Captain Ray is a certified U.S. Coast Guard Captain and Maritime Officer. He grew up on the Mill Hill in West Columbia, SC. His passion for fishing started at a young age bream fishing with his parents on the lakes, rivers, and ponds near his home. As he got older he chased stripers on both the Congaree and Saluda Rivers. After graduating from the University of South Carolina in 1999, with a BA in Liberal Arts, he moved to Charleston and got his Master’s degree in Education from the Citadel. Being a fishing guide is a dream come true for Ray. He has many things he loves: fishing, sports, coaching, teaching; but none compare to the love he has for his wife and kids.