BD: Where do you live?
Leslie Martinez: Jacksonville, Florida, but I am originally from Puerto Rico.
BD: What do you do?
Leslie Martinez: Unfortunately I have a normal job (non-fishing) as medical biller.
BD: What are your other hobbies?
Leslie Martinez: I love football and wine tasting.
BD: Who or what got you into fishing?
Leslie Martinez: I met Capt. Scott Jones when I most needed to heal my soul. He said that fishing will fix all my heart problems. He was right! He has been a great fishing mentor.
BD: How long have you been fishing?
Leslie Martinez: It has been about five years now.
BD: What types of fishing have you done and where?
Leslie Martinez: I’ve mostly fished inshore for redfish, trout, flounder, sheepshead, sharks, cobia, kingfish, tarpon, tripletail. I fish at Jacksonville Beach, Saint Augustine and sometimes at Ponce Inlet.
BD: What is your favorite kind of fishing so far?
Leslie Martinez: COBIA! I love the sight fishing aspect of hunting them.
BD: What are some future goals or plans pertaining to fishing?
Leslie Martinez: I have too many… I want all of them. I want to catch wahoo, tuna, mahi… I just need to keep fishing.
BD: What part of fishing do you like the most?
Leslie Martinez: I love the expectation and the thrill of casting out and then hearing the beautiful sound of the reel going off and not knowing what is going to be on the other end.
BD: Tell us some of your proudest moments in fishing.
Leslie Martinez: My biggest fish so far was a gigantic red snapper while fishing out of Jacksonville Beach, Florida. I did not get to weigh him since I had to put it back.
BD: What other “aspects of you” would you like to portray?
Leslie Martinez: Fishing has taught me to be patient and relax… The whole process is the best therapy ever and I could not live without it.