BD would like to welcome Laura Thompson to the rank of BD Fishin Chick. She shares her story and goals with us.
BD:Where do you live?
Laura Thompson:I currently live in the Fernandina Beach area of North Florida.
BD:What is you occupation?
Laura Thompson:I’m a licensed real estate agent of thirteen years.
BD:What are your other hobbies?
Laura Thompson:When I’m not fishing, I enjoy working out or just being outdoors.
BD:Who or what got you into fishing?
Laura Thompson:I grew up in a rural area as a child so I had to find my own entertainment. I would spend hours fishing in our pond and creek.
BD:How long have you been fishing?
Laura Thompson:I’ve been fishing for about thirty-five years now.
BD:What types of fishing have you done and where?
Laura Thompson:I grew up freshwater fishing but my passion turned to saltwater in my adult years. I mainly fish inshore around the Fernandina Beach and Jacksonville areas of Florida.
BD:What is your favorite kind of fishing so far?
Laura Thompson:My favorite kind of fishing so far is saltwater, inshore fishing using both artificial and live bait for reds, sheepshead, trout, flounder and black drum.
BD:What are some future goals or plans pertaining to fishing?
Laura Thompson:I have a bucket list of fish that I’d like to catch over the next couple of years, which will require traveling all over the states.
BD:What part of fishing do you like the most?
Laura Thompson:If I had to choose what part of fishing I like the most, it would be sight fishing for reds up in the shallow waters of the creeks. I absolutely love the process of having to search them out and then catch them.
BD:What other “aspects of you” would you like to tell us?
Laura Thompson:Thankfully I’ve had a lot of awesome moments in fishing, but one of my favorite memories goes back to me catching my first bull red. I remember hearing the drag scream and seeing the rod doubling over. I grabbed it and felt a pull like I’ve never felt before. This fish literally made me feel like I had to hold on for dear life. It was a tough battle but he finally reached the surface and I was in awe.
I remember being awestruck due to his magnificent size and vibrant color.
From that day on, I have a love for these fish like no other and have been fortunate enough to have lost count of how many I’ve caught.
Our thanks to Laura Thompson for letting us peek into her North Florida paradise teeming with giant inshore fish of all kinds. You can follow her on her Facebook and Instagram or www.laurathompson1.valuedagent.com