Ryan Higgins

Ryan Higgins


LOCATION: Palm Beach, FL


Craziest fish story?

When we are up north white marlin tournament fishing, we almost always use light tackle and 30s for the reels. This specific day we were fishing big baits on the short riggers with 80wides. The shorts kept getting eaten by white marlin so we did something we almost never do; we switched the big rods to the long rigger and put the dinks on short riggers. Not five min later a 900lb blue marlin came up and crushed a dink bait on the short rigger on the 30wide. We released it in fifteen min but we spent 4 hours trying to put a gaff in it – to no avail. Its the biggest fish I’ve ever caught and also the one that got away.

Who got you into fishing?

I would say my best friends growing up. A few of their parents had fishing boats and I spent summers fishing with them. My family was not into fishing.

Where do you wish you were right now?

Down in the Dominican Republic. Casa de Campo sounds like they have had some really good fishing.

Dream job if you weren't fishing?

I think I have it. I honestly don’t know what I would do if not for what I am now. With my job now I’m in every aspect of this industry I would want to be. If not in the fishing/boat industry, probably a hunting guide.

Least favorite part of your job?

The last minute failures that happen. It’s the little things that are unforeseen maintenance. No matter the boat, for every hour of fishing, you have to spend that same time on maintenance and upkeep.

What makes a good fisherman?

There are so many different aspects these days and and to be good you have to have many different skills. Networking and communication is a big one. It’s a big ocean and you have to learn to locate the fish with information. Of course fishing instinct plays a part too. And probably today, the technical aspect. The ability read things like sea-surface temps and utilize the high tech equipment to have all of the information. The equipment is only as good as the operator using it.

Something nobody knows about you?

I am half Thai. Everyone who meets me either asks if I am Hawaiian, Chinese, or Puerto Rican, but I’m half Thai and half Irish.