Capt. Clay Eavenson

claySquare2I grew up in Loganville, GA in a house that overlooked a 40 acre lake that was built by my grandfather and I spent most of my childhood fooling fish with artificial lures. I was practically born with a fishing pole in my hands.

During the school year I would head to the lake after school to fish for bass, crappie, and catfish. During the summer months, I would spend every waking hour I could, paddling a john boat all over the lake; looking for the elusive wall hanger.

When I wasn’t on the lake chasing fish, I was throwing a baseball. I loved baseball almost as much as I loved fishing. And both of those loves would bring me to Florida when I was 19 years old.

ClayYankees0001The New York Yankees drafted me to pitch for them in 1996. I had just recently signed with the University of Georgia but I didn’t want to go to school for three years before I would be eligible for the draft again.

Since the Yankees didn’t offer me much money I chose to go to a junior college in the Atlanta area called Dekalb College. It was a baseball factory. We had several players get drafted after the 1997 season.

4 days before the 1997 MLB draft, I signed with the Yankees. So, it wasn’t but a few days later that I packed my bags for Tampa, FL and I never looked back. I began my professional baseball career that year but I couldn’t put the fishing pole down. A few teammates and I would hunt for fishing spots between practices and games daily.

After 4 mediocre years in the minor league system with the Yankees, they let me go. It wasn’t long after that, I pursued my other love. Fishing.

I’ve fished the Tampa Bay area waters for snook, redfish, trout, tarpon, and many other species of fish for almost 2 decades now and I’ve been very involved in the local fishing community. I’ve been the owner and director for over 24 inshore fishing tournaments, a fishing radio host, owner of a popular fishing website, director of a fishing club, conducted fishing seminars, been a competitive tournament angler, and more. I love fishing here and I love sharing my experience with my clients.

Over 15 years ago, I met my beautiful wife, Paige, here in Tampa and we now have four children; a son named Cade and 3 daughters, Claire, Caris, and Corrie.

Thanks for taking the time to learn a little about me. I hope to take you fishing some time soon!