About Southern Drawl Kayak Fishing
Southern Drawl Kayak Fishing was established by Steve Gibson, one of the most experienced anglers in southwest Florida.
Gibson has been fishing for 45 years and nearly 35 of those years in Florida.
He received his B.A. in Journalism from Marshall University in Huntington, WV in 1971. Following his graduation, Gibson enlisted in the Air Force and served four years. He was an information specialist for the Consolidated Tactical Air Command Office of Information at Eglin Air Force Base near Valparaiso, FL. He spent his last two years as the historian of the 33rd Tactical Fighter Wing at Eglin.
A professional outdoor writer and photographer, Gibson's writing and photographs have appeared in several publications, including Florida Sportsman, Gulf Coast Angler, Fly Fishing in Salt Waters, Saltwater Fly Fishing, The Fisherman, Cabella's Outdoor Magazine, Paddle World Magazine, Blood Knot Magazine and Florida Fishing Weekly.
He also served as host of Fishing Paradise on Sarasota's SNN6 and was host of Suncoast Outdoors on a local radio station. Steve is also the retired Outdoor Editor for the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. He is author of a blog, Gibby's Fishing Blog at www.gibbysfishingblog.blogspot.com.
In addition, Gibson hosted a two-day seminar series at Robarts Arena in Sarasota , called "Go Fish! Fishing Extravaganza."
He is co-tournament director of the Sarasota Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association's Fall Fly Fishing Challenge and on the Board of Directors of the Florida Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers.
An avid angler, Gibson has won many tournaments including the Fly Fishing Division of the Sarasota Sports Fishing Anglers All-Release Tarpon Tournament, the Fly Fishing Division of the Sarasota Sports Fishing Anglers Spring Classic, Sarasota CCA All-Release Photo Challenge (snook division and spotted seatrout division), Sarasota CCA Fall Fly Fishing Classic (snook division, trout division), Fly Fishing Division of the Venice/Englewood CCA No Motor Tournament and he took first place in the Orvis Dealers Fly Fishing School Tournament in Islamorada with a 14-pound bonefish.
Gibson resides in Sarasota with his wife, Kathy, their daughter, Morgan, and their Jack Russell Terrier, Jack.