Like many of our Ambassadors, C.A. Richardson learned to fish in the great state of Florida, honing his angling skills in Tampa Bay. The native Carolinian moved to the Sunshine State when he was young and spent his childhood and adolescence luring snook, tarpon, and redfish onto the line. It was the jumping point for his professional ambitions and C.A. took to fishing competitions throughout the 80s and 90s. With some regional success under his belt, he decided to go pro and started competing across the country, eventually returning to Tampa Bay to launch his inshore guiding company.
Through guiding, he saw a need to educate anglers on advanced inshore fishing skills and the use of artificial lures. This led to the development of C.A.’s notable Flats Class, a traveling fishing school. The class quickly earned him notice and became the inspiration for Flats Class TV. Since its debut in 2007, Flats Class TV has won two industry awards and is annually nominated. Currently, C.A. has dedicated himself to returning to flats fishing, expanding the Flats Class series, and continuing Flats Class TV. He resides in St. Petersburg, FL with his family.