There was not much of a choice for Rich growing up. At the age of 8, his father took him fishing at Lake Cachuma in Santa Barbara. His father hired a fishing guide that day named Ed Ando, who Rich still claims is the best fisherman he has ever met. From that point on, it was game over – Rich and fishing began a full blown love affair. Rich started his own fishing guide service in 1977. Now over 30 years later, he is still taking people fishing, trying to give them that same great experience he had.
Rich has been a professional angler, fishing guide, public speaker and promoter his entire adult life. He has never had a “real” job, and is very proud of that. His only gainful employment has come from fishing and the outdoor industry.
His fishing career started in the early seventies. In his rookie season as a professional angler he won the “Western Bass Angler of the Year,” nudging out “Hall of Famer” Dee Thomas for the title, and is still the youngest fisherman in history to ever win that title. Four years later he won the largest organized fishing event in the world; the U.S. Open. To this day he is still the youngest U.S. Open Champion ever. In 1986 he became a full time tour angler with the “Bassmasters” on ESPN. As a professional he has qualified for the “Super Bowl” of angling, the Bassmaster Classic two times. Click here for Rich’s career stats on ESPN’s B.A.S.S. tour.
Guiding and fishing is not just something Rich does on the weekends, this is his full time job. He started his fishing guide service in 1977, and today is available 7 days a week. Unlike most guides, while on a guide trip, he does not fish. There is nothing worse than hiring a guide who is the first to cast at all the best targets.
The day is yours, Rich wants to make this the best fishing experience of your life. Call or email him from the contact information at the top of the page.
A fishing trip with Rich is sure to be a special experience for you, your friends, or family.