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About Joe Malat
Joe Malat has been fishing for more than fifty years. He grew up in Richmond, VA. and was fortunate to have a father who took the time and energy to cultivate his interest in fishing. They fished the Chesapeake Bay, the Eastern Shore and Tidewater Virginia. Joe and his Dad made their first trip to the Outer Banks in 1963. Through the years they fished the Outer Banks piers and surf from Corolla to Ocracoke.
Joe moved to the Outer Banks in 1977 and started his surf fishing guide service. As a full time surf fishing guide Joe was privileged to experience the unprecedented runs of jumbo bluefish in the surf, stellar fishing for trophy red drum and enjoy the finest surf fishing the Outer Banks could offer. During this "on the job training" Joe became proficient at finding and catching fish in the surf and continued to hone his surf fishing skills.
As Joe's name recognition and reputation grew he obtained sponsorships and endorsements from several different fishing tackle manufacturers and soon he was appearing at fishing and boating shows along the East Coast as a speaker and seminar presenter.
Joe's career in writing and photography began when he started writing weekly fishing reports and regular articles for the The Fisherman. About that time he started a weekly fishing column for a local Outer Banks guidebook called the SurfSide News and a few years later his "Fishing Notebook" column made it's debut and ran for several years in The Outer Banks Sentinel.
Since then Joe's work has appeared in a number of publications including Saltwater Sportsman, Sport Fishing, Tide, Wildlife in North Carolina, Carolina Game and Fish, Trailer Boating, North Carolina Sportsman, Soundings, The Raleigh News and Observer, Carolina Adventure, The Island Breeze, North Carolina Outdoor Receation Guide, Outer Banks Magazine and many more.
Joe has written four books: Pier Fishing, Let's Go Crabbing and two editions of Surf Fishing, all published by Wellspring. He is an active member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association and the Florida Outdoor Writers Association.
In 1993 Joe and Mac Currin teamed up to form the Outer Banks Surf Fishing School. The school was the first of its kind and features multi-media classroom sessions combined with fishing and instructional sessions on the beach. The team's casual and interactive teaching style, peppered with liberal does of humor, has contributed to the school's popularity, which celebrated celebrating its 19th successful year in 2012.
In 1989 Joe was hired as the Curator of Exhibits at the North Carolina Aquarium on Roanoke Island. He was responsible for the design and development of several exhibits at the facility and played a key role in the Aquarium's major expansion in 2000. In 2006 Joe was promoted to Aquarium Director and served in that capacity until he retired in December 2009, when Joe and his wife Nell moved to the Southwest Coast of Florida. Joe divides his time between the Outer Banks and Southwest Florida. In addition to his wife Nell, Joe's family includes two children and three grandchildren.
Drawing on his varied background, experiences and skill sets, Joe launched Joe Malat Communications, a diverse company that specializes in writing, photography and museum and aquarium exhibit development and copy writing services. Joe is an experienced seminar speaker, presenter and teacher and is available for speaking engagements at sports and fishing shows,and fishing club meetings.
Joe Malat is a seasoned writer, photographer and public speaker with unique talents and skills. He has the solid ability to manage facilities and people and a proven track record as a team leader. "Have Laptop, Will Travel."
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