Episode #0013 – Derek DeYoung
Artist And Angler Living In Montana, Florida Keys And Northern Michigan
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Derek DeYoung is a renowned fish artist who travels between Montana, Florida Keys (Big Pine) and Northern Michigan to pursue fish and get inspiration to reproduce them on canvas. I caught up with Derek through Instagram and asked him if he would like to be a guest on Saltwater Experience. He said he would like to do it but his schedule was very tight. We found a day and made it happen.
The tides were late that day and Rich wanted to fish from 2-past dark. We chose to visit Derek in Big Pine in the morning and get the interview for the TV episode. We hit the water at Hawks Cay and headed to Long Key Bridge. Derek was hoping to get a bite on a live mullet because he had never seen that happen.
It happened...but right at dark. We got the fish to the boat after dark and it was 9 pm before we hit the dock. But wait...what about the podcast? When will we do that?
Derek was one of my favorite guests and we became fast friends. I knew I wanted to do a podcast with him, but it seemed like we had run out of time. I offered him a ride back to Big Pine instead of his wife having to pick him up and we put on the headphones and hit record.
I travel a lot and some of the best conversations I have ever had were on long drives across the country. This drive was exactly that. Derek is a great conversationalist and we talked about how he has achieved so much success in the fishing world.
I think you will like this episode, I know I did. Derek will definitely be back on Saltwater Experience AND the podcast because this guy was cool!
Here are some more photos from our time with Derek captured by Jason Stemple
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