In Episode 102 of District of Conservation, Gabriella recounts her recent red drum fishing trip with Captain Joshua Saunders of Peake Tide Fishing. Josh launched his fishing charter in 2014. During season, he splits his time between Hampton, Virginia, in the Peninsula and his home base of Kilmarnock in Northern Neck.

Although she hooked-up a bull red and it got away, there’s still many a fish tale to tell. Josh worked very hard to help put Gabriella on the board and the fish didn’t cooperate, despite having success catching them earlier in the week. But guess what? That’s okay. Anglers must celebrate both the victories and missed catches. That’s what fishing is all about, after all!

She brought Josh on the podcast to share his story, the inspiration behind his business, what makes the fishery in the Lower Chesapeake Bay unique, working with Green Top Hunt Fish, the status of small fishing operators, how to support them despite COVID, and how to fish with him.

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  • Gabriella Hoffman is a Media Strategist and Award-Winning Outdoor Writer. She hosts the "District of Conservation" podcast and CFACT's original YouTube series "Conservation Nation." Learn more about her work at