rodney-smithOutdoor photojournalist and author Rodney Smith is a Florida native who writes and captures images to entertain and inspire his audience. While his subjects touch on a plethora of topics, Smith’s focus is mainly trained on outdoor centric topics including, but not limited to surfing, hiking, sports fishing, paddling, camping and beach-combing. His strong efforts address current issues affecting our collective quality of life.

An ardent observer of Earth’s climate change and the decline of our planet’s bio-diversity, including the steady decline of his backyard waterway, the Indian River Lagoon, Smith works tirelessly on conservation issues as both an advocate and educator. He and his wife, Karen, are the innovaters behind the highly successful Hook Kids on Fishing program, which has taught thousands of children and their families the value of a healthy environment and the benefits of an outdoor experience. They were also the motivators for  Anglers for Conservation, a non-profit group of environmentally concerned citizens who promote stewardship of our waters.

Through his many appearances and speaking engagements Smith has displayed a unique and in-depth understanding of the economical and environmental impacts of Florida’s poor politics and rapid population growth. A longtime fishing captain and co-founder of Coastal Angler Magazine, Smith is spiritually connected to the history, progression and evolution of Florida’s culture and its people.

In addition to his three fictional books in “The Cheyenne Series,” The Road To Matapalo, Weed Queen and Pura Vida, Smith is the author of two instructional books, Catching Made Easy and Enjoying Life on the Indian River Lagoon Coast. For more information on these books or the other services Smith provides, email irlcoast1@gmail.com.