Paul Vancelette

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”.