This Northshore native gave up fishing then came back in a way you wouldn't believe!
Today Casey Brunning is a charter captain for Hurricane Bay Charters, but things were not always that way.
He began his journey as an inshore angler on the Northshore of Lake Pontchartrain, fishing under the tutelage of his father. His father was knowledgeable, but also competitive and disciplined! Every time they'd go fishing his father would have him learn new tackle, but at the same time the game would be on! This planted the seed for Casey to grow in the outdoors and become a successful competitive angler.
This continued on to his adulthood, where he lived next to the boat launch. He kept his boat hooked up to a big 4-wheeler, so as soon as he got off work he'd head to the ramp and go fishing.
But one day Casey made the move to get married, and he struck a deal with his soon-to-be wife:
He would sell his boat and all of his fishing tackle, and never miss a birthday or a holiday, so long as he got every weekend to hunt from October 1st to February 1st.
So that's what he did. He gave up fishing.
But, tragedy struck. He got hurt and due to a surgery could no longer hunt. He needed to stay active in the outdoors, so that is when he turned to fishing. Seeing he had to rehab his knee, kayaking was the perfect solution.
Kayaking blew up for him and he did very well, eventually getting into competitive fishing, winning several IFA events, Angler of the Year in the Bayou Coast Kayak Fishing Club and fishing abroad, taking 7th Place in the Adventure Fishing World Championship and then went back the next year and took 1st Place!
He is also a writer for Marsh & Bayou and Tide magazines. You can call Capt. Casey to book a trip at 985-966-1735.
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