Raised in and on the waters of the great State of Florida, Captain Erik Lorentzen started his professional fishing career. At the age of 17, he began on the infamous Bahia Mar Charter fishing "A" Dock, in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.
From there he traveled to Hawaii, commercial fishing for Swordfish. This experience proved invaluable, serving as the building blocks for his profesional fishing career, due to the wide variety of Oceanic Pelagic Species.
From there he traveled to the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. Here he guided clients to an array of different inshore and offshore species on Fly and Conventional tackle. Fly fishing for Pelagics was in its infancy in the early to mid 90's. Growing up in Florida, fishing, he was always told by the "Oldtimers" how great the fishing used to be. Costa Rica and Central America in general was and still is like living in a time warp 20 years in the past. During this time Florida implicated a number of regulations on its fishery, in hopes to rebuild fishing stocks, which we are now enjoying the benefits from.
In his never ending quest for Incredible fisheries, Captain Erik has traveled to Guatemala, the Sailfish capitol of the world. Billfishing with Light Tackle and Fly, in an effort to conserve our fishery he began experimenting with circle hooks, keeping records of hook location and release condition of fish caught opposed to fish caught with J hooks. To his delight, hookup ratios increased. Release condition was excellent, with 9 out of 10 fished hooked in the corner of the mouth. Fish coming up bleeding and spitting there stomoch' up, were now the exception, not the norm. In the following years he has experienced some of the most incredible sailfish bites on record, which can be acredited to the circle hooks. These bites include releasing 80 sails on 20# IGFA Tackle in one day, and 24 sailfish on 20# tippit fly gear in one day. Amassing more than 10,000 sailfish releases to date and counting.
As word started getting out on his exploits of circle hooks in Guatemala, it was met with speculation and doubt. But as people started experimenting with circle hooks on there own, it quickly became obvious that these hooks were the future of sportfishing.
Florida was the first state to implement a law of exclusive use of circle hooks in all Billfish Tournaments, which is now the norm all along the eastern seaboard fishery. Florida has also implemented the use of circle hooks with many other species including but not limited to Grouper, Snapper, and others. A little piece of fishing history and conservation that he is proud to have been a part of.
In 2005 Captain Erik returned to Florida to continue his education and "get back to the basics". In the search as to where to "Hang his Hat" Citrus County and the Nature Coast was an easy choice due to its incredible inshore and offshore fishery, all the time traveling and fishing locations throughout the world. Target species along the Nature Coast include Redfish, Seatrout, Snook, Tarpon, Cobia, Spanish Mackerel, Bluefish, Gag Grouper, Red Grouper, Tripple Tail, Mangrove Snapper, Red Snapper, and Sheepshead.
So if your in the neighborhood and would like to get some time on the water, you are invited to join Captain Erik Lorentzen here on the Nature Coast of Florida where the fishing is Great, and the catching just a cast away.