Hank was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN and had an adventurous childhood growing up in the metro area. In his teen years he spent time on his uncle’s farm in Eagle Bend, MN where he fine-tuned his appreciation for the great outdoors. After graduating from Southwest High School he enlisted in the Navy. The Navy was a memorable experience for Hank; he was a combat swimmer in Helicopter Squadron HC-7, serving in Vietnam, Japan, Korea and the Philippines. Three months after returning home from Vietnam, Hank was on his Harley Davidson and was hit by a drunk driver leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. After four months of rehab at the Veterans Hospital in Minneapolis, Hank went on to get his degree at Normandale Community College and also attended St. Cloud State University. Hank got started fishing when he was about 5 years old at his Grandmother’s resort near Garrison, MN. He remembers spending time fishing off the dock where he caught his first of many perch.
Hank has lived in Brainerd for nearly 40 years now and was invited by Marv Koep to join the Nisswa Guide’s League in 1976. He is a current Board Member and Fishing Guide for the Brainerd Lakes Area Chapter of Fishing Has No Boundaries, an organization providing fishing opportunities for disabled anglers. Hank remains the only paraplegic Professional Fishing Guide in Minnesota. Hank is also on the Pit Crew for the Jim Head Top Fuel Funny Car Team (NHRA). Hank is an accomplished athlete who has won over 50 medals since 2000, (mostly Gold, a few Silver and Bronze) in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games in Archery, Field, and Shooting events. Hank’s always positive personality and unbounded enthusiasm and energy are ever apparent as an avid game hunter and community volunteer for such organizations as Trolling for the Troops, Outdoors With Heros, and the Camp Ripley deer/turkey hunts. Hank’s biggest fans are his son Colt and the love of his life, Sandy. Hank has a passion, drive, and knack for catching all species of fish in the Brainerd Lakes Area .