Brett McBride, a dedicated mariner and waterman, has spent the majority of his life surrounded by or in the water. Growing up in San Diego, he filled his time with fishing, surfing, and breath-hold spearfishing. At the age of five, McBride became captivated by fishing after his first offshore fishing experience on the 65′ New Lo-An. From that point on, he aspired to become a boat captain. At twelve years old, he got his first opportunity to work on the 65′ sport fisher. Throughout his junior high and high school years, he spent weekends and summers working on open party and
long-range sport fishers, before transitioning to private yacht-fishers and broadening his exploration horizons.McBride spent a few seasons fishing along the coast of Baja, California before permanently relocating to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, where he called home for the next 21 years.
Over the following decade, Brett served as a deckhand or captain on various sportfishing boats and long-range yacht-fishers, covering locations from Panama to Alaska and everything in between. During this time, he devoted much of his attention to fishing marlin tournaments in Southern California and Mexico, as well as spearfishing. In the early days of spearfishing, building one’s own speargun was often necessary to obtain a decent one. Brett constructed his first speargun while in high school and continues to build them to this day. His passion for spearfishing led him to develop an interest in underwater filming.He purchased a waterproof housing for his video camera and started capturing his underwater trips. As he continued filming both above and below the water on long-range trips from Costa Rica to Panama, Brett became increasingly fascinated with creating professional videos to showcase life at sea.
In 1998, Brett received a job offer to run a 48′ sportfisher from a friend who connected him with entrepreneur Chris Fischer. Sharing a passion for the ocean, they embarked on a partnership, and when Chris upgraded his boat to a 72′ custom yacht-fisher, they began their journey in creating outdoor television aboard the 72′ GO FISCH. Their collaboration resulted in “Offshore Adventures”, an Emmy Award-winning show that dominated outdoor television ratings for 14 consecutive seasons on ESPN Outdoors. They also produced “Ocean Hunter,” a show with a focus on spearfishing that aired on ESPN Outdoors.
A pivotal shift in their work occurred when Fischer purchased the 126′ Bering Sea crab fishing vessel, now known as OCEARCH. In 2010, Chris asked Brett if they could assist scientists in capturing and releasing adult white sharks at Guadalupe Island. Brett accepted, marking the beginning of an extraordinary journey. The initial trip was a success and led to the