We are excited to kick off the New Year by introducing you to Kellie Douglas, a self-made angler in the works! She shares her attraction to fishing with us.
Where do you live?
I live in Saint Augustine, Florida.
What is your occupation?
I work as a first mate with For What It’s Worth Charters, and I also work as an epoxy artist.
What are your other hobbies?
Fishing and working on my boat definitely takes up most of my time, but I love doing anything outside, I also love painting with epoxy, and spending time with my pup.
Who or what got you into fishing?
I ended up buying a boat with very little knowledge of boating or fishing at the time. I basically went for it and have been figuring it out as I go.
What types of fishing have you done and where?
I mostly fish inshore because it’s the easiest for me to just go do whenever I want, but I fish offshore every chance I get. I’ve done just about every type of fishing you can in Saint Augustine; gigging for flounder, trolling for mahi, caught a 150-pound tarpon, fished the bridges for bull reds, commercially fished for mackerel and red snapper. I’ve even fished the flood tides in the flats for tailing reds. I try to be on the water every chance I get and I love being able to learn about each new style of fishing.
What is your favorite kind of fishing so far?
That’s definitely a tough one! If I had to pick it would probably be trolling for mahi.
What are some future goals or plans pertaining to fishing?
I definitely want to catch a nice snook in this area. I’ve caught them down south, but it’s a bit more challenging catching them this far north. As for the long term, I haven’t decided if I want to get my captain’s license or not yet. I think I would rather just travel and fish commercially.
What part of fishing do you like the most?
You know, as I think of different things, it’s really hard to narrow it down to just one thing. There are so many things about fishing that make it such an amazing sport. I love the challenge of it all, being one with nature, and being part of a great fishing community. I could go on and on, but I think the biggest thing with fishing, is the excitement of it all. I like the excitement of fighting a huge fish, or seeing a new species for the first time or trying to battle the elements. I have never had a day on the water when I was bored. The fact that there is never a dull moment when it comes to fishing is what I think has me so hooked.
Tell us about some of your proudest moments in fishing.
I think one of my proudest moments fishing was catching a bull red a few weeks ago. I’ve had some great catches fishing, but that 38” bull red was hands down my proudest moment because I was on my own boat, using my own bait, my own rod/setup, and it was for sure the biggest fish I’ve landed on my boat.
What other “aspects of you” would you like to share if any?
Well, I’m definitely the only lady angler I’ve met that has learned everything (including boating) on her own, but other than fishing stuff, I’ve got some pretty cool artwork that I made too.
Our thanks to Kellie for sharing her story. Stay tuned as we will have an upcoming BD Artist Spotlight on her amazing art too.
You can follow Kellie @k__doug or check out more on https://www.facebook.com/oceanminded904