was raised on Louisiana's waters. My grandfather taught me to fish, shrimp, and oyster here. He made a living out on the water, and now, as a husband and father myself, I provide for my wife, Nicole, and our two kids, Justin and Macie, the same way—as a commercial fisherman and oysterman.
To me, my family, and my community, fishing isn't a job; it's our heritage and our vocation. During oyster season, we're on the water seven days a week for months on end. In leaner times, we may spend hours on the boat, passing the time by talking with friends or looking out over the water, patiently waiting for the next catch.