Ron Brooks

  • Experienced fisherman and award-winning outdoor writer who has fished the waters of nearly every state in the Union, from Maine to California
  • As a Coast Guard-trained boat captain, has over 48 years of experience on the water


Ron Brooks is a former writer for ThoughtCo who contributed articles covering just about every aspect of fishing for nearly 15 years. If it swims in water, Brooks has probably fished for it or written about it at some point during his career. Born in Miami, he spent his childhood fishing there and in Key West. Since then, he has tested his angling skills in waters from Maine to California, and most points in between, and he is also a Coast Guard-trained boat captain with over 48 years on the water. An award-winning outdoor writer, he has published in print and online more than 1,000 articles since 1996. He is a member and past president of the Georgia Outdoor Writers Association (GOWA) and the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA). 

 Awards and Publications

  • Ten awards of Excellence in Craft from the Georgia Outdoor Writers Association, with the top electronic media story for seven of those years and the top outdoor magazine article in 2006
  • Author of the book "Born with a Silver Fishhook: True fish tales about fish tails chosen from over 20 years of freelance writing " (2016)




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