Bradley Dortch is the very definition of a seasoned fisherman, having been introduced to the sport as a young lad by his father and his two grandfathers. As a boy growing up in the Pensacola, Florida area, he spent his early years on the water, close to many of the Pensacola Basin’s rivers and the Gulf of Mexico. In fact, some his earliest childhood memories are based his frequent visits to a small beach house his family owned on the Gulf, and where he honed his skills in the art and science of saltwater and freshwater fishing. It was there that he acquired what would become a lifelong passion for life on the water. “I’ve been fishing for as long as I can recall,” Bradley muses.
Bradley’s first venture into competitive angling dates to the early 1990s, when at age 12 he and his father began to enter local tournaments. His involvement in tournament fishing grew quickly into regional two-man tournaments, where he quickly acquired a skill set that would enable him to begin building a local reputation as a strong competitor. Living in Alabama at the time, he competed in the amateur ranks through the mid 2000s while building a career in the electrical construction industry. He eventually relocated to Orlando, Florida in 2006 to start a career in real estate working alongside his wife, Rebecca. Both Bradley and Rebecca obtained Florida Real Estate licenses and worked in that profession from 2006 to 2013 before his passion for big-time angling brought him back to Alabama.
At age 38, Bradley Dortch has come into his own as a seasoned tournament angler, and has become a household name in the annals of top level tournament fishing. He enjoys playing golf, also, but will quickly admit that he’s much better at fishing. And it’s clear that one of the factors that has enabled his success is the support of wife Rebecca and his 13-year old daughter, both of whom share his love of life in a boat.