BD would like to introduce Dallas Clifton, our next BD Fishin’ Chick
Q:Where do you live?
Dallas Clifton: I live in San Clemente, California.
BD: What is your occupation?
Dallas Clifton: At 16 years old I became a licensed cosmetologist. I am now 20 and have been doing hair full-time ever since.
Q:What are your other hobbies?
Dallas Clifton: I come from a very outdoorsy family and, being so blessed to live in southern California, I take advantage of my surroundings and have an active lifestyle. I was on horse before I could walk and on a surfboard before I could swim. Whenever I’m not fishing, which is rare, I enjoy surfing, camping, hunting, spearfishing, free-diving, and riding my horses.
BD: Who or what got you into fishing?
Dallas Clifton: I guess my passion for fishing goes all the way back to my great grandpa who was this insane commercial fisherman. He passed the love of fishing to my Grandpa, who passed it to my father, who passed it to me. My great grandpa passed when I was around 10 years old so I wasn’t able to swap too many fishing stories with him, but I feel like, every time I’m out on the ocean, he’s looking out for me and I hope I make him proud.
BD: How long have you been fishing?
Dallas Clifton: My dad said I was on a trawler, in a playpen, from the get-go. And then as soon as I could walk, they let me hold the rod, so I’ve been fishing pretty much my whole life. I remember I was about five when I got my own first fishing rod – it was a pink Barbie setup from Walmart. I will never forget that rod; every time I see it in Walmart it still makes me smile.
BD: What types of fishing have you done and where?
Dallas Clifton: Everything from largemouth bass, trout or stripers from local lakes and salmon or steelhead in northern California and Oregon, to surf fishing off the beach down my street to fishing my local islands.
BD: What is your favorite kind of fishing so far?
Dallas Clifton: My all-time favorite is fishing offshore.
BD: What are some future goals or plans pertaining to fishing?
Dallas Clifton: I really just want to support the sport, any way I can. Whether that is through Accurate Reels, Current Crew, or my OG’s Los Anglers, I’ll be happy as long as I can fish and continue my passion.
BD: What part of fishing do you like the most?
Dallas Clifton: When that bastard bites hard and my drag starts screaming.
BD: Tell us some of your proudest moments in fishing?
Dallas Clifton: Catching my first white seabass is a definite highlight and my personal best yellowtail is 28-pounds so far, but the best has been my recent catch of a 134-pound bluefin tuna.
BD: What other “aspects of you” would you like to portray if any?
Dallas Clifton: I have a girly side and I can be a classy, feminine woman, but I can also get down and be one of the boys. I live a double life: half my time I spend in a salon talking about femininity and helping other women feel beautiful and confident, and the other half I spend washing fish scales out of my hair and pulling spines out of my hands. Fishermen are usually superheroes with a double life, just without the cool cape.