We would like you to meet Samantha Rodamer, our next BD Fishing Chick.
BD:Where do you live?
Samantha Rodamer:I live in Marathon, Florida, which is in the Florida Keys.
BD:What is you occupation?
Samantha Rodamer:I work as a vacation rental property manager.
BD:What are your other hobbies?
Samantha Rodamer:When I’m not able to go fishing, I enjoy doing anything else on the water, whether it is just catching bait, snorkeling, lobstering, and more recently spearfishing – I’m really into learning more about that. The rush is so different from rod and reel fishing.
BD:Who or what got you into fishing?
Samantha Rodamer:I basically grew up around it. Our house was right on a large basin so we spent most nights catching snapper off the dock (pretty sure my dad had us out there as soon as we could hold a pole). My dad fished as an occupation my whole life and my brother started charter fishing as a young teenager so it’s always been a big part of our family. My brother has really been my role model when it comes to fishing & more recently my boyfriend. They’re the reason I get out on the water so much.
BD:How long have you been fishing?
Samantha Rodamer:Ever since I can remember. Growing up in the Florida Keys, it’s almost like a lifestyle.
BD:What types of fishing have you done and where?
Samantha Rodamer:Most of the fishing I’ve done has been out of the Keys, both inshore and offshore. You name it, trolling for mahi and wahoo, tuna fishing, kite fishing for sailfish with the occasional kingfish getting in your way, finding cobia on the rays, bottom fishing for grouper and mutton snapper, commercial bully netting lobster, inshore fishing for snook, snapper, and tarpon, etc. I’ve been lucky enough to travel to St. Thomas in the British Virgin Islands multiple times and tag along on fishing trips with my dad – watching them catch big blue marlin was definitely once in a lifetime. Also, a few weeks ago I got the chance to fish down in the Dry Tortuga’s for a few days, which yielded some awesome fish!
BD:What is your favorite kind of fishing so far?
Samantha Rodamer:Thats tough, it’s probably between tarpon fishing, kite fishing for sails, or bottom fishing. I love the excitement when the fish hits your bait and the reel starts screaming. Recently, while fishing in the Dry Tortuga’s I had a 120-pound tarpon almost completely spool me, smoking reel and all, but was able to land him from a dead boat!
BD:What are some future goals or plans pertaining to fishing?
Samantha Rodamer:I want to get a marlin so bad! I’d also love to be able to travel more and fish different areas. Catching a big yellowfin tuna is definitely on the list as well, but that list of goals could go on forever. I’ve never done any freshwater fishing so I’d like to give that a try one day.
BD:What part of fishing do you like the most?
Samantha Rodamer:I love that you’re never sure what’s going to happen. You can either come home with nothing or a boat full, but one fish can definitely make your day. Getting that first nibble and being able to set the hook on a big fish isn’t too bad of a feeling either.
BD:Tell us about some of your proudest moments in fishing.
Samantha Rodamer:My proudest moment would have to be catching my first sailfish. I wanted it for so long and have seen others get them but was never able to catch one myself. When it finally happened I was stoked! It was a longer fight than I expected (he was being so stubborn), but so worth it. I was on Could Nine the rest of the day! Now hopefully onto bigger billfish!
BD:What other “aspects of you” would you like to portray if any?
Samantha Rodamer:I am truly in my happy place when I’m out on the water. There’s something about it that’s so calming and humbling. The fish don’t care who you are or what you do, all they care about is your spread. Fishing has been apart of my life for as long as I can remember.
I’m so thankful for the people in my life who make that possible.
Our thanks to Samantha for sharing her story with us on BD. You can follow her Instagram Here.
Check out more ladies who share the same love for fishing and the outdoors HERE.