For four generations Brandon’s family has lived in the Keys. He followed in his father’s footsteps becoming a guide just like his brother, Jared. They shared their first boat at the age of six, and started fly-fishing by eight. Now Brandon also operates a successful guiding business.
“It was so cool to watch someone share with the world the passion and respect for the ocean that my family lived by. Most TV shows, the host would just go to a spot and fish. Jose would explain everything, not just the basics but would go into detail to help the viewer understand why it was happening. Why the fish were in that particular spot, and most of the time include the entire ecosystem that led up to fish being in that area. It was inspiring. It felt reassuring that I was noticing the right things when I was out there. I’ll never forget when I was in 4th grade, my father was tired of guiding and thought that he would be happier in the woods. We moved to North Carolina.
After 6 months of snow and quite the scenery change on saltwater Saturdays, we were watching Jose catch sailfish off Key West like we had been doing our entire childhood. Watching Jose made us so homesick that my father looked at me and my brother and asked if we wanted to go home? Two weeks later we were back in Key West.”