Meyers, also known as Lumpy along the fishing docks, describes himself as a military brat. Meyers, now 50, spent his early years here on the Emerald Coast before his dad was stationed to the Pentagon in Washington.

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EDITOR’S NOTE: For the next few weeks leading up to the October Destin Fishing Rodeo, The Destin Log will be taking a look at some of the men that help ensure that folks fishing aboard the boats have a good time while hopefully pulling something over the rail.

What started as a summer job has turned into a 30-year career for Greg Meyers.

Meyers, also known as Lumpy along the fishing docks, describes himself as a military brat. Meyers, now 50, spent his early years here on the Emerald Coast before his dad was stationed to the Pentagon in Washington. Meyers stayed in the D.C. area until he graduated from the University of Maryland with a bachelor of science in business.

However, when his grandmother got terminally ill, he moved back to the Emerald Coast.

“I came down here … this was my summer job,” he said about fishing. “It was just something to do and I never went back home. This is the longest summer vacation ever, 30 years now.

“I’ve got a business degree on my wall that means absolutely nothing,” he added. “Some things you just fall into by accident and they’re so incredible … 30 years in and I had a blast today with these guys catching ’jacks and kings.”

“It’s the right fit,” said Meyers, who fishes aboard the Bow’d Up with Capt. Brady Bowman.

Meyers said he’s fished with a lot of the guys along the docks, but Brady is it hands down.

“It’s me and Brady … it’s smooth,” he said.

The two have a mutual respect for one another.

Meyers started working for Bowman in 1995 right after Bowman got his captains license. The two have worked together on and off over the years and for the last eight years or so, it’s been the two of them on the boat.

“He’s a good guy and good with people. And a good fisherman for sure,” Bowman said. “We’re on the same page. Every time I think of something we need to do, he’s already doing it, and vice versa. That’s key.

“It’s teamwork … we’re basically on the same page,” Bowman added.

The two of them just work well as a team.

“It’s a unique situation for everybody,” Meyers said, noting you have to find somebody you click with.

And the two of them do all kinds of fishing on the Bow’d Up.

“We do the rigmarole mingo fishing, but we sprinkle in two- or three-day trips chasing blue marlin and sea monsters,” he said.

On a recent trip, their customers just wanted to troll. But after they caught their mackerel, Bowman took them out about 20 miles and let them hook up with some 50- to 60-pound jacks.

“It’s all about the fun,” Meyers said. “This is the only job I’ve ever had that you don’t see the clock. It’s 6 a.m. and then Brady says wind them up it’s time to go.”

Meyer’s first fishing job was aboard the old party boat Capt. Duke’s. He worked alongside Robert Hill, who’s now captain of the Twilight, and Adam Fletcher.

From the party boat he moved over to the South Wind with Capt. Joel Knight and then he fished a season with Capt. Larry Rush. From there he went to fish aboard the Phoenix with Capt. Scott Robson and now Capt. Bowman.

“Most of my time has been between Scott on the Phoenix and Brady,” Meyers said.

Plus he spent a couple of seasons fishing the barrier reef in Australia chasing marlins.

As for the nickname Lumpy, he picked it up when he was about 20 and out doing the Spring Break thing and his buddy got pulled over for driving under the influence.

“We just couldn’t keep our mouths shut, during the roadside thing,” Meyers said. “I thought we were going to jail and we had a fishing trip the next morning.”

While his buddy was being tested, Meyers said, “The young lady cop came over and said 'Keep your mouth shut or you are going to jail with him.' ”

Meyers opened the door and mouthed off at the officer and she hit him over the head with her Billy club.

“I used to wear a flat top … so now I have this Barney Rubble lump on my head,” he said. “It was this cartoon-style flat top with a lump of skin coming through your hair … it was hilarious. I’ve tried my best to get rid of it, [the nickname] over the years. But once these guys get something in their minds, (it's over),” Meyers said.

Thus the name Lumpy.

The most exciting thing Meyers has ever caught was a 1,000-plus black marlin off the barrier reef.

And marlin and tuna are what he likes to go chase.

“From a mate's point of perspective, you have nothing to lose because we’re going fishing regardless. I want to go chase the biggest thing possibly that we can,” he said.

However, it’s not all about the big fish. Aboard the Bow’d Up they fish from mingo to marlin and everything in between.

“I don’t want to do the same thing every day. We keep it changing,” Meyers said.

He said when he gets up at 4 a.m. he has no idea what’s about to happen.

“You just go wing it,” he said.

And a lot of what they do depends on the bait, weather and what the customer wants to do.

“But the better the bait, the better the fishing,” Meyers said.

While the captain’s job is driving the boat and trying to find fish, Meyers sees his job as a PR person.

“My job is to keep the people happy and communication with the captain,” Meyers said.

“We’re the first line of defense on the boat,” he added, noting he knows when the people are having fun, getting sick or want to do something else. People skills are important, he said.

As for his go-to tool, he said it’s his cutters.

“It has to be with you, so you can get at it with either hand,” he said, noting he has them clipped on the back of his belt.

But his 50-year-old answer is “my readers,” he said, which he uses to see and tie knots.

After manning the deck for 30 years, Meyers said his word of advice to others who are coming up through the ranks is to keep a “beautiful boat.”

“When I walk by these boats, I can tell you everything you want to know about that boat by how it is kept in shape,” Meyers said. “Does that guy take time to shammy his rod holders, to keep his boat tight and orderly? If your boat looks hap hazard, I know your tackle looks that way. You’ll catch some of the fish, but not all the fish.

“A beautiful boat says more about the mate. If you are year one or year 30, that’s your calling card,” he added.

Meyers turns 51, Oct. 7, the end of the first week of the Destin Fishing Rodeo and has no plan of stopping.

“I hang out with my best friend all day long and we go fishing. Come with us and let us show you how we fish,” he said.