For almost 20 years, Captain "Tat" Tatterson has been operating the Pacific Fishing charter company. Through a lot of hard work and motivation, he has been able to turn his lifelong love for fishing into a career. We caught up with Tat recently to get the scoop on how his life on the water got started.
BB: How did you come to start Pacific Fishing?
CT: I began saltwater fishing when I was 6 years old and the ocean has been calling me back ever since. Although I grew up in Arizona, we were fortunate enough to be able to spend most of our summers in San Diego and Washington state. The day after finishing college in Arizona, I was on the road north to Alaska. I spent many years as a cog in a gigantic engineering machine, working for one of the largest firms in the world but always knowing I would wind up back on the water. I have been fishing northern Baja (Pacific) and Sea of Cortez areas since the 70's and took practically all of my vacation time during the 80's and 90's in mainland Pacific Mexico, namely Vallarta and Mazanillo. I worked countless overtime hours and even moonlighted on weekends in order to save enough money for my first charter boat. I started my charter business in the mid-90's by requesting "personal" leave from my day job and guiding for 110 days each summer in Alaska. In 2002, I finally took the plunge and left the security and routine of a salaried career behind and towed my first charter boat to Mexico. The rest, as they say, is history.
Where does the Pacific Fishing (PFISH) fleet operate?
PFISH now has operations in three countries. We coordinate a three-pronged attack on the Pacific Ocean. We operate in Seward, Alaska May thru September; Los Cabos, Mexico year-round; and in the Gulf of Chiriqui, Panama November thru June. All three bases are staffed with expert crews and the bulk of our client base consists of repeat and referral customers, many of whom have become good friends.
What is the most frequently asked question you get from your clients?
"What's biting?" As currents, temperatures and seasons change, so do our available species. The beauty of fishing in Cabo is that we basically have two oceans from which to fish, the Pacific Ocean and the Sea of Cortez. Both bodies of water have their advantages and disadvantages but this is also the single most important reason we are so successful here...the options.
What do you tell people who are thinking about coming down for a fishing trip?
Study the fishing reports and choose the time that your preferred specie is most likely to be available. Also, do your research on the various charter companies. Tripadvisor and the various fishing forum websites i.e. Bloodydecks, 2coolfishing, Marlin Magazine, etc. are all good sources. Lastly, start a dialogue with the charter company...ask questions, get answers. Good charter companies will thoroughly respond to your inquiries.
What do you do when you are not fishing?
When I am not fishing I am generally managing other aspects of the business...I wear many hats. I also have three children and my wife (a Mexico native) with who I spend the bulk of my "off" time with. Bird hunting with my Golden Retriever "Maggie" and free-lance outdoor and travel writing fill in the rest.
Thanks Captain Tat!