I LOVE TO FISH. THE ONLY THING I LIKE BETTER THAN FISHING is taking other people fishing. Over the past 30 years I’ve been honing my angling skills and teaching other people how to catch more fish and have a lot of fun doing it.
I am a licensed guide in the State of Michigan/New York. It’s my goal that you not only have a safe and memorable trip, but that you learn a lot in the process. The techniques and methods that we’ll use on the water can be applied to other bodies of water that you fish.
When we started the business back in 2010, I picked the name No Fish Left Behind to evoke thoughts of the “no child left behind” education reform (mostly so people might remember it). With the name No Fish Left Behind, it’s not my intention to over harvest a fishery. I am a conservation-minded angler and want to leave our fisheries in excellent shape for the future. Most of our fishing on Lake George is catch and release. However, I do practice selective harvest and I want to send you home with fish to eat! We do practice selective harvest in Michigan and on Lake George.
We rebranded this year (2019) to Freshwater Therapy for a number of reasons. First, we really believe that water is therapeutic. Many of you live crazy lives and our hope with your time with us is that you will experience a soul refreshment. We also changed from No Fish Left Behind because it was never our intention to over-harvest. We are moving away from anything other than selective harvest. We love the idea of you having a meal, but the intention isn’t to stock the freezer for the next two years. Last, we really want to pursue the educational side of fishing. Not only do we want to teach on the water, but we hope to expand our off the water teaching with both video and written content as well.
I am licensed and insured in both Michigan and New York (Freshwater Therapy is an LLC). I have adult and pediatric CPR, AED, and First Aid certification through the Red Cross. I am a part of Gamma's Pro Staff team, Okuma Pro Staff, Charlie Brewer's Pro Staff, Garmin's Pro Staff, Rapala, Lunker City, Fishsens, Skeeter Boats!, and I am aggressively pursuing partnership with other companies who's products I'm sold out on and think will augment your experience while on the water with us.
We are hoping to have other guides that are a part of our network over the next couple of years. I want to introduce you to my first mate - probably one of the best fishermen you’ll ever meet - Micah Testa.
I have been helping my dad guide since I was 11. I love serving people and enjoy making your trip enjoyable. My dad says I have a gift for taking out the worst of tangles. I enjoy helping our guests have an awesome experience on the water. I typically help with adults and children on the boat, with my ultimate goal being a successful time for you on the water.
Dad's comments on first mate: "Micah is a tremendous fishermen. Most clients comment more on his help than mine. He is a huge blessing on the water. You will be glad he's with us!"
Probably one of the greatest blessings about growing up in the outdoors is that, from an early age, I saw the beauty of the world around me. My time spent catching brook trout and rainbows in the Rockies created a sense of wonder. That wonder developed over time into a sense of awe as I looked at the world around me. I would look at the intricacies of what I saw and think that there was way to much complexity and order for all of this to come from a random, haphazard accident happening billions of years ago.
Nature and even more specifically, fish, pointed me even as young person to wonder about the existence of an intelligent designer. I didn't have more than a sense that there was something or someone bigger than me who created beauty and intricacy and complexity for a purpose.
Even though I was intrigued about the existence of this Designer, church didn't do anything for me. I found it pointless and irrelevant to life.
But when I went to college, I ran into thoughtful and intelligent people whose lives were very attractive. As a college student at a major university, I had a chance to wrestle with truth and a variety of worldviews. Around that same time, a friend sat down with me and sketched out a picture of what the Bible talked about when it describes someone being reconnected with the God of the universe. He explained Jesus and the story of God - how Jesus came to earth to die on a cross. And through his death, burial, and resurrection, he made it possible for people who are sinful to be reconciled with a perfect God. For the first time in my life, I understood the point of the Christian faith. Jesus died in my place, and by putting my faith in Him, I could be forgiven and made into a new creation. I placed my faith (trust) in Christ that fall semester and feel indebted to Jesus for His sacrifice on my behalf.
The part of the Bible that stood out to me then was this sentence: God made him (Jesus) who had no sin to become sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). I learned as a college student that it's through trusting in Jesus alone that someone is reconciled with God.
That reality has only made my experience as an outdoors person that much richer. Fishing isn't just something we do to pass time. It's a passion that we pursue that points us regularly not only toward the goodness of God, but also to the awesome beauty that our Creative God gave us to point us toward Him. This creation (and fishing) is a gift that God has given to us to enjoy.
My hope for you is that your experience with us and on your own in the outdoors will draw you closer to the truth and reality that Jesus wants to make himself known to you.
The Boat - New Boat on it’s way!
Fish out of a fully rigged Triton 205…actually that boat is sold! My new boat will be here shortly and I can’t wait for you to fish out of it with me. It’s a Skeeter SX 2250 (which means its 22’6”) Set up with the best equipment on the market: state of the art Garmin electronics (GPSMap 7610xsv), panoptix livescope!!! and Garmin’s LakeVu Ultra lake mapping software, , dual 15' Talons, casting platforms in both front and rear of boat, this boat is decked out to provide a comfortable time on the water. I also provide top of the line Okuma rods and reels - and all the tackle you'll need for a successful day on the water.
Fish out of a boat like one that the pro's fish out of!
To book a trip, you can either call me/text me at 517-488-3224 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!