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My name is Nick Bergman (aka Surf Hippie Phishing). My passion for “all things fishing” began when I was three years old. We had moved to Jacksonville, NC. My first remembered experience involved an abandoned bridge, bucket, string, and chicken backs. We were crabbing. I never looked back. You might say, “I was hooked.” My dad was a school teacher and he worked summers with a friend who owned a charter fishing boat so I got to see fishing from land and sea.
By the time I was five I was hardcore. My friends (also five) and I walked, gear in hand, a three-mile pipeline to the beach, fishing every waterway we crossed. We had a blast. My parents had no clue.
The major turning point of my love of fishing happened when I was 12. We were staying at a beach house and we would usually stay out all day; however, the waves were 6-8 feet and the riptide was brutal. Everyone gave up but me. I’d throw my line out and plop my pole in the rod holder. After watching relentlessly, I noticed my bait, which had been moving quite swiftly down the beach, had stopped. That’s odd I thought. I noticed a little tug. I walked up to grab my rod and boom. What happened next has kept me searching ever since. My rod bent over and I was holding on for dear life. I walked back and forth up the beach. My adrenaline was pumping. I was going over and under lines and people were pulling in their lines to get out of my way. Then it happened, I saw it on the front of what felt like a 20 ft wave, swimming to the left. I had a hard time keeping control. About that time a huge waved crashed on my line and I knew it was over. Wait, he is still on as I felt him pulling once again. After a few minutes I finally landed him. It was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen and none of my family had witnessed it. I was determined to take it a mile down the beach to show my people but everyone was telling me I had to release it. A woman stepped up and volunteered to take a picture. This was before cell phones and she just happened to have a camera. I agreed and the photo was taken and the beast released. The next day the woman came to see me and was so apologetic. She did not have film in her camera and the picture was lost. She told my parents about the epic battle but the proof was gone. The fish was measured before it was released. It was a 42 inch red drum caught on a 7 foot pier special and an old Penn reel.
Fishing is my passion and I want to share it with everyone. I have lots of memories from early on but you can start today and you can be any age. Fishing can last a lifetime.
And, I’ll never be caught without a way to take a picture!
John Shytle has come a long way since his roots in the Western North Carolina Foothills. Growing up hunting and fishing, he has transferred that love into a business. Transplanting to the Myrtle Beach area in 2021, he started Myrtle Beach Surf Fishing Adventures in 2022. John is on the beach daily with clients from April thru November when he’s not working his full time job at Charlotte Fire Department, but do not let this fool you, John is a true professional when it comes to surf fishing. His business has bloomed over his first season, coming into his second season, it is expanding more then ever. With two different package options from traditional surf fishing to drone fishing. John is a leader in the Myrtle Beach area when it comes to Surf fishing and the only Drone Fishing Adventure available. He provides everything you would need to go fishing, from rods and reels to bait and tackle, he even goes as far as to cast the rod. Leaving your family and friends with the joy of reeling in monster sharks, drum, and sting rays without any of the dirty work. John’s professionalism truly shines with his surf fishing clients as they learn a lot from each action packed Surf Fishing Adventure.
“Capt ” Randy made the permanent move south to Palm City, Florida, six years ago. Randy joins his Dad, “Capt” Paul Sperco on our pro staff. He spent many of his younger years fishing with Paul and catching bluefish, striped bass, fluke, and seabass on the inshore grounds off of Brielle, N.J. As he got older he expanded his fishing area to the canyons 70 to 100 miles off of New Jersey and targeted bluefin, yellowfin, and longfin albacore on overnight trips , both trolling and chunking for these gamefish. Randy now spends his days and nights pursuing and catching snook, bluefish, spanish mackerel, tarpon, and big jack crevalle from the bridges and catwalks in the Jensen Beach area. His main love is fishing the surf, like his Dad, and he has become an expert surf angler along the beach accesses in St. Lucie and Martin counties along the Treasure Coast. Pompano, whiting, croaker, bluefish, tarpon, snook, bonefish, and permit are all included on his catch list. He has also become a presenter and contributor on the seminar circuit with his father and is also guiding and doing surf charters in his local area.
Growing up in upstate New York and moving around a lot as a kid, Paul learned to fish for local species that ranged from brook trout in mountain streams to big fluke in the marshes of coastal New England. After graduating high school, Paul enlisted in the U.S. Navy which provided the ability to fish around the world. Paul finished his college education after being discharged from the Navy, earning a degree in Computer Science. This led to a long career in programming and technical implementation of embedded firmware in both military applications and consumer products.
Paul continued to fish as a weekender and on vacations, but the desire to fish full-time was a strong force that had to be dealt with. Paul took to being on his own boats which led to many adventures from dense fog encounters, stormy seas, and island camping. Paul later signed up with Sea School and earned his 50 ton OUPV Master’s license. After outfitting a brand new boat, Paul left his “day job” to become a full time charter captain in St. Augustine, Florida. 10 years of offshore charters made many locals and visitors quite happy with their offshore excursions. Paul was a force to be reckoned with during offshore blue-water tournaments having won first and third place trophies in local tournaments. Now retired, Paul is taking on a new challenge with surf fishing and inshore fishing aboard his 14’ Jon boat, named the Mud Minnow II.
Paul has always been an advocate to social media groups and friends, and shares his knowledge with anyone who seeks feedback and guidance. From tying rigs to gear selections, hunting fish to outfitting kayaks and small boats, Paul has a wealth of knowledge and experience that is here for the taking. Follow Paul’s prowess for fun and adventure on his “Inshore Headshakers” YouTube channel, and read about his experiences in life in his published auto-biography “Fishing as I Lived It”.