I Was Born For This!
Before I could walk I was out on the boat with a rod in my hand. I grew up as an apprentice to my dad, "Doug Samsal Fishing", fishing on the plentiful inland lakes and rivers of northern Michigan utilizing a variety of methodsto catch an array of species. I was able to absorb unlimited amounts of information from my dad every time we got on the water. Each summer we would take a vacation to our family owned island up on pristine Lake of the Woods, where I learned the art of musky casting and walleye jigging. In Michigan, I would fish on a private 5 acre pond that I helped stock with panfish, bass, pike, and walleye. I spent countless hours on this clear piece of water, improving my techniques and discovering fish patterns, while truly enjoying and respecting the great outdoors. That passion and knowledge that I have has grown and evolved in my 26 years. Every single day on the water is a chance to learn something new. I even did a work study program in high school as a first mate for my dad and was able to get my first taste of what it truly meant to be a charter captain.
I started my guiding experience at age 18 while working out of three top notch Minnesota wilderness resorts on Lake Vermilion, Mille Lacs, and the Brainerd Lakes Area, during my summers off from college. It was there that I was finally able to put together everything I had learned to target a variety of species: walleye, musky, bass, northern pike, crappie, and panfish. While attending college in Florida, I had the opportunity to guide Lake Okeechobee for massive largemouth bass, and the canals around Miami for aggressive hybrid peacock bass. Then at the age of 20, I went through schooling to attain my captain's license and finally have the opportunity to charter on navigable water with my dad on world renowned Lake St Clair, St Clair River, and Detroit River. This is where I've spent the last 6 years chasing down monster musky, trophy smallmouth, giant walleye, and prehistoric sturgeon. This is not a job to me this is my passion! I truly enjoy being able to share that excitement and knowledge to help my clients become better anglers while having a fun experience. I'm on the water on all my days off! You would be hard-pressed to find a more dedicated angler who spends more time on the water.
Every summer I fish many high level team bass tournaments on Lake St Clair and always place near the top. The competition is fierce here, and most experienced anglers struggle on this massive body of water. I've been featured on a smallmouth episode of Michigan Out of Doors. Each winter I work a booth at many large sport shows around Michigan. All my clients are amazed by my vast knowledge, teaching skills, professionalism at my age, and ability to perform under any conditions. Many have traveled all over the U.S., Canada, and Mexico and say that this was the best trip they have ever been on.