Check out Shawn at the 5:13 mark.
As the owner of SGM Homes and SGM Excavating, Shawn Murphy spends most of his nonfishing workweek raking concrete, operating a bulldozer or negotiating with prospective homebuyers. Oddly enough, he recently found a connection between his vocation and his newest dream. A long-standing fascination with the remote-controlled toy helicopters of his son Gavin prompted Murphy to express an interest in learning to fly the real thing. He then was surprised by his wife, Kristy, with a birthday gift – a helicopter flight lesson. When the big day arrived, the pilot not only provided a memorable aerial tour, but he also gave Murphy a few minutes on the stick. “Here I am sweating and a nervous wreck, but I took the controls and the pilot was really impressed with the way I flew the thing,” Murphy says. “You have to use your hands, feet and eye coordination all at the same time, and I reflected that back to when I’m running heavy equipment.” Now, thoroughly hooked, Murphy hopes to someday acquire a pilot’s license, though not to replace fishing, but rather to augment his profession. “That’s a long-term goal, to be successful in fishing and my other businesses and maybe try to purchase a helicopter,” he says. “Maybe I can fly over some of these lakes and check them out.”
~David A. Brown
Jan/Feb 2012 Issue
“I was in a tournament on Kentucky Lake, and my best spot was practically on the other side of the off-limits area near where we launched. There were a couple of rock piles with decent keepers, though nothing big. I could catch a limit before all the other boats had even left, and then I’d go looking for better fish. It took the pressure off me and gave me confidence for the rest of the day.” - Shawn Murphy
~author: Colin Moore
pg 24 - July 2012