As a professional skipper since 1994, Bob Woodard has captained sportfishers from Panama to Alaska. He is a SoCal sportfishing expert with more than 14 marlin tournament wins in Southern California alone, including many in light-tackle tournaments. He grew up in a fishing family, working as a deckhand on his father’s commercial albacore and swordfish boat since age 11. “After the family sold the commercial boat, my father purchased a sportfisher and we got into the light-tackle marlin fishing scene in SoCal,” Woodard said.
Around the age of 30, Woodard got really into Blue and Black Marlin fishing and has been hooked ever since. Finding Puerto Vallarta changed his life. “We still frequent Puerto Vallarta several times a year for the incredible Big Marlin Scene there. The structure found out at EL Banco creates a Black and Blue Marlin haven holding all types of baitfish.” Hannibal Bank in Panama is another one of Woodard’s favorite areas in the world to fish.
Woodard is also an accomplished outdoor writer for Pacific Coast Sportfishing Magazine and Western outdoor news. “Documenting my trips and experiences with photos and video has made it a lot of fun especially while reflecting back on the amazing fishing we have seen along the way. As much fun as we have had with the tournaments, I still feel more rewarded getting into remote areas with little or no company and finding my own fish to work.”
When there’s not much of an offshore season you would likely find him posted up on a squid bed somewhere in a remote area off Baja hunting white seabass.