John is a third generation sport fisherman whose passion for fishing has
gone on since the age of four.
He has fished up and down the east coast for both salt and fresh
water species. His initial
passion was for fresh water trout, fishing the creeks and streams of
northern Maryland and southern Pennsylvania for nearly
20 years. All the while this
was just his apprenticeship on learning how to fish big shallow rivers.
During this time he entertained the idea of working in fishery
management and received a bachelor’s degree to do so but life took him to
supporting people with disabilities in non-profits and local government.
Over ten years ago, he was introduced to river smallmouth by a
friend. From that
moment on he has become obsessed with learning how to catch river
smallmouth. He spends
up to 80 days a year on the water with the majority of that time on the
Susquehanna and Juniata Rivers.
He prides himself of looking for and learning new water on his own
and using his knowledge and skills to locate “new” fish.
He is an avid spinnerbait fisherman and will say “you just can’t
beat spinnerbait fish”.
John is a strong advocate for our fisheries in regards to their
management and water quality.
His commitment is about educating and promoting conservation and improved
environmental standards from a grassroots perspective.
Recently, he has started his own lure company, Snagler Tackle
and has several lines of spinnerbaits for river smallmouth and is always
coming up with new ways to catch them.
resides in Lititz, PA
with his beautiful and supportive wife, Christine and their daughter
Sarah, who helps her Dad in his workshop.
Many people know he is a part time resident of
PA staying at Riverfront
Campground as much as he can from Feb to Dec every year.
He is a PA licensed fishing guide with commercial insurance and is
certified in first aid/CPR.
He fishes out of a 17 foot Weld-Craft, Motorguide 109 and a Yamaha 60 jet.