July 2020

Meet the Captains: Drew Davis

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.KAT Photography

Drew Davis
Out of the Blue Fishing Charters

How long have you been a Charter Captain?
I’ve had my captain’s license since 2017, but this is my ninth year out on the water.

You’re the son of the famous local fisherman Fuzzy Davis, so you learned from the best, right?
Ha! Ha! Yes. It’s not bad growing up having him as a role model—especially if you love fishing. I’m a pretty lucky guy!

What is your biggest fear out on the water?
Getting caught in a huge storm. But we try to keep an eye on that ahead of time and keep everyone safe.

What is the most frequently asked question on your boat?
“How deep is it?”

What is the hardest part of your job?
Sometimes the hardest part of my job is just dealing with the ever-changing weather conditions. Everyone is always hyped up for the day, and I want to give them the best experience possible.

What are you primarily fishing for out on the water?
I do a lot of inshore fishing, so redfish, trout, flounder and tarpon.

Tell us about the strangest customer you’ve ever taken out on the boat?
There are so many of them, we could be here for an hour. I’ve taken a lot of famous people out. My dad and I took Sam Hunt (country singer) fishing. A few NFL players…

What do you do in your free time? Do you spend it on the water?
I love to hunt and love to fish. I enjoy hanging out with all of my buddies on the island. We take the boat out and just cruise around. I’m always outside.

How many fishing trips do you do in one day?
I usually do two, although back in high school I would do three a day. I also sell real estate, so I like to leave my afternoons open for returning calls. Generally, I’ll take one group out from 7-11 a.m. and another from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Do you have any tried-and-true seasick remedies?
I always tell them to keep their eyes focused on the land, but I don’t think it works. Drink some water!

Do you have any good luck charms on the boat?
Not really … but I do have this Auburn visor that I try to wear every day, because I feel like if I forget it I won’t catch anything.

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