Capt. Steve Branch grew up in the Big Thicket of Southeast Texas, where his father taught him and his brother to hunt, fish and navigate the woods of the Neches River bottom hunting squirrel, whitetail, pigs, and the occasional wood duck or mallard. As a teenager, it was not uncommon to find Capt. Steve leaving his family’s house before daylight, roaming the woods all day and then crossing sloughs in the dark, using foot logs to get back home.
Following high school Steve attended the University of Houston, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Pharmacy, and in 1992 moved to Port Lavaca, Texas, to own his on pharmacy. It was there Steve discovered all that the bay systems of the middle coast of Texas had to offer – he could ‘hunt’ for fish, and explore and roam the waters of Matagorda Island from Port O’Connor to San Antonio Bay and beyond. In 1995, Steve laid down his rifle and picked up a fly rod, which is when he began sight casting for redfish. He hasn’t looked back since that day. To date, he has fly-fished every bay system in Texas. He has caught bonefish in Belize, tarpon and snook in the Everglades, trout in Idaho, bass in the Guadalupe River, and perch in the Frio River, just to name a few.
Steve is now planning a transition from pharmacy ownership to fulfilling a lifelong dream of guiding on his beloved bay systems. Not only does he bring years of fishing experience with him, but also a genuineness for people, as well. As Capt. Steve likes to say, “The pharmacy business is really the people business, and taking care of people comes naturally, no matter if it’s in my pharmacy, or on the bow of my skiff.”