Meet "Coach"

I have been a school teacher for 31 years and retired 4 years ago. I taught several fishing classes at Hermitage both during school and at summer school. I have been taking people fishing all my life and about 12 years ago my wife told me that I need to start getting paid for taking all these people fishing. So I started Coaches Guide Service. I have lived here at Pomme de terre for 24 years. I've have been fishing to Canada over 25 times and gone several times to Minnesota and Wisconsin. 

 I am a Veitnam veteran and served with C Co., 1st Battalion of the 11th Infantry at Quang Tri, Vietnam on the DMZ. I served as a Platoon leader and Company Commander, and I am proud to have served my Country. 

 The main species I guide for is Muskie, but in the spring I guide for Crappie an Walleye. Having fished the Pomme de Terre Muskies Inc. Tournament since 1988, the Professional Musky Tournament Trail in 2005, and Lake Kinkaid Illinois Fall Brawl Tournament since 2001 with the following results.

  • 1989 - Won Big fish in Pomme Tournament (only muskie I ever kept)
  • 1991 - Tied for 1st place Pomme Tournament Masters Division
  • 1992 - Won Pomme Tournament Masters Division
  • 2002 - Won Pomme Muskie Tournament Masters Division
  • 2003 - Big Fish Fall Brawl Lake Kinkade
  • 2004 - Won Fall Brawl Lake Kinkade (with partner Matt Ginnings)
  • 2004 - Most Muskies caught on Pomme de Terre by Muskies Inc.
  • 2005 - Most Muskies caught on Pomme de Terre by Muskies Inc.
  • 2005 - Won Pomme Muskie Tournament (with partner Matt Ginnings)
  • 2005 - 16th place in Professional Musky Tournament at Pomme with Matt Ginnings
  • 2008 - Won Pomme Team Tournament (with Matt Ginnings)
  • 2012 - Pomme Muskie Friday Tournment 1st Place (with Matt Ginnings)
  • 2012 - Pomme CPR Tournment - 1st Place (with Sue Ann Ginnings)


In 2004 my clients and I netted 100 Muskies and all but 8 were in Pomme de Terre Lake. 

 I love to teach first time muskie fishermen how to fish for these toothy critters. When they catch one I am about as thrilled as they are. 

If you want to learn how to catch a muskie, you need to fish with me. I am confident we can catch one!