Race to Louisiana Winner
Via random drawing, a winner has been chosen to join the BD crew for an adventure filled Race to Louisiana. Three days fishing with a mix of inshore and offshore in one of the best fishing locals in the U.S. and the world for that matter. We introduce BD member Andrew Spangler of San Diego, California.
Q:Hi Andrew, how long have you been a BD member?
A:I’ve been a member for almost 3 years. I use the site most for posting and reading fishing reports here in San Diego. I have also been able to utilize the trip-planning forum to set up various fishing trips and I’ve met some awesome fellow BDer’s.
Q:How long have you been fishing?
A:I honestly can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t fish. Like most fishermen, my father introduced me to the sport at a young age and I have been hooked (no pun intended) ever since. He worked in the industry for a long time, which presented some cool opportunities for the two of us.
Q:What types of fishing have you done?
A:Growing up I spent a lot of time fishing for trout and bass. I always enjoy heading up to Bishop in the Eastern Sierras to take in the scenery as well as fish the lakes and streams. However, there really isn’t anything better than fishing for tuna. The feeling of a tuna chasing down your bait, taking off and ripping line from your reel is pretty special. I really hadn’t had the opportunity to spend a lot of time fishing for pelagics until the past few summers and it has quickly become a favorite past time of mine. I have done some fishing down in Cabo San Lucas and while I haven’t had a ton of luck down there. (I know surprising) I did get the opportunity to pull on some roosterfish, which are really cool looking.
Q:What has been your favorite kind of fishing so far?
A:Fishing for tuna and dorado by far. Knowing how unpredictable and difficult it can be to find them, it makes those wide open bites something special. But really, any day spent fishing is a good day; even on those trips when you come home empty handed.
Q:Do you have any bucket list ideas for fishing?
A:As far as weight goes my biggest fish so far is at about 35 to 40-pounds so to top that would be great. I think the next on my list for species is a wahoo. With the warm water here in Southern California this year they have been catching a number of them close to home so I have been dying to get back out there. Other than that I have always wanted to head to Alaska for some salmon fishing.
Q:Do you have any other hobbies besides fishing?
A:I grew up playing soccer so I still play here and there in pick-up games with friends. Although as I have gotten older I have found myself playing more and more golf when I am not fishing. I tell people that when I retire, I could spend every other day fishing or golfing and be completely happy with that.
Q:Have you ever been to Louisiana?
A:No, but I’m really excited to see what the fishing is like and everything else the area has to offer. I’ve done some traveling out of country but not really anything east of Colorado as far as the U.S. goes.
Q:Had you ever won a contest or trip before?
A:Definitely not anything on this level before. Never in a million years did I think I would win. When Bloodydecks emailed me saying they had good news and wanted some contact information, I was actually hesitant at first. I thought it was a scam or you guys were trying to sell me something. Boy was I wrong…
Q:What do you do for a living?
A:I spent a number of years in the restaurant industry serving tables and bar tending while I attended college. I just recently graduated with my business degree and am working as a staff accountant at an accounting firm while I work towards obtaining my CPA license.
Q:Where are you originally from?
A:I was born and raised in San Diego. I did spend a couple years in northern Colorado after I graduated high school but I made my way back here to sunny SoCal to finish school.