Capt. Steve Gutierrez – BD Captain Spotlight

Capt. Steve Gutierrez – BD Captain Spotlight

BD is excited to introduce Captain Steve Gutierrez of Northern California. We sat down with Capt. Steve and asked him his story and how he became a professional fishing captain.

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Growing up, did you aspire to be doing what you’re doing now?

Actually, when I was growing up, I wanted to be a fighter pilot. I would watch Top Gun like crazy.  But I spent most of my childhood fishing with my dad and it was always a part of my life. 

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What would you consider as your “big break” or turning point in your career? 
I think what helped me out the most was the exposure I got from my YouTube videos. They have reached so many people in so many ways. From people wanting to start fishing, learn new ways to fish and target certain species. Other highlights were meeting professional athletes from the San Francisco Giants and San Francisco 49ERS who have gone fishing with me. 


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What are your other hobbies? 

Hmm, other hobbies? Why would you wanna do something other than go fishing?  Hahaha! But seriously, I would have to say traveling whether it’s a road trip or flying, visiting new places is always fun and exciting. 

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What is your favorite place on the planet so far?  Top three? 

My top three places on earth would be of course my hometown of San Francisco, but I also love going down the Baja coast for a relaxing getaway. My third one would probably be San Diego because the weather and the vibe are way more laid back than San Francisco and the fishing is phenomenal. 

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Favorite fish or game to eat? 

This is a tough one but up here in the San Francisco Bay Area I would have to say it’s white sturgeon they are a true living dinosaur. If I go down to SoCal or Baja I would probably say mahi they are just so aggressive and aerobatic. 


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What types of music do you like?

I listen to all kinds of music but mostly hip hop, rock, reggae, and some reggaeton, but my playlist is mixed with all kinds of good tunes. 

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

I would have to say my favorite type of fishing has to be fishing with jigs and lures. It’s such a rush to jig up lingcod with swimbaits or throw surface irons at yellows. Nothing beats that aggressive bite while the rod is your hands versus soaking a bait and waiting. 

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

If I had my choice to get the boat/boats of my dreams I would love to get a Kingfisher 2825 Offshore my second choice would be Parker 2820XLD go big or go home right? Either one of these would be an epic fishing platform. 

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What is the most crucial piece of gear/ equipment that you use at work or play?
My most crucial equipment would have to be my Raymarine electronics. When I go fishing, whether it’s a fishing trip with my friends and family or when I run fishing charters.  Having Raymarine electronics onboard makes my fishing adventures a breeze.  It has me covered for so many aspects of targeting all kinds of species of fish. Also, the navigation technology in these units is amazing. I can’t wait to get my hands on a FLIR camera next. This stuff is really made with anglers in mind.

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Describe an accomplishment that you are most proud of?  Career, personal, or both.
Career-wise, I would have to say becoming a charter captain and being able to get my followers and fans out to catch fish. But I would say for personal it was now that I get to show my dad my style of fishing. He taught me how to fish when I was a kid in the San Francisco Bay Area using bait and now it has come full circle and I am now making him a believer in jigs and swimbaits. 


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What is left on your bucket list?

I have checked off a lot of things on my bucket list but I still have a few that are lingering. Catching a tarpon in Florida, a roosterfish from the surf, and catching a 200-plus pound bluefin tuna. And last but not least going to Alaska to catch a giant, barn-door halibut.  

Check out more info or follow Capt. Steve on his website.

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