Introducing Mark S. Decker 'Corky'. Bluefin harpooner, IGFA Certified Captain, freelance writer, and a proven world class billfish guide.
'My earliest memories
are waterlogged, I’ve known the moment my eyes first saw the Gulf
of Maine, that I was born to be on her. I have never deviated from
this path, one time or another I have fished around the world with
the sole exception being the Indian Ocean. From Cape Verde to the
Great Barrier Reef, I have yet to find the equal that is my own
backyard. Maine, the traditions, the families, the tuna fish, it is
where it all began, and it is where I am in the fall years of my
Being a harpooner is
such a strange thing in today’s world, so primitive, in the age of
megapixels, and bots, but what a pure way to harvest such a majestic
No one in the world
loves the bluefin more than I do, and while I hunt them, I do so the
same as my hero’s of youth did, one at a time, selective, honor,
humane, and pride, are all the ways I describe my fishery.
Over the course of
my life I have written three books, they are all about, what else
bluefin tuna. . I am blessed to be a story teller, and with the
written word much more so than the spoken. I am truly grateful to be
able to share some incredible stories, with whomever is interested in
hearing them. That to me is the beauty of writing, I can share some
thing that is so bloody important to me, with someone that without
the books and magazines I never would have meet, that to me is pretty
We have donated
books to libraries, so if someone can’t afford to buy a book, you
should still be able to read about my fish, (yeap, they are mine:-)
Magical, I think so……'
Corky's relaxed, humorous,and engaging writing style makes readers feel like they are right there in the situation. This has resulted in his popularity as a freelance writer; published in magazines and newspapers round the world.
Published works include articles in Alaska Magazine, New Zealand Fishing News, Power Cruising, Cruising World, Big Game Fishing Journal, Sport Fishing Magazine,
Marlin World, Marlin Magazine, Gaff Magazine, In the Bite, Florida Sports Fishing, Florida Sportsman, Woods & Water, Big Game Fishing Journal, National Fisherman, Florida Wild Life, IGFA's First Edition On-line Magazine, IGFA's Newsletter, Anchorage Daily News, South Africa's Ski Boat Magazine, and Fly Fishing Magazine.
An article about killer whales in Alaska Magazine was chosen to be published in a book The Last Fontier. The Fifty Best Stories in the History of Alaska Magazine
(2002 Lyons Press).