My buddies also got me into bass fishing a little while I was there too, which is a great place to pick that up. Florida is an awesome place to fish but nothing beats home in Hatteras.
BD: What’s your favorite fishing so far?
April Piland: This is such a tough question for me, as long as it involves a rod and reel I am excited. May in Hatteras when the big mahi are around is tough to beat. I think it’s a tie between that and commercial king mackerel. Fishing with my Dad is always such a special thing for me, and catching a lot of fish with him is even more fun. We are super-competitive and really feed off of each other; it helps me to be a better fisherman.
BD: What are some future goals or plans pertaining to fishing?
April Piland: I’m not sure of any specific goals but I would like to be a part of my dad’s boat full-time one day in the future either as a mate or a captain. Right now I like being in the cockpit a lot more. I like interacting with people and hearing their stories and being hands on. My mind never stops working so running around in the cockpit keeps me entertained.
BD: List some of your proudest moments in fishing.
April Piland: My proudest moments would be the kids I’ve fished with and helping them catch their first fish is really something to witness. They are the future; so being able to introduce them to fishing and see the smile on their face is definitely my most favorite part. That is something that will never get old.
As far as personal catches, that would be my first blue marlin, the 55-pound snowy grouper I caught with my dad in 2012, and a 53-pound king mackerel this past winter. Those are the ones I have hanging in my room; they stand out to me.