Capt. Art Sapp – BD Captain Spotlight

Capt. Art Sapp – BD Captain Spotlight

Capt. Art Sapp hails from South Florida where he runs a successful charter operation, Native Son, and competes in many fishing tournaments for a variety of fish. We welcome him to the BD Spotlight as he shares his story as a seventh-generation South Florida native.

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What are your other hobbies?

Fishing, anything my daughter wants to do, and fishing!


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Favorite fish or game to eat?

Probably a fish called Escolar.

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Growing up, did you aspire to be doing what you’re doing now?
I didn’t even know it was an option.


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What would you consider as your “big break” or turning point in your career?
Winning our first Pompano Rodeo in 2003.

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Who is your hero?

The folks serving in the US Military.


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What is your favorite place on the planet so far?  Top three?
The Atlantic ocean, South Florida, and the Bahamas.

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What styles of music do you like?

Classic rock and older or Texas-style country.


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What is your absolute favorite type of fishing? (This is a hard one)
Competitive fishing (Tournaments)

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“Money no object”, what is/are your dream boat(s)

I’m a center console guy. I love my SeaVee and really don’t want anything else.


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What is the most crucial piece of gear/ equipment that you use at work or play?
Marine electronics have become so versatile, that’s all I need to say. My Axiom Pro does everything I could ever wish for.

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Describe an accomplishment that you are most proud of?  Career, personal, or both.
Making my passion a successful career.


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What motivates or drives you?

“Winning!”

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Who do you go to for advice?

Family and some of my peers in the industry.


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If you had to go on a “talent show” what would you do?

Make a fool of myself. I’d have fun doing it though.

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What is left on your bucket list?  What have you checked off?
I would like to win every tournament we fish regularly at least once.


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Describe the scene that brings you the deepest personal satisfaction.
Watching my daughter have success at any of her endeavors.

Check out Capt. Art’s website for Native Son to book a trip or follow his tournament fishing adventures.

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