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Joe Poole

About Me:

Joe was born and raised on the Texas coast. He started hunting & fishing with his dad and older brothers when he was very young. By the age of 10, he had been bitten by the saltwater fishing bug. He discovered the joy of saltwater kayak fishing in 2001 in his first kayak, the Wilderness Systems Ride. He has been fishing the Texas bays for 40+ years now using artificial lures.  

He is a regular contributor to the forums, sharing his insights on fishing the middle Texas coast from Port O'Connor to Corpus Christi. As one of the first members of the Wilderness Fishing Team, Joe currently paddles the Tarpon 160 and swears by his AT Odyssy Full Carbon paddle. 

Joe became one of the first TPWD licensed All Water Paddle Guides in 2010 and he spendt many weekends guiding kayak fishing charters on Redfish Bay in Aransas Pass, TX with fellow Wilderness Systems Pro Staffer, Capt Dean "Slowride" Thomas. Joe is certified by the Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau as a Certified Wildlife Guide. Joe is also an active volunteer with Heroes On the Water (HOW), a special project that introduces wounded soldiers to kayak fishing. 

Joe loves catching reds & trout on top waters. He also enjoys playing disc golf for fun and exercise.  Joe works for the Texas Department of Information Resources as a IT Security Analyst Monday through Friday.

When asked why he loves kayak fishing, Joe replied, "because it is simple, silent, and stealthy. I can fish with friends but still find some solitude. You become a part of the environment instead of just a passer-thru or on-looker as the wildlife seems to accept you. It gets me to places that only a fellow kayaker will ever see. And the fact that you can catch a lot of fish from a kayak doesn't take away from it either."