Capt. Justice Cunningham was born and raised here in Seadrift, TX. His love of the outdoors began with fishing as a young boy. He would come home from school each day and throw a line in the bayou that was in his backyard. He loved the feel of having something on the other end of his fishing line, even if it was just a hardhead catfish.
His boating experience also started early in life. When he was in the sixth grade, he and a friend of his began taking a boat out on the bay almost daily after school. They didn’t really care if they caught any fish, they just loved the way it felt to be out on the water. They’d spend time exploring surrounding bays and the many, many back-lake areas available in the San Antonio Bay region.
It was that same time in his life when Justice recalls shooting his first duck. He was 11 years old at the time, and the duck was a green-winged Teal. That was the day he recalls knowing without a doubt that he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father and grandfather – he knew he wanted to become a saltwater hunting and fishing guide.
Justice’s father is also a hunting and fishing guide here in Seadrift, and Justice was only 13 years old when he began serving as a deckhand on his father’s guide boat. In doing so, Justice learned to love the water more and more all the time while also discovering that guiding would only become a labor of love for him. He knew at the time where his heart was, and he knew the path that he wanted to take in his life.
Determined to succeed, Justice gained the training required to acquire his captain’s license prior to him graduating from high school, and he hasn’t looked back – he’s been guiding on his own ever since that day. Naturally, Justice’s first-loves are his wife and children, but his love of hunting and fishing runs a very, very close second.