Rod and Reel Radio Interview March 2014

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Click the Above Image to hear the Podcast. Fast Forward to 1:05:20 to hear a recent radio interview I gave about Southern Trout Eaters, what we did, and some insights into where we are going.

I was recently interviewed by John Cassidy, Stan Vanderburg and Stacy Tochihara from Rod and Reel Radio.  I want to thank John Cassidy for his years of support and just general good nature/aloha all the time vibration. I always appreciate dealing with good guys in fishing,  and John is one of them.  He owns Anglers Arsenal and has been a fundamental player and supporter of all thing San Diego bass fishing.  He is a fisherman, a tournament director,  he runs Angler’s Arsenal (killer bait and tackle shop with an online presence for localized/specialty San Diego style bass fishing baits), and he’s always involved in the El Cajon Ford Open, which is the funnest 2 day tournament I’ve ever fished.

You need to browse thru the Archives of Rod&Reel Radio sometime.   You will find interviews with guys like Dean Rojas (former San Diego guy), Kevin Van Dam, Ken Huddleston, and others.  There are regular fishing reports and updates, but interesting content freely available out there, with good information and entertainment value. I was interviewed by the Rod&Reel Radio Crew the summer of 201 that we released Southern Trout Eaters in the summer of 2011 after the release of the DVD.

To listen to the podcast, click HERE  (fast forward to 1:05:20).  Approx half way thru.

 

Field & Stream Southern Trout Eaters Article

Thanking Field & Stream Magazine for their highlights of Southern Trout Eaters and our work.  I was surprised by the article and had some online communications with Mark Hicks, but didn’t realize what they were up to.  I find it amazing that Field & Stream has been around since 1895 and is likely America’s longest running outdoors media (don’t quote me on that).  Check out the the Wiki HERE

Here Goes:

 

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2013 Anglers Marine Bass a Thon

I haven’t been to Bass a Thon in years.  Probably 9 years or so, since I been gone for at least 8 years down South.   Anglers Marine hosts a killer event each Fall, and it’s usually the who’s who of the Southern California fishing scene, and definitely ground zero for the bigbait fishing scene.  You get a lot of bait makers and industry folks in the same room for a weekend.  Anglers Marine has guest speakers, usually a few big names from the East and South.   Aaron Martens, Gerald Swindle, Jason Christie, Brent Ehrler….guys like that.

Highlights:

  • John Murray, my long time hero and guy I was awe about as a high school/college guy.  Had a nice chat and just got even more enlightened on all things professional fishing.  John was there to represent Gene Larew baits.  He is all about Biffle Bug.  I actually got into pitching this bait around grass in Okeechobee.   It is a hollow creature bait with ribs and it gets bit.
  • Kevin Mattson.  Kevin charges harder than anyone I know.  He is really out pushing his fishing, bass fishing, GoPro cinematography, and the cross over style of bigbait fishing—-where you catch multi-species with bigbaits–calicos in the ocean and largemouths all over San Diego County.   He is literally the Bass King.  Great to meet Kevin.
  • John Morrow.  Sadly, my quick catch up session with John was bitter sweet. His wife Tammy, who was a solid angler, and a regular on the Western fishing scene–passed recently, and it was tough to hear.  Glad to shake John’s hand, just a good dude, and always enjoyed him and his wife.
  • Jason Christie:  Really flattered to have a chat with Jason.  I know Jason thru Casey Martin/Okeechobee.  He is the MAN and appreciate consulting with a guy like Jason on getting some bigbaits in his game. He wisely just said “I just want to mess around with them around the house”  meaning, his home waters of Tenkiller and Grand Lake.
  • Every other hand I shook. I enjoyed walking around, taking some pictures and just shaking hands and talking to folks. I am sorry I missed so many people too.  I keep seeing various Facebook posts and realized how many I did not connect with.

Products/Baits and Links to Buy them (if possible):

Persuader Buzz Baits – Clacker style, with a unique randomness in the clack, caused by the blade as a clacker.  Head design is keeps the thing running dead true.

CL8 Bait Mighty Mouse - I think brown trout will kill the 1.5″ but the 2.25″ is just as sweet.  Crazy little morsel.  See above pictures. Pond and small bait bigbait approach.

TyLure Water Whipper and Buzz Bomber:  Check out the Water Whipper and Buzz Bomber and there many other baits at the TyLures Webstore.   There is a bait called the Whopper Plopper, you need to be throwing if you are anywhere a buzzbait gets bit, which is everywhere.  These baits are a derivative of what Larry Dahlberg is doing with River2Seas on the Whopper Plopper.

Bank Buster — From There Here Is.  Check out this big flapper craw bait.  I am waiting to see what happens when craw and creature baits get bigger and badder.   Check it:  thereheis.us

Uptons Worms:  Big bad straight tail worms.

Johnny Rats:   I have seen a rat of this size and shape do some real damage.  I haven’t fished it, but this thing looked good t me.

CL8 Possum Wake Bait:  Big and bad.  The full sized one is like 13″ long with the tail and weighs a wopping 7.5 ounces?!?!

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From the Vault: Matt Peters Fishing Resume from December 1999

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Let’s put this in context.  I put this resume together in Q4 1999.  I graduated college in December of 1999, and I can remember staying up late at night, completely focused on getting this resume together.  I remember having the dilemma of not quite having the computer skills to digitally do it all.  My Windows computer was a clone knockoff of some kind, and I didn’t have my own scanner, and I sorta came up with a compromise of computer for the content/text and then manually glued pictures and newspaper clippings to paper!  Funny to think about how far my skills with computers and technology have progressed.

A Fishing Resume?

I am not sure if you call this a resume or a portfolio.  My intent was going to use this to get that dream job in the fishing industry where they’d just pay me to fish and I’d consult with them on ‘whatever’ and somehow I’d make money, keep fishing, and just go with it.  I’m glad to have come across it, and now have it scanned in digitally.  Now, it’s more of an archive and a history of my life and my fishing life. If you read the newspaper clippings (mostly from Western Outdoor News), you will recognize names like Brent Ehrler, Aaron Martens, John Murray, and Dean Rojas.   Which of the 5 of us has had the least stellar career?  Cough cough cough….!   You have to laugh at your own humility sometimes.  I have no regrets and love sharing information, ideas and content that helps put things into context.   My support of College Fishing stems a ton from my own journey at Cal Poly, fishing my way thru school.  This resume serves as a record of that journey.  There was a time when Lake Havasu and I just were best friends.  This was before Havasu was the smallmouth fishery it is today.  This was Colorado River, desert style, largemouth fishing, and those were some of my funnest memories from my college fishing experience. Heck, I was young and there tends to be some crazy partying that happens around Lake Havasu. I couldn’t keep fish off my line, and then would go out and have some crazy fun nights with my fishing pals.

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I did not get a job in the fishing industry, and ultimately a few months after graduating college, surrendered to the fact that there was no ‘entry’ level jobs in fishing for a guy with a marketing degree and no real world experience.   I didn’t have the network, the skills and the Internet was no where near as mature as it is today as a means to be an ‘entrepreneur’ of sorts in fishing.  Today, I don’t think a resume like this is at all necessary.  You best have a YouTube channel, blog, and digital media if you want to attract sponsorship, business partners, or get yourself a job.  So take this context, it was a different time, but it’s fun to see how I structured this and just read thru it.

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Full Circle

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My brother’s baby boy, Donovan, who just turned 1 the other day. 24 hours into Southern California…4th of July in San Clemente with my brother, sister and their families. My liver hates me. I have been a little thirsty since I’ve been back!

I have been quietly transitioning back home to Southern California.  In May, I was at a company event in Chicago, when I overheard a conversation about a new office for BeyondTrust in Aliso Viejo.    Actually, it was moving the Irvine office back down to Aliso Viejo.   That is a 15 mile move to the South, closer to my hometown Dana Point/San Clemente area, and a significant savings in commute time, toll road costs, and just hit me a time when I was already looking to relocate from West Palm Beach to a more beachy scene within S. Florida….Jupiter/Juno area to be exact.   So, rather than move 15-20 miles within Florida, I made a quick assessment of things, and decided right then and there I was heading home.  Florida is awesome.  My decision to bail on Florida is complicated….understand Okeechobee, of all the years I’ve fished it now, 2013 was the worst for swimbait fishing I’ve encountered.  The lake is overgrown, choked out and more a flip/punch thing than an open water swimmer thing.   So, Okeechobee’s tough cycle, and the amount of rain we endured (and it was still raining when I left) told me it was gonna be a harsh year on the Big O for a guy that likes to swim bigbaits.

And they say California has a lot of red tape!  Count how many regulations and rules there are to fishing a pier in Florida!

And they say California has a lot of red tape! Count how many regulations and rules there are to fishing a pier in Florida!

I was 'this close' to moving from West Palm Beach to Juno...just to be near the surf and even closer to Okeechobee, but tide and time wait for no man!

I was ‘this close’ to moving from West Palm Beach to Juno…just to be near the surf and even closer to Okeechobee, but tide and time wait for no man!

Getting Gone

I essentially closed down my apartment in West Palm Beach within a week, downsized my stuff for the 50th time, and headed for Georgia.  Getting back to California, from S. Florida, wasn’t going to be easy.  Thankfully, I have good people, a good career now so finances aren’t so rough, and I’m really good at just packing up and getting gone.   So, this was the itinerary:  FL>GA>AR>CA.    I had to get from Florida, back to Georgia and the Atlanta area and shut down things in Atlanta first.  So, I was able to touch bases with my tenant, in my Roswell home, get some things squared away and focus on getting all my stuff out of my phenomenal friend, Rodger Ray, Social Circle home.  Social Circle has been my Atlanta base of operations on and off for the last 4.5 years since renting out my apartment, and of course, meeting Rodger, as my co-angler partner,  Day 1, Lake Eufaula, FLW Series 2009.   Rodger has been so hospitable, professional, fun, interesting and wise—-I cannot thank him enough for his friendship.

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General Sherman aint got nothing on me. He marched to the Sea. I towed to the Pacific, from the same starting place, and the only burning and looting I did was on the White River. And the assualt on Orange County has just begun!

Rods inside.

Rods inside.

Amazing how much 'spare' room I had to utilize my truck with a Uhaul in tow, at least until I got to Arkansas and the other 50% of my stuff!

Amazing how much ‘spare’ room I had to utilize my truck with a Uhaul in tow, at least until I got to Arkansas and the other 50% of my stuff!

My Ranger Z520 posted some pictures on Facebook with her connected to another truck.  She got me back, don't you worry! That's how I knew she made in the Ozarks!

My Ranger Z520 posted some pictures on Facebook with her connected to another truck. She got me back, don’t you worry! That’s how I knew she was made in the Ozarks!  Blurred out the FL License Plate so she cannot socially engineer and manipulate me either!

Of boats and men

I own 2 boats.  I have a Ranger Z520, and a 16 Grizzly Tracker aluminum rig (I loaned it to Team 85 for the filming of Southern Trout Eaters, because they needed some help getting on the water with current states of affairs with their lives at the time).   I literally cleaned out my Ranger, and left a pile of paperwork and stuff that will be needed to sell the boat (if that is the route I take), and just left it parked up in Social Circle.  I have learned, when you don’t know what to do, no decision is the best decision.  I needed to take a U Haul trailer full of stuff from Georgia, and onto Arkansas, where I’d fill it up and cull thru stuff from Arkansas, next.  The problem:  You cannot simultaneously tow a 20′ fiberglass boat and a dual axle U Haul trailer!  So, the Ranger sits in Atlanta, paying for insurance and the 14 months of warranty my Yamaha still enjoys ticks away toward expiration.   On one hand it makes a ton of sense to sell the boat:  I have equity in the boat, the engine is still under warranty, and truthfully, I’m not worried about fishing tournaments where a Z520 is required anytime super soon.  I love my Ranger Boat, don’t get me wrong, but to me, boats are tools, and usually very expensive tools.   I am now living <10 miles from the Dana Point Harbor, where I can out throwing swimbaits at calico bass within minutes.  I’m sorta re-tooling if you will, and the transition time will be longer than anything I can predict–that’s just how things go.   An inshore series boat, deeper v, and better able to handle ocean type conditions is in my future.  Something that I can still tow and hit the San Diego lakes and such of course.  There is a compromise in there somewhere with the right boat….ie, the great lakes/walleye style of Ranger Boat…the Fisherman Series.  Or perhaps a Whaler type boat, center console style. I’m not sure yet.  Trolling motor mandatory of course.

One last trip to Clarks Hill, while I stayed over in Social Circle.  In search of the herring eaters with the SSB Herring.

One last trip to Clarks Hill, while I stayed over in Social Circle. In search of the herring eaters with the SSB Herring.

The Other Boat/Arkansas

My 16 foot Grizzly (that I bought from Triton Mike Bucca, btw) has had a wild journey itself.  I got a 25HP 4 Stroke Yamaha, and a 82# thrust Motorguide up front.  The rig frickin charges.  I got the boat back to Arkansas last year, right about this time, as I was trying to make Arkansas work as ‘home’ and figure out a way to make a living thru fishing, sans tournament fishing.  Well, things in Arkansas didn’t go as I’d hoped, and then opportunity came knocking with getting my software career back in action.   This boat I will keep.  I am flat addicted to the idea of hunting big brown trout with swimbaits on the mighty White River.  I spent 2 weeks in Social Circle/Atlanta (first half of June) and spent the second half of June in Arkansas.  Understand, end of June is end of fiscal quarter, end of Q2, in the business world.  I stalled and timed everything to travel on the weekends, work on my move after hours, and just be in a position to sell enterprise vulnerability and risk management solutions to new customers.  I had more like 10 days in Arkansas, but man, was it great to be back there. I have some really good friends and family there.  My friends are friends thru fishing, and they are as ate up with it as us.  I had some really close calls and learned a lot in that short window I was in Arkansas about the White River. I had more action in approx. 7 outings, than I did the ENTIRE 7 months I spent there last year.  I did NOT put any fish in the boat, and had “the one” on, but she came unglued.  Doh.  Still haunted by that one.   So, I put the cover back on the boat, parked her up and just left her.  I foresee visiting Arkansas often, to spend time with my parents and Grandmother (who lives with my parents now too), and of course, to fish the Ozarks.   There is an airport in Branson, MO about an hour from my parents house.  It’s a no brainer, easy, and financially feasible for me. I will be able to work during the day, and fish after hours/on weekends, and spend a couple weeks at a time there, with a boat that can fish the river or the surrounding lakes.    And the wade fishing around the Ozarks is sick.  Canoes are probably the best boat at times too.  My buddies there are blowing it up and I’m excited to get back there.  It’s a different deal though. It’s not tournament fishing blowing things up…it’s fly fishing, guiding, outfitting, and getting their world’s right with relationships, marriages, finances, real estate, etc.  Which I’m learning is the key to fishing and pretty much everything!

June Stoke.  Chad knows where they live, has access to the land to get to the fish, and his wife will drop us off and drive the shuttle for us too!

June Stoke. Chad knows where they live, has access to the land to get to the fish, and his wife will drop us off and drive the shuttle for us too!

Few people I've encountered are as awesome as my friend Chad Johnson, Flippin, Arkansas resident.

Few people I’ve encountered are as awesome as my friend Chad Johnson, Flippin, Arkansas resident.

The 16' Grizzly, and a chance to take my Aunt Kim out fishing. She's battling breast cancer and has risen to the challenge.  We took some pics to celebrate the fight and be crazy bald heads together.

The 16′ Grizzly, and a chance to take my Aunt Kim out fishing. She’s battling breast cancer and has risen to the challenge. We took some pics to celebrate the fight and be crazy bald heads together.

Don't think the smallmouth haven't gotten some sore lips. It's not all about fly fishing in skinny Ozark streams.  Bigbaits boy!

Don’t think the smallmouth haven’t gotten some sore lips. It’s not all about fly fishing in skinny Ozark streams. Bigbaits boy!

 

4th of July 2013

I arrived in Dana Point on the 3rd of July.  I have a good friend that lives at home with his Mom (don’t laugh, this is how we all roll at times in our lives!) and they were awesome enough to have me stay with them until I got settled.   I was able to use the first week of July, after the End of Quarter crunch, to drive from Arkansas to California.  So, I had loaded up all my stuff from Atlanta, loaded up all my stuff from Arkansas, and towed a full UHaul trailer all the way back to California, pretty much backtracking the journey I started in January 2005.    I have had more fun in the last 2 months being here!  Oh my goodness, my liver hates me.  Truthfully, I haven’t made a cast since I left Arkansas.  I am taking some time to allow myself to settle in over here.  I love to fish, I love throwing bigbaits, but honestly, I’ve made a conscious decision to just sorta put that stuff on the back burner a couple months and just let myself get settled in.  Summer time in Southern California is awesome. I have been surfing like crazy. I have a lot of catching up to do.  My surfing has progressed a ton the last couple months, I got my arms and shoulders back to compete from a paddling standpoint, and I walk around with my shirt off and woman generally hoot, holler and whistle at me!  Hahahahahahahah.  Okay, forget the last part of that sentence, but there is a profound difference in healthy life and lifestyle for me lately.

Shooting down the South County Coast from Dana Point.

Shooting down the South County Coast from Dana Point.

Trolling surfboards for white sharks!  10' single fin, yeah boy. My boy Tyler Craig hooking me up with the trip.

Trolling surfboards for white sharks! 10′ single fin, yeah boy. My boy Tyler Craig hooking me up with the trip.

Surfboards and boats are a close second to boats with fishing rods aboad.  Lower Trestles Run. Scored.

Surfboards and boats are a close second to boats with fishing rods aboad. Lower Trestles Run. Scored.

BeyondTrust

Please visit my companies website sometime:  beyondtrust.com We have very talented security and research thought leaders in the world of internet security.  We have ‘productized’ or otherwise make software tools that emulate the skills and expertise of the white hat style ‘hacker’.   At the end of the day, we make tools that help companies manage and assess risk.  On a scale of 1-10, are we a 7 or a 5 when it comes to overall ‘security’ across the 10,000 assets that make up our computing environment?  Are we compliant to do business with the Department of Defense because we make parts that go into missles or SUVs, and in order to do business with the DoD, you better be compliant to various standards.  Or HIPAA, are hospitals doing the right thing to make sure your medical records are being sold on the black market.  You could be blackmailed if someone knew you had HIV or something gnarly and private, and hadn’t publicly disclosed.   Think Fortune 2000 account that need to assess the overall security posture of their entire network, across multiple locations, mobile devices, virtual devices, etc.,  It’s a cool space, and I’m enjoying being back in the game.   Sales is no walk in the park career and you are on a cycle much like fishing, where you are on ‘em and life is good, then …. the droughts and the doldrums come and you have to be prepared to endure and make adjustments to break the cycle.   I work in Aliso Viejo, in a a wonderful little tech corridor.  There are companies like Buy.com, Dell/Qwest, and Micro Semi in the same building/neighborhood.  I haven’t met the ‘her’ yet….but like fishing, you gotta get around ‘em before you can catch ‘em.  Catch the right one!   I’m not saying I’m going to find “her” in Aliso Viejo, I’m just saying Orange County is full of young educated professionals who are doing great things with their lives.  Conversations about welfare, DUI, child custody, social issues, etc don’t exist.  Education, sophistication and opportunity abounds and I just am stoked to be around it.   Finally got ‘around ‘em’ again!

 

Click the above to be re-routed to a CNN article featuring our company CTO, Marc "Mainframe" Maiffret speaking on cyberterrorism and Syria.

Click the above to be re-routed to a CNN article featuring our company CTO, Marc “Mainframe” Maiffret speaking on cyberterrorism and Syria.

 

So you quit fishing?

NO, I haven’t quit fishing. I have taken a womping 2 months off in the last 30+ years.  Forgive me!   I see myself re-tooling and getting myself in a position to charge bigbaits/bigfish around San Diego, OC, LA…..and slip the same boat in the Dana Point Harbor and slip slide thru the massive kelp beds and do my best Kevin Mattson impressions!  But these things will take some time. I am super stoked and flattered to have so many invites to come fish with guys. Until recently, I literally haven’t had all my possessions in one location in >5 years when I lived in Roswell, GA.

The irony of all this is new clarity and focus.  My life, especially my fishing life, since Southern Trout Eaters, has really been a rocky road.  Not horrible and I don’t regret any of it, just saying, not a certain path or one that has been easily felt out and gone with.   I haven’t really found one thing that has really worked and stuck.  Florida was hot then got cold.  Arkansas, same thing…hot and cold.  Finances dwindling….. All the sudden, I have 8 years of pictures, video and story, and have gone full circle from Southern California to the South and now back.   I’ve got a story to tell and I hope to see it thru, because I think I can provide perspective, wisdom and insights beyond catching more and bigger fish.   Fishing is our lives, and it’s an addiction.  Making a living from fishing is a crazy wild endeavor that is like chasing the rodeo.  A bunch of young (and not so young) men mostly all chasing their dreams, from all sorts of backgrounds.  And some ARE that good.  You have to be ‘exceptional’ not just good.   The young people today have more opportunity than ever.  It’s the age of the cloud, the age of Facebook, the age of GoPro, and the “i” everything.

Ranger Boats---the follow me everywhere I go.  I see a saltwater series of some kind in my future

Ranger Boats—the follow me everywhere I go. I see a saltwater series of some kind in my future

Now What?

Everything is a work in progress.  I’m by no means back on my feet career wise like I was when I hung it up to go fishing. However, I’m back on that path and track.   It takes money to make money and grow things.  I have plans and intentions, but like most things, they tend to take way longer than originally expected.  And since I’m not able to focus 100% of my time towards fishing with a full time job in software, I’m even more challenged with tide and time.  However, I am in the best mood and general flow I’ve been in years and super stoked, and sorta just re-charging/refreshing.  To me, it’s really healthy to take a break from fishing a bit and just allow myself to get West and get settled.  I am looking forward to missions to San Diego jumping in other guys’ boats, missions with this one guy name Kevin Mattson who charges harder than anyone I know,  and random saltwater and Sierra Mountain trips.

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Yes, I am the world’s greatest Uncle. It’s rough work hanging out in San Clemente at the beach with friends and family, but someone has to do it. Don’t worry, I got my Duck Commander safety trunks on, so still representing!!!